It’s Time To Choose YOU

Invisalign Commercial

Okay….choosing to put ourselves first is hard. We have the kids, cleaning the house, making the next deadline, and going on that vacation your loved one has been bugging you to go on. We want it all, a healthy mouth and straight teeth AND a happy family life. You know HOW to achieve that but the real question is WHEN?

The HOW is through Invisalign. When teeth are properly aligned it is much easier to clean them at home, and makes dental cleanings more enjoyable. (wink, wink!) And having them straight creates a nice smile. Our smile says a lot about ourselves!

If you are ready to choose YOU, then come down to our office for a complimentary consult for Invisalign. We are having a special right now, so your WHEN is calling you! No better time than the present!

Do You HATE to floss?

Here at Livery Dental we are always about the optimal oral hygiene care. You hear our hygienists ask you how often you are brushing and flossing. You answer proudly that you brush your teeth every morning and night with some sort of electric toothbrush. But when it comes to the point where, Alissa, Cheryl, or Rita ask you, “And how often are you flossing?” You are having a battle in your head, you know that you need to floss but you just haven’t been doing it. So you say sheepishly, “Not often as I should.” You are laying in their chair, cringing that you have “let them down” by not flossing. Well, here’s a big secret for you….you are not letting us down. We are not going to give you some big guilt trip or long stern talking to. We are all human, life gets busy. You are running here and there and at the end of the day you want to fall into your bed and let the day’s busyness melt away. And that means you do the bare minimum, run the toothbrush across your teeth and tell yourself that you WILL floss tomorrow. Then before you know it…BAM it’s time for your dental cleaning and you didn’t floss tomorrow or the next day or the day after that.

Let’s let the guilt of not flossing go. Breathe in and out….feel better?! Okay, we have the answer to your forgetful flossing. It’s called the AirFlosser! What? The air will be flossing my teeth, you say. No, it’s an amazing little device that can free you of your guilt. The AirFlosser is made by Philips. Those guys that make your Sonicare!!!! They have developed a way to deliver microdroplets of water and air to remove plaque and biofilm (that hairy feeling on your teeth!) It has been proven safe on gums and teeth!

There is a one button technology and safe guiding tip that targets in between the teeth. It takes about 30 seconds to go through the whole mouth and creates a clean environment. Philips has stated that people who use the AirFlosser continues using it long after a dental cleaning. Rejoice in worry free cleanings, and proudly tell our hygienists, I AIRfloss everyday!!!!!!!

If you are interested in helping your gums and teeth here is a site to buy the AirFlosser!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Sonicare-HX8211-02-Rechargeable/dp/B00CUG270S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428616817&sr=8-1&keywords=airflosser

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!!

The Children’s Dental Health observance started in 1941 in Ohio and has grown to a nation wide, one month long program geared to spread the message of dental health for children! The attitude and habits we establish at an early age are critical in maintaining optimal oral health throughout their entire lives! We, as caregivers and you, as the parent can instill very simple tasks.

– Brush two times a day for at least two mintues

– Floss EVERYDAY

– Limit the amount of sugary drinks and food they eat

– Visit our office or a children’s dental office regularly (at least two times a year)

With these simple skills, we can combat tooth decay, encourage healthy eating habits, and build a trust with a dental team that will carry into adulthood.

And here is a cute video about some kids in the UK talking about dental health, so adorable!!!!  Children Talk Teeth

Do you want white teeth for 2015?!

Happy New Year from Livery Dental!!!!

Have you made a list of resolutions for 2015? Does one of them include having whiter teeth? Sure, the holidays can wreck havoc on the color of our teeth. We sip coffee while hanging out with the kids, drink great wine with great friends, and ohhh the chocolate!!! When January 1st rolls around and we stumble back to work, our teeth can sure take on a new hue!

There is a way to undo your holiday hijinks!!! Here at Livery Dental we have a bleaching system to create the whiter smile you have been thinking about. It is called KOR and has been giving our patients great results!! KOR is different than other whiteners and bleaching agents. It uses a special bleaching tray that is thin and has a unique locking system to keep the bleach on your teeth instead of squishing out. You wear the trays for two weeks at home and then come into our office for a final bleaching appointment.

Here is a great video of how the KOR trays differ from other bleaching trays. KOR Whitening Trays

And here are some results of what KOR Whitening can do!!!

If you are interested in checking off “having whiter teeth in 2015″ resolution, call us today and we would be happy to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile!!!!!

Tell It to Me Straight!

Have you thought to yourself, “I wish I had straight teeth but DO NOT want to wear braces?” Well, your wish is granted….Invisalign is your answer!

You wear these trays called aligners every two weeks!

Invisalgin is made up of a series of trays or aligners that move your teeth and over time the teeth become straight. They are clear and do not impede your speech or get caught in your lip, like traditional bracket braces do.

It is very simple to start Invisalign at Livery Dental. All you have to do is ask! Yes, the simple act of asking about straightening your teeth can lead to great things. We will always make sure at your hygiene appointments and your appointments with Dr. Adams that you are happy with your smile and if there is anything you would like to change. If you would like to change something, Invisalign is here for you.

Not sure what Invisalign is all about?

Check out this video: Invisalign Video for more information!

If you have always thought having straight teeth could never be in your future, look no further than Livery Dental! Call or come in for a consultation and you will have a healthy, straight smile in no time!

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     Before Invisalign                               After Invisalign

Xero….what?

Xerostomia sounds like a strange word, and when it happens to your mouth it feels very strange as well. It is the medical term for a dry mouth due to a lack of saliva.

CAUSES

It can be caused by dehydration, stress and anxiety, the after effects of chemotherapy or radiation near the head and neck, excessive mouth breathing, and trauma to the salivary glands. Probably the most common cause of xersotomia, is medications. There are over 700 types of medications that can cause that pesky dry mouth, and when combined with other drugs can increase the effect.

SYMPTOMS

The greatest symptom is obviously the feeling of your mouth being dry. You may also feel:

* That your lips are sticking to your teeth when you try to talk 

*Burning feeling in your tongue

* Cracked lips 

* Trouble swallowing, eating, or speaking

* Mouth sores.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SALIVA

Saliva does more than “wet your whistle.” It has amazing properties that can aid in digestion, protects teeth from decay, prevents infections from forming on teeth, gums, and the whole mouth. When saliva levels drop just below normal, insanity can ensue. Sometimes, it can be difficult to realize that you have xerostomia. It doesn’t always feel like a dessert in the mouth, but just a slight difference in feel in the mouth. That is the time when most of the damage can occur.

MANAGEMENT

In order to keep xerostomia under control, there a many things you can do to help. The easiest cheapest way, is to increase your intake of water. Drinking more water can sometimes flush out a clogged saliva duct. There are specialized dry mouth toothpastes that can stimulate saliva flow. At Livery Dental, we offer several types of toothpastes that work very well and keeping xerostomia symptoms at bay. Make sure to eat foods low in sugar and drink liquids that are low in acid, decaffeinated, and carbonation. And as always visit our office regularily for cleanings and check ups.

Xerostomia can be troublesome, but with the right help you can prevent damage and annoyance.

Oral HPV and Oral Cancer: Are you at risk?

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. There are many different types of HPV. Medical research shows that certain high-risk types of HPV are linked to approximately 90% of cervical cancers. Similarly, recent studies show that these same high-risk types cause cancers of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, and throat areas.

How do people get HPV?

Low risk HPV can be transmitted by close contact between people. However, the more serious types of HPV (high-risk) that may lead to cervical cancer or oral cancer are known to be sexually transmitted. Other avenues of transmission may occur. Both males and females are at risk.

How common are HPV-related diseases?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year.

How do I know if I have an Oral HPV infection?

Early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms; thus, a visual exam would not detect people that may already have an infection caused by oral HPV. A simple test called OraRisk® HPV is available here with Dr. Adams. Together we can detect oral HPV infections very early. Just a 30 second “swish and gargle” with sterile saline solution. The sample is sent to a lab for analysis and Dr. Adams will contact you to discuss the results.

Who should be tested for Oral HPV?

  •  Individuals with “traditional” risk factors for oral cancer such as smoking and alcohol
  • Males and females that are sexually active
  • Individuals with a history of oral cancer

 If I test positive for Oral HPV, Does it mean I have cancer?

No. A positive test does not necessarily mean that cancer is present, nor does it mean that you will definitely develop cancer. The earlier the risk for oral cancer is detected or the earlier oral cancer itself is detected, the more likely it can be treated successfully. Oral HPV is now a known cause for cancers of the mouth and throat areas; it is important for you and your dental professional to know if an oral HPV infection is present and if so, which type of oral HPV infection is present. The OraRisk® HPV test helps you and your dental professional better understand your risk for oral HPV-related oral cancer.

For more information visit The National Cancer Institute

Dental Resolutions

Welcome to 2011! Where has the time gone that it is now a new year?

Resolutions. We all make them, we all want to stick to them. Sometimes we do, like spending more time with the family, eating well, and exercising more. We at Livery Dental, hope you make some dental resolutions too. They can range from the very simple like flossing more, or big ones, like a dental makeover! Whatever the resolution is, dental ones are always great to stick to. 

Another great thing about the new year is that dental insurance replenishes after the ball drops. It’s like getting charged up for the year. And we are here for you and whatever need you have in the year to come.

So, welcome 2011! We hope your resolutions will stick with you throughout the year.

Which Floss Should I Use?

This question gets asked all the time here at Livery Dental. The great thing for patients is there is no real right answer. One, it is great that you are asking because that means that you are interested in actually doing it. Did you know that flossing can extend your life by 3-6 years! That is amazing! Think of what you can do with all that extra time. And second, whatever floss you like is the floss you should use. Waxed, unwaxed, tape, flavored, or unflavored. In the dental aisle at the grocery store, inevitably there are rows of floss. It can seem pretty daunting. But, really just close your eyes and pick one. It’s just floss people. If you don’t like it, you can go on to the next one.

Personally speaking, the hygienists here like Reach Total Care floss made by Johnson and Johnson. And lucky for you, it is in your goody bags! Another great reason to come get your teeth cleaned…free floss!

It’s simple, whatever you choose, use it. And yes, everyday! Happy Flossing.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are a great addition to your dental home care. Hand held toothbrushes work well, but using an electric one is so much better. At Livery Dental, we recommend the Oral-B electric toothbrushes. Right now, we have the Oral-B Triumph

The Oral-B collection uses an oscillating and rotating motion which leaves the teeth feeling smooth and clean. With the Triumph, there is a clock which turns into a timer. The American Dental Association states that we should brush our teeth for two minutes. The Triumph breaks brushing time into four areas for thirty seconds in each area of the mouth, making it more manageable to clean for two minutes. There are also four brush modes; clean, soft, massage, and polish. With these settings, there is no reason to not feel that great clean feeling. If you tend to scrub when you brush, the Triumph also lets you know if you are pushing too hard. A red light will pop up on the timer, allowing you to know where exactly you are brushing too hard.

The nice thing about all Oral-B toothbrushes is that the bristles on the brush will turn from blue to white when it is time to change it. On the electric toothbrushes, you simply through away the head and place a new one on the base. There are even color coded bands to use if more than one person is using the base. That way you never use the wrong head.

At Livery Dental, we offer the Oral-B Triumph. All of us here use the Triumph at home! If you are interested in one you can always ask. We even have a $10 rebate from Oral-B. Brush, brush away!