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Before you undergo a teeth whitening treatment, your cosmetic dentist will need to diagnose the underlying cause of your tooth discoloration. Depending on the cause, the dentist may recommend either in-office or professional at-home teeth whitening. There are many possible causes of tooth discoloration, including changes due to the aging process. Sometimes, tooth discoloration is the result of a genetic or acquired medical condition, while at other times it is caused by the use of certain medications, including tetracycline antibiotics.
Lifestyle factors are another significant contributor to tooth discoloration. You are much more likely to have stained teeth if you smoke or if you frequently consume pigmented foods and drinks. These include coffee, tea, berries, and tomato sauce. Other possible causes of tooth discoloration include physical trauma to the tooth, excessive use of fluoride, and the use of silver or gold dental restorations.
At Comfort Dental of San Jose, we will match your teeth whitening treatment to suit the underlying cause of your discoloration. Call our cosmetic dentistry office in San Jose at (408) 458-8643 or visit our website to learn more.
Last updated 10 days ago
Cosmetic dentists generally recommend that patients schedule a visit every six months. Having regular dental checkups and professional cleanings offers numerous benefits for your oral health and overall well-being. For certain patients, dentists recommend scheduling visits on a more frequent basis, however. This may apply to you if you have a tendency to develop cavities, have a history of gum disease, or have other risk factors of oral health problems. Talk to your dentist to determine the right professional cleaning schedule for your needs.
Enhancement of Your Smile
Tooth discoloration often occurs as a result of smoking, as well as consuming pigmented foods and beverages, such as coffee and tea. By scheduling regular dental cleanings, you can enjoy a brighter, more beautiful smile. After removing the plaque on your teeth and just below your gum line, the dentist or dental hygienist will polish your teeth to enhance your smile.
Prevention of Oral Health Problems
Failure to see your dentist regularly can result in some serious oral health problems. You’re more likely to develop cavities if you neglect to schedule regular dental cleanings. Furthermore, you’re also at a higher risk of gum disease, a serious oral health problem that can lead to the loss of your natural teeth. When you schedule regular dental cleanings, you can preserve your oral health and avoid the need for more extensive dental treatments later.
Improvement of Overall Health
Research has shown that having a beautiful, healthy smile can also translate to systemic health benefits. For example, if you have gum disease, you could be at a higher risk of heart disease due to systemic inflammation. Furthermore, dentists often notice changes in a patient’s mouth that can indicate an underlying health problem. You can consider your dentist as like an early detection system for your overall health.
The team of cosmetic dentists and dental hygienists at Comfort Dental are dedicated to helping you achieve outstanding oral health! Schedule your next checkup and professional cleaning by calling our practice in San Jose at (408) 458-8643. Ask us about our cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening and veneers.
Last updated 17 days ago
If you’re unsure of which type of dental floss is best for your needs, it’s a good idea to consult your dentist. Your dentist may recommend using dental tape if your teeth are close together. If you have bridges or braces, you may use a floss threader to maneuver the floss under your appliances. Dentists often recommend using floss with a handle for patients with manual dexterity issues, such as children or those with arthritis.
For more helpful tips on choosing the right floss, watch this video. This dentist demonstrates how to use a floss threader and explains why she typically recommends waxed floss.
Comfort Dental offers comprehensive dental checkups and cleanings to families in the San Jose area. Schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists today by calling (408) 458-8643.
Last updated 23 days ago
Oral cancer can develop in many different areas of your mouth, including your lips, gums, tongue, and cheeks. Early detection of oral cancer is critical for the best possible outcome. Dentists strongly recommend that patients undergo regular oral cancer screenings. Your cosmetic dentist can evaluate your symptoms, examine your mouth, and assess your risk factors of oral cancer.
Some risk factors are not controllable through healthy lifestyle changes. For example, you could be at a higher risk of oral cancer due to advancing age, inherited genetic mutations, and your gender. Dentists diagnose oral cancer in men more often than in women. Infection with certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause oral cancer. However, it is possible to lower your risk of oral cancer by implementing lifestyle changes. Tobacco use—whether smoked or chewed—is the most significant risk factor of oral cancer. Dentists strongly recommend that patients get help with smoking cessation before serious oral health problems develop. Additionally, consuming alcohol immoderately can increase your risk.
See your dentist promptly if you notice any of the possible symptoms of oral cancer. Oral cancer may cause persistent mouth sores, changes in the lining of your mouth, changes in your bite pattern, and problems with the fit of your dentures. Jaw pain, tongue pain, and a sore throat may sometimes indicate oral cancer, in addition to problems with chewing and swallowing.
Your oncologist will customize your treatment to suit your particular condition. You may undergo mouth surgery, which may be followed by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Targeted drug therapy is another possibility; it involves the use of medications to change the cancer cells to prevent their growth.
If you are at risk of oral cancer, schedule regular dentist visits that include oral cancer screenings. San Jose-area residents are invited to schedule an appointment with one of the highly trained dentists of Comfort Dental. Call our friendly office at (408) 458-8643 for more information.
Last updated 1 month ago
While you should schedule dentist visits every six months, you should schedule an additional appointment if you notice any abnormalities with your oral health, such as leukoplakia. Leukoplakia is a discolored area that can occur on the tongue, floor of the mouth, or inside of the cheek. This type of patch appears white or gray; however, less commonly, the patch may appear fuzzy.
The cause of leukoplakia is ongoing irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes. Chronic irritation of the mouth may occur due to tobacco use, sun exposure on the lips, oral cancer, or HIV infection. Leukoplakia can also occur if you have ill-fitting dentures, or rough fillings, crowns, and teeth. If your dentist detects leukoplakia, he or she may recommend a biopsy to rule out oral cancer. Usually, successful treatment of leukoplakia requires nothing more than removing the source of the irritation. However, if you have fuzzy or hairy leukoplakia, you’ll require an antiviral medication.
Comfort Dental of San Jose provides a comprehensive range of dentistry services, including complete oral examinations. Contact our dentistry office at (408) 458-8643 and ask us about our extended hours.