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Scottsdale Dentist: Tooth Gems

Tooth gems are making a comeback as a trendy, blingy way to accessorize your smile. Originally a trend from Sweden, the United States are obsessed with it currently, with lots of celebrities backing the smile bedazzle. A tooth gem can last upwards of a year and can either be removed naturally with time or by your dentist.

Though these gems are eye-catching, they may come at a significantly higher cost than the little gem is actually worth. If your gem lasts a long time, your tooth may be at risk for needing treatment after it falls off! One story spread across media is a woman who’s gem lasted 5 years, leaving a whole in her tooth, resulting in her tooth needing a crown. Yes, she upgraded from a gem to a crown…..but her tooth was left worse than before the gem!

We recommend that if you get tooth gems, make sure to clean in the area you got it. It is important to clean around the gem to help reduce the amount of bacteria that invades underneath it. When you go for cleanings or checkups at your Scottsdale dentist, make sure to ask about your gem’s condition, as well as your tooth that is housing it!

Scottsdale Dentist: Best Selling Health Books

Health is always trending, so we’ve broken down the top best selling health books currently.

  1. The Defined Dish – This book is the bestseller for “gluten free” recipe books and is Whole 30 friendly. Author, Alex Snodgrass, published over 60 recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free. This recipe book’s goal is to encourage a healthy diet that suits everyone’s taste.
  2. Unlimited Memory – Grandmaster Kevin Horsley helps readers to remember anything they want to – with very successful techniques. This book has been #1 in memory skill bestsellers and over 200,000 copies have been sold. If you’re looking to master concentration, recall, and productivity, this book may help you succeed in having a better-working brain.
  3. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Rated as an “irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition,” psychotherapist author, Lori Gottlieb, lets readers indulge in her life as a therapist. She eloquently breaks down what its like to be human, both as a clinician and a patient.

Let us know if you read these books, we will be!

Scottsdale Dentist: Opalescence Whitening

At our office, we pride ourselves in offering Opalescence whitening treatments because we stand behind their products! Opalescence whitening products are medical grade, effective products for giving you the white, radiant smile you are looking for.

Whitening treatments are usually scheduled a few at a time to achieve your desired results, so if you don’t have time to make multiple visits to your Scottsdale dentist, we also offer Opalescence Go – which gives you an upper and lower whitening tray to take home with you to use on your own time, just like DIY kits you can find at the store. However, the Opalescence home products are just as effective as making the trips to the dentist, using the same ingredients!

Consult your Scottsdale dentist regarding frequency and duration of your Opalescence whitening kits, because everyone’s ideal care varies. For example, if you have pre-existing sensitive teeth, your dentist may recommend a shorter treatment time.

Whitening your teeth results in instant gratification and a more attractive smile. At Serenity, we are all about creating beautiful smiles, and teeth whitening is an easy, pain-free way to make your smile shine!

Scottsdale Dentist: 4 Dental Myths Busted

  1. Implant surgery is painful: At our office, we can assure you that we take every precaution to make your implant surgery comfortable. Alongside this, dental implants are placed in your jaw bone – where there is no feeling, due to lack of nerves. It is actually impossible to “feel” a dental implant being placed into bone. No worries here!
  2. Baby teeth don’t matter since adult teeth will replace them soon: ALL TEETH MATTER! Though your child may be losing their baby teeth soon, it is imperative that you help them take care of their present teeth. If they are not taken care of, there is possibility of cavities to already be present on adult teeth due to decay reaching them during development!
  3. Dental disease stops at the mouth: Dental diseases have been linked through evidence based research to systemic problems, such as cardiovascular disease and even alzheimer’s. Your mouth is the entrance to the rest of your body, it is essential to take care of it for the best oral health and overall health!
  4. It is normal to lose teeth with age: Your teeth can last a lifetime and you should not think that you’re going to lose them with age. With great homecare and investment into dental checkups, you may live a whole life without a single restoration!

Have questions about these? Talk to us at Serenity Smiles today and we can bust these myths with you.

Scottsdale Dentist: The Non-Dental Factors of Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentistry does wonders to your esthetics, health, and attractiveness. With procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and Invisalign, your smile can look amazing in a matter of a few visits. You don’t have to stop at your smile if you’re trying to achieve a different look, though. The smile is just the start. In your face alone, there are several other non-dental factors that could be enhance your appearance.

After your cosmetic dental treatment, you can consider a few of these to make your appearance pop:

  • sunless tanner – We recommend sunless tanner to avoid any future skin problems from traditional tanning or beds. Sunless tanner can last up to two weeks and can give you a nice glow to your complexion.
  • lip injections – Your Scottsdale dentist can enhance your lips with Juvederm. Your lips surround your smile, so discreet adjustments to their volume and shape can make a huge difference to your overall smile.
  • wrinkle injections – Your Scottsdale dentist can eliminate wrinkles on your forehead, in between your eyebrows, by your eyes and lips, etc, with Botox. Plus, Botox leaves you feeling refreshed and looking younger.
  • lip color – lip color can flush your entire face to pop your natural beauty, plus your beautiful smile.

Scottsdale Dentist: Get A Hollywood Smile Today

Have you ever seen a smile that you won’t forget? Do you find yourself staring at celebrity’s teeth during the shows? Most likely, your favorite celebrity smiles are crafted by a dentist. All parts of a smile can be shaped and enhanced with Botox and Juvaderm injectables, dental bonding, Invisalign, teeth whitening, implants, and dental Veneers, right in an office like ours.

Dental Veneers (you might hear Porcelain Veneers) are an increasingly popular way to enhance and change the esthetics of your smile by crowning (capping) your existing teeth with vibrant, natural looking Veneer crowns. Depending on what you want through a smile makeover, every tooth, or only the “smile teeth” can be crowned to give you a new look. To get a “perfect” smile, it requires planning and a good relationship with your dentist. Communication is a must. Any parts that you like or don’t like about your smile or envy about another’s smile can be considered during planning with your dentist. Tooth color, size, straightness, angle, shape, and even personality, can be chosen when planning the look of your dental Veneers. Try-in or 3D models of your future teeth can be made so that you can actually see a new smile before fully committing it.

The newest technology in dentistry is being used in our office to make Hollywood smiles doable for anyone. Here, we use 3-D scanners, gentle and anxiety-free techniques to avoid the gooey impression material, feelings, smells, and bad vibes that you may have experienced at a dental office.

See us today to enhance your smile with cosmetic veneers!

Scottsdale Dentist: 5 Celebrities Who Fought Oral Cancer

  1. Babe Ruth: Just before retirement from the National Baseball League, Babe Ruth was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, which is a growth on the upper part of his nose. Heavy tobacco use, geographic location, genetics and environmental factors contributed to Babe’s condition.
  2. Eddie Van Halen: Around 2000, Eddie experienced cancer symptoms in his mouth. 1/3rd of his tongue had to be removed, but as of 2011, he has been cancer free!
  3. Rod Stewart: Despite being in great shape, this famous rock/pop star found a lump in his thyroid gland. Luckily, early detection helped Rod stay cancer free.
  4. Catherine Bell: Actress in well known “Army Wives,” she is a successful cancer survivor. A thyroidectomy saved her from a cancerous lump in her neck. Today, she lands several roles and is cancer free!
  5. Hill Harper: Known for CSI: NY, this star was diagnosed, but tries to make a difference by it. One day, Hill woke with inability to swallow, ultimately having to remove his whole thyroid. Since then, he has become a public advocate for cancer.

Scottsdale Dentist: Oil Pulling

You may have heard of “oil pulling” as a natural, effective way to cleanse your mouth. Oil pulling can be practiced with sesame, olive, sunflower, or coconut oil. Unlike a quick rinse with traditional mouthwash, it is recommended to swish oil for at least twenty minutes. In theory, the oil “pulls” harmful bacteria and toxins from the body, trapping them into the oil.

In later ages, the Indian culture practiced oil pulling, treating at least 30 systemic diseases. Claims have also been made that oil pulling also reduced halitosis (bad breath), and whitens the teeth. However, there are limited research studies to provide evidence for this.

There may be value to oil pulling, however, your Scottsdale dentist recommends that in addition to oil pulling, you still maintain brushing 2x a day and flossing.

Scottsdale Dentist: Sleep Apnea Test

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an under-diagnosed and potentially serious health condition.

What is OSA? OSA occurs during sleep, where someone may have very shallow or arrested breaths. This, in result, causes less oxygen to flow through your body during revitalizing sleep. The lack of oxygen to vital organs may cause further problems past OSA.

How does this happen? OSA happens because something blocks the airway, restricting the flow of oxygen to the rest of the body. In turn, the chest and diaphragm work harder, stressing the chest muscles, to pull air into the lungs. This hard work usually is accompanied by loud snores, gasps, or body jerks.

Do you think you or a loved one has OSA? Consider these questions:

  1. Do you or a loved one snore loudly? (This means loud enough to be heard through closed doors…)
  2. Do you or a loved one frequently feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy throughout the day?
  3. Has anyone ever told you (or reported to someone) that you stop breathing during sleep?
  4. Do you or your loved one have high blood pressure, or are being treated for it?

If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, you should seek medical advice to find out if OSA is affecting you. Dentists can also help you with OSA problems, reach out to your Scottsdale dentist for more information.

Scottsdale Dentist: Understanding the Importance of Pain-Free Dentistry

When going to the dentist, no one wants to experience pain or discomfort. Your dentists want you to know that anesthesia is beneficial to both you and them during your dental procedures. Why? With anesthesia administration, its reassuring to both yourself and the dentist that your dental work can be concentrated on in a very comfortable manner. In fact, local anesthesia has literally revolutionized pain control; it is one of the most effective tools in dentistry and medicine.

The word “anesthesia”  literally means without feeling or pain. “Local” is in reference to the site at which the anesthesia is used, in other words, where the numbing is needed. In topical or injectable application, local anesthesia significantly decreases the likelihood of feeling pain to virtually zero.

During simple teeth cleanings or other minimally invasive dental procedures, topical anesthetics numb the surface of the gums or oral lining surfaces of the mouth to provide a surface-level comfort. Topical anesthetics can be applied in a variety of ways: with a Q-tip, cotton swab, adhesive patch or a spray. The most important reason we use topical anesthetic is when we use them before administer injections (shots) so you don’t even feel the discomfort of a needle.

Injectable local anesthesia delivers medication though a needle that will briefly block pain sensation from the teeth, gums and bone. They accomplish this, the medication temporarily blocks the conduction of electrical impulses along the nerves that supply the gums and teeth with feeling. This allows for your procedure to be pain-free. Local anesthesia is especially important for treatments such as filling deep cavities, tooth cleanings or extractions, or for gum surgery.

Depending on the type of treatment or procedure we are performing, we will select the most suitable anesthetic and communicate this with you. However, if you normally feel anxious about your dental visits, please let us know and we will accommodate you so that your experience is comfortable, relaxing, and positive.

Call us today if you would like to discuss topics from this blog or would like to receive treatment.