Is your current routine helping or hurting your smile? Let’s find out!
We know that no one wants to hear that they have a cavity (or worse!) when they visit their dentist. Of course, how you care for your smile is critical to the health of your teeth and gums. Our Fairfield, CT, dentists, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, are here to provide some helpful tips to make sure that your oral hygiene is more than satisfactory.
Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, this means once in the morning and again at night before bedtime. Brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove plaque buildup from your teeth to prevent decay. Here are some tips to ensure your brushing is benefiting your smile the most:
- Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time. If you aren’t sure if you are brushing long enough you should set a timer (you might be surprised to learn that you aren’t brushing nearly as long as you thought).
- Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride can strengthen enamel and protect against tooth decay.
- Remember that your toothbrush won’t last forever. Once bristles begin to splay out and look worn, it’s time to replace them. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush head every three to four months, or after an illness.
Your oral care routine would not be complete without flossing. After all, your toothbrush won’t be able to effectively clean between teeth the way floss can. Floss is the only way to thoroughly remove plaque buildup from between teeth and along the gumline. All it takes is once daily, preferably at night, to prevent decay from occurring between teeth.
It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that what you eat impacts your oral health. After all, you’ve certainly heard that sugar increases your chances of decay, right? While it would be ridiculous to say that you should never have sugar, it’s important to enjoy it in moderation.
Sodas, sports drinks and many fruit juices contain a lot of added sugar, which can lead to decay. Make sure you are also giving your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This means a nice blend of lean proteins, fibrous veggies, fruits, low-fat dairy and whole grains.
Even with these at-home habits in place, it’s still important that you visit our Fairfield general dentist every six months for routine cleanings. No matter how healthy your smile seems you should still come in for care. This is the best way to prevent problems from occurring and to catch issues early on when they are easier to treat.
Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Have questions about how to properly care for your smile? Don’t hesitate to contact our dental team at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT. We are here to answers all of your questions and to provide you with the dental care you need.
Find out the best approach for making gums more symmetrical and your smile more even.
When you smile do you feel like the only thing people notice are your gums? If you have a gummy smile then chances are pretty good that you are looking for a simple solution that will make your gums look more subtle and make your smile look more even. From the office of our Fairfield, CT, dentists, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, find out how we address uneven or excessive gum tissue to improve your smile.
Why are my gums uneven? Why do I have excess gum tissue?
In many, someone dealing with uneven or excess gums was born with it. Of course, this doesn’t mean that other habits can’t be responsible for changes to your gums. If you have poor hygiene or if you brush too roughly you may find yourself dealing with changes to the shape and symmetry of the gums over time. Luckily, no matter what has caused this cosmetic issue, our Fairfield dentist can offer simple ways to give you the smile you want.
What are my treatment options?
First, you will come in for a consultation so that we can determine the extent of your excessive or uneven gum tissue. From there, we will determine the best treatment option to suit your needs. Common treatment options include:
- Dental Veneers
Gingivectomy is a surgical technique that will trim, remove and reshape the gum tissue so that it doesn’t seem to take over your smile or become the main focal point.
A gingivoplasty is usually the best course of action for someone who has normal gums that are asymmetrical because of trauma, genetics or gum disease. This surgical procedure reshapes and contours the gums to improve its overall look.
In some situations, it may just be a better option to consider a cosmetic restoration like dental veneers, which are thin porcelain shells that cover the front portion of your teeth. While they can’t alter the shape or size of your gums they can improve the length and size of your teeth to help even out your smile.
Do you have questions about treating excess gum tissue? Are you interested in finding out if you could benefit from this simple procedure? Call Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, today to schedule a consultation with us.
There are several factors that can cause temporary or chronic jaw pain. In some cases, stress and anxiety can lead to grinding your teeth at night while you sleep, causing soreness or discomfort in your jaw. Cavities are also a common cause of tooth and jaw pain. The most common cause of jaw pain is TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). Also commonly known as TMJ, TMD affects over ten percent of the population according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The dentists at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, offer treatment for TMD and other dental problems that may be causing your jaw pain.
Jaw Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Fairfield, CT
The best way to prevent dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home, which includes brushing after meals, flossing every day, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking. The American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional dental cleaning to maintain your oral health and reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Common Causes of Jaw Pain
If you wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding can be a temporary side effect of stress. If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, your dentist may recommend a night guard to help protect your teeth from wear and tear.
If your jaw pain is caused by a decayed or infected tooth, you may need a dental filling or root canal therapy to clear bacteria and damaged tissue.
In addition to jaw pain, TMD can also cause a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw to open and close your mouth. In severe cases, the jaw can get stuck in an open or closed position. Depending on your symptoms and the cause of the TMD, treatment usually involves conservative options like resting your jaw or medication.
Find a Dentist in Fairfield, CT
If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms of a dental problem, contact our office by calling 203-256-8073 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Worthington or Dr. Brijesh Chandwani today.
What your dentists in Fairfield want you to know
If you’ve been told you need a crown, you may be dreading how long it takes. While you are waiting for your new crown, you have to wear a temporary crown. Times have changed! It’s time to discover CEREC same-day crowns.
Using state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology, you can now have your new crown created right in the office, while you wait! Your dentists at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT want to share how CEREC dental restorations can enhance your dental experience and your smile!
The CEREC system uses a unique computer-assisted crown fabrication technology known as CAD/CAM. This technology incorporates computer-aided measurements and three dimensional imaging to provide precise dimensions for your crown. This means your crown will fit perfectly.
Precision isn’t the only benefit of CEREC technology. When you choose CEREC dental restorations, you will enjoy:
- Saving time, because your crown takes about an hour to create
- Convenience, because your crown is created in one appointment, while you wait
- Looking great, because your CEREC crown will be a perfect match to the color of your natural teeth
- Feeling great, because you will have your permanent crown immediately, without having to wear an ugly temporary crown
CEREC crowns are made of high-grade dental ceramic which resists stains. That means your new crown will look sparkling white for years to come, even if you smoke or drink coffee. The high-grade dental ceramic also reflects light, just like your natural teeth. Your new CEREC crown will look completely natural, giving you a naturally beautiful smile.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Worthington Advanced Dentistry patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at http://www.drworthington.com/cosmetic-dentistry.html
If you need a new smile, and you don’t want to wait weeks to get it, think about CEREC Same-Day dental restorations. You deserve to discover the magic of CEREC dental restorations for yourself by calling your dentists at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT. Get started on your best smile by calling today!
While you are grateful for your healthy teeth and gums, the appearance of your smile bothers you. Frankly, the chips and discolorations upset you, making you feel less confident in social and professional situations. Your cosmetic dentists in Fairfield, CT, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, understand your feelings. That's why the team at Worthington Advanced Dentistry offers a wide array of cosmetic dental services sure to create a smile you'll love.
You're not alone
Research cited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that almost three-quarters of all adult dental consultations are related to smiles aesthetics. So many individuals of all ages and walks of life worry about their teeth and gums and their:
Your cosmetic dentist in Fairfield has the training and artistic skill to remake your smile defects so the result looks bright, straight and natural. Your realistic aesthetic goals can be translated into a totally new look you can be proud of.
The First Step
The simplest to the most complex of smile makeovers always involves a complete oral examination in which Dr. Worthington ensures your teeth and gums are healthy. With that established, he'll investigate how he can change the appearance of the features that concern you. He'll make recommendations based on digital X-rays, intraoral camera imaging, and Cone Beam CT scans. These advanced technologies assist your dentist in devising the most precise care plan possible.
In addition, Dr. Worthington will discuss your budget and makeover timeline. For instance, are you interested in simple teeth whitening to brighten your smile before a high school reunion? Do you prefer porcelain veneers or quicker composite resin bonding to address some small gaps and a chipped tooth? Do you need several services spread out over a few months to arrive at that dazzling new look? Your cosmetic dentistry consultation is key to making the right decisions.
Cosmetic dentistry services
At Worthington Advanced Dentistry, the professional staff offers aesthetic treatments of the highest quality. Your smile makeover may include:
- At-home or in-office teeth whitening to remove years of built-up stains
- Composite resin bonding to repair small flaws such as hairline cracks, pits and gaps
- Porcelain veneers to disguise more substantial defects with beautiful, customized ceramic
- CEREC same-day crowns, inlays or onlays to beautify and strengthen injured or decayed teeth
- Tooth-colored fillings for metal-free cavity repair
- Gum or teeth contouring to remake gum lines and tooth shape
Get that great smile
Your cosmetic dentist in Fairfield, CT can deliver it. Find out how by arranging a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Worthington. Call his office today for a convenient appointment time: (203) 256-8073.
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