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Safely Whitening Your Teeth

April 30th, 2018

There is a lot of talk these days on social media about do-it-yourself tooth whitening at home.  A popular concoction appears to be the use of activated charcoal to whiten your teeth.  Activated charcoal has been used over the years to treat accidental poisoning.  It works by neutralizing the toxins that have been swallowed.  This has led some people to believe that they can remove the stains on their teeth by using the same product.

Activated charcoal has never been approved for use as a tooth whitener!  It is very abrasive and can permanently remove enamel if it is rubbed on to the teeth.  Once enamel is gone, it doesn’t grow back.  So you can do permanent damage to your teeth by trying do-it-yourself products at home.  The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommend that tooth whitening be done with an FDA-approved whitening product, called carbamide peroxide, under supervision of a dentist.  Whitening toothpastes, gum and mouthwash contain a very small amount of carbamide peroxide and are safe to use at home.

So leave the whitening to the professionals and if you want to try do-it-yourself projects at home, stick to home repairs instead of dentistry or medicine!

CT Mission of Mercy 2017 - We give back!

April 4th, 2017

Our office is proud to be volunteering again this year for the CT Mission of Mercy.  The Mission of Mercy is available to anyone who may not have access to regular dental care.  The free clinic will take place on Friday April 7th and Saturday April 8th starting at 6AM at the Floyd Little Athletic Center 480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven, CT

There are no eligibility or income requirements and there are no appointments.  The clinic is First Come, First Served.  Volunteer dentists and hygienists will be available to treat children and adults.  There will be a special area for the treatment of pregnant women and their families.

Services offered at the Mission of Mercy are cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals (on front teeth).  We are proud to be a member of the Connecticut State Dental Association and the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, who sponsor this wonderful event every year.

For more information, visit the Mission of Mercy website at www.cfdo.org

What is a crown?

November 10th, 2016

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.  A crown is cemented permanently to the remaining tooth underneath.
A crown may be the ideal restoration in the following situations:
to restore a tooth when there is not enough tooth structure remaining to do a filling
to protect a tooth from breaking when it has been weakened from decay
to restore a broken tooth
to cover a poorly shaped or severely discolored tooth
to cover a dental implant
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all ceramic.  For many years, gold crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns were the most common types of crowns.  With today’s technology and emphasis on long-lasting crowns that are also very esthetic, all ceramic crowns have become more popular.

What to do in case of a dental emergency?

July 8th, 2016

Even though you brush and floss regularly and visit us for regular exams and hygiene appointments, unexpected things can occur.  You might bite into something hard and break a molar, eat something especially chewy and loosen a crown, or get bumped in the mouth and chip a front tooth.  You should know that our office is always ready to handle a dental emergency.  We do our best to keep some time available during the week to fit you into our schedule as soon as possible.  We want you to feel confident that we can take care of you whenever you need us!