General dentistry involves ensuring that people have good dental habits, hygiene practices, and a healthy mouth. The foundation of these things starts with a basic understanding of the differences between plaque and tartar. Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, spend a lot of time helping people get rid of plaque and tartar.
What is the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?
Plaque is an accumulation of several substances on the teeth. It accumulates rather quickly after we eat or after we've been sleeping for a while. It feels like a sticky film coating the teeth. You can scrape it off with fabric or a napkin, and it looks like a white, lumpy substance. When not removed quickly enough, this sticky substance made of saliva, food particles, sugars, starches, and bacteria, can start to harden. The hardened form of the sticky substance is called tartar. Tartar, when left untreated, causes tooth decay, gum disease known as gingivitis, bone disease known as periodontitis, and other problems. Only a hygienist or other trained dental provider can remove the tartar because it needs to be scraped away with instruments.
Why is it Important to Get Rid of Plaque and Tartar?
The removal of plaque and tartar significantly reduces the chances that an individual will have many different health problems, such as cavities or bone loss in the jaw, among other things. In addition to more severe things like this, a person could also have chronic bad breath, which will impact social gatherings or relationships. Ignored long enough, and this can lead to extreme tooth sensitivity, infection, and possible tooth loss hampering a person's ability to consume healthy, delicious foods.
How to Get Rid of Plaque and Tartar
The easiest way to get rid of plaque is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every day, and use a mouthwash to finish off. We also recommend that patients brush their tongues often as well. Your mouth will feel healthier and happier because of it. Keeping up with this regimen goes a long way in helping a person maintain good oral health.
Once plaque has turned into tartar a person needs to see their trusted family dentist at Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, for proper cleaning. When done at least twice a year depending on a patient’s need, a professional deep teeth cleaning allows the dentists to examine the mouth for other issues, fix any minor problems with teeth or gums, and guide you back to healthy oral habits. It also reduces the time and difficulty levels needed to remove the tartar that has already formed below your gum lines.
To help remove plaque and tartar, no matter how long it's been since your most recent dental checkup, contact Dr. Jared Hector and Dr. David Johnson of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 381-7250 to schedule an appointment today!
One of the fastest and most effective ways to brighten your smile is with professional teeth whitening. It can lift away many types of stains and discolorations, as well as brighten dull teeth. Professional whitening treatment can be performed in the office for the fastest results, but it is also available in a convenient take-home kit. We offer both take-home kits and in-office teeth whitening at Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, where Dr. David Johnson or Dr. Jared Hector can help you select the best option for your needs.
Professional Teeth Whitening Methods
It is easy to refresh your smile with teeth whitening at our Portage, MI, dental practice. You can choose from in-office or take-home whitening treatment. Both methods deliver professional results that can last for several years.
In-Office Whitening — Also referred to as chairside whitening, this method of teeth whitening is the fastest way to achieve a brighter smile. It only takes a single appointment to whiten the teeth by several shades. You can enjoy visibly brighter teeth in about one hour with in-office whitening. Results can even last for a few years before a touch-up is needed.
One of the reasons this method delivers results so quickly is that the whitening gel contains a high-concentration bleaching agent. Before the gel is applied to the teeth, special precautions are taken to protect sensitive surfaces, including the lips and gums. The whitening gel is then brushed on the teeth and left in place for about one hour before being removed. Afterward, your smile will be significantly brighter.
Take-Home Whitening — This method of whitening delivers professional results, but allows you to whiten in the comfort of your home according to your schedule. A take-home whitening kit includes two custom trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth, as well as a special whitening gel. When ready for whitening, simply add some gel to each tray before fitting them over the teeth. The trays are usually worn for about one hour during each whitening session. Within a few weeks, your teeth will be noticeably brighter.
In-office and take-home teeth whitening are both excellent options for refreshing your smile. You might even choose in-office whitening initially to achieve a brighter smile quickly, then touch-up as needed with a take-home whitening kit. Our experienced dentists can help you decide which whitening method is right for you.
Teeth whitening is an effective way to whiten and brighten your smile. Whether you choose an in-office treatment or a take-home kit, you’ll enjoy a significantly whiter smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Hector to learn more about professional teeth whitening by calling Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at 269-381-7250.
Our teeth should last a lifetime, and they certainly do under the right circumstances and with proper care. But this isn't always possible for a number of reasons, some of them out of our control. Thanks to dental crowns you can restore your smile and protect damaged teeth. To learn more, contact your Portage, MI, dentists Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry.
Protecting Your Smile
A dental crown is a cap that is secured on top of a tooth in order to protect it, and it looks like and blends in with the rest of your natural teeth.
Teeth may require a crown if they become damaged either from injury, decay, or after a procedure like a root canal.
A root canal is a procedure called upon when decay has progressed deep enough into the tooth to cause severe pain and to threaten its overall integrity. So in essence, a root canal is a tooth-saving treatment, but because it requires removing a large portion of tooth structure, a crown is sometimes necessary to keep it safe.
Teeth that are cracked, chipped, or even discolored in a way that will not respond to professional teeth whitening are usually candidates for dental crowns. Similarly, if a tooth is heavily affected by decay and a traditional dental filling is not enough to treat it, then a dental crown is the best option. In most of these cases, the tooth is too damaged to function properly and is susceptible to further damage if it is not protected.
Dental Crowns in Portage, MI
Whether your imperfections are due to a damaged tooth or a missing one, dental crowns are often a part of the treatment that will restore your smile. If you want to learn just how your dentist can help improve your smile, then make an appointment today with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, by dialing (269) 381-7250.
There's no such thing as a minor smile issue. Even small chips or slight gaps can affect your appearance and might even make you feel a little less self-confident. Fortunately, veneers offered by your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry offer a smile-changing solution.
How veneers improve your smile
Veneers keep imperfections hidden beneath a thin layer of porcelain attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. Each tooth-shaped shell is only as thick as a contact lens yet offers excellent coverage for flaws.
In some cases, your dentist may need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel before attaching your veneers, although this step isn't always necessary.
Do you have any of these smile issues? Veneers can help
Veneers may be a good option for you if you're concerned about:
- Teeth That Stand Out for All the Wrong Reasons: When an oddly shaped tooth disrupts that uniformity of your smile, veneers can be a good option. They're often used to improve the shape of crooked, twisted, pointed or other unusually shaped teeth.
- Minor Damage and Imperfections: You'll soon forget you ever had a chip on one tooth or a crack on another once you receive your veneers. Veneers can also help bumpy or uneven teeth look perfectly smooth.
- Discolored or Stained Teeth: Veneers are equally effective at covering a single stained tooth as they are at whitening your entire smile. If teeth whitening hasn't lightened your teeth enough, you may want to consider adding veneers instead. Veneers don't stain and are available in many shades of white.
- Noticeably Short Teeth: Your smile may look a little uneven if a few of your teeth are shorter than the others. Veneers lengthen short teeth, eliminating the problem.
- Spaces Between Teeth: Braces aren't necessarily the only solution if you have a gap between your front teeth. Veneers easily conceal slight gaps, instantly transforming your smile. (You may need orthodontic treatment if gaps are large.)
Renew your smile with veneers! Call your dentists in Portage, MI, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry at (269) 381-7250 to schedule your appointment.
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