Posts for: August, 2014

By Newmarket Dentistry
August 29, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   xylitol  

Chewing gum, so much a part of modern culture, actually has ancient roots — humans have been chewing some form of it for thousands of years. While gum chewing is a benign habit for the most part, it does raise some dental health concerns.

The good news for jaw function is that chewing gum is unlikely to cause any long-term problems for your joints if you respond to your body’s warning signals. Our joints, muscles and associated nerves have a built-in mechanism of fatigue and pain signaling to help us avoid overuse. Furthermore, the action of chewing stimulates the production and release of saliva. Among saliva’s many beneficial properties is its ability to neutralize acid, which can soften and erode tooth enamel. It also strengthens enamel by restoring some of the calcium and other minerals lost from acid.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the physical act of chewing gum isn’t without risks. Chewing gum “exercises” your jaw muscles and makes them stronger, so they’re able to deliver more force to your teeth. This could lead to future tooth mobility and excessive wear. It’s important then that you don’t chew gum excessively to avoid this kind of damage to your teeth.

Unfortunately, there’s more bad news involving a key ingredient in many brands. Many manufacturers use sugar (sucrose) to sweeten their product, which is a major part of its appeal. Sugar, however, is a prime food source for oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay. The prolonged presence of sugar in the mouth when we chew gum can negate the beneficial effects of increased saliva.

A sweetener called xylitol, though, could be the answer to “having your gum and chewing it too.” This alcohol-based sugar (which, by the way, has almost half the calories of table sugar) has the opposite effect on bacteria — rather than becoming a food source it actually inhibits bacterial growth. Studies have even shown that products like chewing gum, mints or candy sweetened with xylitol can contribute significantly to a reduction in dental caries (cavities) caused by decay.

The better news: you don’t have to give up chewing gum for the sake of your teeth — just be sure to choose products with dental-friendly ingredients and don’t chew excessively. You’ll not only reduce the risks of tooth decay and damage, you’ll also promote a healthier environment in your mouth.

If you would like more information on chewing gum and its effects on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Chewing Gum” and “Xylitol in Chewing Gum.”

By Newmarket Dentistry
August 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to know if this is the right treatment plan for you. If you’ve been coveting a smile makeover without all the invasive treatments, you may have already sifted through a list of cosmetic procedures online to find one that works for you. Veneers Before & After
You want more than a tweak but you don’t want to do anything drastic or life altering. That’s why your cosmetic dentist is happy to offer dental veneers—thin shells that go on the front of your teeth to fix life’s little imperfections. It’s non-invasive, can drastically improve your smile, and it doesn’t make you spend hours in a dental chair. As with any procedure, we need to make sure you’re a good candidate. So how do you know if you have the right smile for dental veneers? Here are some ways to find out:

What are you trying to correct?

Since getting dental veneers isn’t an extensive treatment, it can’t change all problems the way we would like. Here are the dental issues that dental veneers can improve:
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • Severely stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down and have chips or cracks
  • Mild misalignment that affects the line of your smile
If any of these smile situations sound like you, dental veneers could be in your future. However there’s still a little more that needs to be done before we deem you treatment-ready!

Dental Veneer Evaluation

No dental procedure would be possible without your cosmetic dentist giving your smile a thorough examination to make sure the treatment will be a success. After all, why would you want to go through a dental procedure if it’s not going to get to the root of your problem? That’s why we make sure your smile is just right before we recommend veneers (or any treatment for that matter). We may deem you a good candidate if,
  • Your teeth are otherwise healthy and there are no cavities
  • You don’t have gum disease (and your gums are healthy)
  • You aren’t a teeth grinder
  • Your bite is properly aligned
  • You have enough tooth enamel to support the veneers post-preparation.
When we mention post-preparation, we are talking about the process of shaving some of your enamel down to make room for your veneers. We want to know that after we remove a tiny bit of enamel your tooth will still be strong enough to fully support your veneers.
Sure you could read everything you can find online about dental veneers. You could even ask friends or family members who have them; however, the best way to find out if porcelain veneers are the right choice for your smile is to come in for a consultation. If you’re ready to take the next step, then call our office and setup a consultation appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Perhaps you've seen Nate Berkus on The Oprah Winfrey Show or watched his television program, The Nate Berkus Show. You may even have read his best-selling book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You'll Love. Regardless of where or how you discovered Berkus, you will surely have noticed his dazzling smile.

Berkus recently opened up about the facts behind his trademark smile during an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. First off, his smile is totally natural, as he never wore braces or had any cosmetic work, including porcelain veneers. However, Berkus does give credit to his childhood dentist for the preventative healthcare he received as a young boy. “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said. Nate also shared the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist that he still follows today: “Floss the ones you want to keep.” Berkus went on to say that he feels, “healthy habits should start at a young age.”

And we totally agree! For this reason we have put together the following list of facts and oral hygiene tips:

  • Over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected areas between teeth — a place that may be difficult or even impossible to reach with a toothbrush.
  • A thorough brushing may take up to two minutes at first, and it may feel awkward as you reach some places in your mouth.
  • Remember, more is NOT always better! Brushing or flossing too hard can be damaging to your teeth and gums. And never saw back and forth with your floss.

To learn more about oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing techniques, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor article “Oral Hygiene Behavior - Dental Health For Life.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss any questions you have as well as treatment options. As needed, we will work with you to teach you the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you feel confident before you leave our office. And to read the entire interview with Nate Berkus, please see the Dear Doctor article “Nate Berkus.”

Newmarket Dentistry feels that patients deserve the smile of a lifetime. Did you know that your smile is one of the first qualities that others notice about you? At our Newmarket dental office, we believe our teeth whitening system is one of the most effective and safest methods for our patients. You are assured a whiter smile in the quickest manner possible. Teeth Whitening
There are many daily routines you might be continuing to make your teeth dull and unappealing. Drinks like coffee, tea and red wine are known to stain your teeth over time. In fact, your teeth can become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from certain foods and drinks. Using tobacco has also been exposed to cause unwanted stains.

The Whitening Procedure

Unlike some dental procedures, the teeth whitening procedure is quick, simple and painless. The results you desire are received in less than 60 minutes! The procedure for teeth whitening involves:
  1. Your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier.
  2. A retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied.
  3. The gel is then left on for around an hour. When the gel is removed, you will be able to see the results immediately.
Our staff guarantees professional teeth whitening is a perfect option for you. Having your teeth whitened professionally at Newmarket Dental has many advantages:
  • Results can be seen immediately after the treatment
  • The whole process can be accomplished in one treatment
  • You are guaranteed a safe, and effective result

Keep Your Teeth White

To ensure your smile stays nice and bright, there are numerous precautions you can take:
  1. Stick with your normal brushing and flossing routine and see us for your regular checkups and cleanings.
  2. Certain foods and drinks can bring stains back quicker than usual. Red wine, tea, and coffee are a few that will require your teeth to be brushed after.
  3. Smoking not only causes harm to your health, it also stains your newly white teeth, which causes your white teeth to turn rancid rather quickly.
Our professional whitening treatment at Newmarket Dental can last your as long as five years. Feel free to contact us for any questions regarding teeth whitening and dental care.

By Newmarket Dentistry
August 01, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

A wise man once said, “No man is an island.” Something similar could be said about our teeth — their health and vitality are intricately linked with a person’s general health. Missing teeth in particular can set off a chain reaction that leads to bone loss, an issue for both your health and appearance.

Bone is composed of living cells that go through normal cycles of growth and resorption (the dissolving of mineral composition in the bone). In our early years, there’s more growth than resorption as our skeletal structure develops; in adulthood the cycle tends to equalize between the two phases. In our later years, the cycle tends more toward resorption.

The action of biting and chewing actually helps keep the cycle on track as the generated forces stimulate bone growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone no longer receives this stimulation and will resorb at a higher rate. This is especially a concern for people who’ve suffered a complete loss of their teeth.

This bone loss may in turn trigger a number of related problems. The jaws may no longer close properly, leading to painful stress in the joints. Nutrition suffers as food choices become limited due to the lack of teeth and bite problems. And, a person’s appearance may change as well — the bone loss shortens the look of the face and causes the person to appear much older than they are.

Because of these potential problems, we should do everything we can to preserve and prolong natural teeth. But if preservation isn’t an option, then some form of restoration should be pursued. Dental implants in particular may actually prevent and even reverse bone loss. Bone has an affinity with titanium (which is what the implant is made from) and will attach and grow around it over time. This not only anchors the implant, it also increases bone mass where it may have been prematurely lost.

Caring for and preserving your natural teeth is one of the best things you can do for the health of your jawbone. If you lose your teeth, though, there are ways to restore them and protect bone health — and your smile — at the same time.

If you would like more information on the effects of tooth loss, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “New Teeth in One Day.”



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