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Your smile can be the brightest star at the holiday party this season with a new teeth-whitening treatment from Esthetic Enhancement. Throughout the years, our teeth can become discolored and stained. This discoloration is hard to avoid but easy to treat!
 
 
Teeth Whitening Options Include:
 
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste- purchasing teeth-whitening toothpaste may seem like a logical solution for your teeth whitening needs. However, this is probably the least effective teeth whitening option. These toothpastes are made with mild abrasives that can gently polish away shallow surface stains, like those you might get after drinking a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Whitening toothpaste’s have no bleaching agents and are therefore powerless against severe discoloration and staining. These toothpastes are best for maintaining your teeth after you have chosen a more effective teeth-whitening solution.
 
Over-the- Counter Teeth Whitening Products - You may have seen these products advertised in commercials claiming to be able to whiten your teeth overnight. However, this simply isn’t the case. Getting the results you expect can take several weeks of daily use. These whitening trays, gels, strips, and rinses just don’t have as much bleaching power as the professional teeth whitening products used by your dentist. There is also significant risk of tooth and gum irritation due to the excessive amount of time required to get the whitening results you want.
 
Professional Teeth Whitening - our experienced dentists can whiten your teeth in just one visit using the professional grade teeth whitening system with custom whitening trays. We'll whiten your teeth up to ten shades and is available for take-home use as well.
 
Porcelain Veneers - if your teeth have staining and discoloration that is just too deeply entrenched in the enamel to be bleached away; we offer you permanent teeth whitening solution with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can be customized to restore your naturally bright smile while also correcting any gaps, tilting, cracks, chips or misalignments.
 
Why not treat yourself this season to a beautiful, healthy whiter smile!
 
 

A glass of milk or two in the morning may do wonders for your oral health!

A new study shows that when milk is consumed after breakfast, the risk of developing tooth decay goes down. The study indicates that drinking a glass of milk serves to reduce the amount of plaque acids in the mouth by more than 50 percent.

The study was done at the University of Illinois and to compile the results, 20 adults were provided with a bowl of cereal that was followed by a glass of milk, a glass of fruit juice or a glass of water. The acid levels were musch lower among the participants who had a glass of milk.

These results further stress the importance of eating habits and the impact on oral health. It’s essential to limit snacking because the mouth is exposed to plaque acids everytime something is consumed. The bacteria released can attack enamel, making way for tooth decay or other problems.

A problem-free smile doesnt last long if you don’t take care of your toothbrush by upgrading to a new one often enough. How often should you replace your toothbrush?

Take Action!

The American Dental Association recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months if not sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.  Whether your toothbrush is electric or manual, the bristles will become worn with use, resulting in less effective cleaning of your teeth. Toothbrushes wear differently with each individual due to brushing habits and other factors, so check your toothbrush regularly and make the change if needed and be sure all your family’s toothbrushes are ADA approved!

Forgetting to Make the Change.

If it's difficult remembering when to exchange, consider using a toothbrush that features bristles that fade or change color to indicate that it’s time for a replacement. Or set a reminder on your phone or computer to tell you when it’s time to say goodbye to that old toothbrush.

Replacing your toothbrush is much easier and less expensive than having to replace teeth lost to decay or infection. Show your teeth the love they deserve and they’ll thank you with a lifetime of happy, healthy-looking smiles!

We would like to share some very exciting news! Starting this month we invite you to view our NEW video blog starring Dr. Deb! This video blog will be providing you with the great patient education and dental information.
 
Dr. Deb’s “Tip of the Week” Will be updated every Monday, so please tune in weekly to our YouTube channel for the latest tips.
 
http://www.youtube.com//MarengoDDS
 
Don’t forget to share the link with your friends and family & re-post on Facebook!
 
https://www.facebook.com/marengodds
 
Stem cells may be closer to being implemented.
 
The ability to turn stem cells into new teeth was showcased earlier this month at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. Stem cells would likely be a more effective way to replace missing teeth because of the cost and longevity.
 
It’s possible that the teeth grown from stem cells could be implemented in mice within five years, according to Paul Sharpe, Dickinson Professor of Craniofacial Biology at King’s College London Dental Institute.
 
It’s also plausible for teeth to be grown from embyronic cells but using adult cells and growth-stimulating chemical factors is more likely to make it to the market at an affordable price.
 
Growing new teeth requires two cells, epithelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells. One cell must send a message to the other cell to start the process of creating teeth. Sharpe’s research has indicated that epithelial cells have the ability to respond to gum tissues during routine dental surgery. The goal of the researchers now is to find a source of mesenchymal cells that will do the same.
 
Stem cells in adult bone marrow produce other types of tissues—but only for 24 hours. It would be ideal to find a way to awaken the properties of cells to grow tissue and find their ability to grow teeth for longer periods of time.
 
Researchers conducted studies of shark and snake teeth, which are always replaced after a tooth breaks or falls out. The stem cell-rich dental lamina is examined thoroughly to understand this process. If epithelial and mesenchymal cells can be successfully combined, then new teeth should be capable of being created.
 
Very exciting study!