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How to Maintain a White Smile after Bleaching

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 15, 2018 , Comments Off on How to Maintain a White Smile after Bleaching

After spending the time and money on bleaching your teeth to achieve the white smile you have dreamed of you will want to make sure that pearly white sheen lasts. With regular visits to your Dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT and the tips listed below you can keep your smile whiter for longer.

 

Use an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have proven to be more effective when it comes to maintaining a bright, white smile. They especially help with extrinsic staining, or staining due to external factors, like food and drinks. Although not a complete solution to whitening, it helps blast away remnants from coffee, red wine, or other edibles that stain teeth.

 

Floss

Think of flossing in the same way you think of a vacuum: removing the dust and dirt from your carpet makes it look cleaner. Without the debris of food or stains from coffee or soda your teeth look and stay whiter for longer. Flossing also helps to maintain good oral health.

 

Avoid Foods that Stain

Beware of the usual suspects: red wine, coffee and black tea. But also look out for other rich-colored food culprits that aren’t as stigmatized, like ketchup and marinara sauce. If you can’t avoid these teeth staining foods it helps to pack a toothbrush and brush immediately after eating.

 

Use a Straw

When you sip directly from a mug or cup, it exposes your teeth to a staining liquid more than a straw does. So if you have to have that coffee, use a straw to prevent discoloration.

 

Try the “White Diet”

These are foods that promote bright, healthy teeth. Rice, milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, rice are among the most popular. It is recommended that you stick to this diet for at least 2 weeks after whitening.

 

Keeping that white smile is easy with the tips listed above and bi-annual visits with our Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT. Make sure you schedule your appointment with us in order to achieve the smile of your dreams.

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Tips for Teaching your Kids how to Properly Brush their Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 25, 2018 , Comments Off on Tips for Teaching your Kids how to Properly Brush their Teeth

When it comes time to teach your kids how to brush their teeth on their own you will want to make sure they are doing it properly. Improper brushing habits or technique can lead to some nasty cavities. While your child is getting their bi-annual cleaning at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, ask your dentist for some tips for proper brushing. Below are some tips to help teach your child how to brush their teeth on their own.

 

Make it Part of the Routine

Have your child brush his/her teeth at the same times each day. Attach it to other normal tasks like, brushing right before pajamas come off in the morning and as soon as they go on in the evening. Developing the habit of brushing their teeth is important to combat against cavities. This will also give them the practice they need in order to brush properly.

 

Lead by Example

Your kids will be more willing to brush their teeth properly if they see you doing it as well. Have them observe and brush their teeth with you each morning and night so they can see how it is done. Soon they will be able to go and brush their teeth on their own.

 

The 2x2min Rule

The common rule to brushing your teeth properly is the 2×2 rule, which means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Get them in the habit of thoroughly brushing their teeth each morning and night for at least two minutes. Purchase a 2 minute timer or sing a fun song to help them keep track of how long they are brushing.

 

Brushing Technique

Show them how to start the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line, then clean the front (and back) of each tooth with short, round strokes. Brush the biting/chewing surface of each tooth with short, sweeping strokes. It is also good practice to brush the tongue to remove germs and improve bad breath. Stress the importance of spitting out the remaining toothpaste when finished. Tell them that even though the paste still tastes fruity-yummy, it is now yucky from cleaning off the teeth and needs to go down the drain.

 

For more brushing techniques make sure you ask your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork at your next dental appointment.

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Interesting Dental History Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 27, 2018 , Comments Off on Interesting Dental History Facts

While going to the dentist doesn’t seem like fun, compared to the dentistry practices in the past, it’s a breeze! To let you know how good you have it at Roger’ Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork we have pulled out our history books to give you some insight on some interesting dental history facts.

 

  • The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
  • George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
  • The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
  • The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
  • Back in the Middle Ages, “barber-surgeons” were the people you would visit in order to get your face shaved and your teeth pulled
  • The cure for a toothache in Medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.
  • N. Wadsworth was granted the first U.S. patent for a toothbrush in 1857. In 1938, the first nylon bristled toothbrushes were mass produced by DuPont.
  • The plaque that grows on human teeth consists of 300 different species of bacteria
  • Teeth are like fingerprints, no two are alike and everyone’s is specific just to them. Even twins do not share the same dental fingerprint.
  • The first dental drills were made of stone. Teeth have been found belonging to Stone Age humans with stone drilled holes around decayed matter.
  • In early colonial days, the village blacksmiths also served as the community dentist because they had tools that could most easily pull teeth, which was the only way they dealt with a toothache.
  • Aristotle and Hippocrates first contemplated type of dental braces as far back as 300 A.D. and archaeologists have discovered mummified remains of people with bands made from catgut wrapped around their teeth.

 

Now going to the dentist doesn’t seem so bad, right? Schedule your appointment with us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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Summer Treats that could Harm your Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on May 23, 2018 , Comments Off on Summer Treats that could Harm your Teeth

Summer calls for fun in in the sun with our friends and family. These fun summer gatherings will have a variety of treats for you to munch on. When it comes to the care of your teeth you need to be careful about the kind of the treats you are eating. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you to keep your smile healthy and bright. We listed some treats that you should try to avoid this summer to prevent harm to your teeth.

 

Potato Chips

Salty potato chips are mouth-watering; unfortunately they are also a mouth hazard. Potato chips have a pesky way of breaking into little pieces that can hide in your mouth and get stuck in between teeth. With a high starch content, potato chips can put your mouth at risk for cavities and a host of other dental problems.

 

Soda

Those delicious sodas (and sugary drinks) found at every get together come with a cost: cavities. The sugar in the soda combines with the bacteria in your mouth to create the perfect storm that can wear down enamel and cause cavities.

 

Pickles

Pickles are a popular summer treat and can be found on your burgers at every summer grill out. Unfortunately, the vinegary acid that makes pickles so mouth-watering can also erode your enamel and cause sensitive teeth.

 

Ice Cream

Ice cream is a delicious and popular summer treat, especially for those hot summer days. Many ice creams are produced with a lot of sugar, putting your teeth at risk for cavities and gum disease. Ice cream is also one of the chief offenders for people with sensitive teeth, which is caused by an erosion of tooth enamel.

 

Lemonade

The acid in lemonade can wear down enamel over time. Flavored lemonade can have a secondary hazard: sugar. When you do enjoy a delicious glass, drink it fast and don’t sip.

 

Make sure you schedule your next dentist appointment at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah to get your teeth cleaned before the summer festivities begin.

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Little Known Facts about Orthodontics and Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 24, 2018 , Comments Off on Little Known Facts about Orthodontics and Braces

Many of us have the privilege of having braces. This amazing invention allows us to achieve the smiles we have always wanted. With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can avoid any smile mishaps. Unfortunately it wasn’t always this way. Listed below are some little known facts about orthodontics and the braces you could be wearing today.

  1. The nickel titanium in some braces wire was developed by NASA with shape memory properties (meaning it keeps its shape) that are activated by body heat and/or pressure.
  2. Braces are not magnetic. Braces don’t set off metal detectors. Braces don’t pick up radio transmissions. Braces don’t increase your odds of being hit by lightning.
  3. The first braces were designed in 1728, consisting of a flat piece of metal connected to the teeth by thread. Orthodontic brackets were invented in 1915.
  4. Adults want straight teeth too! In fact, MILLIONS of people over age 18 are currently in orthodontic treatment.
  5. Some cements used to attach brackets to your teeth include a fluoride-releasing substance.
  6. Nearly 25% of orthodontic patients have to get braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers!
  7. 100% of all orthodontists are dentists. About 6% of all dentists are orthodontists.
  8. Approximately 4 million people in the United Sates are wearing braces or another form of orthodontic appliance to straighten their teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
  9. Even though braces weren’t designed until the early 18th century, many mummies have been discovered with cords made from animal intestines wrapped around their teeth, much like modern braces wiring, which archaeologists believe was an attempt at straightening crooked teeth.
  10. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child seen by an orthodontist as soon as tooth irregularities appear no later than age 7. An early evaluation can help determine if problems are present and anticipate the most appropriate time for orthodontic treatment, if necessary.

For more information regarding braces make sure you talk to your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Call us today to make an appointment.

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Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on September 23, 2016 , Comments Off on Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

Perfect female smile.

When it comes to caring for our teeth and gums, our daily routine is what will determine their overall health and well-being. Having a good cleaning routine will help you in preventing future cavities and various oral diseases. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you in establishing an excellent care routine for your teeth and gums. Our dentists care about your health, so we have provided some steps you should be following each day when it comes time to clean your teeth.

Consistency

Brushing your teeth every morning and night will help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You increase your chances of a healthy mouth by brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. For the best results you will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, make sure you replace it every 3 months to make sure it is working up to its fullest potential. Following this routine consistently will give you a clean, happy mouth as well as fresh breath.

Toothpaste

There are a variety of toothpastes types out there for you to choose from. It is always wise to go with a toothpaste that your dentist recommends. Most recommend a fluoride toothpaste to help you in protecting your enamel. Check to make sure it has at least 1,350 – 1,500 ppm or else it won’t be as effective. When it comes to children, they shouldn’t be using a fluoride toothpaste until they can properly spit after brushing their teeth. Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for your child.

Flossing and Mouthwash

The one step we most often ignore when it comes to our daily brushing routine is to floss and rinse with mouthwash. Flossing helps you to reach the places your toothbrush can’t clean properly. Floss removes any buildup of plaque, bacteria, and food in-between your teeth. Mouthwash acts as a final protective barrier against plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Pick a mouthwash that has fluoride in it to help you in protecting your enamel even more. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for two minutes to allow it to thoroughly coat all areas of your teeth. Remember not to swallow the mouthwash as it may give you a stomach ache.

Having a thorough daily brushing routine will help you in preventing a large amount of oral problems. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you and your family in giving you the best oral healthcare. Stop by or give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 23, 2016 , Comments Off on Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

braces

So you have finally decided to take the leap and get braces to help you straighten out your teeth! Now you are faced with the question of whether or not to get your standard braces or invisible braces. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you with this dilemma as well as all of your dental needs. We have noticed some benefits of having invisible braces and have listed them below to help you in making your decision.

 

Appearance

The most noticeable benefit of having invisible braces is their appearance. In fact, no one will really know you have them. While standard braces are very noticeable due to the fact you have large bits of metal in your mouth, invisible braces are made to make them unnoticeable. These factors are important for older teens and adults that may be self-conscious about having to have braces.

 

Comfort

Standard braces are known to cause pain and discomfort throughout their use. Invisible braces will be the most comfortable option for you. Not only will you avoid the pain of metal in your mouth, invisible braces are removable. This allows you to have the freedom to eat whatever you want. You also avoid the tedious process of adding and removing metal brackets and wires.

 

Safety

Invisible braces are known to be better for the safety of your mouth and your teeth. Metal braces tend to scratch or tear at your mouth during the duration of their treatment. Invisible braces are non-evasive and won’t cause damage to the interior of your mouth. Metal braces are also known to cause tooth-decay due to the inability to properly brush your teeth. Invisible braces can be removed for proper cleaning of your teeth.

 

Duration

Invisible braces have been proven to work faster and more efficiently than your standard metal braces. Metal braces can take up to five years to have full effect, depending on the severity of your situation. Most cases with invisible braces are solved within a year.

 

To find out if invisible braces are right for you, schedule an appointment when one of our experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We specialize in a variety of dental procedures to give you the best care. We even have the ability to take care of your younger children as well. Call us today to find out more.

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Healing after a Dental Implant

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 20, 2016 , Comments Off on Healing after a Dental Implant

implant

With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork the pain and healing time needed after receiving a dental implant has been cut down to a minimum. The dentist will give you some advice when it comes to the healing process. Make sure you follow the instructions very carefully. We have also providing you with some tips to help you throughout the healing process.

Bleeding

Bleeding may occur after the placement of your dental implant. To reduce bleeding gently and constantly bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Sit upright to control the bleeding.

Swelling

While swelling is more common with surgeries involving a bone graft, you may experience some swelling with your implant. You can reduce the swelling by placing an ice-pack on your cheek in the area of the implant. The swelling should reduce within the first 48 hours.

Pain

Standard over the counter pain medications have been proven to be the most effective when it comes to dental implants. You should start taking the pain medications as soon as the anesthesia from the surgery wears off.

Everyday Activity

It is recommended that you keep physical activity to a minimum within the first few days after your surgery, especially the first day. Over doing it can cause unnecessary pain and bleeding. Walking and light physical activity is acceptable, but try to avoid bending over. If you notice an increase in bleeding or any throbbing around the implant, reduce your physical activity and rest.

Diet

Your diet will be restricted for a short time after your surgery. You will want to stick to eating soft foods and liquids. Avoid chewing around the implant sight for 3 to 5 days.

By following the directions from your dentist and adhering to the advice above, you will recover from your dental implant in no time. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have the expertise you can trust for any oral surgery you may need in the future. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 16, 2016 , Comments Off on Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

Everybody wants a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, many adults currently suffer with periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease comes in a range of severities from gum inflammation to diseases that can result in permanent damage like loss of teeth.  The mixture of tartar and gingivitis coinciding in the mouth can cause periodontitis, which is when the gum becomes inflamed around the tooth. When that happens, the gums attempt to pull away from the tooth, and create pockets. Once the pockets get infected you are dealing with some serious dental problems. The good news is there are preventative measures you can take that will reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

Brush Your Teeth

This may seem like a given, but many people do not brush their teeth as they should. Dentist recommend brushing twice a day; in the morning and at night. Most people don’t have a problem with the morning brushing it is the after dinner, nighttime brushing. Brushing at nighttime helps to get rid of a lot of the bacteria your mouth has collected throughout the day. Many dentists also recommend brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

Floss

Every time you go to the dentist they ask you if you have been flossing. This is a very important part of the process in getting the plaque, food, and bacteria from in between your teeth. Flossing gets in between places that toothbrush cannot get to. Floss is great for removing plaque, which is a part of the cause for more serious dental and health issues.

Go To the Dentist

Staying on top of your annual or semi-annual dentist appointments is imperative. You want to make sure your teeth are as healthy as they can be, and it takes a dentist to be thorough in their observation of your teeth. Besides, that is when you get a deep cleaning that goes beyond the typical daily routine.

No Smoking

As if you needed another reason to quit, it can cause gum disease. It is a horrible habit overall, and there are a multitude of reasons why every person needs to quit smoking. Taking care of your mouth and having healthy gums should be one of them.

Periodontal disease can be as painful as it can be sever.  Make sure you visit your Spanish Fork dentist so you can do all you can to ward off this terrible disease.

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Causes of Bad Breath

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on May 19, 2016 , Comments Off on Causes of Bad Breath

Woman with hand over mouth and surprised expression

One of the most dreaded issues when it comes to everyday contact is bad breath. It’s an embarrassing condition that can have a surprisingly significant impact upon your life if left untreated. At Roger’s Dentistry, we know how hard it can be to live with bad breath. That’s why we’ve decided to take the time to write about its causes! If you know what causes bad breath, you can adjust your habits accordingly to achieve better oral hygiene and banish bad breath for good!

 

Poor Dental Hygiene

How often do you brush your teeth? If your answer isn’t “at least two times a day”, we might have found the cause of your bad breath! The problem with failing to brush often enough or skipping flossing is that food debris only needs a little time to start to build up in your mouth. This food will then begin to breakdown, causing bad breath and plaque. If you’re still not convinced, eventually this plaque can lead to gum disease – and you really don’t want to deal with that! If you have bad breath, examining your oral hygiene habits should be the first thing you do.

 

Dry Mouth

Another big origin of bad breath is a condition commonly known as dry mouth. Just as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps to keep your mouth free from food debris and bacteria, your saliva helps keep your mouth clean, too. When you’re suffering from dry mouth, you’re not producing enough saliva to keep up with the mouth’s daily needs. This can lead to a build up of food and bacteria, leading to bad breath and even gum disease if left untreated. If you have unexplained dry mouth and can’t seem to shake it, contact your dentist for an examination right away.

 

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are probably one of the more well-known causes of bad breath. Stemming from – you guessed it! – an accumulation of food particles and bacteria, tonsil stones are white orbs that form in your tonsils. They have a very distinctive odor and can form fairly easily in some people. They are generally visible if you use a flashlight or mirror and open your mouth wide. Removing the tonsil stones is a good way to help reduce bad breath.

 

As you can see, the root cause of bad breath is almost always food particles and bacteria stemming from poor oral hygiene. If you have bad breath and aren’t sure what to do, give your Spanish Fork Dentist, Roger’s Dentistry, a call today to see how we can help!

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