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By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
January 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
January 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry is an amazing way to boost and enhance your smile.

Maybe she’s born with it or maybe it’s cosmetic dentistry. Either way, would you really be able to tell? For men and women that want to cosmetic dentistryenhance their smiles for the better, they can do so with cosmetic dentistry without anyone even noticing that they’ve had anything done. From the office of our Rockville, MD cosmetic dentist, Dr. H. David Allick, find out what cosmetic dentistry might be able to do for you.

Your Cosmetic Treatment Options

All cosmetic dentistry is a bit different but they all have the same goal in mind: to give you the beautiful, attractive smile you’ve been dreaming about. Whichever cosmetic dentistry in Rockville you choose, know that all of these options are designed to meet a variety of different needs. Common treatment options include:

  • Dental veneers: These porcelain shells are adhered to the front of a tooth or teeth to change the color, shape or size.
  • Dental bonding: A non-invasive procedure in which tooth-colored resin is applied over small imperfections like stains and chips.
  • Teeth whitening: Both our in-office and at-home whitening systems are able to wipe away stains while drastically improving the color of your smile in just one session.
  • Tooth and gum contouring: Sometimes small amounts of gum tissue or enamel must be removed in order to improve an uneven gumline or to buff out issues like extremely pointy canines. While we can’t remove too much enamel we can make minor alterations to the shape of your teeth and gums.
  • Full makeovers: Sometimes choosing a couple different cosmetic procedures may be the ideal way to handle multiple issues to give you the best results.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

As you may be able to glean from the information above, there are so many advantages to getting cosmetic dentistry including:

  • Improving your appearance and making you look younger
  • Enhancing your self-confidence
  • Bettering your personal and professional life
  • Preventing dental damage in the future

Cosmetic dentistry can be an easy and amazing way to get the smile you’ve always hoped you could have. Let White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD make this possible. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
January 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health

With a 95%-plus success rate, dental implants are an effective and durable replacement for lost teeth. But we can't place them and forget them: if you don't clean and maintain them they could fail as a result of disease.

The inorganic materials that make up the implant aren't in danger of infection. But the living gums and bone that surround and support the implant are at risk. In fact, there's a particular periodontal (gum) disease involving implants called peri-implantitis (“peri” – around; implant “itis” – inflammation).

Peri-implantitis begins when the gum tissues around the implant become infected and inflamed. This happens most commonly because plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, builds up on implant surfaces. Another less frequent cause is a buildup of excess cement used to bond the crown to the implant. We need to remove the built-up plaque or the excess cement during your dental visit.

If the infection isn't treated or you don't keep up effective, daily hygiene practices, the infection can grow and extend deeper into the tissues and finally the bone. This can destroy the all-important integration of bone and metal titanium post that has created the implant's strong hold. When that support becomes compromised the implant can lose its attachment and, if untreated, eventually fail.

It's important to keep an eye out for any indications you may have a gum infection around an implant. Look for redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. If the implant feels loose, this may mean that extensive bone loss has already occurred. If you encounter any of these signs, see us immediately for an examination.

The best approach, though, is to prevent peri-implantitis in the first place. So, brush and floss daily around your implant as you do your natural teeth. And be sure you keep up regular dental cleanings and checkups.

With proper care and maintenance you can avoid problems with disease that could affect your implant. Healthy gums and bone will ensure your implant will last for many decades to come.

If you would like more information on preventing disease involving your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.