One of the fastest and easiest ways you can get a new look is by getting professional teeth whitening. If you’ve already decided to whiten, you may be confused by the number of options and may not know which one is the best for you. You can benefit from professional teeth whitening services by Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI.
Professional VS At-home Teeth Berkley
Professional teeth whitening and DIY whitening kits offer their advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of each.
DIY Whitening Kits
Over-the-counter whitening kits such as whitening strips and whitening toothpaste offer convenient options at a much lower price than professional whitening. They are also convenient because you can use them in your own time. However, many teeth whitening Berkley dental patients use them incorrectly because it’s difficult to avoid the bleaching solution making contact with the gum line. This is a problem because it can cause gum recession and sensitivity. Many dental professionals recommend only using this type of kit in an emergency.
Professional Whitening Treatments
Although in-office whitening treatments are more expensive than over-the-counter kits, they can turn out to be more economical in the long run because of their effects. Professional teeth whitening Berkley uses a stronger bleach solution, which means it can get your teeth several shades whiter than DIY kits (up to seven shades) and the results can last longer. Professional whitening agents are regulated and can only be used by qualified dental professionals.
Some dentists also provide at-home whitening kits that are easier and safer to use than over-the-counter kits. These are comprised of a tray that is customized to the shape of your mouth so that the bleaching agent is applied precisely.
If you a Berkley MI resident and you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Forte for teeth whitening, you can reach Forte Family Dentistry at (248) 546-2030.
To stay healthy at home during this lockdown, you may be fixing nutritious meals, going for walks, or following along with workout videos. Don't forget to include your teeth in your health routine! There are a variety of ways you can update your dental hygiene practices at home to make sure you're getting the most out of your brushing and flossing. Below, your dentist in Berkley, MI, Dr. Julie Forte, offers at-home dental cleaning guidelines for the whole family.
Tips for adults
Brushing your teeth is something you've been doing for many decades, and it's probably become so ingrained that you don't think much about it anymore. However, take some time to evaluate how you're brushing to see if you need to make any changes. Are you brushing for two minutes twice a day? Do you replace your toothbrush every three to four months? Are you using a non-abrasive toothpaste? When it comes to flossing, try ordering the plastic flossing picks to replace the traditional spool of floss. To stay on track with flossing, try updating your calendar for every day that you do floss. After about 10 to 12 days, you should be well on your way to keeping this habit!
Tips for kids
Children aren't known for being diligent about cleaning their teeth, and during this time where normal routines are disrupted, they might be even more inattentive to brushing and flossing. You can boost their interest in brushing by ordering new toothbrushes featuring their favorite color or cartoon character. A fun-flavored toothpaste can also be helpful. You may try downloading an app to your phone that times their brushing and encourages them to keep going; there are several of these apps available. To promote children's flossing, your Berkley dentist suggests similar methods as mentioned above.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to see patients for non-emergency appointments at this time, but for questions or dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkeley, MI at (248) 546-2030.
Protect your gums from disease with good oral hygiene and healthy habits.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge. Keeping up with good brushing and flossing habits can go a long way to reducing plaque and tartar buildup. Of course, if you don’t visit the dentist as often as you should, or if you find that your sweet tooth gets out of control, then you may end up noticing changes in your gums. You should visit our Berkley, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte if you notice any of these three warning signs of gum disease.
Healthy gums will appear pink and firm; therefore, if you notice that your gums are a bit puffy and red this could be a sign of bacteria under the gumline that could be leading to inflammation or swelling. By brushing more meticulously and flossing daily without fail you may be able to get rid of the bacteria; however, if you don’t see a difference in the health or appearance of your gums after 1-2 weeks of very diligent and thorough at-home care then it’s time to turn to our Berkley, MI, family dentist.
Are you noticing some blood in the sink lately when you rinse? Bleeding gums that occur after brushing or flossing could be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. While gingivitis is a milder form of the disease, if you don’t properly care for your gums this can progress into full-blown periodontitis. Be more thorough when it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth and you should notice that the bleeding goes away after a couple of days. If it doesn’t, it’s time to see your dentist.
Unfortunately most people don’t notice the very subtle changes associated with gum disease until the disease has progressed enough to alter the shape and appearance of their gums or has caused other dental problems. If you have suddenly noticed that your teeth look a little longer than they usually do this could be a sign that your gums are receding. Gum recession is a telltale sign of gum disease. Don’t ignore this problem! Untreated gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Are you looking for a dentist in Berkley, MI, that can provide your whole family with routine cleanings and checkups and prevent decay and gum disease from happening to you? If so, call Forte Family Dentistry today at (248) 546-2030 to schedule your next six-month cleaning.
Are you scared of the dentist? We understand that many patients struggle with dental anxiety, and are so fearful about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have treatment. Sedation dentistry can take away your anxiety. It uses medicine to help patients relax during dental procedures. Led by Dr. Julie Forte, Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI specializes in sedation dentistry. Read on to learn about the different types of sedation options and their benefits.
#1 Medication- For minimal sedation, your dentist can give you oral medication an hour before the procedure. Drugs that can be used include triazolam, zaleplon, lorazepam, hydroxyzine, and diazepam. The medicine will make you drowsy, although you will be awake. One of the greatest benefits of oral conscious sedation is that patients feel completely relaxed during every stage of the treatment process.
#2 Laughing Gas- Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, is a form of inhaled sedation that helps patients relax during dental treatment. You breathe nitrous oxide and oxygen through a small mask that's placed over your nose. Your dental care provider can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas usually wears off quickly. Laughing gas can reduce anxiety, improve your mood, and eliminate your pain during dental treatment.
#3 IV Sedation is the administration of a sedative drug through a vein. It allows your anxiety levels to be managed while keeping you at least somewhat aware during treatment. You will be able to respond when spoken to, move, and breathe independently. IV sedation will keep you comfortable and reduce stress during dental treatment.
#4 General Anesthesia- General anesthesia is commonly used to facilitate dental treatment in people with anxiety. The procedure renders patients unconscious through the use of potent medications and gas. Most patients under this type of anesthesia do not feel pain and have no memory of the procedure. In this unconscious state, there's also an absence of anxiety and fear.
Don't let dental anxiety stop you from visiting the dentist. Our dentist Dr. Julie Forte specializes in sedation dentistry can calm your nerves and put your mind at ease. Call Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI at 248-546-2030 right now to schedule a dental appointment. We're committed to helping our patients overcome their fear of the dentist, so they can maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Root canal therapy is an important dental restoration which saves failing teeth from extraction. Comfortable and effective, a root canal takes just two visits to your dentist, Dr. Julie Forte and her team at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley. Really--just two visits!
What is a root canal?
A root canal is part of your tooth's natural anatomy. It contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. There may be up to four roots, and therefore, four root canals, per tooth.
Unfortunately, these interior canals are subject to bacterial invasion from decay or injury. Over time, the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, and toothache pain results.
At Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, your dentist determines the extent of dental damage and may recommend a root canal procedure to clean out the tooth, seal it and cover it with a realistic porcelain crown. Dr. Forte performs root canal therapy in its entirety in her office. Most people need only local anesthetic, but some patients benefit from oral conscious sedation (tranquilizers) for added relaxation and relief of any anxiety.
Annually, American patients undergo about 15 million root canal procedures, says the American Association of Endodontists. The treatments are highly successful, relieve pain, and allow patients to keep their natural teeth.
Signs you may need a root canal
Some ailing teeth show no obvious signs of trouble. That's why regular check-ups at Forte Family Dentistry are so important.
However, other teeth may be very symptomatic. These danger signs may include:
- Toothache pain (severe and throbbing)
- Jaw and gum swelling
- Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, and sugar
- A pimple on the gums
- Tender, swollen gums
- Drainage which smells and tastes bad
- Bad breath which persists
- Enamel discoloration
- A crack or chip obvious upon inspection or X-ray
- Extensive and deep decay
- Multiple fillings in a single tooth (along with filling breakdown)
Living with your restored tooth
Teeth restored with root canal therapy usually last for many years--even decades. Key to their useful lives is:
- Daily flossing and twice daily brushing to keep crown margins free of plaque and tartar
- Six-month examinations and cleanings at Forte Family Dentistry
- Consuming a low-sugar, high-fiber diet
If you do need root canal therapy, Dr. Julia Forte and her team will care for both you and your tooth so well you'll both thrive. Call Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, any time you have a question or a concern about the health of a particular tooth. We're here to help! The office phone number is (248) 546-2030.
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