Healthy Easter Baskets in Lafayette

Many children hope to find jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate eggs hidden at the bottom of their Easter baskets. These sweet treats are often sugary and sticky, contributing to tooth decay. Instead of promoting cavities this Easter, Dr. Young offers a few ideas to create healthy Easter baskets.

Tooth-Friendly Easter Treats

Easter baskets and eggs don’t have to be filled with candy. These fun goodies will keep kids smiling:

  • Small toys: Try stuffing your baskets with stickers, erasers, bouncy balls, play-dough, silly string, crayons, stuffed animals, coins, and other small prizes. Be cautious of tiny objects that could cause a choking hazard to young children.
  • Outdoor fun: Encourage your children to enjoy the spring weather with new outdoor activities. Consider filling baskets with sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, skates, sports equipment, flower seeds, and other recreational hobbies. Don’t forget to include a mouthguard to prevent facial injuries!
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Proper Toothbrush Care

You probably already know that brushing your teeth twice a day is very important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, brushing won’t be very effective if your toothbrush is not in good shape. Dr. Young can make sure your toothbrush care and brushing habits are protecting your smile. Let’s see how much you know about taking care of your toothbrush.

1. How often should you replace your toothbrush?

a. Every two weeks
b. Once a year
c. Every three months

2. How should you store your toothbrush?

a. Upright and uncovered
b. With a cap or cover
c. Laying down by the sink

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Cosmetic Dental Truths

Before you whiten your smile, you need to understand some of the common misconceptions about cosmetic dental care. Dr. Young can help explain those confusing dental myths to keep your smile bright. Here are a few tips you should consider before enhancing your teeth.

  1. Not all tooth stains react the same way. Yellow discoloration is often easier to lighten than black or brown stains. Furthermore, if a stain is too deep to remove, Dr. Young may have to use veneers or bonding to hide the discoloration.
  2. Whitening toothpastes don’t alter your enamel. Many over-the-counter whitening products will only remove surface stains. They won’t sink deep into your enamel to actually change the color of your teeth. It’s also important to note that some over-the-counter treatments can erode your enamel and increase your sensitivity.
  3. Don’t over-bleach your teeth. Some people abuse whitening systems and use the solution too long or too often. Excessive whitening can cause erosion, sensitivity, irritation, and discoloration.
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How Caffeine Affects Your Oral and Overall Health

Caffeine is a stimulant that physically or mentally boosts your body for a few hours. To celebrate Caffeine Awareness Month, let’s discuss how this energizer affects your overall health.

Caffeinated Drinks Affect Your Teeth

Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. All of these dark-colored beverages have the potential to stain your teeth. Additionally, soda and energy drinks are often very acidic and can erode your tooth enamel. Furthermore, coffee and soda may dehydrate your mouth and lead to bad breath, while soda and energy drinks often contain sugars that can decay your teeth. Tea, however, has some tooth-friendly benefits. Tea contains antioxidants that can prevent bacteria from sticking to your tooth and increase your ability to fight infections.

To avoid stains, erosion, decay, and other tooth damage, drink your caffeinated beverages with mealtimes and through a straw. You should also visit Dr. Young to restore your oral problems with whitening, fillings, crowns, and other cosmetic treatments.

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Restore Broken Teeth with Dental Crowns

Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth can be uncomfortable, painful, and unattractive. It’s important to restore your broken teeth to avoid further dental complications. Fortunately, Dr. Young offers dental crowns to repair your smile and restore full function.

What to do When a Tooth Breaks

A broken tooth can be anything as small as a chip to a whole tooth knocked out. A broken tooth can damage your crown or root, creating the need for serious restorations. If you break a tooth, it’s important to rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. You should also try to avoid putting direct pressure on the tooth. Save any pieces of your tooth because Dr. Young may be able to reattach or bond the tooth back together. Keep the broken pieces safe by preserving them in a milk or saline solution. And, of course, if your tooth breaks or cracks, call Dr. Young immediately!

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Patient Feedback for Your Lafayette Dentist

Dr. Michael Young is committed to building trusting relationships with our patients. We want you to feel completely comfortable at your appointment, and we encourage you to tell us your thoughts, comments, and experiences to let us know how we’re doing. Your feedback will help our staff analyze our performance to see if we are meeting our goals and keeping all our patients happy and healthy. Additionally, your testimonial will help give new patients an unbiased perspective and expectation about the quality of service we provide.

Your patient feedback should include your thoughts, feelings, complaints, recommendations, reactions, and anything else that summarizes your experience. Your positive comments help us stay motivated and confident. We hope your appointment was extremely pleasant and your opinions will help us improve in the future.

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What Are Your Cosmetic Dental Needs in Lafayette?

You say you want a “better” smile, but what specifically do you want? At your consultation with Dr. Young, your Lafayette dentist, can help you determine what you like and dislike about your smile, as well as the cosmetic procedures that will deliver your desired outcomes. Here are some of the most common complaints about smile imperfections, and the cosmetic options Dr. Young offers to correct them.

“My teeth are discolored.”

Teeth bleaching removes stains to give teeth a bold, bright appearance. Whitening can be done professionally by Dr. Young or with over-the-counter treatments. Dr. Young uses the Zoom! Whitening system for one-visit in-office bleaching, or custom-fitted trays with prescription whitening gel for bleaching at home.

“My teeth have flaws.”

Bonding can correct chips, cracks, discoloration, or gaps. A composite tooth-colored material is bonded to the surface of your tooth to conceal defects. The bonding material is custom designed to match natural tooth structure, so it blends perfectly with your existing teeth.  Dental veneers are another cosmetic option that can transform your smile to look brighter, straighter, and more symmetrical. Dr. Young offers traditional porcelain veneers and LUMINEERS by CERINATE, a no-prep option that works well for some cases.

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Academy and Grammy Award-Winning Smiles

February is a month of awards. As we prepare for the Grammy’s on February 12 and the Academy Awards on February 26, let’s take a look at some of your favorite winners who have had dental treatments done to adjust their smiles.

Academy Award Winners

  • George Clooney: He won an Oscar in 2006, but he should be awarded for his improved smile. One of the biggest names in Hollywood got porcelain veneers, crowns, and crown lengthening.
  • Tom Cruise: Cruise has been nominated for several Academy Awards, but perhaps his misaligned jaw keeps him from winning. Despite the crooked jaw, the actor and producer wore braces to help straighten his smile. After fixing alignment problems, he further enhanced his teeth with whitening.
  • Morgan Freeman: His old age caused receding gums and yellow teeth, but since his Oscar win for Million Dollar Baby, Freeman has improved his smile with whitening and crowns. His new smile makes him look younger and healthier.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones: Rumors speculate about whether the Chicago Oscar winner has had professional bleaching, or just has a beautiful white smile naturally.
  • Natalie Portman: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists ranked the Black Swan winner as the top smile in Hollywood. They also gave her the number two spot for most kissable lips. (more…)

Teenage Changes Affect Dental Health

Is your teenager moody and difficult? The cause could be typical teen hormones, but it could also be that your teenager is struggling with dental pain. Researchers say that many children act up because they’re in pain, not because they have behavioral issues. Behaviors and changes during the teenage years can affect a person’s oral health, but even so, Dr. Young can take care of any problem.

Social Acceptance

Teenagers commonly deal with peer pressure and experiment with different habits in the hopes of “fitting in.” The following social situations can alter dental health.

Start Your Day Off Right With a Healthy Breakfast

Did you wake up late this morning and rush out the door on an empty stomach because you didn’t have time to eat breakfast? You’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true! Dr. Young can offer healthy tips to keep your body and smile healthy in the morning and throughout the day.

Breakfast Prevents Snacking

If you’re dieting, you may think that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight. However, it actually has the opposite effect. Skipping breakfast will mean that you’ll be hungry in the mid-morning hours, and more likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Snacking throughout the day gives oral bacteria more time to feed and attack your teeth. Breakfast, however, boosts your metabolism and will keep you full enough so you can make healthier food choices at lunchtime. You won’t be so hungry that you’ll just reach for the first thing that’s available. Instead, you’ll take time to plan your meal and consider what you’re eating. Healthier foods will help you lose weight and protect your smile from all the sugars and carbohydrates that bacteria thrive off of.

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