Drinking alcohol decreases your mental focus and concentration, but it also destroys your dental health. Alcohol contributes to enamel erosion, tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, and oral cancer. In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, Dr. Young offers these tips to keep your mouth healthy when consuming alcohol.
You may be too tired or clueless after getting intoxicated that you forget to clean your mouth before passing out. Alcoholic beverages are often filled with sugars and acids that destroy your teeth. To worsen the situation, alcohol reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth. The dry environment will allow bacteria to feed all night long.
Dr. Michael Young is dedicated to forming relationships with each of his patients. At our Lafayette dentist office, our team will take time to meet with your family and discuss your needs and desires so we can build a bond based on trust and understanding. In return, we would like you to get to know the backgrounds, personalities, and qualifications of your Lafayette dental team. Take this quiz to see how much you know about Dr. Young.
1. Where did Dr. Young receive his dental degree?
a. LSU Eunice
b. LSU Baton Rouge
c. LSU School of Dentistry
2. How did Dr. Young develop his work ethic?
a. Running the traps in his family’s crawfish ponds
b. Providing customer service at his family’s grocery store
c. Waiting tables at his family’s local diner
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!
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…)