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By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
February 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the many ways a dental crown can boost your oral health in crowns

Getting a dental crown can be a major boon to some of our patients dealing with a damaged tooth. A crown is a versatile restoration that can be a simple solution for a multitude of issues. From the office of our Billerica, MA, dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan, learn more about dental crowns and whether this restoration is right for you.

What is a dental crown?

This hollow, tooth-shaped dental restoration is uniquely fabricated to fit over a tooth to cover it completely. Once the crown is placed over the tooth it is cemented into place.

When might I want to consider getting a dental crown?

There are many scenarios in which getting a dental crown is a good idea:

  • Covering and protecting a tooth that is weak due to trauma or decay
  • To restore a tooth that is cracked, fractured or severely worn
  • To support a tooth when a dental filling isn’t enough
  • To improve the appearance of a severely misshapen or discolored tooth
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To cover a dental implant

How is a tooth prepared for a dental crown?

Once you come in for a consultation getting a dental crown only takes about two visits. During the first visit we will take x-rays to check the health of the tooth and then we will need to shave down the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Tooth preparation will be performed under local anesthesia.

Then we will apply a putty-like material over the tooth to take impressions. A dental lab will use these impressions and measurements to create your crown. While the crown is being made we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.

During your second visit, we will apply the dental crown over the tooth. We will also check the bite and fit of the crown before we permanently cement it.

What are the different kinds of crowns?

There are several different types of dental crowns from which to choose. The type of crown you get will depend on several factors including budget, which tooth we are restoring, etc. Common crowns include:

  • Porcelain or ceramic
  • Composite resin
  • Porcelain-fused to metal
  • Metals (e.g. gold alloy)

If you want to discover more about these restorations and whether they are the ideal option for your smile then it’s time you turned to One Dental Care in Billerica, MA, for the care your smile deserves time and time again.