A Message About Fluoride From Brea

Did you know… .

The most common disease affecting people today is tooth decay.  On a daily basis, our teeth are exposed to bacteria, sugar and acids which eventually weaken our teeth and can lead to cavities.  Research has shown that over time good oral hygiene and fluoride are essential in maintaining healthy teeth.  Getting a professional fluoride treatment at every 6mo check-up can reduce cavities by up to 74%. Fluoride is also affective against sensitivity, bacteria and can remineralize softened enamel (shallow cavities) that is beginning to form. Capstone Dental offers fluoride at every dental check-up, so call and make your appointment today and spring into summer with a healthy smile!

Teeth Whitening 101

Have you been wanting to brighten those not-so-pearly whites but don’t know which whitening method to choose?  Discussed below are different methods of teeth whitening and drawbacks and benefits of each type. The three main types of whitening are:

1.       In-office whitening such as ZOOM or Pola Office

2.       Custom fitted bleaching trays with prescription strength gel

3.       White Strips or other over the counter systems

1. With in-office whitening, the idea is to jumpstart your natural shade to a brighter white in a short period of time.  Usually 1-2 hrs in the dental chair.  The gums and soft tissue are protected with a barrier and the dental hygienist or assistant will apply the gel 3-4 times during your visit.  This in-office whitening process can be accompanied by a bright light that is placed close to your mouth. Some systems, such as ZOOM claim the light further activates its gel, but most systems do not use a light. Usually coupled with this treatment are custom take home trays and gel to finish the whitening process over the next couple of weeks to get you to your brightest shade.  Patients pay a premium to get this accelerated whitening.  Office prices for in-office and custom take home whitening can range from $400-$800 or more.  Remember that you are paying to get a brighter smile as fast as possible, under the supervision of the dentist’s office.

2. Custom fitted white trays can be coupled with the in-office whitening procedure, or be a method all in their own.  Impressions of your upper and lower teeth are taken and then soft custom trays are made from the molds.  The take home prescription strength gel is applied to the inside of the trays and they are worn for 40mins-1hr daily for about two weeks.  During that time, you may experience some sensitivity.  Anti-sensitivity toothpastes are recommended and if sensitivity becomes too severe discontinue usage until your symptoms subside.  After 2-4 weeks you are going to be as bright as your teeth can be.  Depending upon diet, smoking, etc. everyone is different with how long your new brighter smile will last.  Some people’s newly whitened smiles can last 6-12 months without a touch-up. Keep your trays and if you ever need a whitening touch-up, new gel can be purchased at your dentist’s office.  Custom trays made at your dental office and your initial supply of gel can range in cost from $250-$500.  Additional gel for touch-ups is around $50.

3. The last method of whitening is white strips and other systems you can find at your local pharmacy.  Crest is the most well-known brand, and they have several levels of whitening from professional strength available only in a dental office to lower strengths available over the counter.  This is the most cost friendly form of teeth whitening available to patients.  Ranging in price from $25-$60 it’s easy to see why these systems are enticing.  The problems with these over the counter systems include sensitivity, like other systems, and chemical burns to the gums.  Because these strips are not custom fitted, the gel can seep onto the gums and traumatize the gums.  The gums will turn a white shade where affected and can slough with pain after use.  I don’t discourage patients from using white strips because for most, they are very cost effective.  They can get you to your whitest natural shade over time, so they do work, but it can take more than one treatment (purchase) to get you there.

So whatever method you may choose, just realize what you are getting.  In-office is brighter in 2hrs.  Custom trays are brighter in 2 weeks, and over the counter strips are brighter in about 1-2 months.  Also, you go from complete supervision in a dentist’s care, to do-it-yourself with no supervision from a dentist.  Money and time frame are the deciding factors for most patients, but now that you are informed get those yellowed chompers back to bright.

Getting the Word Out about Capstone Dental

Capstone Dental has been open for 4 months!  It has gone by very quickly and we are growing fast.  We are in the most visible building downtown located on the corner of Broad and High, we have great signage, and we have a great consultant pounding the pavement touting our new office. (Thanks, Fred Miller II-Bright Light Consulting LLC).

Those individual aspects are all doing their part to drive in patients, but the most rewarding marketing endeavor for Capstone Dental has been internet and social media sites.  We ran a Groupon 2 weeks ago that gave our practice exposure throughout Columbus, OH which would have cost thousands in marketing budget dollars if we advertised on the internet.

Another site that I realized was a great marketing idea was www.ColumbusUnderground.com .  It’s a messageboard site where individuals can post, comment and network all free of cost to its users.  Capstone Dental gave away 2 new patient visits at no cost to messageboard users.  The only “payment” was to review Capstone Dental on GOOGLE, YELP!, and re-post on the messageboard their experience in our dentist office in Columbus.  My hygienist was not going to be busy this morning, so for the additional cost disposables, I received great exposure on the internet.  We are a technologically driven office, so of course we are going to use the latest technology when we try to get the word out about our great dental office downtown.

HPV Linked To Oral Cancer

Last night on CBS News there was a feature about Human Papilloma Virus and its links with tongue and other oral cancers.  Normally thought to be only problematic for women, new studies show that men are not only carriers of the virus, they are exposed to a much higher risk of Oral Cancer.  As part of every new patient exam and six month check-up, Capstone Dental completes a thorough intra-oral cancer screening.  Make sure you are getting checked as often as possible, because if not found early, oral cancer can be painful, disfiguring and even fatal.

Check out the video link below:

HPV Linked to Oral Cancer

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Still Going Strong?

How is your New Year’s resolution coming along?  If you are like most people you are feeling the dragging, cold winter keeping you down.  Guess what?  Spring is right around the corner and the weather will change.  When it does, get out of the office and get that heart rate up.  Walk around downtown Columbus and see what’s going on.  The State House is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Columbus’ 199th anniversary this year, the Columbus Commons project is open at the former City Center Mall site, and there are new small businesses and restaurants opening around the square.  Capstone Dental might not be your idea of a must see destination downtown, but if you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you’ll be surprised at all of the technologies and educational tools we provide.  So walk around, see what the city has to offer.  You can keep up on your resolution and maybe add another for great oral health in 2011.

You Don't Have to Have Bad Teeth

Did you know that don’t have to have bad teeth? This seems like a dumb question, but I run into people all the time who say, “My teeth are awful. My whole family has bad teeth. It’s genetics.” Of course there is a link between oral health and the genes you have inherited, but that isn’t the whole story. We inherit a lot from our parents, but we can still overcome genes to a certain extent. Just because you carry a gene for obesity, doesn’t mean you’ll be overweight. Just because your dad has high blood pressure and cholesterol doesn’t mean you will. It takes a little more effort to keep off those extra pounds and keep that BP in check, but it can be done. Just like you can have good teeth and gums even though you have relatives who have bad teeth. Put in the effort and you don’t have to have bad teeth.

You Don’t Have to Have Bad Teeth

Did you know that don’t have to have bad teeth? This seems like a dumb question, but I run into people all the time who say, “My teeth are awful. My whole family has bad teeth. It’s genetics.” Of course there is a link between oral health and the genes you have inherited, but that isn’t the whole story. We inherit a lot from our parents, but we can still overcome genes to a certain extent. Just because you carry a gene for obesity, doesn’t mean you’ll be overweight. Just because your dad has high blood pressure and cholesterol doesn’t mean you will. It takes a little more effort to keep off those extra pounds and keep that BP in check, but it can be done. Just like you can have good teeth and gums even though you have relatives who have bad teeth. Put in the effort and you don’t have to have bad teeth.

Why Go To The Dentist Downtown?

When deciding on a location for our practice Dr. Piper and I knew that we wanted to start from scratch.  One of the more common ways to start a practice is for a dentist to purchase an existing practice, remodel it if necessary, and evolve it into his or her vision of what a dental practice should be.  This usually happens in the suburbs or more rural areas where people live.

We chose downtown Columbus Ohio for two reasons.  The first is because we wanted to develop a practice where we could make all of the major decisions from the beginning and control our own destinies as dentists.  We wanted a completely brand new, modern facility that patients would want to come. The second reason was the need for a high-tech, progressive dental practice in the downtown business district.  During normal business hours, there is anywhere form 70-90 thousand people working downtown.  The majority of people go to the dentist during normal business hours, if they go at all.

Studies have shown that it takes the average suburban commuter 45 minutes to drive from his or her home to downtown, park and make it to their office.  To then have a dental appointment back out in the suburbs, would require undoing that 45 minutes, added to the time it takes for a dental appointment.  So instead of having a dental appointment scheduled over a lunch break, people have to take a half day or full day off of work, or don’t go at all. Our practice model called for a centralized location in downtown Columbus where convenience is the top concern.

The undoing of the commute is not a concern with Capstone Dental.  We are a 10 minute walk from your office.  Now your dental appointment can be incorporated into your work day like any other scheduled meeting.  We stay on schedule to ensure no waiting prior to your appointment and we are thorough yet efficient when you are being seen.  We offer early morning and lunch-time appointments.  We provide the latest in dental technology and patient comfort and we focus on patient education and prevention.

Having a six month recall program is paramount in preventative dentistry.  During normal check-ups, the dentist and hygienist can find potential dental problems when they are small, less expensive, and more easily treated.  You are returned to work more quickly and with a greater understanding of the small steps it takes to ensure future dental problems are kept to a minimum.  Capstone Dental is excited to be part of the downtown Columbus Ohio community.  We look forward to developing a lasting relationship with our patients and be a part of downtown’s success and future.

February Newsletter from Capstone Dental

For good oral hygiene, follow these simple steps from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association:

1.    Brush. Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day remains a critical component to maintaining a healthy smile.  Studies have shown that brushing for two minutes is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque build-up and the risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as cavities and gingivitis.

2.    Floss. Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

3.    Rinse. Rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step in preventing the gum disease known as gingivitis.  We can help provide you more information on which mouth rinse is right for you.

4.    Chew. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health. It stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay – saliva – which, in turn helps fight cavities, neutralize plaque acids, remineralize enamel to strengthen teeth and wash away food particles.

According to the American Dental Association, the mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, general infection or even indicate more serious illness. For example, systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, such as diabetes, HIV, HPV, and heart disease, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants.

It is important to your overall health to take good care of your teeth and gums. Regular check-ups along with semi-annual cleanings will help keep you healthy from head to toe. Call 614-223-1000 to schedule your check-up today.

Stop making excuses and get to the Dentist

Did you know that nearly half of the adult population in the United States doesn’t see a dentist regularly? Fear and anxiety are usually the reasons why. Fear of needles, drills, mean old dentists, etc. However, not going to the dentist is precisely why these fears continue. Dentistry has truly changed. New techniques and technologies not only make dentistry quicker and more convenient, but going to the dentist on a regular basis can prevent some of the more extensive work that terrifies people. Wouldn’t you rather have a cleaning and a few x-rays taken and minor problems solved before they become more extreme such as a root canal or even extraction? Prevention is the key. Brea has openings available. She doesn’t care if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. She only cares that you are taking the necessary steps to take charge of your oral health now and for the rest of your life. This year treat yourself to a shining, healthy, pain-free smile. You’ll feel better, more confident, and people will notice.