A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are two X-rays on different patients taken during a routine screening. Both patients had no pain and clinically the teeth look perfectly normal. Dark irregular areas represent pathology in the way of bone loss or tooth resorption. Please trust us in taking the best care of you by doing the recommended full series of X-rays every 3-5 years. They can save a tooth, your jaw and maybe your life!

Fluoride’s ability to inhibit or even reverse the initiation and progression of dental caries is well documented. Fluoride varnishes were developed to improve the efficacy and safety of topical fluoride. For more than 30 years, fluoride varnishes have been the standard of care for the professional application of topical fluoride in Europe. The primary reasons for the wide acceptance of fluoride varnishes include the ease of use, safety, and convenient application procedure. With fluoride varnishes, the amount of fluoride exposure to patients can be better controlled, and less chair time is required compared with the conventional use of foams and gels that require suction devices and trays. At SWETT DENTISTRY we are offering fluoride varnishes on virtually all our patients because research clearly shows that fluoride varnish: 1. Inhibits or reverses the initiation and progression of cavities in teeth. 2. Is safe when applied as a varnish by a dental professional. (The effectiveness and safety of fluoride varnishes are documented in more than 50 clinical trials) 3. Helps make exposed root surfaces stronger. 4. Makes teeth less sensitive by closing the "pores" in teeth. 5. Is beneficial for patients who have dry mouth decreasing their development of decay. 6. Strengthens teeth in children and adults alike. 7. Is great for white spots on teeth making them stronger and less susceptible to decay.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR TEETH! Add a dental visit to this year's spring-cleaning list. A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education. "A prophylaxis, also known as a 'prophy' or professional dental cleaning, reinforces the at-home oral health regimen," says AGD spokesperson Anne Murray, DDS. "It is designed to preserve health, prevent the spread of disease and give the dentist an opportunity to locate other areas in the mouth that may need attention." It is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months, says Dr. Murray. She discourages consumer use of over-the-counter tooth polishing instruments. "People with healthy teeth and gums typically do not experience soreness after a cleaning," says Dr. Murray. Those with less-than-perfect oral hygiene habits may experience discomfort or heightened sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate pain. What is a dental cleaning?

Swett Dentistry is one of the few offices taking advantage of the newest in technology: 3-D Dental scans to make patient's crowns, bridges and veneers!

5 Reasons To Whiten Your Teeth At Swett Dentistry

Nothing conveys confidence quite like a bright, white smile. Unfortunately, not all smiles are created equal. And, some smiles are much whiter than others. Whether your teeth have become discolored from food and drink or general wear and tear from aging, you may find yourself looking in the mirror one day wishing that there was a simple way to enhance your smile. You've probably seen many over-the-counter products that claim to whiten your teeth. However, the strongest and fastest whitening solutions are those that are available in our office. Here are a five reasons why dental tooth whitening might be the best choice for you.

FLOSS LIKE A BOSS! Here are a quick 5 Reasons to FLOSS DAILY! 1. It’s the #1 defense against gingivitis which leads to tooth loss 2. It keeps bad bacteria from entering your bloodstream 3. It will keep your breath fresh 4. It fights cavities 5. It lets your smile shine without unsightly broccoli between your teeth!

7 Signs That You Need to Visit Swett Dentistry:

  1. Toothache- Seriously, it’s your body’s way of screaming for help. Do not wait for the pain to go away- it may wane, but it will come back more strongly, or even worse, threaten the life of your tooth! The sooner you address it, the smaller and less costly the fix!
  2. Swollen or Bleeding Gums- Healthy gums DO NOT BLEED- even when you floss. Bleeding is the first sign of gum disease. Regular cleanings by your hygienist and good oral hygiene at home prevents this gum infection.
  3. Tooth Sensitivity- This may be a warning sign of tooth decay or bone loss around a tooth exposing sensitive root surfaces of your teeth
  4. Sores in your mouth- having regular oral cancer screenings is the first defense against HPV and oral cancer.
  5. Dry Mouth... this is often a side effect of medications, but also people with dry mouth have an increased incidence of tooth decay because saliva isn’t neutralizing the acids in your mouth. We have ways to help!
  6. Bad Breath… Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease. Mouthwash and breath mints may temporarily mask the underlying health issue, but this is another warning sign you shouldn’t ignore OR be embarrassed about- we help patients with this issue every day!
  7. Headache or Jaw pain (especially on waking.) You may be a night clencher or grinder grinding millimeters of irreplaceable tooth enamel every night! We have many ways of dealing with this to help you protect your valuable enamel.

And a Bonus Sign: You don’t like your smile! There are little things that bug us all about the way our teeth look - not everyone needs a full set of veneers to have the smile they want- small relatively inexpensive procedures can be done to help you LOVE THE SMILE YOU WEAR EVERY DAY! Ask us how we can help! Call Swett Dentistry 434-979-3940 or visit us at www.swettdentistry.com to learn more!

Sealants are valuable for reducing cavities, analysis suggests. While we don't believe everything we see in the New York Times (thinking about the "flossing doesn't make a difference article!") Here's a more valid research finding... The New York Times (9/19, Frakt, Subscription Publication) “The Upshot” blog reports that a 2013 Cochrane review and a systematic review published in the August edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association both concluded that sealants are a valuable procedure that can protect children’s teeth because they are “effective in reducing cavities.” The article points out that the American Dental Association “encourages sealant application” and notes current evidence indicates BPA exposure from sealants is not harmful. The systematic review of the use of sealants and the updated clinical practice guidelines are both available in the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. The ADA News also reported previously on research published in the ADA Professional Product Review that shows BPA in dental sealants is safe. www.MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on sealants.

10 Crazy & Random Dental Facts for your Kids!

Fun Dental Facts! Fun Dentist! What more could you ask for?

1) The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools!

2) You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!

3) George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from Gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory, and human teeth!!

Study: Children Living With Smokers More Likely To Develop Caries.

Reuters (10/31, Rapaport) reported in continuing coverage that a study by researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found young children living in households with smokers were more likely to develop caries. The study found that children living with smokers were more than twice as likely to develop dental caries at three years of age than those who lived in non-smoking households. American Dental Association spokesperson Jonathan Shenkin said the study adds to the evidence that there is an association between secondhand smoke exposure and caries development in children.

        The ADA (10/23) reported that “consistent with previous reports, infants exposed to secondhand smoke at 4-months-old seem more likely to develop caries by 3 years of age,” according to the study, which is published in the BMJ.

British study is first to assess international impact of smokeless tobacco on adults

Chewing Tobacco Kills More Than 250,000 People Each Year: Report

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While cigarette smoking is a known killer, many people don't realize that smokeless tobacco is linked to more than a quarter of a million deaths worldwide each year, British researchers report.

Study: Poor Oral Hygiene Habits May Increase Hypertension Risk

Data From Nearly 20,000 Demonstrates Association Between Lack of Oral Hygiene and High Blood Pressure

CHICAGO, IL, Jul 28, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- In a recent study, Korean researchers have found that poor oral hygiene habits may lead to increased incidence of hypertension. The study, published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Periodontology, suggests periodontitis and hypertension may be linked by way of inflammation and blood pressure elevation.

This from the American Dental Hygiene Association:

More research directly correlates decrease in intraoral bacteria with regular use of Xylitol!

For more information go to:  http://www.xlear.com/students-present-research-on-xylitol/

I saw this story from the Huffington Post and it warmed my heart...

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What are Digital Impressions?

Digital impressions are highly precise laser scans of a patient's mouth taken with a hand held device.  This information is then sent to the lab over the internet and the lab will begin making your crown, veneer or mouthguard immediately.

What are dental Sealants?

A sealant is a resin applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant material flows into the pits and grooves. It acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from decay by sealing out plaque, bacteria and food. Sealants are usually clear or white, they are not noticeable when you smile or talk.

If a tooth is knocked out: 

Immediately call a dentist for an emergency appointment. It is important to see your dentist within an hour for the best chance of the tooth surviving the trauma. Handle the tooth by the crown (the top), not by the root (the pointed part on the bottom). Touching the root of the tooth can damage cells that are necessary to reattach the tooth to the bone. Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub the tooth! It is important not to let the tooth dry out.  The tooth could be placed in your mouth between the cheek and gum. It could also be wrapped in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or saline solution (the solution used for contacts). If a baby tooth is knocked out, the tooth should not be replanted. The patient should be seen as soon as possible to make sure there are no remaining pieces of the tooth.

Mouthguards can prevent sport related head injuries.

Recent dental studies have shown that wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while playing sports could prevent severe concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries from a direct blow to the jaw. A study comparing over the counter to custom fitted mouthguards in high school football players showed a nearly 2 to 1 reduction of concussions, in favor of custom fitted mouthguards. Ask your dentist about fabricating a custom fitted mouthguard today!

Zoom Whitening- what are you waiting for?

Less than two hours for a healthy bright smile!

The link between HPV and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancers are one of the current topics not commonly discussed outside of the classroom.  The following are some of the latest facts and figures adapted from the Richmond Institute of Dental Research to shed light on the subject.

If you are a red wine drinker, this article is for you!

A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities. They say that their report, which appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.

 
Did you know you miss 35% of your tooth surface if you don't floss?

The Scout Guide spread

We are happy to have been "scouted!". Come see our spread at The Scout Guide.

Thank you for choosing us to help care for your child's oral health.  In order to have a great dental experience we have put together a few tips to help him/her prepare for thier first visit to our office.