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Posts for: December, 2016

By Geary Dentistry
December 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Regular dental visits are just as important for healthy teeth and gums as daily brushing and flossing. Not only will these visits reduce the amount of hidden or hard to reach bacterial plaque (the main source of dental disease), but they'll also boost the chances problems with teeth and gums are caught early and treated.

A lifetime habit of dental visits should begin around your child's first birthday, but children can be stressed or even frightened by trips to the dentist. This could stick with them, causing them to avoid regular dental visits when they become adults. The absence of professional dental care could prove hazardous to their dental health.

Here then are some things you can do to “de-stress” your child's dental visits.

Begin and sustain regular visits early. By not waiting a few years after age one, your child has a better chance of viewing it and subsequent visits as a normal part of life.

Choose a “kid-friendly” dentist. A pediatric dentist is trained not only for dental issues specific to children, but also in creating a comfortable environment for them. Some general dentists are also skilled with children, taking the time to talk and play with them first to ease any anxiety.

Stay calm yourself. Perhaps you've discovered, often in an embarrassing fashion, that your children are watching you and taking cues on how to act and react. Be sure then to project a sense of ease and a “nothing to this” attitude, rather than nervousness or anxiety. Your child will follow your lead.

Set the example. Speaking of following your lead, your children will intuitively pick up whether you're serious about your own dental health, which could influence them. So be sure you practice what you preach: daily oral hygiene, a dental-friendly diet and, of course, your own regular visits to the dentist. Your actions about your own dental care really will speak louder than words.

If you would like more information on effective dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”

By Geary Dentistry
December 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

By Geary Dentistry
December 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about getting dental implants in Brookfield and whether they are right for your smile.

Tooth loss can feel like the end of your beautiful smile, but not so fast. Our Brookfield, WI dentists, Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary, dental implantshave the answer you’ve been looking for. Dental implants have been restoring countless smiles and yours could be next. So, why might you want to consider dental implants?

Prevent your other teeth from shifting around: When you lose one or more teeth there is a visible gap where the tooth once was. Of course, as time goes on if you don’t fill that gap you better believe that your natural teeth will start to shift into that open space. This can cause a series of issues such as crowding or other misalignments. Crowded teeth are also more challenging to clean, which could lead to decay in the future.

Protect the health of your jawbone: As if tooth loss wasn’t bad enough, this problem can also lead to other issues for your smile. Since these tooth roots are no longer around to stimulate the jawbone this means that the bone will begin to deteriorate. A deteriorating jawbone is a serious problem because it can also impact the shape of your face, causing your chin to recede and your cheeks to sink in on themselves, which can prematurely age you. By getting dental implants you can actually prevent bone deterioration and quite literally save face.

Restore chewing: When you are missing one or more teeth it can make chewing certain foods a real challenge, not to mention how tooth loss can affect your speech. Fortunately, implants can fully restore your smile back to its strength and durability, making simple tasks like eating and speaking feel like second nature again.

Improve your appearance: This is a pretty obvious one but it’s nice to know that a dental implant is designed to function like tooth roots and provides an artificial tooth that looks and acts like a real one. No one will even know which tooth or teeth are actually implants (unless you want to tell them). Plus, having a full smile again will certainly renew confidence in your smile.

Now that you have a better idea how dental implants could help you are you ready to take the plunge? If so, then it’s time to call Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI to schedule your no-risk consultation.