Chewing Gum That Cleans Your Teeth

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American consumes 1.8 lbs of chewing gum each year. You can’t walk past a grocery store check stand without spotting dozens of brands and flavors of the stuff.

For years, mothers told their children chewing gum would rot their teeth. According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum after eating does help prevent cavities. How does this work? Let’s talk more about chewing gum.

Can Any Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities?

While you can surely buy the gum advertised as cavity-fighting, it isn’t always necessary. According to experts at the Oral Health Foundation, ANY sugarless gum can help prevent cavities. How does this work?

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How to Clean Dental Crowns

Your dentist has just permanently seated your new dental crown. Now what? How do you care for your new dental work? Dental crowns don’t need to be difficult to keep clean and bacteria free. They do require a special regimen in order to keep the underlying tooth and its roots free of decay. At Reason 2 Smile, we recommend the following routine.

Routine, Routine, Routine

The most important part of any cleaning regimen is to begin a routine and stick with it. Cleaning your teeth, gums and dental work not only keeps teeth strong and healthy, it will much less expensive in the long run. Dental work can be expensive to replace. Here is the routine we suggest for dental crowns:

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Healthy Halloween Snacks for Trick or Treating

Are you tired of the pounds and pounds of decay causing candy your child collects at Halloween every year? Are you looking to make a difference in the health of the children in your neighborhood? We’ve put together this list of healthier snacks and treasures that kids will love!

6 Healthy Halloween Snacks and Treasures

No need to hoard bags and bags of those gummy treats or suckers you have always stocked your candy bowl with. Instead, search for these kid approved snacks and toys:

  1. Milk or Dark Chocolate: If you MUST purchase candy, chocolate is one of the best options. Chocolate melts quickly as easily washes off teeth, giving bacteria no opportunity to cling to teeth.
  2. Sugar Straws: While comprised TOTALLY of powdery sugar, sugar straws are very easily dissolved giving bacteria little to no time to settle into the nooks and crannies of teeth.
  3. Sugar-free Gum: This is always a VERY popular choice for trick or treaters. Kids love to make bubble after bubble with sugar free gum. It also promotes saliva generation, which helps to remove food particles and bacteria from teeth.
  4. Temporary Tattoos and Stickers: What child doesn’t love a good sticker or tattoo? Your little ghosts and goblins will love choosing their favorite sticker or tattoo.
  5. Glowsticks: Children adore a good glow stick, and they also promote safety in the dark Halloween night.
  6. Dress-up Accessories: Children love to dress up and play pretend. Choose accessories that will last much longer than candy, giving hours of fun make believe.

Choose items from each category and let children pick one or two items, soon you’ll be the favorite house on the block. Just think, you can be the beginning of a trend among your friends and neighbors.

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Dental Check Up For Kids Before Halloween

Don’t let tooth decay, and the accompanying pain, spoil the fun and excitement of your child’s Halloween season. There are steps you can take to prevent dental issues during your holiday. Dental emergencies can ruin your holiday and cost you a small fortune. What can you do to protect your child’s teeth during the holidays?

At Reason 2 Smile Dental, we have created a fun, stress-free, comfortable environment where children can relax and feel safe during their visit.

Does My Child Need a Pre-Halloween Check Up?

Dental experts agree, preventing dental issues is much easier and less expensive than waiting until emergencies occur. We recommend a dental check up before the Halloween season is in full swing. At this appointment, Dr. Vernon can apply dental sealants as necessary and a fluoride treatment designed to prevent cavities.

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How Long Can Veneers Last?

Are you tired of your dull, yellowing or chipped teeth and want a quick way to a perfect smile. Dental veneers are perfect for just those situations. Dental veneers usually last anywhere from 10-15 years, depending on the care and treatment they receive.

Understanding how veneers are applied and what they are made of will help you know what types of activities will shorten their lifespan.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a thin, white shell of porcelain or resin that are custom-made to precisely fit over your natural teeth giving you a naturally beautiful look.

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How to Clean Dental Crowns

You’ve just had your beautiful, new dental crown seated, but now what? How do you clean and care for it? Cleaning a dental crown shouldn’t be difficult or time consuming. However, it does require a slightly different process.

Stick to a Routine

When we begin and keep up a daily routine for cleaning crowns and permanent teeth, we strengthen their longevity. Healthy teeth and crowns and teeth will cause less pain and cost you less money in expensive dental work. These 4 steps will help keep your crowns, teeth and gums healthy:

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How much do dental services cost?

At Reason 2 Smile, we understand that the costs associated with quality dental care often keep people from receiving the care they need. We strive to serve our patients and their families. Part of our vision is to keep the costs of dental care affordable and attainable for everyone. We want our community to come to our office when they need dental care and to know we will treat them like family.

We have the highest trained and knowledgeable staff around; from our dentists to our front desk receptionists. We want you to feel comfortable and calm when you entrust your care to us. Teeth are as unique as fingerprints, and dental care is done on a case by case basis.

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How does chewing ice affect your teeth?

Whether you’re chewing on the last remains of ice from your soda at dinner or you stock your freezer full of your favorite chomping ice, damage to your teeth caused by chewing on ice can be costly and painful. While chewing on ice may seem harmless, it can be bad for your teeth and can signal an underlying health condition.

At Reason 2 Smile, our experts have extensive knowledge of the effects of ice chewing on teeth and gums and we want to help you. Let’s discuss some of the side effects of ice chewing.

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Sedation for Tooth Extraction

Do you or a loved one suffer from anxiety over having a tooth extracted, or over any dental care? You are not alone, over 92 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety over receiving even minor dental care. This has resulted in poor oral health for millions of people and families. At Reason 2 Smile our staff are committed to your complete comfort and ease. We know dental care is vital to good oral health and longevity of teeth.

There are several options, medically, that can ease a patient’s anxiety levels before and during a tooth extraction. At Reason 2 Smile we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Salt Lake City Residents

Do you want to improve your smile but feel as though you lack the time? At Reason 2 Smile we can show you that many of our procedures can improve your smile with only a small amount of time on your part. Let’s go over some of the cosmetic dentistry options we provide in our office:

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Options

  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a clear set of aligners that have been customized for your mouth. Each clear aligner is worn for as long as 2 weeks and gently move your teeth into their optimal position. The cool part about Invisalign is they can be worn almost invisibly and, unlike metal braces, they are removable for improved brushing and flossing.
  • At-Home Teeth Whitening: In this option the kit that begins with customized whitening trays is taken home to begin at your convenience. Also included is the whitening gel that is simply put into the trays. The patient wears the trays for 30 minutes day or night and after 10-14 days you should notice a brighter whiter smile.
  • Phillips Zoom!: This is an in-office procedure chosen for its simplicity and effectiveness. Some of the benefits of the Zoom system are it: whitens up to 8 shades lighter, has brightened more than 10 million smiles, clinically proven safe and effective, includes settings to manage sensitivity for the most comfortable treatment possible and it can be maintained after your procedure by the Phillips Zoom Whitening pen!
  • Other Cosmetic Dentistry Services: Dental Bridges, Dental Crowns and polishing are also services that are popular at Reason 2 Smile. We have emergency services and sedation dentistry available for your convenience and comfort.

At Reason 2 Smile we believe that everyone should be proud of their smile. We strive to make every patient as comfortable and treated in the best possible manner. We believe your time is as valuable as ours and as such, we will get you in and out as quickly as possible.

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