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Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.


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January 16, 2017

A recent survey compiled by Colgate found that 47%, almost half, of surveyed young women (aged 24-35) brush their teeth once a day, if that, and admit to having “poor” oral health. Of the 1,007 women surveyed, only 8% said they had “excellent” oral health, and half of all women surveyed said they don’t get regular dental check-ups.

No matter your gender or age, nothing should get in the way of regular dental check-ups, which translates to visiting the dentist at least once a year. It may be perceived that going to the dentist is like going to the doctor – you don’t need to go unless you have an issue. But frequent dental check-ups are all about preventing problems.

Although we highly recommend going to the dentist for a routine check-up, there are a few easy ways to care for your teeth on your own. For instance, don’t brush your teeth too hard. You can wear away your enamel. Keep a soft brush and brush gently. Remove or limit the amount of acidic foods in your diet. This includes diet sodas, sweeteners, and fruits. Floss regularly, and finally, brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal, but especially before bedtime. At night, there is less saliva in your mouth so there is less protection. And did you know that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque than your standard toothbrush? They’re more expensive, but worth it.

Maintaining a healthy dental hygiene is not just important for your oral health but for other parts of your body. Poor oral health is associated with major chronic diseases and it can cause disability. Oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors. Finally, general health problems may cause or worsen oral health conditions.

Nothing’s more important than your health so call Austin Premier Dental today to schedule a check-up with Dr. Bruce Silva!


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January 4, 2017

There’s nothing stopping you from having a beautiful smile in 2017. Call Dr. Bruce Silva to find out how veneers can make it happen. Veneers are a quick way to attaining a healthy, bright smile. They are a perfect, permanent solution for people with teeth that are stained, chipped, or gapped. Veneers have a lot of benefits, but before deciding they’re for you, make sure you have all the facts and are well-acquainted with the procedure.

What are Veneers?

Composite or dental porcelain veneers are the ultimate tools of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, sculpted layers of porcelain that are applied to the front of your teeth. They improve the position, size, color, and shape of teeth, while maintaining a natural sheen and translucency. They are also a less intrusive option than crowns or braces, are custom made to the contour of your teeth, and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.

What are the Benefits of Veneers?

The ‘before and after’ effect of veneers can be positively surprising, and because veneers are made from high-tech materials and are therefore harder than tooth enamel, they resist wear and staining (from coffee and tea drinking or cigarette smoking) and do not discolor with age like natural teeth. There are also other benefits to veneers. Since veneers are uniquely sculpted for each individual, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. With veneers, your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer. Finally, for teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make off-color teeth appear bright white.

At Austin Premier Dental, our veneers are custom-fabricated and provide permanent aesthetic results. Dr. Silva is an expert in the placement, design, and coloration of veneers, so your veneers before and after will look even better than your natural teeth. To find out if veneers are right for you, make an appointment to see Dr. Bruce Silva. During the consultation, Dr. Silva will discuss the procedure with you, the cost, and the best way to care for them on your own. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online!


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August 18, 2016

According to a study at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic, it will be more difficult for women to fight plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease after menopause.

Scientists studied the dental status of 28 postmenopausal women with normal bones and 28 who were taking bisphosphonates therapies for osteoporosis for two years or longer. The women, whose ages were between 51 and 80, received CT scans of their jaws and a complete periodontal check for dental plaque, bleeding and bone loss. They followed oral American Dental Association guidelines for brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year.

Research found that both groups had high levels of dental plaque that could raise the risk of bone loss in the jawbone or reverse bone mass gained through medication therapies. After menopause, women at risk for osteoporosis are also at risk for gum disease, which affects the bone that anchors the teeth. Over time, dental plaque that accumulates on teeth can lead to periodontal disease. Bone disease and gum disease are different diseases, researchers stressed. Women taking bisphosphonates need also to remove dental plaque to keep their jawbones strong and healthy.

If you’re age 50 or older, make sure to increase your visits to the dentist up to four times a year. Ask Dr. Silva for advice on brushing, flossing, healthy diet and dental visits. He will be able to recommend an oral care regimen that’s appropriate for your needs and health status.


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August 11, 2016

School is about to start up again and your child has some necessities. Along with getting new clothes, new shoes, and school supplies, you need to take a trip to the dentist’s office so your child has a healthy smile before heading back to class. Here’s a brief back-to-school checklist.

  1. Schedule (Another) Check-Up

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. So don’t just visit your child’s dentist during the summer. Schedule regular dental examinations to diagnose or prevent any dental problems. Regular checkups are important because your child may not bring up any tooth pain and teachers are unlikely to notice your child’s dental problems. By scheduling dental checkups often, you’ll prevent your child from losing school time.

  1. Make Sure They Brush and Floss

Have your child brush and floss often. While you’re out scrounging for school supplies, stock up on toothbrushes and dental floss for the school year. You’ll want to change toothbrushes every three months or after encountering a sickness. An easy way to remember when to switch out a toothbrush is to do so when report cards come out. You might also want to ask your dentist the best time to change toothbrushes for your child’s teeth.

  1. Watch What They Eat & How They Play

Make sure your child is eating healthy lunches and snacks. Avoid sugary foods and soft drinks. If you pack a sack lunch, include foods like grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, fruits, and yogurt. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, discuss with your child some healthy options to eat when not under your supervision. Also, if your child is involved in sports, have them wear a properly fitted mouth guard while participating in sports and PE classes.

Your child’s dental problems can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, and learning. Prevent it by visiting their dentist every four months. For any questions concerning your child’s healthy smile, give Dr. Silva a call at (512) 605-0860.


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July 23, 2016

The Internet is full of tips, tricks and “life hacks” to brighten your smile. Some of these are helpful and innovative and others can cause serious damage to your teeth. Let’s go over the most recent batch of do-it-yourself tricks to whiten your teeth.

Baking soda has been a longtime favorite to naturally freshen breath and whiten teeth. Baking soda and peroxide as a paste and left on the teeth for a short period of time can whiten your teeth but the newest form of baking soda and lemon juice left on the teeth for longer periods of time can be very damaging to your smile. The acids in lemon juice can break down your teeth’s enamel that can lead to damage, sensitivity and the risk for discoloration. This also goes for the “hack” that baking soda and coconut oil are an effective “toothpaste.” Baking soda is just abrasive and difficult on enamel and this recipe removes some of the key ingredients in toothpaste that make it effective and helpful in protecting your teeth, like fluoride. Baking soda and water as a paste on the teeth is simply applying an abrasive to a sensitive surface and is not encouraged as a solution to brighten your smile.

A surprising hack that works is in fact rubbing a banana peel on your teeth. The potassium in the peels of bananas can help brighten smiles but not significantly. If used correctly, however, it can provide a very subtle change in the brightness of your smile.

If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and are looking for a solution that really works, call Dr. Silva, he can help you whiten your smile with a wide variety of professional tools and products to help you get the smile of your dreams.

Source:

https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/7-surprising-truths-teeth-hacks-162854287.html


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July 15, 2016

Approximately 1 in 8 Americans suffers from teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can strike at any time – biting into a food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour. With summer heating up, plenty of our favorite summer treats are potentially worrisome for patients with sensitive teeth. If the thought of biting down on a Popsicle, an apple or sipping on lemonade makes you cringe, then you may face sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity is caused when the outer layer of the enamel wears down exposing the sensitive nerves underneath. With the nerves exposed, the irritation of hot, cold, sweet or sour is felt more directly and can cause sharp pain and other dental discomfort.

Having sensitive teeth is however very easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth try using a special fluoride mouthwash. The extra fluoride will help build up some of the enamel of your teeth and can lessen the discomfort of sensitivity. There are several over the counter toothpastes available that can help desensitize your teeth using lower concentrations of active ingredients, like fluoride. Additional steps may be taken if your teeth sensitivity is severe. A special bonding resin can be placed over the teeth to act as a buffering layer between your enamel and the exposed nerves causing sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can also be an indication of further tooth damage and a root canal may be required to help aid in desensitizing your teeth. Teeth grinding or bruxism can also be the culprit behind teeth sensitivity as the enamel is worn down through involuntary grinding. The best remedy for this is a night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.

With the help of toothpastes, mouthwashes and treatment from Dr. Silva, teeth sensitivity can be a thing of the past. Contact our office if you are experiencing issues with teeth sensitivity.

Sources:

http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_33.pdf?la=en

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sensitive-teeth/faq-20057854

 


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June 22, 2016

Did you know that the summer can negatively affect your healthy smile? The extreme heat and dry climates can harm your teeth and surrounding tissues. High humidity also leads to sweating, which results in loss of hydration and oral tissue problems. Here are a few ways to properly care for your teeth during the summer.

If you keep yourself hydrated, you’ll reduce the risk of tooth decay and keep your skin and gums healthy. Consume plenty of water and ignore sugary drinks like lemonade. Citric acid and sugar with a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

Protect your lips with lip balm or gloss to prevent dry, chapped lips. Find products with a minimum SPF factor of 15 to ward off possible risks of skin cancer. Lips are the most susceptible to burning compared to other parts of the body.

Snack intelligently by choosing the right fruits as your summer treats. Watermelon is a great fruit as it helps clean your mouth with its high water content. Other citrus fruits are acidic and can result in the erosion of tooth enamel. Remember to brush and rinse an hour after consumption to rid your mouth of the fruit’s acids.

If you’re participating in outdoor activities, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Mouth guards protect your teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks and are cost-effective.

Because of high chlorine content found in swimming pools, too much swimming can lead to erosion and weakening of teeth. Brush your teeth following a swim to prevent damage from the pool chemicals. On the other hand, swimming in an ocean can cut down oral bacteria because of the high levels of salt in oceans.

Don’t skip the first meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day. Just make sure to brush your teeth an hour later after a big breakfast.

Call our office today to schedule your teeth cleaning.


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June 9, 2016

You know candy and chocolate can be damaging to your healthy smile. But, what else? There are two main food components that are detrimental to your teeth: sugar and acid.

Bacteria feast on your plaque buildup created by your sugar consumption and produce lactic acid, which erodes your tooth enamel. Sucrose is the worst form of sugar because it adheres to teeth very strongly making it, and the bacteria, difficult to remove even when brushing.

Acids naturally occur in many foods, including fruit. Acidic foods eat away at your enamel and break down your teeth directly. You can wash away natural acids by just drinking water. However, brushing soon after consuming acidic foods or beverages can actually cause more damage because teeth are permeable, brushing softens them and makes them more susceptible to acid. Wait at least an hour before brushing after eating acidic foods.

 

Believe it or not, the following 10 foods can be the most damaging to your teeth.

Apples

Apples are very high in acid. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.

Hard candies

Hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer.

Pickled vegetables

Pickles are made with vinegar, which is acidic. Vegetables may be healthy but the brine can damage your teeth. Remember to brush an hour later.

Bread

Many breads contain sugar, especially processed white breads. Bread is also sticky and gets between and behind your teeth.

Popcorn

Popcorn gets stuck in your teeth, and the areas between your teeth will build up more bacteria for that reason. Rinse your mouth with water and floss after.

Peanut Butter

Sticky and often made with sugar, peanut butter not only feeds bacteria but makes it easier for them to adhere to teeth.

 Jelly

Just like peanut butter, jelly is loaded with sugar. Even the all-fruit brands contain natural sugars and encourage plaque and bacteria if not washed away soon.

Meat

Some meat products contain sugar as a preservative and gets stuck in between your teeth. While the amount of sugar may not be very high, any food that sits between your teeth can promote tooth decay.

Diet Soda

The acidity of diet sodas is very high, making it one of the worst products for your teeth.

Salad dressing

Salad dressings are composed of vinegar and sugar for flavor.

 

While many of these foods are healthy, you should try and care for your teeth soon after eating them. Drinking water with your meal and rinsing with an alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash or flossing and brushing with toothpaste reduces the risk of damage.

Furthermore, consider the length of time food is left in your mouth. The more time bacteria have to produce acids, the more damage will be done.

So, watch what you eat and drink and don’t forget to call us when you’re ready to schedule your dental cleaning appointment.


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April 22, 2016

Since the very first time your parents dragged you to your first dental cleaning, visiting the dentist is something you’d rather avoid. While you know it’s essential, the dread of going to the dentist can be overwhelming. A new poll suggests 50% of patients fear going to the dentist and would rather do almost anything else.

Almost 10% of people would rather get up close with a shark than visit a dentist. According to the same poll, the smell of a dentist office was enough anxiety to create fear for some people. Others dreaded the idea of feeling pain by sharp, shiny instruments. So, if it’s been a while since your last visit, here’s what to actually expect.

The first thing you want to do if you currently don’t have a dentist is find one that makes you feel comfortable. After that, schedule a checkup. You’ll want to visit your dentist regularly to prevent any dental problems that could arise.

The dental assistant will most likely take x-rays of your teeth. X-rays diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.

Checkups include a complete cleaning, which includes the removal of built-up plaque and tartar that cause cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Your dentist or dental hygienist will also polish and floss your teeth.

Then, your dentist will perform a final, thorough examination of your teeth and gums. They will look for signs of disease in order to prevent problems from becoming serious by treating them as soon as possible. If any additional treatment is required for your teeth, schedule a follow-up before you leave, and don’t forget to always ask questions – we always want our patients to know as much as possible about preventative measures or their treatment and what to expect.

You don’t have to dread going to the dentist. It’s a great way to stay healthy. Just remember to see us every six to twelve months to ensure you maintain good healthy teeth and so that we can catch anything before it gets serious.


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April 15, 2016

Everyone wants that perfect smile! When you open your mouth, those pearly white teeth should be gleaming. However, not everyone is so lucky. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, soda drinker, or you just haven’t gone to the dentist in years, you might suffer from tooth stains and yellow teeth. Teeth whitening is a popular option for getting that healthy smile back.

There are different options though regarding tooth whitening and there are pros and cons to each. There are over-the-counter kits and professional whitening procedures. The first thing you want to do is consult with your dentist about the most effective way to brighten your smile.

Professional  Teeth Whitening

Pro: Done at the office, your dentist will apply a whitening product that contains hydrogen peroxide. Visiting the dentist is the most effective way to whiten your teeth. The procedure is relatively fast, taking only 60 to 90 minutes. Results are noticeably quicker this way, as well.

Con: A con to this procedure is tooth sensitivity. Teeth and gums may become irritated for a short amount of time. Another con is the price it costs to get the procedure. These sessions run anywhere from $500-$1200, more costly than over-the-counter products.

Over The Counter

Pro: Over-the-counter kits contain whitening gel with a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Cheaper in price, they range from $20-$50 a kit to whiten your teeth depending on your teeth stains. You’ll save money, however, dental supervision while whitening your teeth at home is recommended.

Con: Results for do-it-yourself whitening kits are slower. They may take two weeks to two months before whitening becomes visible. Tooth and gum sensitivity will also occur if you go down this route.

Again, consult with your dentist first about any procedures and over-the-counter kits to see which is the right path for you. To learn more about teeth whitening, call (512) 605-0860 and make an appointment today with Dr. Bruce Silva.






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