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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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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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December 31, 2015

A New Years resolution that should be on everyone’s list for 2016: smile more! Smiling more often is proven to increase your quality of life, better your chances of success in your career, and help you catch the eye of that special someone. Many people hide their smiles because are embarrassed by yellowed or stained teeth. Teeth usually darken as we age, but other factors can cause teeth to become discolored as well including certain foods, drinks, medications, tobacco, and genetics. Though you can’t choose your ancestors, you can elect to do something about your own teeth.

Professional whitening is safe and can brighten your teeth up to ten shades lighter in just one visit! Over-the-counter remedies aren’t as effective and can take weeks to see results. They can also cause discomfort to people with sensitive teeth or gums when used long-term.
Start the year off right and schedule your teeth whitening consultation today. Reveal those pearly whites waiting to be uncovered!

Here are some benefits of teeth whitening:

  • Smile more
  • Boost your confidence
  • Remove stains from coffee, tea, juice, smoke, or medications
  • Elevate your outlook on life

At Austin Premier Dental, we offer several teeth whitening options, including an in-office procedure that can give you a brighter, whiter smile in as little as an hour. We also offer customized, take-home options as well. Whichever treatment you choose, you can rest assured that we’re the Austin dentists who will work with you to determine the most appropriate teeth whitening method for you.

Start the New Year with a new smile, a new look…and a new you! Call today for a consultation.

Source: Jefferson Dental & Popular Mechanics


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December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays to all of our patients and their families! With the celebrations beginning, you know that even those on Santa’s nice list can be tempted by the constant offerings of sweet treats like desserts, candies, cookies and other sugar plums. We don’t want to be a scrooge, though, we want you to have a good time and enjoy the season! The good news is you can have your cake (in moderation) and eat it too and still keep your oral health top of mind.

Remember, when you consume a lot of sugar, the natural bacteria in your mouth will create acids that can wear down the enamel of your teeth. When your enamel wears down, the tooth can soften and become more susceptible to decay. These acids and developing decay can cause gingivitis and other gum problems.  During the holidays, when so many sweets are readily offered, your dental health can go from bad to worse.  Here are some helpful hints in making the right choices without missing out on all of the fun.

  • Did you know cakes and cookies are better for your teeth than hard or chewy candy? Make the right choices when it comes to dessert.
  • If you can’t brush your teeth after you eat, try rinsing your mouth out with water. Even chewing sugarless gum can help add saliva to wash away that sugar.
  • Do keep a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste handy so that you can be prepared. Keep them for your children as well.
  • Increase your brushing at home. Spend a little extra time at the sink both morning and night.  This may just be a habit you’ll want to keep all year! The recommended amount of time for brushing is 2-3 minutes. Maybe a timer will help, especially with the kids.

We hope you have a magical holiday season and look forward to seeing you at your next visit! Remember, if you suspect you may have a cavity or any other dental issue, give us a call!


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October 9, 2015

In the past couple of decades it has become a popular trend to have your wisdom teeth removed about the time you reach adulthood. With so much money spent on braces and other orthodontia, no one wants to risk the chance of their wisdom teeth crowding their beautiful, expensive grin. From a medical standpoint, however, many dentists see the removal of wisdom teeth as a necessity for your oral health. Appearances aside, symptoms of budding wisdom teeth can be very painful and can cause multiple oral health problems to compound.

The symptoms of your wisdom teeth coming in can include moderate to severe pain in the back of your mouth around your molars. This pain can increase over time and radiate to your jaw and neck. If the teeth coming in are misaligned, they can begin pressing on nerves and crowding your other teeth, causing additional discomfort. You may also experience swelling and tenderness around the site as the teeth emerge. As your gums begin to rupture from the force of teeth, it can allow bacteria into the tissue which can lead to infection.

Another risk involved is that the wisdom teeth may become impacted. Impaction occurs when the bone surrounding the teeth prevents them from emerging. As they become trapped in the tissue, their roots continue to grow and this can also cause infection, redness, swelling and pain. You may notice an odd taste to your favorite foods or suffer from bad breath. If these problems are not treated, they can cause cysts and even tumors in your mouth.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or if you feel it is in your best interest to have your wisdom teeth examined, call Dr. Silva. With digital x-rays and his expertise, we can help you make the right decision moving forward and keep close tabs on your oral health.

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