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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.

July 13, 2017

Brushing only cleans about 25% of your mouth. In order to clean the remainder of it, you need to floss and use mouthwash as well. Since there are so many mouthwashes to choose from, it can make the decision about which one is best for you a little tough. We’re here to tell you how mouthwash works so you can choose one that’s right for you.

First, you should know that mouthwash does not replace a regular oral hygiene routine, which consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. The main purpose mouthwash exists is to freshen your breath, however if you suffer from chronic bad breath, talk to your doctor about other ways to reduce this problem. How mouthwash works depends on the type you use. Most freshen the breath, while some provide anti-cavity protection and tooth whitening benefits.

Second, when choosing the right mouthwash, keep a few things in mind. Mouthwash may contain alcohol and even though this might not seem like a big deal, you may want to keep your children away from the rinses that contain it. Some mouthwashes may cause minor irritation to people with highly sensitive gums. This could go away once you get used to using mouthwash. If the irritation doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor as you may be suffering from other oral problems.

Finally, remember that when using mouthwash, the cap of the mouthwash is provided as a cup for rinsing. Do not fill the cap of the mouthwash to the rim. Instead, you’ll want to pour about 4 teaspoons of the rinse. It is up to you to dilute it with water if you experience too much minty flavor or sensitivity. Swish for 30 seconds to one full minute, followed by a short gargle. Then, spit it out into the sink. Do not rinse with extra water as this defeats the purpose of rinsing with mouthwash in the first place. The ingredients of the wash is meant to stay in your mouth in order to work.

Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental if you have any questions about mouthwashes or if you just need to schedule an appointment. You can reach us by calling (512) 605-0860.

July 10, 2017

Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry used to increase the appearance of your front teeth. They are a good alternative to crowns in many situations. If you are unhappy with your smile or have chipped and broken teeth, you could be a candidate for veneers. You may also be a candidate for veneers if you suffer from discoloring of the teeth, tooth gap, or tooth misalignment.

Composite or dental porcelain veneers are the ultimate tools of cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, sculpted layers of material that are applied to the front of your teeth. Veneers improve the position, size, color, and shape of teeth, while maintaining a natural sheen and translucency.

The ‘before and after’ effect of veneers can be amazing, and because veneers are harder than tooth enamel, they resist wear and staining and do not discolor with age like natural teeth. 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.

Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (512) 605-0860.

June 14, 2017

What is a filling? A filling helps to restore a damaged tooth back to normal. When a dentist gives you a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, cleans it, and then fills that space with filling material. Fillings assist in preventing further decay to the tooth.

Figuring out what kind of filling you need is determined by the extent of the damage to the tooth, allergens, location of the tooth that must be filled, and cost. There are three types of fillings, including gold fillings, composite (or plastic) resins, and porcelain fillings.

  • Gold fillings are made to order and then cemented in place. They may last over 20 years and are well tolerated by gum tissues. This is considered to be the best filling material, although it is the most expensive and requires more than one visit.
  • Porcelain fillings cover most of the tooth are can be matched to the color of the tooth. They are also on the expensive side.
  • Composite resins are used where natural appearance is requested and is also matched to the same color of your teeth. However, they last the least amount of time, may wear over time, and become stained from coffee or tobacco products.

During your next dental visit, Dr. Silva can carefully check to see if you need a dental filling. Only your dentist can decide if you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Sometimes, the damage caused to your teeth is too extreme for a filling and other measures have to be taken. If the decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion, a crown or cap will be recommended. If the decay has reached the nerve, a root canal may be needed.

Call Dr. Bruce Silva for your next dental checkup.

June 5, 2017

If you drink flavored, sparkling water, you might want to cut back now. Plain water doesn’t do it for some of us but if you need lime or strawberry flavor in your drink, you’re risking some major damage to your teeth. Waters that are flavored contain citric acid, which essentially makes the water that you’re drinking an acid. Still safer than sodas, flavored waters have the same corrosive abilities as juice. It’s time to cut back on the flavors and consume plain water.

Acidic drinks are responsible for loss of tooth enamel, which thins out the gums where it meets the tooth. That leads to tooth sensitivity and possibly tooth loss. Be aware of the warning signs of tooth erosion! They include tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods, yellowing of the teeth, and indentations or bleeding of the gums.

If you find it difficult to cut out flavored water from your diet, drink bottled water instead. Try to minimize the amount of flavored water you drink by switching between regular water and flavored water. You can also drink it as fast as possible to avoid contact with your teeth. The slower you drink it, the more you are maintaining the acidic acids in your mouth. Surprisingly, brushing your teeth right after a drink could accelerate the loss of tooth enamel so refrain from doing that. But you can drink your flavored water with a meal as food engages the flow of saliva and acids in your mouth, diluting the effects. Finally, use a straw to minimize acidic exposure to your teeth.

Skip the flavored waters and go with plain water as much as possible. If you have any questions regarding flavored drinks or how to prevent tooth erosion, feel free to ask us. Visit Dr. Bruce Silva today!

May 12, 2017

Smoking is just as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for your health. Cigarettes leave stains on your teeth and your breath smelling foul. If left untreated, continuous smoking will require more than just brushing multiple times a day to remove the stains left behind by cigarettes.

According to the American Dental Association, smoking tobacco causes stained teeth, bad breath, and a loss of taste. Smoking can create difficulties for your immune system and reduce your ability to recover after a surgical procedure. Smoking is also synonymous with gum disease and periodontal disease. To encounter gum disease means to experience tooth loss and inflammation on the gums surrounding your teeth.

Chewing tobacco is also detrimental to your oral health. It increases your chances of oral cancer. Other affects, such as tooth discoloration and gum recession, can occur. Smoking and the chewing of tobacco are ultimately a direct cause for tooth decay and may challenge your dentist in an attempt at restorative dentistry.

In order to prevent the damage caused by cigarettes, Dr. Bruce Silva highly recommends taking proper steps to reduce your chances of tooth decay. Quit smoking! Although not easy, you can find multiple ways to stop the bad habit. First, focus on an end date to officially kick the habit, find support in your friends and family, practice behavioral distractions when a craving to smoke comes back, consider over the counter medications to quit, and finally, seek professional help if you find yourself in a relapse.

If you’re a smoker, visit your dentist today! Let Dr. Bruce Silva help with determining where your oral health is currently at in regards to your habit. After that, he can discuss the proper steps to take to regain that healthy smile and excellent oral health.

May 8, 2017

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a temporary issue for some people but can be an embarrassing problem for people who suffer from gum disease and poor dental hygiene. There are certain foods, bad habits, and other health conditions that cause bad breath but it can be improved with proper dental care. However, if your bad breath doesn’t seem to improve, you might be suffering from a serious condition you haven’t been aware of until now. If you’re experiencing bad breath that won’t go away, the time is now to visit your dentist to find a solution to the problem.

There are many causes of bad breath:

  • Food particles are broken down in your mouth each time you eat. Certain foods, such as onions and garlic, cause bad breath.
  • Tobacco products cause bad breath, as well. Even chewing tobacco can leave an unpleasant odor in your mouth.
  • Another cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush your teeth or floss daily, food stays in your mouth and causes bad breath.
  • Portions of your tongue can even capture those bad smells.
  • Dry mouth mostly occurs during sleep. That’s why we wake up with bad breath.
  • Some medications can cause bad breath.
  • Infections in your mouth that leave open wounds can cause bad odors.
  • Some diseases may also cause bad breath.

To prevent bad breath, brush your teeth after each meal. Floss after each meal too. Brush your tongue. If you wear dentures, clean them properly. Hydrate in order to prevent dry mouth. Avoid foods like onions and sugary foods that leave behind bad breath. Finally, schedule regular checkups with your dentist.

If you have bad breath, look over your oral hygiene habits. If nothing seems to work, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva.

April 2, 2017

April 22, 2017 is Earth Day, which means it’s a chance for all of us to help spread environmental and climate literacy. At the office of Dr. Bruce Silva, every day is Earth Day because we practice “Green Dentistry.” This means we use only the safest and most environmentally sustainable dental practices. By doing this, we reduce our carbon footprint, improve your health benefits, and better the environment.

You can help celebrate Earth Day too. Being more eco-friendly takes practice, but you can start making a big difference right away by just caring for your teeth properly.  Here’s how:

  1. Turn off the tap – Water adds up. Turning off the water while you brush can save up to 3,000 gallons of water each year.
  2. Don’t brush too long – Brushing your teeth shouldn’t take that long to do. This is another way to conserve water. If you brush for a long period of time and hard, you may brush off the tooth enamel that is meant to protect your teeth.
  3. Use a toothpaste with less chemicals – Seek out healthier options without sugary flavoring additives and fluoride-free options.
  4. Go to a Green Dentist like Dr. Silva – A green dentist strives for healthy dentistry while reducing the chemical effects on patients and the environment.
  5. Recycle your toothbrush – Some recycling facilities now make it acceptable to recycle your toothbrush. Although made out of plastic, the toothbrush also contains nylon bristles and a metal staple so you may have to separate these parts. Consider purchasing a toothbrush with a recyclable top or one made from plant-based materials.

Help Dr. Bruce Silva celebrate Earth Day every day. Let us know what other practices you do to be more eco-friendly.

April 2, 2017

Gum disease affects everyone, even pregnant women and their unborn babies. It is likely that gum disease can trigger biological fluids that induce labor, causing the baby to be born too early and too small.

Most women notice a difference in their teeth and gums during pregnancy. Gums may appear redder, swelled, and could bleed easier while brushing. This occurs more frequently during pregnancy because of increased levels of hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. Fortunately, these effects recede after the baby is born.

Follow these tips to ensure healthy gums and teeth during a pregnancy.

  • Women considering pregnancy should get a checkup from their dentist to treat any oral problems before.
  • Drink plenty of water as pregnancy dry mouth can put women at a greater risk for tooth decay.
  • Brush twice daily for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Use a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss once a day to clean between the teeth.
  • Omit sweet and starchy foods and replace with fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat foods that are high in calcium, such as cheese, milk, beans, and vegetables.
  • Morning sickness, a symptom of pregnancy, contains acid that can erode your teeth if left in the mouth. Rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash after morning sickness.

Take care of your teeth and gums. It’s important for you and your baby. Keep following Dr. Bruce Silva for more dental health tips.

March 7, 2017

What is Green Dentistry?

Green Dentistry is a high-tech approach to reducing the environmental impact of traditional dental practices. Green Dentistry is good for the planet, good for our community, and good for business!

So, what exactly are the main benefits of Green Dentistry?

  1. Reduces the amount of waste and pollution generated by a single dental visit.
  2. Saves water, energy, and money.
  3. High-tech approach, so as technology advances, the benefits will continue to accrue.
  4. Supports your wellness-lifestyle and environmental values, and we share that commitment by practicing Green Dentistry every day!

While everyone goes green for St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you go green with us! At Dr. Bruce Silva D.D.S., we’re passionate about our “green” dental practices. Not just because they are good for the environment, but more importantly, because they are good for you!

March 6, 2017

It’s that time of year again – time for some spring cleaning. As you plan on what to do and when to do it, why not include a visit to your dentist so that clean teeth and a healthy smile can be a part of making a fresh start this spring. If you’re at low risk for cavities or gum disease, you’ll only need to visit the dentist once a year. Why not make it a part of your March spring cleaning regime? Here are a few more reasons why you should visit the office of Dr. Bruce Silva:

  1. Regular maintenance will improve the look of your teeth and your looks, in general. Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you feel you may suffer from dental disease, increase that visit to two or three visits a year. A professional cleaning will remove plaque and tartar buildup in hard to reach places.
  2. Detect dental issues early. Visit the dentist’s office for a thorough inspection of your teeth’s health and condition. Finding any problems early and repairing it can prevent a more serious situation later in your life.
  3. Prevent gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues in your teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. A dental cleaning will help prevent bacteria from the hard to reach plaque in your teeth.

Dr. Bruce Silva advises you to visit at least once a year, but as you get older, your dental visits should increase to about two to three times a year, depending on your risk for dental health problems. Good luck with your spring cleaning, and don’t forget to call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva!

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