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January 1, 2019

In 2018, studies found that most people who made a New Years’ resolution chose to focus on self-care; be it eating healthier, going to the gym, or saving more money. As the self-care industry is still going strong in 2019, the trend of self-care focused resolutions is bound to continue, so why not make getting your teeth whitened one of them? Investing in your teeth and smile is always a good idea, and the benefits of the whitening can help with other resolutions in surprising ways.

Brighter Teeth = A Healthier You

Getting your teeth whitened can be an incentive to follow through with other goals you have set yourself. While your teeth do naturally change color over time, smoking, drinking caffeinated beverages, and drinking wine all help to accelerate the staining process. Once you have invested in whitening your teeth, you may be more inclined to control some of your habits that could cause them to stain again. It’s also a well-known fact among dentists that people who invest in teeth whitening tend to have excellent dental hygiene, and good dental hygiene has been linked with good bodily health overall. So if you’ve been trying quit smoking, lessen your caffeine intake, lose weight, or just be healthier in general, start by getting your teeth whitened. Keeping your smile that bright and beautiful may give you the incentive you’ve been looking for.

Teeth Whitening Can Give You Confidence
Teeth age like every other part of your body, but when they turn yellow it can hurt your confidence and cause you to smile less, which can affect you in professional and social interactions. The last thing you want is to go into a job interview and have the head of Human Resources think you’re uninterested in the proceedings merely because you’re afraid to smile. Whitening your teeth can lessen your fears about smiling, and people will be drawn to the confidence your smile exudes.

New Year, New You
The New Year is a great time to get your teeth whitened, because chances are you have made a New Years’ resolution. And whether it’s to be more healthy or to find a new job, a brighter smile will give you confidence to invest in yourself even more, which is the key to getting any good resolution off the ground.

Start 2019 with a big, healthy white smile. Schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.

October 9, 2018

Halloween is an exciting time of the year. It’s the gateway to the holiday season, the weather is finally beginning to cool down, and of course, there is no lack of Halloween candy. Halloween is all about the candy, and no dentist is going to deny any child the right to be excited about the sugar bomb they’re about to receive on Halloween night. We do, however, have a few suggestions on how to protect the fragile teeth of everyone’s little ghouls and goblins from overindulgence and to avoid an expensive and unneeded emergency trip to the dentist after Halloween.

Which candy is the least harmful to teeth?

Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, is the best candy for your teeth. It has the least amount of carbs and processed sugars in it, and will wash off your teeth easily, whereas sour candy should generally be avoided due to its high acid content, which strips away tooth enamel. Dentists also warn that sticky candies such as caramel and hard candies are equally as dangerous due to the long periods of time it takes to eat them. The bottom line is, if sugar is on your teeth, your tooth enamel is in danger, which could eventually lead to cavities.

How do I protect my and my child’s teeth this Halloween?

Fortunately, there are some easy solutions for protecting your teeth this Halloween. Brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing once a day as your dentist suggests is the best safeguard against poor dental health there is. When a glut of sugar is added to your diet, it is even more important. Dentists also suggest that candy should only be eaten after a meal, as the mouth is already producing saliva and will therefore be able to wash the sugar from your teeth naturally. Of course, accidents do happen, so if you do start to feel tooth pain this Halloween, go see your dentist, because the worst thing to do is ignore it.

Don’t overindulge in Halloween candy this year. Take proper care of your teeth this season and schedule a checkup with Dr. Bruce Silva today.


May 4, 2018

Dr. Bruce Silva offers several teeth whitening options, including an in-office procedure that will give you brighter, whiter teeth. Take-home options are also available to whiten your teeth on your own time. Each treatment eliminates the stains, yellowing, and darkening that come with age.

Since sensitivity is a temporary side effect of teeth whitening, here are some tips on how to deal with sensitivity after teeth whitening.

• Follow all the dentist’s orders as instructed for the best results.
• Before a treatment, build up resistance to sensitivity by using sensitive toothpastes or mouthwash.
• Steer clear of hot and cold drinks or foods after teeth whitening treatments.
• Drink liquids through a straw.
• If sensitivity is too unbearable, consult with your dentist.

White teeth are an important part of a healthy smile and they also help your self-esteem. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today!

March 5, 2018

Research suggests that on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, there is a 77 percent increase in emergency visits to the dentist. Emergency visits are higher among men than they are among women. Women, between the ages of 30 and 65 years of age, see a 77 percent jump in dental visits while men, between the ages of 30 and 65, see an increase of 78 percent.

In what seems like a negative stereotype actually is the truth. The reason dentists see a hike in visits is because of drunken, clumsy celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day. Downing a few green beers can easily get you into trouble and dental patients wind up visiting the dentist because of a chipped tooth from the night before. The biggest jumps in dentist visits are in Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas, and Louisiana.

The day after St. Patrick’s Day is one of ten busiest days for dentists and it actually tends to last two to three days after. However, it could be a blessing in disguise for patients who don’t visit the dentist on the regular. Many common dental problems can be addressed and treated right away due to an unforeseen dentist visit.

With this data, it seems the real winners of St. Patrick’s Day are dentists. If you experience a St. Patrick’s Day stumble, or if you just want to make your healthy smile a priority, schedule an appointment now before the dentist office gets crowded. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today!

December 13, 2017

What are your resolutions for 2018? More importantly, will you be able to keep them? Every year, with the best of intentions, we set personal goals, resolving to do something good for us in the coming year. Usually though, our resolutions are abandoned almost as quickly as we made them. So, what’s the easiest way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Make them easy to achieve.

Have the confidence to take on whatever the New Year brings you by resolving to take better care of your oral health. Here are Dr. Silva’s four simple New Year’s Resolutions for making sure you look and feel great all year long.

  1. Visit your dentist more frequently. According to the American Dental Association, one third of people in the United States do not see a dentist yearly. The older you get, the more sensitive your teeth get. Even if you think your teeth look and feel great, you will still need to visit your dentist a recommended two times a year. Set a reminder on your phone to make an appointment with your dentist on January 2nd.
  2. Floss. In order to keep plaque from building up on and in between your teeth, brushing daily isn’t enough. Make a resolution to begin the habit of flossing after each meal. To remember to floss, keep a container next to your toothbrush and toothpaste on your sink and with you, either in your car, pocket, or purse.
  3. Quit Smoking. Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and can also initiate many other health issues for you. On the first of the New Year, get rid of the tobacco products and ask your family and friends for their support with this new resolution. Find a replacement activity to take up when you get the craving to use tobacco products.
  4. Eat Healthier. Decrease your consumption of sugar foods in 2018. There happens to be a link between tooth decay and the amount of sugar a person eats. Add more dairy to your diet, which is good for your teeth.

Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions fall through, especially when it comes to your oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva after you finish reading this blog or on January 2nd. Your healthy smile is important to us. Happy New Year!

November 6, 2017

Did you know that there are two national days in November set aside to reinforce the importance of good oral health? National Brush Day is on November 1st and National Flossing Day is on the day following Thanksgiving. It’s no accident that National Brush Day is the day after Halloween and National Flossing Day is the day after Thanksgiving. The holiday season means sugary treats, sweet drinks, and a lot of food. So, it’s more important than ever to take some time to refresh your memory on good oral health habits.

We learned how to brush and floss our teeth years ago, but you may be surprised to learn that you’re doing it wrong. The time it takes to properly brush your teeth is two minutes. Brushing regularly is important to your dental health but over-brushing can lead to receding gums and sensitive teeth. If you don’t brush long enough, you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you should.

There are four other tips to consider when brushing your teeth:

  • Your toothbrush should be at a 45 degree angle along the gum line and push back and forth and repeat for each individual tooth.
  • Do the same to the inside surface of your teeth.
  • Brush the “top” of the tooth. This is the part of the tooth you chew with.
  • Don’t skip on brushing your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.

Flossing is an important step in your dental health as it will remove bad breath and reduce plaque buildup, which leads to cavities and tooth decay. Flossing is a simpler task but in case you’ve forgotten how to floss, here are some informative tips:

  • Pull enough floss to equal about 18 inches.
  • Wrap the ends around your index fingers.
  • Hold tightly and push and pull the floss against the side of each tooth.

Here are a few other dental care tips to follow on the regular:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. First thing in the morning and before you go to bed are good times to brush your teeth.
  • Floss every day before you go to bed.
  • Limit your snack intake.
  • Schedule a check-up with your dentist every six months.

Don’t let holiday foods ruin your healthy smile. Schedule a checkup with Dr. Bruce Silva today!

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