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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.

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!

March 25, 2016

“Green Dentistry,” or Eco-Dentistry, is the practice of oral health care and dental treatments utilizing technologies and procedures that promote environmental health. The benefits of being a green dentist client are numerous and seem to be growing.

This popular dentistry trend has reduced waste and pollution. Green dentists have switched to accessing administrative and marketing records online as opposed to using files. By switching from disposables to re-usables and ensuring that lights and all equipment are off at the end of the day, it has also saved money, energy, and water for their companies. 

While brushing your teeth, there are some ways you can go “green” as well. Here are five ways to protect the Earth, the environment, and each other:

  1. TURN THE WATER OFF. Conserve water by not leaving the sink on while brushing your teeth. The only time you should use it is when you rinse.
  2. BRUSH SOFTLY. Brushing your teeth with force can damage your gums as well as your toothbrush. If you brush gently, your toothbrush will last longer. This will save you money and reduce waste.
  3. BUY A COMPOSTABLE TOOTHBRUSH. 450 million toothbrushes end up in landfills every year. A compostable toothbrush is made up of 100% plant materials which will reduce the amount of plastic that will end up in the landfill if you make the switch.
  4. SWITCH TO A NATURAL TOOTHPASTE. Natural toothpaste breaks down easier, which makes it easier on our water ways. Also, You may find some artificial chemicals and additives in most regular toothpastes you won’t find in natural toothpastes.
  5. TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR TEETH YOURSELF. If you floss daily, you are not only preventing future dental work on your teeth, but you are also saving money and reducing the amount of chemicals dentists use while filling cavities.

For additional information schedule an appointment with Dr Silva today. At Austin Premier Dental, you can rest easy. We are specially trained and experienced in providing you with the knowledge to keep your smile bright.

February 12, 2016

We often take things for granted and our oral health is no exception. When people start cutting expenses, regular dental checkups are one of the first things to go. But not anymore! Valentine’s Day is a day to make time for those that are special to us. It’s time we realize what our teeth really do for us and give them the love and attention they deserve.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Our mouths can be a good indicator of our overall well-being and help tip off health care providers that something is wrong elsewhere. Dark spots, decayed teeth, and swollen gums can lead not only to oral struggles but major health problems as well. For example, there is an undeniable link between gum disease, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

We all know it by now, but it’s worth repeating: when we take care of our mouths, we take care of our bodies. Seeing your dentist twice a year can help you catch oral health and overall health problems early, when they are most treatable.

Project Self-Confidence

It’s no secret, being self-conscious about your mouth impacts the way you project yourself in the world. Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you.  Not only does it add value to your appearance, but it also sends a message about YOU.  It conveys that you care about yourself, your health and your appearance. Your healthy smile projects self-confidence, which draws people to you.

Opportunity Knocks

Smiles are contagious. And the truth is, we also use them to judge one another. In 2009, Crest White strips commissioned a study that looked at the direct effect a white smile has on successful social and professional relationships. “The Impact of Whiter Teeth on Key First Impressions” used simulated job interviews and first dates followed by a quantitative online survey. The results showed that after whitening their teeth:

  • 58 percent of the study participants were more likely to be hired
  • 53 percent received larger salary offers
  • 54 percent received greater interest in continued interaction following a first date
  • 65 percent were seen as more professional and 61 percent as more confident
  • 59 percent were seen as more outgoing

Love your mouth this Valentine’s Day. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited our office, make an appointment and we’ll treat your teeth to a day at the spa. Your teeth will love you for it! Call us now at (512) 605-0860.

(Source: DentalInsurance.Org)

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