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By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Sealants  

Give your child the best chance at a cavity-free smile with a little help from dental sealants.

Every child is prone to cavities, especially if they aren’t properly caring for their teeth and gums. From a diet high in sugar to poor brushing habits, these are just some of the reasons your child might be at a higher risk for cavities. Fortunately, our Jenkintown, PA, family dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis offer a simple preventive option that could reduce your child’s risk of decay.

What are dental sealants?

This transparent or tooth-colored coating is applied to your child’s teeth to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in areas that are more challenging to clean, resulting in cavities. Along with maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home (this means brushing, flossing and eating a smile-friendly diet) and visiting your Jenkintown, PA, dentist every six months for checkups, dental sealants are another great way to reduce your child’s risk for cavities.

What teeth can get dental sealants?

Your child’s molars, or back teeth, are the ones that will most likely be getting dental sealants. This is for two reasons,

  1. Back teeth can be a little more difficult to brush and floss as thoroughly and effectively as easy-to-reach front teeth
  2. The grooves, crevices and ridges that make up the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth can easily trap plaque and food, increasing the likelihood for cavities

By placing sealants on back teeth as soon as they emerge, our dental team can reduce your child’s chances of developing cavities.

How are dental sealants applied?

Getting dental sealants is an easy process. Sealants can easily be placed during your child’s next checkup.

After your child’s teeth have been thoroughly cleaned and examined we will apply a special solution over the chewing surfaces of the tooth. This solution will make it easier for the sealant to stick to the tooth. The solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried. Next, the sealant is painted onto the back teeth where our dentist will then harden the sealant into place. The process is quick and completely non-invasive!

Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, VA, is dedicated to offering quality dental care and trusted dentists that know what your smile needs to stay healthy. Whether you want to learn more about dental sealants or you just need to schedule routine cleanings call (215) 886-8866 today.

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningWhether there's a special event in your future or your teeth have become a little dull, teeth whitening offers a simple way to refresh your smile. Whitening is one of the many dental services and procedures offered by your Abington, PA, dentists, Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis.

How teeth whitening can help your smile

Stains don't just affect fabrics but can also dull your smile. Any food or beverage that can stain a white shirt may also stain your tooth enamel. Eating or drinking darkly pigmented foods and beverages can discolor teeth, particularly if you've been consuming the drinks or foods for years. Common culprits are coffee, tea, cola, wine, berries, soy sauce, and brightly colored candies, ice pops, and sports drinks. Nicotine can also stain your teeth.

Your Abington dentist uses hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach stains. The gel seeps into tiny openings in your tooth enamel and breaks apart the pigments that cause the stains. Although over-the-counter whiteners also contain hydrogen peroxide, drugstore whitening kits contain weaker formulations.

Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel works quickly and safely to whiten your teeth.

Whitening doesn't take long

You'll only spend about an hour at the dental office when you schedule a whitening appointment. Most people only need one appointment to achieve their desired results, although a second whitening session may be necessary occasionally. Professional whitening can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades, dramatically improving your smile.

Teeth cleaning is a must before whitening, as the hydrogen peroxide gel can't penetrate plaque and tartar. If your teeth aren't cleaned, they may look a little speckled after whitening.

Before whitening begins, your dentist takes two important steps to ensure your comfort and safety. He applies a special gel to your gums that protects your gums and roots and gives you a retractor that holds your cheeks away from your teeth. These steps can help reduce sensitivity that can occur if the whitening agent touches sensitive gum tissue or roots.

You'll see the impressive results of your whitening session the minute the hydrogen peroxide gel is removed. You can maintain your results by avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages and touching up your teeth from time to time with a take-home kit provided by your dentist.

Are you ready to whiten your smile? Call your Abington, PA, dentists, Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis, at (215) 886-8866 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.

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