Summer is in full swing, and as you and your family make the most of the sunshine, there are a couple of things that you may want to keep in mind to ensure the continuing oral health of you and your loved ones. To learn more, read the summer tips below from your Grand Prairie dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith.
Protect Your Loved Ones’ Smiles This Summer with These Tips
· Take precautions for the sun. Summer is a time when we can go out and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer, including sunshine. Unfortunately, too much exposure to sunshine can cause serious health concerns like skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself and your loved ones when you venture outdoors this summer by applying sunscreen frequently. It is also imperative that you do not forget to protect your lips, which can develop oral cancer from too much exposure to UV rays. Therefore, look for a lip balm with UV protection and make sure the entire family is safe from harmful rays.
· Limit ice cream consumption. It’s no wonder that July has been named National Ice Cream Month as few things go together better than hot summer days and ice cream. However, as you enjoy the festivities and treats of summer, it is important to consume sweets like ice cream in moderation. Sweets typically contain high levels of sugar, which can feed harmful bacteria in the mouth, allowing them to produce an acid that can cause tooth decay. Therefore, monitor ice cream consumption and consider opting for sugar-free or reduced-sugar options.
Schedule a Visit with Your Grand Prairie Family Dentist
The summer season can be a great time to schedule dental appointments for the whole family. If you and your children are due for dental cleanings
, don’t delay. Contact
our 75052 dental office to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Grand Prairie family dentist
, Dr. Smith, today by calling 972-262-5111. We welcome patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.
Do you know when a dental crown becomes necessary? Did you know that there are several types of dental crowns? Take the following quiz from your Grand Prairie dentist and test your knowledge of dental crowns.
Test Your Knowledge
1. True or False: PFM (Porcelain-fused-to-metal) crowns offer the best cosmetic results of any type of dental crown.
True or False: Bruxism
(teeth grinding) can damage teeth so that they need dental crowns.
3. True or False: PFM crowns offer superior strength to all-porcelain crowns.
Check Your Answers
1. False. All-porcelain crowns offer superior cosmetic results to PFM crowns because PFM crowns are made up of an under layer of metal to which is attached an outer layer of porcelain. While the outer layer of porcelain does add a nice cosmetic touch, the under layer of metal does not allow PFM crowns to achieve the same level of translucence exhibited by teeth and all-porcelain crowns. The under layer may also become exposed over time, resulting in a black line at the base of the crown.
2. True. Bruxism subjects teeth to powerful forces and can wear them down over time. Initially, teeth may lose only enamel. However, enamel loss can weaken teeth, making structural damage more likely. Should teeth suffer structural damage in the form of a crack, chip, or break, a dental crown is necessary to repair the damage and restore the function of the tooth or teeth.
3. True. The metal under layer of a PFM crown lends it superior strength. Because PFM crowns are stronger than all-metal crowns, they are often used in the back of the mouth, where the forces of biting and chewing are greater and teeth are less visible.
Dental Crowns from Your Grand Prairie Dentist
Do you have a damaged tooth that needs to be repaired? Contact
your Grand Prairie
dentist, Dr. Smith, today at 972-262-5111 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. Located in the 75052 area, we welcome patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.