Posts for category: Oral Health

By Page Family Dentistry
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Are you feeling underwhelmed with your smile? Do you feel that it could be a lot more radiant and less dull? You’re certainly not alone. Here at Page Family Dentistry, Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page, can help you make your smile brighter in our Providence, RI, office with professional teeth whitening.

But first, you need to understand why our teeth become discolored and how teeth whitening can help get rid of the discoloration.

Understanding Why Teeth Become Stained

Our teeth could lose their shine and whiteness due to drinks and food that stain as well as bad habits like smoking and poor oral hygiene. When left to fester, these stains will become more difficult to remove and will require teeth whitening. Likewise, yellow teeth develop below the surface because under the enamel is another layer called dentin and this layer is naturally yellowish.

When your teeth enamel, the outer surface, starts wearing down due to aging, teeth grinding, and normal wear and tear, the dentin starts to peek through, making your teeth look yellower than they are. Genes likewise play a crucial role in the shade of the dentin and the enamel’s thickness or thinness.

How Teeth Whitening Works to Make Your Smile Brighter

The teeth whitening process is fairly simple. The products used for whitening or lightening teeth contain different concentrations of bleach. They can also contain different bleach types, such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. The bleach works by breaking up the stain bonds attached to your teeth and making them smaller to the point that the color becomes lighter.

In turn, your teeth will appear more radiant and whiter. Here in our Providence, RI, office, you can choose from in-office teeth whitening or dentist-supervised at-home whitening depending on your specific preferences and circumstances. Unfortunately, teeth whitening cannot correct all kinds of stains or discoloration.

For example, very yellow, gray, and brown teeth don’t bleach that well. Teeth whitening won’t also work on dental crowns and fillings. Additionally, whitening won’t work to banish discoloration due to medications or trauma to the teeth. In these cases, your dentist may recommend dental bonding or veneers to cover the stains instead. Work with your dentist to find out the most suitable teeth whitening option for you.

For More Information or Advice on Teeth Whitening, Call Us!

Arrange a visit with your Providence, RI, dentist Dr. Marc Page or Dr. Lawrence Page here at Page Family Dentistry by dialing (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
November 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns are an investment in the future of your oral health, and protecting that investment is important. Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page, your dentist in Providence, Rhode Island, want all of their patients to be educated about the best practices for taking care of their teeth and the restorations they need. If you have a tooth with a crown on it or will be getting one soon, read on to learn how you can maintain them for many years to come.

A sticky situation

One of the riskiest things you can do when you have a dental crown is indulging in sticky, chewy candies like taffy or caramels. These delicious but detrimental treats can stick to a dental crown and dislodge it upon chewing, resulting in repair or possible replacement of the entire crown. While your Providence dentist already recommends all patients keep their candy consumption to a minimum, those with crowns should definitely steer clear of anything that acts like glue!

Hard to handle

Similarly, hard, crunchy foods could spell disaster for a crown. Ice, hard candy, nuts - biting down on any of these could cause your crown to loosen or break. Crowns from your Providence dentist are designed to last a long time, at least a decade, and you can extend their lifespan by being careful about what you eat.

Hygiene at home

Caring for your crowns is as simple as following your Providence dentist's guidelines for everyday dental care. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Flossing can be a bit more tricky; crowns close the spaces between the teeth, which can make it more difficult to floss between them. Interdental brushes instead of string or tape-style floss can be more effective when you have crowns. Finally, staying up-to-date on your checkups at Page Family Dentistry is essential to make sure that the crown is stable and that the tooth underneath remains healthy.

For more information about crowns, or to schedule an appointment with us, contact Page Family Dentistry in Providence, Rhode Island at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
September 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Protect your beautiful smile with the help of preventive dentistry.

Has it been a couple of days since you last flossed? Did you go to bed recently and forget to brush? Has your sweet tooth ruled your diet this week? All of these bad habits are the reason why cavities are the most common chronic dental disease that our Providence, RI, family dentists Drs. Marc and Lawrence Page see; however, when you take special care of your teeth you can prevent oral problems from happening in the first place.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is any habit or practice that you or your dentist undertakes in order to protect your teeth and gums. After all, it’s much easier to instill good oral habits now to protect your smile than it is to just deal with problems once they appear. Good oral health starts in childhood, so it’s important that you start bringing your child in to see our Providence, RI, family dentists around one year old.

What is involved in preventive dentistry?

Let’s first discuss the preventive dental measures that you and your family can tackle right now to maintain good oral health. These smile-friendly measures include,

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Limiting sugar, fruit juices and sports drinks
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Using an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet

Now, let’s talk about the preventive dentistry measures that you’ll need to turn to a family dentist for. These include,

  • Regular dental exams every six months
  • Professional dental cleanings
  • Annual dental X-rays
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dentist can also recommend additional ways to reduce your risk for cavities and other dental problems based on your specific needs. Some of these additional preventive measures include,

  • Creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for kids and teens who play sports
  • Crafting night guards for those who grind their teeth while they sleep
  • Placing dental sealants on your child’s molars to reduce cavities
  • Fluoride treatment for kids who don’t get enough fluoride in their diet (fluoride helps to mineralize tooth enamel and to prevent cavities from forming)

Here at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, our family dentists believe in providing patients with the knowledge and skills to properly care for their smiles and to protect against cavities and gum disease. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning call our office today at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns can improve your smile by strengthening and restoring damaged teeth. The appearance of teeth with stains or cosmetic concerns can also be improved with dental crowns. At Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, our experienced family dentists, Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page, can determine if certain teeth could benefit from dental crowns.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow covers that are placed over teeth that are damaged or have cosmetic imperfections. Once in place, the crown completely encapsulates the tooth and gives it a strong, new exterior. For example, teeth that are worn down and too weak to readily perform biting and chewing functions can be made strong again by placing dental crowns over them. With the dental crowns in place, the teeth are restored and can bite and chew food again.

Since a dental crown is placed over the affected tooth, it can also conceal a wide range of flaws. Teeth that are stained, discolored, misshapen, chipped, or cracked, for example, can be given a flawless new look by placing dental crowns over the top. Dental crowns look just like natural teeth and readily blend in with the rest of your smile once they are in place. The skilled family dentists at our office in Providence, RI, can help you decide if dental crowns are the right option for improving your smile.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns can help improve your smile in several ways. They can strengthen, restore, and protect damaged teeth, as well as enhance the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues. Some of the many ways dental crowns can improve your smile include:

  • Improving the appearance and shape of teeth that are oddly shaped
  • Improving the appearance of teeth with stains or discolorations
  • Preventing a cracked or chipped tooth from becoming worse
  • Strengthening and restoring teeth affected by extensive decay
  • Protecting a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Preventing loose dental fillings from falling out

Dental crowns are an effective way to strengthen, restore, and improve your smile. To learn more about dental crowns and how they can address your specific issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marc or Lawrence Page, our knowledgeable family dentists, by calling Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Your take good care of your teeth, but how are your gums doing? At Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page value your periodontal health. Your family dentist will show you ways to keep those soft oral tissues vibrant and infection-free.

What is gum disease?

Your oral health influences your overall health. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Gum disease begins when plaque and tartar collect in between teeth and in the spaces between the gums and root surfaces. These gum pockets have a normal depth of one to three millimeters, but when infiltrated by leftover food residues, they deepen, causing:

  • Bleeding
  • Puffiness
  • Tenderness
  • Fistulas on the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receded gum tissue
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Change in the fit of dentures and in dental bite
  • Loose and lost teeth

While patients do not notice gum disease symptoms right away, your family dentist can spot these issues during your regular dental visits. If you have mild gingivitis or even advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Page can help you return to full oral health.

Risk factors for gum disease

Some are unavoidable--heredity and age, as examples. However, other factors are within your control. Risk factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking and use of smokeless tobacco
  • Diet (high in sugar and low in fiber)
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Some prescriptions, such as birth control pills and some heart medications
  • Some health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, which impact the immune system

People over the age of 65 have a greater incidence of gum disease. So, age is a risk factor as well.

Preventing gum disease

At your routine check-up and cleaning at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, your dentist can recommend ways for you to keep your gums healthy. After all, prevention is the best cure for any health problem. Your tips may include:

1. Stop all tobacco usage.

2. Stay hydrated with several glasses of water daily.

3. Brush your teeth gently twice a day.

4. Floss daily to remove bacteria-filled plaque.

5. Consume a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables.

6. Wear a bite guard if you have the habit of clenching and grinding your teeth.

7. Ask your hygienist for ways to improve your oral health routine.

8. Get professional cleanings and check-ups at least every six months.

If you do have gum problems, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) or other in-office interventions to remove diseased tissue and help your gums heal.

Learn all you can

Your smile depends on your gum health. So, keep it strong with the help of Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page at Providence's own Page Family Dentistry. Call the office team for your routine appointment: (401) 421-9350.

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31 Elmgrove Ave.
Providence, RI 02906
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