Family Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: June, 2016
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Driving family members to dental appointments all over town wastes precious hours of your time. When you choose one dentist to care for your entire family, you'll have more time to do the things you enjoy most. Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, your Cincinnati, OH family dentists at Cornerstone Dental Group, explain several benefits of choosing a family dentist.
Family Dentists Offer the Ultimate in Convenience
It's not always easy to coordinate schedules when the adults and children in your family have different dentists. Between taking a few hours off from work and school and making the trek to each office, you may devote a considerable amount of time to dental appointments. The staff at your family dentist's office makes scheduling appointments easy by helping you find a convenient time for one group appointment.
Family Dentists Are Trained to Care for All Members of Your Family
Family dentists treat patients of all ages. They understand that visiting the dentist can be a little scary for very young children and take the time to make sure that your little ones have a positive experience. No matter what your age, they'll fully explain diagnoses and procedures, make sure you're comfortable during treatments and address any concerns you may have about your teeth.
Regular Visits Protect Your Families Oral Health
During your visits to your Cincinnati family dentist, he or she will not only look for signs of tooth decay, but also examine your jaw, mouth, lips and cheeks for signs of health problems, such as gum disease. Regular visits are particularly important during your child's early years. During those visits, your dentist will make sure that their teeth and mouth are developing appropriately and make treatment recommendations if any issues are detected.
Those regular visits are just as important for adults. Years of wear and tear on your teeth can wear down your enamel, increasing your risk of tooth decay. As you age, your nerves can become less sensitive, and you may not feel any pain until a cavity is large. When you visit the dentist every six months, he or she can spot and treat tooth decay in its earliest stages.
A visit to a family dentist is an excellent way to protect your family's oral health. Call Drs. Solomon and Burleson-Ott of Cornerstone Dental Group, your Cincinnati, OH family dentists, at (513) 631-8920 to schedule an appointment. Family dentists offer convenience and excellent care for the entire family!
The development of antibiotic drugs is widely considered one of the greatest medical achievements of the last century. Their widespread use has turned life-threatening diseases like cholera, strep throat or bacterial meningitis into manageable, treatable ones. It’s no exaggeration to say antibiotics changed the face of healthcare, including dentistry.
But this gleaming sword for fighting dangerous diseases has a double edge because our biological “enemies” can adapt to the microscopic attacks against them.Â This has created an ironic conundrum: as antibiotics have proliferated in both the amount and frequency used they’ve become less effective against ever-resistant organisms.
This unfortunate situation has been helped along by a widespread, misguided practice in the medical profession, created by a “better safe than sorry” philosophy, to use them to treat any illness. This has morphed in recent decades into using antibiotics as a preventive measure in those not even exhibiting signs of disease, which then evolved into using antibiotics as a feed additive for livestock. As a result, antibiotic drugs have made their way into the food chain to accelerate, in many people’s opinion, bacterial and viral resistance.
What can we do then as “super-bugs” are on the rise, like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) which is resistant to the most common antibiotics?
Certainly, continuing research into creating new antibiotics that address resistance is vital. But it won’t be enough: we — both healthcare providers and patients — must also change our approach and attitude toward antibiotics. This means putting in place better prescription guidelines that reduce the application of antibiotics for only those conditions where it’s absolutely necessary. And, we must restrict their use as a preventive measure, particularly in regard to their use in livestock feed.
This will take a change in everyone’s mindset, our professional standards and guidelines, and perhaps our laws. Thankfully, many are seeing the looming danger, and change is already happening. But time is of the essence, and the future depends on it — not just for people today but also for tomorrow’s generations.
If you would like more information on prudent antibiotic use, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Antibiotics: Use and Abuse.”