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According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 70 percent of Americans are taking some sort of prescription medication, with antibiotics and antidepressants topping the list. 

You may be surprised to learn that these and many other medications - including antihistamines, vitamins, and even some herbal preparations - can have an unwanted effect on the health of your mouth. The Novato, CA family dentist explains:

Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth

A number of medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) indicate dry mouth as a potential side effect. Some of these are decongestants, high blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Dry mouth is a nuisance, but it can actually create conditions in your mouth that lead to periodontal disease.

Saliva has a cleansing effect because it carries away food debris and kills bacteria in your mouth. Drying irritates the soft tissues in your mouth, causing inflammation making decay and infection more likely.

Practicing a diligent oral hygiene routine is essential because the absence of sufficient amounts of saliva reduces your body’s natural ability to neutralize bacteria in your mouth.

If dry mouth is a problem for you, please your Novato, CA family dentist know so we can recommend an oral hygiene routine to limit the discomfort. Drinking water or sucking on a sugar-free lozenge, or chewing sugarless gum can all be helpful for stimulating the production of saliva to counteract dry mouth.

Knowledge is Power

We are NOT suggesting you stop taking any medication prescribed by your doctor. But understanding the effects they can have on your oral health can keep you informed and one step ahead of potential problems.

Open communication is an important element of providing you with dental treatments that protect and preserve your oral health. You should never hesitate to talk to your family dentist about any medical concerns, even if you think they are not related to the condition of your mouth. 

 

Please call us to arrange your next appointment so we can review your medications and make adjustments as necessary.


After professional teeth whitening treatment, patients leave our office feeling proud of their sparkling smile and amazed at the immediate difference it makes to their appearance.

But occasionally a patient’s expectations may not match the results achieved. There can be several reasons for this. Quite often the results of professional teeth whitening with the Novato, CA cosmetic dentist are not fully apparent until several days after the procedure.

Everyone also has different expectations, and this can make a big difference in how satisfied they are. No matter what you expect from treatment, it’s important to remember that every patient starts with a different set of issues based on heredity and their dental history. Here are some basics to keep in mind before undergoing professional teeth whitening by your dentist.

Choosing the Right White

A handheld shade guide is used to measure the level of whitening that you can expect. If you have a specific outcome in mind, ask to see a shade guide so that the Novato, CA cosmetic dentist understands your expectations and can discuss any potential issues with obtaining the shade you desire.

Types of Stains on Teeth

Staining of teeth is intrinsic, extrinsic, or both. Intrinsic staining is usually a result of trauma, aging, too much tetracycline (a common antibiotic), or excessive use of fluoride. These stains are harder to eliminate and may require an in-office treatment followed by at home whitening.

Extrinsic stains result from certain foods, beverages, and normal wear. In the case of extrinsic stains, bleaching is usually very effective.

How Much Whitening is Too Much? 

Some people believe that tooth whitening will cause their teeth to become too white. They are worried that the result will be unnatural. In reality, patients can usually expect a difference of two to seven shades with in-office whitening. Bleaching can produce wonderful results, but it can only reveal the natural whiteness of your tooth enamel.

Please Call for An Appointment

If you would like to learn more about reviving your smile with professional teeth whitening please call our office for an appointment. We will be happy to take the time to sit down with you to explain exactly what you can expect.

Have you ever wished that you could have a flawless smile – one that lights up a room as soon as you enter? Maybe you’ve even looked longingly at pictures of celebrities and wished you had that “Hollywood smile.”

Chances are good that all those stunning celebrity smiles had a little help from cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers in particular. If you’re thinking that your budget can’t handle veneers, you may be pleasantly surprised at the smile transformation your Novato cosmetic dentist can achieve with just a few veneers strategically placed!

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Porcelain is an excellent material for veneers because it looks so much like natural dental enamel. Veneers are custom-made to match the shade of your own teeth, and the finished result is a flawless, natural-looking smile.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do for Me? 

One of the significant benefits of porcelain veneers is that your cosmetic dentist can use them to correct a wide variety of esthetic dental flaws:
  • Mask cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Disguise the appearance of crooked teeth
  • Cover spaces lefts by gaps between teeth
  • Alter the appearance of severely stained or discolored teeth
  • Lengthen the appearance of teeth

Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?

Porcelain veneers are not only versatile, but they blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. The translucent quality of porcelain makes them an excellent choice for a cosmetic dental treatment that is flawless and looks just like your natural teeth – only better! In fact, chances are that no one will notice you’ve had any work done!

Contact Our Office Today for More Information

Are you tired of living with a smile that is less than perfect? If you’re ready to take the step to finally enjoy the smile of your dreams, please contact our Novato cosmetic dentist today. We would love to meet you and work with you to see if porcelain veneers are the right choice for your lifestyle and budget. 


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