Dream Smile Dental’s Flossing Tips and Pediatric Treatment Special

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Proper flossing technique is a must for good oral health as it removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, flossing properly each day is highly recommended.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth
 The are two types of floss and both are ADA approved care products:

 Nylon (or multi-filament) floss
 PTFE (mono-filament) floss

Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points. While more expensive, single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris from your teeth.

It is imperative to learn to floss correctly at a very young age.  Our Dentists are skilled at communicating and teaching your children solid dental hygiene techniques.  Take advantage of our special offer for new pediatric patients that includes exams, x-rays, cleaning, and of course floss education all for $99, a $325 dollar value. Our offer is good through October!

Portable toilet decorating tips

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What an impact on your event a portable restroom can have. Too small, too few, too plain; all of these factors have resonance with your guests. Most portable toilets are neutral, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo style, class and décor. Little things can be added to personalize your and increase the comfort level of the restroom.

Use the seasons to guide you adding pumpkins in the fall or tulips in the spring. Bridal baskets or accessory baskets can be added to the portable restroom for a wedding. Add bits of color that coordinate with your wedding colors and fill with mouthwash, hairspray, tissue and other amenities that your guests may need.

A small coordinating floral arrangement inside the restroom for an upscale look also makes quite a difference and adds a touch of class to your portable restroom trailer. Perhaps potpourri or scented sachets, which do not take up much space, but will add a light fragrance. Another special touch to personalize your portable toilets is to add a large potted arrangement outside of the restroom.  This adds elegance and personality and hides any unwanted exterior features of the restroom.

How Much Overhang Can You Design Into Your Counter-Tops

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In general, people seek the maximum amount of kitchen countertop overhang possible without the assist of additional support mechanisms.  How much overhang can I have without additional support? The answer is of course, "It depends".  It depends on a calculation that considers stone rigidity and the percentage of the total counter that is "cantilevered" or independently supported. In general, the maximum overhang length will vary between 12 and 16-inches.  Our kitchen countertop service is one of the most accomplished and most respected  across RI and MA.

For overhang, 12-inches is the general rule for overhang.  It could be less when using soft stone such as Onyx.  For Granite, the most popular choice in counter tops,  the answer is up to 12 inches providing 2/3 or more is cantilevered to offset the unsupported weight.  For the other materials (Corian, Cambria Quartz, etc) the considerations are many and too detailed to discuss here.  That is why it is critical for you to consult a professional kitchen design team like Kenneth C. Lewis.  You are embarking upon some complex design engineering decision making...don't do this alone. 
You can add significant overhang space by integrating a supported design.  The use of Corbels or legs to support additional overhangs of course have both pros and cons.  They are:

  • Corbels- Visible but decorative
  • Brackets- Inexpensive and effective, installed properly works better on wall tops than upon cabinets themselves.
  • Legs -Visible, decorative but in the way of chairs and peoples legs.
  • Support brackets- Hidden and concealed but offers great support. They must be installed before the granite and cut into the cabinet itself. They are specifically designed for this challenge.

Think about the worst case scenario such as someone deciding to jump up and sit on your counter-top. Then ask yourself, "would that be safe"?  Would you or your spouse forget about max supported weight and step up on the unsupported  counter to change a light bulb?  So your unsupported counter tops should be designed to support human weight.  Think of your heaviest relative...there's your target support weight.  You can trust Kenneth C. Lewis to make that happen for you.....no matter how big your husband's brother is.

The Many Causes of Yellow Teeth (And How To Prevent It)

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A frequently asked question of our staff at Dream Smile Dental   (from across our servicing area: Boston, Quincy, Brookline and CANTON) revolves around the yellowing of teeth. Our hearts pour out to each and every person who has ever commented that they hate their smile due to what they believe are "ugly teeth".  However, we also celebrate those lives we help improve by converting their lost smile into something that they can be proud of.  This blog post is dedicated to the subject of yellowing teeth and the most common causes and most successful prevention tips.

Unfortunately, some teeth are simply yellow in nature. The vast majority of natural teeth deviate in large measure from the desired "pearly whites" that we all seek.  If you are uncertain if your teeth are naturally yellow or significantly stained, check your teeth for variations in color.  If your teeth vary in color or shades of yellow, then they are probably stained and a routine cleaning will make a world of difference.  If you teeth are solidly the same color of yellow, then it's time to dig deeper into potential causes.

Tetracycline, an antibiotic, can cause discoloration of teeth in children, making them appear blotchy. Doctors now realized this side-effect of Tetracycline and actively seek other types of antibiotics for pediatric applications.  Public and/or natural water sources high in fluoride, although helpful in the fight against cavities,  can cause tooth discoloration.  In fact, many medical treatment can have detrimental dental effect.  When discussing medical options, dental considerations, especially when involving children, are absolutely things to actively consider.  For adults, the aging process will naturally introduce increased yellowing with time.  Remember from a previous blog post where you learned that underneath your tooth enamel is a material called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow, and as you age your tooth enamel becomes worn down, exposing the dentin. Again, it is natural for your teeth to undergo color change with age.  

However, the good news is that, in most cases, the primary contributor to rapid yellowing are behavioral and thus controllable in large degree.  Discoloration is most often caused by food, drinks, and tobacco staining the surface enamel of the tooth. Smokers almost always have yellow stained teeth, as well as people who drink large amounts of coffee. Soda and tea are also common contributors.  Although these are the main culprits, any type of food can stain your teeth if they are not properly brushed. So let's talk briefly about the things you can do to keep yellowing at a minimum.

The best thing is simple good daily dental hygiene. Dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to prevent stained teeth. You should be brushing at least two or three times a day. Using mouth rinse will help also as they have plaque fighting substances which, in combination with brushing can help drastically. Remember, the longer that a food or beverage remains in contacts with your teeth, the better chance you have of them turning yellow. Ideally, you would want to brush your teeth within an hour of eating or drinking anything that may stain them. You also need to remember to have dental cleanings at least once a year. Avoiding beverages that might stain your teeth is your best bet, but if you must have your soda, consider drinking it out of a straw and chasing it with a glass of water. And of course, don't forget that through the skill of our cosmetic dentistry staff, Dream Smile Dental can completely turn your smile around in as little as a single visit.

Finally, get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.  If it has been more than six months since your last cleaning, then call us and we'll increase both the brightness and frequency of your smile.  

GRA and Music on the Main, Free Concert Series Finale

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Garner Revitalization Association and Music on The Main Series
The Final Hurray, Free Music Concert -2010

Garner Revitalization Association has been working working eorking.  Notice the detail in the improvements that have taken place so far.  When it’s all said and done the Garner, North Carolina will definately be a wonderful sight to see.  With that being said let us enjoy the festivities that the Free Music on Main Street Series has been hosting all summer.

Music on the Main

Music on the Main Free Concert Series

September 9th ‘Music on Main will present Craig Woolard Band.  This free concert begins  at 6:00 and lasts through 9:00 in downtown Garner.  This very well may be the last Music on Main Concert of 2010.  so if you haven’t been out all summer then this is your chance to enjoy yourself.

Let’s do our part and keep Garner as clean as possible, that means No Littering. Thank you.

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