• Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

    At Emerald City Smiles in Edmonds, we restore decayed teeth to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in both techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable for everyone in Mountlake Terrace as well.

    tooth decay edmonds Decay is the most common Mountlake Terrace dental problem and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

    Fillings, inlays, onlays and dental crowns are used to restore teeth for our Edmonds cosmetic dental patients. Even the most basic procedure – filling a cavity – has evolved. There are several types of new materials available including porcelain and composite resin. Each has specific strengths and aesthetic considerations. Mountlake Terrace patients who replace silver amalgam with tooth-colored fillings love getting the metal out of their smile.

    Inlays and onlays are more extensive restorations. There are two types: direct or indirect. Direct inlays and onlays are made in your Mountlake Terrace cosmetic dental office on the spot and applied in one visit. Indirect inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. They usually require a second visit but the results are well worth the extra trip.

    When a patient has a tooth that cannot be restored with an inlay or an onlay, a natural-looking crown is the answer. At Emerald City Smiles, we create crowns that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Let us show you some photos of patients who have received smile makeovers you will not see any Chiclet crowns that stick out like a sore thumb. In fact, you won’t be able to tell which of our Mountlake Terrace dental patients have crowns.

    Emerald City Smiles is located at 6100 219 St SW, Ste 530 in Mountlake Terrace. Dr. Nejad is currently accepting new patients. Call 425-775-3446 to schedule a free aesthetic dental consultation .

  • Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

    Today, we’re discussing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The tool is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its origin, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Emerald City Smiles does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

    A water irrigation gadget oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you maneuver the stream of shooting water around the gumline, stopping momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.

    There have been over 65 studies that have confirmed the safety and efficacy of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.

    Should I Use a Water Flosser?
    If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gum disease, possibly. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have braces.

    First, speak with Dr. Nejad to obtain an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following factors may affect whether or not Dr. Nejad guides you to use an interdental irrigation device.

    • Braces or other orthodontic appliances
    • A physical restriction that decreases ability to brush and/or floss
    • Gum disease
    • Gums that bleed when flossing
    • Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
    • Aversion to flossing
    • Sensitive teeth

    The passionate team at Emerald City Smiles would love to help you learn the best techniques for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment , call 425-775-3446 .

    Sources:
    Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017

    Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017

    “Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

  • Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

    In Washington, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. Our mouths are full of bacteria. In fact, hundreds of different types of bacteria live on our teeth, gums, tongue and other places in our mouths. While some bacteria is helpful, other bacteria plays a role in the tooth decay process.

    Emerald City Smiles in Edmonds serves people from 50 to 100 years old to help fight tooth decay.

    Bacteria is a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

    tooth decay edmonds Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive.

    Repeated and frequent exposure to acid causes the tooth enamel to lose minerals. As a result, a white spot may appear where minerals have been lost which indicates early tooth decay. At this point, tooth decay can be reversed. Using minerals from saliva, fluroride toothpaste and other sources can help reverse the decay. But if the decay process continues resulting in more lost minerals then the enamel is weakened and destroyed resulting in a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.

    To help prevent tooth decay , simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste , flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local Mountlake Terrace dentist in Washington for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

    Hello, my name is Dr. Meisam Nejad. My practice, Emerald City Smiles, is located at 6100 219 St SW, Ste 530 Mountlake Terrace, Washington.