Your Teeth as You Age – Adam Brown, DDS

2024-01-28T19:56:46+00:00January 28th, 2024|Adam Brown DDS, Dentures, General, Oral Health|

Your Teeth as You Age

Every new day brings in an older and wiser version of ourselves. But we don’t just become wiser; our bodies change too. Teeth are especially prone to change and incur wear over time, something that older readers may have already experienced.

In fact, nearly 1 in 5 adults over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth — a testament to how the evolution and rapid change of our tooth health can lead to real dental damage.The longer you use something, the more wear and tear it will go under — this is true for your teeth, too!

As you age, the increased likelihood of dental problems is nothing to ignore. And with age introducing new problems and concerns, some people can see a lifetime of care for their teeth seemingly evaporate in months.

“You have people who have maintained their oral health their entire lives, only to see it go down the tubes in six to eight months,” – Judith Jones, Professor at Boston University’s dental school and elder-care spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.

While there are a number of causes for the increased risk in older teeth, the overall change in your teeth is most to blame. Teeth soften as we age, increasing challenges and risks, among other changes.

So don’t leave your aging teeth to fight for their health alone; schedule an appointment with a qualified dentist today to preserve dental health and stay healthy for the long run. And there’s no better dentist to go to for that type of preventive care than Adam Brown DDS. Years of experience helping older patients in the Monroe area equip this office to provide the best care for aging teeth.

 What Makes Our Teeth?

 Most people believe that our teeth are an extension of our bones — but that’s a common misconception. It’s likely rooted in the fact that your teeth and bones mostly comprise calcium. Additionally, much like our bones and joints, a lifetime of use can create pain and damage, especially if left untreated. While they have these things in common, the two have unique differences.

Bones are living tissue – teeth are not. Most readers know that bones can heal and repair themselves, but teeth can not. This means preservation and additional care are key to having teeth that can stand the test of time. Teeth have four different types of tissue, all of which can experience changes or damage with age:

Enamel –   Your enamel forms the outer layer of your teeth, protecting the more sensitive inner parts of your tooth from damage Enamel is the strongest substance in your body, so it plays its role as a protector well.

Over time, your enamel is prone to erosion, opening up gaps in protecting your teeth. And because these cells aren’t living, the cracks formed are permanent. Additionally, this layer is the part of your teeth that can stain, leading to discoloration.

Dentin – Dentin is the layer wedged between your enamel and cementum. Dentin serves a similar role to enamel, protecting the crown of your teeth. Still, it is much softer than enamel, so it can develop decay and cavities rapidly, especially if left untreated.

If there’s been a specific part of your mouth causing you discomfort, it could be the case that your dentin is taking a beating. If that’s the case, it’s important to schedule a check-up with a dentist right away! 

Cementum – Cementum is a substance covering the root of your tooth. It connects your teeth to the gums and is softer than both dentin and enamel. This and the next layer are important to keep protected, as damage or decay to these components could spell real problems.

Pulp – Also known as the nerve in your tooth, this layer has blood tissue and nerves that connect your teeth to the rest of your body. Often, we talk about how dental health plays a role in your overall health. If you need an example of this, look no further than the pulp, which plays a bridge between oral and overall health.

The Factors that Change Our Teeth

 Still, why are our teeth more prone to damage and disease when we age? There’s no singular answer to this, but rather a number of factors that create an overall more vulnerable oral health for older patients.

 Wear and Tear

 The longer you use something, the more wear and tear it will go under — this is true for your teeth, too!

Daily use over the course of years can damage your teeth, erasing enamel, an important layer for healthy teeth! Teeth are also more likely to crack or break with age, so avoid hard foods or ice to ensure longevity. Those with enough wear and tear may consider crowns or veneers, both offered by Adam Brown DDS.

To prevent some of the more severe impacts of dental wear and tear, you could try and chew your food evenly. Some people chew with specific parts of their mouth, which compounds the risk of overuse and damage.

Dry Mouth

 According to studies by the National Library of Medicine, over 46% of those over the age of 65 experience dry mouth.

 Countless medications have side effects that contribute to dry mouth, which could be a cause in this large number of affected people. While dry mouth creates discomfort, you may be surprised at the damage it can cause to your teeth. Saliva is important in fighting off bacteria growth, contributing to tooth decay. Look to switch medications if the issue persists, or drink more water to prevent your mouth from getting too dry.

Overeating and Drinking Certain- Foods

While most foods in moderation won’t impact your teeth negatively, a lifetime of consumption can create real problems. Foods high in acid spell trouble for your enamel, especially if used consistently over the course of years. Other foods that create stains, like coffee and red wine, can lead to real discoloration and a less polished smile.

Maintaining a Strong Support System – Your Gums

Your teeth aren’t alone in oral hygiene. Your gums are an important part of keeping your oral health in check. Gum disease that leads to a receding gumline exposes your teeth to more damage, increasing risks of disease and problems.

“Age itself isn’t a cause, but the periodontal disease often slowly gets worse and goes undetected — and untreated — for decades, leading to more severe problems in the seventh decade of life and beyond.” – Harvard Health Publishing.

As the researchers at Harvard Health Publishing said, if untreated, you’ll encounter severe problems ranging well beyond just your tooth health. Adam Brown DDS offers periodontal treatment that will give your teeth the strong supporting cast they deserve for a healthy life.

The Role of Ongoing Preventative Care

While knowing the factors and what to avoid can prevent some damage, few things are more effective at keeping your teeth healthy than consistent and ongoing preventative care. Many wait until a problem is unignorable to make the jump to schedule a dental appointment, but at that point — irreparable damage could have already happened, squashing a lifetime of care and attention to your teeth. Even worse, a lot of our elderly population is experiencing gaps in care during an important time for checkups and treatment.

“Medicare does not cover routine dental services. Nearly 24 million Medicare beneficiaries lack critical oral health coverage, six meaning many older adults do not receive regular dental services.” – Johnson, Dental Economics.

With new patient specials and an office dedicated to getting you the help they need, Adam Brown DDS is looking to tackle this gap and provide those who need care with best-in-class treatment options. So, don’t hesitate to call and explore your options!

A Dentist Who Understands

We all know that aging creates problems, but having a patient and understanding dentist who’s ready to face those challenges alongside you is necessary to reverse the trends of poor senior dental health across the country. Reviews of Adam Brown DDS echo just that —

“Dr. Brown was friendly and very accommodating. He is honest in his dealings and tries to work with patients’ situations. My parents are both elderly with various health issues that can make visits difficult for both patients and doctors. He has been kind and patient with them. They love him!” – Google Review for Adam Brown DDS.

With the right care and preventative treatment, you can keep the teeth of your youth and have a much healthier mouth and body in turn. Schedule an appointment with Adam Brown DDS today and see about starting a new journey for positive dental health — even after the seventh decade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Never Too Late to Smile – The Importance of Senior Dentistry

2023-09-22T20:54:52+00:00September 22nd, 2023|Adam Brown DDS, Dental Crowns, Dental Implants|

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you may not be thinking of senior dentistry. Still, everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of, regardless of age. After all, a smile can give you confidence in many fields, like on the job hunt, starting new hobbies, or even dating!

“Senior citizens are actively playing the dating game, and in the last five years alone, 37 percent have dated,”  – Anthony Martin, founder and CEO of Choice Mutual

But if you’ve spent years neglecting the smile you deserve, it can be hard to know where to start. If you count yourself among those struggling, look no further than Adam Brown, DDS. They’re a professional office that’s been serving the Monroe area for years and is experienced in every facet of cosmetic and general dentistry, even if you’ve been out of a dental office for some time. Don’t let age get in the way; contact their office to start your smile restoration story!

Senior Dentistry

The State of Senior Dentistry

Many seniors find themselves liking their smiles less than they did in their youth. And that’s not a small part of our population! According to the 2020 Census data, the U.S. population aged 65 and over grew nearly five times faster than the total population over the 100 years from 1920 to 2020.

That leaves more people than ever interacting with senior dentistry. But it also leads to a lot of people going without care. Many lose dental insurance with retirement, as federal Medicare doesn’t include dental coverage. Keeping them out of dental offices and preventing them from receiving the care they need. This lack of care leads to a surprising amount of dental problems.

According to the CDC, older adults encounter the following oral problems:

  • High rates of untreated tooth decay – most everyone aged 65 and older has had a cavity (96%), but 1 in 5 also have untreated tooth decay.

 

  • Tooth Loss- 1 in 5 senior citizens has lost all of their teeth, and the likelihood of tooth loss increases drastically with age. Tooth loss isn’t only an aesthetic problem; it can lead to a lack of a balanced diet due to its impact on the types of foods one eats.

 

  • Gum Disease – 2 in 3 older adults have some form of gum disease, which can be detrimental if left untreated.

 

  • Chronic Disease- A topic we’ve touched on before, the overall state of your dental health is tied to the rest of your health. Diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis connect to your dental state and can worsen conditions.

And while the average doesn’t look positive, there are steps you can take to perfect your smile and get the confidence you deserve back! After all, it’s never too late to invest or learn about your smile. Take this review of Adam Brown DDS as an example —

How Good Dentistry Can Help

For every dental issue associated with gaining in age, there’s a way for qualified dentists to help. Adam Brown DDS is equipped to perform general and cosmetic dentistry, getting you closer to the smile of your dreams and maintaining great overall health.

General Dentistry – General dentistry can act as a preventive for several oral problems. Furthermore, Adam Brown DDS offers periodontal treatment that can reverse the rampant rates of gum disease common in older patients.

“Paying close attention to your gums is incredibly important. We all know the necessity of flossing and brushing and making sure those gums are not receding, but what about when areas of the gums begin to turn white? What is your body trying to tell you when this happens? White spots on the gums are more common than not, but most people do not understand the possible dangers that could arise because of them. Let’s take a look at some of the probable causes of white gums.“ – Adam Brown DDS

Dentures One of the most common treatments for tooth loss is dentures. Dentures offer plenty of options for someone looking to restore their smile. Complete dentures come in two forms: Immediate and Conventional. Immediate dentures are easy to implement and ready as soon as someone loses their teeth. Often, they serve as a stopgap until a patient can receive the more long-term, conventional dentures. Conventional dentures take some time to prepare, requiring multiple numbers. Conventional dentures are molded to fit your mouth perfectly and restore the natural smile look you had in the past!

Some studies say that 19% of the population has dentures in some form. So don’t worry about the stigma! Get the smile you deserve!

 Tooth ExtractionsWith tooth decay especially prevalent among older adults, tooth extractions can sometimes be necessary. Extractions can be medically necessary but can also remove unsightly or chipped teeth to allow for cosmetic alterations. Teeth that have decayed considerably can cause pain or other problems if not removed, so if you’ve had a tooth bothering you for some time, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with a dentist.

VeneersLikely, the fastest-growing treatment in cosmetic dentistry is veneers. Veneers are porcelain caps that go around your current teeth, resulting in a straighter and whiter smile. Years of use can stain or discolor your teeth to a point where regular whitening doesn’t work. Veneers are one of the perfect solutions to this problem! Another bonus is that, once installed, veneers are stain-resistant, letting you live confidently in your investment with a much whiter smile.

 Why Worry About a Smile at My Age?

Some older readers may still have this question, but there are more reasons than you may think to invest in your appearance, even at an older age. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but at Adam Brown DDS, we’re certain you can give one a new smile.

It’s a common myth that seniors don’t care about their appearance, but studies disagree. Anxieties around appearance aren’t relegated to the youth, with many elderly respondents reporting a similar discomfort with their younger counterparts. This translates to less confidence, lower self-esteem, and an increased likelihood of staying inside.

Anxiety over appearance on the rise as over-70s struggle with stigma now surrounding aging – Karen Kay, The Guardian

As we wrote earlier, many older Americans are entering the dating world, and where better to put your best foot forward? Everyone should be able to go looking for love with a confident smile! 1 in 6 Americans ages 50 and older (17%) say they have used a dating site or app before, and having a stunning smile in your picture is a sure way to succeed. Here’s some more data about the dating statistics for older adults that may surprise you —

“For men, the proportions ranged from 32% among singles ages 57 through 64 to 27% for those ages 65 through 74 and 24% for singles ages 75 through 85. For women, 11% of singles ages 57 through 64 reported a dating partner versus 7% of single 65- to 74-year-olds and a mere 3% of 75- to 85-year-olds.” – National Institutes of Health, 2013

So, enter the dating world with confidence and schedule a time to have your smile evaluated by Adam Brown DDS today. After all, dating doesn’t belong to the youth!

Every Smile Deserves Attention – Adam Brown DDS Can Give You Just That

If one theme is rising to the top, it should be that every smile deserves attention. With 61% of Americans being unhappy with their smile (NY Post) it’s clear that many have forgone investment in their teeth, resulting in overall less happiness in their appearance.

So whether you’re older or younger, in order to have a smile that you’re happy with, you must build healthy habits and choose the right dental office to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Adam Brown DDS is experienced in helping people hit their smile goals. From the more restorative treatments to simple cleanings, they know what you need to preserve your smile or build one that can restore confidence. Just ask the many patients around Monroe and across North Carolina. They’ll tell you the same thing! So don’t let the fact that it’s been a while since your last dental appointment stop you; schedule an appointment today!

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Why Do Americans Spend So Much Money On Their Smiles?

2023-08-30T12:56:09+00:00August 30th, 2023|Adam Brown DDS, Dentist Office Monroe NC, Teeth Cleaning, Teeth Whitening, Veneers|

All There Is to a Smile: Why Do Americans Spend So Much Money and Energy on Their Smiles?

 The average American spends nearly $1,000 every year on dental care without insurance, signaling a scale of investment nationally to ensure good smiles.

According to Dental Health Statistics, “National dental expenditures in the United States are around $130 billion a year and growing.” This is a crystal-clear outlook on the growth of the dental industry, but what is behind a smile that makes so many spend thousands of dollars to improve their looks?

It’s common knowledge that smiling is good for you and often comes with many benefits. But having a smile you’re proud of is an important way to ensure you’re smiling as frequently as you’d like to. After all, nearly 33 percent of Americans are unhappy with their smiles, keeping them from having a confident smile.

If you’re among the many people unhappy with your smile, consider scheduling an appointment with a dentist to discuss your options and boost your confidence. Adam Brown, DDS has robust experience serving Monroe and the surrounding areas; our office sets a new standard for family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry! Read on to see how crucial a smile is and why cosmetic and restorative dentistry is growing at such a staggering rate.

The History of the Smile

Smiling has been around as long as humans, but how we smile has changed drastically. Some researchers indicate that the “modern smile” is actually relatively new.

The open-mouth “white-tooth” smile is argued to have emerged in 18th-century Paris alongside the creation of modern dentistry. Paris may have marked the emergence of dentistry, but the United States quickly became a world leader in effective dentistry, bringing the white-tooth smile across the Atlantic.

“An open mouth used to mean the person was insane or their reason was totally out of control.” – Colin Jones, author of The Smile Revolution In Eighteenth-Century Paris

 Think back to the many statues, portraits, and depictions you’ve seen of humans from long ago. You’d be hard-pressed to imagine one depicting a toothy smile! Many of these pieces feature a soft, closed-lip smirk if any distinction at all.

Though few and far between, the depictions of any open-mouthed smiles often depicted negative qualities rather than those associated with a brilliant smile today. Still, the modern smile became more popular as dentistry improved, as did the connection of cultures in need with a stand-out way to make impressions. 

Time has marched forward, and the open smile has been embraced and spread rapidly. Only during COVID-19 (Feel free to read Adam Brown DDS’s COVID-19 Policy here!), with the prevalence of masks, did we see the importance of a genuine, comprehensive, and bright smile taking a back seat. But as we return to normalcy, its importance is more pronounced than ever.

The Health Benefits of Smiling

A better-looking smile means you’ll smile more, but what health benefits can you expect from increased smiling? While it seems like a smile is only relegated to your face, it’s intimately tied to the rest of your body and overall health.

It reduces stress.

One of the best-known benefits of smiling is its remarkable ability to reduce stress levels. When you smile, your brain releases neuropeptides that begin to fight off stress. You can benefit from this even when your smile isn’t genuine. Next time you’re feeling stressed, try smiling — you might be surprised how much it helps!

It strengthens your immune system.

Smiling’s ability to release several chemicals throughout your brain, like the neuropeptides we touched on, also impacts your immune system. The more dopamine and the less stress a person feels, the higher the likelihood they’ll be happy. That happiness will increase your number of antibodies and natural white-blood cells, providing a significant boost to your immune system.

It reduces your blood pressure.

Smiling requires 43 different muscles in your face to work together. When functioning correctly, these muscles can increase blood flow to your brain to enhance cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure. If someone told you that you could exercise 43 different muscles while sitting at your desk, you’d likely employ that exercise into your routine; smiling is just that!

It’s tied to a longer lifespan.

This health benefit may be the most surprising of all: several studies have linked smiling to a longer life span. A team of researchers at Wayne State University looked at photos of 230 Baseball players before 1950 and measured the intensity of the players’ smiles. Those smiles were compared to information the researchers had on the lifespan of the indivudals studied, unveiling a remarkable piece of data:

“For those players who had died, the researchers found longevity ranged from an average of 72.9 years for players with no smiles (63 players) to 75 years for players with partial smiles (64 players) to 79.9 years for players with big smiles (23 players).” – Los Angeles Times

Considering that seven-year difference might tempt you to wear your smile more often!

The Social Benefits Of Smiling

The health benefits are one of many reasons to smile as often as possible. A strong, attractive, and frequently employed smile has been linked to several social benefits. But you have to feel better about your smile to reap those rewards. Adam Brown, DDS has helped countless people achieve that comfort with their smiles, as this review demonstrates:

People Spend $1,000 on Dentistry a Year

 

 

 

Smiling is a universal language.

Everyone understands a smile, and it’s often one of the key ways we communicate culturally. Here in America, where so many cultures come together, it’s even more important to have a solid smile to communicate with. After all, Americans smile more than any other country, a topic Adam Brown DDS has touched on before!

A genuine smile is a sure way to stand out.

When you smile authentically, with both your eyes and mouth, you signal many things to those around you. Confidence, competence, friendliness, and approachability are some traits individuals typically associate with a smile.

A strong smile also increases the likelihood that someone will trust you, an invaluable relationship-building quality. Additional studies have even linked the chances of being hired in an interview to the frequency with which the candidate smiles! Whatever the case, benefits like this will help you in both the workplace and your social circles.

A beautiful smile makes you more attractive.

While this piece may seem like common sense, it goes beyond having straight teeth. The symmetry, color, and shape of your smile can all impact how others perceive you.

According to a Harris Interactive study, 82% of adults surveyed noticed a person’s smile first. With pressure like that, you want the best smile possible when making that first impression! Folks with a fantastic smile report increased rates of confidence, more security in their relationships, and overall higher rates of happiness.

How a Better Smile Helps Maximize These Benefits

If you’re thinking, “I would smile more if I liked the way my smile looked,” then you’re reading the right article. Countless Americans find themselves passing on the perks of smiling because of a lack of confidence in their smile. A quarter of those who say they don’t like smiling dislike it because of the appearance of their teeth.

Conversely, those with smiles they’ve invested in report feeling a sense of pride and confidence when showing their pearly whites, meaning they can take advantage of these benefits often.

Adam Brown, DDS believes everyone deserves to have a smile they’re proud of — one they can show off and enjoy some of the many benefits of smiling authentically. The very practice of cosmetic dentistry has that very mission. Also, Adam Brown DDS helps you achieve the smile you want while being as kind and professional as possible. This is a theme echoed in countless reviews, like the one below.

People Spend $1,000 on Dentistry a Year

 

 

Our dental practice offers a wide range of practices and treatments to bring your smile and teeth to the next level, including:

  • Whitening
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Implants
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Bonding
  • Invisalign

With more options than ever at a single location, backed by qualified practitioners who can bring your smile to its full potential, why wait? Call and schedule a consultation with Adam Brown, DDS today, and start the next chapter of your life with a smile you can be proud of!

 

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Celebrity Smiles – America’s Emphasis On The Smile

2023-07-27T18:54:27+00:00July 27th, 2023|Adam Brown DDS, Dental Bonding, Dental Crowns, Dental Implants, Veneers|

Celebrity Smiles and how to get them from Adam Brown DDS

Across the United States, 80% of teenagers are under an orthodontist’s care. Most of those teens are there for one major reason — to improve the way their smile looks. And it’s not just our nation’s youth (or their parents) investing in a better smile; hundreds of famous celebrities have completely reworked their teeth. Some of the most notable include:

  • Tom Cruise
  • George Clooney
  • Lindsey Lohan
  • Megan Fox
  • Katie Holmes
  • Cardi B
  • Meghan Markle
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Hilary Duff
  • Jim Carrey
  • Snooki
  • Kristen Stewart

The list goes on and on — in part because our society puts so much emphasis on having perfect teeth. Also, many studies back up the claim that having an attractive smile can lead to a wealth of benefits.

When it comes to achieving that perfect glean, you’re not limited to orthodontists. Thousands of dentistry offices offer cosmetic treatments and services to create the symmetry of a stunning smile. Adam Brown, DDS is one such dentistry, though we come with skills and expertise that set us apart.

If you’re all in on investing in a new smile, look at the range of cosmetic services Adam Brown, DDS offers now! And read on to see why a smile is important to everyone, including some of the world’s most recognizable faces.

Why Focus On a Smile?

It’s true that a person isn’t encompassed by the appearance of their teeth — or any aspect of their appearance, for that matter. However, the average American’s obsession with a smile goes beyond that of other countries. According to some studies, many Americans prefer a nice smile to clear skin and are willing to give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%) to achieve that end.

Part of that reason is unique to our country: With most of the world agreeing, Americans smile a lot. We smile much more than other people in other nations — so much that it puts some non-Americans off. Take this response from a European when asked how they identify Americans.

“That huge smiles on their faces. No other nation does that like Americans do.”

 While there’s no way to know why that is for certain, a few different theories have been proposed. America’s diversity is one of the primary theories. This quote from The Atlantic author Olga Khazan sums it up best.

“In other words, when there are a lot of immigrants around, you might have to smile more to build trust and cooperation, since you don’t all speak the same language.” – Olga Khazan

 Whatever the reason, knowing that you smile more than most of the world makes it easier to justify investing in a smile that will last you a lifetime!

Practical Ways To Improve Your Smile

Improving a smile wasn’t always easy, but now more options exist than ever to enhance your teeth and dental appearance. Cosmetic dentistry and the services they provide offer a wide array of lasting solutions to a number of problems with anyone’s smile.

Whitening: Color is often the first factor that comes to mind you think of a beautiful smile. White teeth signal a perfect smile that catches everyone’s eye. Teeth whitening uses bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration, and cosmetic dentists can provide these gels to help whiten your smile quickly.

Crowns: Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers that go over your teeth. They not only alter the appearance of your teeth’s color but also change the look of the fit and size, which can create a night and day difference. Crowns are usually recommended for weaker teeth needing protection, so consult a dentist before committing to the idea.

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Veneers: Veneers are the most known, and sometimes the most impactful, form of cosmetic surgery. This notoriety has led to more and more people investing in them for an improved smile. According to Business Wire, “the Global Dental Veneers Market size is expected to reach $3.4 billion by 2028, rising at a market growth of 8.1% CAGR during the forecast period.”

Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells that are bonded to all your teeth. They can improve every aspect of appearance, from cracks and chips to correcting the straightness of a smile. They’ve become one of the most relied-on forms of cosmetic dentistry for influencers and celebrities.

Invisalign: Invisalign is like having braces without dealing with wires, stuck food, or discomfort. Strong plastic pieces made specifically to fit your teeth align your smile over time with no pain. By working with your dentist, you can monitor the movement of your teeth over the process and watch as your smile shifts from crooked to straight!

This list is by no means exhaustive regarding cosmetic dentistry. That said, all the treatments have a common thread — they’re all offered by Adam Brown, DDS. We have a stellar track record of enhancing smiles and a stunning before-and-after gallery as evidence. Take a look if you want to see professional smile design in action!

A Look To The Celebrities

As mentioned, countless celebrities have relied on cosmetic dentistry to overhaul and boost their smiles for public life. By incorporating some of the treatments we outlined above (and others that weren’t discussed), they’ve created some of the most recognizable smiles in the world.

Tom Cruise

As one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, Tom Cruise has used dental cosmetic procedures several times to achieve the smile he currently flashes on the big screen. In his role in The Outsiders, Cruise famously removed a cap on his tooth, showing off a major chip and the overall unevenness of his smile.

When Cruise was enjoying the fame of his breakout role in Top Gun, his teeth were noticeably straighter. But it didn’t stop there; in 2002, he was seen in braces and recently is reported to have invested in veneers for his smile. Overall, his cosmetic journey reveals the valuable return of investing in a great smile.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus entered public life at a very early age, which gave her little time to address her growing and changing smile. Instead of opting for braces, which would have taken a considerable amount of time, Cyrus relied on a complete cosmetic overhaul. Treatments like crowns and veneers gave her a new smile quickly so that she could focus on the limelight!

Ben Affleck

Recently starring as the beloved superhero Batman, Ben Affleck has become a household name thanks to his extensive list of high-profile roles. And if you pay attention, you can see how his smile has changed as he has brought various roles to life over the years.

While directing Armageddon, Director Michael Bay recommended that Affleck consider enhancing his smile. Shortly thereafter, Affleck utilized veneers and whitening to bring about a smile that was sure to impress!

Snooki

Snooki became a staple on reality TV during her high-profile debut on Jersey Shore. Since then, she’s gone on to appear in countless pieces of TV and media, cementing herself as a lasting icon of the MTV reality TV era.

Snooki’s smile has changed drastically since she first burst onto the scene. She used cosmetic dentistry to design porcelain veneers tailor-made to her smile, which improved some of the discoloration and crookedness you might have noticed in the early 2000s.

George Clooney

This man needs no introduction, having starred in a wealth of iconic movies since his youth. And George Clooney has remained relevant ever since.

The thing is, he’s known to grind his teeth, resulting in smaller, more stressed-appearing teeth. By using crowns and whitening, Clooney returned to a smile that fits his youth, embracing the mature look while having a smile that looks ageless.

Adam Brown DDS — The Place For Cosmetic Dentistry

Celebrities aren’t the only people using cosmetic dentistry to gain self-confidence and achieve beautiful smiles. People across North Carolina, especially those in the Marion area, have been visiting Adam Brown DDS to work on their smiles for years.

Patients have praised Adam Brown DDS and his staff for “bringing their smiles back.” And that’s no hyperbole!

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Even if you aren’t starring in Batman or hopping in a prop fighter jet for Top Gun, you deserve a smile that you can show off proudly. Adam Brown DDS is ready to give you just that!

We are a family practice that has worked hard for more than a generation to help individuals with a range of dental needs. So don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today and start reaping the rewards of cosmetic dentistry!

 

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Coffee: Good for Your Social Life, Bad for Your Teeth

2023-05-22T21:33:30+00:00May 22nd, 2023|Adam Brown DDS, Dentist Office Monroe NC, Teeth Cleaning, Teeth Whitening|

For many, a life without coffee is a life difficult to imagine. Heck, a single morning without coffee is enough to induce stress, irritability, and a nasty little headache; but have you thought about what such a heavy, potent drink is doing to your teeth?

 

Here’s a hurtful hint: it ain’t good. The famous pick-me-up we’ve relied on for so many years is doing a number on our oral health, leading modern coffee drinkers worldwide to wonder, “Is there a way to maintain shiny, clean teeth AND still be able to sip on my morning/afternoon cup of joe?”

Remedies for Coffee Stain Teeth

It’s honestly not a shock that coffee is bad for the teeth, but the fact remains that it’s one of the most trendy drinks available. According to News Direct, a popular news and content distribution service, coffee is the second most popular drink for Americans — first place is bottled water. A survey of over 7,500 adults was taken and here are the results:

 

  • The number-one drink of choice, as mentioned, is bottled water with 63% of the vote. Number two is coffee.
  • Coming in next is soft drinks at 56%, juices at 50%, and tea at 48%.
  • Looking at alcohol, 25% of people surveyed prefer beer while 24% opt for wine.

 

But let’s get back to the coffee drinkers: News Direct reveals that 79% of Americans drink at least two cups of coffee every single day, while 44% of these drinkers are stopping for quick to-go coffees a few times a week.

 

The survey included questions about how Americans like their coffee made as well. Surprisingly, despite the plethora of ways to make and mix up a perfect coffee concoction, most Americans prefer a plain old cup of joe. Here’s the exact breakdown from the survey:

 

  • 36% said they prefer drip coffee
  • 11% are for cappuccino
  • 10% prefer iced coffee
  • 9% said they would rather have instant coffee (who in the world are these people?)

Coffee Drinkers by Age Group

Interestingly enough, Americans actually drink less coffee, as a whole, than we did in the 1960s when it was most culturally popular and significant. But overall, coffee is still one of America’s favorite drinks, which leads to the question of what age groups are drinking it the most?

 

According to The Food Institute, more younger people are drinking coffee than ever before: 65% percent of Millennials (ages 25 to 39) drink coffee daily. Coincidentally, 46% of Gen Zers (ages 18-24) said the same thing.

 

What has caused this spike in coffee drinking amongst youngsters? Well, multiple things. For one, gourmet coffee has had quite the boom lately, much like craft beer. Breweries and independent coffee shops are popping up all over the country!

 

Other contributing factors are innovative product placements in places frequented by younger crowds (social media sites, commercials on popular television stations, etc.). And we can’t forget about Covid (how could we?!) when people were kept indoors and consuming more in general — including coffee. There are also so many ways to make coffee. Iced, blended, straight-up; single-shot, double-shot, pourover, French press, Aeropress, siphon…and newer methods seem to be coming along more and more.

 

As mentioned above, social media has played a major role in coffee’s popularity with younger drinkers. Coffee shops — both independent and chain brands — have more of a welcoming atmosphere than the pop-in shops of old. Now coffee drinkers can sit outside, sit at the bar, or create their own little workspace and sit for hours. These shops are meant for people to hang out and relax or work, and people all over the country are taking advantage of this.

Coffee and Your Teeth: The Facts

Drinks like tea, wine, and coffee tend to stain the teeth because they have tannins. Tannins are rather difficult to deal with, as this sticky, brown substance can do serious damage to the teeth. Our teeth have a hard covering of enamel over them to protect against bacteria and other harmful substances, but because tannins are so small, they’re able to seep into the enamel and make way to the tooth. Hence the yellowish, brown color of the teeth after drinking coffee.

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. It only takes one cup of coffee a day to stain your teeth.
  2. Over time, your teeth can become severely discolored from the dark pigment.
  3. The acid tannins in coffee can impact and erode your tooth enamel.
  4. Consuming excess amounts will dry out your mouth and lower saliva production, which can negatively impact your oral health.

Remedies for Coffee-Stained Teeth

No matter the problems tannins cause to the teeth, coffee drinkers are most likely not going to give up the drink. Coffee wakes us up, it keeps us going; coffee is life!

Thankfully, there are ways to keep your teeth white — though not all of these methods work equally well, and some can damage your teeth. Here are some of the most common ways people keep their teeth from staining:

Swishing Water/Mouthwash

One of the safest and most preemptive ways of keeping your teeth from gaining stains is to immediately gargle with water or mouthwash after imbibing your favorite coffee mixture. This works because the tannins have not yet had a chance to fully adhere to the teeth yet, so the liquid being forced against and between your teeth does well to remove it. Now, this won’t necessarily whiten your teeth, but it will help reduce the addition of stains.

Whitening Trays and Gels

This whitening system has been around for a long time and the process involves heating a tray, filling it with whitening gel, and inserting it into the mouth to form a bond. The problem with this method is that it can take weeks for results to show. Additionally, most people who use the tray and gels report having teeth sensitivity afterward, which is a possible set of new problems for you to deal with.  

Whitening Strips

Use caution with this method as well. The famous whitening strips have been around for twelve or so years, and they have had a lot of success. Results can show in about a week, and the process is simple: fold the strips over your top and bottom rows of teeth and keep them in your mouth for a short period of time.

 

It’s important to be cautious, however, not to overlap the strips onto your gums, as this can cause irritation. Also, if you use the strips too often, your teeth can become sensitive due to the erosion of enamel from the chemicals in the strips.

Paint-On Whitening

When you have the time to wait, use this method. The paint-on method solves the problem of the whitening agent interacting with and causing damage to interior soft tissues, such as the gums and inner cheek because there is no overlap or spillage of chemicals.

 

Simply brush the whitening gel on each tooth and let it sit for a short period of time. The only down side to this method is it can take months before results are noticeable, and you have to be diligent in getting the gel precisely on each tooth every day.

Whitening Devices

Though they may be a little more expensive than the others mentioned, whitening devices produce the best results. These devices use high-intensity lights to break down hydrogen peroxides to create more whitening oxygens on the teeth. The best part of using this method is your teeth will be much whiter in only a matter of two days!

 

Like almost anything else out there we enjoy, if you’re not careful it can do some damage to your health. So the next time you decide to enjoy a cup of coffee — iced, latte, with cream, or otherwise — make sure you have a pl

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Are You Prepared For A Dental 911 on Vacation?

2023-04-19T16:20:21+00:00April 19th, 2023|Adam Brown DDS, Dental Crowns, Dentist Office Monroe NC, Tooth Infection|

What To Do if You Have a Dental Emergency While on Vacation

As unpredictable as life can be, it’s worth preparing for certain emergencies, especially when traveling away from home. Obviously, with the hope no emergency comes about. Keeping a first-aid kit in your car; setting a security alarm on your home; even bringing an extra set of clothes are examples of our preparedness, but there’s another situation that is often forgotten: a dental emergency. Do you know what to do if you or a loved one has a dental mishap while traveling or on vacation?

Dental Emergency on Vacation - What To Do

Picture yourself on a beach. You can hear the waves moving out and coming back in — that soft, loud rush of sound that works as a charging station for the mind, body, and soul. Now see yourself reaching to the side of your chair to grab your favorite beachy drink, and as you go for a sip…you clink the edge of the class to your tooth and your tooth chips! It can be that easy, and it can be that quick. And without a plan, this sort of emergency can only get worse.

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, an unexpected toothache, broken teeth, and general mouth pain can happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Most likely, unless you are truly off the grid, you should be able to find care nearby.

Worst case, you end up in the emergency room and leave with a prescription for pain medication that can get you in the clear until you’re back home. But this can be expensive, and it doesn’t diagnose or solve the issue. It alleviates it and pushes it down the road for later. Adam Brown, DDS explains some of the most common dental emergencies and how to respond to them:

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

If you can imagine the emergency, it can most likely happen. With that in mind, the following are the most typical dental emergencies:

  • A tooth or multiple teeth fall out due to chewing something hard or taking a blow to the mouth.
  • You lose a crown or filling from chewing ice, hard candy, etc.
  • You injure your gums, palate, or mouth by taking some sort of impact to the face.
  • A tooth becomes loose.
  • You chip or fracture a tooth. (Maybe from misjudging the distance between your mouth and your favorite beachy drink.)
  • You feel sudden, unusual, excruciating pain inside the mouth. This could be the roots of the teeth, the gums themselves, etc.
  • Your gums or mouth starts to swell and change color (deep red or grey/white).

How does one respond to any of these tragedies? In a number of ways. It depends on your exact situation: how threatening the injury is, who is with you, where you are in proximity to getting help.

But one thing to keep in mind is that if you do lose a tooth: immediate action needs to be taken, as the amount of time a tooth is absent from the gums and root system determines the likelihood of a dentist being able to successfully replace it.

How to Respond When a Dental Emergency Happens

Whether or not the dental emergency is yours or not, it’s good to be prepared to handle what could be thrown your way. Here are a couple of those common emergencies along with some commentary on how to respond:

A Toothache and/or Mouth Pain

Such a severe, sharp pain as what’s experienced in this situation can constitute an emergency. What can be tricky about oral pain is that, a lot of times, it begins with a dull pain that seems insignificant. That is until it begins to throb.

Here is what to do: First, examine your mouth to make sure there is no visible source of the pain. If there isn’t, look for discoloration or swelling. If you see either, it’s a good idea to find a doctor or dentist to give it a look. Otherwise, if it’s only a dull pain, take over-the-counter pain medicine until you can reach a dentist.

A Broken, Cracked, or Dislodged Tooth

This can happen due to sport, play, or a freak accident. And, no matter the reason for a broken or chipped tooth, an immediate trip to an emergency dentist or the emergency room will be necessary.

It’s a good idea to research a local (to where you will be) dentist and find the contact information and hours of operation. If you know you’ll be active on your trip — and that a dental emergency is possible — consider contacting the dentist to see if she (or anyone she knows) can be of assistance in case of an emergency.

This might seem like a bit much. But due to the commonality of dental emergencies while traveling, and the fact that you like your teeth and would like to keep them intact, it’s smart to plan for the worst.

*Note: If you do lose a tooth, rinse your mouth with cold water and apply a cold compress to the area where the tooth is missing. This will help control inflammation until you can get proper aid.

Prepping for Your Trip

The following are a few quick tips for when you’re preparing for a trip:

  • Locate your dental and medical insurance documents and give them a thorough reading, as to see what sort of coverage you have while traveling.
  • For any and every place you plan to visit, locate their medical facilities so you know where to go if something were to happen — dental emergency or otherwise. Be sure to record the pertinent information so you have it readily available.
  • If you’re having any sort of pain or oral issues prior to leaving for your trip, schedule a thorough checkup before leaving. Also, mention your plans to your dentist to confirm he recommends travel while in your specific condition.
  • Always pack pain medicine and oral hygiene products so you can do as much as possible for your oral care yourself while out and about.
  • Be cognizant of your oral condition while traveling. Consider keeping from hard chewing that could potentially damage your teeth and/or gums (e.g., hard candies, ice, etc.).
  • If you’re going to play a sport, or you plan to become physically active while on vacation, bring a protective mouth guard to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Finding a Dentist While Traveling

Remember that you’re planning for something that hopefully won’t happen, so you don’t want to expend too much time and energy on this. But you do want to be thorough enough so you’re prepared if anything does happen.

Take 30 minutes to research a local dentist; then, send an email or give them a call. Even if they don’t offer services when you need them, they might be able to point you to someone who does. Worst case scenario, go to the emergency room.

No matter how things pan out while on your trip, if you do have an emergency and you receive emergency care, make it a priority to visit your home dentist as soon as you return. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

 

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What Is Sustainable Dentistry and How Can You Play a Part?

2023-01-21T03:18:59+00:00December 19th, 2022|Adam Brown DDS, Dental Trends|

Many people are interested in sustainable living, but they may not realize that this extends to their dental health as well. Dental offices can make a number of changes to become more environmentally friendly, and patients can adopt habits that reduce the impact of their own dental care on the planet.

Below, Adam Brown, DDS explains the significance of sustainable dentistry and provides tips for making your personal oral health routine greener. Hint: We can all do it!

Be a part of sustainable Dentistry - Tips from Adam Brown DDS

Sustainable Dentistry and the Benefits for Dental Offices

As the world continues to focus on eco-friendly practices, sustainability has become a priority for many industries. The dental industry is no exception. Let’s take a closer look at sustainable dentistry and its benefits.

What is Sustainable Dentistry?

Sustainable dentistry is a practice that focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of dental care while also promoting better patient health outcomes. It includes using biodegradable products, recycling materials, and implementing energy-efficient technologies, among other practices.

Sustainable dentists strive to use only non-toxic materials free of dangerous chemicals like mercury, lead, and cadmium. By doing so, they ensure their patients receive high-quality care with minimal impact on the environment.

Benefits of Sustainable Dentistry

Sustainable dentistry offers both financial and environmental savings for dental offices. For example, by switching to energy-efficient equipment, dental offices can reduce their electricity bills significantly over time.

Additionally, using biodegradable products instead of disposable ones made from plastic or other nonrenewable materials allows dental practices to cut down on their waste output and help reduce pollution levels in the process. Finally, sustainable dentists often use safer materials than traditional ones, benefitting patients and staff members as it reduces exposure to toxins (like mercury) which can cause long-term health issues if left unchecked.

Sustainable dentistry offers numerous advantages for both patients and dental offices alike. Not only does it provide an opportunity to save money through reduced energy bills but it also helps protect our environment by reducing waste output while encouraging the use of safer materials in place of more toxic ones. Ultimately, sustainable dentistry helps ensure that everyone involved in the practice receives high-quality care with minimal environmental impact.

How To Make Your Dental Health More Sustainable

Your dental health is an important part of your overall well-being, and making it more sustainable means you’re taking care of your teeth in a way that benefits the environment. Whether switching to eco-friendly materials or reducing your water consumption, there are many ways to make your personal dental care routine more sustainable.

Learn About Toxins

First, it might help to learn about the various toxins found in commercial dental care products—talk about motivation to change! For example, many of the most popular toothpastes on the market contain toxins that are dangerous to your oral and general health. It’s essential to read labels and do some research before choosing a toothpaste brand and product.

There are plenty of safely-formulated alternatives available! Opting for a product free of formaldehyde, BPA, parabens, artificial sweeteners, and other chemicals can prevent unwanted exposure to toxins and support long-term oral health. Consider talking to your dentist if you’re ever uncertain about which toothpaste is best for you.

It’s worth noting that many over-the-counter mouthwashes, teeth whitening systems, and other common dental care products also include harmful toxins. Remember to carefully read the label on any dental product you’re considering before introducing them to yourself and your home!

Think Preventative

Preventative dental care is an effective way to reduce the environmental impact associated with dental treatments and procedures. By practicing consistent oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing daily, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and other common conditions that require professional care. In turn, this can help to protect natural resources like water, electricity, and fuel that would otherwise be used for dental treatments.

Regular visits to your dentist are essential as well! During these appointments, your dentist can advise you on proper brushing and flossing techniques, evaluate the current state of your teeth and gums, and keep an eye out for any potential issues that could become problematic down the line.

It’s also a good idea to talk with your dentist about potential options for replacing traditional materials in specific treatments, such as composite fillings instead of metal. That way, you can feel confident that your dental health is being taken care of while simultaneously reducing your environmental impact.

Choose Eco-Friendly Materials

The materials used for dental work can have a huge impact on the environment, so you’ll want to opt for eco-friendly materials. Many dentists now offer biocompatible materials which are made from natural sources like minerals, plants, and other renewable resources. These materials tend to be more durable than traditional dental materials and they can help reduce waste in landfills as well.

Cut Down on Water Usage

Water is essential for any healthy dental hygiene routine, but reducing your water consumption is also one of the easiest ways to make your dental health more sustainable. One way is to invest in an electric toothbrush with a timer so that you can track how long you brush each time. Also, run only as much water as you need, and use a cup when rinsing instead of letting the faucet pour out after brushing and flossing. This will save waste while lowering your energy bill!

Reduce Your Waste Output

In addition to using eco-friendly materials and reducing your water usage, try to cut down on waste from your dental hygiene products.  Here are a few tips for doing so:

  • Buy toothpaste without plastic packaging (or refillable containers) whenever possible.
  • Look for toothbrushes with biodegradable handles or bamboo bristles, which are better for the environment than traditional plastic ones.
  • Recycle any extra floss containers or toothpaste tubes you have lying around instead of throwing them away.

Making your personal dental health more sustainable doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in both the environment and your own oral health.

Unsustainable Dental Habits To Correct

We all know the importance of brushing our teeth regularly, but it’s important to be aware of how our actions affect the world around us. Let’s take a look at some personal dental habits that may be bad for the environment, and how we can make simple changes to right the ship:

Using Plastic Toothbrushes

It’s estimated that more than one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away yearly in America alone. Disposable plastic toothbrushes are made from petroleum-based materials like polypropylene and nylon, which are major contributors to global pollution. These materials don’t biodegrade quickly and can sit in landfills for hundreds of years before breaking down into smaller pieces.

Fortunately, eco-friendly alternatives are available, such as bamboo or recycled plastic toothbrushes. Bamboo toothbrushes are 100% biodegradable and compostable, and they come with BPA-free nylon bristles. Alternatively, recycled plastic toothbrushes use repurposed plastics to create a new product that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Using Traditional Dental Floss

Dental floss is another common oral hygiene item that creates a lot of waste each year. Traditional dental floss is often manufactured from petroleum-based plastics (e.g., nylon, Teflon, etc.), which can take hundreds of years to decompose naturally. These materials can leach toxic chemicals into the air and water when burned, pollute waterways when disposed of improperly, and choke marine life if they end up in the ocean.

As with toothbrushes, you have options for environmentally friendly floss, including floss made from silk or compostable waxed paper coated with natural beeswax and peppermint oil. Silk floss is reusable, producing less waste than traditional plastic floss. Compostable waxed paper coated with natural ingredients will break down quickly after disposal without leaving any harmful residue or toxins.

Neglecting Basic Dental Hygiene

The dental habits that you practice today will follow you throughout your entire life. Make sure the habits you’re instilling are easy to maintain so you can avoid the necessity of a major dental procedure. Here are a few personal dental habits that can be replaced with more efficient ones:

Brushing Too Hard 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. However, many people brush too hard, which can be damaging to tooth enamel and gum tissue.

To determine if you’re brushing too hard, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing in gentle circular motions instead of vigorous back-and-forth movements. This will help reduce the amount of force placed on your teeth when brushing and protect the sensitive structures of your mouth from damage caused by over-brushing.

Not Flossing Regularly 

Flossing is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene because it removes food particles stuck between the teeth that can’t be reached with a toothbrush. If left unattended, these particles can cause decay or even infection in the gums. Be sure to floss at least once every day – preferably after meals – and brush afterward to remove all food particles from the mouth. You can also use a water flosser as an alternative to traditional flossing methods if preferred.

Using Your Teeth as Tools 

Do you ever bite into packaging or open bottle caps with your teeth? That’s an excellent habit to stop today! Here are two reasons:

  1. It’s unsafe due to the potential risk of breaking a tooth or causing damage to enamel.
  2. It can be challenging for dentists to restore some chips and cracks caused by using your teeth in place of tools because it weakens the natural structure of the tooth over time.

Try not to rely on your teeth for tasks they were not intended for; grab that pair of scissors or a bottle opener instead!

Wrapping Up

It’s easy to overlook how our everyday dental habits can affect the environment, but we must be mindful of our choices if we want to reduce our environmental impact. By practicing preventative oral hygiene, switching to more sustainable dental care products, and replacing bad habits with sustainable ones, we can all help ensure that our personal dental habits aren’t contributing to global pollution problems. Taking small steps now will add up over time and make a tangible difference for future generations!

If you would like to take your preventative care to the next level, or if it’s simply time that you got a checkup, contact Adam Brown, DDS to set up an appointment!

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