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A Guide to When to Get Dentures and the Different Types

June 1, 2018

Filed under: Dental Care — tntadmin @ 7:08 pm

For a lot of people, they will eventually need dentures, even if they’ve been taking care of their teeth regularly. It isn’t always obvious when dentures are going to be needed. However, it’s easy to know that it’s time by understanding the signs that it’s time you should consider them and listening to the recommendations from your dentist that they give you during checkups and consultations. Learning the options that you have will help you with knowing what you should expect and make the right decisions.

Why Regular Dental Cleanings Are Important

February 1, 2018

Filed under: Dental Care — tntadmin @ 3:17 pm

Going to the dentist isn’t fun but there are a lot of good reasons why you want to go to your dentist on a regular basis. Below are six reasons why you want to go the dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned.

A Guide to the Different Types of Fillings

December 1, 2017

Filed under: Dental Care — tntadmin @ 3:54 pm

When you are going to the dentist, chances are that you’re going to need a filling at some point. So below is an explanation of the different types of filling materials and their advantages and disadvantages.

4 Advantages of Getting a Dental Checkup Regularly

August 3, 2017

Filed under: Dental Care,Oral Health Topics — tntadmin @ 7:43 pm

Most people don’t like going to the dentist and avoid it at all costs. So they put it off as long as possible. But going to the dentist just twice a year can make a big difference in your life and not just when it comes to your teeth. There are many advantages of going to the dentist regularly. Below are four advantages that you are going to find with having regular checkups with your dentist. You may just be surprised about what going to the dentist can do for you and for your health.

5 Things You can do to Prevent Cavities

April 13, 2017

Filed under: Dental Care — tntadmin @ 7:30 pm

No one likes going to the dentist. But there are things that you can do to help make sure that your next dental checkup is a lot better, and that you avoid that dreaded drill. Below are five things that you can do to help avoid cavities and gum disease.

1. Brush twice each day

This is something that you should always do without exception. It’s very important to preventing a lot of buildup of plaque that will lead to periodontal disease and cavities. Use an electric or manual brush that has soft bristles so that you are gently brushing your teeth’s outer surface, their inside surfaces, and their chewing surfaces. Use motions that go up and down, and take some time to make sure that you’re reaching all of their surfaces.

2. Floss each day

Flossing is very important for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. You only do so much when you brush your teeth. Flossing is important to clean those spots in between your teeth and along your gum line. It will help with getting rid of those food particles that can cause gum inflammation and cavities.

3. Use mouthwash that is antibacterial

The starches and sugars inside your drinks and foods will react with the bacteria that’s in your salvia. This forms acid, which erodes the enamel on your teeth. The mouthwash will help with managing those bacterial levels inside your mouth

4. Use fluoride products to strengthen the enamel of your teeth

The enamel on your teeth is their natural defense and their outer layer. When this wears away, this means your teeth are more susceptible to getting cavities. Products like fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatment or fluoridated water can help this.

5. Go to the dentist two times a year

Visiting your dentists twice yearly to have your teeth clean will remove the buildup of tartar that you can’t remove yourself. If you leave it, the tartar will result in tooth decay and gum disease. When you visit the dentist every 6 months, he or she can check for dental disorders or diseases and help you stay healthy.

How Essential is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is simple: Small, easy steps you can do at home in order to  maintain your oral hygiene. This, along with going to the dentist twice per year, often will be enough to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. If gingivitis and cavities go without treatment or notice, they often can become something even worse that can threaten your gums’ and teeth wellness and health. Taking care of them every day will help greatly to preventing bone or tooth loss.

Questions about Cavities?

If cavity issues are affecting your smile, the team at Island Coast Dentistry can help. Through a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Skupny can tailor a oral treatment plan that is most effective for you. A beautiful, healthy smile can be yours!
Contact us today to learn more, or schedule a consultation online.

A Short Guide to Wisdom Tooth Extraction

March 29, 2017

Filed under: Dental Care,Oral Health Topics — islandcoast @ 6:17 pm

Are your wisdom teeth giving you problems?

A lot of people when they’re early twenties or late teens go to the dentist for wisdom teeth extraction. However, this isn’t something that everyone has to have done. Even though dentists have different opinions regarding whether it’s necessary to have this done, if you’re thinking it’s a good idea to have yours removed, you should talk to your dentist. (more…)

What Can Happen if You Don't Treat a Cavity?

February 1, 2017

Filed under: Dental Care,Oral Health Topics — Tags: — islandcoast @ 7:09 pm

A lot of people hate going to the dentist. But when you have pain in your tooth and you think that you might have a cavity, it’s best to have it checked out.
Let’s take a look at what can happen if you let your cavity go.
When you have a cavity in a tooth, you might think of it as an infection. Cavities are made from harmful bacteria. When these are mixed with an environment that’s acidic, use sugar and attack your tooth’s hard tissue, which is the dentin and enamel. As time goes by a small hole’s made in the tooth and if it isn’t repaired using a filling, it will continue growing.
When the cavity is left untreated, it can destroy most of the tooth and soon it won’t be possible to restore it using a regular filling. If there isn’t much tooth left, you can only use a crown to fix it.
If that bacteria reaches your tooth’s pulp chamber, where its blood vessels and nerve are found, the pulp will become infected and irritated. This could result in the tooth becoming abscessed, which is often very painful. Then it will require a root canal because of the infection in the pulp, and then a crown will normally be put on.
Sometimes there is so much damage by the cavity that even a root canal plus crown will help it. When this happens, it will often require the tooth to be pulled.


Root canals and crows are very extensive compared to a filling. When you have to replace a tooth that has been pulled, that’s even more involved. That is why you should visit the dentist regularly. When you detect cavities early, it will be better for your teeth and your health. Plus you’ll save a lot of money and time fixing it.

Facts about Cavities

There are more than 3 million US cases per year. Cavities are very treatable by a medical professional like your dentist.
Causes of cavities include: bacteria, snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and poor teeth cleaning.
There may be no symptoms. Untreated cavities can cause toothache, infection, and tooth loss.
Treatments include: fluoride, fillings, and crowns. Severe cases may need a root canal or removal.

Questions about Cavities?

If cavity issues are affecting your smile, the team at Island Coast Dentistry can help. Through a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Skupny can tailor a oral treatment plan that is most effective for you. A beautiful, healthy smile can be yours!
Contact us today to learn more, or schedule a consultation online.

7 Tips for Having a Brighter Smile

December 30, 2016

Filed under: Dental Care,Oral Health Topics — islandcoast @ 1:17 pm

Everyone wants to have a beautiful white smile

There are a lot of products on the market that you can use to whiten your teeth but there are things that you can also do to prevent stains. So here are five tips that you can use for having a brighter smile.

#1: Eat Foods that Clean Your Teeth

When you want to have healthy, white teeth, there are things that you can eat to help yourself have a beautiful smile. You should eat crunchy vegetables and fruits like celery, apples and carrots. These are the foods that cause saliva production and that helps with rinsing away the food particles.
This means that you aren’t staining your teeth. You also can use strawberries and broccoli. Strawberries have enzymes in them that works like a natural bleach which helps to instantly whiten teeth. Broccoli has a variety of minerals in it that help with forming a coating on your teeth that helps to protect them.

#2: Be Careful What You Drink

Look at the drink you are drinking. Are you afraid that if you spill the drink you’re drinking right now will stain your white shirt? Then you should also be worried about the drink staining your teeth. You should avoid drinking tea, sodas and coffee. If you drink wine, you should not drink it now if you’re looking to whiten your smile. Red wine will stain your teeth and white wine will erode your enamel. If you are brushing your teeth right after you drink the white wine it could even hurt your teeth more since the enamel is going to be weak.

#3: Whitening Products

You will find a lot of different products for teeth whitening that can be used in your home for brightening up your smile. An example would be mild stains on the tooth surface which can be removed using a whitening paste with a mild abrasive. There are whitening rinses and gels that you can use that will make your teeth brighter as time goes by. But you should also use the products regularly and consistently.

#4: The Right Oral Care

When you don’t regularly brush, floss and rinse, you won’t get the results that you want. It’s essential that you are brushing your teeth a minimum of twice per day. But if you really are serious about preventing stains, it’s a good idea to brush them after you have eaten. Don’t use a toothbrush that is worn out. Replace your brush ever 3-4 months. If the bristles look like they’re frayed, bent or worn out, your toothbrush should be immediately replaced.
Flossing will get rid of food particles and plaque in between your teen and beneath your gum line. It’s recommended by dentists that you should floss once per day at minimum.
It’s just as important to use a mouth rinse. This helps with cleansing your mouth and fighting bacteria. When you rinse after you brush, your breath will be fresh.

#5: Having a Professional Whiten Your Teeth

If you’re looking to get dramatic results, it’s a good idea to go to a dentist and have them whiten your teeth. They will use high amounts of the hydrogen peroxide. This will help you have better results when it’s compared with whitening products you use at home. The affect will be augmented with a special light such as a laser.
You are going to get a quicker and better result if you’re letting your dentist remove your tooth stains. But it’s going to take a lot of money to get the results that you are looking for, since it’s considered cosmetic.

#6: More Dazzling Smile Tips

If you’re looking for a better and brighter smile, you can’t avoid going to the dentist. You should have your teeth cleaned professionally ever six months if your teeth are healthy. If you have teeth that are less than healthy, your dentist might want to see you more often. You also can talk to the dentist about veneers. These are a great option for people who have bad teeth. After your teeth have been cleaned by your dentist, here’s a few ways that you can make sure they keep looking great.

#7: Brush & Floss Daily

Go to the dentist every six months and have a checkup. Don’t smoke, since it can cause your teeth to yellow and it can also damage your gums. Take care about what you’re drinking. Stay away from aerated drinks, tea, wines and coffee.
If you’re unable to stop drinking iced tea or coffee or soda, drink them using a straw. This will minimize the amount of contact your teeth and beverage are going to have. These are the things that you can do to help your teeth look great. Remember to use these tips and you’ll find that your teeth are looking bright and white.

Questions about Oral Care?

If dental issues are affecting your smile, the team at Island Coast Dentistry can help. Through a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Skupny can tailor a oral treatment plan that is most effective for you. A beautiful, healthy smile can be yours!
Contact us today to learn more, or schedule a consultation online.

A Guide to Different Types of Mouthwash

September 14, 2016

Filed under: Dental Care,Oral Health Topics — Tags: — islandcoast @ 3:27 pm

Learn more about mouth rinses

There’s a variety of mouthwash types and they all have a different function. So we are going to look at the different types of mouthwashes so that you know which is the best one for your oral health.

1. Fluoride mouthwashes

These kinds of mouthwashes have sodium fluoride in them. This helps with strengthening your teeth and gives them additional protection regarding tooth decay. You also can get fluoride in tap water and toothpaste, and that is more than enough for what you need.

2. Cosmetic mouthwashes

They don’t have the same kind of protection when compared with other kinds and they’re used more for hiding bad breath. They help with keeping teeth clean, but they won’t help against tooth decay.

3. Antiseptic mouthwashes

These mouthwashes have chlorhexidine gluconate in them. This chemical helps with stopping bacterial growth and it’s good for people who have an infection in their mouth. People who have bad breath also will find them useful.
They also help with preventing plaque build-up but they should also be used with dental floss and a toothbrush. They shouldn’t be used too much, though, since using a lot of the chemical can make your teeth become discolored.

4. Natural mouthwashes

These are free from alcohol and fluoride and they will work the same as the other types of mouthwash. A lot of people find that they are very useful and that putting salt into some warm water is great after you have a tooth pulled. This type also is great when you have an injury or infection in your mouth.
Total or Complete Care Mouthwashes
These have antibacterial ingredients. These help with reducing plaque buildup and preventing gum disease.

5. Magic mouthwashes

These may sound like they’re exotic, but they are mouthwashes prescribed by doctors for treating conditions like ulcers in your mouth because of cancer treatment.


Based on this information, you should think about the type of mouthwash that is best for you. If you aren’t sure which one is best for you, you can always talk to your dentist and get some advice. They will look at your dental health and give you advice based on your specific needs and what will help you out the most.

Questions about your Teeth?

If teeth issues are affecting your smile, the team at Island Coast Dentistry can help. Through a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Skupny can tailor a oral treatment plan that is most effective for you. A beautiful, healthy smile can be yours!
Contact us today to learn more, or schedule a consultation online.

4 Facts About Oral Health Men Should Know

September 1, 2016

Filed under: Dental Care,Oral Health Topics — islandcoast @ 6:49 pm

Everyone knows how important it is to visit your dentist twice a year. But did you know that each gender has its own set of oral facts? Below we are going to look at the oral facts for men so that men know why it’s so important that they are visiting their dentist regularly. (more…)

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