Wednesday, 28 February 2018

5 Reasons Your Smile Is Stronger Than You Think

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

The right smile can leave you laughing, fill you with joy or make you melt with emotion. But, ultimately, the best smile is one that is healthy and strong. Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are ñ and how to keep them that way.

1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.
The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. This resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body - making it durable and damage-resistant.    

2. Your bite is powerful!
Did you know your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down? That’s probably what tempts us to use our teeth as tools from time to time ñ but as your dentist will remind you, that’s one of the worst habits when it comes to preserving healthy teeth.    

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Teeth can last for hundreds of years
  • Strong as they are, teeth can't heal on their own
  • Healthy teeth have the power to resist decay, but they need our help

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Straight Teeth with Clear Dental Aligners

The Clear Alternative for a Straighter Smile

Dr. Salmons is pleased to offer Invisalign™ invisible aligners, a state-of-the-art solution that permits you to achieve straight teeth in as little as 9 - 15 months! These aligners can correct overcrowding, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Invisalign uses sophisticated 3-D computer-imaging technology to formulate your complete treatment plan from the present position of your teeth to your final, amazing smile. Clear thermoplastic aligners comparable to teeth-whitening trays are tailored to precisely fit your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. You only need to appear in the office for assessment every four to eight weeks. Total treatment time is determined by your personal needs and goals.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

How Often Should a Senior Citizen Go to the Dentist?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "How Often Should a Senior Citizen Go to the Dentist?".

 
The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?
According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth. 

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water-and Protecting Your Teeth

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too-it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities). 
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember-sparkling or not-plain water is always the best choice.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Mini Dental Implants

Mini Implants Will Revolutionize Your Smile!

Many patients who wear dentures hate dealing with them. Even the ones that are custom-fitted can slide or fall out, and they can get food trapped underneath. They also don’t help maintain healthy bone in your jaw. But we have a fantastic solution! Mini implants are used to securely hold your dentures in place. A number of implants are placed into your jaw, and the dentures snap onto them. No more slipping and falling out, and no more icky adhesives!

Mini implants can also be used to replace individual missing teeth. The restoration that is placed onto the implant is made of the best materials and custom shaded to match the rest of your teeth. Because it looks like it’s coming up through the gums, it is indistinguishable from your regular teeth! Mini implants can be placed immediately, all in one visit, so there’s no waiting for months to fill the gap.


Ivan K. Salmons, DDS 
1855 Indian Hills Drive  
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Why X-Rays?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Why X-Ray?".


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Dental Digital X-rays

75% Reduction in Radiation

Digital X-rays generate views of your teeth that can’t be achieved with traditional film systems. With a digital sensor placed in your mouth, Dr. Salmons can collect the images and display them immediately on a monitor. Without jeopardizing any of the original content, images can be magnified, expanded, rotated, or color-coded. With digital files, current images can be laid over earlier images to emphasize deviations in your dental health. With digital X-rays, the lag time that stemmed from film being developed has been eliminated, which means a shorter office visit for you. In addition, this cutting-edge technology shrinks your exposure to radiation by 75% as compared to conventional non-digital X-rays.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tips for keeping a beautiful smile!

Keeping your teeth clean, smooth and beautiful...
Proper oral hygiene is your key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our and the American Dental Association's recommendations for at home care:

  • Brush 2-3 times every day with a flouride toothpaste (it doesn't matter which brand)
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)
  • Limit consumption of sugary foodsand beverages. Soda drinks can destroy teeth faster than almost anything else
  • Eliminate or at least limit use of alchol, chewing tabacco, and cigarettes

We also recommend using an electric high-speed toothbrush in conjuction with a  waterpik for your daily at-home oral care.

And don't forget six-month professional cleanings and checkups. The American Dnetal Association recommends checkups every six months for those ages four and older.

Professional cleanings by qualified hygienists will remove bacteria and plaque, which can cause serious dental problems if not kept in check.

If you have not been seen recently call our office for an appointment!

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com