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4 Oral Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season

December 10, 2021

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Sick child blowing her noseThere isn’t any doubt, cold and flu season is here. Along with cooler weather comes running noses and sore throats. The average child catches 6-8 colds per year. They are more susceptible to illness because they can’t resist touching germy surfaces or sticking things in their mouth. At the first sign your child isn’t feeling well, you head to the medicine cabinet to combat their symptoms. While you help them on their road to recovery, don’t let simple mistakes harm their dental health. Here are 4 tips you need to know to safeguard your child’s smile from cold and flu season.


Exploring the First Thanksgiving & Oral Hygiene of the Time

November 4, 2021

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pilgrims and native americans

While historical records are spotty on the exact details, it is believed the first Thanksgiving may have occurred 400 years ago in the fall of 1621. Approximately 90 Wampanoag Native Americans gathered with 53 Pilgrims for a feast that supposedly lasted three days. Imagine deciding after two days of feasting that another day was needed!

Anyhow, some things have certainly changed about the modern Thanksgiving. For one, lobster isn’t a common modern Thanksgiving item as it was back then. What about the oral hygiene practiced in those days? It was, in fact, a thing in the 1600s. Read on to learn about the diets and toothcare habits of the attendees at the first Thanksgiving.


3 TikTok Recipes That Can Benefit Your Smile

October 14, 2021

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Whipped coffee

It can be difficult to be creative when it comes to new recipes. Your current treats are great, but are you aching for something new? Fortunately, others have done the hard work for you! TikTok is full of all the latest trends, and that includes recipes. While many seem to be fattening and sugar-filled, the truth is that there are all sorts of wholesome options that can benefit your oral health. Here are just a few of the most common.


Instant Orthodontics with Veneers

September 9, 2021

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dentist attaching veneers to patient’s teeth in Petaluma

While looking back at old photos, you notice that your teeth are more crooked than you realized, and you decide that you’re going to look into having them straightened. While you may have to spend months in Invisalign or even years in braces to realign your smile, veneers can be used to correct minor misalignments in as few as two appointments. Learn why veneers are often called instant orthodontics and how they can give you the perfectly straight smile you’ve always wanted.

Benefits of Veneers

To attach the veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel to make them stick to your teeth better. This safe, simple treatment can be used to close small spaces between teeth and make your smile look more even and uniform. Some other advantages of porcelain veneers include:

  • They correct cosmetic issues such as cracks, chips, discoloration, fractures, and surface stains
  • There is no need for uncomfortable metal wires and brackets
  • Treatment is simple and can be completed in as few as two appointments
  • Since only a small amount of tooth enamel is removed, treatment is minimally invasive
  • Veneers don’t come with a long list of restricted foods
  • They look and feel like your natural teeth
  • They are low maintenance, durable, and stain resistant

Why They’re Called “Instant Orthodontics”

Porcelain veneers are called “instant orthodontics” because they can potentially straighten your teeth without having to wear Invisalign or braces from several months or years. They can even deliver results in as little as two appointments! The visits will be spread out over a few weeks, but the process is still significantly faster than traditional orthodontic treatments, making it ideal for patients who are looking to achieve their smile goals as soon as possible.

How to Care for Your Veneers

Veneers are a quick way of correcting minor issues with your smile and can usually be worn for at least 10 years before they need to be replaced. Extend the life of your veneers by visiting the dentist for cleanings and exams at least twice a year. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste, and floss once per day to remove food that’s stuck between your teeth. Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth and chewing on ice and other hard, non-food items so your veneers don’t become chipped, cracked, or worn down prematurely. Cut down on foods and beverages that are likely to stain your veneers such as coffee, tea, and red wine to keep them looking bright and beautiful for longer.

Veneers have certainly earned their nickname of “instant orthodontics” by providing a quick and useful solution to minor misalignment issues. Make sure to take good care of your new teeth to keep your smile looking lovely for decades to come!

About the Author

At the dental practice of Dr. Bob Koenitzer, patient comfort is their highest priority. Mutual trust is a core element of what they do, and they strive to improve care for patients in any way possible. Dr. Koenitzer actively pursues continuing education every year and participates in an educational dental forum to learn more about his field and to ensure he’s bringing the best possible care to his Petaluma patients. For more information on veneers, call (707) 241-4495 or visit our website.

Help! My Veneer Fell Off My Tooth!

August 22, 2021

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Shocked woman covering mouth with handIf you used veneers to achieve the smile of your dreams, you likely don’t think twice about your teeth anymore. You know they are bright and beautiful using the custom-made thin shells. You probably never expect a veneer to fall off, but it’s bound to happen, eventually. Veneers are proven to last for decades under the right conditions, but there may come a time when you lose one. Don’t panic! Here’s what you need to do if a veneer fell off.


Why Do I Need to Wear Temporary Veneers?

July 14, 2021

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dentist color-matching temporary veneers

Have you decided to get porcelain veneers? Your dream smile is only a short time away! In the meantime, you’ll be wearing temporary veneers over your prepared teeth. While you may not have expected this part of the process, it’s an essential step that serves many important functions. Read along as your dentist in Petaluma explains what temporary veneers are and why they’re necessary.


5 Celebrities Who Used Invisalign to Get a Hollywood Smile

June 15, 2021

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girl holding up Invisalign aligner

Celebrities seem to look flawless everywhere they go. Whether it’s on the red carpet, appearing on the big screen, or hosting an awards show, they’re constantly in the limelight flashing their beautiful pearly whites.

It may be hard to believe, but not all famous faces are born with perfect teeth. They’re regular people with oral health problems too. In fact, many celebrities have worn Invisalign to achieve their ‘million-dollar smile’—read along to find out who.


What Type of Milk Is Best for Your Oral Health?

May 2, 2021

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When you were a child, you were always told that you needed to drink plenty of milk in order to have strong bones. You put it in your cereal, use it to cook, and might even have a glass alongside your dinner. There is definitely some truth behind what you were told when you were a child, but which one is best for your oral health? Cow’s milk? Goat’s milk? Almond milk? There are so many different types to choose from. Read on to learn more about milk so your can choose the best one for your smile.


How Early Cavity Detection Technology Can Reduce Dental Emergencies

April 22, 2021

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Woman with no cavities giving thumbs up at the dentist

While dentists are required to complete a certain amount of continuing education every year in order to stay ahead of the latest advancements in the dental field, many go the extra mile to provide the most comprehensive dentistry possible by incorporating modern technology into their practices as well. For example, while dentists are trained to catch the early signs of cavities, tools like the DIAGNOdent can make the process even easier. To learn why choosing a dentist that uses technology like this can help you stay on top of your oral health as well as reduce the risk of future dental emergencies, keep reading!


3 Myths About Root Canal Therapy Finally Addressed!

March 1, 2021

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dentist performing root canal surgery

If there’s one treatment that, when mentioned, strikes terror in the hearts of many, it’s the dreaded root canal. But is the angst that many have about the procedure warranted? The reality is that the 21st century root canal is far different from what it used to be decades ago. With that in mind, there are 3 common myths about root canal therapy that can be discouraging. As you continue reading, these mistruths are unraveled so you can comfortably receive the care you need!

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