Silver/mercury amalgam fillings have been the standard material for dental restorations for decades. They are still a reasonable restorative material; however, they do not look as attractive as composite resin fillings. Composite Resin is tooth colored and contains no metal. Drs. Branchaud and Travis proudly offer their patients the option of choosing these state-of-the-art restorations, which look natural and actually strengthen your teeth.
Proper Brushing Technique
*Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging the gums.
- Start with the upper teeth.
- Place bristles along the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gum line.
- Brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using little wiggles or a back and forth motion. Repeat the back and forth motion about 10 times and then move to the next group of 2-3 teeth. Do not scrub the teeth and gums.
- Once you have gone all the way around the outside of the upper teeth move to the inside by the roof of your mouth.
- Again place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle starting in the back. Work your way forward.
- When you get to the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically. Make several up and down strokes, using the front half of the brush.
- Then, continue around to the back with the 45-degree angle placement.
- Once you have brushed all the way around the outside and along the inside by the roof of your mouth, take your toothbrush and brush the top (biting sufrace) of the teeth.
- Now you have brushed the top teeth. Repeat the same steps for the bottom teeth.
- Start on the outside by the cheeks with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums.
- Go all the way around the teeth using the back and forth wiggling motion. Then, brush the inside surface of the teeth by the tongue. Use the 45-degree angle placement, except in the anterior where you tilt the brush vertically.
- Finish with the tops of the teeth.
- Once you have brushed all your teeth, you can then brush your tongue.
*Remember to replace your toothbrush every four (4) months to avoid harmful microbes growing on your toothbrush.
Come and see us every six (6) months to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. At this time, you will receive a complementary toothbrush from us!
Back teeth have pits and fissures, where germs and food can hide and toothbrush bristles can't reach. These pits are where most cavities start on the back teeth.
A sealant is a plastic coating that fills in the pits and fissures to keep the germs and food out. This helps prevent cavities and expensive dental bills.
Dental sealants are safe and easy to apply. There are no drills or needles involved.
Most insurance plans cover sealants under preventative services at 100%. We would be glad to check with your insurance to confirm your benefits.
We offer two types of whitening programs to brighten that smile. Whiten at home, at your leisure, with our take-home system. This allows you to whiten safely and comfortable at home in about 7-10 days. For those wishing more immediate results, you may choose our in-office system. This will jump start that brighter smile in just about one hour. Ask us for details on both of these exciting ways to whiten and brighten your smile.