6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

I am happy to share this post from the ADA’s Mouth Healthy website which explains why bad breath may not be your only concern when kissing this Valentine’s Day.

Photo of kissing couple behind a heartFrom the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before cozying up to your loved one this year, make sure your mouth is in good health because, as it turns out, a kiss is more than just a kiss.

Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, if the person you’re kissing has poor dental and overall health, you run the risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you need to know about making your smile a vision of love for February 14.

Cavities Can Be Contagious

Whether through kissing or something as simple as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes cavities can spread to another person. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.

Beware Bad Breath

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushing and flossing are especially important. Other ways to stay fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong scent. (And look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on both!)

Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)

For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs.

Brighten Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to your dentist about which option is best.  There are a number of over-the-counter whitening products, or you could get an in-office treatment at your dentist.

Smoking Isn’t Attractive

Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth – not to mention terrible for your overall health. Smoking affects how well you smell and taste. People who use tobacco twice as likely to get gum disease as someone who doesn’t smoke. Smokers are also more at risk for oral cancer. Give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day and quit today.

Don’t Forget About the Dentist!

A good relationship with and regular visits to our office can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. We can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more advice on keeping your smile fresh. As always, I invite you to call with any questions. Feel free to contact us at Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA at 215-230-7667.

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Whiter Teeth for Life

Happy New Year!

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As we welcome the new year I want to make it something special…for you! Because many of our patients have expressed an interest in having a whiter, brighter smile, I am announcing a new program in our office that will keep your smile whiter for life. That’s right…FOR LIFE!  It is called “Whiter.Brighter. You. for life” and uses the POLA + whitening program.

This privilege, while absolutely free, does require some rules and regulations. You can see the complete details at the office on your next appointment or on our web site page on tooth whitening. You can also go to www.Polawhite.com for more whitening information on the POLA + whitening program.

Basically, any of our dedicated patients who have had their teeth whitened here in our office and who maintain their regular hygiene re-care appointment schedule will receive a complimentary “Pola” touch up whitening syringe of gel for life.

Any questions on whitening techniques or any other oral health issue related, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA. Best wishes for a healthy new year!

Bleachorexia: When to Call it Quits on Teeth Whitening

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Bleachorexia, or as I like to call it, bleachomania, is what occurs when someone over-whitens their teeth. I liken it to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), often but not limited to teenagers, where one is continually finding fault with their appearance.

While most of us would like to have a brighter, whiter smile, especially around the holidays, the bleaching process can certainly be overdone. When this occurs the teeth can become irreversibly pinkish-gray, almost translucent at the edges and quite sensitive.

There are many options to achieving a whiter smile including over the counter whitening strips, in-office bleaching, at home bleaching, whitening toothpastes and if all else fails, porcelain laminate veneers. You can find more information at Mouth Healthy, an information website by the American Dental Association or by visiting my website page on teeth whitening.

The most important consideration is that you choose the option right for you. That’s where professional advice is critical. While white strips may be fine for some, I’ve seen so many problems with whitening occur over the years that I would recommend professional supervision with almost any technique.

It’s what folks don’t know that can get them into trouble and potentially ruin that smile that we all want for the holidays!

Any questions on tooth whitening or any other oral health issue, feel free to contact me or the staff at my office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA with any questions or concerns or to schedule your next visit so we can talk more about this.

Teeth whitening – And may all your Christmases be white!

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Many people romanticize about a “white“ Christmas, myself included. The fact is, however, that few people want to see me (their dentist) around the holidays, unless of course they are having a problem! I’ve found though, that most people these days want white teeth, whether for the holidays or anytime throughout the year. So…I thought I would share a few thoughts about getting and keeping those teeth pearly white!

Teeth are actually light shades of orange, yellow, brown or grey. Keeping them bright through faithful home care and frequent professional cleanings is the best way to insure they stay bright without additional measures. Should you want more however, the least expensive way to lighten teeth is with over the counter “white strips”. This can work for many,  but remember, no method can whiten fillings or other dental restorations and some teeth may be resistant to these gels anyway. (Shades of brown and grey are the most difficult to lighten). Always check with us before you attempt to do any tooth whitening procedure.

Your next option, although more expensive,  is really the gold standard..professionally supervised in-office teeth whitening followed by custom fitted take-home trays. Whitening teeth is a process, not a one-time treatment. Professional supervision is really the best way to make certain that you get the results you want and deserve!

Finally, if all else fails, or there are additional issues that need to be addressed like chipped or crooked teeth, you may want to consider porcelain laminate veneers (PLVs). PLVs are custom laboratory-fabricated thin slivers of porcelain that are bonded to the outer layer of one’s teeth. They can be used not only to improve the color of your teeth but to also change the shape and make them look straighter! Next time you are in the office ask to see mine. I’ve had veneers myself for about 4 years now and they were definitely the answer for my situation.

You can see examples of all of these treatments on my website at www.DrLarryStone.com. Whatever your needs are, I’m sure we can meet them and I hope that everyone has a joyous holiday season, a happy New Year, and yes…a white Christmas!