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What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular dental tool that seems almost magical. Teeth whitening seems to be able to turn back the clock, undo stains, create a brighter smile, raise confidence and more. Since brushing and flossing do not seem to improve the overall shade of teeth, whitening solutions are becoming more and more popular. Yet, store-bought solutions do not seem to have a strong effect. Fortunately, we can provide a professional whitening service that works wonders on a smile.

More than just a trend

The infatuation with teeth whitening has led to the growth of an extremely lucrative industry across the nation. From cosmetic dentist solutions to over-the-counter toothpaste, teeth whitening continues to grow as a solution many people invest in for a better smile. While some of our patients come in for teeth whitening solutions, others prefer a do-it-yourself regime. In either eventuality, we strive to keep our patients educated.

First, it is important to understand the process of how teeth whitening works. The peroxide-based solution we use to whiten teeth dissolves into the tooth, where it releases free radicals. These free radicals work to make the tooth more translucent. The more translucent a tooth, the whiter it looks. However, food and other substances work to stain the tooth by covering up the translucency. We are constantly reminding our patients that what one eats and the amount of oral hygiene play a pivotal role in how long the teeth whitening remains effective.

Most people are aware that they need to take care of their teeth and will not do things like smoking. On the other hand, many people do not realize that normally healthy foods, such as raspberries, can actually cause discoloration in teeth. We can help patients take preventative measures and keep brighter teeth.

Preventing teeth from fading

There are many ways common habits can spoil the effects of teeth whitening. All foods have a pH level. The lower the pH level, the more acidic the substance and the more likely it is to adversely affect one’s teeth. The problem is that the teeth will constantly be in contact with the harmful kinds of substances since we all need to eat. An easy way to help prevent this is to brush 30 minutes or so after eating. By doing so, any excessive bacterial acid can be washed away before it influences the enamel.

This can be particularly challenging for people who like to snack regularly. Snacking is one of the most damaging habits people have when it comes to darkening the shade of their teeth. Regardless of the type of snack, all food contains natural or added coloring, which works to color the teeth. Few people think it is necessary to brush their teeth, or at least rinse, after a snack, and this is what causes discoloration.

For more information, give us a call to schedule an appointment and decide if teeth whitening is right for you.

Teeth Whitening

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, we provide teeth whitening solutions for patients throughout the Indianapolis, IN area. We deliver dramatic results, and your teeth can become up to eight shades whiter in one treatment.

Teeth Whitening

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening2024-01-25T10:40:14+00:00

Certain Health Conditions May Require More Dental Visits

As a dentist, we strive to clean our patients’ teeth while also ensuring that their teeth remain healthy. Our aim is for our patients to retain their natural teeth for as long as possible. Preventative care plays an important role in accomplishing this since regular teeth cleanings are essential for preventing infection and disease. It is also important to receive restorations quickly in order to prevent further damage and the need for extractions.

Visit us at least twice a year

Whether preventative or cosmetic, all our services work together so our patients can have healthy teeth for life. While we typically recommend that patients visit us once or twice a year, there are some people who need professional dental care more frequently; pregnant women and diabetics being on the top of that list.

Pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing gum disease

In our dentist office, we understand how important it is for pregnant women to receive dental care. Blood flow moves toward the growing baby during pregnancy, which means that other places, like the gums, are not receiving the same level of blood flow they once were. While the lack of blood flow to the gums is only temporary, it does increase the risk of developing gum disease. Under normal circumstances, we will issue a standard warning and encourage patients to visit our office. With pregnant women, this condition is far more serious.

In some cases, gum disease has been proven to cause preterm labor and low birthweight babies. Something as simple as the health of the gums can influence the health of an unborn child. This makes it important to visit us for a teeth cleaning and dental exam at least twice during pregnancy. We can remove plaque and bacteria to restore the gums to a healthy state. It is perfectly safe to receive dental care during pregnancy as long as we know the patient is pregnant.

Diabetics are at a greater risk for infection due to uncontrolled blood sugar

Uncontrolled blood sugar or frequent diabetic episodes can inhibit the white blood cells, making it difficult for them to fight infection in patients with diabetes. This can cause diabetics to suffer from a variety of infections, including gum disease. As a dentist, we can help to prevent this problem by removing plaque and harmful bacteria before it causes problems. With our professional cleanings, the body does not need to spend valuable energy fighting bacteria in the mouth and can divert it elsewhere.

With that in mind, we recommend diabetics visit our office for a teeth cleaning after any major diabetic episode or every three months. The time one spends on preventative care is well worth it. Since it may take someone with diabetes longer to recover from an infection, preventing the infection in the first place is much more effective and healthy.

For more information or to find out how frequently you should have your teeth cleaned, call our dental office.

Dental Veneers and Dental Laminates

By using dental veneers and dental laminates, we can create a beautiful and perfect looking smile. These thin shells are placed onto the surface of your teeth to cover dark stains, close gaps, and more.

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

Certain Health Conditions May Require More Dental Visits2024-01-25T10:40:18+00:00

The Affordable Treatment For Teeth Grinding

For anyone who grinds his or her teeth at night, there are possible options for at-home treatment. Grinding teeth can wear down the tooth enamel and cause jaw pain. Since the teeth grinding occurs at night, it can be difficult for the individual to prevent it without extra assistance. We can determine your specific needs and provide you with the necessary tool to prevent the teeth from grinding against each other at night; this tool is known as a night guard.

Common signs a night guard is necessary

One common sign of grinding teeth at night or a family member notices it at night. Soreness is another common sign of teeth grinding is a constant soreness in the teeth and jaw. Teeth grinding causes damage to the teeth enamel. Grinding teeth wears down the tooth enamel and can also lead to decay, tooth sensitivities, exposed nerves, and ultimately tooth loss. In some cases, grinding the teeth may even cause gum recession and migraines. Visiting a night guard dentist can prevent all of these problems.

A night guard will save you money in the long run

Prolonged decay and tooth damage from grinding the teeth will cause more money spent on complex procedures to repair the damage. However, investing in a night guard can save patients more money and save the health of their teeth. To avoid this financial burden in the future, visit our office to prevent these problems and the costs associated with fixing them. Make a positive investment by getting a night guard before incurring the need for more costly procedures.

A night guard will ease oral discomfort

For anyone currently experiencing headaches, facial discomfort, jaw pain or even insomnia, teeth grinding may be the cause. A night guard will cover the sensitive tooth nerves, preventing the upper and lower teeth from touching. With a night guard, a patient will wake up refreshed and more relaxed than before. After night guards, a patient will also notice a big difference in how sensitive the teeth and jaw are. A night guard will protect the sensitive teeth and preserve the enamel.

The night guard will be a custom fit

Many people avoid getting night guards since they imagine them as a large, awkward and uncomfortable mouth guard. Fortunately, night guards are much less noticeable and much more attractive than people may realize. We will fit the night guard specifically to the patient’s teeth so it will not feel out of place and will blend in with your natural teeth. Patients are able to wear the night guard while sleeping and receive a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.

If you grind your teeth at night, do not hesitate to call us for treatment. If you want to save your natural teeth, avoid potential discomfort and prevent financial burdens, we offer the perfect solution to stop your teeth grinding. Call us for more information.

Night Guards

Night guards are a form of retainer that prevents your teeth from grinding while you sleep. We will customize the night guard to fit your teeth for a more comfortable experience and effective treatment.

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

The Affordable Treatment For Teeth Grinding2024-01-25T10:40:21+00:00

Ending The Endentulous Lifestyle With Dentures

Dentures can give patients a second chance at life when it comes to having a full set of teeth. Dentures allow patients to eat favorite foods, speak clearly and be able to smile without fear of embarrassment. Most people do not think of dentures in terms of the amount of impact it is going to have on their life. However, not having teeth can have a drastic impact on a patient’s life in more ways than simply being unable to chew food or speak clearly.

The effects of missing teeth on the rest of the body

When one looses multiple adult teeth, the facial muscles begin to sag and can give the person an older appearance. The sagging in the face is a direct result of the teeth no longer being in place to provide a sense of structure. People who lose teeth typically find that they cannot eat all the food they enjoy, having to control and change what they eat on a constant basis.

While it is important to be healthy, these restrictions are completely unnecessary. A dentist can fit patients with dentures that are a perfect fit to effectively replace the lost teeth.  Patients can gain back all the functionality and appearance they are missing out on with a lack of teeth.

Dentures are fundamentally one of the most simple replacements or restorations that a patient can choose. As a skilled dentist, we are able to fit them for virtually any patient who wants a simple solution to missing teeth.

Various forms of dentures

There are three kinds of dentures that we use:

  • Conventional dentures
  • Immediate dentures
  • Overdentures

Each of these types serves a different purpose and applies to a variety of circumstances. The most common of these is the conventional dentures. This is due to the fact that conventional dentures are what most patients opt for as they begin to lose their teeth to old age, disease, or accidents.

Conventional dentures

Conventional dentures are fully removable prosthetics that are customized by the laboratory in accordance with the specifications from a dentist. The design of dentures makes them comfortable and removable when they need to be. This convenience is crucial for patients who need new teeth. Sometimes, the process of placing conventional dentures can take several months since we typically wait for the mouth to fully heal from tooth loss.

Immediate dentures

By measuring the teeth and acquiring all necessary information at an earlier meeting, we can place immediate dentures on the same day that we remove the remaining teeth. When one visits for a tooth extraction, we already have a set of immediate dentures waiting for the patient. A patient will not leave the office with no teeth, rather he or she will leave with a new set of teeth with immediate dentures.

Overdentures

We use overdentures for patients who still have usable and savable teeth left in their mouth. We do not want to remove teeth that we can save and will place this denture over the remaining teeth. Overdentures give you new teeth, without having to remove the other original teeth that are still functioning.

If you are in need of dentures or interested in more information, do not hesitate to call us for details.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

If you have lost a tooth, dentures and partial dentures can be worn as a replacement solution. They are natural looking and more comfortable than ever when created by an expert cosmetic dentist.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

Ending The Endentulous Lifestyle With Dentures2024-01-25T10:40:23+00:00

General Dentistry Can Prevent Harmful Infections

The key to having a healthy mouth and great teeth is consistency. The more consistent one is with regular dental visits, coming in at least twice a year for cleaning and examinations, the less likely one is to have oral health problems. Unfortunately, another fact about general dentistry is that most people put off visiting the dentist and many people do not even come in once a year. This leads to additional and completely preventable problems.

The consequences are not worth skipping appointments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 27 percent of all Americans suffer from untreated cavities and decay. Considering how easy it is to keep cavities and decay at bay with regular cleaning, it becomes more apparent why dentists keep telling patients to come in regularly for these services. In addition to the fact that more than 1 in 5 people have cavities needing treatment, while 14 percent of adults across the United States believe that the condition of their oral health is “poor” or “bad.”

We can prevent even the serious problems with general dentistry but cannot help people unless they walk through the door. Therefore, educating people and spreading the word about good oral health and hygiene are our top priorities. Unfortunately, there has been a downturn over the last decade or so in the number of people who make it a priority to visit the dentist at least once a year. Measuring the frequency of a person’s visits by the year, we hope to see two visits but are satisfied if there is at least one. In the years between 2002 and 2012, the percentage of people who visited a dentist in 12 months dropped from 44.5 percent to 42 percent.

If you have been on the fence about seeing the dentist, there are many reasons you should consider coming in. Here are some that are not often spoken about, even in general dentistry.

Oral cancer screenings with general cleanings

A common reason that people need to consider visiting a dentist at least once every six months is the addition of oral cancer screenings. In general dentistry, it is much easier to detect oral cancer during a routine examination. Lesions that may appear on the mouth, tongue, and throat are often a giveaway that further investigation is warranted. If we are able to catch a condition like cancer early, we have a much better opportunity to help you fight it and win.

However, oral cancer is not the only condition that first manifests in the mouth. There are a number of viral and bacterial infections with symptoms originating in the mouth, often before anywhere else. This is because the mouth provides an excellent snapshot of the overall condition of the body, telling us everything from vitamin deficiency to whether or not one is drinking enough fluids during the day.

For more information or to schedule a general cleaning, give us a call. We can help keep your teeth healthy and prevent the spread of infections.

General Dentist

We offer general dentist services including professional examinations and cleanings. While oral hygiene at home can help, we can identify and eliminate any early traces of decay before they spread.

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

General Dentistry Can Prevent Harmful Infections2024-01-25T10:40:29+00:00

A Strong, Sturdy, Functional And Natural-Looking Replacement

Dental implants are the most modern and effective way to replace lost teeth. Unfortunately, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry finds that “More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws.” This condition occurs largely due to age, diseases, or accidents. Living without teeth or with fewer teeth than one needs creates a number of challenges.

For starters, lost teeth restrict what food one can eat since one has to be careful about chewing hard foods. In addition, people who have lost teeth tend to be very self-conscious and do not smile as much as they could or should. This creates a social challenge. Finally, lost teeth can influence speech patterns, making it difficult to clearly pronounce or enunciate certain words. With dental implants, all these problems can be a thing of the past.

A natural feel and appearance

It can be difficult to find tooth replacements that feel natural and function naturally. The dental implants system works much like the natural system that the body designed. There is an anchor, which is the dental implant itself, and then there is the tooth. The tooth itself is replaced with a dental crown, which is a common replacement for teeth. The dental lab will make dental crowns out of a durable porcelain that does not harm other teeth. In addition to this, the porcelain dental crowns look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, so nobody will ever even know they are there.

The dental crown is attached to an abutment, which is a small portion of the dental implants left above the gum line. The dental implants themselves are a tiny cone-shaped object, often a screw, which is placed directly into the jawbone for added strength and stability. The flat portion of the dental implants is where the abutment is attached and provides the surface for the tooth to be attached.

Similar to the root of a natural tooth, the tiny screw acts to support the tooth and work in concert with the jawbone itself to support the new tooth. Even more impressive, patients do not ever have to worry about taking them out or providing special care for the dental implants.

Dental implants are sturdy and functional

Dental implants are one of the most permanent solutions available when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Upon placement, they remain in the mouth indefinitely. Caring for the crowns on top of the implants are much the same as caring for the regular teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are all ways to keep the implant healthy. While the porcelain itself cannot get cavities, infections or discoloring, the gum is still natural tissue and needs preventative dental care through proper oral hygiene.

In addition, you do not want to encourage infections or cavities in the teeth around the dental implants. If these teeth yellow, the implant will become far more obvious. Dental implants are changing the way we see tooth loss. Do not hesitate to consider dental implants for tooth replacement.

Dental Implants

If you have experienced tooth loss, dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. We create beautiful looking teeth that are as strong and durable as natural ones.

Dental Implants

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

A Strong, Sturdy, Functional And Natural-Looking Replacement2024-01-25T10:40:34+00:00

Prevention is The Best Protection Against Dental Infection

By some parent’s standards, children grow up being told that brushing their teeth and flossing are all they need to be healthy. Unbeknownst to the children, the bristles of a toothbrush are too large to reach between teeth or the in the grooves on top of teeth. Unfortunately, children will be unable to reach these spots, leading to a constant struggle with infection and cavities. We have an easy solution that is painless and quick: dental sealants.

Healthier teeth at a young age

Dental sealants, which are also known as ‘fissure sealants’ are simply a protective plastic coating applied in liquid form to the back teeth, which are the most susceptible to decay. Since it can be difficult to clean the back teeth with a toothbrush, the small grooves and fissures may need dental sealants.

The sealant bonds into the tiniest grooves in the molars. Then the sealant dries and forms a hard protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. The shield keeps food out of these grooves, thus preventing the buildup of bacteria and avoids decay. It is also easy to clean the smooth surface of dental sealants.

Once a tooth develops a cavity, it is considerably more difficult and more expensive to repair the damage. Dental sealants are a safe and painless way to protect teeth from developing cavities. We use dental sealants as a minimal intervention approach to dental care.

Who should get dental sealants?

Children and teenagers are usually the right candidates for sealants because fissure decay often begins early in life. Applying a sealant to a child’s teeth as soon as their permanent set comes in, protects the teeth throughout childhood. However, adults who do not have fillings or decay can benefit from sealants as well. This is especially true in the case of people who are at a higher risk for caries. This includes people who have:

  • Early signs or a history of dental caries
  • Deficient or too thin enamel on their teeth
  • Deep pits and/or fissures on their molars
  • A diet high in refined sugar or carbohydrates
  • Poor oral hygiene and plaque control
  • Orthodontics appliances

People who have exceptional oral hygiene, a balanced diet or can easily clean the shallow grooves in their teeth, will most likely not receive dental sealants. In other cases, teeth with shallow pits and grooves that one can easily clean with a toothbrush or previously restored pits and fissures, will not need dental sealants.

How are dental sealants applied?

It only takes a few minutes for us to apply a sealant to each tooth, which is a simple and painless process. The teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and dried. An acid solution is then applied to the surface of each tooth to create a rough surface which helps the sealant bond to the tooth. After rinsing and re-drying the tooth, the sealant is painted onto each tooth, and an ultraviolet light used to ‘cure’ and harden the sealant.

How long do sealants last?

Dental sealants do wear down in time. The lifespan of dental sealants depends entirely on the sealant’s material and the patient’s level of care, giving the sealant a five to 10-year lifespan. It is important for a professional to check the dental sealants (at least on an annual basis) for any signs of chipping or wear. If any damage is present, we will add or replace some of the sealants in order to ensure that the teeth are still being protected from decay.

With dental care, prevention is the best defense. With proper oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and dental sealants as necessary, we can help keep your teeth clean. Schedule an appointment with us and protect your teeth for many years to come.

Dental Office

Our dental office provides the treatment patients need, while in a comfortable atmosphere. We ensure our patients leave with healthy teeth and the knowledge to maintain the healthy teeth. Schedule an appointment today.

Dental Office

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

Prevention is The Best Protection Against Dental Infection2024-01-25T10:40:39+00:00

Easy, Painless and Important: Oral Cancer Screenings

No matter how happy a person may seem, there is always a little voice in the back of one’s thought that worries about all the dangerous risks in life. Eventually, that voice can become overwhelming in regards to issues such as various forms of cancer. Unfortunately, when it comes to a disease such as cancer, people may not discover they have it until the symptoms have already spread. Fortunately, we can offer patients a chance to feel reassured or catch the symptoms early on for a more effective treatment at our office.

Oral cancer screening

We can provide you with an oral cancer screening in Indianapolis during a regular checkup. The screening is a simple step that can help to save your life.  While oral cancer is something that most people do not think about, it is all too common.  In fact, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, one person dies in the United States every hour due to oral cancer. This terrible disease impacts people of all ages, regardless of whether or not one appears to be healthy. Therefore, it is critical that you receive regular screenings at least once every six months. The screenings are not as complex as people think.

Who needs an oral cancer screening in Indianapolis?

Everyone is at risk for oral cancer because like all cancers, there is a risk of developing this deadly disease no matter the age. However, certain people are at a greater risk for developing the disease. At the top of this list is men over the age of fifty and those that use smokeless tobacco products. For years, it has been thought that smokeless tobacco was healthier than smoking cigarettes and a safer alternative. While this is better for your lungs than smoking, chewing tobacco poses a direct risk to your mouth. People that chew tobacco are 60 times more likely to come down with oral cancer. This statistic makes quitting smoking and chewing tobacco the single most important thing one can do for health.

The Oral Cancer Foundation also states that those with a particular strain of HPV are at risk for developing oral cancer. This strain of HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that there is a vaccine for. We recommend that you speak with your family physician and if you are diagnosed with HPV, let us know.  That way, we can conduct a screening even more frequently.  As it is, those that use chewing tobacco or have HPV should schedule an oral cancer screening for twice a year.

Why is this important?

Early detection is critical because it makes early treatment possible.  One of the reasons that oral cancer claims so many lives is that people do not catch it early enough.  This is due to the fact that it is impossible to clearly see the inside of your mouth without assistance. When there are physical signs of cancer, it can be hard to identify them yourself. As a dentist, we can see what is happening inside of your mouth and determine if anything appears to be out of the ordinary such as:

  • Rough patches
  • Red and white bumps
  • Hard lumps

We can conduct a thorough oral cancer screening in Indianapolis so that you will know the condition of your health and can take steps to address it. While we do not treat cancer in our office, we can provide you with a referral and give you suggestions for the next steps.

For those that are not at a high risk, we still recommend that you have an oral cancer screening in Indianapolis on an annual basis when you are having your teeth cleaned and examined. Call our office and schedule yours today.

Information for this blog was gathered from the Oral Cancer Foundation’s website.

Oral Cancer Screening

We can provide a quick oral cancer screening during a checkup to ensure that you are cancer free. If we find any symptoms or early signs, we will recommend the next best course of action and treatment.

Oral Cancer Screening

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

Easy, Painless and Important: Oral Cancer Screenings2024-01-25T10:40:43+00:00

Tips From A Family Dentist For Healthier Teeth

While many parents remind their children and ensure that they brush their teeth on a regular basis, children need professional dental care at a dentist. Along with specialized care toward children, there are also other steps parents can take to ensure their children have healthy teeth. As a family dentist, we suggest taking the following steps to stay in good oral health:

Eat a healthy diet

The food one consumes can a have a positive or negative effect on the teeth. Fatty and sugary foods can leave a residue that helps promote the growth of plaque when one does not keep up oral hygiene. A healthy diet that can help keep teeth healthy includes lean meat, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and dairy products.

Drink more water

This will help to prevent dry mouth and wash away food particles and bacteria. Drinking water after a meal will help clean out the teeth. Unlike other drinks, water does not consist of added sugars that can stick to teeth. Water is one drink that people of all ages need to make a common part of their diet.

Brush often

Brushing at least twice a day will help to clean the surfaces of the teeth. Using a soft bristle brush and brushing for at least two minutes will ensure that all areas of the teeth are cleaned.

Floss daily

Flossing at least once per day will clean the areas between the teeth that toothbrush bristles cannot reach. By flossing on a regular basis, people will be able to prevent the buildup of plaque and spread of infection.

Visit our office

With professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year, patients can ensure healthy teeth and avoid the possibility of infection beginning. Effective dental treatment involves prevention with professional treatment and cleanings.

Treatment at a family dentist

As a family dentist, we can treat children and adult patients with a variety of options. First and foremost, we understand how difficult a family’s schedule can be and can schedule back to back family appointments. This way, a family can all visit the dentist in one day instead of multiple appointments over multiple days.

As a family dentist, one of our passions is helping people understand the difference between the work that medicines do and how the body handles infections. Antibiotics have gained the reputation for being a super medicine. We only recommend using antibiotics in specific situations. The reality, however, is that the antibiotic is designed only to help rebalance the inequality between the body’s own antibodies and the infection. Once this happens, the body will be the one that takes care of the infection with its own antibodies, learning the genetic code of the infection in the process and becoming prepared in the event the infection reoccurs.

We offer professional dental care to help prevent infections from spreading and can continue to do so with regular dental checkups at least once every six months. We can treat adult patients as well to ensure everyone in the family is healthy. As a family dentist, we can be patient with children and go over the best forms of dental care. More often than not, children do not receive the best forms of education with dental care and develop negative views of it. We will help younger patients harbor healthy and positive views of dental checkups and oral hygiene habits at home.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call.

Family Dentist

As a family dentist, we understand how difficult it can be to juggle multiple dental checkups for your kids, school, work and getting dinner on the table. Fortunately, we can schedule multiple checkups back to back for all family members.

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

Tips From A Family Dentist For Healthier Teeth2024-01-25T10:40:45+00:00

What can they eat? Healthy alternatives for children with braces

You are what you eat: 10 Foods that harm or help your oral health

Brushing and flossing on a regular basis are great for one’s oral health, but there are still ways in which people can unintentionally harm the health of their teeth. Many people know that sugar is bad for the enamel of one’s teeth but may not realize there are other foods that can cause as much damage as sugar. In fact, foods commonly found in people’s diets are notorious for damaging teeth further.

Harmful Foods

Here are five foods that can cause more harm to one’s teeth than people may realize. As delicious as some of them might be, having an excess amount of these in one’s diet without proper dental hygiene can lead to plaque buildup and infection.

Candy

It is unfortunate that sugar may taste so sweet, but can wreak havoc on one’s teeth if left untreated. While small amounts of candy from time to time will not cause permanent damage, especially if one brushes on a regular basis, “the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth,” mouthhealthy.org writes. While hard candies and other forms of candy are delicious, they can cause more harm than good on one’s teeth.

Citrus Intake

Surprisingly, too much citrus is actually harmful to the teeth. Mouthhealthy.org explains that “frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.” While orange juice can be healthy, it can also damage the teeth in excess; especially when one does not brush or floss on a regular basis.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruits may be a better alternative than other junk food, but they are still a danger to one’s oral health. Like other sticky forms of candy and foods, dried fruits can linger on the teeth longer than other foods. For anyone with braces or for someone who does not brush his or her teeth on a regular basis, dried fruits are one food to avoid.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks may advertise low to zero calories and vitamins to “charge” consumers, but they may crank up the amount of sugar to keep a delicious flavor. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains that while “sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities,” they are “unnecessary in most cases.”

Potato Chips

Potato chips are a staple for many snacks and meals that people of all ages can enjoy. However, “potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth,” mouthhealthy.org explains. After consuming potato chips, people need to be extra careful to brush and floss to remove any excess bits of food.

Helpful Foods

Even with the harmful foods out there, people can also eat foods that help keep one’s teeth healthy. Here are five foods one can use to enhance his or her diet for cleaner and healthier teeth.

Dairy Products

Mouthhealthy.org explains that dairy products are “low in sugar,” while they also “contain protein and are full of calcium.” Milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products can help to strengthen teeth opposed to more sugary harmful choices.

Lean Proteins

Mouthhelahty.org writes that “Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein.” With plenty of delicious options for meals with lean protein, there are multiple ways for one to use lean protein to enhance his or her diet.

Vegetables

Certain vegetables, such as leafy greens, are “full of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories,” colgate.com writes. “Kale and spinach are also beneficial for oral health since, “They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel,” Colgate.com explains. Veggies are another great food to benefit one’s oral health and overall health during meals.

Apples

Not only are apples sweet in taste, but “they’re also high in fiber and water,” Colgate.com states. Even the simple action “of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles,” Colgate.com adds. Other fruits are also a great option to incorporate into one’s diet for healthier teeth.

Water

A simple and pure beverage, water is one of the best drinks for one’s teeth since it can effortlessly run between the teeth and remove food particles without leaving a sugary residue behind. Water not only hydrates an individual, but helps rinse the mouth out in the process.

Routine Dental Care

Routine dental care is important for a healthy set of teeth. While we can provide routine dental care during appointments, you need to keep it up at home through brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

Mass Ave Family Dentistry

At Mass Ave Family Dentistry in Indianapolis, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional team aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.

Our team seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Mass Ave Family Dentistry, your dental health is our prime concern.

What can they eat? Healthy alternatives for children with braces2024-01-25T10:40:58+00:00
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