Invisalign Isn't Just for Teens

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Invisalign is a type of orthodontic product that provides an opportunity for adults to straighten their teeth.

Just a few decades ago, the only options available to straighten the teeth of a fully-grown adult were limited. Most adults do not want to use wires in their mouths to fix their misalignments. Yet many people go through life not smiling because they are embarrassed of the condition of their teeth. This product offers a solution to these problems. It could be the best option available for adults who want to be proud of their smile.


What makes it unique is the way it works and fits into your mouth. Invisalign is not your typical bracing product. Rather than using wires and metals to do this, a unique material that is clear is used. Dentists can customize the use of this material to create an exact image of your teeth.

In short, these fit right over the top of your teeth creating a virtually invisible treatment option. It is hard to see and, even better, it works effectively to re-align the teeth to make them straighter. It works effectively. However, is it a good option for adults?


There are many reasons adults are turning to this product to improve their smile. If you are considering it, just look at the many advantages this product offers.

• Some products only work on young adults and teens, not adults. This product can be effective for adults as well.

• It is impossible to see unless you tell someone it is in place. That means you can be at work and in important meetings without feeling as though your smile is suffering from braces.

• It is a cost effective solution. Though it can sometimes be more expensive than other products, it tends to be less expensive in the end because it works so well.

• It is easy to use. You do not have to worry about having tightens that are painful, unlike braces. Rather, you can see significant improvement to your smile without pain or discomfort during the process.

• It does not take long to see improvements. The length of time you will need to use it will depend on your unique condition but it can be just as fast if not faster than other options.

Overall, Invisalign works and it works well for adults. That is why so many adults have turned to this product as the way to fix their teeth. If you have any limitations in your smile, including misalignments of your teeth, it is a good time to get help fixing it.


The 12 Best Foods For Your Teeth

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Brush, floss, mouthwash. You might have forgotten, but another key way to improve your dental hygiene is by eating healthier foods. Sugary and starchy foods stick to your teeth and are one step away from cavities. In order to do your teeth a favor, try these foods for better results.

1. Celery: When you chew this veggie, you have to produce extra saliva, which is one of the best ways to end the bacterias that cause cavities.

2. Carrots: Like the above food, this is a hard veggie that massages your gums as you chew it. That means that your teeth stay cleaner and your gums stay fresher.

3. Green tea: Catechins are abundant in this drink, and kill the sugars that turn into plaque. Drink more green tea for better health and cleaner teeth.

4. Cheese: Low carbs and high calcium are important reasons why this food made the list. Not to mention, the low acidity of cheese levels the PH of your mouth, which is a great method to decreasing bacteria-producing cavities. With lots of saliva, and an enamel rebuilding mechanism, you can snack on cheese every day and feel good about it.

5. Apples: Pears are good too, because like apples, they are crunchy and have a lot of water in them, which is important to washing away extra bits that remain in your mouth.

6. Kiwi: This fruit has tons of Vitamin C, which is necessary for the collagen that your gums need to live.

7. Shiitake Mushrooms: Lentinan is a sugar in these shrooms that can prevent plaque and tastes great in stir fries.

8. Onions: When eaten raw, these veggies can do damage to your breath, but that is when they are most deadly towards cavity causing bacteria.

9. Parsley: Like mint, parsley is great for your breath. Monoterpenes travel to your lungs and are released through your breath, which is great to counter #8.

10. Sesame Seeds: Seeds are really great for teeth cleaning and enamel building. Sesames are also high in calcium, which is what your teeth and bones are made of.

11. Nuts: These small protein packed treats are extraordinarily healthy. They help to lower cholesterol, have essential fats, and are delicious. They also have calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, nutrients that healthy teeth need.

12. Water: With wet gums and great saliva stimulation, drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your teeth and your body. It washes out your mouth too, which is good to remember after drinking coffee, tea, (goodness forbid) soda, acidic foods and juices, and other sticky foods.

These foods aren't too hard to come by, and adding them into your diet is easy. Drink more water at work, keep seeds or nuts handy for snacking, hard fruits and veggies in a bag when you're on the go, and add some extra toppings like onion, parsley or shiitakes. Pretty soon, your teeth will be thanking your for all the new tastes (and so will your tongue!)

Can Bad Breath Keep You From Getting that Promotion?

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According to a new survey from BAD BREATH is second personal attributes employers say would make them less likely to extend a promotion.

Bad breath is medically known by a variety of names such as Halitosis or fetor orid all of which imply the same. Bad breath affects a large number of people over the world.  There are various causes of bad breath. Approximately, 90% of the causes originate from the oral cavity; while very few are from extra-oral sources.

1. Accumulation of Food Debris: It is the most common cause for bad breath which is mainly due to collection of food particles/debris on or between the teeth or even on surface of the tongue. This occurs mostly in people who do not maintain good oral hygiene. The accumulated food particles act as food for bacteria which results in bacterial respiratory products which are responsible for the characteristic rotten egg smell.

2. Tooth Decay: Tooth decay can be responsible for bad breath in some cases.  Tooth decay, medically known as dental caries causes putrefactive action of bacteria on the teeth which leads to demineralization of the tooth and bad breath.

3. Dryness of mouth (Xerostomia):  Dryness of mouth may sound harmless, but it is one of the most common causes of bacterial.  Saliva inhibits growth of bacteria in the oral cavity. Reduction in salivary secretion favors bacterial accumulation and growth leading to bad breath.

4. Gum Diseases: Periodontal diseases are often accompanied by bad breath.

5. Smoking: Smoking, apart from its innumerable harmful affects also contributes to bad breath which is due to accumulation of nicotine, tar and other odor producing substances in the mouth. Bad breath due to smoking is typically known as smoker’s breath.

6. Severe Dieting: Starvation resulting from excessive dieting can cause a condition known as ketoacidosis which can cause bad breath.

7. Extra-oral sources: In very few cases, the cause of bad breath does not lie in the oral cavity. Some examples of these conditions are infections of respiratory tract, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, gastric reflux.

Gum and breath mints will cover the odor of bad breath, but does not cure the underlying cause. Regular visits with our Dentists and Hygienists at Keystone Dentistry can help you maintain good oral health which will curb bad breath. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them at your next appointment. If you do not have an appointment, call today to schedule one.



Everything you need to know about flossing

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Flossing is important for several reasons, and if you want your gums and teeth to stay healthy and disease-free for years to come, then you might want to start flossing daily if you don’t already do so.

The Importance of Flossing

Every time you floss, you are removing bacteria and plaque from in between your teeth and gums.  Regularly removing these bacteria prevents cavities from forming and gum disease from taking root in your mouth.  It also keeps the surfaces of your teeth polished, helps you maintain good breath, and keeps your smile white and shiny.

Flossing Options

If you don’t like using traditional waxed or unwaxed dental floss on your teeth, then try using dental floss picks or an interdental cleaner, an electric flosser that makes flossing easy, convenient, and painless.  If you have braces, a floss threader will allow you to reach areas that may be difficult to get to with normal dental floss.

What Happens if You Don’t Floss?

Failure to floss enables plaque that develops between your teeth to harden into a substance called calculus, or tartar.  Dental calculus facilitates tooth decay, resulting in cavities, loss of tooth enamel, and bad breath in the short term and gingivitis, weakening of bones, and loss of teeth in the long term.  Brushing and flossing regularly can prevent plaque from hardening into calculus. 

Once plaque has hardened into calculus, it can only be removed professionally by a hygienist or dentist.  This creates both an inconvenience and an expense for the patient, both of which could have been easily avoided with regularly flossing and brushing. 

To prevent plaque from hardening into tartar and causing serious damage to your teeth and gums, visit a dentist every six months for a cleaning.  If you are in need of a cleaning, a dental implant, gum disease treatment, or any other type of dental attention, call Keystone Dentistry  today for a consultation!



Why You Should Take Preventative Dentistry Seriously

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Do you know that the goal of preventive dentistry is more than simply giving you that perfect smile? Studies have shown that oral health can be directly connected with one's general health. Therefore now is the time that you take better care of your teeth, and it should start with visiting your dentist.

There have been some researches that shown that heart attack, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis are connected with periodontal disease. This disease attacks the gum and the bone and also the area around the teeth. How can this be? There are certain pieces of evidence that point to bacteria and inflammation in the mouth that can adversely affect a person's blood pressure, resulting to other health problems. Therefore it is important periodontal diseases should be treated immediately.

Aside from that, maybe in a less severe problem, periodontal disease is considered as the main cause of tooth loss among adults. It is estimated that about 80% of adults will experience a form of periodontal disease during their lifetime. Of course the severity of the problem differs from one person to another. Once you get this kind of oral problem, consult your dentist as soon as possible to get you started on the right treatment.

So what can you expect your dentist to perform on you for preventive dentistry? Let us look at some of these:

1. Regular dental check up

Of course it all begins with your regular dental check up wherein your dentist will check your teeth and gum for any sign of trouble. This is a great thing because your dentist can easily spot any problem and get you into the right treatment for it. This will help keep the problem from worsening.

2. Teeth cleaning

Your dentist or at least the dental hygienist will help professionally clean your teeth. Not only will you get cleaner teeth that is perfect for smiling, but your teeth will be free from plaque and bacteria.

3. Your dentist can guide you on proper dental and oral hygiene.

Perhaps your dentist thinks your teeth are not properly cleaned. He would teach you the proper ways of brushing your teeth as well as flossing. This will keep the bacteria and plaque at bay and from ruining your teeth. Of course for this to succeed, you will have to make brushing and flossing more of a hobby.

4. You will know which oral care products are right for you.

Your dentist will guide you in selecting the best oral hygiene products to help you have whiter, cleaner and healthier teeth and gum. This often begins with the selection of the best toothpaste, toothbrush, as well as determining the frequency of using these products.

5. You will understand the importance of good diet.

Some foods are great in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and your dentist will help you by telling you which foods you should eat more of every single day. This is preventive dentistry that may not be that easy to follow for most people because they have a hard time changing their ways when it comes to eating healthy.

Sports Drinks and Tooth Decay

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It's that time of year again;  Baseball, Softball, Soccer and other various Spring and Summertime activities.  So is the increase in Sports Drinks consumption.  But, is that Sport Drink doing your mouth a disservice?

 Hydration and energy are important facets to athletic success. But new studies have shown that they can be just as harmful to the strength of your teeth as soft drinks. Due to their acidic nature and high in sugar contents, all these drinks can wear away the enamel from your teeth.

The Academy of General Dentistry released findings in 2005 that showed that over the course of years, sports drinks and energy drinks caused tooth decay just as fast (and in some cases faster) than soft drinks. Many young athletes suppose that as they exercise and play sports, these drinks are vital to their performance and health. While they do assist in endurance and hydration, especially for athletes engaging in strenuous physical activity, you can often get the same benefits from juice or even water with fewer risks to your teeth and your overall health.

Certainly during this spring and summer season, a cooling sports drink should not be seen as a healthier alternative to soda when it comes to dental health. If you or your children find sports drinks as a frequent hydrator, you may want to rethink your sugar intake.

Learning the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

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In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike look inside your mouth and offer tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

At Keystone Dentistry, we believe regular checkups and oral cancer screenings are vital to your health. Visit our website today to schedule a free consultation in Belton with our experienced dental team who can help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of.

Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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