Wine Consumption vs. Your Teeth

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          Just like coffee or black tea, wine, especially the red type, can stain your teeth, making that white smile disappear. If you enjoy having one or more glasses of red wine a day, take a look at your teeth and search for some of its consequences.

Of course, an explanation is needed. Our experts at Bella Smiles in Las Vegas made a list with a few of the reasons why an increased consumption of wine can damage your teeth:

Colorants. Red wine is full of elements known as “chromogens”, which are the responsible for the stains. These substances produce enough pigments that can adhere on to your teeth´s enamel, staining them. Also, tannins present in red wine help chromogens bind to the teeth, giving that stained aspect.

 Acidity. Experts on the matter say that the elevated consumption of red wine, but especially white wine, increase the acidity pH levels in your mouth. This acid can damage the tooth enamel, increasing the appearance of dentin, producing the awful yellow tonality on them. Also, without the protective enamel, the risk of bacteria and decay increases.

Aging. They say that the older the wine is, the better, but this fact does not apply to your teeth. As you get older, microscopic cracks appear on your teeth due to the wear of all does years. The cracks function like an entrance for the chromogens and tannins to penetrate the enamel, leaving stains that cannot be removed that easily.

So, what can you do to prevent this from happening, while still enjoying a good glass of wine once every other day? Experts at Bella Smiles in Las Vegas recommend:

Wait before brushing your teeth. As stated above, whine, especially the white type, is very acidic, changing your mouth´s pH balance. So brushing your teeth immediately after having a glass of wine can damage even more your teeth´s enamel. Experts recommend waiting at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Accompanying the consumption of wine with cheese or having a glass of water after it can help diminish the acidity in your mouth.

Use a straw. Yes, wine connoisseurs and sommeliers may get a stroke if you give them this advice, but if you are a regular person that does not care and does not ruin you the experience, drinking from a straw is a great way to reduce the contact of the wine and your teeth.

Try not to sip slowly. Again, this can cause a bit of discomfort to wine connoisseurs and sommeliers but is true, the more contact has the wine with your teeth, the more stains will be produced. Of course that letting the wine linger in your mouth is part of the experience, but if you care about your teeth´s health, you should avoid it.

Moderation, moderation, moderation. As always, too much of a thing can be dangerous to our health. Wine consumption follows the same rule. Enjoy a glass or two of wine once every other day. This will be good for your teeth, but also for your general health. Try consuming other types of alcohol instead of always choosing wine, either red or white.

Is Flossing for the Dogs?

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It seems like there’s conflicting evidence for how to look after your teeth. One site says brushing your teeth is pointless, while another says that flossing is for the dogs. Flossing is definitely not for the dogs, particularly if you’ve ever tried to brush or floss their teeth. But one thing can be agreed upon—we do need to look after our teeth through a variety of methods. It seems like there’s always something for someone to complain about. Why there are still hard or firm bristled toothbrushes is beyond us, here at Bella Smiles, but often it’s what sells. And people can simply be flossing the wrong way, then not rinsing their mouths out after they floss.

While most people brush their teeth at least once a day, there are still an overwhelming majority who don’t floss their teeth at all. According to a 2015 case study done by the American Academy of Periodontology, they found that 27% of people lie to their dentists about how often they floss. Is this because dentists in Las Vegas love to hear that their patients floss every day?

For many of these people, they would admit to doing other unpleasant tasks besides flossing their teeth. We’re not sure what this means, but perhaps the activities involve sticking a toothbrush inside their cat’s mouth to see what happens.

The ADA Center for Evidence Based Dentistry even says that routinely using floss is not supported by scientific evidence. Wow, so it’s okay to leave all that gunk on our teeth? The floss-free group in the study apparently didn’t have any more evidence of dental caries than the group who did floss. Just what were they feeding the test subjects—gin?

So, is it possible that the study was right? It’s time to take a step back and consider common sense. Look what happened to our grandparents who never brushed or flossed their teeth. Most likely you’re still horrified by the dentures they love to show off at family events. Yep, chances are you started brushing your teeth regularly after you saw that.

As for flossing your teeth, yes, it takes a while to learn the technique, be gentle on your gums, and get that debris out. But it sure feels good to have a freshly flossed mouth after it’s done. Perhaps there needs to be a study done on how to encourage people to do their flossing, and not by using those dental picks that are rapidly filling up our landfills.

Here at Bella Smiles, we believe that dentistry is more than about fixing teeth. It’s about preventative maintenance. We now have a generation of people who will never be faced with wearing dentures, or having implants done. Yes, there may still be some who need cosmetic dentistry or veneers, because of accidents or genetics.

You have to take these articles lightly. Please continue brushing and flossing your teeth, as it makes good sense! It’ll save you the pain, aggravation, and expense of visiting an emergency dentist!

Why Lip Lifts Will Give You a More Youthful Look Than Fillers.

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It’s not something a lot of people like to talk about in Las Vegas, but age does have a impact on a bright white smile. Next to our eyes, our lips are the most noticed feature of our face. They can also show our age, leading many patients to seek a way to correct a thin or lined mouth and to have cosmetic dentistry and veneers done.

Many people choose to have enhancements done to their lips that make them look sultrier and voluminous. Even people not suffering the effects of aging may opt to have this procedure done.

The two main cosmetic surgery procedures offered by your favorite dental clinic include lip fillers or lip lifts. Let’s have a comparison so you can decide for yourself which is ideal for your face.

The main difference between the two cosmetic surgeries is that lip lifts require a surgical procedure, while lip fillers involve a non-surgical one. For this reason, many people may be hesitant to opt for the surgical feature.

Many people may be attracted to lip fillers because they involve a less invasive procedure involving an injection of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance. Once it’s injected, it draws water to your lips. This results in plumper and fuller looking lips.

Chances are you’ve seen celebrities with cosmetic dentistry and lip fillers done—they often look like clowns. Fortunately, this procedure is only temporary.

The lip lift procedure is a bit more difficult, but it involves a permanent solution, unlike the lip fillers would eventually dissipate. A lip lift affects your upper lift, while the lip fillers can be done on both. With the lip lift, there is a subtle amount of volume added to the upper lips. This actually surgically done by reducing the distance between your lips and nose. This combined effect can actually make you look younger.

The lip lift involves first injecting an anesthetic under your lips that lasts for about one hour, similar to when you need a tooth filling done. Your dental surgeon will then remove a small amount of skin that is located beneath your nose, then surgically raise your upper lip. A small suture is done to join the tissues together.

There will be a small scar left beneath your nose but this will disappear in time. Bella Smiles will offer scar management so it heals quickly.

A lip lift will not only make you look younger but it’ll also look more natural, and will be permanent. If you opt for lip fillers, the results can’t be guaranteed to make you look better.

For patients who prefer to get a pouty and youthful upper lip, it’s recommended that a lip lift is a much better procedure than the lip filler. 

Lip lifts are the perfect addition to when you’re having veneers, cosmetic dentistry, and cosmetic surgery done in Las Vegas. Many patients who want veneers also opt to have the lip lift treatment. Your smile will look as bright and natural as it did when you were younger.

Please contact Bella Smiles in Las Vegas today to book an appointment. Soon your smile will have you looking your best!