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3 Lip Filler Tips for Baton Rouge Patients

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Lip fillersCelebrities have long inspired our fashion trends and most desired looks.  From clothes to hair color to physical features, Hollywood sets the course.  Years ago, Angelina Jolie inspired women across the nation to seek out fuller lips.  Now, a younger crop of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner have caused lip fillers to skyrocket to an all-time high in popularity.  More than 20,000 lip procedures were performed in 2015.  That’s the equivalent of a lip procedure every 20 minutes. 

Of course, such trends often come with a downside.  For instance, the widespread “Kylie Jenner lip challenge” resulted in bruising, swelling, and pain, if not scarring or permanent damage, for many who tried it.  Fortunately, there is a far safer, more effective way to get the look you desire through lip filler injections.  Start by following these guidelines, and ensure that the final result is one that you will be pleased with.  Here are our tips:

Use a Dentist for Lip Fillers

Lip fillers and similar cosmetic procedures are available from a wide-range of providers, but patients should always look for one who has extensive experience and a medical background.  Dentists, in particular, undergo advanced training and have a higher level of familiarity than most with the oral and maxillofacial areas, or, in other words, everything from the forehead to the chin. They can also keep you the most comfortable during these procedures by giving you dental nerve block injections to have you completely numb during the lip procedures.  This is an advantage because these filler injections in this area can be painful with only a topical numbing gel.

Select Your Lip Filler Product Wisely

If you have taken time and consideration in choosing your provider, selecting the appropriate products should be a relatively simple task.  By far, the most popular options are those that use hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Restylane and Juvederm.  Renowned for their natural look, these temporary fillers have many benefits.  Typically, results occur almost immediately and last for the next 6-9 months, and the filler can be “erased” at any time that you become displeased with the results.

Be Realistic in Lip Filler Expectations

Not every look suits every patient or is even achievable for every patient.  Work with your provider to determine what type of result is most feasible and desirable for you. You can even pick and choose which areas to fill depending upon your facial features and desired outcome.  Just remember that while you can look to celebrities or others for inspiration, only you and your doctor can determine what is best for you. Another thing to remember and understand is that our facial features are not symmetrical and so when implanting fillers you must realize that those asymmetries will still exist.  Some can be corrected with filler, but some cannot.  You must always have realistic goals and know that perfection is something we strive for but is very hard to truly achieve.

If you are considering lip fillers to enhance your appearance, Dr. Russo of the Smile Spa can help.  Schedule a consultation where you can discuss your concerns, your desired results, and the ways that our team can help you achieve an aesthetic outcome that you will love.

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Growing Trends in the Dental Industry in 2018

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

dental trendsOver the past several years, most businesses have looked for ways to increase their relevance and build customer satisfaction.  In our fast-paced, technologically-advanced world, it’s easier than ever to find what we want, when we want it, and to determine who is most qualified to provide it for us.  Today, all industries, including medical, must shift their focus to more convenient, customer-centric operations, heightening the consumer experience however possible.  For dental practices in particular, this has resulted in a few exciting trends on the horizon, many of which we are proud to already offer at The Smile Spa:

Fast and Pain-Free Dental Procedures

Fear of the dentist is fairly common, and in most cases, this fear is grounded in a belief that dental work will be slow and painful. To combat these anxieties and encourage more patients to seek out the dental care they need, dentists are finding ways to make procedures as quick and comfortable as possible such as offering new and innovative services like the following:

  • CEREC Crowns- Rather than suffering through bad-tasting impression material and ill-fitting temporary crowns, CEREC crown technology uses digital images of the tooth to create a precise ceramic crown that is cut, stained, glazed, and cemented into place in one to two hours! Patients can leave their appointment immediately ready to eat and return to work or other daily activities with a beautiful tooth color matched strong porcelain crown that if taken care of can last a lifetime.
  • Six Month Smiles- Tooth alignment can be adjusted at any age given that the teeth and gums remain healthy. However, the lengthy process and unappealing look of metal braces often deter adult patients. Six Month Smiles uses clear wire and tooth colored brackets to minimize the appearance of braces and focuses on straightening the front teeth for the most significant visual impact in the shortest amount of time.  
  • Sedation Dentistry- Anxiety no longer has to be an issue with sedation dentistry.  There are many ways to relieve anxiety and fear while having all dental procedures from the cleanings to full mouth work.  Nitrous Oxide gas allows you to relax during your appointment but still drive yourself to and from and to return to your daily duties right away.  Another options is oral medication administered by the doctor 30 minutes before the appointment.  It will leave you more heavily sedated and relieved of all cares and fears.  You will need a driver to and from the appointment and will not be able to return to work or drive for 4 hours after the appointment.  Lastly, IV sedation is offered by outsourcing a nurse anesthetist who puts you COMPLETELY to sleep for the entire appointment and monitors all your vitals and airway the entire time.   You will need a driver to and from your appointment with limited daily activities the rest of the day.

Cosmetic Procedures at the Dentist Office

Cosmetic dental procedures to improve the aesthetic of one’s smile have become quite popular over the years.  And, in 2018, such services will only continue to improve:

  • Teeth whitening- Traditional teeth whitening was an expensive and time-consuming process, requiring specially-fitted trays and a bleaching gel to be used at home consistently for two weeks to get any noticeable results. Today, in-office whitening procedures have revolutionized this service, giving patients improvements of 4 to 6 shades in an hour or even less.   
  • Lumineers- Porcelain veneers are a great way to minimize the appearance of bothersome imperfections such as chipped or broken teeth, small gaps, misalignment and discolorations. However, this is again a service that can traditionally be quite time-consuming. Lumineers, on the other hand, offer the same benefits in a much shorter amount of time, taking just two appointments and require little to no reduction of the natural tooth’s surface and NO ANESTHESIA (NUMBING OF THE TEETH!)

Additionally, many dentists are recognizing that if patients are considering cosmetic dentistry for an improved, more youthful appearance, it stands to reason that they may be seeking other cosmetic procedures as well.  For this reason, there is an increasing practice model in which dentists are teaming up with dermatologists and aestheticians to make a trip to the dentist a one-stop shop to treat not just the teeth but the ENTIRE FACE including services such as:

  • Botox and facial fillers done by the dentist
  • Profractional Therapies
  • BBL laser
  • Chemical Peels
  • Micro-Laser Peels
  • Micro-needling
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Dermalplaning

Turning the Dentist Office into a Spa

Dentists are aware of just how stressful and scary a trip to their office can be. In order to make patients feel more comfortable, many, like The Smile Spa, are offering spa-like amenities to make patients look forward to their visit and feel more comfortable in the office:

  • Robes and slippers
  • Digital TV with headphones for TV’s or Radio
  • Heated neck wraps
  • Parafin hand wax with Mitts while cleaning your jewelry
  • Herbal eye masks, lip balms, and aromatherapy creams,

If going to the dentist twice a year is crucial to the longevity and health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Aimee Russo and the team at The Smile Spa are here to make everything about your visit easy and stress-free. We combine state-of-the-art technologies and spa-like amenities with the dental procedures you need in order to create an experience that is not only highly effective, but also relaxing and enjoyable.

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Six Month Smiles: A Different Way of Viewing Orthodontic Treatment

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Feb 22, 2018

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Are you embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile? If so, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re one of millions of adults who would love having straighter teeth, but you feel like you’ve missed your chance.

Do you instinctively cover your mouth when you laugh, talk or smile? Many people feel trapped because they don’t want to wear metal braces as adults. Or, they’re concerned that correcting the problem will be invasive or cost prohibitive.  Fortunately, there’s an effective, affordable, safe solution for cosmetic braces that will fit your lifestyle.

Six Month Smiles Gold Level Partner Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic treatment that’s a modern twiston traditional orthodontics. This
system has taken the best aspects of traditional braces and modified the materials and treatment to give adults an alternative cosmetic solution.


Here’s Why Six Month Smiles Is So Innovative...

  • Typical treatment time is just six months!
  • Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are hardly visible!
  • Our patient tray kits ensure fast and comfortable appointments.
  • The Six Month Smiles system is usually less expensive than veneers or traditional braces.

Frequently Asked Questions About Six Month Smiles

Naturally, we understand that such a solution may sound a little too good to be true.  We often get questions from patients regarding just how these incredible results are achieved in such a short amount of time.  For instance, here are two questions we frequently encounter, along with our responses:

Question: “So how are teeth actually straightened in just six months?”
Answer: This system employs the latest clear adult braces technology to move teeth safely and quickly. Also, its focus is primarily on those teeth that show when you smile, which shortens the treatment time.

Question: “Will I still have a mouth full of metal braces?”
Answer: Nada. Six Month Smiles uses clear braces that are barely visible!


Is the Six Month Smiles System Right for You?

As your lifelong oral healthcare partner, it’s important that we make the best decisions together about all treatments. We want to be sure you have ALL of your questions answered and determine together that you’re a great candidate before you consider this treatment. So, call The Smile Spa to make an appointment where we can discuss Six Month Smiles in more detail.


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4 Cosmetic Services To Look Your Best in the New Year

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Jan 29, 2018

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“New year; new me” seems to be a common hymn many are singing with high hopes for 2018.  You may have your own list of resolutions, containing new adventures, commitments, and lifestyle adjustments, each meant to bring improvement to your life.   And, if one (or a few) of your resolutions has to do with enhancing your appearance, you’ve come to the right place!  

The Smile Spa conveniently offers both dental and cosmetic services in one office, recognizing that a beautiful smile includes beautiful teeth, lips, face, and all skin. It all goes  hand-in-hand.   So, if you are looking to take on 2018 while looking and feeling your best, check out these 4 services: THIS IS THE YEAR OF YOU!!!

A Beautiful Smile with Veneers OR Lumineers

Veneers and Lumineers are a thin layer of tooth colored restorative material, made of porcelain, and they can be a great option for anyone looking to improve the beauty/ cosmetics, quality, and health of their smile. The most common use for Veneers is to repair a broken tooth or improve small shape irregularities in one or a few teeth to make those teeth match your existing teeth.  Lumineers are for someone who wants to get a “smile makeover”.  You can change the color, size, shape, even the alignment of your existing teeth,   all without any injections or temporary crowns, very little or no trimming of the teeth.  The result is a straight, beautiful, bright, white, smile that is completely natural in appearance.

Botox to Eliminate Lines and Wrinkles

Botox boasts a long list of benefits. It can be injected into nearly any muscle that needs to be relaxed, offering patients the ability to tame unwanted spasms or reduce overactive sweat glands.  However, the most popular use for Botox is to help eliminate the appearance of certain fine lines and wrinkles on the face and around the eyes to make you look younger, It can brighten  the skin and make you look less tired and years younger!  With just a few minutes of time, this cosmetic treatment can have you well on your way to looking years younger for up to 3 – 4 months.

Facial Fillers for Skin Rejuvenation

Restylane facial fillers now come in a variety of  consistencies to accommodate every patients needs.  You may just have a scar to fill in and disguise , some smile lines on the cheeks that need to be softened, “smokers lines” around the lips to fill in,  or just want to add a little more definition to your lips.   As we age our upper lip seems to “go away” and by just adding a small amount around the border can make a huge difference in appearance.   Come visit Dr. Russo for a free consult to see which would be the best treatment for you.  Fillers can have very little down time and very little bruising.  You can go right back to work the same day.  IF you are worried about the pain around the mouth region, which is very sensitive,  Dr Russo can give intraoral blocks, so you feel NOTHING during the entire procedure! 

Laser Aesthetics for Flawless Skin

Dr. Russo is proud to be partnered with Kelly’s Laser Aesthetics, bringing patients extensive experience in both cosmetic and laser aesthetics for a wide range of purposes. If laser hair removal, microneedling, dermaplaning, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion are on your resolution list, you’re in luck! These procedures and more are all available in addition to our dental services to give you the most comprehensive appearance-enhancing results possible.

To make the most of your 2018 New Year’s resolutions, rely on the assistance of a qualified team of professionals.  At The Smile Spa, our team is prepared to help you boost your confidence with a gorgeous, healthy smile and flawless, youthful skin.  Just give us a call to set up your consultation, and determine which services will best suit your needs. 


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Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in Baton Rouge

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in Baton RougeInterest in cosmetic dentistry has skyrocketed in the past decade. Veneers and crowns are just two ways patients are able to enhance their smile, and there are many others that are providing patients nationwide with an improved appearance, health, and confidence! You may be wondering how you, too can take advantage of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. If price is your determining factor, you’ve come to the right place! A hefty price tag no longer stands between you and your perfect smile—Here are 2 ways you can cut the price of your cosmetic dental procedures:

The Quality Dental Plan

The Quality Dental Plan is a great way to make cosmetic dentistry an affordable option for your family. The Quality Dental Plan is a dental savings plan offered through your local dentist. Because your dentist runs this savings plan the high administrative costs incurred with an insurance company are eliminated—leaving you with better deals and higher customization! The purpose of this plan is to help patients afford the dental care needed by both the patient and his/her family regardless of insurance coverage. So, with QDP, you will not incur any unexpected out of pocket expenses, deductibles, or copays. Anyone is eligible for QDP and there is no sign-up time lag. The Quality Dental plan enables everyone to affordably receive the dental care they need.

Dr. Russo is a Quality Dental Plan dentist, and is committed to working earnestly to ensure your family receives the highest value and quality care possible. The QDP sign-up process is quick and simple; so give our office a call if you are interested in learning more

The Smile Spa Holiday Special

For the rest of December, The Smile Spa is offering 20% off of ANY cosmetic service! If a “me day” does not fit in your holiday time budget, no worries! Come on in and purchase a 20% off gift card to lock in your discount for next year! Now is a great time to schedule the cosmetic procedure you’ve been pining for—and bring a friend to take advantage of the “refer a friend” discount for your next service!

We are celebrating the season of giving, and there is nothing we would rather give you than a healthy smile and a boost of confidence!  Affordable cosmetic dentistry is at your fingertips. If you or a family member may be interested in a discounted cosmetic dental service, give us a call to schedule your next appointment at The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge.

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Six Month Smile: Baton Rouge Braces for Fast Results

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Nov 20, 2017

baton_rouge_braces.jpegA beautiful, straight smile is a desirable feature for anyone to have.  Not only can it boost self-confidence, but in turn, it can also positively impact the way we are perceived by others.  Unfortunately, it is a trait with which few are naturally blessed.  This is precisely why Americans spend millions each year on orthodontics.  In fact, over four million people in the U.S. currently wear braces, and a quarter of those are adults.  Still, the thought of a year or more in braces, particularly for adults, is a less than appealing concept.

The Problem with Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have been around for a very long time, because they work.  After undergoing treatment with these, you are sure to have vastly improved alignment.  However, they are not without their downfalls.  Traditional orthodontics utilize obvious wire and metal brackets that most find unappealing, particularly adults attempting to navigate in a professional world.  Furthermore, such treatments often require a large time commitment of mostly 2 years.  Of course, no one wants a mouth full of metal for an extended period of time, but there is also the consideration that the longer wear time also equals a larger investment.  Average costs of traditional braces can range anywhere from $4,500 to $6,500.


How Six Month Smile is a Better Form of Orthodontics

For patients who are put off by the drawbacks of traditional braces, Six Month Smile orthodontics offer a perfect compromise.  Still made with the wire and brackets that offer the best results, Six Month Smiles offer beautiful results without the “metal mouth” look.  Instead, they are made with clear brackets and tooth-colored wire, keeping their visibility (and patient self-consciousness) to a minimum.

Additionally, as one would assume, the timeframe of Six Month Smile braces is significantly shorter.  Because of this, they may not be suited for everyone.  Those with severe crowding or significant bite adjustments may not be right for the treatment, as these issues typically take longer to correct.  However, those with more minor concerns could enjoy improved alignment in as little as half the time of traditional braces. This mean reaching results far more quickly.

Is Six Month Smiles right for you?  There’s only one way to know for sure.  Contact a participating physician such as Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger of The Smile Spa, and request a consultation.  Through a thorough FREE examination and consultation, Dr. Russo and her team can determine if this particular method of teeth straightening could work for you, as well as answer all of your questions from insurance and cost to final results.  Simply click below to set up your appointment at your earliest convenience.

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How Spa Services Enhance the Dental Care Experience

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Beautiful woman at the spa lying on a bed for a massage.jpegWhen many people think of a traditional dental visit, unpleasant images may come to mind. Thoughts of uncomfortable chairs, tooth pain, anxiety and the unruly sound of drills in the background may deter you from picking up your phone and scheduling a much-needed dental appointment. But, imagine an appointment in which you arrive to a robe, blanket, headphones for your personal TV, and warm neck wrap waiting for you! It may sound like a spa dream, but we’re here to tell you, it can be your dental reality.


Why Combine Spa Services with Dental?


At the Smile Spa, we are committed to transforming your dental experience into a relaxing, soothing, stress free spa experience.  And best of all it is all COMPLIMENTARY ! We take a holistic approach when it comes to health and beauty, and our goal is to help you be your best self by offering multiple spa services while taking care of  all your dental needs with all the highest technology available. Our patients enjoy amenities such as herbal eye masks, warm neck wraps, robes and or blankets, headphones for TV’s or radio/phone, herbal aroma’s to mask the scents and a variety of sedation options to calm your nerves even more. By mixing dental and spa services into one appointment, patients escape their responsibilities and take time to relax while also keeping up with dental health. It’s like killing two birds with one stone! 


Which Spa Services can your Dentist Provide?


The Smile Spa offers an array of cosmetic services, such as Botox or Dysport, Restylane fillers for lips, smile lines and other fine lines on the face.  Each of which has many benefits, both health and beauty related and enhance a beautiful smile! The combination of these treatments in a dental office is convenient, holistic, and safe. Botox and Dysport  is most commonly known for its ability to take years off of your appearance, but is also useful for taming involuntary face twitches and pain caused by TMJD. It can also decrease migraine headache pain.  This tie between the dental and cosmetic functions of Botox and Dysport illustrates the beneficial collaboration of both spa treatments and dental services in one location. 


The Smile Spa also partners with Kelly’s Laser Aesthetics, allowing us to greatly expand our service offerings. Patients can choose from a list of many types of  top of the line laser treatments and other great services such as micro-needling, dermaplaning, laser hair removal, chemical peels, and extractions. These services blend with Dr. Russo’s goal of aiding patients in achieving their best  health, and beauty.


Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes beauty. We have notions about what we want to look like, or who we aspire to be, and these notions can dictate our self-image and confidence.  The collaboration of health and beauty is important to our patients’ well-being, and we are happy to be a liaison between the two at The Smile Spa. So, to take care of your dental and cosmetic health in one convenient place, give us a call to schedule your first appointment today!


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Do My Children and I Need Different Dentists?

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Sep 14, 2017
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smiling_family.jpegKeeping your children’s smiles happy and healthy is of utmost importance, so how can you help them receive the best care? Many parents wonder if their general dentist can treat their little ones, or if it is necessary to seek out a pediatric dentist instead. We are here to tell you that both types of dentists are sure to prioritize your child’s health, and both have the capability to keep your little one smiling from ear to ear! So worry no more, sharing is absolutely caring!  

3 Reasons You Can Share A Dentist With Your Children


It's Convenient To See The Same Dentist


The convenience of sharing a dentist with the whole family can go a long way. It seems, with the beginning of school, activities for the whole family go into overdrive. Do you find yourself fighting against time to accomplish all that is on your family’s calendar? The ease of bringing your family in together makes general dentistry appealing for many families, large and small. Use your free time for more family fun and shorten your “to-do” list all in one! One day, one office, and you can check off an appointment for each family member.


Family History Is Important At Dental Visits


Dental diseases and disorders can be hereditary. If a parent is suffering from diseases such as, malocclusion or gum disease, the likelihood of the disease developing in their children is higher than average. General dentists are not only skilled in treating these diseases but will also have an insight to future complications based on those of the parent. This connection from parent to child is valuable in the management and prevention of future dental problems.


General Dentists Are Qualified To Treat Everyone


General dentists are qualified to treat anyone, and this blanket qualification helps you find a doctor who best suits you and your family’s needs. Your general dentist can treat your family as they grow and as their children grow! The need to switch at a certain age is removed, and you can find comfort in knowing that your whole family can stay as long as you would like. So, build a relationship with your dental team and let them become a vital part of your family’s health success.


There is nothing more essential than your family’s health and happiness. So, make informed healthcare decisions confidently, and know that the dental plan that works for you will work for your kiddos, too! If you are interested in sharing your dentist with your children, give us a call at The Smile Spa today to schedule an appointment!


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When Should You Go To The Dentist For A Toothache?

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Toothache when to see the dentistTooth aches and tooth pain can range from severe to very mild. But at what level of pain is it necessary to consult your dentist? A good rule of thumb is that if the pain or discomfort lasts longer than a couple days and does not go away with over the counter medication, it may be wise to schedule an appointment with a doctor.


However, there are many different things that may be causing pain in your teeth, gums, or mouth and all require different treatments.

Types of Oral Aches & Pain


Toothaches are not typically an emergency unless the pain is unbearable and or there is swelling, fever, or drainage. In that case you need to contact your dentist right away or go to the emergency room. Pain to sweet or temperature could signify a normal cavity. To help ease some pain before visiting your dentist, try holding a cold compress on it or using over-the-counter pain-relieving gels.

Tooth sensitivity 

Sensitivity to hot or cold foods may be an indicator of decay in the mouth, a loose filling , aggressive brushing causing an exposed root, clenching or grinding- bruxism. Unless it is causing you extreme pain, it is perfectly fine to wait until your next appointment to inform your dentist. In the meantime, you can use sensitivity toothpaste or a gentler toothbrush as well as avoiding acidic foods and discontinue the use of whitening products.  Most of these problems can be solved by your dentist with a simple filling if caught early enough.  If you are clenching or grinding your teeth a custom occlusal mouth guard will need to be made for you to wear.

Swollen or bleeding gums 

This may be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease which can result in loosing your teeth. On the other hand, poor dental hygiene can lead to extreme plaque build-up on the teeth which can cause your gums to swell and bleed. This is how gum disease begins. Try using a soft-bristle toothbrush, brushing slower and softer, and flossing at least once a day . If swelling and bleeding persists, contact your dentist right away. Blood in the mouth, like anywhere else on the body, IS NOT NORMAL!

Chipped or cracked teeth 

A knocked-loose, knocked-out, chipped, or cracked tooth require immediate trips to the dentist. If left untreated, some broken teeth may become infected and untreatable. Root canals, crowns, or dental implants, possibly just a filling may be used to fix the cracked or chipped tooth. If you completely lost a tooth, it is ideal to see the dentist within 30 minutes or less.

Severe and lasting pain 

Any oral pain lasting more than a day or two should be brought to your dentist's attention as soon as possible. Lasting pain may signify that the pulp tissue of the tooth is damaged and decay is coming very close to entering the nerve. Just like a cracked tooth, crowns, root canals, or dental implants may be needed. In addition, antibiotics may be prescribed to keep the infection from spreading to other parts of your body and becoming VERY dangerous. Again, if you can not get in touch with your dentist right away, go to the emergency room in this situation and see the Oral Surgeon on call.

We can’t prevent all dental mishaps, such as losing or chipping a tooth in an accident, but we can take preventative measures to keep your pain away and dental cost to a minimum! If we can find things happening in your mouth while they are SMALL it is much less PAINFUL for you you and much less COSTLY for you to fix than then to wait until it large and you are in pain! At home you need to keep brushing your teeth at least twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day and seeing your dentist twice a year. These are good habits to establish to ensure that your mouth stays as health as possible!

Schedule an appointment with us today to ensure that you are healthy and we can get you on tract to stay that way!

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5 Lifestyle Habits That Damage Your Teeth

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Jul 06, 2017

5 habits that damage your teethThere are many factors that can contribute to an unhealthy mouth. Many people plan their day without thinking about their oral hygiene. What they don’t realize is that certain foods, beverages, and activities can wreak havoc on your smile. Aside from not brushing or flossing regularly, there are several sneaky habits that can lead to tooth and gum damage.


5 Habits That Damage Your Teeth:

Acidic Foods and Drinks

Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, juices, and vinegar, can weaken your teeth, resulting in acid erosion. This is the thinning and eventual destruction of the top layer of your teeth, the enamel. Acid erosion cannot be reversed and may lead to extreme tooth sensitivity, pain, and decay.

  • In addition, consuming too much sugar can also weaken your enamel. Avoid foods with excess sugar, like candy or dried fruit.
  • Soda, whether it is diet or not, bathes your teeth in acid and chemicals.
  • Alcohol also erodes teeth as well as dries out your entire mouth, reducing saliva production and increasing risk for decay.

Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth

The main contributors of this habit are usually anxiety or stress. What makes this habit so bad is that most patients do not realize they are even doing it. If this bad habit is not broken, teeth can grow thinner and eventually crack, pain in the jaw and mouth muscles can lead to headaches, and chewing may become difficult.

  • Just the same, using your teeth to open bottles, tear off tags, or open plastic bags can all damaging.

Over Brushing Your Teeth

This is usually in reference to patients using a toothbrush that is too hard, which can lead to abrasion. Abrasion is the recession of the gum line and can eventually lead to pain, gum sensitivity, and cavities. If abrasion has been occurring for several years, gum surgery might be needed to fix any gum recession.

Using Non-Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is critical in preventing tooth decay and restoring minerals in damaged tooth structures.

  • Fluoride in very large doses can be toxic, however the amount in fluoride toothpaste is nowhere near the toxicity level.


We all know smoking is bad for your lungs and nervous system. But what about your teeth? Alongside many other adverse effects, smoking is directly linked to gum disease. Untreated gum disease progresses into advanced periodontitis, with symptoms that include significant bone loss and loosening of the teeth.

  • Nicotine also yellows teeth and can lead to oral cancer.

Most of us have one or more of these habits but the good news is you don't have to give up all the things you love. The best thing you can do is visit your dentist regularly to identify and treat any of these conditions before they get worse. Contact our office today, and let the Smile spa team show you what you need to do to combat those bad habits.

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