Fluoride and Why Your General Dentist Recommends It

general-dentistWe treat patients of all ages and as a general dentist we often get questions about fluoride from patients that don’t understand what it is or why they need it. Fluoride treatments are especially common in children, though they can also benefit teens and adults. Fluoride can be contained in your water and toothpaste but often in too small of quantities.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that can help strengthen tooth enamel. When it comes in contact with your teeth it will help to protect them from the impact of acid and plaque, two things that can lead to tooth decay. Consistent fluoride use improves your overall oral health, making it important for children to receive it a part of their dental treatments.

Why is fluoride important?

Your teeth naturally lose minerals. This process is called demineralization. It is important to redeposit these missing minerals on your teeth through the process of remineralization. Eating certain foods like crunchy vegetables and nuts can help. Fluoride treatments are important because fluoride is a mineral. As a general dentist, we can directly apply the minerals to your teeth that are being lost. This process prevents tooth decay.

Are you sure we need fluoride?

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over half of teenagers suffer from tooth decay and that a lack of fluoride has contributed to this problem. If you want to give your children, and yourself, the best chance to avoid cavities fluoride should be included as part of your oral health routine. Studies have found that fluoride an even reverse early signs of tooth decay.

Where is fluoride found?

You can get a fluoride treatment at our general dentist office. It is also found in some public water supplies and toothpaste.

How is fluoride applied?

This is a simple and painless dental procedure. Fluoride is placed into a foam tray that is placed over the teeth at the dentist office. It is applied in a matter of minutes, making it fast and painless.

Who needs fluoride the most?

Children, ages 6 months to 16 years old should have regular fluoride treatments. Children over one year of age should also brush with a fluoride toothpaste. People with a history of gum disease should get ongoing treatments along with those that suffer from frequent cavities or dry mouth. Since fluoride can be included in your regular dental checkups, it is an easy way to protect your teeth.

Our family dentist office can help your family to maintain good oral health. Through the use of fluoride, regular teeth cleanings, and dental checkups we can help you to avoid cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. By focusing on prevention, you can avoid health complications and uncomfortable procedures. We can take care of all of our general dentist needs from our Lexington office. Call 859-269-1000 to schedule your office visit.

Cosmetic Dentist for Children

children's dentistChipped teeth are one of the many reasons your child may need a cosmetic dentist. A family dentist will typically provide your children with regular teeth cleaning and oral examinations. Even with good oral hygiene it can be easy for a child to have a broken tooth. Playing, climbing a tree, being on the baseball team, all of these are reasons a cracked or chipped tooth may be in your child’s future.

Once a child’s permanent teeth come in they will need to be repaired when damaged. It is not prudent to wait until they are older to correct them problem as an injured tooth will cause problems for them right away.

A Children’s Cosmetic Dentist is familiar with how to treat children using adult procedures that have been customized for a smaller mouth and how they typically respond to treatment. Working with a specialist will make your child’s appointment more productive.

Many parents are concerned about how their child will react to having any major dental work done. Fortunately, there is sedation dentistry where your child won’t experience any pain and can even be put to sleep while the work is being done.

There are some things you can do to prevent your child from injuring their teeth. If they have teeth that stick out, common for many youth, they can wear a mouth guard while playing sports. If they are injured and a tooth falls out you should immediately rush them to an emergency dentist so that the tooth can be replanted. The faster the tooth is replanted, the better. The tooth will likely last until adulthood where more permanent options may be considered. In the meantime, this tooth is important for the development of their jaw and face.

There are other procedures that a cosmetic dentist can do to help your child have a bright and beautiful smile. Regular teeth cleanings will remove plaque and help to prevent stains. Teeth whitening is also an option for children that have all of their permanent teeth. A lesser known procedure is called microabrasion. This is where the dentist removes microscopic pieces of stained enamel with an abrasive tool and some mild acid. The results are whiter teeth right away.

Children that are concerned about crooked teeth may want to use Invisalign. All of their permanent teeth need to be in before starting this type of treatment. This is an alternative to traditional braces that are less invasive, does not use any metal pieces or wires, and is clear so as to avoid any embarrassment that braces may cause.

Still, those that have chipped or fractured teeth from using the baby bottle too long may find a benefit of putting a crown on top of the tooth. There are several other ways to address this problem which includes having a veneer bonded to the tooth.

The exact treatment will depend on the consultation with our cosmetic dentist. During the appointment, we will recommend the type of treatment that will be most effective for your child while addressing any health concerns that you may have.

Lexington Dentist Treats Gingivitis

Lexington-DentistIf you are suffering from gingivitis, our Lexington Dentist can help.  Gingivitis often goes untreated because while causing discomfort, it is typically not very painful.  It does, however, need to be treated immediately because it is often the first step in more severe gum disease.  Full blown gum disease can lead to severe problems that include losing your teeth.

Gingivitis typically happens due to poor oral hygiene such as not brushing your teeth or flossing enough.  As the dirt, bacteria, and plaque build up in the mouth it can form tartar which is hard to remove without a dental cleaning.  Gingivitis inflames your gums, causing them to appear poofy, overly pink, and even bleed during brushing or flossing.  It can easily be diagnosed during a routine dental visit.

There are additional things that can cause gingivitis, including:

  • Smoking – if you haven’t stopped yet, now is the time.  Smoking is bad for your heart, lungs, and for your gums.
  • Dehydration can increase your risk of gingivitis by decreasing the amount of saliva your mouth produces.  Drink plenty of water.
  • A  poor diet can cause gum disease.  This includes eating too much sugar.
  • Diabetes increases your risk of a variety of diseases, including gingivitis.
  • Antiseizure medications can cause gum disease.
  • Crooked and rotated teeth can put you at risk because they are harder to clean.  Our Lexington dentist office can repair these teeth to prevent disease and other dental problems.
  • Hormonal changes can put you at risk.  This is why pregnant women need to visit the dentist on a regular basis.

You can take steps to avoid getting gum disease.  These include:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Flossing daily.
  • Rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Visiting our Lexington dentist office for a teeth cleaning twice a year.
  • Decreasing your stress, as stress increases your risk of infection.
  • Avoiding sugar and eating healthy, well balanced meals.
  • Breathe through your nose.

For patients that are at higher risk for gum disease it is imperative that they schedule regular dental cleanings.  The good news is that by removing the plaque and tartar build up; gingivitis can generally be reversed with continued at home treatment.  This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.  The bad news is that if you don’t treat gingivitis it can turn into full blown gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.  This cannot be reversed with a standard teeth cleaning.

Periodontal disease requires more in depth treatment.  Patients will often need root planing and deep scaling which can be painful and very uncomfortable.  If that doesn’t work, a patient may even need flap surgery in order to access all areas of the tooth and clean them thoroughly.   Our Lexington dentist office helps patients to stay comfortable by offering sedation dentistry.  However, it is still best to avoid getting to this stage by taking preventative measures.   Stay safe by scheduling your appointment today.  A routine teeth cleaning goes a long way to keeping your mouth healthy.

The Smile that Took Her Breath Away

The Smile that Took Her Breath Away

We received this sweet note today from a patient’s mom and she graciously allowed us to share it with you:

Dear Dr. Arnold,

Tuesday afternoon, I was unable to express my gratitude after seeing Boom’s beautiful smile.  It took my breath away and left me speechless; and for a “broad from Jersey,” that’s saying alot!  In fact, it brought both of his parents to tears.

Your meticulous expertise and passion made that possible.  You are an answered prayer!

Again, my sincerest thank you for doing your best!

Sincerely, Antoinette Alexandyra

P.S. You have a great team of real people who genuinely care!  Kentucky’s #1 in Southern hospitality!  :)

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How My New Dentist Dr Fred Arnold Saved Me

How My New Dentist Dr Fred Arnold Saved Me

Dear Holly and Fred,

Please pardon the familiarity, however, when people whom I have never met do such a kindness for me, I consider them to be friends for life!  And will never forget their selflessness.  You all enabled me to spend the quick time we had together with my family, instead of missing all the fun and memories.  I could have spent my whole visit trying to have my teeth repaired, only to leave for the airport on Sunday.  Your artistry and technique made me look so good – no one even new anything had happened!  I bragged about your talent and selflessness and hope it will bring you many new patients!  Again, my heartfelt gratitude,

Jana K., Tampa, Florida

Lexington dentist Dr. Fred Arnold to Lecture in New York

Lexington dentist Dr. Fred Arnold to Lecture in New York Lexington dentist Dr. Fred Arnold will be lecturing at the Greater New York Dental Meeting on November 29, 2010.  Dr. Arnold’s lecture is titled “Achieving Excellence with Porcelain Veneers.” The Greater New York meeting is the largest dental meeting in the world, with 59,000 healthcare professionals attending in 2009.  “It is a tremendous honor to represent Kentucky dentists on the educational program at such a prestigious dental meeting.” While in New York, Dr. Fred Arnold will also receive his Fellowship in the International Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics.  This will be a special cap and gown induction ceremony that honors dentists that have distinguished themselves among their peers in the area of facial esthetics.

Dr. J. Fred Arnold, III was awarded

Dr. Fred Arnold traveled to Boston, MA to lecture to the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry on Porcelain Veneers and to Madison, WI to administer clinical examinations to other dentists.

Dr. Arnold Receives 2012 AACD Distinguished Service Award

Dr. J. Fred Arnold, III was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD.com) at their annual Scientific Session.  A dentist in Lexington, KY Dr. Arnold has served the AACD as past Accreditation Chairman for the Academy, as well as having been elected as a board member of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Not only that, Dr. Arnold has mentored numerous dentists in the AACD Accreditation process and he continues to be an AACD Accreditation and Fellowship examiner.  Dr. Arnold commented,”I am humbled and delighted to have been recognized for doing what I enjoy.”

Dr. Arnold remains the only dentist in Lexington, KY to have achieved  Accredited Fellowship in the AACD.  Since Dr. Arnold’s in-house lab tech Mike Morris is an AACD Lab Technician Fellow, they comprise an outstanding team that provides incredible natural, beautiful smiles for their patients.

Have you always wanted to know how to choose a cosmetic dentist?

Have you always wanted to know how to choose a cosmetic dentist?

Did you realize that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty? Did you know that even though most general dentists advertise that they do cosmetic dentistry procedures that dental schools teach very little, if any, cosmetic dentistry and most general dentists have not taken any post graduate hands-on courses on cosmetic dentistry? Discerning patients have come to realize that not all dentists are created equally and that excellent cosmetic dentistry requires unique skills, precision, experience and artistry that is not common. Choosing the right cosmetic dentist to create your smile masterpiece that is functionally sound and beautifully natural should be done intentionally and carefully. These tips will help you make the right decision.

1. Credentials in Cosmetic Dentistry

Presently, there is not an American Dental Association (www.ada.org) recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. In 1984, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) was formed and has filled the dire need for credentialing in this area. With over 7,000 members in the U.S. and 40 other countries around the world, the AACD is the largest international dental organization dedicated specifically to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD administers the leading credentialing program in cosmetic dentistry called Accreditation. The Accreditation process is a rigorous program, which requires dentists to attend a number of continuing education courses, pass a written examination, submit a number of their clinical cosmetic cases that are judged by a panel of cosmetic dentistry experts, and pass an oral examination. “By successfully completing this process, an Accredited member demonstrates a very high level of clinical skill and ability in cosmetic dentistry, “ says the AACD. The standards are so high that to date, only 315 dentists world wide have successfully achieved Accredited status, while thousands have begun the process. Only 47 of these Accredited dentists and technicians have also achieved the coveted Accredited Fellowship which is the highest level of competence in cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Fred Arnold is the only cosmetic dentist in Kentucky to achieve Accredited Fellowship in the AACD. This is the highest credential in cosmetic dentistry. Go to AACD.com to see the complete list of Accredited cosmetic dentists.

2. Post graduate cosmetic dentistry training

Excellence in cosmetic dentistry requires many hours of hands-on post graduate courses. To practice at the highest level, a high level of technical skill and artistry must be developed. Most general dentists do not spend the time of the money to complete this type of training.

Please click here for a partial list of post graduate courses that Dr. Arnold has completed.

3. Artistry and Laboratory

Cosmetic dentistry requires sophisticated artistic skills on the part of both the dentist and the laboratory technician. The synergistic relationship of the dentist and technician who fabricates the veneers in the lab is key to successful treatment. If the skills of the dental lab tech don’t match those of the dentist, the treatment will fall short. Most dentists work with labs that are miles away from their dental office, and often out of state.

Dr. Fred Arnold and master dental laboratory technician Mike Morris, CDT work in the same office to insure that you get the best lab work possible. Mr. Mike Morris has an international reputation as one of the top cosmetic dental technicians and is the only AACD Accredited laboratory technician in Kentucky. Dr. Arnold and Mr. Morris are the only Accredited dentist-technician team to work in the same office anywhere in the world.

4. Review Before and After photos of the dentist’s actual work

An experienced cosmetic dentist will have many before and after examples of his or her work that you should review. Please verify that the dentistry was actually performed by the dentist. Many dentists purchase commercially available images and imply that they did the work.

Dr. Fred Arnold has been awarded multiple gold metals in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Smile Gallery competition (more than any dentist in the state of Kentucky) which features before and after photos of his actual work. Click here to see Dr. Arnold’s Smile Gallery.

5. Professional reputation

Is the dentist well respected in the community and in the dental profession? Has the dentist published articles in dental journals? Is the dentist involved in lecturing and teaching other dentists? All of this type of information should be readily available on a dentist’s web site.

Dr. Arnold has been elected by his peers to serve on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry that is responsible for credentialing cosmetic dentists worldwide. He serves as an Accreditation and Fellowship Examiner for the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Arnold was recently selected to serve as Accreditation Chairman for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry which has given him an international reputation for excellence in cosmetic dentistry even though he practices in Lexington Kentucky. Please see Dr. Fred Arnold’s CV for a complete list of his published dental articles and his lectures.

This should make it easy for you to make an informed choice of whom you would consider the best cosmetic dentist in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dental Dreams Come True Here

Dental Dreams Come True Here!

Here’s a recent letter from a patient:

Dr. Arnold,

Thank you for making one of my most wanted dreams come true.  I used to have spaces between my front four teeth and would try to hide them when I would smile.  Thanks to you, I can feel very confident and comfortable with my teeth.  They are perfect, just as your dentistry is.  They look very natural and I love them.  Thanks to you and your staff, this dream has come true.

DeWayne Coleman

Lexington Dentists Can Make Dreams Come True