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What’s Zoom Whitening?

Your teeth may become discolored for a variety of reasons. Drinking tea, coffee, or red wine can cause your teeth to yellow. Some medications, smoking, and aging can also discolor your teeth. If you find your teeth are not as white and bright as you like, you can get them whitened easily and quickly at your dentist’s with Zoom whitening. Zoom is a safe and easy way to lighten your teeth and get a bright smile.

How Zoom Whitening Works

Zoom whitening uses a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide solution which is applied to the teeth. Your teeth are then exposed to the special Zoom light. The light reacts with the hydrogen peroxide and as the hydrogen peroxide breaks down it allows oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin of your teeth bleaching the stains and whitening them. The structure of your teeth are left unchanged but they appear much brighter and whiter.

The Zoom Whitening Procedure

Before the procedure begins your dentist will examine your teeth and gums. A regular teeth cleaning may take place before the Zoom whitening procedure. To begin the Zoom whitening session you lips and gums are covered and your teeth are left exposed. Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied to the teeth and is left in place for 15 minutes while begin exposed to the Zoom light. During this time you can watch TV or listen to music. This is repeated two more times for a total of three 15 minute treatments (45 minutes). Right after the last treatment a sensitivity reducing fluoride paste/gel is applied to the teeth.

After Zoom Whitening

Your doctor will give you an at home kit to use for touch ups. This kit contains custom fit whitening trays and your doctor will instruct you on their use. Avoid things which will stain your teeth such as red wine, coffee, tea, and smoking. Continue to brush and floss and keep up on your regular dental visits. Your doctor may also recommend a whitening tooth paste to help maintain the whitening effect.

With the Zoom whitening service you can have a bright smile which will boost your confidence and make you feel great. Call or contact Smith and Cole Dentistry today and ask about Zoom whitening.

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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a common disease and studies show over half of American adults over 30 have some form of it. The name of the disease comes from “peri” which means around, and “dontal” which refers to the teeth. Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the alveolar bone, and the periodontal ligament structures of your mouth. If left untreated periodontal disease can cause the loss of teeth.

Early Stages

Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis and in the early stages affects only the gums. Bacteria in the mouth form a sticky substance known as plaque. This plaque forms not only on the surface of the teeth, but under the gum line. Your body tries to get rid of the plaque by releasing substances that attack the gums. This can lead to inflamed and bleeding gums – gingivitis. If the plaque is not removed it hardens and become tartar. This is a very hard substance and can only be removed by a professional cleaning.

Advanced Cases

Once the gums are affected the inflammation will spread to the other structures in your mouth, particularly under the gum line and into the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. Left untreated the bacteria form pockets of inflammation and infection which further attack the gums and teeth.  As the infection spreads the pockets get deeper and more damage is done. In very advanced cases periodontal disease can affect your jawbone and cause bone loss and loss of teeth.

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

The only way to treat periodontal disease is by visiting your dentist for treatment. He or she will remove the plaque and damaged tissues on the teeth and under the gum line. This can be done surgically or with a Lanap laser.

With a Lanap laser only the affected tissues are removed. No healthy tissue is removed and your healing time is much faster than with scalpel surgery. Each laser has seven settings which react to a specific type of tissue making the Lanap laser an effective tool in treating periodontal disease.

Don’t suffer any longer with inflamed or bleeding gums. Call or contact Smith and Cole dentistry today and ask about our innovative treatments for periodontal disease and get the smile you deserve.

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