Stocking stuffers: Dentist approved

christmas-stockingIf you need ideas for stocking stuffers this holiday season, why not add some personal care items with treats to show your family or that special someone you care.

There are lots of fun dentist approved gifts that are great for all ages and budget friendly. We suggest items like: sugar free gum, sugar free mints, flavored floss of the cinnamon/mint variety. Youngsters enjoy character toothbrushes and are available at most drug and grocery stores. These little items are great to have on hand all year round and especially wonderful when you are sharing sugary treats.

If you want to really get into it, try a personalized water bottle or travel cup. This is a great addition for everyone! Sipping on water throughout the day helps keep your mouth bathed in thin watery saliva.  Consuming more water is an important part of staying healthy. And of course a personalized gift is great fun all year round for your friends.

If you need more ideas, stop in the office we have whitening products ready to grab and goopalescence go as well as one of our favorites, the Sonicare electric toothbrush,sonicare easy clean boxand the Shower Flosser! Visit our SmileEnvy Facebook page (here) or give us a call at 614.801.0079 and we can help M-F. Our dental office is located at 2053 Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio. Happy gift giving!

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

 

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How Safe is Tooth Whitening?

woman2Tooth whitening is one of the most popular services we provide to our dental patients here at Smile Envy in Grove City, OH.

If you have questions about whitening, Colgate-Palmolive Company offers this helpful information: Over a decade of research has proven bleaching and other whitening methods to be both safe and effective. Several products in the market today have shown no adverse effects on teeth or gums in substantial clinical and laboratory testing. Be sure to look for clinically proven products, follow directions and consult with your dental professional.

In the past, the higher bleach concentrations used in-office treatment resulted in more sensitivity. Today, however, bleaching gels are well buffered.

If you do experience sensitivity, there are several ways you can help eliminate it:

  • If using a tray applicator, wear the tray for a shorter period
  • Brush with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth that contains potassium nitrate to help soothe tooth nerve ending
  • Stop whitening your teeth for several days to allow you teeth to adapt to the whitening process. Within 24 hours, the sensitivity will cease. The longer you whiten your teeth, the less sensitivity you will experience

In a few cases, your dentist may discourage dental bleaching:

  • If you have gum disease, teeth with worn enamel, cavities or particularly sensitive teeth
  • If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding
  • If you have tooth-colored crowns, caps or other dental work in your front teeth, which can’t be bleached

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There are several over-the-counter whitening products available, but only a dentist can provide professional strength and assist with choosing the option best for you. Call today, 614.801.0079, to schedule. Our friendly dental team is waiting to meet you. We have convenient office hours, offering both evening and early appointments to fit in to your busy life. We are conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH in nearby Grove City. As a general dentist office, we stand by our commitment to provide you and your loved ones exceptional patient care.

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