Clifford P. Williams, DMD

Xylitol

Xylitol is a tooth friendly natural sugar substitute naturally found in fruits like strawberries, kiwis and raspberries and vegetables. It is best known for its experimentally proven ability to fight cavities, because of its anti-bacterial properties. Xylitol consumption results in the strengthening, of tooth enamel. Research shows that, Xylitol is a natural enemy of bacteria.

If you are concerned about sugar in your diet, Xylitol is safe for consumption by people with diabetes.

Advocates for Xylitol education encourage consumers to read ingredient lables and avoid product that use potentially harmful artificial sweeteners and only a token amount of Xylitol. Always use 100% Xylitol sweetened products to achieve maximum therapeutic benefits.

Flouride

U.S. has lowered the recommended fluoride levels in drinking water. The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water.

These new levels fall at the bottom of the previously recommended fluoridation range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter, which was issued in 1962.

Americans today have access to more sources of fluoride including toothpaste and mouth rinses then they did when municipal officials first began adding the mineral to water supplies across the U.S.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people are exposed to too much fluoride and are suffering from fluorosis, which are white stains in the enamel of their teeth caused by too much fluoride. It can take on the appearance of scattered white flecks, frosty edges or lacy chalk-like lines on teeth. In extreme cases the surface of teeth become rough and pitted.

Federal health officials say the new recommended levels of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water will maintain the protective benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis.

What are Veneers

Veneers are ultra thin ceramics that are bonded to the teeth. The results look and feel like natural teeth, and the resilience and strength of the veneers is similar to normal tooth enamel.

There are many dental issues that can be corrected with veneers. Certain medications, foods, or beverages can stain enamel. If bleaching does not give you your desired results, veneers are a great alternative solution.

Many patients are not happy with the size or shape of their teeth. If you are not happy with that small gap between teeth, this can be eliminated. Veneers can be used to cover minor chips or cracks in the natural teeth.

Veneers can also straighten crooked teeth without having to wear braces. Of course, this has to be evaluated by your dentist, to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Veneers are used to take years off of your smile by concealing damaged and stained teeth. The porcelain used today reflects light so they look almost identical to your natural teeth.

Studies have shown the first thing people look at is your smile. Veneers can give you back your self-confidence you might have lost due to damaged and stained teeth and more importantly restore your overall dental health.

Sleep Apnea

Did you ever notice that you are experiencing daytime sleepiness and fatigue? Studies have shown this can be a sign of a common breathing disorder called Sleep Apnea. Those suffering from sleep apnea actually stop breathing hundreds of time during the night. Researchers are finding a link to memory decline and dementia, along with high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes for those suffering from sleep apnea.

One reason sleep apnea may cause memory problems is that the condition is associated with low blood oxygen levels, which would reduce oxygen levels to the brain. Researchers have found that those with low oxygen levels during sleep were more likely to develop dementia.

Additional studies will be needed to help determine the effects of sleep problems on Alzheimer’s disease.

If you suspect breathing problems during sleep, it is important to discuss this with your doctor.

Invisalign

Invisalign is an alternative to metal brackets. During your consultation with your dentist, it will be determined if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Don’t be fooled, it is not for everyone.

Your dentist will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. Invisalign will use this information to create a 3-D image of your teeth. A treatment plan is then marked out to give you the best results.

A series of custom-made aligners are created for you. All you have to do is wear them throughout the day. The aligners can be removed when you eat, or to brush, and floss your teeth. Your success is dependent on you; you must be disciplined to wear the retainers. Your teeth will gradually begin to shift into place. Most people don’t notice you are wearing them because they are hardly visible.

Aligners are changed every 2 weeks. Of course every patient is different, but it generally takes approximately a year for adults, teens might be longer.

Gum Recontouring

Gum Recontouring can improve a “gummy” smile, in which teeth appear too short, or where the gum line appears uneven. A small amount of gum tissue is removed and contoured to expose more of the teeth. Sometimes it is necessary to remove excess bone to expose the teeth.
This procedure can be done to one tooth, or several to even the gumline, or to expose a natural smile.

What is a Crown?

Crowns are made from materials such as porcelain, ceramic, acrylic and metal alloys. Porcelain and ceramic are used for front teeth because they can be matched to the color of existing teeth.

Crowns are used to:
*Restore a tooth that has been fractured.
*Protect a weak tooth.
*Cover a tooth that as undergone a root canal.

Hygienist on New Sonicare Toothbrush

The New “Flex Care Platinum” Sonicare is an effective way for patients to remove 6x’s more plaque, and yet it is gentle on gums.
It has a built in pressure sensor, which alerts you when brushing too hard.
We have seen great results in our patients.

Oral Cancer

Did you know that every day of the week someone dies from oral cancer in the United States? Yes, it’s true. Once every 60 minutes, someone dies as a result of oral cancer. It is important you reduce your own personal risk factors, by heightening your awareness of what is normal, and abnormal in your own mouth.
Make sure an oral cancer screening is part of your regular dental checkup; it could save your life!

Children are funny…

One of our team members son had his tooth fall out just before dinner one evening. In the morning while the family was sitting at the table for breakfast, they noticed his tooth sitting on the table. The father says; “Oh, we forgot to put your tooth under your pillow!” The son says; “Dad, I’m 10 yrs old, I know there is no tooth fairy, but can I still have the money?”
Children are funny…