Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth and a better smile. Teeth whitening at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo may be just what what you need.

Of course, there are plenty of over-the-counter products you might want to try. Any grocery store will have plenty of options in the dental care aisle: every major brand of toothpaste, it seems, offers a whitening version.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. They do a fairly good job, and the abrasives in them are no harder on tooth enamel than ordinary toothpastes. However, these products can only remove stains that are on the surface. This generally results in whitening by roughly one shade.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. We have two options: Glo in-office whitening, and the Boost take-home version. Both are safe and effective. The in-office version can whiten your smile in just one visit!

Professional teeth whitening at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo is just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice to improve their smiles! Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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It Doesn’t Take Long To Beautify Your Smile

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we can improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry by restoring cracked or discolored teeth, by straightening them, or even replacing those that are missing.

We all want to have the best possible smiles, but cosmetic dentistry is more than just appearance. Straight teeth are easier to care for, and make for a healthier smile. That may explain why clear braces are so popular. They can straighten your teeth, and are almost undetectable as you wear them.

Also in demand are porcelain veneers. They can transform your appearance and are minimally invasive. A thin layer of tooth enamel is removed before veneers are permanently attached to your teeth. After that, you’ve got a mega-watt smile.

Dental implants are, in many ways, one of the most significant advances in the history of dentistry. Titanium posts inserted in the jaw can support one or more replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, cosmetic dentistry can restore your smile. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our office for these procedures, and for our complete family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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We Love Patient Referrals!

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, many of our new patients come to us on the recommendation of a current patient.

This is, of course, very flattering. It’s important to any dental practice to get new patients, but when they come to us because a current patient is pleased with our care, it is very satisfying.

We strive for excellence in dentistry and have built a positive track record in the community. When our patients acknowledge this by telling others about their positive experiences here, it goes a long way toward improving our standing.

What do we mean by striving for excellence? Dentistry is at the core of what we do, but excellence is more than that. A positive patient experience begins with their initial contact, whether it’s on the phone with one of our staff members or a visit to our website. We do our best to make scheduling appointments easy. Use our site to find our office, and get useful information about services.

Of course, we work hard to make our office a pleasing environment. Staff members are welcoming and efficient. At every point of contact, you can expect us to meet your needs.

So when our patients recommend us to others, it tells us we’re doing things right. People from American Fork and Lehi come to us at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo for complete family dentistry, and specialties like pocelain veneers. Please call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Is Tooth Decay Contagious?

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This message from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo is about bacteria and cavities. Your mouth has 200-300 types of bacteria, but most of them do not cause tooth decay.

Bacteria that cause decay are in the mutans streptococcus family. They mix with sugar to create a powerful acid. The acid reduces the calcium in tooth enamel. When the bacteria remains on teeth, it produces a yellowish substance called plaque. Plaque is brutally effective at drilling into tooth enamel and causing cavities. Minerals in saliva and fluoride help enamel re-mineralize.

Special Caution for Parents

The tooth decay bacteria can spread through saliva. People in close contact with one another are at risk. Sharing spoons or kissing are two avenues. Mothers, fathers, siblings, and caregivers can give the bacteria to babies.

Young children whose teeth are forming are at a heightened risk. It’s important that moms and dads protect their children from early tooth decay. Start teaching daily oral hygiene as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. Childhood cavities are so common that some parents believe it’s just part of growing up. It isn’t!

At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo we strongly recommend daily brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss! Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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It’s Not About Vanity

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we create beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry.

Smile enhancement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. The smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even replace any  that are missing.

Cosmetic dentistry aims to complement your overall dental health. We do more than recommend specific procedures. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear over the years, but wanting to look your best is not about vanity. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we use cosmetic dentistry to create your dream smile! Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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5 Ways To Prevent A Cracked Tooth

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we offer an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

  1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? People should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits—that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.
  2. It is essential to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.
  3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
  4. Avoid grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding not only wears teeth down, it can lead to a cracked tooth. If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, talk to us so we can address the problem.
  5. Get regular dental check-ups and cleanings. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. We may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Repair these cracks early before more damage ensues.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health. We offer custom sports mouthgards that protect teeth, as well as complete family dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Want To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

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At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo, we want all our patients to protect their teeth. Accidents will always happen, of course, but some common-sense rules will go a long way toward protecting your smile!

Avoid the following:

1. Chewing on hard foods

We’re looking at you Bone-in ribs and hard candy.

2. Chewing on hard objects

This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.

3. Grinding your teeth

If you grind your teeth, counsel with your dentist. An appliance can protect your smile.

4. Eating too much sticky food

Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can crack teeth.

5. Drinking anything besides water frequently

If your teeth are bathed in soda (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks consistently, you are asking for dental issues.

6. Playing sports without a mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most little ones are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field. But fewer adults wear mouthguards for recreational activities like mountain biking and skiing. Stock types are ready-made and rarely fit well. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the cheap boil-and-bite type.

7. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

A hard-bristled tooth brush can weaken teeth and cause gums to pull away. Remove food bits and plaque with a soft (or extra-soft) toothbrush.

8. Ignoring dry mouth

Saliva is important. Saliva rinses food fragments off of teeth and helps neutralize acids. It also helps clean the teeth of leftover food bits, helping to prevent plaque buildup. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, can lead to tooth decay. Talk to your dentist if you have dry mouth frequently.

9. Using teeth as tools

Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or pry the lid of a medicine bottle. Use a nutcracker if you are eating unshelled nuts. A quality dental crown can cost over eight hundred dollars.

10. Ignoring bad breath

Bad breath is often linked to bacteria build-up in the mouth. It might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with us

11. Ignoring jaw pain

If you experience frequent jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Have you already broken or chipped a tooth? We can repair it at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Just Like Natural Teeth (Naturally Perfect Teeth, That Is!)

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Are there flaws in your smile you would like to fix? A crack here, a chip there? Porcelain veneers from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo may be just what you need.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted, glass-like porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting.

A veneer can beautify a tooth’s color, shape, size, or length. The porcelain closely resembles authentic tooth enamel so you will look like you were born with a perfect smile. Our veneers are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth – naturally perfect teeth, that is.

Porcelain veneers from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles every day. Call now to schedule an appointment!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

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Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Everyone wants a winning smile. But as we age, it can get harder and harder to keep yours bright. If you’re grappling with yellowed or discolored teeth, teeth whitening from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo might be the answer.

Having your teeth whitened professionally can be a huge boost for your self-confidence. You’ll look younger, and find it easier to make a positive impression on other people. This helps to explain why teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand treatments in cosmetic dentistry.

There are lots of whitening products you can pick up at the grocery store. Rest assured, no strips, gels, or toothpastes in the oral care aisle can match the results you’ll get from professional whitening.

We have two options for our patients. Zoom! a light-activated gel that penetrates teeth to remove more than just surface stains. In just a single office visit, your teeth can be whitened by up to ten shades.

The Boost whitening system is a great choice for patients with sensitivity.

Teeth whitening at Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo can restore your brilliant smile, and is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. Find out more by scheduling an appointment today.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night, either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. But sometimes hiccups in the schedule can knock you off a well-established routine. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we have some thoughts on that.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. An irregular schedule generally disrupts regular dental maintenance. What are you to do?

One suggestion is to try doing a better job at cleaning your teeth during the day. One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. It’s no substitute for brushing, of course, but will give your entire mouth a quick cleansing.

A quick brushing is good, too. An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothpaste. Yes, it sounds a bit strange – but it’s effective, especially if you can use a little water, too. (We’ve heard of dentists who do it themselves.) It isn’t the way you would brush at home, but it’s going to clean the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is carrying floss picks with you.

The most important time to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. Otherwise, these foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth.

We know that life gets busy, but hiccups in your dental routine can damage your teeth if you aren’t careful. The best approach is to brush and floss before bed, and see us at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo for a checkup every six months. Our services include  family dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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