Whiter, brighter teeth are on the top of everyone’s smile wishlist – and for good reason! White teeth look young and healthy. The good news is that teeth whitening is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your smile, and the results are almost immediate. If you’re already taking good care of your oral health, whitening your teeth will truly put the polish on all of your efforts.
Teeth Staining 101
Your unique smile and lifestyle determine the color of your teeth. The hard, outer surface of every tooth is called enamel. Enamel is usually white or off-white, but health and environmental factors can make it turn yellow, brown, or gray. Your mouth may do the talking, but your teeth can say a lot about your habits and health.
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dentist!
Incline Dental Care knows that some folks avoid the dentist’s chair like the plague. According to studies at the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington, as many as 8% of Americans are too afraid to go to dentists and 20% are too anxious to visit a dentist for anything other than an emergency.
Incline Village dentist Dr. Matt Milligan understands that dental anxiety prevents a lot of people from getting the care they need, so we’ve designed our entire practice around your comfort. Read on to find out about how we can help!
Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
First of all, don’t feel bad if you fear the dentist. It’s very common and understandable. Your mouth is sensitive and private, and having someone else poke around in there can be traumatic. However, there are a ton of things we do at Incline Dental Care to make sure that every patient feels safe and comfortable. That means that from the waiting room to Dr. Milligan’s chair, you are in good hands! We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that your experience is a pleasant one.
It’s often said that a true friend will tell you if you have bad breath. Bad breath, formally known as halitosis, is embarrassing and can hold you back from truly enjoying your life and social situations. Like a good friend, Dr. Milligan in Incline Village will tell it to you straight. Read more below to determine what to do about your bad breath. Read more ›
Maybe Mona Lisa would have cracked a real smile if she had been more confident in her teeth!
All jokes aside, you don’t have to live every day embarrassed by your own smile. Orthodontic treatments today are much more desirable than those of yesteryear. There are a lot of good reasons to straighten your teeth, both functional and aesthetic. And there are a lot of good times in your life to commit to a treatment – like now! But how do you decide among all of your options for teeth straightening?
Dr. Milligan is an experienced dentist in Incline Village and can help you understand your options. Read more ›
Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health.
Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and must be fought with good oral hygiene. Dr. Milligan from Incline Dental Care in Incline Village would like to help you understand the role bacteria play in your health and wellness. Read more ›
There are many kinds of doctors—Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink). Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or Doctor of Medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty is oral health.
Dr. Milligan, your Incline Village dentist explains how dentistry is a specific branch of medicine, and what it all means for the link between oral health and overall wellness. Read more ›
Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. Milligan in Incline Village is here to tell you more!
Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.
But there is good news. You can work with your Incline Village dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay. Read more ›
Welcome to your mouth! A healthy mouth is necessary for a healthy life. You might be surprised how many different parts work together to make your mouth function. Read more below from Dr. Milligan in Incline Village to get an in-depth look at the human mouth and how it works.
The look and function of your teeth make your first impression and impact your daily life and confidence. You’d also be lost (and very hungry) without these shining beauties. Adults have 32 teeth and babies have 20. The four different kinds of teeth you have are: Read more ›
People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world. (Fortunately, we also have some of the best dentists in the world.) You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? You might want to learn more about this substance that is added to nearly every edible item in the grocery store. Incline Village dentist, Dr. Milligan tells us more below. Read more ›
Some foods will help you grow healthy teeth and keep them forever. Some foods will prevent you from growing healthy teeth, or harm the ones you already have. You can grow and maintain strong, healthy teeth by eating a diet that your mouth (and your body) will truly love. But do you know what foods to avoid for a healthy mouth? Incline Dental Care would like to share that information with you today! Read more ›