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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

When Veneers Are the Viable Solution

Porcelain veneers are very effective at covering imperfections in the teeth. That said, veneers aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution for damaged teeth. There are a number of situations that warrant their installation: Continue reading

August 6, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

For Your Teeth’s Sake: Food Items Worth Avoiding

It is often fun to eat some snack items at certain times of the day. However, doing so without caution and compunction can present a huge threat to your teeth’s integrity. Your preferred dentist can tip you on them and plan your eating accordingly. Continue reading

July 27, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

Pain-Free Dentist Visits Are Possible With Some Help

Serious dental procedures can be painful. After all, there are a lot of nerves and pain receptors in your mouth. More often than not, painkillers aren’t enough to block out the pain.

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July 22, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

Tips on Effectively Whitening Teeth with Braces

When you wear braces, your teeth become more prone to stains and discolorations. That’s because teeth are that much harder to get to, thanks to metal braces that get in the way of brushing and flossing. For this same reason, many people with traditional braces feel restricted when it comes to their options in cosmetic dentistry.

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July 20, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

Cosmetic Dental Procedures—Reasons to Smile

2Cosmetic dentistry concentrates on restoring your beautiful smile. You may think that tooth loss is permanent and can’t be resolved, but there would be nothing to worry about if you visit a cosmetic dentist in Dallas, PA. You can have your missing teeth replaced and your other teeth cosmetically improved. There are several benefits to visiting your cosmetic dentist. Continue reading

June 14, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

The Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

2Going to the dentist can be a stressful event for both children and adults. In fact, many people end up with serious dental problems that are caused by a lack of routine maintenance. If you fear going to the dentist, you may want to consider sedation dentistry as a way to put you at ease during your visit. Continue reading

June 4, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , , | Leave a comment

Sedation Dentistry: Comfort in the Dentist’s Chair

2If you are one of the millions of people who get anxious about a visit to the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry may be the solution for them to finally be comfortable. It can be used with virtually any procedure, from serious treatments to simple cleanings. Essentially, dentists use medication to relax patients. That being said, there are many different sedation levels and methods that a number of dental practices offer. Continue reading

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

Beautiful Teeth are Key to a Beautiful Appearance

BMD_logoIf you’re looking to improve your appearance, your smile is a great place to start. Your smile is indicative of your personality; it says you are a great person and worth getting to know. Your smile is often the first thing someone notices about you. A beautiful smile can be a great start to success in business, relationships, and many other facets of life. Continue reading

May 17, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Oral Hygiene, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity | , | Leave a comment

The Elements of a Good Smile

One of the biggest contributors to making a great first impression is the smile. Moreover, your smile can affect not only how other people perceive you but also how you feel about yourself. If you are dissatisfied with your smile, there are things you can do about it, instead of letting your insecurity get the best of you.

Well, what makes a good smile? There are many components, which include facial esthetics, gum esthetics, microesthetics, and macroesthetics. Within all these principles, the teeth play a major part.

For years, cosmetic dentistry has helped people achieve the smiles they want. People who are not content with their smiles can go to the dentist for corrections. Below are considerations dentists can help you with in achieving that near-perfect smile.

Whiteness. The color of the teeth should be balanced with the white of your eyes. This gives a natural, healthy appearance.

Upper Teeth Dominance. A beautiful smile has the upper teeth slightly more dominant than the lower ones.

Gums. They should not be showing too much and the parts that show must have a healthy look and light pink in color.

Tooth Proportion. A good smile has the two front teeth dominant with the others following in a proportional fashion.

Tooth Alignment. The teeth must have a natural-looking alignment.

In all the elements described above, balance is important. Going too far in the corrections will create an unnatural look, defeating the purpose of natural beauty.

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , | Leave a comment

Nutrition Tips from a Dentist in Wilkes-Barre, PA

If you think that regular brushing and flossing are all it takes to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you’re sadly mistaken. While staying true to your dental routine helps a lot, your diet also plays a big role on your dental and oral health. Here are some nutrition tips from a trusted dentist in Wilkes-Barre, PA for you to follow:

Don’t Give in to Your Sweet Tooth

You probably already learned this as a kid, but even adults need a little reminder from time to time. Sugary food and drinks contain acids that can damage your teeth. Keep your sugar consumption at a low level.

Drink Lots of Water

Aside from keeping you hydrated throughout the day, water can also help wash away loose food particles in between your teeth and gum line. Drink a glass or two of water after meals, especially if you’re at work and don’t have time to brush or floss.

Eat a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet promotes overall good health. A diet consisting of junk food and sugary snacks can make your mouth an ideal breeding ground for acid-producing bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay. If it helps, keep track of what you eat and make it a goal to get nutrition from all five major food groups.

Proper nutrition and maintaining your oral health go hand in hand. Visit your dentist twice a year to keep your dental and oral health in check.

April 23, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , | Leave a comment