Radiation you would recieve from dental film xrays is already extremely low, and now with the advancement of digital xrays that exposure is significantly reduced. My Teeth Dentists will only take xrays when deemed necessary further reducing exposure to radiation.
At home methods include whitening toothpaste (which really only removes stains on your teeth) and teeth whitening pastes, gels, and bleaching trays (if used as recommended, will whiten your teeth one shade in about four weeks). The dentist office can offer two methods, first at home bleaching tray (prescription strength) which can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. This will take about four weeks to see substantial improvement. And, second an in-office teeth bleaching where you will notice substantial improvement within an hour. If you need to substantially whiten your teeth (ex: 8 shades) repeated office visits will be needed.
Dental amalgam is a filling material used by dentists to restore the proper size and shape of decayed or damaged teeth. It is an alloy, meaning a blend of different metals, that includes silver, tin, copper, and liquid mercury. It is the most commonly used filling material in the world and has been used extensively since the early 1800’s. Amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested of all filling materials. Despite controversy over the mercury content, no health disorder or illness has ever been found to be linked to it. The FDA, CDC, and World Health Organization all view dental amalgam as a safe dental material. Why did 1st Dental stop using silver fillings (Amalgam): Amalgam is an alloy used for dental fillings that contains approximately 50% mercury, ~22-32% silver, ~14% tin, ~8% copper and other trace metals. Amalgam has been used for dental fillings for over 150 years. The public concern about the toxicity of amalgam fillings is a controversial topic. Dental amalgam does contain mercury, which can release a low level of mercury vapor that can be inhaled. High levels of mercury vapor exposure have been associated with adverse effects in the brain and kidneys. Based on the best scientific evidence available, the FDA at this point has ruled that amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. You can read more about Amalgam and the FDA's position on this topic here.If you are unsure whether amalgam is right for you, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each filling material with your dentist
There are two ways a dentist can reshape your teeth: First, with dental contouring (this is removing part of your teeth); second, with bonding (this is adding composite material to your teeth). These can both extensively improve 1. Teeth overlapping 2. Teeth irregularity 3. Chips in your teeth and 4. Pointed teeth. This is less expensive than other options and does create visibly noticeable improvements.
Yes, there are many options for getting dental care without dental insurance, see below: 1. Federal aid including CHIP (which is for children) and 2. Medicaid. To see if these options are available to you and your family call 1-800-Medicare; 2. Contact The Bureau of Primary Health Care to find a community center near you that offers free or dental services for a reduced cost; 3. Locate dental schools and clinics. Although services are provided by students they are substantially less expensive (may be an option for simple dental services); 4. Our office, and many others offer payment plans. Get your treatment plan, get your teeth fixed, then pay monthly on what you owe. 5. There are third party companies that finance dental care for a small fee. This will require some research on your part.
The best tooth paste is one with fluoride in it. Fluoride prevents cavities while everything else should be based on your personal preferences; what will encourage you to brush more and often. The best mouth wash will depend on what your mouth needs. If you need to fight or prevent gingivitis you will want something with bacteria fighting/killing agents. If you have children under the age of six, look for mouthwash that is alcohol free, because they often swallow it. Also, to ensure your product is safe and effective look for the American Dental Association’s seal.