TOOTH WHITENERS

The decision to get one’s teeth professionally whitened can be a big one. There are a number of factors to consider, such as cost, duration, and overall effectiveness. At Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, here in Lexington, we have been helping people with this decision for some time and have produced many happy patients through careful decision-making over the years.

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DENTAL VENEERS: WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY

Dental veneers are thin (usually porcelain) laminates that are bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually the material of choice because it looks most like real tooth enamel and reflects light similarly. Most veneers require a small amount of enamel removal to make room for this porcelain. Usually veneers require at least two visits to your dentist because a certified laboratory technician often makes these porcelain veneers while the dentist does the preparation work.

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MANY DENTURE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE

Dentures (sometimes called false teeth) stretch far back in history. These are partial or full replacements of missing teeth. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons: accidents, dental malformation, tooth decay, drug use, pregnancy. For some people, losing some or all of their teeth can be very socially debilitating, so much so that many are too embarrassed to ask a well-qualified dentist about options.

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HOLIDAY SMILES

What else should you watch out for this season to keep your teeth merry and white? Don’t try to crack nuts open with your teeth – use a nutcracker and save your bite. Remember starchy foods can be just as detrimental to your teeth as sugary foods. Bread and potatoes can have as much of a negative effect on your teeth as candy and cake. So again, use restraint as your fill your plate at a holiday gathering. Add vegetables and cheese to your bounty to counteract the destructive effects of cavity-causing bacteria on your teeth.


Another holiday staple you should use sparingly is alcohol. The acidity in alcohol can wear tooth enamel away, leaving your mouth vulnerable to cavities. Rinse your mouth out with water in between drinks – doing so can clean away freshly formed bacteria – and don’t chew ice. That habit is very bad for your teeth any time of the year. Speaking of drinks, coffee can leave stains on your teeth and soda and juice can erode the enamel on your teeth, so choose your beverages wisely. Fortunately, there are many whitening options available at Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to restore your smile.


Why not make an early New Year’s resolution to be more proactive about your dental health? Perhaps you’ve been vowing to get some needed dental work


and you’re determined 2019 will be the year. Good for you! Make the call to Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, where you’ll find gentle, individualized care and the smile you’ve always wanted.

DR. RUTH ADKINS

Please contact Dr. Ruth Adkins of Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for more information on Tooth Whitening or other dental services. (859)543-0333.

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It’s fine to have a jagged-toothed jack o’ lantern at Halloween. But for the holidays, we all want our teeth to look wonderful so we can flash those beautiful snow-white smiles that make the season bright.


Taking care of your teeth may fall by the wayside in the midst of all the holiday parties, prep, shopping and sharing that prevails at this time of year. With all the gooey goodies available – from cake to candy to pie and more – your teeth may be assailed more than usual. Damaging acids form in the mouth every time you eat a sugary snack. This can lead to cavities or gingivitis. Thus it’s essential to make dental care a priority so you can enjoy every delectable bite.


First and foremost, don’t neglect your twice-a-day brushing routine. This will give your teeth some needed protection before you hit the holiday buffet at the office party. Try to avoid sticky, chewy, gummy foods that will stay on and in between your teeth, such as caramel. Instead, choose food items that dissolve quickly. No one expects you to give up ALL the sweets that tempt you from every angle or angel. Just be sure to indulge in moderation. Take only one dessert or a small taste of a few, and brush immediately after you eat. Keep a travel toothbrush and a mini tube of toothpaste in your handbag or car. If brushing is not possible, chew some sugarless gum. It will boost the production of saliva and flush out food debris that could lead to cavities.