A Pre-Departure Guide to Optimum Dental Health While Traveling

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Are you planning a long-term journey away from home? Along with your luggage and fun money, you take your teeth with you wherever you travel, and you should plan ahead of time to keep your smile clean and healthy as you explore new places.

If you’re traveling out of the country, begin your dental-care preparations at least six months ahead of your departure date. If your travels will be based in the U.S., give yourself a month in advance of your trip to prepare. Listed below is a recommended schedule to follow in pursuit of dental readiness.

The Impact of Stress on Your Dental Health

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Between kids, carpools, work deadlines, and money woes, it’s not uncommon for an adult to suffer from stress. Stress can wreak havoc on the body and cause several health issues, including headaches, stomach aches, anxiety, and depression. However, you might not be aware that stress can also have a negative impact on your oral health.

Here are some of the impacts of stress on your oral health and what you can do to prevent your hectic life from damaging your teeth.

4 Exciting Health Benefits of Optimal Dental Care

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How well you take care of your teeth and gums can have a big impact on your smile and your dental health. Did you know that oral health also impacts your overall well-being? Some experts even refer to dental health as the window to a person’s overall health.

Tooth decay is one of the easiest diseases to prevent, yet many people in the United States suffer from it. What many people don’t know is that tooth decay can lead to other more serious health concerns and issues. This post lists some of the ways that dental health has an impact on your overall health and the benefits of taking care of your oral health.

3 Ways to Cope With Teeth That Hurt When It’s Cold Outside

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Cold weather increases pain sensitivity and intensity for some people. If you have teeth that are sensitive to cold drinks and foods, you may experience discomfort when temperatures outside turn chilly.

The pain felt in cold-sensitive teeth makes it difficult to enjoy outdoor socializing and exercise. If you avoid activities including skiing or sporting events to minimize the risks of cold-related tooth pain, the isolation and disappointment can negatively affect both your lifestyle and your mental health.

6 Steps to Preserve and Maintain Your Dental Implant

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teethYour dental implant is made of titanium rather than bone. Although it is built to be strong and durable, a dental implant needs just as much care as your natural teeth do—and maybe even more care.

If you don’t care for your new dental implant, it could break or chip. Plus, dental implants can attract plaque just like regular teeth can.

Follow these steps to keep you dental implant in good condition throughout the years.

What to Do When a Dental Appliance Springs Loose

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In the not-so-distant past, a cavity spelled the end of a perfect smile. A lost or broken tooth stayed lost or broken, and a cavity-filled tooth would often fall out on its own. Those who lost teeth (including George Washington) used materials like ivory to replace them, but nothing looked as natural as the dental appliances we use today.

Nowadays, if you have a broken or cracked tooth, you have next to nothing to worry about. Your dentist can fix the problem with a simple crown or veneer. He or she can fill cavities and protect the remaining tooth. An orthodontist can even straighten your teeth to give you the look you’ve always wanted.

Modern dental appliances are fairly simple and straightforward, but they do sometimes come loose. If your crown falls out or your bracket pops off, though, you don’t need to worry. Keep reading to learn more about what you and your dentist can do to preserve your perfect smile when an accident happens.


When your dentist first places a crown, it should bond fairly securely to your tooth. However, accidents and injuries can knock the crown loose. If the tooth beneath the crown starts to decay, the crown can also slide off. Chewing on particularly sticky food can sometimes pull the crown out, and if you grind your teeth, the constant pressure can weaken the crown to the point that it falls off.

If the crown comes loose, you don’t want to leave it in your mouth, since you could aspirate or swallow it. Take it out and put it in a safe place. In some cases, the dentist might be able to replace the original crown, especially if you see the dentist as soon as possible after the crown falls off. If you don’t have any tooth decay, the same crown will likely fit perfectly.

However, if you wait too long to visit the dentist, your teeth could move without the crown to maintain the tooth’s position. Once the teeth move, the original crown likely won’t fit. You might also need a new crown if decay changes the shape of your tooth.

When your crown falls off, call and ask your dentist what you should do. Schedule an appointment, and then follow your dentist’s instructions. The dentist will likely tell you to gently clean the un-capped tooth and do your best to keep any food particles out of the gap left behind.

You should avoid trying to glue the crown back to the tooth. Some websites recommend buying temporary cement to replace the crown, but even with temporary cement the crown can still come loose, which might lead to you accidentally swallowing it.

You should never take a drastic measure like superglueing the tooth in place-glue and other tough substances will damage your tooth, perhaps irreparably. In contrast, your dentist can replace the lost crown quickly and easily and without harming your tooth at all.


Fillings don’t last forever. If you visit your dentist every six months, he or she will note any fillings nearing the end of their lifespan and replace them as needed.

If a filling falls out in between visits, you don’t need to panic-your dentist can replace the filling easily, though you should call and schedule an appointment. If food debris enters the cavity, the tooth can start to decay, so visit within a few days.

If your filled tooth is still alive, it might feel extra sensitive to hot and cold foods once the filling falls out. While you wait for your appointment, be particularly careful not to aggravate your tooth and to only brush gently around it as you keep food particles away.


Veneers that fall off your teeth shouldn’t hurt-they’re mostly meant to provide cosmetic enhancement. You can keep your porcelain veneer in a safe place, just like you would with a lost crown. Your dentist might be able to replace the original veneer. Again, as with crowns, don’t attempt to re-glue or re-cement the veneer to your tooth, since the material will do more harm than good.

In some cases, a lost veneer indicates that your tooth’s cosmetic damage is too severe to be covered by a veneer. Your dentist might talk to you about switching to a crown instead.


Brackets sometimes pop off if you chew on something sticky or hard, or if the brackets weren’t glued on firmly enough. If your bracket comes loose or falls off the tooth, get in touch with your orthodontist. While you wait for an appointment, your orthodontist might give you some wax to place over the bracket so it doesn’t hurt your mouth and lip.

If the bracket is loose enough that it slides up and down the wire, try gently scooting the bracket to a comfortable position. Get your orthodontist’s advice before you try to move the bracket.

Get In Touch With Your Dentist

If a crown, filling, veneer, or bracket falls out, it’s not the end of the world. Your dentist is here to help! Call Silverado Family Dental to schedule an appointment. Soon, your tooth and dental appliance will be as good as new, and you can get back to smiling in a jiffy.

Four Natural Ways to Help Your Teeth Stay White

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Teeth yellow naturally over time, but you don’t have to live with yellow teeth. If you want a bright, white smile, one of the best options is to visit the dentist for a professional whitening treatment. Dentists use stronger products than those you can purchase over the counter, and they are careful to protect the rest of your mouth.

Having a white smile can boost your confidence and improve your oral health. However, even the best professional treatments aren’t permanent. You may be able to maintain the whiteness if you avoid stain-causing substances like coffee, red wine, tomatoes, and dark sodas, but you likely don’t want to have to sacrifice your favorite foods and drinks to have white teeth.

Luckily, there are steps you can take at home to counteract staining and maintain your professionally whitened smile. You may not know it, but ingredients you use on a regular basis can fight staining and keep your teeth nearly as white as they were when you left your dentist’s office.

When using any of these whitening techniques, remember that certain chemical processes can wear away your enamel. The techniques listed below should only be used a maximum of twice a week, and aren’t a replacement for professional teeth whitening or for brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.

1. Strawberries

Since strawberries are a red fruit that can stain your clothing and carpets, you might be surprised to learn that they can actually remove surface stains from your teeth. They aren’t effective as a stand-alone whitening method, but if used as a weekly addition to your standard oral health regimen, they can prolong the effects of your professional whitening.

Strawberries work as a whitener because they contain malic acid, which dissolves stain-causing plaque buildup.

To use this method, take a few strawberries and mash them into a pulp. Add a little bit of baking soda to solidify the pulp and increase the whitening effect. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave it there for a few minutes. Using a soft toothbrush, carefully brush off the mixture, and then rinse with water.

Make sure to floss immediately after brushing to remove any strawberry seeds. They can get trapped between your teeth, but flossing should remove them all.

2. Turmeric

This traditional Indian spice has been used to treat a variety of ailments throughout history, including inflammation and arthritis pain. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature and abrasiveness, it’s also a great at-home teeth whitener. It will polish your teeth, remove surface stains, and heal any developing sores along your gums.

Mix the dried powder with either coconut oil or water to make a paste. Apply the mixture to your toothbrush, and brush as you would with toothpaste. Because turmeric tends to stain things yellow, consider spitting into a trashcan rather than the sink. Rinse carefully to remove the yellow film from your teeth.

Once the turmeric is rinsed away, you should notice a significant improvement in color. Again, this technique should only be used once or twice a week to prevent irritation and enamel erosion.

3. Orange Peel

Some fans of home whitening remedies suggest using lemon juice, but the juice can do more harm than good. Lemon and orange juice both contain high levels of citric acid, which can quickly wear away the enamel along with the stains.

Orange peels are a good alternative because they aren’t as acidic as the juice. Orange peels are rich in vitamins and minerals, including limonene, a natural solvent. The peels work as a natural breath freshener as well.

Rub the white inner side of the orange peel over all your teeth. Rinse carefully to remove any traces of citric acid, then brush with your usual toothpaste.

Brushing too quickly after exposing your teeth to citrus fruits can wear away the enamel, so make sure to wait a few minutes or rinse first if you eat an orange or drink lemonade.

4. Salt Water

Salt water provides a wide variety of oral health benefits. It raises the pH level of your mouth, making it harder for bacteria to thrive. It is a disinfectant and pain reliever, particularly after surgery or if you have a sore throat. Brushing or rinsing with salt water once in a while will not remove the bacteria and surface stains from your teeth, but it will help you have better oral health in general.

Add half of a teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water, then stir until the salt has dissolved completely. Let your toothbrush soak for a few minutes. Brush as usual. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly.

You can use the same ratio to make a salt water mouthwash. Swish the mouthwash around your mouth for a few minutes to treat any developing sores and kill bacteria.


None of these techniques is a viable substitute for professional teeth whitening. They only treat surface stains, not deep staining. However, consider using some of these inexpensive, easy, and natural ideas after having your teeth whitened to prevent stains from re-forming.

For more information about how to maximize your teeth whitening experience, talk to the dentists at Silverado Family Dental.

Photos Coming Up? 5 Tips for a Camera-Ready Smile

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In a world of Instagram selfies, Facebook albums, and Snapchat snaps, you can’t seem to escape from a constant barrage of smartphone photos and videos. Furthermore, many businesses require a professional headshot as part of your application, so you need at least a few good images of your beautiful or handsome face readily available.

But though you may pose hard for the camera, you have one feature that your family, friends, and followers look for first: your smile. In fact, surveys show that 37% of people look at your smile before they notice your eyes, hair, nose, or body shape.

So what can you do to ensure your smile looks its best in front of the lens?

1. Correct Gaps With Implants and Bridges

Although a small tooth gap may seem cute or iconic for certain celebrities, missing teeth pose a lot of problems for your oral health.

If you lost a tooth to injury or decay, your surrounding teeth may lean together to try to fill the space, resulting in crooked teeth and a misaligned bite. If left untreated, your missing teeth may lead to bone loss in your jaw and can increase the likelihood of additional tooth loss.

To protect your teeth and improve your bite, talk to a cosmetic dentist about your restoration options. Implants and bridges can look and function like natural teeth, allowing you to enjoy a straighter, healthier, and camera-ready smile.

2. Remove Stains Through In-Office Whitening

Teeth tend to stain and yellow over time. Though regular brushing and flossing keep away the worst of the stains, you will likely want a professional cleaning and whitening to keep your pearly whites as white as possible.

In-office whitening, unlike at-home treatments, work quickly, so you can brighten your smile right before your upcoming photo. Because professional treatments use powerful bleaching agents, you can whiten your teeth by several shades in less than an hour.

Keep in mind that some stains don’t come from pigments on your tooth’s surface. Trauma to the tooth, fluorosis, or tetracycline antibiotics during childhood may darken or tint your teeth from the inside out. These kinds of stains don’t respond to regular whitening treatment, though you can cover the teeth with veneers or crowns.

3. Avoid Dark-Colored Foods and Drinks

A thorough cleaning and whitening can ensure your teeth look great for months. But even the strongest bleaches and most powerful brushes can’t give you a lifetime of blinding white teeth. Soon enough, you’ll need to make another appointment with your dentist to repeat the process.

However, you can make the most of your whitening treatment when you avoid dark-colored foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, wine, and berries all contain pigments that can lodge in the grooves of your teeth, discoloring and staining your enamel.

If you don’t want to sacrifice your favorite foods entirely, swish and rinse your teeth with water immediately after snacking or sipping. An hour later, don’t forget to brush and floss so you can scrub away any lingering food particles.

4. Choose the Right Shade of Lipstick

Healthy teeth and good habits go a long way toward giving you a camera-ready smile. But you can enhance your appearance and create the illusion of whiter teeth through makeup.

To start, consider wearing a berry- or plum-toned shade of lipstick. Makeup with blue-toned hues will counteract any lingering traces of yellow or brown on your teeth. In contrast, lipstick with orange hues will reflect light onto your teeth, making your smile seem aged and yellow.

For a mega-watt smile, try a lip liner and gloss to highlight your lips, and apply a light concealer near the border of your lips. With this technique, your lips appear fuller and more vibrant while your teeth seem whiter in contrast.

5. Apply a Thin Layer of Petroleum Jelly

Have you ever noticed how white teeth seem to reflect light? They shine and sparkle in a way that nearly blinds you. But on camera, that shine and shimmer often disappears, even when you have stunning white teeth.

To recreate that shine in front of the lens, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or Vaseline to your teeth. The coating gives your smile a shimmery, eye-catching look, much like lip gloss enhances the shape and curve of your lips.

Additionally, if you apply petroleum jelly before you put on your lipstick, the gel will prevent the makeup from staining your teeth. And, of course, the taste may make you reluctant to close your mouth, so you’ll be more likely to give the photographer your biggest smile.

Enjoy Your Beautiful Smile

When you follow these five tips, you can transform your teeth into one of your favorite features. With a little practice and care, you ensure your teeth look great for any photo-worthy occasion, whether you want to spend the day with a family member or enjoy a formal evening with a date.

8 Tips to Prepare Your Anxious Child for the Dentist

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You make sure your child is fully vaccinated and gets a biannual medical checkup. You know that your child needs to visit the dentist to ensure a healthy future (and a beautiful smile), but to your surprise, your child quivers in fear at the thought of a dental check-up.

Many children fear the dentist, especially if they already struggle with anxieties or phobias. If your child feels scared of the dentist, follow these eight tips to help your child feel prepared, secure, and confident at his or her next dental exam.

1. Visit Early

Did you know that children should see a dentist about six months after they get their first tooth? Your child should get acquainted with your family dentist by the time he or she is a year old. The earlier you bring your child to the dentist, the less scary it will be to return on a bi-annual basis.

2. Don’t Fake It

Whether you think they do or not, kids notice everything you do, including how you feel about visiting the dentist. Your children will know if you feel anxious or scared. Even if you don’t tell the story about your triple root canal-they’ll sense it in your body language and tone of voice.

Be optimistic and positive about the dentist. Find one who makes you and others in your family feel comfortable-who listens to you and gives you the care you need. Then, talk to your kids about your positive dental experiences and how grateful you are for your healthy, strong teeth. The more you like your dentist, the happier your kids will be to make a visit themselves.

3. Practice at Home

Children feel better about going to the dentist if they know what to expect. Try an at-home role play: ask your child to sit in a comfortable chair, recline it slightly, and pretend to examine his or her teeth.

Explain what a dentist does and how he or she does it. Some children might become overwhelmed by too many details, but others will want to know exactly what happens and why. When children are younger, they usually just need to know that a dentist cleans their teeth and uses a special toothbrush and toothpaste to do so.

4. Communicate with Your Dentist

If your child is anxious about his or her oral check-up, talk to your hygienist or doctor about it. Your dentist’s staff usually prepare the office for a worried child. Your dentist might also have ideas for how you can prepare your child for the visit.

5. Educate Your Children

Your child will feel more confident about going to the dentist when he or she learns that a dentist helps them have healthy teeth. Teach your child to brush and floss his or her teeth. If children are familiar with good dental-hygiene practices, they will likely respond better to a dental check-up.

6. “Tour” the Office

Most dentists happily walk their younger patients around the office and answer questions about equipment and procedures. Your child might respond well to a pre-check-up visit so he or she knows what to expect. Many kids even want to return to the dentist after seeing the cool toys, books, and movies that many dentists keep in the office.

7. Use the Best Words

How do words like “pain,” “hurt,” and “shot” make you feel? As you describe what will happen at the dentist’s office, don’t use words that will make your child nervous or that he or she won’t understand. Your use of age-appropriate vocabulary allows your child to feel more confident about what will happen. Call your dentist if you need help choosing the right words and explanations.

8. Reward Your Child

Your anxious child may respond well to thoughts of a special reward after the check-up. Rather than use sugary treat as a prize, take a trip to the park or do another activity instead. Your child might need something to work toward during the check-up-offer small items (like stickers) that he or she can “cash in” for bigger prizes after the check-up. Remember to verbally praise your child for being brave.

Do all you can to prepare your child for a dental checkup. But don’t feel too badly if your child misbehaves at the dentist’s office. Your dentist uses various soothing tactics to calm nervous or unhappy children.

Children need good experiences with the dentist while they are young. Kids can be prone to tooth decay and other oral health issues, and a friendly, trustworthy dentist helps your child stay healthy and enjoy a strong, beautiful smile throughout his or her life.


doctor garth harris
At Silverado Family Dental, we have a gentle touch when performing any procedure. From routine cleanings to more complex dental work, we maintain a calm and easy going attitude to make you and your family feel comfortable. We have been proudly serving our patients' needs since 2002.
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