Posts for: September, 2017

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
September 29, 2017
Category: Oral Health

How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.

Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”

How does she get her two young sons to do it?

Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”

As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:

Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!

Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.

The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.

Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.

For more information about oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read the interview with Mayim Bialik in the latest issue of Dear Doctor magazine.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
September 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   oral hygiene  

It’s National Gum Care Month. Let’s a moment to talk about why it’s so important to take care of your gums.

Gum disease affects almost half of adults over age 30 and approximately 70 percent of adults over age 65. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. With gingivitis, gums can be red and puffy, and bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, where the structures supporting the teeth, including the bone, begin to break down and be lost. Advanced stages of gum disease can lead to tooth loss and general health problems.

The good news is that gum disease is treatable — and early gum disease is even reversible. So what can you do to take care of your gums?

  • Be diligent about your oral hygiene routine at home: Your first line of defense is your oral hygiene routine at home. Brush your teeth gently morning and night, using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing too vigorously can harm your gums and cause them to recede. It is also important to floss every day to dislodge plaque that can build up between the teeth and around the gum line.
  • Come in for professional dental cleanings and exams: Schedule regular professional cleanings to remove the plaque that is hard to reach. If plaque is not removed, it can harden to form tartar (or “calculus”). Only professional cleanings with special dental tools can remove tartar. When plaque and tartar form below the gum line, your bone that supports the teeth may be at risk. We can examine your mouth above and below the gum line to detect and monitor any signs of gum disease and recommend appropriate treatments.

We are always happy to talk with you about how to maintain the health of your gums. Remember that early gum disease is very treatable, so take care of your gums, and they’ll take care of you!

You can learn more about gum health in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene.”

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Discover the many ways tooth-shaped restorations can revamp your smile.veneers

Whether your teeth have begun to look a bit drab and lackluster lately or injuries have caused cosmetic imperfections to your teeth, chances are pretty good that you are trying to find the right treatment that will get your smile back on track. Let our Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, show you the many ways veneers could reward you with a brilliant smile.

What are dental veneers?

It’s amazing how much we can alter your smile for the better with just these thin, porcelain shells. These versatile cosmetic restorations boast longevity, durability and stain-resistance. When bonded to the front of your teeth, they can cover a host of imperfections and flaws and reveal a beautiful brand new smile the way you want it to look.

What should I know about dental veneers?

There are so many reasons our Columbia cosmetic dentist offers dental veneers. Here are just some of the amazing benefits you could enjoy if you get this restoration:

Improve your bite: Whether you have an overbite, underbite or crowding, dental veneers can improve your bite. By applying these shells to the front of your teeth we can actually protect teeth that are receiving more wear and tear due to a misaligned or poor bite, which could protect these teeth from cracking or chipping in the future.

Get a whiter, straighter smile: If even professional teeth whitening couldn’t tackle the stains on your teeth then it might be time you turned your attention to dental veneers. You can say goodbye to stains by having veneers cover your discolored teeth and reveal a brilliantly white smile instead. Plus, if you aren’t keen on the idea of wearing braces just to fix a little minor crowding or gaps between teeth, veneers could also give you a straighter smile without having to wear braces at all.

They are stain-resistant: If you can’t get enough coffee, red wine, tomato sauces and other stain-causing foods and drinks then you’ll find yourself dealing at a pretty dull, yellow smile; however, if you choose to get dental veneers, these high-quality porcelain shells not only mimic the look of natural teeth but they are also stain-resistant. So go ahead; enjoy that morning cup of coffee without guilt.

Are you ready to find out if you are the perfect candidate for dental veneers? If so, call our Columbia, SC, dental office today to learn more. A beautiful smile is important. Get the smile you want!

Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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