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By NEW HOPE COSMETIC AND FAMILY DENTISTRY
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Stained teeth? Don't hide your smile... Professional teeth whitening can give you the bright, white smile you've always wanted. New Hope teeth whiteningCosmetic & Family Dentistry, which is located in New Hope, PA, offers professional solutions for patients who want a bright smile. Dawn M. Rickert is one of New Hope, PA's finest dentists. 

Causes of Dental Stains

Inadequate brushing and flossing, excessive fluoride use, and certain medications can cause tooth discoloration. Other factors that can cause tooth discoloration include tobacco use, coffee, colas, teas, wines, and certain fruits and vegetables. Several diseases that affect enamel and dentin can also lead to tooth discoloration. 

Zoom Teeth Whitening

Zoom whitening is revolutionary tooth whitening procedure that uses a strong whitening agent and chairside lamp to accelerate the whitening process. The treatment will make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. Results from the treatment are immediate, and because a dentist is involved, the process is reliable, safe, and hassle-free. 

Take-Home Whitening

Dispensed by licensed dentists, take-home teeth whitening kits involve filling a dental tray with a whitening solution -- which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The dental tray is worn for a period of time, generally from a few hours a day to every day during the night for one or two weeks. Take-home teeth whitening kits provide excellent results in one or two weeks of use. 

Benefits of a White Smile

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. People with whiter teeth are often perceived as being healthier, and that first impression can go a long way. A bright smile will improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence, which carries into the many different aspects of your life. Professional teeth whitening could give you the boost you need to be successful in all of your endeavors.

Ready for a smile makeover? If you've ever wanted a celebrity smile, this is your chance! Call New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at (215) 862-2525 to schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening treatment in New Hope, PA. Professional teeth whitening will do you and your smile a world of good.


By New Hope Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
November 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
5ThingsyoucandotoImproveYourChildsFutureDentalHealth

A child's formative years have an immense impact on their physical, mental and emotional well-being. As a parent you want them to have every advantage possible.

That should include a healthy mouth — actions you take now could determine the long-term soundness of their teeth and gums. Here are 5 things you can do to ensure your child's present and future oral health.

Begin oral hygiene habits early. By early, we mean even before their first teeth appear. Wipe their gums after every feeding with a water-soaked cloth or gauze pad; when teeth appear switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on the end of the brush.

Start dental visits around their first birthday. Early dental visits increase the chances of detecting and treating developing problems before they become worse. And starting may also help your child become comfortable with visiting the dentist — waiting until later increases the chances of anxiety and an aversion to dental visits that might carry over into adulthood.

Adopt dental-friendly home and lifestyle habits.  Don't allow your child to sleep with a pacifier or bottle filled with sugary fluids, including breast milk or formula: fill them with water instead. Limit their sugar consumption to small amounts and only at meal times. And be sure to “childproof” your home against hazards, especially sharp-edged furniture that could damage teeth if they make hard contact with it.

Teach them to care for their own teeth. Although you'll need to brush their teeth for them in the beginning, be sure you eventually teach them to perform this vital habit for themselves. To ease the transition try modeling the behavior or make it into an activity you can do together.

Partner with your family dentist. Your dental office can do more than prevent or treat dental disease — they're an important resource in helping you manage your child's dental needs at home. They can coach you on brushing and flossing techniques, and provide information to set your mind at ease about concerns like teething or thumb sucking.

If you would like more information on complete oral care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”


By New Hope Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
November 06, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”


By NEW HOPE COSMETIC AND FAMILY DENTISTRY
November 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Botox  

Many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that their dentist Dr. Dawn Rickert at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, botoxPA can administer Botox treatments. Botox is traditionally used to achieve a better looking facial appearance. But Botox also has important dental applications for patients who are experiencing pain or discomfort. Learn more about how dentists use Botox and how it can help improve your smile.

What Is Botox?
Botox is made of a special toxin that relaxes muscles when injected into the skin. It is used as a treatment for people who are having problems with aging and wrinkling skin. But Botox also has other uses and is now being used as a dental treatment in certain cases. 

How Dentists Use Botox
Dentists use Botox in combination with standard dental treatments to help fix your smile and relieve chronic pain. Here are a few common issues that Botox injections by your New Hope, PA dentist can address:

- TMJ disorder (clicking and popping in the jaw).
- Jaw clenching at night (bruxism).
- Relieving pain in the face due to dental disorders.
- Reducing the appearance of “gummy smiles.”
- Relief from migraines and headaches.

Of course, there are also cosmetic applications. Botox can also help smooth out the lines and wrinkles around your mouth when you smile.

Botox Upkeep
After you complete a Botox treatment, you must keep up regular appointments with your dentist for upkeep. One Botox treatment takes minutes but will likely last for months. You can then schedule another appointment with your dentist for Botox as well as a cleaning and polishing of your teeth. The great thing about going to a dentist for treatment is that you can also have your teeth whitened or be evaluated for cosmetic restorations like veneers and crowns.

Call Your Dentist for Botox
Call New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA at 215-862-2525 to ask Dr. Dawn Rickert about Botox treatments for better oral and dental health.