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Posts for: October, 2020


Love at first sight—it's an endearing notion found in movies and novels, but perhaps we're a little skeptical about it happening in real life. Then again, maybe it does once in a blue moon. ¬†According to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, something definitely happened the first time she met pro quarterback Tom Brady in 2006. And it all began when he smiled.

“The moment I saw him, he smiled and I was like, 'That is the most beautiful, charismatic smile I've ever seen!'” Bündchen said in an article for Vogue magazine. That was all it took. After a three-year romance, they married in 2009 and have been happily so ever since.

Both Brady and Bündchen have great smiles. But they also know even the most naturally attractive smile occasionally needs a little help. Here are three things our happy couple have done to keep their smiles beautiful—and you could do the same.

Teeth whitening. Bündchen is a big proponent of brightening your smile, even endorsing a line of whitening products at one point. And for good reason: This relatively inexpensive and non-invasive procedure can turn a dull, lackluster smile into a dazzling head-turner. A professional whitening can give you the safest, longest-lasting results. We can also fine-tune the whitening solution to give you just the level of brightness you want.

Teeth straightening. When Bündchen noticed one of her teeth out of normal alignment, she underwent orthodontic treatment to straighten her smile. Rather than traditional braces, she opted for clear aligners, removable trays made of translucent plastic. Effective on many types of orthodontic problems, clear aligners can straighten teeth while hardly being noticed by anyone else.

Smile repair. Brady is a frequent client of cosmetic dentistry, sometimes due to his day job. During 2015's Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Brady chipped a tooth, ironically from “head-butting” his Patriots teammate Brandon LaFell after the latter caught a touchdown pass. Fortunately, he's had this and other defects repaired—and so can you. We can restore teeth as good as new with composite resin bonding, veneers or crowns.

This superstar couple, known for their advocacy of all things healthy, would also tell you a beautiful smile is a healthy one. You can help maintain your smile's attractiveness with daily brushing and flossing to lower the risk of staining and dental disease, regular dental visits, and “tooth-friendly” eating habits.

And when your teeth need a little extra TLC, see us for a full evaluation. You may not be in the spotlight like this celebrity couple, but you can still have a beautiful smile just like theirs.

If you would like more information on ways to enhance your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
October 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Preserve your natural smile with the help of this popular dental restoration.

Are you curious to know what this popular and amazingly versatile dental cap can do for your smile? Wondering if your damaged or misshapen tooth could benefit from a crown? If so, our West Columbia, SC, family dentists Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz have the answer you’re looking for to gain valuable insight into whether you should get a dental crown.

You’re about to undergo a root canal

If the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth becomes infected the only option is for one of our West Columbia, SC, family dentists to go inside the tooth to remove the infected tissue. This is the purpose behind a root canal and this simple endodontic procedure can actually save your natural teeth. Of course, once the root canal is complete, our dental team will cement a custom-made dental crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

You have a cracked or fractured tooth

While tooth enamel is incredibly strong, even it can get damaged with enough force and pressure. If you’ve cracked or broken your tooth it’s important that you see your dentist right away for care. While small damage may be buffed away or treated with dental bonding, if the injury is more extensive then we will often need to crown the tooth to preserve it.

Bruxism has worn down some of your teeth

Are you a notorious teeth grinder? This problem, often referred to as bruxism, can put a lot of wear and tear on your teeth. After all, your jaws are amazingly powerful and over time this excessive wear and lead to worn down teeth. Bruxism can even increase the risk for a broken or fractured tooth. So, if our dental team has noticed that your teeth have weakened from teeth grinding, we may choose to place dental crowns to protect them.

You have severe decay

Most decay is treated with a dental filling; however, if decay is more widespread then a dental crown may be a better way to support what’s left of the whole tooth structure. If you already have a large filling in place, we can also keep an eye on it to see whether it needs to be removed and replaced with a dental crown.

Are you interested in sitting down with our West Columbia, SC, dental team to discuss dental crowns? If so, give Three Fountains Family Dental Inc. a call today at (803) 755-0039 to book a consultation.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
October 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, when we call attention to the importance of keeping those pearly whites clean. Brushing and flossing, along with regular dental cleanings, protect your teeth and gums from dental disease. It might also lessen the risk or severity of heart disease, arthritis—or even dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Sound far-fetched? A number of years ago, researchers noticed that people with periodontal (gum) disease were also more prone to systemic conditions like chronic heart and lung diseases, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. The common thread: inflammation, the body's response to infection or trauma.

Inflammation in and of itself is a necessary part of the healing process. But if it becomes chronic, as it often does with a gum infection and these other systemic diseases, this defensive response meant to aid healing can instead damage tissues.

We've also learned that inflammation arising from gum disease may worsen inflammation associated with other systemic conditions. It can work the other way as well: If you have an inflammatory disease, your risk for gum disease goes up and any gum infection can be more acute.

What we've learned recently, though, might be even more concerning: Results from a recent study are showing some evidence of a link between gum disease and dementia and decline in cognitive ability. The study, published in the journal Neurology this past July, followed approximately 8,000 Americans for twenty years. Participants came from a variety of locations and demographic subsets, and were on average in their early sixties with no signs of dementia at the beginning of the study.

Of the participants who completed the study, about 19% had developed dementia. Of these participants, those with severe gum disease and tooth loss were slightly more likely to have dementia than subjects with healthy teeth and gums.

At the very least, these studies raise more questions about the connections between oral and general health, calling for further exploration. One thing's for sure, though—healthy teeth and gums play an important role in the overall quality of life and health. The time and effort required for the following are well worth it to maintain a healthy mouth.

  1. Brush and floss your teeth every day without fail;
  2. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings;
  3. Eat a “tooth-friendly” diet low in sugar and rich in vitamins and minerals (especially calcium);
  4. See your dentist as soon as possible if you notice swollen, reddened or bleeding gums.

We all want to stay fit and active throughout our senior years. Taking care of your teeth and gums—especially with daily oral hygiene—is a key part of the formula for a long and happy life.

If you would like more information about the importance of dental hygiene to overall health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
October 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teething  

Parents have been dealing with their children's teething pain for as long as parents and children have been around. Along the way, the human race has developed different ways to ease the discomfort of this natural process of dental development. While most are good, common-sense measures, one in particular needs to be avoided at all costs—applying topical oral products to the gums containing Benzocaine.

Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic often found in oral products like Anbesol, Orajel or Topex to help ease tooth pain or sensitivity. The agent can be found in gel, spray, ointment or lozenge products sold over-the-counter. As an analgesic, it's considered relatively safe for adults to use.

But that's not the case with infants or younger children. Researchers have found a link between Benzocaine and methemoglobinemia, a potentially fatal blood condition. Methemoglobinemia elevates the amount of a hemoglobin-like protein called methemoglobin, which in high concentrations can lower oxygen levels being transported to the body's cells through the bloodstream.

Because of their smaller anatomy and organ systems, younger children can have severe reactions to increases in methemoglobin, which can range from shortness of breath or fatigue to seizures, coma or even death. That's why you should never use products with Benzocaine or similar numbing agents to ease teething pain. Instead, follow these common sense practices:

  • Give your child chilled rubber teething rings, wet washcloths or pacifiers to chew or gnaw on. The combination of cold temperatures and pressure from biting on them will help ease the pain. Just be sure the item isn't frozen, which could cause frost burns to soft tissues.
  • For temporary relief from soreness, gently massage your baby's gums with a clean, bare finger or with it wrapped in a clean, wet cloth. The massaging action helps counteract the pressure of the incoming tooth.
  • For intense episodes of teething discomfort, ask your healthcare provider about using an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure you use only the recommended dose size for your child's age.

Teething is in many ways like a storm—it too shall pass. Be sure you're helping your baby weather it safely.

If you would like more information on dealing with teething pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
October 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

There are obvious reasons why going to different dental specialists can be advantageous. However, having this type of setup can be extremely time-consuming and possibly stressful. Wouldn’t it be better to be able to drive to a single dentist who specializes in both children and adult oral care? This can be quite advantageous considering the unique dental needs of each member of the family.

Here at Three Fountains Family Dental Inc. in West Columbia, SC, our family dentists, Dr. Peter Stoltz and Dr. Brooke Stoltz, offer various dental treatments fit for all families. So what are the other reasons you should choose a family dentist?

Genetic Issues

Imagine a single dentist treating all the members of your family. This would make it simple for your dentist to trace any potential genetic problems that may exist and propose a treatment early on. Parents who have proven to be prone to gum problems and tooth decay, for example, may have children who will experience the same dental issues.

This will allow the family dentist to take additional steps to secure the oral health of the other members of the family. These symptoms will be able to save children from possible painful dental health problems they can encounter as they grow older.

Complete Dental Care

Family dentists have established a record of providing an extensive range of dental care services that include teeth cleaning and teeth replacement. This means that a family dentist is more than capable of responding to all oral needs at any stage of your life. So you can practically grow up with your family dentist in West Columbia, SC, who would have comprehensive knowledge of your dental history and that of your family.

Tracking Progress

Because of the long history that your family shares with your dentist, it wouldn’t be difficult to keep track of the dental progress of every member. As all of you go through the different stages of your life, your family dentist walks along with you as the guardian of your dental health. This translates to having a virtually predictable dental future because your dental records from youth to adolescence is intact in one place.

Personalized Dental Service

Experienced family dentists see patients of varying ages and with different oral needs. This experience allows them to create personalized dental services suitable to the specific needs of every member of your family. Even children who prove to be difficult to convince to go in for a dental checkup can be ably handled by a family dentist.

By sticking to a family dentist, familiarity is built up. So as your children grow older, they become more comfortable with dental visits. This translates to improved oral health for your entire family.

Dental Emergencies

There is no need to panic when facing a dental emergency. With a family dentist, you can be assured that you have a go-to expert when facing a dental emergency. Active children are particularly vulnerable to dental emergencies because of sports and other outdoor activities. A family dentist gives you the peace of mind that no matter what happens to the teeth of any member of your family, you can count on your family dentist for help.

Speak to Us to Learn More About Our Family Dentistry Offerings

Dial (803) 755-0039 to set an appointment with your family dentist Dr. Peter Stoltz or Dr. Brooke Stoltz here at Three Fountains Family Dental Inc. in West Columbia, SC.