Having been a dental hygienist, the day I walked into Dr Tanya Brown's office, I knew I was in good hands. I am so proud of my new smile & I receive compliments all the time.

– Candy

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Get the Bling Back in Your Smile. Teeth Whitening from Chesapeake’s Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Tanya Brown

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Everything you eat and drink, especially those “adult beverages” like red wine, colas and coffee, can stain your teeth and darken your smile. And those dull, stained teeth can make you look older, more tired. It may seem odd, but it is true.  Studies show that white teeth are much more attractive than dark stained teeth – they look cleaner and fresher!

Fortunately, you aren’t doomed to have a dull or yellowed smile forever! We offer two wonderfully effective teeth whitening options: in-office whitening and take home tooth bleaching. Both options work very well, but in-office whitening gives you results in about an hour – a real benefit if you are whitening your teeth for a special event or just to give yourself a little pick-me-up. Our in-office smile whitenings are especially popular for class reunions because of the rejuvenating effects a dazzling smile can have on your appearance. Just take a look at celebrity smiles and you’ll see what a difference a really white smile can make.

Take home whitening is ideal for any of our Chesapeake dental patients who are a little bit more sensitive to bleaching products or who want to whiten their teeth at times that are more convenient to them. Some of our dental patients whiten their smiles while they are commuting, while others do it while they check their email or watch TV. However and whenever you choose to do your take-home tooth whitening, you will see dramatic results in about two weeks.

For more information about how our in-office or take-home smile whitening  can make your smile whiter and more glamorous than you ever thought possible, call our Chesapeake dental office at 866.861.7962. We’d love to help you get the white smile of your dreams.

Treating Dental Disasters While on Vacation!

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You know if you’re close to home and a dental accident or sudden toothache happens, you can call Dr. Tanya Brown in Chesapeake, and we’ll do everything we can to help you. But accidents can happen anywhere – whether it’s one mile from home or 1,000.

If you have kids, it’s not a bad idea to carry a first aid kit with you everywhere! There are also small dental emergency kits available as well. They often will contain oil of cloves, an applicator, and a small container to hold lost teeth or pieces of a tooth. If you have active children, or a child losing baby teeth, a kit like this isn’t a bad idea.

Sites like WebMd offer first aid tips:

Knocked-out tooth: Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and gently rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing a cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth.

Abscess: See a dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum, especially if it is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

Lost crown. If you can’t get to a dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

Many of these techniques can apply to nearly any dental emergency during the first few minutes.  And get to a dentist as soon as possible, even if you’re out of town. The sooner your emergency receives appropriate care, the better your chances are of saving your tooth.

Once you return home, schedule an appointment at our dental office in Chesapeake at 866.861.7962 to make sure you haven’t sustained any injuries to your tooth’s root or any other part of your teeth and gums.

When Should I Worry About Wisdom Teeth?

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Unless you’ve ignored problems with your wisdom teeth, or haven’t been to our dental office in Chesapeake lately, you shouldn’t worry about them at all!

What are wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth are technically called the third molars. They usually start to come in during the late teens and early 20s, when many people are in college or starting new jobs, hopefully learning and gaining wisdom!

Why are wisdom teeth often extracted?

There are several reasons why wisdom tooth extraction may be necessary.

  • Your wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth, crowding and pushing them out of alignment.

  • They may be impacted, meaning they’ve only partially broken through the gums, or haven’t broken through at all.

If we don’t need wisdom teeth, why do we still get them?

Good question! Scientists are studying that but we still don’t know the answer. What’s interesting is that in some areas of the world, almost 100 percent of people don’t get wisdom teeth, and in other areas nearly 100 percent do get them!

One thing we do know, it’s not wise to neglect regular dental care, or to ignore any tooth pain. Contact us at our Chesapeake dental office if you’re experiencing any problems or if it’s time for a regular checkup! Prevention is always a smart move, especially when it comes to wisdom teeth!