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5 Ways to Naturally Whiten your Teeth - Today’s guest blog is by the Law Office of Ralph C. Petty. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Solaris Dentistry.

5 Ways to Naturally Whiten your Teeth


Dirty or discolored teeth are a tremendous blow to a person’s confidence and self-esteem. The buildup of plaque and bacteria can make your teeth appear yellow and different kinds of food may cause staining as well. Dental technology offers a range of effective treatments to restore your pearly whites. However, many people refrain from visiting a dentist due to a lack of medical insurance or maybe they fear medical malpractice. Fortunately, a few home remedies are known to combat tooth decay and whiten your teeth over time. These natural antinodes may not show immediate results, but they are certainly worth a try. For the best results, you should make an appointment for a cleaning with Solaris Dentistry.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a widely available product that is an active ingredient in many commercial kinds of toothpaste. Its alkalinity prohibits bacterial growth and the mild abrasive properties scrub away the impurities that stick to the enamel. Toothpaste that contains a higher percentage of baking soda is proven to remove plaque more effectively, so you can start using one of them. Another option is to mix some water with raw baking soda and rub it over your teeth every day.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy that involved swishing sesame or sunflower oil around the mouth to improve oral hygiene. Today, coconut oil is a popular choice, given its range of health benefits and healing properties. Oil pulling with one tablespoon of coconut oil per day kills bacteria and reduces inflammation caused by personal injuries.  

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a common ingredient in several oral hygiene products, such as mouthwash. It is a natural bleaching agent and disinfectant, which makes it ideal for removing bacteria and whitening teeth. However, concentrated hydrogen peroxide is corrosive in nature and can be harmful to your health. The solution for rinsing your mouth must contain only 1 to 2% hydrogen peroxide. Most commercial mouthwash solutions contain 3% peroxide, so it is advised to dilute your daily quantity by half.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another natural substance with brilliant antibacterial and cleansing properties. As it is acidic, we must use it in very small amounts. Overuse of vinegar can promote corrosion or soften the teeth. You must dilute it by adding one tablespoon to half cup of water. Swish it around your mouth for several seconds, not more than once or twice a week.

Fruit Peels

The outer skin of several fruits contains citric acid or D-limonene; both compounds can help whiten your teeth. Gently rub the inner side of the peel of a banana or orange on your teeth for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinse with water.

There are several other ways to prevent or care for discolored teeth, but there is not enough scientific research to back their legitimacy. For example, activated charcoal is believed to eradicate stains, as it is highly absorbent. There are a few concerns regarding sensitive teeth and gums, as commercially available charcoal capsules have a rather coarse structure. Similarly, reducing the intake of foods that are rich in sugars or contain dyes shall also prevent staining. Smoking and other harmful/recalled drugs also contribute to grey or blackish teeth, so quit them while you can.

By Solaris Dental Health
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you've been avoiding visiting your dentist due to fears about pain, loss of control or embarrassment, you're likely one of the millions of sedation dentistrypeople who deal with dental anxiety. This common fear puts about 15 percent of Americans at risk for complications from gum disease or cavities, but Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams, your dentist in Chandler, AZ, is prepared to help calm your nerves with sedation dentistry. Learn how the various medications and treatments we offer at Solaris Dentistry can help ease your fears and allow you to maintain good dental hygiene.

What is sedation dentistry?

Even patients without extreme dental anxiety can have trouble relaxing during a dental procedure. Not knowing what to expect, concern about pain, and even the sound of the equipment can be bothersome and make people put off necessary dental procedures. Your Chandler dentist, Dr. McWilliams, recognizes the need to help her patients feel comfortable during treatments, which is why she has been educated in the specialized classification of sedation dentistry. She uses various medications and other therapeutic treatments that help calm patients' nerves to allow Dr. Williams to perform procedures safely and accurately.

How is sedation dentistry used?

The type of sedative you need for dental procedures has a number of factors: How much time will your procedure take? What is your level of anxiety? What health issues do you have? Sedation dentistry can range from administering oral sedation to nitrous oxide. A consultation with Dr. McWilliams will make that determination. In general, it's advised to have someone drive you to and from your appointment, as some sedatives will take some time before the effects wear off completely, but full instructions will be given to you prior to your procedure.

If you have dental anxiety, you don't have to let your dental hygiene lapse. At Solaris Dentistry in Chandler, AZ, there is a way you can stay current with your dental procedures while remaining calm and comfortable! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

By Solaris Dental Health
April 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Find out how your dentist could help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms.sleep apnea

Have you just recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you concerned that you will have to worry about wearing an awkward facemask to bed each and every night? Do you find CPAP therapy to be a bit noisier than you bargained for? If so, then it might be time to talk to our Chandler, AZ, dentist Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams about another way to treat your symptoms.

In fact, those suffering from only mild-to-moderate sleep apnea may not even have to worry about using CPAP therapy. While CPAP is the most standard form of treatment when it comes to sleep apnea, it isn’t the only option. In fact, many people have found success through oral appliance therapy.

This oral device is only worn while you are sleeping. While there a wide variety of different oral devices on the market for treating obstructive sleep apnea, our Chandler, AZ, general dentist will work with you and your sleep doctors to provide the right oral appliance to fit your needs. Instead of wearing a facemask while you sleep you will just pop in this retainer-like device, which will cover over your upper and lower teeth and help painlessly reposition your jaws to keep the airways open.

Oral appliance therapy is not something you can purchase over the counter. You will need to visit your Chandler, AZ, sleep apnea dentist in order to get an oral appliance that is tailored to fit your mouth and provide you with the relief you need. Of course, if you only suspect that you have sleep apnea but don’t actually know, the first step you will need to take is scheduling an appointment with a sleep doctor who will then run a sleep study to determine if sleep apnea is the cause of your symptoms.

Once you’ve received a diagnosis then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. Oral appliance therapy offers some great benefits over CPAP therapy. In fact, oral appliance therapy is easy to use, more comfortable and more portable. If you are someone who travels often, having a small oral appliance over large, cumbersome CPAP equipment can be a real advantage.

If you want to find out whether oral appliance therapy could be the ideal way to treat your sleep apnea then it’s time you turned to the dental experts at Solaris Dentistry in Chandler, AZ, to get the answers you want.

By Solaris Dental Health
March 09, 2017
Category: Family Dentist
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn about cosmetic dentistry from your Chandler dentist.cosmetic dentistry

Some of the most magnetic people have magnetic smiles that they're proud to flash at any and every opportunity. Many weren't born with those perfect teeth—they got some help from a dentist. It's time that you give yourself a smile that you can feel confident about with the help of Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams. She offers a range of treatments at her Chandler, AZ, cosmetic dentistry office.

The Power of a Confident Smile
You may not realize how powerful your smile is and how it can affect how you navigate your life. For instance, when posing for pictures, do you smile wide or hide your teeth? When meeting new people in professional and social engagements, do you hesitate to smile or avoid talking to them for too long? Having confidence in your smile can make you more relaxed, motivate you, improve your social encounters and even have a positive effect on your overall health.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Dr. McWilliams specializes in giving her patients smiles that function optimally and also look amazing. Explore these treatments at her Chandler dentist office:

- Professional teeth whitening (Zoom! system).
- Porcelain veneers (for covering imperfections).
- Six Month Braces and Invisalign (for tooth alignments).
- Removable dentures (partial and complete).
- Cosmetic bonding and contouring (an inexpensive way of reshaping your smile).

Smile Maintenance
Once you’re finally confident in your smile, it’s important to do everything possible to keep it looking good. Here are some smile maintenance tips:

- Use a fluoride whitening toothpaste that’s recommended by your dentist.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of flossing and gargling with mouthwash in addition to brushing.
- If you have a retainer after an orthodontic treatment, wear it every night to ensure your teeth keep their position.
- Visit Dr. McWilliams office for professional cleanings, whitening treatments and checks on your dental restorations/devices periodically.

Call to Talk about Your Smile
Make time to schedule an appointment with Dr. McWilliams at Solaris Dentistry to have a conversation about your smile. Call (480) 802-6617 today to schedule an appointment at her Chandler, AZ cosmetic dentistry office.

By Solaris Dental Health
March 09, 2017
Category: Family Dentist

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Luckily, you can replace tooth replacementyour missing tooth or teeth while keeping your smile’s aesthetic properties intact. Learn more about tooth replacement options with Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams at Solaris Dental Health in Chandler, AZ.

What are my options in Chandler for replacing my missing teeth? 
Replacing your missing teeth can seem like a daunting task. However, with several options to choose from, you can find the best procedure for you and your teeth. Some common tooth replacement options include the following if you are:

  • …missing all of your teeth: Dentures are a good option for individuals who have lost all of their teeth. A full denture replaces your entire arch of teeth. Dentures can also replace most of the teeth on the arch with a partial denture. This style allows your remaining teeth to fit through the denture to blend into your new smile and secure the denture in place.
  • …missing a few of your teeth: Dental implants are a great option for replacing multiple teeth, especially if the patient has several missing teeth in a row. The implant, surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth, stands alone and fills in your gap permanently. One implant on either side of a dental bridge of prosthetic teeth can replace a row of missing teeth.
  • …missing one or more teeth: A dental bridge, attached to the healthy teeth surrounding your gap, can replace a single tooth. The bridge, which has three prosthetic teeth in a row, fits into your smile to fill in your gap. A dental implant can also replace a single tooth, not requiring any surrounding healthy teeth on which to attach.

How can replacing my teeth help my smile? 
Missing teeth can take a toll on your smile. The teeth may shift or move to compensate for your gap. This occurrence affects your mouth’s bite, which can also affect chewing, swallowing and even speaking. Additionally, missing teeth cause bone atrophy, causing complications like premature aging or sagging facial skin if left untreated.

For more information on tooth replacement options, please contact Dr. Chan McWilliams at Solaris Dental Health in Chandler, AZ. Call (480) 802-6617 to schedule your appointment today!

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