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By Ashley Harrison, DDS
February 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
February 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Even if you are careful with your teeth your entire life, there may come a time when your smile is just not what you want it to be. There are fillings\many reasons for teeth that are not up to par and you want to be sure you are showing off your best smile. Solutions to these problems can be found with the help of a dentist in Chico, CA, such as Dr. Ashley Harrison.

How Cosmetic Filings Can Help Restore Your Smile

Cosmetic fillings are often an effective way to strengthen damaged teeth and hide their appearance. If you have teeth that are cracked, chipped or broken, you may be able to utilize cosmetic fillings to keep the teeth strong and make them look brighter. When you first visit with the dentist in Chico, you will likely be asked to sit for x-rays. This gives the dentists a complete picture of the tooth or teeth and lets them decide whether cosmetic filings are an option for providing solidity for your teeth. They will likely show you some photographs of before and after so that you can determine if you are happy with the possibilities. If you decide to move forward, Dr. Harrison will perform the fillings procedure. In many cases, a specialized light is used in order to harden the fillings faster. This means that you will be able to use your teeth normally a short time after leaving the procedure.

Ultimately, you don’t have to live with the smile that you are ashamed of any longer. Getting a beautiful smile can be as simple as cosmetic fillings. If you want to explore the dental treatment options for improving your look, contact Dr. Harrison. Call her Chico, CA, dental office today at (530) 894-5454 to schedule a consultation to go over your options. Your best smile is just one dental visit away.