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By Edwin Yee
February 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
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Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.


By Dr. Edwin Yee
February 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A beautiful smile can be a very powerful thing—especially when you have a very active social life and career. It's a calling card that you veneersoffer each time you meet and greet someone. It makes people feel more comfortable and relaxed in your presence. Why not show off your very best possible smile with the help of dental veneers. Dr. Edwin Yee can fix up your smile using this in-demand cosmetic treatment at his Pensacola, FL office.

What Makes a Smile Beautiful?
An American Dental Association study found that most people believe a nice looking smile is the most attractive physical trait that a person can have. Here are some of the features that make a smile look beautiful:

- The right shade (usually a soft, white eggshell color).
- The ideal shape (smoothly contoured around the edges).
- The optimal spacing (all teeth positioned close together).
- Uniform size (each tooth is similar in height and width).

Veneers Will Give You That Ideal Smile
Because veneers can be designed to exact specifications by your Pensacola, FL dentist, they can give you the beautiful and natural looking set of teeth that you’ve been looking for. Each one is the perfect size, color, and shape to fit your unique smile. Veneers only require a small amount of space on the top of each tooth, so much of your natural tooth enamel is preserved.

Show Off Your Best Smile for Years
After you see your new smile, you can relax knowing that it will look that way for many years. Some people are able to maintain their veneers for 10 years or longer before another treatment. Your natural teeth will also stay strong during that period since they're protected by durable porcelain material. To extend the life of your veneers, avoid biting down on hard objects with them and keep them free from plaque buildup.

Come in for a Veneer Consultation
Your “best smile possible” starts with a consultation at Dr. Edwin Yee's dentist office in Pensacola, FL. Call (850) 479-3355 today to schedule an appointment to discuss veneers in more detail.