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Advantages of Greensboro Cosmetic Dentistry For You

When people think about improving their appearance, they usually think about their skin, weight, hair color and style, or a myriad of other things that can be changed.” How often do people think about their smile, which portrays happiness, laughter, and kindness towards others Studies show that when people smile more, others also perceive them as more attractive*! In addition to all of those benefits, did you know that smiling more can actually make you happier and healthier Smiling not only influences your mood, but can help lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and release endorphins which make you happier**! With all of these amazing benefits, why would anyone not consider improving their smile

If you know you have a beautiful smile, you re more likely to show it off, making not only you, but everyone around you happier and healthier in the process. “At the office of Dr. Bertrand Bonnick in Greensboro, North Carolina you can improve your smile, and your life, with confidence and peace of mind.” Dr. Bonnick offers free cosmetic dentistry consultations, which is an excellent way to start your journey to a happier, better, and more beautiful you.

Veneers

are strips of porcelain a strong, stain resistant material – that are attached directly onto your teeth – making them whiter and stronger. Your teeth can also become more neat-looking because veneers are additional material added to your teeth, so any spots that are chipped or worn down can be filled in by these strips.” “Veneers can also help your lips appear more voluminous, defined, and can help reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth. This is a very popular cosmetic dentistry solution.

The application process of this form of cosmetic dentistry is fairly simple, and is done in two short visits.” In the first visit, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth to make the perfect fitting veneers.” The second visit will be a bit longer due to the dentist ensuring the veneers fit perfectly.” This might include him trimming the veneer, or adjusting the tooth itself to help it fit perfectly.” An acidic compound is applied to the tooth to help the bonding, then the cement is applied.” Once you give the okay, the dentist will cure the cement, creating a permanent bond with the veneer.” After the veneer is in place, your teeth will undergo a final cleaning, and you re done!

If you re nervous to try such a permanent cosmetic dentistry procedure, there are other procedures available at the Greensboro office of Dr. Bonnick. Another excellent procedure to help brighten your smile is known as teeth whitening, which is done in two easy appointments.” At the first appointment the dentist will take a mold of your teeth. The mold is then given to you at the second appointment to take home and wear with the whitening solution for 30 minutes at a time, two times per day.” This is not a permanent solution, as your teeth can become stained by things like drinking coffee or wine.” However, whitening is an excellent to see the differences in your mood and appearance that cosmetic dentistry can make!

There are many other types of operations that can help improve your smile, including porcelain fixed bridges which can help fill in missing teeth using the same material as the veneers.” Crowns are another form of implant that utilize porcelain, which covers existing teeth to help improve appearance and strength.” Overall many procedures exist to correct any abnormalities that you may have.” No matter what you need to improve your smile, Dr. Bonnick can help you get the smile you deserve.” Call for a free cosmetic dentistry consultation today!

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Hepatitis B and your oral health

Did you know July is Hepatitis awareness month? 

With that in mind we wanted to share some interesting tips that can help you prevent contracting Hepatitis B particularity as that is the gateway to Hep C&D per this health line article

Hepatitis B is usually contracted through the sharing of bodily fluids like saliva. Often  times we think of kissing when we think about saliva but how often do you share your tooth brush with your spouse? It happens sometimes, usually when in a hurry in the morning (before coffee) to grab the wrong brush by mistake.  

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To avoid that happening try getting two different styles or colors of tooth brush. We also recommend a hers and his toothbrush holder location. This will help the pre-coffee brain from grabbing the wrong brush by mistake. 

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Also, if you are a young family with kids that you are teaching how to brush their teeth. It is important for them to use a brush that fits their mouth.  Adult brushes can be to big causing them discomfort or ineffective brushing. It could also lead to swapping Hepatitis B to the kiddos that haven’t yet received their vaccinations.  Make sure to purchase, or ask your dentist for, a kid brush to help them learn healthy habits while protecting them from harmful bacteria. 

If you have questions about how to protect your family from Hepatitis B please feel free to give our office a call today. We love helping people live healthier lives!

New Year Resolutions And Your Health

Most of us look at the turn of the year as an opportunity to make conscientious changes in our lives to better ourselves. Usually our new year’s resolutions involve changing a career, getting more active, eating less sugar or carbs, quit smoking, or even going back to school. 

A new years resolution is a commitment you make to your self that, upon reflection at the end of each year, you feel you owe yourself. This commitment is usually short lived because we get frustrated about the apparent lack of results in the first two weeks of the year. 

We want to take a moment to give you a few tools to help you achieve your health goals this year so that next year at resolution time you can look back on this resolution and say proudly that you did it! You accomplished what you set out to do! 

So if your new years resolution was related to a health goal, here are some things that can help you get healthy and stay healthy for 2018 (and years to come)! 

First of all pick a resolution that doesn’t scare you. For example, if you are afraid of intense physical training because you don’t know how to do it safely, then don’t make a resolution to do P90X every day. Rise to the challenge of getting out of your comfort zone safely. Perhaps make the resolution to take a daily walk, or bike ride so that you are active for a minimum of 30 minutes. Studies have shown that physical activity of 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of high blood pressure by a fifth! This minimal time commitment is something we can all squeeze into our days if we just get up 15 minuets earlier in the morning and go to bed 15 minutes later at night. Boom, 30 minutes found and the rest of the day totally uninterrupted. 

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Second, find a resolution that resonates with you. If health is your resolution then make sure your why is more than “I want a beach body tomorrow” because the fact of the matter is, if you don’t already have a beach body, you won’t have one tomorrow or next week by deciding to get one. Beach bodies take dedication and a life style commitment, not just a resolution. So make the goal more reasonably attainable. Instead of the goal being a beach body, maybe the goal is to run a mile in 10 minutes, or do 50 push ups in under 3 minutes, or 100 sit ups in under 5 minutes. These quantity goals are measurable, you can build up to them, and then you will see progress by reaching those goals pushing you to set new ones to strive for. With the right goal setting and mind set we can accomplish anything! 

Third, when we think about our health resolutions we often think about cutting out sugar or carbs from our diets and think it will be the magic solution to a healthy life. It really isn’t! Life is about everything in moderation. It is scary and complicated to try new things, learn new recipes, and eat healthy. But instead of setting a goal to eliminate sugar or carbs, set a goal to cook one new healthy meal a week. This would involve planning one night a week that you will cook at home, and that you will deliberately shop for. The beautiful thing about planning a new recipe one night a week is it doesn’t feel as daunting or over whelming, it can be fun! Make it a date night activity that you and your significant other can do together. Also finding healthy recipes that you like, one meal at a time, adds to your healthy food choices all week long. Over the course of the year you will slowly change your eating habits to healthier choices through the new meals you learn each week. Giving you the nutrition you need with out the stress. 

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Lastly, as we think about food and our health choices for 2018, lets keep in mind our teeth. Eating the right food, moving more, and stressing less are all great ways to care for yourself and your family. So is brushing and flossing after each meal. If you only brush or floss once a day, you are not alone, but like all anything else step up in a reasonable way so it doesn’t stress you out. Start with committing to brushing twice a day. In 21 days (because it takes 21 days to make a habit) add flossing once a day, and then in 21 more days add flossing to each time you brush, and so on. Before you know it new healthy habits will be formed and it won’t take any time at all. 

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At the end of the day a new years resolution is a commitment to yourself to be better than you were last year. Setting reasonable small goals along the way gives you the small wins we all need to stay committed and build healthier habits and lifestyles. Before you know it we will all have great beautiful smiles and beach bodies together! In the mean time though, lets support each other on the journey. We are here for you if you need anything, just give us a call!

Improve Your Bone Health, Improve Your Life

It’s funny that we don’t spend much time in our daily lives thinking about our bones. Most of the time that is because, other than our teeth and nails, we don’t see them and other than nutritional supplements and regular exercise we can’t do much to impact our bone health. But the bones in our body are pivotal for our way of life. 

For example, some of us that have an aunt, uncle, grandparent, parent or sibling with dentures, and we can attest that they look different when they take their teeth out. And it isnt just because they have a gummy smile! It kind of looks like their chin is getting closer to their nose…or is it the other way around, and their face looks sunken in. Sound about right? 

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You are not imagining things. Their facial structure is changing over time due to the missing teeth.  Without our teeth our jaw bone starts to deteriorate away. 

Our bones are a lot more like our muscles than we may have initially understood. Like our muscle tissue,  if we don’t use it we lose it! Our muscles turn to fat or disappear. Our bone is the same way. If we don’t provide the proper support it disappears over time.

So a challenge that our family members suffer as they age and get dentures, or lose a few teeth, is the jaw bone itself is no longer supported by their teeth and roots. The roots that hold our teeth in place also provide vital support and nutrients to the jaw bone making it stay strong and healthy. 

How do we help our bones stay healthy as we age?

So glad you asked! Here are 4 things we can start doing today to help us preserve our bone health for years to come! (tips from Healthline.com

1) Consuming foods that are nutrient-dense like vegetables, proteins , and food containing zinc, Omega-3 fats and magnesium help our bodies from the inside out. A diet high in nutrition and vitamin-rich foods give our bones the support they need to stay healthy and strong. So next time Mom says to “eat your vegetables”…you should! She is helping you build strong bones! 

2) Maintain a stable and healthy weight. Being overweight is hard on your joints, which in turn is hard on your bones. But having a healthy weight allows your bones to function optimally all the time which will decease your aches and pains over time. To maintain a healthy weight it is encourage to weight train. The added benefit is lifting weights on a regular basis builds muscle, which helps support your skeletal system providing it with the support it needs to combat osteoporosis, ostiopenia and even breast cancer. So lots of great added value here! 

3) Avoiding low calorie diets can also help improve bone health. Low calorie diets aren’t good for any part of your body, but your bone marrow, density, and resilience to disease and infection are centered on the nutrients you take in and absorb. So while all calories are the same, and muscle does weigh the same as fat, a diet that is rich in nutrients and is of proper caloric intake can make a big difference on your bone health over the years. 

4) Lastly, implants. For those of us with dentures already, it may be a good idea to look into implants. This dental solution helps bring vitality and stability back to your jaw bone health ensuring your youthful appearance for years to come! Not to mention the all on 4 implants help lock those dentures in place so no more slip and slide a family photo time, or  denture creams that can cause their own problems. (That’s a topic for another day!)

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As we age, life happens! It is easy to fall into bad habits, grab that fast food on the way home, or even take in more sugar or carbs than we should. If we aren’t paying attention these bad habits add up and can be more costly to us than a new wardrobe every year. These things will have an impact on our bone health and ultimately the quality of our lives as we age. If you are looking for some help getting back on the right track for your bone health visit The North Carolina State Health Plan and consult your regular care physician.

For more information on implants and how they can be used to preserve bone health, call our office today! We are happy to help you discover your implant options for a happier healthier life! 

5 Tips for Preventative Care: Sugar and Your Teeth

With Halloween and all things sweet and spooky hot on our heels we feel it is a great time to help you and your family stay focused on preventative dental care. This post will talk about the top 5 ways you can prevent cavities and dental issues from home. These are not new tips by any means, but they are great reminders!

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 We all know brushing twice daily is a good habit to be in, but a better habit is to brush after each meal. This can be challenging if you work out of your home, or if you are eating through out the day. So our quick tip is going to focus on ways you can sneak a quick bush in here and there.

  1. Carry the finger brushes with you. They are disposable and you can brush quick while in the rest room before returning to work.
  2. Keep a soft bristle brush in your desk, and pop in to the restroom after lunch but before returning to work for a quick freshen up.

Flossing: why is it important?

It helps clean that little gap between your soft tissue (gums) and your teeth that can be a food trap if you have gaps in your teeth or if you have receding gums. Why don’t we floss more? Most people forget about flossing because it is awkward or uncomfortable. So a quick tip to make it easier, try the flossers they sell in the tooth paste section at the grocery store. These are handy disposable flossers making it so you don’t have to fit your hand in your mouth to reach those so important back teeth.

One way to make it less uncomfortable is don’t use so much pressure. The floss is meant to do the job, so leave the muscles at the door. You don’t need to draw blood to know you did a good job. A gentle back and forth motion and and gentle up and down motion is all you need to help keep those nooks and crannies of the mouth clean and clear of decay causing bacteria.

Flossing also helps to toughen up your gum tissue so when you come for a dental visit you have less pain and discomfort.

 

If you are not a big water drinker, we understand. It can get a bit boring to always drink water, but at the end of the day water is the best thing for your teeth. Why? It is the only drink on the market that has no added sugar and no chemicals that can brake down your enamel or soft tissues.

Water is a great tool to use between your brushing and flossing sessions too. Swishing with water after a snack or a meal can help prevent food build up as the swishing motion can knock loose food chunks free and prevent them from building up. It is important for us to note that water in it self does not prevent bacteria or decay. For those that are candy eaters through out the day, swishing with water helps remove sugar build up on the enamel that can be damaging to your tooth structure.

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Rinsing with mouthwash containing fluoride, on the other hand, does prevent decay and bacteria build up. Some bacteria is good and is a necessary part of the digestive process. But the right mouth wash will kill off the bad bacteria that eats enamel and soft tissue leaving the good bacteria for proper digestion. Most dentists recommend swishing with this type of mouth wash once a day, but the more you do it the better it is with in reason. So we say you have to swish after brushing anyway, so it may as well be with something that will help reinforce that clean feeling and protect your teeth at the same time. So swish after each brush.

Last but not least regular dental visits help prevent tooth decay, tarter build up, and periodontal disease. Insurance companies say regular visits are once every 6 months. But we say a regular visit is as often as you feel like you need a detailed clean.

For some that is every 3 months as opposed to every 6. For those keeping up with the at home care between meals and before bed come in for a cleaning and leave smiling with no surprises. The reason preventative care at home helps is because there is less harmful damaging bacteria to remove when you come for a visit. Preventative home care allows for better dental health year round as opposed to 2 or 4 days a year (depending on your visit frequency). A regular dental visit should be pain free and stress free. 

 

At the end of the day the goal is to avoid sugar, and keep your mouth free of food debris.

 

If this article was helpful, please stop by our office and say hello! We would love to meet you!

 

3 Ways Sedation Dentistry can Help Overcome Dental Phobias

Minor dental phobia can be as minor as not liking the sound of the dental equipment or the smell of the stryle office environment. It isn’t something that stops you from going, but it does make you a little on edge while you are waiting for your time with the hygenist or dentist. This level of anxioty can be treated with soothing sents and sounds in the practice reception room as well as nitrus oxide when you get into the treatment room. Nitrus oxide, also known as laughing gas, allows our patients to relax and take that little edge off that they can experience entering a dental facility. 

Mild dental phobia can be a marginonally more unnerving. Maybe you have had a bad experience before at the dental office, or you are intimidated by the amount of work you would like done and it is casuing some undue anxioty. That is ok. You aren’t alone. Many of our patients have been in your shoes.  Oral sedation can help you over come this level of anxioty. Typically following a consultation and some xrays an oral sedation appointment is scheduled and you leave with a perscription to help settel the anxioety the night before you come in for treatment. Once you are in the office the day of treatment we provide additional oral medication that will make you feel very relaxed. Infact, most of our patients do rest while we work through the prediscussed dental care. It is important that with this level of sedation you have a designated caregiver who can help get you to and from the office and rest room for your appointment. 

Extreme dental phobia may include extreame gag reflex or perhaps a fear of pain passed down from a family member that has made you unwilling to see a dentist ever, or even a medical condition that doesn’t allow you to sit in a dental chair. These are all situations we see regularly in our office. You are not alone and we can help you too! In this case IV sedation or general anesthesia may be the best rout. This would ensure you are fully relaxed and resting while the medical staff take careof your dental needs. Our staff is certified and trained in IV sedation, and we are the only dental staff permitted to opperate in the operating room of High Point Regional under general anesthesia.  

So weather you have gag reflex  you can’t control, or you just need to take that edge off so the sound of the dental equipment doesn’t stress you out, we have a sedation solution for you! Coming from a patient who knows, if you have oral sedation to get serval things done at once, the following visits are so much less stressful that you feel more comfortable with niturs oxide or nothing at all. Having a sedation experience allows you to gain trust in the doctor, the staff, and the process of having healthy teeth which allows you to over come that anxioty one appointmnet at a time. 

Volunteers Needed for Sedation Dental Study

Are you local to High Point/Winston Salem/Greensboro/Jamestown/Kernersville, NC and struggling to get the dental care you need? Either you don’t have insurance, or you are fearful to go to the dentist at all?

Dr. Bertrand Bonnick, our local sedation dentist helping you overcome your dental fears, has an ongoing commitment to the community. This community mission is two fold. The first objective is to help people like you who need dental dental care but are fearful to go or maybe don’t have the dental insurance or financial resources to pay for the services they need. The second is to teach 100 other dentists how to perform sedation dental services safely for their clients under the rules and regulations of the NC Dental Association.

Currently Dr. Bonnick is looking for people like you to pre-qualify for a dental event coming up in April!! This pre-qualification screening is scheduled for April 12th with treatment begining on april 14th. The prescreening is required prior to the event in order to reserve your sedation dental appointment.

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Dr. Bertrand Bonnick is hosting the Aristotle Institute for the 6th year in a row, and has been sponsoring sedation dentistry courses for over 8 years. Each year, Dr. Bonnick and his dental team selects 80 local people who have applied to participate in clinical sessions. Those qualified to undergo sedation can select from extractions, fillings, and cleanings. The sedation portion of the services are performed at no cost to you for that day (a $200-800 savings); you would only pay $50 per individual service received. As an example, if you needed two fillings, you would only pay $100 to receive treatment under sedation. A deposit of $50 will be due in advance of the scheduled course to reserve your appointment. Please be sure to inform a caregiver the date of your sedation appointment so they can accompany you to the office and home safely following the appointment.

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Experienced dental practitioners will be working alongside their staff as part of their clinical cases for sedation permits under North Carolina Dental Board regulations.

If you are local to High Point/Winston Salem/Greensboro/Jamestown/Kernersville, NC and struggling to get the dental care you need, or you don’t have insurance, or are fearful to go to the dentist at all, then contact us today for an opportunity to get the care you know you need. Make an Appointment