Virginia beach Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry Blog - Dr. Michael Folck

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What are natural tooth whiteners?


Yellow or stained teeth can be caused by a variety of factors. Your discolored teeth may be due to drinking coffee, using tobacco, or enjoying your red wine with dinner. Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Michael Folck can help you find your brighter, whiter smile with professional teeth whitening products, but you can take some steps at home to naturally whiten your smile.
·         Eat strawberries: the natural astringent in strawberries will help remove surface stains and the vitamin C will help clear away plaque.
·         Eat apples: chewing on an apple or other crunchy fruit helps to remove leftover bits of food and bacteria from your teeth. Malic acid, used in commercial whitening products to dissolve stains, is also found in apples.
·         Eat raisins: raisins will stimulate saliva production to naturally wash out your mouth.
·         Eat cheese: some evidence that eating cheese at the end of a meal will promote enamel re-mineralization. Keeping milk and yogurt in your diet also provides calcium and phosphorus to help with re-mineralization of your enamel.
·         Chew gum: sugar-free gum that contains xylitol will promote saliva production after meals to naturally clean your mouth.
All of these are part of keeping a good healthy diet. Nothing works quite as well as letting the professionals whiten your teeth.
If you are interested in professional teeth whitening by a Virginia Beach dentist, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS or call 877-206-3444 today to schedule your initial consultation.



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Friday, April 12, 2013

Should I use over-the-counter tooth whiteners?


The market is overrun with over-the-counter tooth whiteners. It's difficult to know what to use and if any of them are really worth the time and effort. Norfolk area dentist Dr. Michael Folck recommends skipping the over-the-counter tooth whiteners and visiting your dentist to let the professionals whiten your teeth.
  • Tooth whiteners you can purchase at the store only brighten the front of your teeth.
  • They miss the enamel between your teeth.
  • They can result in blotchy, uneven whitening.
  • They take a long period of time to be effective.
  • They can harm your teeth by drying out your tooth enamel.
When you visit your Norfolk dentist for teeth whitening, you know that you are getting a safe and effective treatment that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Folck has the knowledge and experience to make sure your gums are protected from the bleaching agents in the whitening materials. He can also recommend at-home products that are high quality, produce the results you want, and are safe for your use.
If you would like more information about your tooth whitening options from a Norfolk area dentist, please call 877-206-3444 or contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today to schedule your initial consultation.



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Monday, April 8, 2013

Good Dental Hygiene Will Help Your Porcelain Veneers Last


Once you receive your porcelain veneers, you'll want to keep your smile healthy and bright for years to come. Hampton area dentist Dr. Michael Folck will review with you what steps you can take at home to help with the maintenance of your straighter, whiter smile, but here are a few good tips to get you started:
  • Brush and floss every day
  • Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects, like pens
  • Limit your intake of coffee, tea, and other dark colored beverages
  • Limit your intake of alcohol and other sugary drinks
  • Wear your mouth guard at night if you are a teeth grinder
Don't neglect your regular dental checkups either. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy will go a long way toward keeping your smile as beautiful as the day you get your porcelain veneers.
The durability of porcelain veneers that Dr. Folck uses means that your veneers can last up to 10 years and beyond when you take good care of them.
If you would like a consultation with a Hampton area dentist about how porcelain veneers can improve your smile, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS or call 877-206-3444 today to schedule your initial consultation. 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Will my insurance cover my dental treatment?


You may be able to use your insurance benefits for your treatment by Chesapeake area dentist Dr. Michael Folck. It really depends on which procedures you are having done and what kind of insurance coverage you have.
We realize that dental cost considerations impact your decisions for when and if to have cosmetic dental procedures. Cosmetic dentistry is often seen as a luxury, but it does not have to be cost prohibitive.
Most insurance covers routine general dentistry procedures provided by your dentist, like checkups, cleanings, and x-rays. Other cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers or teeth whitening are often not covered by your dental insurance. It is important to check with your plan provider to know exactly which treatments are covered.
When your insurance doesn't cover your procedures, we have cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry financing options available through Care Credit. With flexible financing options, you don't have to wait for your cosmetic dentistry solutions. You can select an affordable payment plan that allows you to look and feel better about your dental care today.
If you are looking for a Chesapeake dentist to restore your smile, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS  or call 877-206-3444 today to schedule your initial consultation. 

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