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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bright Smile for the Holidays


If your smile has become stained, dingy, or discolored since your last Holiday gathering, it may be time to consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. Unlike store-bought kits that can cause serious tooth sensitivity and produce uneven results, in-office solutions offered by our Chesapeake cosmetic dentist comfortably and consistently lighten every tooth in your mouth up to ten shades. Better still, these results can be achieved in as little as one hour, allowing you to put your best smile forward in next to no time at all.
If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, it’s not too late to pick up a professional-strength whitening kit from Dr. Folck. These kits come with application trays that are customized to your smile, enabling the whitening of each unique groove and surface while reducing risks of tooth sensitivity and soft tissue irritation. Dr. Folck would be happy to discuss these options along with other cosmetic dentistry solutions that can help ensure your smile is bright and beautiful this Holiday Season and throughout the year.
To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Michael Folck, please contact us today. Dr. Folck serves Chesapeake and surrounding communities from our centrally located Virginia Beach office.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Probiotics and Periodontitis


Periodontitis is an advanced for of gum disease that can lead to a host of oral and systemic health problems. For many patients, this type of gum disease is chronic, and traditional treatments often fail to completely address the problem.
To increase the efficacy of treatment, antibiotics are typically used. While these prove useful in some cases, not all patients can tolerate antibiotics and some prefer to avoid them due to their potential health risks. This makes recent studies showing probiotics equally effective at treating chronic periodontitis very welcome indeed.
Probiotics occur naturally in the human gut and are linked to immune response and digestive health. One strain in particular, lactobacillus reuteri, has been shown to help prevent tooth decay. This same strain has, in recent studies, shown to increase the efficacy of nonsurgical gum treatment by 53 percent. Better still, l. reuteri is readily available in a number of cultured and fermented foods as well as in supplement form, making its addition to the diet extremely easy.
There are a number of things that may be required to properly treat gum disease. Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Michael Folck will work individually with you to determine which solutions are best for your particular needs.
To schedule your appointment, please contact Dr. Michael Folck today. Based in Virginia Beach, Dr. Folck serves Norfolk, Chesapeake, and surrounding Virginia communities.

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