Before dental veneers were invented, people with a damaged tooth surface had only two options - to have it filled or to leave it be.

That's how it was until around 1930 when a dentist from California by the name of Charles Pincus created the very first veneers. The main purpose of those veneers was to improve the smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses who had broken or decayed teeth. Yes, even in glamorous, old Hollywood, tooth decay was a problem! Many believe that the invention of veneers led to what we call now the "Hollywood Smile".

During the early 1930s, when veneers were still new, they did not bond well with teeth. Despite their limitations, they were still well-received in Hollywood because the actors and actresses who wore them only needed them to stay in place while they were shooting a film. It quickly became obvious that there was a broader use for the general public if only they had improved longevity.

As you may know, veneers are generally made of porcelain or composites, and a thin layer of the material is bonded to the tooth's surface to protect the tooth if it's damaged or to improve its appearance. Back when veneers were first developed, it was this bonding process that was not particularly effective.

Fast forward to 1982 when research revealed that porcelain veneers could be effectively etched using hydrofluoric acid. This allowed the permanent bonding of veneers. The fact that porcelain wears better than composite materials made it the top choice for veneers.

The continuous improvements in both material and design, as well as the bonding agents used, have made veneers a long lasting solution for those who want to improve their smiles. In fact, you can now expect veneers to last from 10 to 30 years. Of course, there are several factors that can affect their longevity. For instance, your veneers can become cracked, damaged, or discolored. Your gums may also recede, causing decay. These issues may require that your veneers be replaced over time. But with proper care, most veneers can produce a truly beautiful smile for a very long time.

Are you considering getting dental veneers? We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact Preston Dental Centre today!

Are you always avoiding cold foods or hot beverages because of how sensitive your teeth are? If your answer is yes, it may be time to finally address this inconvenient and possibly painful condition.

Millions of people experience tooth sensitivity but not all of them know what's causing sensitive teeth. If you, too, want to know more about sensitive teeth and what could be causing it, read on as we discuss the causes and treatments for this problem.

Before we talk about the causes of tooth sensitivity, it's important that you first understand the origin of hypersensitivity in teeth. You see, the inside of your tooth is made up primarily of dentin - a material that has microscopic tubules containing tiny nerve endings. The enamel of your tooth (the hard outer layer) protects the dentin inside the crown of your tooth. A layer of cementum protects the dentin that is found in the root of your tooth. When dentin loses either the protection of the enamel or cementum, the nerve endings inside its tubules are exposed to cold, hot, and acidic foods and this causes nerve irritation or dentin hypersensitivity.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

The following dental issues can cause sensitive teeth:

* Tooth erosion caused by highly acidic food and drinks

* Tooth decay and/or a broken tooth which exposes the dentin

* Worn-out tooth enamel due to excessively aggressive brushing or hard-bristled toothbrush

* Gum recession that exposes the root surface

* Leaky dental fillings

* Tooth grinding

* Sensitivity experienced after a dental treatment (this is only temporary and is common with procedures like tooth bleaching, crowns, and fillings, among others)

What Should You Do if You Suffer from Sensitive Teeth?

The first thing to do would be to talk about it with your dentist who can help you find relief. Be detailed when you describe your symptoms. It will also be helpful if you inform your dentist when you noticed the pain, as well as the things you do that help make it better like swishing warm water or applying a warm compress.

Once your dentist has determined the reason for your sensitive teeth, treatment can commence. It can be something as simple as replacing a worn filling or fixing a cavity. But if the discomfort mainly comes from exposed root surfaces due to gum recession, a gum graft may be suggested by your dentist.

What You Can Do to Manage the Sensitivity

Even if there is no obvious cause for your sensitive teeth, there are still various treatments that can help manage the problem. For one, your dentist can apply fluoride gel to reduce painful sensations and strengthen the enamel. You can also try a desensitizing toothpaste that can help block the nerve endings in the dentin that is exposed.

Why suffer from sensitive teeth when a short trip to your dentist is all it takes? Make an appointment with your dentist at Preston Dental Centre today and you might be able to finally enjoy the food and drinks that you have been missing for so long!

From the moment your child greets the world, your parental responsibilities start. You're responsible for feeding her, putting her to sleep, bathing her, clothing her, and making sure she's healthy and safe. When you see her first tiny tooth sprouting from her gums, it can be exciting and sometimes scary, especially if she gets feverish. Your child’s first tooth is a milestone! In all the excitement, though, you should never forget that another responsibility is added to your list - you are now the official brusher of your little one's pearly white teeth.

As a parent, you should teach your children good oral health habits right from the start. Making regular brushing and flossing a part of their lives as early as possible is essential. But until your kids are able to brush and floss on their own, which is about the time they reach the age of seven or eight, you will have to help them do it properly.

Most parents tend to overlook flossing, which is one important part of dental health. While it is true that brushing is the main way you can fight bacteria and cavities, flossing can dislodge food stuck between teeth and plaque that has developed in hard to reach areas. You see, when you don't get food and bacterial plaque from between your teeth, it can lead to tooth decay, halitosis, and gum disease. All of these oral health problems can be prevented by practicing healthy dental habits starting from when your child is a toddler.

Here are some tips that you can use to help your child learn about effective dental care:

* Stand with your child while brushing and flossing your own teeth so that you can demonstrate how these tasks are done.

* To make the routine more fun, sing a "brushing song" or download a timer app to help teach your child how long she should brush her teeth for.

* Supervise your child's brushing and flossing ritual until she's seven or eight years old

* Make your child use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head when all her teeth appear.

* Teach her to concentrate on one area at a time when she’s brushing.

* Your little one might want to brush your teeth. Let her! Just make sure that you use your own toothbrush as bacteria can be transferred from your mouth to your child's!

* There may be a stage in your child's life when brushing becomes a chore. When the above tips no longer work, you can establish a reward system. For instance, you can have a "brush scoreboard" where you put stickers every time your child brushes her teeth. And once she collects 10 or 20 stickers, she receives a reward!

* Introduce your child to your dentist at Preston Dental as early as you can! It helps ease anxiety if she recognizes her dentist and identifies them as a friend. Raise your child understanding that dentists are "good friends". It won't help if you use the idea of taking her to the dentist as a threat or punishment.

Brushing teeth doesn't have to be a task for your child. Encouraging your child to build good oral habits shouldn't be a chore for you either. A little imagination and creativity can turn brushing into one of those activities both you and your child look forward to!

If you want other helpful tips on how you can establish a good dental routine with your child, don't hesitate to ask your trusted dentists at Preston Dental Centre!