Smile more! It’s good for you.

shutterstock_199870865Your smile reveals a lot about you. At Shane McDowell, DMD, we believe that smiling is one of the most powerful gifts we are given, and that is why we have made it our life’s work to help people take care of them. We are lucky to be able to smile at our neighbors, friends, and colleagues to demonstrate how happy we are to be in their company. But did you know smiling has more benefits than just making other people happy?

According to a myriad of studies done by top universities, the benefits of smiling and laughter have been found to lower your hormone causing stressors, as well as have the following positive health effects:

Boost your immune system, preventing the flu and other illnesses. Smiling and laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. If that’s not a reason to smile, we aren’t sure what is.
Lower your blood pressure. Smiling can improve the function of blood vessels, increasing blood flow. This can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular issues.
It’s a natural pain killer. Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. What’s better than being happy already? Becoming more naturally happy as you smile! Smiling relaxes the whole body, reducing physical tension and stress, allowing you to feel happier.
You’ll be more productive. Studies show that smiling has been known to increase productivity in work and at school. So while you’re working away, be sure to smile.
You’ll look younger! Showing off those pearly whites on a regular basis can naturally lift the face. Studies show that it can make people look up to 3 years younger.
It can help you build a great persona. Are you a leader or climbing the ladder in your community? It’s a commonly known social fact that successful people smile. Why wouldn’t they? They’re out in the world achieving their dreams. Working hard and smiling your way to success is a great way to build your career.

If you are missing out on all of these amazing opportunities to smile because you aren’t comfortable with the look of your teeth, let us help! At Shane McDowell, DMD, we offer quality cosmetic and restorative dentistry that can create a brighter smile and a new you!

Some important things to always remember is to be consistent with your dental care routine. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once per day, visiting us for a dental cleaning and check-up every 6 months. If you are still unhappy with the quality of your smile, we offer services that can provide you with greater confidence and a new outlook on life, including:

• Invisalign
• Crowns
• Tooth Colored Fillings
• Bridges
• Veneers
• Teeth Whitening
• Complete Smile Makeover

Live your life to the fullest, which includes that beautiful smile! Call us to request a consultation today, at (239) 936-0597 or contact us here. 

All About Dentures

All About DenturesDid you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed teeth? Today, we’re going to be talking about dentures. Why would someone need dentures? Well, there are a myriad of reasons why an adult might lose their teeth.

They might lose them from gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Replacing missing teeth may benefit you; making it easy for you to speak, eat—things that some people take for granted! It also helps you with your overall appearance. When you lose teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face, and they can be made to closely resemble your teeth.

Types of dentures:

  • Conventional: This type of denture fully removable, and is placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Sometimes the healing process can take up to several months.
  • Immediate: This type of denture is also fully removable, but is placed in your mouth the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. To fit you for this denture, we will take your measurements and make models of your jaw during your first visit. You don’t have to be fully healed in order to use these dentures right away, however, you might have to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
  • Over-denture: An over-denture is made to fit in-between your existing, natural teeth.

Getting used to your dentures can take some time. They may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to wearing them, and sometimes they may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. Some patients find that their saliva flow temporarily increases, but as you become more used to wearing them, these issues should go away. It problems such as irritation or soreness, be sure to contact us.

Even though you wear dentures, it’s still important to take the time to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This helps to stimulate circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.

Here are a few other tips to keep your mouth healthy with dentures:

  • Rinse your dentures before brushing
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner and gently brush all the surfaces – be careful not to scratch them
  • When you aren’t wearing your dentures, be sure to put them in a safe place, covered in water to keep them from warping
  • When brushing, be sure to clean your mouth thoroughly, including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove plaque
  • If you use adhesives, be sure to read the instructions. There are many different forms: creams, pads/wafers, powders, strips or liquids. We recommend using adhesives that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, these products are evaluated by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.

If you are considering dentures, or have any questions about your existing dentures, please contact our office. We look forward to serving you! To schedule an appointment with us, please visit our website at or call (239) 936-0597.