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Effective Tips for Proper Dental Flossing

Floss your teeth regularly and effectively. Regular tooth brushing helps take care of your teeth, but the gum line and the spaces between teeth need something more to keep them clean and healthy. Gum disease forms at the gum line and can also start in the spaces between teeth. A toothbrush cannot reach all the areas, so it is important that you floss every day to maintain your oral health. However, it is important that you floss using the right technique.

Proper Flossing Technique Tips

Follow these techniques to floss properly and effectively.

1. Floss Winding

Take 18 inches of floss and wind around the middle fingers in each hand. Pinch it between the index fingers and thumbs and leave up to 2 inches of length in between. Place the floss between the upper teeth using the thumb. Keep up to 2 inches of the floss length between fingers and guide it between the lower teeth using the index fingers.

When you use your middle digits on each hand for holding the floss, your thumbs and index fingers will be free to work it in between all the teeth. When you do this you will realize that it will be required to use different combinations of the thumb and different fingers to reach all the areas in your mouth.

2. Gliding

Use the zigzag motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Do it gently to avoid the floss from snapping. You should also glide the floss around the tooth’s side.

3. Sliding

It is also important to floss vertically. Slide the floss vertically on the tooth surface. Also slide it between the gum line. Make sure that each tooth is flossed using a clean part of the floss.

When flossing, it is important to keep it gentle to not hurt your gums. If it hurts, it means that you are doing it wrong and it can damage the tissue. There can be some discomfort for a few days in the beginning, but if there is pain or persistent discomfort, you should see a dentist.

If you find it difficult to get the floss to go, use a gentle see-saw motion. It is going to make it easy to slide it through the spaces between the teeth.

It is important to clean each tooth individually and this is achieved best by pulling the floss to create a C-like shape. However, most people never utilize this concept to its best. When you work the floss up/down, make sure that the complete surface of each tooth gets scrubbed.

Essential Surfaces to Clean When You Floss Your Teeth

When flossing, it is important to clean the contact area and the gum line.

  • Contact Area: Plaque can build up at or below the area where two teeth come into contact. This is the area where cavities can form. Flossing can help in dislodging the plaque that may get accumulated here.
  • Gum Line: Another area that is important to clean is under the gum line. If you don’t floss properly, the plaque buildup in this area can have a significant impact on your gum health. It is important to wrap the floss in a C-shape and slide it vertically through the length of the tooth to scrape and remove the subgingival plaque.

The proper technique should maximize the tooth surface that is cleaned. Whenever cleaning the front side, push the floss to the back so that it wraps the front as much as possible. When cleaning the backside, pull the floss to wrap the back as much as possible.

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Basic Tips

Now that you know the technique to floss properly, you should also know about some basics.

  • Frequency: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing every day. If plaque is not properly removed, it can harden and become tartar or calculus. In this long-term, this can result in cavities.
  • When to Floss: You can floss before or after brushing. You may also floss any time of the day. Choose a time when you have little extra minutes to floss daily without fail.
  • Pressure: Make sure that the pressure of the floss is focused on the side of the tooth. It is also important not to direct the pressure into the gum tissue.
  • Fresh Section: Make sure to use a fresh section of the floss for new areas. This prevents bacteria from spreading between different areas. This also prevents shredded or weaker floss from being used again.

Types of Floss

  • There are several types of floss.
    • Beginner Floss: floss made out of PTFE (Teflon: Glide) are very slippery, they pass through tight contacts easily. Their slipperiness makes them a lot less effective in removing the sticky, slimy plaque.
    • Intermediate floss: Waxed floss is slightly better, yet the wax needs to wear off with several up and down motions against the tooth until the exposed unwaxed threads begins to remove the sticky plaque. There are also stretchy flosses that have a light wax on them that many people like.
    • Expert floss: Woven, knit and unwaxed flosses removes the plaque immediately, but may shred in tight contacts. If shredding, use the PTFE floss to clean up the shreds floss.

Once you have flossed, it is recommended to rinse out using water. While flossing helps dislodge plaque from the teeth, it is required to rinse to remove the dislodged plaque from the mouth. So make sure to follow these tips for effective dental flossing. It’s just one step in preventative care of your teeth.


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Brushing Your Teeth: The Correct Way to Protect Your Smile

When it comes to brushing your teeth, most people use the back-and-forth motion until they feel that the teeth are clean. In fact, most people are unable to do even this minimum-basic to keep their teeth clean. Most people feel that brushing harder is going to clean the teeth better. Doing so is going to remove the essential tooth enamel. It can also damage the gums and cause premature teeth aging. Your teeth will also become more sensitive to hot and cold food items.

The problem with brushing this way is that it is also ineffective. When you brush using this method, the bristles are just bouncing between the teeth. The bristles are not entering and cleaning the spaces in between. Lack of proper cleaning in these spaces can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Importance of Proper Brushing Technique

Brushing hard and fast may seem to be an effective way to keep your teeth clean. The technique not only removes the enamel, it also causes the buildup of debris between the teeth and gums. The right technique will involve making the most of the toothbrush bristles.


When it comes to cleaning your teeth, use the following tips:

  • Start by cleaning the front surface of the upper teeth and then the lower teeth.
  • Then clean the inside of the upper teeth and then the lower teeth.
  • Then clean the surfaces used for chewing.
  • When brushing the gum-line, the brush should be tilted at 45 degrees to the gum-line. Sweep the brush away from the gum-line.
  • You should also brush your tongue.
  • Better yet, buy a good Sonicare powered brush and keep it in place, as it gently and thoroughly cleans your teeth.

When brushing, make short and gentle strokes. Make sure that you don’t miss the hard to reach areas behind the teeth, the gum-line, and also the area around the crown (if you have any). Using precise and gentle strokes ensures that there is no trauma on the gums. It also makes it similar for you to clean the hard-to-reach areas.

It is widely known that brushing twice a day is the best practice. However, most people don’t follow this basic rule. Make sure to adhere to this principle.

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Choosing the Right Toothbrush & Toothpaste

It is not just the brushing technique that matters. The toothbrush and the toothpaste also matter.


Dentists worldwide recommend soft-bristled brush. Look for small-headed toothbrushes because they can be used even in hard-to-reach areas. Look for a brush with bristles having different levels of height. You may also consider a powered toothbrush with these features. The right toothbrush should clean your teeth, break the plaque, and also stimulate the gums.

It is also important to replace the toothbrush every 3 months. In fact, you should also replace it if you have a cold because it can cause germ buildup on the bristles. Or better yet, place it in your dishwasher to sanitize it. If members of your family are sick, do this for everyone!


The first time you learned how to brush, it is highly likely that you didn’t know how to choose the right toothpaste. You used whatever was used in your home. It is interesting that there are pastes for different dental conditions and needs. For example, you can find toothpaste for high sensitivity, cavities, stained teeth, or other conditions specific to you. There are also pastes for removing tartar. Other options include tooth whitening and even flavored pastes. Fluoride-based toothpaste help in strengthening the teeth and preventing cavities. It will be best to consult your dentist for a recommendation. The American Dental Association (ADA) offers a seal of approval for those tooth pastes where the fluoride is effective. Without the seal, the fluoride may not work.

Toothpastes are ranked by their Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA). This is important. The lower the RDA number, the less abrasive, too high of a number and the toothpaste will not only remove stain, but your enamel and dentine too.

Brushing Your Teeth Time

Besides the technique, the duration of brushing is also going to affect its effectiveness. Make sure that you brush for at least 2 minutes every time. On an average, most people never get close to this duration. This is an important factor – so much so that all the other factors cannot ensure effective cleaning without it. Using a stopwatch is an excellent way to ensure that your teeth get a proper cleaning. Another option is to use a toothbrush with an automatic timer.

When it comes to oral health, it is not just the teeth that you should be concerned about. You should also clean your tongue, something that most people overlook.

About Your Gums

You really should not brush your gums. Instead, brush slowly at the gum line so the bristles will sweep below the gum line. Let your tooth brush stay in one place and wiggle it around will allow the bristles to slip below the gum line and clean them. Just like cleaning under your fingernails with a similar soft brush. The electric Sonicare does this wonderfully.

So make sure to follow the tips mentioned here to keep your teeth and gum-line clean and healthy. Brushing your teeth is easy, but it requires daily care. It is also recommended to visit your dentist every 6 months. This will help in detecting any dental conditions and take preventative measures. Contact Smiles At France to set up your next dental visit at (612) 824-7033.


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Porcelain Veneers to Enhance Your Smile

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Veneers in Minneapolis and Edina

Porcelain veneers can help you achieve a new and beautiful smile. If you are concerned about your stained, chipped, or worn out teeth, this cosmetic dentistry treatment is a fast, effective, and safe way to brighten your smile. Find out what this treatment involves, what its benefits are, and how the process works.

What are porcelain veneers?

Whether you have chips or cracks in your teeth or want to improve your smile, porcelain veneers offer many benefits. These thin shells are made of medical-grade ceramic and have been effective in improving teeth profile in case of chips, cracks, misalignments, gaps, and discoloration. Each patient will have custom veneers develop for their teeth based on the problem. What makes this cosmetic enhancement so popular and effective is that this material has a very close resemblance to the natural dental enamel. It has also been used for teeth whitening effects with great success. Porcelain veneers are among the most popular and trusted treatment processes in the cosmetic industry.

How can veneers help?

The main purpose of using porcelain veneers is to recreate the natural appearance of your teeth. At the same time, it also provides strength that is almost equivalent to that of the natural tooth enamel. Whether it is a change in tooth color, size, shape, or position, this is a popular solution. Many times patients will also be able to address different cosmetic and structural problems with their teeth. Even if you have dark teeth that resist whitening, this treatment can prove to be highly effective in achieving bright white teeth. It can also be recommended to instantly fix minor overlaps, small gaps, and twists.

It is almost impossible for anyone to detect and tell the difference between veneer and your natural teeth. The benefits of this treatment process go beyond and can provide even higher resilience compared to your natural teeth. For example, veneers have higher resistance to coffee and tea stains compared to your natural tooth enamel. When you use this treatment, the natural tooth is mostly kept intact. Your dentist will make the minimum required alteration to your teeth to fit the porcelain veneer.

Our process

Our porcelain veneer treatment process involves bonding the material directly to the existing teeth while making minimal alterations to your natural teeth. The result is not just an immaculate natural appearance, but also added strength and support. The material is available in two different profiles:

  • The first profile of porcelain veneer is meant to be applied directly on the front of the teeth.
  • The second profile is made to wrap three-fourths of the tooth and provides additional strength.

The process involves removal of a tiny amount of the tooth and application of veneer. The amount of tooth that is removed during the preparation method is minuscule and on average, ranges from 0.1 mm to 1mm. The veneer is then bonded onto the prepared tooth surface with the help of light-sensitive resin. The resin cures fast and results in a strong and resilient adhesion.

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Teeth before veneers.
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Teeth after veneers.

Care and Treatment

The maintenance of porcelain veneers is a simple process. You will have to care and treat them just like your natural teeth. It will be required to brush and floss just like you do routinely with your normal teeth. However, it is required to take care of certain things.

  • Usually, a month after the veneer treatment, you will have to return to the dental office for an evaluation. Your dentist is going to look for any reaction from your mouth towards the veneers. It is important to make this appointment with your dentist even if you feel that everything is normal.
  • Make sure to use only non-abrasive fluoride-based toothpaste.
  • Your dentist may consider providing a nighttime bite guard if you are in the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth.
  • Avoid acidic drinks and food that may damage the non-veneered portion of your teeth.

It is not just the first visit after the veneer treatment, it is recommended to visit your dentist periodically for regular maintenance. This is important to detect any signs of breakdown.

If you have any problems with the structure of your teeth, such as chips, cracks, gaps, or discoloration, you should visit an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine whether veneer treatment can address the issue. We will evaluate everything including your enamel’s condition, your medical history, and overall dental health condition to determine if porcelain veneers are the perfect treatment for you. We can also recommend other treatment options based on the results of the evaluation to help you achieve your goals while improving your dental health.

Interested in finding out more? Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. David A. Cook at Smiles At France:  (612) 824.7033.

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How can athletes protect their smiles with mouthguards

Mouthguards used to be reserved for the sports noted for violent collisions. In short fashion it was learned that mouthguards, not only protected your smile, but also had other safety benefits. Read on for the benefits of mouthguards, when they should be worn and what to look for.

How to protect your teeth, reduce concussions and temporal mandibular joint trauma if you play sports?

Safety is the most important reason why hockey players, football players, lacrosse and other players suit up with all that gear. Gloves, shin guards, helmets, and leg guards are just a few of the items athletes use to protect themselves. Whether you are a professional athlete or a hobbyist, you value your teeth. It is not just about your smile; your pearly whites are essential to your overall health. This is why it is important to add one more gear to your kit – a mouthguard.

Mouthguards are essential for keeping your teeth safe when participating in different kinds of sports. These guards protect your teeth from chipping, cracking, and breaking in case of an impact. There are different types of mouthguards, including readymade, boil and bite, and custom made. If you have dental restoration work or braces, you should ask your dentist how you can use a mouthguard for protecting your teeth.

Sports can be dangerous for your teeth – and it’s not just the usual suspects

Sports, by its innate nature, comes with a wide range of potential risks even when it is all about fun and thrill. It is not just the usual suspects like football and hockey that have high injury risks, basketball and soccer players are also at risk. Even a casual game of fun can be dangerous for your teeth. Mountain bikers and skiers also have frequent injures to their teeth and jaws. The kind of damage you can suffer from includes cracked, chipped and lost teeth. Such injuries can be expensive to fix and some may also affect your smile and looks in the long-term. Other serious injuries happen to your jaw joints; concussions are worsened by the shock wave traveling between unprotected teeth.

You should have a plan to protect your teeth, joints and head from concussions even when you are participating in sports that might result in collisions. Just because there is no risk of bat, ball or another person’s arm or foot hitting you in the tooth, there is still the potential risk of falling or running into a hard object.

What a mouthguard can do?

A mouthguard is a dental appliance that shields and protects both hard and soft tissues including the teeth, lips, jawbones, gums, cheeks, and tongue from forceful blows. Usually, contact sports make it necessary to have a mouthguard, but it is recommended to use it in all competitive and solo sports. Studies show that high-quality guards when properly fitted can minimize or prevent potential risks of tooth injury and concussions from blows to the head. These guards stabilize the oral cavity and thus protect your smile too.

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When should it be worn?

It is recommended to use the protective guard in all kinds of sports where there is a risk of blow to the mouth or head. This includes sports like boxing, football, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, rugby, wrestling, baseball, biking, skiing and ice hockey among others.
What makes a good mouthguard?

In order to provide optimal protection to your precious ivories, it is important that you choose the right mouthguard.

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What Makes the Perfect Mouthguard

  • Comfort & Perfect Fit: It is most important that the guard you choose is comfortable to wear and fits perfectly. It is also important that the guard doesn’t interfere with speaking and breathing. Look for a unit that has good retention and doesn’t require you to keep clenching it in place with your teeth. It should intimately hug your teeth without binding or rocking.
  • Design: There is the single-arch design and the dual-arch design. The dual-arch design will fit over both the upper and lower jaws, unlike the single-arch design that covers only the upper jaw. It is also considered to provide additional level of protection for the jaw joint.
  • Shape & Outline: Besides comfort and design, it is also important to choose a mouthguard that properly covers your teeth. Its outline should go beyond the teeth and over to the gum tissue. This helps in spreading the forces from a blow away from the teeth. This can also protect the lower jaw.
  • Proper Thickness: Different kinds of sports involve different levels of potential forces that a player may have to face. For example, as a boxer, you are much more likely to face blunt force on your teeth and mouth compared to being a baseball player. Guards have different levels of thickness depending on the sports they are meant for. Mouthguards can range in thickness from 2 mm to 4 mm.

Care and Replacement of Mouthguards

Mouthguards should be stored in a hard case to prevent distortion and thoroughly cleaned after every use. If they look disgusting, they are disgusting! Oral fungus and bacteria will grow on them if not cleaned properly. For growing kids, they should be replaced after every season so jaws can continue to grow unimpeded by a mal-fitting guard. Adults who use them less and are done growing, replace after 6-18 months.

Other Considerations

It is also important to consider the resilience and stiffness of the guard. Resilience refers to the level of sponginess of the piece and it is important for absorbing the force. There should also be some level of flexibility in the mouthpiece, making it comfortable to wear. Stiffness or rigidity is a factor that plays the key role in distributing the forces over a larger area. This factor helps in preventing the force from getting focused on a particular area or tooth.

What mouthguard works best for your athlete?

There are different types of mouthguards and what works best for you depends on the kind of sports you participate in and what may be more convenient for you. The different options are as follows:

  • Stock: As the name suggests, these are readymade mouthpieces that are not made to fit your teeth. You will have to find a size that is close to your requirements. These are slightly better than nothing at all and only used in an emergency.
  • Boil & Bite: These mouthguards are meant to be softened in boiling water at home so that they fit your teeth when worn. These are minimally acceptable.
  • Custom-Made: Custom-made mouthguards are designed by your dentist and are the perfect fit for your teeth. These are a lot better than both boil and bite and stock mouthpieces. These pieces can also accommodate any dental work such as braces if you are using them. These have varying designs and can provide optimal protection and comfort.

There are many advantages of using a mouthguard. You may be a professional athlete or someone who likes to participate in sports occasionally. If you are serious about protecting your teeth and maintaining your smile, make sure to choose the right type of mouthguard.


Dr. David A. Cook provides family, preventive dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services from his offices where Minneapolis meets Edina at 50th and France. Set up an appointment to see him by calling (612) 824-7033.

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Sleep Apnea: Understanding this Sleeping Disorder

Sleep Apnea is very prevalent in the U.S. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from different types of sleep apnea. In fact, 20% of adults have mild obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, and almost 7% suffer from severe OSA. And these are the figures for only those who have been diagnosed with this sleep disorder. There are millions of people who never find out that they have this condition. So what is this sleep condition, how does it affect your body, and what are the treatment possibilities?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that interrupts your breathing during sleep. If you suffer from this condition, you are going to have brief sessions during sleep when you stop breathing. So this condition has the potential to reduce the amount of oxygen that your body and brain gets. Despite its seriousness, this is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people.

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Body?

Sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing repetitively during your sleep. In some severe cases, such cessations in breathing can occur up to hundreds of times during a sleep. This can cause you to partially awake because the brain exits deeper sleep to restart breathing. The result is that your sleep quality decreases and a wide range of potential medical conditions can develop. Many people never find out that they are suffering from this condition.

Dangers of Sleep Apnea

OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) can prove to be a serious problem in the long-term. It can give rise to a wide range of medical conditions that can complicate your health. And many of these conditions can aggravate to become life-threatening.

These conditions include:

  • High Blood Pressure: This condition can worsen existing high blood pressure. Since the condition can force you to wake up many times during sleep, it increases the stress on your mind and body. This can affect hormone production in the body, leading to different types of imbalances including changes in blood pressure levels. Since the oxygen level in the blood decreases, this can further aggravate the problem of high blood pressure.
  • Heart Disease: Studies show that people suffering from sleep apnea have higher risks of developing heart disease. The stress caused by waking up too often and lower oxygen levels in the body can result in heart problems. It can also result in related conditions like atrial fibrillation and strokes. This sleep problem adversely affects the supply of oxygen to the body. This complicates how the brain controls blood flow in the arteries.

Other Conditions

  • Obesity: If you are already overweight, OSA can further worsen the condition, not to mention that it can make it even harder to lose weight. Besides, obesity itself can further deteriorate this sleeping problem. The accumulation of fat in the neck area can affect your breathing during sleep. It has also been found that this condition can further release a hormone known as ghrelin that can increase your cravings for carbohydrates. So the combined result can be disastrous for overweight people.
  • Diabetes: If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop Type II diabetes. If you are overweight and suffer from the sleep condition, you are at an even higher risk of developing diabetes. So even if diabetes may not be directly linked to the sleep disorder, other related conditions can cause it. However, lack of proper sleep due to the condition can actually interfere with the body’s use of insulin and thus increase the potential risks.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. Daytime tiredness may cause you to node off when driving. This can be fateful for many.

OSA has also been linked to increasing the risks of asthma in adults, acid reflux, and several other conditions.

Signs you have a Sleep Disorder

clock imageAs already mentioned, many people who are already suffering from sleep apnea may never know that they have this condition. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor to determine whether you have this sleep disorder or not.

  • Always Feeling Tired: When you are unable to breathe properly at night, the quality of sleep gets affected. This means that you get only lighter stage of sleep and not the deeper level of sleep that involves Rapid Eye Movement (REM). REM is the high-quality sleep that helps your mind and body to relax. When you spend lesser time in deep sleep, you always tend to feel tired during the daytime.
  • Trouble staying awake while driving, reading or watching TV. These are signs of not getting the restorative sleep that sleep apnea disrupts.
  • Snoring: Most people who snore never know that they do so. If your partner begins to complain that you snore excessively during sleep, you should get a checkup for OSA. Snoring causes limited blockage of air floor through the airways. It is a common symptom of the sleep disorder, but it doesn’t mean that everyone who snores suffers from it, but many do.

More Indicators

  • Being overweight: If you are overweight and are unable to lose weight, you should go see a doctor to find out if you have sleep apnea. The excess buildup of fatty tissues around the throat can be the underlying cause.
  • Often waking up from sleep: If you often wake up from sleep, panting for breath, it is highly likely that you are suffering from this sleep disorder.
  • Your dentist might observe white line ridges on the inside of your cheeks or scalloping ridges on the sides of your tongue. These are highly correlated with sleep apnea.

If you constantly feel irritated, have difficulty in concentrating, and have an increased appetite, these could also be signs that you have OSA.

Treatment Possibilities

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, your doctor can recommend a treatment based on the underlying condition. Some of the potential treatments for addressing this disorder are as follows:

  • Weight Loss: Almost 7 in 10 people suffering from the problem are overweight or obese. If you belong to this group, your medical practitioner is going to recommend you to lose weight to improve the condition. Most doctors claim that losing weight can have a significant positive impact on OSA and snoring.
  • Surgery: Depending on the condition, your doctor may recommend surgery for clearing any blockages in the airway. In fact, surgery is not exactly a direct treatment for OSA, but for snoring. Surgery may be suggested along with other treatment options.
  • Oral Appliances: Oral appliances are gaining more and more popularity as treatment options for sleep apnea. In fact, there are dozens of oral appliances that have been approved by the FDA for treating OSA and snoring. Such appliances keep the airway open to allow unobstructed breathing during sleep. They also protect the teeth from harmful nighttime teeth grinding that frequently occurs with sleep apnea.
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). To keep the airway open, CPAP uses small amounts of air pressure.

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If you or your spouse is having difficult time sleeping, especially if either or both of you have witnessed snoring, you should see a qualified dentist to determine whether you are suffering from this sleep disorder. Contact Smiles At France today at 612.824.7033, or send us an email at to set an appointment or for information.

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A New Smile For A New You

A new smile can make a world of difference in the first impressions arena. Whether it’s in professional or personal life, how you’re first perceived can be meaningful. Your smile is much more important to you than you may have ever imagined. Your friends and family will find your beautiful smile comforting and reassuring. Every time they see that smile, it is going to make them feel better. And then your smile is also going to help you make inroads in your professional life, something that can be invaluable and precious in the long-term. So why is smile so important in everyone’s life and how you can ensure that you have a great smile? Here are some things that you should know about your smile.

Your Smile and Your Professional Life

When you smile at someone, it is a natural impulse that they smile back. It is the most basic part of how you interact with someone. When you are employed, your smile can be used to great advantage, no matter what position you hold in the organization. Carrying a smile on your face is a sign that you are happy with what you are doing and are always prepared to face the challenges.

Employees who have a smile most of the time are considered to be interested and more enthusiastic about their work. It is also a promise that they will produce the results they are intended to in a productive way. Your smile in your professional life is a sign that you are motivated towards your responsibilities. On the other hand, an employee, whether he be a boss or a junior executive, carrying a frown on his face is going to find it hard to win the trust and interest of their colleagues.

Smiling and Your Personal Life

Smiling goes beyond the means of expressing yourself to a humorous thing. It has significant importance in interpersonal interactions. The most basic thing you should realize is that people are more likely to smile when they are having a great time or in the presence of people they like. A spousal relationship is perhaps the most important personal relationship that exists. Studies show the long-term positive effects of having a great smile on this relationship.

Studies also show that there is a relation between the intensity of smile and divorce rate. The lesser the intensity of an individual’s smile, the higher are the chances of them having a divorce during their lifetime. Some of these studies have been conducted for decades. The general inference is that more intensity in smile is a sign of positive personality disposition. When someone sees that you have a beautiful and more intense smile, it gives them a signal that you have a more positive outlook on life and on them. If you are interested in making new friends or getting more dates, the confidence that comes from a winning smile may help.

What’s Holding You Back From Using Your Smile?

If you are born with a beautiful and charming smile, you are a lucky person. But most people are not born with a perfect smile. An increasing number of people suffer from tooth pain and poor dental health that can have an effect on not only the beauty of their smile but also on how they feel about their smile. People with dental issues feel anxious about smiling. That can have significant negative impact on their professional and personal lives.

Gum problems and decaying teeth make almost 33% of young adults to feel anxious about smiling. And most of them smile very rarely, if at all. What is even more serious is that almost 20% of these adults restrain their social life just because they have dental issues. The effects can also be seen in the professional lives of people. 28% of these young adults feel that their teeth can affect their interview performance. And if you are also having dental problems, you are also one of these people.

There are many types of dental problems that could be interfering with your smile:

  • Untreated tooth decay.
  • Trouble with biting or chewing food.
  • You don’t visit the dentist every year.
  • Frequent tooth pain.

And in dealing with these issues and others, it’s too often the case that folks don’t visit their dentist for a solution.

A Reflection of Your Personality

Your smile is one of the most important parts of your personality. In fact, it tells a lot about you and helps you make the first impression. Have you heard the expression: “Keep a smile on your face and let your personality be your autograph.”

Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it. To someone who has seen a dozen people frown, scowl or turn their faces away, your smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds.

We Can Help

If you are facing any kind of dental problem that is keeping you from making the most of your beautiful smile, it is time you took the right step. Addressing those dental problems is your way to improving your life.

  • Porcelain Veneers: The use of porcelain veneers can help in creating natural-looking teeth and enhancing your smile. Veneers also provide additional support and strength to your teeth. For more information about the benefits of veneers visit here.
  • Dental Contouring: Dental contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, can help in altering and improving your smile profile. It involves removal of a little tooth enamel and improving the shape and looks of a tooth. The benefits go beyond a better smile and also improve your tooth’s function. In fact, this may also be considered as an effective and more elegant alternative to braces. Check more about this process by visiting here.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants can help in restoring your full smile. When you’re missing a tooth, it can cause your face to sink in. A missing tooth can simply destroy your smile, and cause you to suppress your smile. There are also functional impacts such as problem with chewing and biting. Dental implants are inserted into the bone and help in restoring your smile profile. If you want to know the details, you can check more about dental implants here.

Additional Dental Services for a New Smile

  • Altering Gum Levels: Altering gum levels can help you achieve your perfect smile. You may be having gums that are out of proportion with your teeth size. Your gums may b too long or short. The altering process ensures that the gums frame your teeth in a better way. Besides making you feel more confident in your smile, this procedure can also prevent problems like gum disease, decay, and sensitivity. Check here for more information about this process.
  • Bonding: Dental bonding can help improve both the looks and function of teeth. The process involves applying a resin with tooth-matching color. This process can be used for fixing different dental problems like decaying, cracks, chips, discoloration, and abnormal shape and size among others. Check here to find out how bonding can help you enhance your smile.

Chinese Proverb

An old Chinese proverb notes, “Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.” And, don’t let dental problems interfere with how you interact with the world and your relationships. To learn more about our services or to address a dental issue, contact us at (612) 824-7033.

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing, and there’s so much to smile about.

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Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth?

Are you clenching and grinding your teeth?

Adverse Effects of Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth

Lots of folks clench and grind their teeth unconsciously, usually during the night. Unfortunately, this can have severe adverse affects on your teeth. Many times, sufferers don’t even realize that it’s happening. The results of clenching and grinding can include chipped teeth, cracked teeth, loosened teeth, and increased wear and tear on all of your teeth. And, it can lead to non-tooth problems like headaches, painful jaws, restless nights of sleep, and migraines.

Dr. David A. Cook’s Expertise

Treating these symptoms and developing a prevention plan is one of Dr. David A. Cook’s expertise areas. His 35 years of experience of successfully treating patients has prepared him well to treat your teeth. Call (612) 824-7033 today to set up your appointment.


Insight and Advice from a Dedicated Dental Practice

Much like with any other part of life, information is invaluable when dealing with an oral health situation. Exploring the thoughts and opinions of experienced dental professionals, as well as the similar experiences of people just like yourself may be helpful when attempting to make treatment decisions.

At Smiles at France, we very much believe in sharing information, advice and experiences with individuals and patients seeking assistance with oral health issues. This blog serves as a resource for patients and information seekers alike, and will address a wide range of topics.


How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist to Enhance Your Smile

Do you hesitate before you smile? Do you feel your smile doesn’t represent you in the best light on the job or in social situations? Are you less confident about your appearance when you smile? Do you cover your mouth with your hand when you speak?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be thinking of visiting a cosmetic dentist. These thoughts might cross your mind when you first brush your teeth in the morning, when you see photos of yourself posted on Facebook, or when you see friends with great smiles. You might believe that just a few things need to be tweaked to your teeth, or perhaps a more complete dental makeover is needed.

Smile with Confidence

Getting the smile you want will make you look better, and hopefully feel better about yourself. You’ll be able to smile with confidence. Cosmetic dentistry has evolved, and with skilled treatment options, achieving a healthy and beautiful smile is easier for patients of all ages. How then do you go about finding the right cosmetic dentist?

Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist

To begin your search, begin talking to friends and family members who have enjoyed positive experiences with cosmetic dentists. Explore the websites of cosmetic dentists recommended and others to get a feel for professionalism, approach and to review photos of before-and-after smiles of their patients. Just note that stock photos exist of before-and-after smiles, so try to verify that the photos are examples of actual patient work performed by the cosmetic dentist.

Your Cosmetic Dentist Consultation

Upon completing your homework, schedule a consultation meeting. Come ready for your cosmetic dentist consultation to discuss your teeth and your smile. What do you like and dislike about the size, spacing, shape and color of your teeth. How do you feel about your smile? How do you feel about your gums? Do too much show? What would you like to see happen? Are your teeth the right length? Worn short or are your gums covering them?

As you meet and discuss your smile, you’ll want to assess the cosmetic dentist’s knowledge, philosophy and approach. You’ll want to feel comfortable that this person has what it takes. Is this an expert that will truly listen to you? How is the communication between you two? Or, put another way, can you work with this person to achieve your goals?

Can the dentist show you photographs of patient before and after that they have actually treated? Not stock photographs or brochures from other sources. This is important to show proof of their expertise.

Does your dentist understand why your teeth are their current way? Can this person help them not return to their current state?

At the first consultation, come with any questions you might have. This is the meeting to address questions you might have on timing and costs. As with any personal service, costs and quality may vary greatly depending on experience, expertise and artistry. More complex dental needs call for a greater level of expertise and add to the cost. Ultimately, you’re in the best position to assess what fits within your budget.

An Oral Exam

To gain an understanding of the possibilities given your specific dental needs, a cosmetic dentist will complete an oral exam. Here, the health of your teeth will be examined along with your gums, your bite, and overall dental situation. That exam will likely include inspecting all of your teeth and gums with magnification, a detailed series of photographs of your teeth and smile, creating models of your teeth with records of your bite and any necessary x-rays to show hidden health levels.

Prior to committing to a cosmetic dental plan, your dentist will be able to show you through various means what your new smile will look like. The dentist will review your options with you, and together you two will agree on a plan. Make sure you feel comfortable with the plan.

A Beautiful Smile

Using advanced technologies and skilled expertise, the right cosmetic dentist and support team can make a world of difference with your smile. A smile that is as healthy as it is beautiful can be a life changer. Take the time to choose the right cosmetic dentist to fit your needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry for Minneapolis, Edina and Twin Cities

MPLS ST PAUL Magazine and Minnesota Monthly have consistently voted Dr. David A. Cook as one of the Twin Cities’ Top General Dentists and Top Cosmetic Dentists since the year 2000. Dr. David A. Cook is well respected by his patients and peers. He has earned a reputation for providing quality care. All of the dental photos on this site are of actual patients.

Contact Dr. David A. Cook and Smiles at France

Minneapolis dentist Dr. David A. Cook and the Smiles at France team provide restorative, implant and cosmetic dentist services to patients in Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and the entire Twin Cities metro area. The Smiles at France dental practice is located at 50th and France – where Minneapolis meets Edina.

If you’re wondering how to choose a cosmetic dentist; we’re hoping you visit Smiles at France. Dr. David A. Cook also provides general family dentistry, so your children and other family members and friends are welcome too! Please contact Smiles at France today to schedule your smile makeover or check-up: (612) 824-7033.

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Teeth Whitening Edina, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities

Looking for a way to brighten up your smile? Brushing your teeth and flossing are two ways to keep your teeth healthy and white. But, what if that’s not enough? For a variety of reasons, a person’s teeth don’t always look white and bright.

Why do Teeth Change Color?

Drinking coffee, wine or tea, tobacco use, medications and aging are just some of the reasons for teeth to move from their natural white color. A single factor or a combination of factors will sometimes result in a not-so-white-and-bright look. It’s a common challenge as research shows that a high percentage of people would prefer whiter teeth.

The Teeth Whitening Solution

Teeth whitening can make a big difference in your smile’s appearance. Professional-strength whitening is usually more effective with less sensitivity and other side-effects than over-the-counter alternatives. It’s simple and safe — and it works! To begin your teeth whitening treatment, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cook. By meeting with Dr. Cook, he’ll be able to assess whether teeth whitening is an option for you. And remember, teeth whitening does not replace regular dental care, brushing and flossing. See the video below from the American Dental Association.

Tooth Whitening Is Not Equal to Tooth Brushing Video (American Dental Association)

Teeth Whitening: How it Works

Teeth whitening is a fairly simple process. The process is implemented with tooth bleaches, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The bleaches work to reduce stains into smaller pieces and dissolve them out of the tooth. This makes the stain’s color less concentrated, and ultimately, your teeth whiter.

Teeth Whitening Benefits

A seemingly small change like whiter teeth can make a big difference in your day-to-day living. When you greet people with a smile, your confidence will show. If you’ve heard of the expression, “A smile that can light up a room,” you know the person was describing someone with bright teeth.

Teeth Whitening Edina, Minneapolis & Twin Cities

The Smiles at France team led by Dr. David A. Cook provides teeth whitening treatment at their dental practice located at 50th and France – where Minneapolis meets Edina. We have had great success in people who have given up on past whitening and those who thought it was not possible. For whatever teeth whitening you’re considering, it’s always best to start with a consultation with Dr. David A. Cook. For teeth whitening Edina, Minneapolis, or the Twin Cities, it begins with one phone call. Please schedule your appointment with Smiles at France by calling:  (612) 824-7033.