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Botox and Restylane Dermal Fillers

Q.  What are Botox and Dermal Fillers and how long do they last?

A.  Botox is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin.  The protein has a paralyzing function and is commonly used in cosmetic medicine to treat moderate to severe lines and wrinkles that occur in various areas of the upper face.  These areas may include the forehead, the brow furrow, and the area next to the temple called crow's feet.  Once injected, the results may typically last 4-6 months. 

Restylane Dermal Filler is a crystal clear gel of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body's own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to instantly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips.  Once administered, restylane usually last an average of 6-9 months, but can last up to 18 months.  Call our office today at 812-473-1128 or send us an email inquiry at  office@rayofsmiles.com

Our doctors and nurses are professionally trained from the Esthetic Skin Institute, Inc. and are ready to service all of your facial cosmetic needs!

 Dental cleanings/hygiene tips

Q.  How often should I see my dentist?

A.  You should visit your dentist at least every six months to get your teeth cleaned.  By seeing your dentist twice a year, your dentist can monitor your oral health and help you prevent any problems that may arise before they become uncomfortable or require more comprehensive treatment.  The dentist may suggest more frequent visits, depending on the diagnosis.

Q.  Should I use over-the-counter dental instruments?

A.  It takes dentists and hygienists years of schooling to properly use these instruments and to diagnose an oral condition.  Misuse of these instruments can easily damage the teeth and gums leading to sensitivity, gingival recession, toothchipping and other serious problems.

Q.  Is there any danger in using toothpicks?

A.  The occasional use of toothpicks to remove food particles is fine.  Long term, vigorous use of toothpicks will cause abrasion of the teeth and gingival recession.  Habitually leaving a toothpick in the mouth for long periods of time can cause excessive wearing of the teeth and temporomandiular joint problems.  Also, be careful not to break off the tip in your gums.

-American General Dentistry

Information about tooth decay

Q.  What is tooth decay, and what causes it?

A.  Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing starches and sugars like soda pop, candy, cakes, ice cream, and even fruit juices.  Natural bacteria lives in your mouth and forms plaque.  The plaque interacts with the residual sugar and starch particles to produce acids.  These acids slowly damage tooth enamel by dissolving the mineral structure of the teeth, producing tooth decay and weakening the tooth.

Q.  How are cavities prevented?

A.  The best way to prevent caries is to brush and floss regularly.  To rebuild damage caused by plaque bacteria, we use fluoride to remineralize the tooth structure.  Fluoride is added to toothpaste to fight cavities and clean teeth.  The most common source of fluoride is in the water we drink.  If you are at medium to high risk for cavities, your dentist may recommend special high concentration fluoride gels, mouth rinses, or dietary fluoride supplements.

-Academy of General Dentistry

Infection Control

Q.  What are universal precautions?

A.  These are safety procedures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA).  These precautions require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective wear, such as gloves, masks and eyewear.  For more information on infection control guidelines, please visit www.cdc.gov. 

Q.  How are objects sterilized?

A.  Dentists sterilize handpieces and other instruments between patients to prevent the transmission of diseases.  Dental offices follow and monitor specific heat sterilization procedures, which are outlined by the CDC and the ADA.  Recommended procedures include placing the tools into an autoclave (steam under pressure), a dry oven, or chemical vapor (commonly called a chemiclave).  Typically, this equipment is kept in the office away from patient's view.

Before you enter an examination room, all surfaces, such as the chair, drawer handles and countertops are disinfected.  Disinfectant is applied to equipment that can't be moved to ensure a germ-free environment.

-American General Dentistry

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