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By Robert J Carpenter DDS
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Stains  

How cosmetic dentistry from our office in Sun Prairie, WI, can help you achieve a brilliant smile

Are you embarrassed by dental stains? Does your dull smile make you look older than you are? If you answered yes to these questions, you will be happy to know that you can do a lot to prevent dental stains, and your dentist can help.

Dr. Robert J. Carpenter of R.J. Carpenter Family, General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Sun Prairie, WI, offers a wide range of cosmetic dental services, including professional teeth bleaching, to help you achieve a brilliant, white smile.

First, let’s begin with what you can do at home to prevent dental stains. You should:

  • Avoid using tobacco products, which are the number one cause of dental stains.
  • Limit drinking coffee or black tea; you can try adding milk to your coffee, or try drinking green or white tea instead.
  • Limit dark berries or cherries and try green grapes instead
  • Drink white wine instead of red wine

Ideally, you should try to brush your teeth after eating or drinking darkly pigmented foods or beverages, and after using tobacco products. If you can't brush, at least try to rinse your mouth out with water.

If you do develop dental stains, your dentist can give you back your white smile by applying a professional teeth bleaching treatment. The treatment uses a special bleaching gel that is placed inside a flexible tray. Your dentist will let you how long to wear the tray for best results.

The next part of the process is to apply a second type of bleaching agent, which is activated by a curing light. The end result is a smile that is lightened up to 8 shades—amazing results can last up to 5 years.

To learn more about maintaining your brilliant white smile with professional teeth bleaching, call Dr. Robert J. Carpenter of R.J. Carpenter Family, General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Sun Prairie, WI, at (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
March 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 47.2% of people 30 years old and older suffer from some form of gum disease. The prevalence of gum disease likewise increases with age since the same report states that 70.1% of people 65 years old and older have gum disease. Yes, that’s how common and prevalent gum disease is in our country. If you don’t want to be part of the statistics mentioned above, you should attend regular checkups with your family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, Dr. R. J. Carpenter, to preserve your gum and overall oral health.

Understanding Gum Disease?

Gum disease or periodontal disease is a huge threat to oral health. Gum disease primarily results from inflammation and infections of the bone and gums that support and surround the teeth. The mildest and earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, wherein the gums become red and swollen. The gums may likewise be more susceptible to bleeding. If not treated, it could progress to periodontitis, the severe form of gum disease. When this happens, severe tooth infection or loss is a huge possibility.

Gum Disease Causes

When bacteria inside the mouth infects the tissues around the tooth, it causes inflammation and, in turn, gum disease. Left unaddressed, the bacteria will turn into plaque that will consequently harden and turn to calculus or tartar. When the tartar spreads below your gum line, your Sun Prairie family dentist will need to remove it to prevent gum disease from progressing further.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

  • Swollen and/or red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Gums pulling away from the teeth
  • A change in your bite and how your teeth line up together
  • Any changes in the fit of your dentures

Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

Proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings can control and treat gingivitis. Severe forms of gum disease could likewise be treated with more extensive treatment. This might involve deep cleaning of your teeth’s root surfaces, topical/oral medications, and/or corrective surgery.

To control or prevent gum disease, it’s vital to floss and brush your teeth every day to get rid of gum disease-causing bacteria. You should likewise visit your dentist for yearly cleanings and checkups, or more regularly if you’re experiencing any warning signs.

Combat Gum Disease Now

Dial (608) 837-5527 to schedule your consultation with your family dentist, Dr. R. J. Carpenter, here in our Sun Prairie, WI, practice.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smile  

With the many cosmetic dentistry options offered by Dr. Robert Carpenter in Sun Prairie, WI, you won't have to settle for an imperfect smile. Consider how you want to makeover your smile, and then, consult with Dr. Carpenter and his team. You'll be amazed at how your smile appearance can change for the better.

What's best for you?

Not all cosmetic dentistry procedures suit everyone's needs and goals. Consequently, you and Dr. Carpenter will discuss your smile aspirations right in his Sun Prairie, WI, office. Following a complete oral exam, you'll collaborate with Dr. Carpenter to carefully choose the treatments best for you.

When you think about your smile, consider these questions:

  • Are your teeth stained from tobacco or coffee?
  • Do you have small enamel defects that show right in the front of your mouth?
  • Are dark fillings prominent when you smile?
  • Are you missing teeth?

Together, you and your cosmetic dentist will prioritize your goals and begin treatment.

Offered cosmetic dentistry treatments

Composite resin bonding An additive aesthetic service, bonding reshapes small enamel defects with a shapeable mix of glass particles and durable acrylic.

Invisalign clear aligners A popular orthodontic choice for teens and adults, these acrylic appliances are removable and specifically designed to re-align teeth in more attractive, functional and healthy positions.

Professional teeth whitening Touted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) as the most popular cosmetic dentistry service, whitening (bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gel to power out stains from food and tobacco.

Porcelain veneers Ultra-thin pieces of high-quality ceramic, veneers bond to the front side of teeth which have small flaws, deep stains or weak or odd shape.

Tooth-colored fillings Made from composite resin, porcelain or other modern materials, these restorations are aesthetically-pleasing, resilient and long-lasting.

Have that just-right smile

With Dr. Robert Carpenter and his team, you'll enjoy the finest cosmetic dentistry services in the Sun Prairie, WI, area. To make your dream look a reality, call the office today to arrange a consultation: (608) 837-5527.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
July 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneMake sure that your daily oral routine is enough to prevent cavities and other problems.

A healthy smile shows. Luckily, anyone can practice simple, everyday measures that are designed to keep your smile feeling and looking its best. Our Sun Prairie, WI, dentist, Dr. Robert Carpenter, understands that life gets hectic sometimes, but maintaining good oral health should always be a top priority if you want to keep that smile for the rest of your life. How do you keep your smile healthy? Here’s how:

Brush Twice a Day

You would be surprised to discover just how many people don’t brush more than once a day; however, if you really want to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup, then you need to brush first thing in the morning and again at night right before bedtime. This is the only way to keep plaque buildup down. Set a timer for 2 minutes and make sure you are brushing for at least that long.

Don’t Forget to Floss

You need to floss once a day to thoroughly remove plaque and food from between teeth. While a toothbrush is great for cleaning front, back, and chewing surfaces of teeth it won’t be able to thoroughly clean between teeth. This is a job for floss! Make sure to use a generous amount of floss each and every time (usually about 18 inches of floss). Wind it tightly around your fingers and gently move the floss back and forth between each tooth, sliding it up and down against the tooth to remove plaque. Remember to use a clean section of floss for each tooth.

Consider a Mouthwash

While there are some mouthwashes out there that only mask bad breath but don’t treat the source, our Sun Prairie general dentist can provide you with a proper mouth rinse that can reduce oral bacteria and plaque. This can be particularly helpful for children, teens, and adults who are at an increased risk for cavities and gum disease.

Avoid Sugar

As you already know, sugar negatively impacts the health of your smile and the more you consume the worse it can get. Those who eat a lot of sugar put themselves at a high risk for decay. To protect teeth from cavities stay away from sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and desserts. While sugar in moderation isn’t a bad thing, if you are someone who has an intense sweet tooth you could be doing your smile a great disservice.

Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. These are easy, everyday things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning, or if you just have questions about the dentistry we offer here in Sun Prairie, WI, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
March 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Find out why you should turn to a family dentist to give your family’s smiles the care they need.family dentist

Feel like all you do is run from one thing to the next? From dropping the kids off at school, heading to work, taking the kids to after-school activities and then running errands your days can often seem very jam-packed. Of course, even during these hectic times, it’s important that you still remember to visit our Sun Prairie, WI, family dentist, Dr. R.J. Carpenter, every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Why choose a family dentist? Here’s why!

A Full Range of Dental Services

We know that every member of your family has different needs and concerns, which is why we offer an exhaustive list of dental services. Everything from routine and preventive dentistry to cosmetic and restorative treatment options are at your fingertips when you walk through our doors. There is nothing we can’t offer you.

It’s Convenient

We know that you already run around day in and day out providing and caring for your family. Visiting our Sun Prairie dentist shouldn’t feel like yet another difficult task to complete. We can work with your busy schedule to make sure that every member of your family gets the care they need whenever they need it. In fact, since we can treat everyone in your family, from infants to seniors, we can schedule routine cleanings for the whole family on the same day. Now, that’s convenient!

Treatment is Tailored to Individual Needs

Your children might require orthodontic treatment while you or your partner might need to restore a tooth or replace a missing tooth. We know that your specific dental needs are unique and that what your children require won’t be the same as what an adult needs to maintain a healthy smile. Luckily, we provide individualized care to ensure that everyone gets the unique dental treatment they deserve.

Dental Care You Can Trust

Another wonderful benefit of choosing a family dentist is that no one outgrows their dentist. This means that once we establish rapport and really get to know each other you can rest assured that the care you receive from us will always be the best. Plus, bringing your child in to our office early on instills good oral health habits and gets them comfortable with visiting the dentist and maintaining good hygiene.

If you are looking for a family dentist in Sun Prairie, WI, that will provide you and your family with the dental care they deserve then call our office today to schedule your next visit with Dr. Carpenter.