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12th September 2017 Dental Health

Yes. Yes they are.

Sure, you could brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a day after each meal, you could floss twice a day and you could abstain from sugar, coffee, wine and smoking. These things will improve the overall health of your smile – but even if you followed every recommendation made by your dentist at home, you will still need to schedule regular professional cleanings.

Professional cleanings are not just vital for your oral hygiene, they give us a chance to thoroughly examine the mouth and investigate any potential problems. Hygienists are trained to detect potential dental issues and can advise your dentist of these issues during/after your cleaning so they can be treated before they become serious.

That being said, they are also vital for your oral hygiene. No matter how good your dental hygiene habits are, food particles and plaque will still be present. Plaque builds up to form tartar – a layer of hardened plaque on the tooth surface. This tartar can only be removed by special tools and someone trained to use them – a dental hygienist.

So yes, having a good cleaning regime is important for your dental health and including regular professional cleanings in this regime is vital to the overall health and wellness of your smile. Give us a call if you have any questions about dental hygiene, our friendly staff are happy to help. Our dental practice in sea point is equipped with the latest in dental technology, even our cleanings are done using top of the line equipment.


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17th August 2017 Teeth Whitening

Most people enjoy a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The insatiable mixture of a deep, rich flavour and the caffeine fix tends to get you ready for the day – but it does have it’s downfalls too.

 

Yes, coffee is amazing, but it is acidic and contains tannins – so while you’re sipping, the acidity breaks down your tooth enamel and the tannins creep into crevices and stain your teeth. It’s even worse if you like it sweet, because harmful bacteria will feed on the added sugar and promote decay!

 

But fear not – with these quick, easy steps you can protect your teeth while enjoying your favourite pick-me-up:

 

  • Drink up! Sipping on your cup through the morning may sound heavenly, but it gives the acid, sugars and tannins more time to destroy your teeth. It’s much better to enjoy a full cup here and there.
  • Rinse and Repeat. If you drink a lot of coffee, make an effort to rinse your mouth after every half cup you drink. This dilutes the acidity in the mouth and washes away some of the tannins. 
  • Got Milk? The cream in milk will bind the tannins in your coffee so that they don’t stick to your teeth and stain – the creamier the better, so opt for full cream or at least low fat milk. 
  • Wait for it… an acidic cup of joe will make your tooth enamel more susceptible to damage, so try to wait at least an hour before you eat to prevent abrasions from harder, crunchy foods. 
  • Munch and Crunch! Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables, like carrots, celery and apples, after a good cuppa will give your teeth a brief, gentle polish and remove some of the tannins.

 

These habits will help you enjoy your favourite warm beverage, while significantly protecting your teeth and avoiding damage. There is no way to fully protect your teeth from some of the adverse effects of coffee though, so be sure to schedule regular appointments at our dental practice in Sea Point so we can keep an eye on your teeth and make sure they’re bright and healthy. If discoloration is affecting how you feel about your smile, give us a call. Professional teeth whitening can rescue your smile.

 


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3rd August 2017 Dental Health

The short answer is no – you do not need a full range of x-rays for every dental issue you encounter.

 

Often, dentists will order multiple x-rays in order to thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures. There are times when dentists overdo it though – usually with new patients – and order multiple x-rays which aren’t actually necessary as part of their protocol. The radiation produced by x-rays are minimal, but every effort should be made to reduce exposure and minimize the use of x-ray machines.

 

For this reason, each consultation needs to be personalised and x-rays should only be ordered when necessary. Your dentist should first thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures to determine whether there are problem areas before ordering x-rays to further examine these trouble areas.

 

A full-mouth series of x-rays should be reserved for patients who have had extensive dental procedures performed or have excessive active decay, and patients who have a higher risk of decay should only have x-rays ordered every 6 – 18 months. A patient who is not at high risk should only have x-rays done every 2 – 3 years and children, who are more sensitive to radiation, should hardly ever have x-rays done.

 

There are various types of dental X-rays, including:

 

  • Bitewing X-rays, which reveal cavities between teeth. They are called bitewings because you bite down on a wing-shaped device to hold the X-ray film in place.

 

  • Panoramic X-rays, which require a special machine that rotates around the head to provide a detailed image of all the teeth and the underlying bones in a single X-ray.

 

  • Periapical X-rays, which capture images of two or three teeth at a time. They can reveal an abscess caused by an infection or root caries, which are lesions at the base of the tooth. Film is placed on a holder, then put vertically in the mouth to take the x-ray.

 

  • Dental cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans, which provide 3-D X-ray images of the teeth, their roots and the jaw.

 

If you have concerns about the number of x-rays your dentist has ordered, ask them to explain the purpose of each one. If your dentist tells you that it’s their protocol or policy to order multiple x-rays, you can decline the x-rays and request that only the absolute necessary x-rays be performed.

If you are interested in making permanent improvements to your smile, or have any questions, contact OptiSmile today. Our experienced team can answer your questions and help you with dental treatments you require.


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24th July 2017 Dentist Sea Point

Looking for a Dentist in Sea Point? Tired of hiding your smile from others? Wish you could finally do something about your discolored, cracked, or missing teeth? Or, do you simply want to build upon your natural oral aesthetics?

Your search is over! Reputable Dentist in Sea Point, Dr Clifford Yudelman can help you get the look you deserve! With the assistance of a highly-skilled team at Optismile, this Sea Point based cosmetic dentist is no stranger to creating gorgeous smiles.

You can rest assured that we will provide you with a quality service that you can rely on in your time of need. (Learn more about our Emergency Dental Services Here.)

Whether you are looking for a comprehensive smile makeover or a general check up – you can be sure that we will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable. We understand how going to the dentist can be a stressful time for some people! We aim to make the utmost effort to put your anxiety at east so you can feel more relaxed.

Why Consider Us as your Local Sea Point Dentist

Dentist Sea Point
Our Team! Dentists in Sea Point
  • We aim to please our patients! Read what some of our patients have to say here: Patient Reviews
  • You will always be treated like family and we will be there for you in case of emergencies.
  • We specialise in Pain-Free Dentistry.

From the time you set foot in our Dental practice, you will notice our commitment to your smile. It is our number one priority to listen to our patients, fully understand your needs and goals, and then clearly and completely explain how we can help.

A list of the services provided at our dental centre are below:

General dentistry

  • General Dentistry
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Dental Crowns and Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards
  • Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
  • TMJ Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • White Fillings
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Smile Makeover
  • Lumineers

Specialised

  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign
  • Prosthodontics

If you are interested in making permanent improvements to your smile, please contact our practice today. Serving the patients of Sea Point and Cape Town, our experienced staff can answer your questions and help you achieve the look you have always wanted.

 


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5th July 2017 Cosmetic Dentist

Smile Makeover

A beautiful smile can make you feel confident on the inside more approachable on the outside – the perfect combination to attract people in a social, professional or romantic setting. With a smile makeover, our dentists can address many common dental concerns while simultaneously giving you a total smile transformation.

 

Signing up for a total transformation may feel overwhelming, but a smile makeover is done over time with a series of smaller procedures that ultimately make your teeth whiter, straighter and more uniform – while still looking completely natural. Our dentists take various components into consideration in order to give you a gorgeous smile; including your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.

 

Depending on your desired results, we will recommend a series of cosmetic and functional procedures. The most common procedures included in a smile makeover are teeth whitening, composite bonding, invisalign and dental veneers. We also recommend implants where teeth have been lost.

 

These procedures have stunning results on their own, but offer a drastic change to your smile when combined! Modern cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the teeth you’ve always wanted, no matter what the current state of your smile. Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your smile, or correct an unsightly bite misalignment—our team will help you find a solution.

 

At Optismile, we believe that cosmetic dentistry should enhance the health as well as the appearance of a patient’s smile. We use innovative solutions to optimize your bite and dental health while giving you a sparkling smile.


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19th June 2017 Cosmetic Dentist

Special events and functions usually mean good food, great company and a lot of pictures! With the amount of media sharing networks and websites around, you want to be able to look your best in each one and a bright, beautiful smile is key to achieving this!

Thankfully, there are a number of quick cosmetic treatments that can be done in a single visit, with stunning results! These last minute procedures will have you looking picture perfect in time for your next event:

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers never fail to amaze – they can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or correct a misshapen tooth and the results are gorgeous. The process is surprisingly quick, with minimal recovery time .

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade aspects of a smile, even if all the other teeth are all straight and uniform. Enamel shaping is the art of reshaping a tooth so that it blends flawlessly with the rest of your smile.

Bonding

Dental Bonding is the art of applying a composite resin to your teeth, in order to to fix teeth with cosmetic and structural issues. The newest techniques are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure and a beautiful finish.

Teeth Whitening

The ultimate last-minute cosmetic touch up – teeth whitening gives you a bright, beautiful smile without any discomfort. We can brighten your smile by a number of shades in a single session, so this is a perfect last minute addition to your party prep!

For more information on any of these quick treatments, contact our dental practice. Or visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page to learn more about various cosmetic dentistry procedures.


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9th June 2017 Dentist Sea Point

Looking for a Dentist in Sea Point? Tired of hiding your smile from others? Wish you could finally do something about your discolored, cracked, or missing teeth? Or, do you simply want to build upon your natural oral aesthetics?

Your search is over! Reputable Dentist in Sea Point, Dr Clifford Yudelman can help you get the look you deserve! With the assistance of a highly-skilled team at Optismile, this Sea Point based cosmetic dentist is no stranger to creating gorgeous smiles.

You can rest assured that we will provide you with a quality service that you can rely on in your time of need. (Learn more about our Emergency Dental Services Here.)

Whether you are looking for a comprehensive smile makeover or a general check up – you can be sure that we will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable. We understand how going to the dentist can be a stressful time for some people! We aim to make the utmost effort to put your anxiety at east so you can feel more relaxed.

Why Consider Us as your Local Sea Point Dentist

Dentist Sea Point
Our Team! Dentists in Sea Point
  • We aim to please our patients! Read what some of our patients have to say here: Patient Reviews
  • You will always be treated like family and we will be there for you in case of emergencies.
  • We specialise in Pain-Free Dentistry.

From the time you set foot in our Dental practice, you will notice our commitment to your smile. It is our number one priority to listen to our patients, fully understand your needs and goals, and then clearly and completely explain how we can help.

A list of the services provided at our dental centre are below:

General dentistry

  • General Dentistry
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Dental Crowns and Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards
  • Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
  • TMJ Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • White Fillings
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Smile Makeover
  • Lumineers

Specialised

  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign
  • Prosthodontics

If you are interested in making permanent improvements to your smile, please contact our practice today. Serving the patients of Sea Point and Cape Town, our experienced staff can answer your questions and help you achieve the look you have always wanted.

 



17th June 2016 Dental Health

 

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Opalescence Go is the perfect touch-up solution for patients who are looking for convenient, ready-to-go whitening. A professional strength whitening gel delivered in prefilled, disposable trays, Opalescence Go can deliver dramatic results in only 15 minutes per day.

 

Phone: 087 702 6886
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7th October 2015 Dental Health

We recognise that it can be difficult deciding on a new dentist for you and your family. Without the advice of a trusted friend who may know the crème de la crème of dentists in Cape Town, you may be faced with having to Google and choosing a name, at random. This is obviously a very nerve-wracking task, seeing as though this random person will be the one making you say “AAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

With over 28 years of international dental experience, Dr Clifford Yudelman provides the latest, high-tech, personalised care for all the members of your family. Our comprehensive dental services encompass general, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental treatment, and we take pride in keeping up with the most innovative technologies. Here are just a few we are currently using:

Leica Microscope

Microscope Enhanced Dentistry is practice by about 2% of dentists worldwide. We now routinely do ALL of our restorative dentistry at a magnification of 16-25 times with our latest Leica M320 Dental operating microscope. This allows us to refine the edges of crowns and inlays more accurately, as well as treat cavities in the most conservative way.

Dr Yudelman likens it to the latest keyhole surgery on gallbladders and knees, with minimal invasion and repair of the defect, allowing quicker recovery and less collateral damage. The microscope is connected to a 10 megapixel video camera and we can capture images of the conditions for complete record keeping.

Numbing Wand

Our patients have also been very enthusiastic about the Numbing Wand that we started using in early 2011, as most of the time they don’t even know they have had an injection. With this great instrument, we are able to numb a single tooth instead of leaving the patient with the awkward feeling of a numb tongue or lip.

DiagnoDent Laser

Our diagnostic laser, the DiagnoDent, allows us to find cavities before they become a problem. This means teeth can be restored or sealed with very conservative white fillings long before they show up on an x-ray or get close to the nerve (root canal). We also make use of another diode laser for various treatments to the gums, especially when fitting a crown.

CEREC Restoration

No one wants to sit at the dentist all day, right? Not to mention having to return for follow-up visits. Don’t worry, that won’t happen here at OptiSmile. Why, you ask? Simply put, we offer CEREC restoration services, which allows our specialist to complete crowns, veneers, inlays and fillings in one single visit. CEREC provides a computer-designed restoration for your tooth in less than two hours – No mess, no fuss.

Give us a call today to optimise your smile. Whether you are in pain with toothache or have an urgent problem, we will always do our best to see you on the same day that you called.

 

Yours in dental excellence,

Dr. Clifford Yudelman



7th October 2015 Dental Health

Dentist Sea Point gives tips on products

Not a day goes by that a patients doesn’t ask me “What kind of toothbrush should I use?” or “Can you recommend a good dental floss?” With millions of products flooding supermarket shelves, it can be difficult to know the difference between a quality product and the latest fad that was solely invented to empty your pockets.

To help make the choice easier, I’ve compiled a short list of essential items that will do just fine in keeping your mouth and teeth healthy.

Here are my recommendations for overall dental health:

Dental floss

Most dental flosses do what they need to do, but a waxed floss is easier to use and one with a great flavour just makes the whole exercise that much more rewarding – There’s nothing better than feeling fresh. Remember, you don’t have to floss all your teeth… Just the ones you want to keep!

My product recommendation: Johnson & Johnson Expansion Plus

Inter-proximal brushes

Many people can’t floss, won’t floss, hate floss or “just ran out” of floss. After 25 years I have heard every excuse in the book. Yes, flossing can be a drag. Luckily, there is an alternative for those of you who just can’t seem to face flossing. Inter-proximal brushes are tiny brushes that fit between your teeth. I’m not talking about the larger ones that will only fit under a bridge, next to an implant or if you have had periodontal disease – these are different. And they work like a bomb!

My product recommendation: Gum Trav-Ler or Gum Bi-Direction

Toothpicks

The least you can do is pick your teeth after eating, right? I don’t mean with toothpicks you get in your Martini or with the corner of an old business card… I am talking about special triangular ones made from soft wood. These are specifically made to gently remove bits of food from your teeth and best of all, they don’t damage your gums.

My product recommendation: Gum Soft-Picks

Toothbrushes

There will always be the humble, manual toothbrush (which should be soft, by the way), but an electric or power toothbrush is really where you should be spending your money. Either way, if you’re going to invest in a tool for your teeth, get the best, whichever option you choose. Many patients do better with a manual brush than the cheap throw-away electric ones.

My product recommendation: Curaprox Super Soft 3960

Tongue scraper

A tongue cleaner or scraper is an essential tool for fresh breath. These work much better than brushing the tongue. We give all our patients one that I personally developed called the “Breath-So-Fresh”. Some pharmacies now have a few different ones in stock and I urge you to try several, as all tongues are slightly different. Find one that reaches the back third of the tongue and isn’t too sharp, but still effective.

Mouthwash

Most of my patients don’t need it. I will soon be posting about the controversy surrounding oral cancer and strong alcohol mouthwashes. In some cases, I recommend Curasept Chlorhexidine 0.12% non-staining toothpaste and mouthwash, but in my opinion, staying away from the newest, cure-all wonder washes is your best option.

Toothpaste

I’m not a fan of expensive toothpastes containing millions of ingredients. All you really need is a mild abrasive and fluoride, and of course a great flavour doesn’t hurt!

My product recommendation: Colgate Total 12 or Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer

Plaque disclosing tablets

Yes, I know, they’re ancient. But the little tablets that you chew that make all your teeth go pink are still around. The pink colour indicates all the plaque you’ve missed after brushing – Simple and effective! New tablets are now available that show old plaque in blue.

My product recommendation: (Insert product name)

Timer

You cannot possibly brush effectively in less than 2 minutes no matter what your technique. It feels like forever, but come on, it’s only 2 minutes! Very little work for very big results – What’s not to love?

Yours in dental excellence,

Dr. Clifford Yudelman


Suite 303, The Point Mall,
76 Regent Rd,
Sea Point
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

info@optismile.co.za


+27 87 702 6886

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