How to Find a Great Cosmetic Dentist

How to Find a Great Cosmetic Dentist

If you’re unhappy with the state of your smile, there are cosmetic dentists who can help. But what if you don’t know where to find them? Or what if you aren’t sure of the criteria that you should be using to hire them? Here are just a few things to consider as you seek a cosmetic dentist.

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My Results With Colgate Enamel Health Sensitivity Relief

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Awhile back I told you guys about my problem with Bruxism that causes my teeth to be very sensitive. I grind my teeth while I’m sleeping, it’s worse when I’m under stress, and I worry about what I’m doing to the enamel on my teeth. I take measures to try and keep from grinding and creating further damage, like wearing a mouth guard while sleeping, and I was thrilled to learn about the new Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste. It comes in both Whitening and Sensitivity Relief and I was anxious to see if it would help with my tooth sensitivity.

Colgate Enamel Health

I started using Colgate Enamel Health Sensitivity Relief just under two weeks ago and my first impression was that the toothpaste was smooth, felt great on my teeth like it was polishing them, and had a nice low-key mint flavor. When I first started using it I was hyper aware of my tooth sensitivity, it was even uncomfortable to breathe through my mouth while taking my daily walks in the cold air.

After using the toothpaste for a couple weeks I’m ecstatic to report that the new Colgate Enamel Health Sensitivity Relief has definitely decreased my tooth sensitivity. I went for two one mile walks in the cold air today and happily chatted the whole way with a co-worker without noticing any tooth sensitivity at all. I’ve also noticed that there is less sensitivity when drinking cold drinks and eating hot food.

When I told my mom about it she wanted to try the Colgate Enamel Health Whitening variety so I got her a tube when I got mine. She’s a little paranoid that her teeth are on the yellow side. She drinks a lot of tea and coffee as well as soft drinks and she worries too about how that affects her tooth enamel. She’s been using hers for a couple weeks now also and she reports that she’s very pleased as she has noticed some whitening. She believes that the whitening trend will continue as she keeps using the toothpaste so she’s planning to do just that!


Make a Saturdate with Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Colgate Enamel Health

A few years ago I was experiencing aches and pains in my head and mouth that would travel from one side of my face to the other. It turns out that I had developed Bruxism, where I would grind my teeth while I slept and it was causing all sorts of pain and sensitivity. The dentist told me to sleep with a mouth guard and between that and reducing my stress level I don’t have those phantom pains anymore.

I’m so happy to have found a solution to my issue but it has left me with sensitive teeth and a concern about how much the grinding has affected my tooth enamel. Sadly, your body does not produce more tooth enamel once it is destroyed and I worry that my sensitivity to hot foods and liquids will only get worse with time.

Colgate Enamel Health

When I heard about the new Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste and how it can help strengthen your tooth enamel I had to give it a try. I was thrilled that its available in a sensitivity relief formula and my mother really wanted to try the Enamel Health Whitening so I bought us each a tube to try out. We both agreed that the toothpaste tastes great and we both remarked that it leaves our teeth feeling great, like they’ve been polished. I will report back in a few weeks and let you know if we’ve noticed any change in my sensitivity and her whitening.

This Saturday, November 15, 2014, Walgreens will host a Saturdate® event featuring the new Colgate® Enamel Health™ Toothpaste, including complimentary samples and an employee to educate shoppers about the new product. I love when Walgreens hase these Saturdate® events for different products and I highly recommend that you hit the one this weekend if you’re out and about so you can try out Colgate Enamel Health.


How Online Shopping Saved Me Money at the Dentist


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Last month I had a tooth fracture underneath a filling so I got the experience (and the expense) of having my very first crown.  Although I'm thrilled to be able to eat on the right side of my mouth again, I've been struggling with pain and sensitivity issues ever since like I've never had before.  Of course I went back to the dentist and he adjusted my new crown a little, but the whole right side of my mouth throbs and we've been unable to identify the actual source of the pain.  Since the pain seemed to be moving from tooth to tooth the doctor asked me to wait a few weeks to see if the pain settled down any, and he gave me some tips on how to reduce the sensitivity. 

Well over the last month the pain and sensitivity have gotten worse and have become more localized, to the point where I was certain I must have an abcess or be in need of a root canal.  Yesterday I went back to the dentist prepared for another big bill, thinking I was in need of at least one more crown maybe two.  They took three x-rays including a whole panoramic view and STILL couldn't find any indication of anything wrong.  I have five children people, I don't tend to feel pain anymore, but my teeth have been kicking my butt and I promise I'm not imagining it! 

The doctor adjusted the bite on my new crown once again and then told me that he believes my pain and sensitivity issues are being caused by grinding my teeth in my sleep, and he prescribed some special toothpaste and a mouth guard to wear at night while I'm sleeping.  GREAT news – I don't have to pay another couple grand and my teeth are really pretty healthy.  BAD news – they want $502 for a specially fitted mouth guard and insurance won't cover a dime! 


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The very first thing I did when I got home was hit the Internet and start researching bruxism, the technical term for teeth grinding.  It turns out that approximately 46% of people have a problem with grinding their teeth, typically at night while they sleep, and the majority of people don't even realize that they're having an issue.  The problem is apparently pretty easy to fix, all you have to do is wear a mouth guard at night as protection between your upper and lower teeth so that they won't actually grind together.  However, quite a few people that use nighttime mouth guards have a tendency to spit them out while asleep, so they are no longer effective.  Wow – imagine if I had actually spent $502 for a small custom fitted piece of plastic and then not be able to keep it in my mouth!  How heartbreaking would that be? 

Thank goodness for the Internet!  Anytime I plan to spend more than $20 on something I head to the Internet first to do some research so that I have all the available information on pricing, quality and suitable alternatives.  In this particular instance, I was shocked to find that there are suitable alternatives available for a night mouth guard ranging from around $3 to $100!  The lower end of the range is for bulkier mouthpieces intended to be used for sports activities, so I settled on a $54 “dentist recommended” model that is custom molded, small, flexible and lightweight that I believe will work just perfectly for me.  In addition to saving a whopping $448 on my dental health needs, I also have the opportunity to earn credits for  Bing Rewards every time I search that I can use to buy things like Amazon, Target and Starbucks gift cards.  How can you go wrong with being rewarded for saving money by simply searching online?!