Dr. Rajiv Motwani DMD and the team at Westshore Dentistry are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Bradenton FL and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, general, implant, orthodontic, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry.
Cosmetic ImagingYou don’t have to simply imagine how your new smile will look. With the aid of computer-generated images, we can show you what shaping your gums, replacing teeth, or altering their color can do for your smile before you even start treatment. Won’t it be exciting to see your future smile before you even start the steps to reach your treatment goal?
Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing-the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.
Diet and Tooth Decay The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon:
The form of the food-whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference. How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages. The nutritional makeup of the food. The combination of the foods yo…
The right smile can leave you laughing, fill you with joy or make you melt with emotion. But, ultimately, the best smile is one that is healthy and strong. Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are - and how to keep them that way.
1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. This resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body - making it durable and damage-resistant.
2. Your bite is powerful! Did you know your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down? That’s probably what tempts us to use our teeth as tools from time to time ñ but as your dentist will remind you, that’s one of the worst habits when it comes to preserving healthy teeth.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?Sleep apnea robs your body of the rest and oxygen it needs to flourish. If you or a loved one find yourself falling asleep during the day, snoring loudly, or coping with interrupted breathing during sleep, you may be afflicted with sleep apnea. The go-to treatment for sleep apnea has always been a CPAP device. A facial mask connects to a machine that pumps a continuous stream of air into your nose or mouth while you sleep. However, many people find this to be frustrating and stop using the device.
If you have sleep apnea and can’t tolerate your CPAP, modern dentistry has new treatment solutions in the form of oral appliances. These small acrylic devices work much like an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard, fitting over your upper and lower teeth. They properly align your tongue and jaw to open your airway and allow more air to flow into your lungs as you sleep. They are easy to install and remove, simple to clean, and convenient for travel…
Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).
So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth? According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth.
What’s So Bad About Losing a Tooth?Regardless of why you’ve lost a tooth – periodontal disease, decay, accident, or other trauma – you should know that without a replacement you may soon encounter a variety of other difficulties, some quite severe. The removal of even one tooth can cause your other teeth to become displaced, thus altering the way you gain nutrients from your food. You may experience weight gain or loss due to diet changes, develop a sunken or wrinkled facial appearance, or even undergo an unwanted change in your speech patterns. Dr. Motwani recommends dental implants. A solution that, in most cases, can replace all your missing teeth. Designed to blend with your remaining teeth, they look so natural that at first glance even a dentist will have trouble seeing the difference.
Beautiful Smiles Made EasyMany patients desire a cosmetic makeover, but they want alternatives to veneers or other cosmetic procedures. We’re thrilled to offer an instant makeover with our removable cosmetic smile option. Would you love a beautiful smile at a very affordable price? If so, this alternative might be perfect for you. There is no tooth preparation or adhesives required. In fact, you won’t undergo drilling or shots. An appliance is created that simply slides over your teeth. It can be worn while eating, and it’s easy to remove and clean. It can last for years, but is affordable enough to be a temporary solution. Our patients tell us that they are impressed by the natural look and feel of our “instant smile.” We think you will be too!