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Clifton Balwdin Dental Team

Award-Winning Dentist in Spring TX

Dr. Clifton Baldwin is an award-winning Dentist in Spring TX that has cared for 1,000s of patients during the last 30 years practicing general and cosmetic dentistry. He utilizes the latest technology to ensure that his patients have not only healthy teeth and gums, but also have their perfect smile. He has expertise with Invisalign Clear Braces, Veneers, and in the entire process of creating a Total Smile Makeover!

Over the years, Dr. Baldwin has also carefully built an exceptional support team of experienced, caring professionals. This team of Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Financial Administrators, and Customer Service Representatives help ensure that all your needs are met, and that you are completely satisfied with our services.

PREFERRED INVISALIGN PROVIDER

As a Preferred Invisalign Provider in Spring, TX, Dr. Baldwin has the experience and expertise to ensure that you get the best possible results. The "Preferred" designation is given only when a Dentist has completed all requirements that show total competency with the procedure. You can be assured you are in good hands with Dr. Baldwin!

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Top 4 Hygiene Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Post on 08/19/2015

Aug hygiene

You brush twice a day, you floss once a day, and you’re always careful to never miss a day. You’re confident your oral hygiene routine is top notch. But is it possible there are some common mistakes in that routine? At my Spring dental office, we’re always happy to hear our patients are working hard at home to keep their smiles healthy, but we want to make sure they aren’t making mistakes that could ultimately harm their teeth.

  • Ignoring Your Tongue

Your tongue harbors a lot of sneaky bacteria in all its nooks and crannies, which can contribute to bad breath and lead to tooth decay. Since the tongue is in frequent contact with teeth, the bacteria can transfer and start to cause damage to the enamel. A gentle scrub with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper successfully removes a lot of the dangerous bacteria and keeps your pearly whites safe.

  • Foregoing The Rinse

After eating, brushing your teeth may be the last thing on your mind, especially if it’s after lunch during a crazy work day. While we’d love it if patients brushed following each meal, sometimes it’s just not possible. Instead, rinse with some water. Water helps wiggle out any food particles that may be lingering around and neutralizes acid, keeping your teeth safe. If you do have a chance to brush after eating, we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes. Meals that are high in acid can weaken enamel, and if you brush when enamel is weak, you may do more harm than good.

  • Storing Your Brush Incorrectly

Between the long oval cases that your whole brush can fit into, the caps that cover just the bristles, and shutting it behind the bathroom cabinet, there are many different ways you can store your toothbrush. But which way is the right way? It’s pretty simple. Just stand your toothbrush bristle end up and allow it to air dry.

  • Brushing Too Hard

Usually when we try to clean something, a good, hard scrubbing is a great idea. But not when it comes to our teeth. Brushing too hard can damage gums and even cause them to recede. Additionally, too much pressure can weaken enamel, and without enamel, teeth are more susceptible to decay. Instead, try using gentle, small circles.

Along with a proper at-home oral hygiene routine, regular visits to my dental office in Spring are necessary for a healthy smile. Visiting us at least twice a year helps catch any potential problems early, allows us to monitor your oral hygiene habits, and keeps your smile in its best shape for life.

Accepting patients from Spring, The Woodlands, and Tomball.

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How White is Too White?

Post on 08/05/2015

Aug white

Super-white smiles used to be a thing reserved for TV stars and the big screen. But advancements in dentistry have made this cosmetic dentistry procedure accessible to the general public. Now nearly everyone is on the journey to get a dazzlingly white smile. At my dental office in Spring, we’re all for getting a brighter, whiter smile, as long as it’s done safely and correctly.

Types of Whitening

There are several forms of whitening to choose from, each having their own pros and cons.

    • Strips — Inexpensive, but are not custom-fitted which could lead to serious problems
    • Trays — Slightly more expensive but again, not custom, so the same concern for problems exists here too
    • Professional — The strongest level of whitening available and professional guidance throughout treatment

 

Addicted to Over Bleaching?

A little whitening here and there can help boost your pearly whites and your confidence, but there are times when whitening can become an obsession. This is particularly concerning. Not only can over-whitening cause some serious dental problems, it may also cause your teeth to become too white.

Yes, it’s completely possible for teeth to be over whitened. Usually, a whitening treatment will brighten your smile a few shades in a few treatments, depending on the product. However, when used excessively, whitening treatments may actually cause teeth to take on a translucent appearance or look a bit gray. This is whitening to the extreme.

Things to Remember

  • Just because it’s white, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Often times we mistake a gorgeously white smile as being extremely healthy. But that’s not always the case. Over-whitening can lead to weakened enamel and increased risk for decay.
  • Follow the directions. Never leave a whitening product on longer than stated in the directions. Excessive contact with the whitening agent may cause gum irritation, increased sensitivity, or damage to the enamel.
  • Always talk to your dentist first. Prior to beginning any whitening treatment, talk to your dentist in Spring. A conversation with a professional can help get you your ultimate shade of white while also keeping your teeth healthy.

 

If you’re interested in boosting your smile, give my Spring dental office a call. We’ll perform a smile analysis and talk about the best whitening treatment for you. With our help, you’re sure to get the smile you’re looking for.

Accepting patients from Spring, The Woodlands, and Tomball.

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