Facelift Dentures – A Fountain of Youth

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By Angela Minor

Through the last decade there has been little change in denture options…until now! Fountain of Youth Dentures are one of the best inventions for a beautiful smile and youthful uplift for your face.


The Fountain of Youth Dentures offered at our office correct a situation experienced by many traditional denture wearers – lack of stimulation for the upper and lower jawbones. This can result in loose dentures over time from the deterioration of these bones. It also ultimately causes that unwanted *sunken* look as we age.

Call us for an appointment, and learn the benefits of Fountain of Youth Dentures. These include an improved facial appearance with plumper lips and fewer wrinkles. This new denture option also allows for better chewing, speaking and laughing without the worry of loose teeth. And, the underlying support for your facial bone structures will let you have a more youthful appearance for years.

Many clients have said the facelift dentures are like a *fountain of youth*!

The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is excited to meet with you, answer all your questions and provide you with the latest facelift dentures for a beautiful smile and younger face!

How to Correctly Brush Your Teeth

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By Angela Minor

You’ve been brushing your teeth for years. But are you brushing correctly? There is a correct way that will give you the best results. Consider these guidelines from the American Dental Association.

Start with the correct toothbrush. Choose a soft bristle, preferably one with rounded tips. It should fit comfortably in your mouth, and allow you to easily reach all the way to the back of your mouth. When you buy a new one every three to four months, make sure you see the ADA Seal on the package.

As you perform each of these correct steps, brush gently. Over-zealous brushing can damage your teeth!

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush teeth and gum lines.

Use short back-and-forth or small circular motions. Be sure to brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of all teeth.

To correctly brush behind your front teeth, tilt the toothbrush vertically and use short up-and-down strokes.

Brush your tongue! Start in the back and make sweeping motions to the front. This will remove harmful bacteria and help with fresh breath.

Correct tooth brushing with ADA approved fluoride toothpaste should be performed twice per day. Then grab some floss or an interdental cleaner to complete the process. Give us a call if you have any questions or want advice about this important healthy habit!

Follow these easy guidelines for correctly brushing your teeth and enjoy a lifetime of health smiles!

Thanks to the ADA “How to Brush” document.

How to Floss in 5 Easy Steps

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By Angela Minor

Even if you don’t feel like you have food between your teeth, you still have plaque. Therefore, it is important to floss, floss, and floss!

The American Dental Association shows us the five easy steps for flossing your teeth:

    Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest would around the opposite middle finger.

    Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.

    Curve the floss in a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.

    Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.

    Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth. (This is where most decay and gum disease occurs!)

Spend three to five minutes once a day with these 5 easy steps for flossing your teeth.

These images and steps are available in an easy-to-print option HERE. Keep these instructions in the bathroom until you get into the habit of flossing your teeth.

Also, keep in mind that there are several ready-made floss tools available on the market. If you have trouble with coordination, arthritis or other manual dexterity issues, these are a great alternative for flossing.

If you have any questions, please contact our office or come by for a visit!

What Healthy Gums Look Like

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By Angela Minor

What do healthy gums look like? And, why should you keep an eye on your gums?

Your teeth and gums are a team! They work together for your dental health. Healthy gums should look pink and appear to be tightly attached to the areas below your teeth.

When considering what healthy gums should look like, it is instructive to look at the characteristics of unhealthy gums.

Unhealthy gums will:

Bleed easily

Look like they are *pulling away* from your teeth

Appear red and swollen

Cause persistent bad taste or bad breath in your mouth

You may also have unhealthy gums if your teeth begin to change in the way they fit together. This can occur with your natural teeth and with dental fixtures like crowns, dentures, etc.

These symptoms should alert you to visit us for a cleaning and evaluation. The reason for this is that unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.

Therefore, make it a habit to inspect your gums on a regular basis. We all look carefully at our teeth and smiles in the mirror. Take a few extra minutes and look at the inside and outside gum lines in your mouth. This will give you the opportunity to address any gum issues before they progress.

Come visit us at the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and we will help you keep your teeth and gums working together as a team!

Help for Sensitive Teeth

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By Angela Minor

Do you feel a sharp, quick pain when your teeth are exposed to heat or cold? Does brushing your teeth hurt? Is there a jolt of electricity in your jaw when you’re snacking on sweets? You may need help for sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of circumstances. You may have a cavity or a cracked tooth. There may be a chip or thin place in your enamel. Sensitive teeth can even be caused by whitening procedures and products.

The first step you should take is to visit your dentist. It is important to determine the underlying cause of your tooth sensitivity so the appropriate measures can be taken to ease your pain.

At the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry we will perform an evaluation of your sensitive tooth issues. Depending on the cause we could recommend one or more of the following:

Fluoride Applications. We can target the areas where your tooth enamel may be compromised with fluoride treatments. This will decrease the pain and strengthen your teeth.

Desensitizing Toothpaste. There are several toothpaste options on the market that will help to desensitize your teeth over time.

Root Covering. If your roots are exposed by receding gums, we can apply a sealant to help with this.

Root Canal. This would be a solution to try after the others have failed to help with your sensitive teeth. It’s a procedure that deals with the soft core (or pulp) in a tooth.

Call today and let us help you with your sensitive teeth!

Building Healthy Smiles for 40 Years

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By Angela Minor

Dr. Ken Beard has been building healthy smiles in Cleveland, TN for 40 years! His son, Dr. Brian Beard, has brought quality dental health to clients in their practice for 20 years! Both dentists hold advanced degrees and lead a team of highly trained professionals at the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

These Cleveland dentists practice the latest technological advances. Dr. Ken and Dr. Brian, along with the team, participate in many levels of continuing education. General dentistry and cosmetic practices are always evolving, and the Drs. Beard remain at the forefront in this profession!

Additionally, the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is a comfortable and welcoming environment for anyone in the Cleveland, TN area. The facility, products and services are all tailored to provide every client with a positive dental health experience. If it’s time for a teeth cleaning or you need dental reconstruction, this should be your destination! A full range of services await your every dental need.

The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has spent 40 years building a well-respected reputation for professionalism and quality customer service. They’ve helped thousands of Cleveland, TN residents develop a confident smile and good dental health.

Come see why Dr. Ken Beard, Dr. Brian Beard and the team at the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry are simply the best in Cleveland!

Does Mouthwash Promote Dental Health?

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By Angela Minor

Will it really benefit my dental health to use mouthwash (or mouthrinse)? If you listen to the commercials on TV, the answer to this question would be a resounding “yes!” But, there are some additional facts you may need to know about mouthwash that will help you make a more informed decision.

Mouthwashes can be classified into two general categories: cosmetic and therapeutic.

Cosmetic. The first category is designed to help you combat bad breath. These mouthrinses leave you with a temporary *fresh* taste. While this may be your purpose for using these types of mouthwashes, they offer nothing in the way of promoting dental health. According to the ADA, “They don’t kill bacteria… [and] none of the cosmetic mouthrinses help reduce plaque, gingivitis or cavities.”

Therapeutic. The next category of mouthwash is designed to promote dental health. These contain antimicrobial agents that directly battle the bacteria that cause plaque. They also “chemically inactivate odor causing compounds.” If you choose one with fluoride, you have added assistance defending against tooth decay!

When buying mouthwash, read the labels – front and back. You should always choose one with an ADA Seal of Approval. This means it was scientifically tested to assure that it performs the way it is advertised!

Additionally, you have the option of consulting with our dentists to determine if a prescription mouthrinse is appropriate for your dental needs. Regardless of your choice, remember that all mouthwash is not created equal – choose carefully for maximum dental health!

What is a Dental Crown or Cap?

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By Angela Minor

A dental crown, or “cap” as it is more commonly known, is a fabricated tooth-shaped cover that fits in your mouth. If you have a broken or cracked tooth, a dental crown may be the appropriate solution for you. If you have tooth loss due to decay or severe wear, a cap might restore you to good dental health.

Dental crowns are made of several materials and can be temporary or permanent.

Stainless steel dental crowns are most often used as a temporary measure while awaiting a permanent crown solution. It protects the tooth and is a cost effective step to a permanent cap. Many times this is appropriate answer for children’s primary (baby) teeth if there is an issue.

Other metals, such as gold or base-metal alloys, can be used for crowns. There are benefits to this option. They withstand chewing and biting forces with minimal wear to opposing teeth. The drawback is the color, so they are mostly used in back molars.

Porcelain over metal fused dental crowns are more cosmetically appealing for tooth replacements. There is a small concern for chipping and a dark line if your gums recede.

Resin caps tend to be less expensive but wear down and are prone to chipping.

All ceramic or all porcelain dental crowns are a great choice for front teeth as they will be the best match for your natural teeth color. The strength of porcelain now rivals the metal crowns, and we now can use these for 90% of the mouth.

The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will be happy to discuss all the options for restoring you to dental health. We offer a range of services and products in our friendly and relaxed atmosphere. If you have a damaged or weakened tooth, don’t delay – see us today!

More Good Food for Your Teeth

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By Angela Minor

There are many great foods to help keep your teeth in healthy condition. Consider choosing some of these the next time you’re planning dinner or just need a quick snack:


  • Protein. Protein-rich food like eggs, chicken, turkey and beef contain a healthy amount of phosphorus. This is needed, along with Vitamin D, to combine with calcium in your body for healthy teeth and bones. Strong teeth are healthy teeth!

  • Veggies. Adding vegetables to your daily fare has enormous health benefits for your entire body. If you want to target the health of your teeth, choose carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes or pumpkins. Cooked or raw, these veggies are packed with Vitamin A – your tooth enamel’s best friend! For a natural teeth cleaning and gum massage, eat them raw.

  • Onions. The onion, surrounded by strong opinions possibly due its strong odor, has been part of our diet for over 7,000 years! Recently, we have learned that this specific food has equally strong compounds that kill bacteria in your mouth. This is a great benefit for protecting your teeth and gums, particularly if you can eat them raw.

  • Sesame Seeds. Often great things come in small packages – the sesame seed is one of these! This mighty little seed can dissolve plaque while helping your teeth build enamel. Also, they are packed with calcium – a necessary ingredient for strong teeth and bones.


Consider these options for eating your way to healthy teeth.

Tips for Healthy Baby Teeth

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By Angela Minor

Healthy baby teeth are important because they assist with learning to speak clearly, facial formation, proper food chewing and smiles! Each of these aspects has long-term impacts for your children, so consider the following tips for healthy baby teeth:


  • Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle. If you must, fill it with water! Baby (or primary) teeth begin to show around six months. Once they’re “in,” they are subject to plaque and decay.

  • No sugar or honey on the pacifier! Contact our office or your pediatrician and ask for information on a recommended pacifier.

  • No all-day sippy cups. If you must, fill it with water!

  • Clean gums after each feeding. Use a clean, wet cloth or gauze to keep away the bacteria.

  • Brush that first tooth! This is best done at bedtime. Use water only, and ask the dentist if using fluoride toothpaste before age two.

  • Watch carefully for changes. Any changes in gums or teeth - come to the dentist. Teeth should be all one color with no spots, stains or discoloration.

  • Come to see us at your child’s first birthday. We’ll check baby teeth, demonstrate helpful brushing techniques and give some tips about healthy baby teeth snack foods.

Give your children a head start on a lifetime of happy smiles with healthy baby teeth!