Dental Tips Blog

Oct
27

Keeping Your Cleaning as Gentle as Possible

The most common procedure that you’ll have completed at the dental office is a routine dental cleaning and checkup. While some people absolutely love having their teeth cleaned, there are a small percentage that do not. In fact, they look at it in a negative light and are usually ready to finish it as quickly as possible. If that sounds like you, here are a few things you need to know about how to make your cleaning one that is as gentle as possible:

Ask your hygienist to use an ultrasonic instrument.

Ultrasonic scalers use light vibration and irrigation to remove the bulk of tartar deposits on your teeth. The power can be adjusted based on the amount of buildup as well as the comfort preferences of the patient. In most cases, ultrasonic scaling also allows the procedure to be completed more quickly. 

Take advantage of Nitrous Oxide sedation.

If you tend to feel jumpy or have generally sensitive teeth and gums, then nitrous oxide sedation is something you should really consider. It’s available for literally any dental appointment and can produce results in just a few minutes. Patients feel more relaxed and have less anxiety, typically wishing that they had asked for the nitrous oxide sooner. Even after the procedure, you’ll be able to drive yourself back home or return to work. 

Start flossing 2 weeks before.

Active gum infections like gingivitis or periodontal disease will make your mouth more sensitive during cleanings. Thankfully, gingivitis can be reversed in just 2 weeks with daily flossing and brushing along the gumlines. Since it takes 2 weeks of this to reverse signs of gingivitis, you’ll need to start flossing that far in advance as well (if you aren’t already.)

What do you love about your cleaning appointments? What do you wish you could change? Keep your dentist in the know – it’s the only way for them to help enhance your level of care at every visit.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Aug
29

3 Reasons Why You Should Review Your Health History With Your Dentist

Going to the dentist for a dental cleaning and checkup or dental restoration treatment is just about your teeth….right? Not necessarily! There are more health conditions that affect your teeth and oral health than you might suspect. Your dentist might even be able to see signs and symptoms of certain health conditions not being controlled properly. The mouth is almost a “window to your health,” so to speak. Here are 3 reasons why you should always update your dental office on changes in your health history. 

Certain medications can cause oral side effects

From overgrowth of gingival tissue to increased tooth decay, certain everyday medications can create numerous side effects when it comes to your smile. You may be an asthmatic patient that uses albuterol on a daily basis. Did you know that albuterol inhalers could dramatically increase the rate of cavities? Certain risk factors may mean your dentist wants to implement preventive techniques like home fluoride, gingival therapies, or even see you more frequently. Or maybe you take blood thinners, which would contraindicate procedures like a surgical extraction. 

Procedures may require antibiotic treatment beforehand, or even a call to your physician

Your dentist will need to talk directly to your physician before you should discontinue any medications prior to dental care. Please do not stop taking them unless your physician has directed you to. If you’ve had a surgery such as a joint replacement or heart procedure, antibiotic premedication may be needed. Never consider these things unimportant, even if they don’t directly affect your mouth. 

Proper preventive measures can be taken

Your dentist wants to avoid interactions to medications that you are taking. Keep an updated list with you at every visit. If you have a health condition like seizures, high blood pressure, or asthma, let your dental team know. Steps like keeping your inhaler on the counter can be useful during a medical emergency.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Apr
25

Bi-annual Dental Check ups

Every person should have a local dentist that he or she goes to for bi-annual dental cleaning and check ups. Bi-annual dental visits help to ensure that the teeth, gums, and entire mouth are healthy and clean. Without bi-annual visits to the dentist, small issues can develop into serious problems that affect a person’s oral health as well as the rest of the body. Keeping regularly scheduled dental check ups allow for the mouth to be thoroughly cleaned, thus drastically reducing the chance of oral health problems arising.

The standard recommendation is that everyone should visit the dentist twice a year for check ups and cleanings. That is typically four hours out of the entire year for people to work into their busy schedules. While this may seem very easy to do, many people cancel their appointments and reschedule them multiple times throughout the year. But keeping dental appointments is very important.

Not only does the dentist or dental hygienist thoroughly clean the mouth of plaque and tartar, but it gives him/her the opportunity to see if there are any issues that have made an appearance. By visiting the dentist on a regular bi-annual basis, oral issues such as gingivitis, oral cancer, a cracked filling, etc. can be treated right away before serious results occur. People who have any medical issues that are found in an early stage are much more likely to fully recover.

Before you decide to put off your next dental visit, think again. Your bi-annual dental check up is a vital part of your overall health management plan. Taking care of your mouth promotes a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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