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Jan
29

Why Fluoride Rinse is a Great Investment

Posted in Fillings

Brushing and flossing helps remove debris from the teeth, but daily contact with plaque bacteria also weakens tooth enamel, damaging the teeth and gradually wearing on them over time. While it’s true that toothpaste does contain small amounts of fluoride, it may be necessary to use a supplemental fluoride each day to help remineralize tooth enamel that is susceptible to forming cavities.

One of the benefits about choosing a fluoride rinse is that it can access all surface areas of teeth throughout the mouth. Areas between the teeth or that have deep areas inaccessible by a toothbrush can easily soak up fluoride when a rinse is used. The use of an over the counter fluoride rinse each day can keep enamel strong, deter decay from forming, and reduce the need for dental fillings and other restorative dental work.

A fluoride rinse should be used after thorough brushing and flossing, so that the liquid has direct contact with clean tooth enamel. Most dentists recommend using the fluoride in the evenings before bedtime, as the saliva glands slow down production when a person sleeps. After rinsing with the fluoride for 30+ seconds, spit the rinse into the sink but do not rinse the remainder of the fluoride rinse out of your mouth. This allows a very small amount to remain on the surface of the tooth enamel. If the rinse is used in the morning, then a person should wait at least 30 minutes or more before eating or drinking after applying fluoride.

Implementing a fluoride rinse into your daily oral hygiene routine can help stop new cavities from forming between your dental visits. It is not however, a substitute for regular brushing or flossing!

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

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Dec
3

Intraoral Cameras: Giving You A First-Hand Look

Seeing your teeth up close and personal is one of the best ways to understand the reasoning behind your dentist’s recommendations and treatment theories. With small mirrors and perfect lighting, your dentist or hygienist can see so many areas in your mouth that just aren’t visible at any other time. Now you can too! If your dentist uses an intraoral camera in their care facility, you can have a picture snapped of any tooth that is causing problems or in need of a dental filling or other dental treatment.

These high-resolution images are blown up on a computer or television screen, allowing you to see even the tiniest of cracks, leaky margins, or signs of decay. If your dentist tells you that a tooth needs to be fixed, you won’t have to say “but it doesn’t hurt!” you’ll actually be able to see why and understand why a certain type of treatment is best to help strengthen it.

Early treatment can help strengthen your tooth before it breaks down, even if you’re not experiencing symptoms. Capturing the images with intraoral cameras is also beneficial for filing insurance claims, or to monitor the progress of a tooth over time. The images can easily be printed, saved in your chart, or sent home with you to look over for future reference.

The next time your dentist tells you that a tooth needs to be worked on, ask to see it on the screen! You’ll have so much visual information that you’ll essentially be able to diagnose alongside of your dentist. Together, both you and your dental provider can work together to make the best treatment choices for a smile that lasts a lifetime.

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

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Oct
22

Dental Cavities 101

Posted in Fillings

What are cavities?

Cavities are holes in your teeth that have been caused by tooth decay. Cavities form because of bacteria and sugar in our diet. Bacteria combine with our food and salvia creating plaque that sticks our teeth. If these areas are missed over time holes are created in your teeth. 

What factors put you at risk for cavities?

There are two main risk factors for cavities – dry mouth and genetics. If you have a low salvia creation then it will be harder to prevent plague from attaching to your teeth. Genetics affects your tooth size, shape, enamel, position, and bite. 

What symptoms arise with cavities?

As a cavity arises you will notice an increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet. This isn’t always the case as sometimes the cavity is so small that it doesn’t have any symptoms. This is why it is important to have routine dental appointments to have your teeth evaluated by a dental professional. Dental  X-rays can also find cavities deep within your teeth. 

What is the treatment of cavities?

Cavities can be treated two ways depending on the size of them. If they are shallow and small they might be able to be treated with fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the enamel. The second way is through having the cavity filled with an amalgam or tooth colored filling. Either way, you will need to discuss your options with your dentist.

How can I prevent cavities in the future?

The best way to prevent cavities is to establish great oral hygiene habits. Those habits include brushing twice per day and flossing daily. It is also important to schedule routine dental check-ups with your dentist and teeth cleanings with your dental hygienist.

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

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