Dental Tips Blog

Oct
9

Chewing Gum: 4 Reasons to Smile!

A piece of gum after a meal can be good for your smile, dentists say. Here are four ways you can expect to benefit from occasional gum chewing.

  1. It Freshens Your Breath

This is obviously the number one reason anyone chews gum. We love the taste! Chewing gum can be found in virtually any flavor you can imagine. Mint is a popular choice because it makes breath sweet and clean after a meal.

  1. It Cleans Your Teeth

As you chew on a tasty piece of gum, you’ll notice an increase in saliva in your mouth. Chewing action stimulates saliva production that helps wash away acids and debris from food. Some people even feel that gum nabs those pesky leftovers that get stuck in the grooves on teeth.

  1. It Keeps Your Mouth Comfortable

If you have a problem with dry mouth, chewing on gum can help encourage extra saliva flow. You need spit to keep your mouth working smoothly! What’s more, saliva contains calcium and phosphate which strengthen enamel.

  1. It Distracts You From Bad Habits

Trying to quit smoking? How about a nail-biting habit? Chewing gum could be just the thing. When your mouth feels like it’s busy eating, you won’t be so inclined to put your fingers or a cigarette in there.

Just remember, chewing on a piece of gum is NEVER a substitute for daily brushing and flossing or for regular dental cleanings and checkups! You still need to physically remove plaque on a daily basis and have routine preventative dental care. Gum is just a nice freshener in between meals. Also, make sure you choose only sugar-free gum with XYLITOL to get all the benefits! Talk with your dentist or dental hygienist to get more tips on smile-smart gum chewing habits.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

Sep
20

3 Ways to Help Your Children Feel Good About Their Smiles!

You were probably thrilled beyond words the first time your baby smiled!

As children grow, their needs and interests change rapidly. One thing that doesn’t change is how much you still want to see them smile.

As you read the following four tips, think about what you can do to give your kid a smile he or she can be proud of!

  1. A Healthy Smile Fueled By a Healthy Diet

With the proper energy and nutrients, your kid will be powered to stay active and keep learning. Good health is a reason to smile! Give your kids healthy snack and meal options to choose from. Offer fresh fruits and veggies over junk food, whole grains over processed ones, and water over soda.

  1. Brighten Teeth and Freshen Breath

Brushing and flossing don’t just keep cavities at bay – these activities will also keep your child’s smile white and fresh. Your child could feel shy and self-conscious about smiling if other kids say they have bad breath or stained teeth. Excellent oral hygiene prevents this!

  1. Keep the Smile Healthy

Regular dental visits are essential to keeping anyone’s smile healthy. At each visit, your child will learn about how they can do their part to prevent dental problems. Regular dental examinations allow your dentist to take care of any problems that come up before they get any bigger.

A strong, beautiful, and frequent smile is one of the best gifts you could give your kids. Bring the entire family to your local dental office for regular checkups. This way, you can make sure everyone has a reason to stay smiley!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Jan
26

What is My Hygienist Doing When She “Cleans” My Teeth?

Your dental check-up should include your dentist examining your teeth for cavities, gums for gum disease and screen for oral cancer.  Along with your dental exam, it is equally important to have your teeth “cleaned” by a Registered Dental Hygienist at your dental check-up.  Though you may brush and floss your teeth at home, you can still get “tarter” build-up which can only be removed or “cleaned” by your dental hygienist.

What all is your dental hygienist doing at a typical “teeth cleaning” visit?

  • Examining your gums and the surrounding tooth structures- A dental probe (a mini ruler) is used to measure the space between your gums and teeth to make sure your teeth are attached to your gums properly and to check for gum disease.
  • Screening for Oral Cancer- Checking tissues in and around your mouth for suspicious areas that could be oral cancer.
  • Removing tarter build-up- Removing tarter with special dental instruments, which can’t be done with brushing and flossing. This will help prevent gum disease and/or reverse early onset of gum disease.
  • Removing plaque biofilm and stain with polishing paste- Plaque biofilm causes gum disease and cavities so your hygienist will remove the biofilm and surface stain from your teeth.
  • Flossing your teeth
  • Give brushing and flossing instructions
  • Fluoride Treatment- Fluoride rinse or varnish is placed on your teeth to strengthen them and to fight cavities.

Have you been in recently to see your dentist for an exam and your dental hygienist for a cleaning?  If not, call your dentist to schedule an exam and cleaning today!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jun
4

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

A question that is common for dental patients to ask is “how often should I have my teeth cleaned?” This question is even more common for patients that have had a long hiatus in their dental care, due to busy schedules or lack of insurance coverage. For the majority of people, preventive dental cleanings and checkups should be scheduled about every 6 months. For others, they may need to be seen more frequently, as often as every 3 or 4 months until conditions like gum disease are managed.

Let’s talk about why teeth should be professionally cleaned. Even with the best oral hygiene (and that means flossing every single day), people will build up a small amount of tartar on their teeth. People that don’t floss or brush properly will have more tartar buildup, as well as excess plaque deposits in hard-to-reach areas that a toothbrush doesn’t reach. These bacterial deposits cause the gum tissue to become infected, which in turn will also encourage the loss of bone support around the teeth. Thoroughly removing all tartar and plaque gives each person a chance at having a blank slate that encourages disease reversal and aids in their regular oral hygiene practices.

People with bone loss or deep pockets around their teeth may need cleanings every 3 or 4 months, usually called periodontal maintenance visits. Delaying these cleanings will only allow bacteria to stay in place and further disease conditions.

During a cleaning, teeth are scaled either manually or with an ultrasonic scaler to remove calcified deposits along the teeth and just under the gumlines. Superficial stain is then polished away as well. If you have visible buildup on your teeth, then it’s time to visit your dentist!

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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Nov
20

Preventive Dentistry

Getting regular dental care twice each year is one of the best things you can do to prevent dental problems later on. Preventive dentistry focuses on prophylactic steps that help preserve your dental health, discourage the development of dental diseases like cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.

One of the most important preventive steps to take is to have routine dental cleanings and checkups at least every 6 months. During these appointments your hygienist will remove calcified tartar buildup from your teeth. Tartar is plaque that has formed into hardened deposits and cannot be removed using floss or a toothbrush. If left in place, tartar encourages gum disease and can lead to bone and tooth loss.

Routine bitewing x-rays once each year can help screen for possible changes in your existing fillings, bone levels, and new decay between your teeth. These areas are not visible in a clinical examination, so your dentist needs them to check and identify areas that have started to develop since your last set of bitewing x-rays. Identifying concerns as early as possible helps preserve your dental health and keep your expenses related to care at a minimum.

Oral cancer screenings are performed at almost every dental check-up, whether you knew it or not! Your dentist or hygienist checks your soft and hard oral tissues for signs of abnormal areas that could possibly be pre-cancerous or cancerous. When found on their own, most people cannot identify oral cancer until it has reached an advanced stage. Early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment of this disease condition.

If you’re behind on your preventive dental care, don’t worry! Your dentist will help get you back on track and help you restore your oral health as much as possible.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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Oct
22

Best Practices for Excellent Oral Hygiene

Do you maintain good oral hygiene? Are you looking for some tips on how to have excellent dental care?

Keeping excellent dental care is imperative in your overall well-being. When you have healthy teeth you feel better.  Here is a list of some best practices for excellent oral hygiene:

  • Daily preventative care: This means proper brushing (twice per day) and flossing (daily). Your dental hygienist and dentist can instruct you on what this proper brushing and flossing looks like. But consistency is key.  Be sure to use a soft toothbrush to help protect your tooth enamel.
  • Regular dental visits: Seeing your dental professional on a routine basis helps in early detection of diseases, infections, and cancer. At these appointments you will also see your dental hygienist who will perform a professional teeth cleaning to remove any plaque build-up.
  • Eating a balanced diet: Food can completely impact your oral health so make wise choices and limit snacking in between meals. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains are especially important.
  • Drinking water: Water not only flushes your system but it also helps with digestion. Drinking water during and after meals helps keep food from staying in your teeth.
  • Mouthwash: It’s best to use a mouthwash daily as well. Depending on the sensitivity of your mouth, you can find one that works the best for you. Just make sure it’s a fluoride mouthwash.
  • Pay attention: Be in tune with your oral health. Schedule an appointment with a dental professional if you are having any pain or areas of sensitivity.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Leia Porcaro, Grateful Dental

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Oct
10

Dental Hygiene Awareness Month

October is National Dental Hygiene month. Even though you are reminded of your oral hygiene needs at your regular dental check-ups, it never hurts to have another gentle reminder of daily habits that greatly affect our oral health and function of our smiles. Your teeth can last a lifetime if you take care of them properly, so read through our tips to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to the oral health your smile deserves.

Brush twice each day: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and angle your toothbrush toward your gumlines. Focus on making small back and forth strokes on just one or two teeth at a time, making your way around your entire mouth in a slow and efficient manner. You should spend at least 2 minutes each time you brush. An electric toothbrush with a built in timer can help remind you to spend the time you need.

Floss once each day: There is no way to clean between your teeth and under your gums between the teeth with a toothbrush. Only flossing or using a water flosser can do this. Wrap your floss tightly around the tooth and wipe up and down under the gumlines several times. Remember, bleeding gums is a sign of gingivitis! If you floss regularly your gingivitis should go away.

See your hygienist twice each year for teeth cleaning: Even with great oral hygiene, you can still get tartar buildup on your teeth. Regular dental cleanings can remove this tartar and prevent gum disease!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Leia Porcaro, Grateful Dental

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Sep
27

Why Does It Hurt When I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

Do you wait long periods of time before your routine dental visits simply because it’s too uncomfortable for you to sit through? Does it feel like every time you have a dental cleaning, the hygienist just seems to irritate your gums more than anything else? Are you a great tooth brusher and still wonder why there always seem to be some areas that are tender to have cleaned by a dental professional? If so, you are not alone. Some people do delay seeing their dentist because they just simply hate having their teeth cleaned. Here are 3 important tips to follow to make each and every cleaning visit a positive one.

#1 – Tell your hygienist if it hurts.

Your hygienist wants to know if your cleaning is uncomfortable. If there are certain areas that are more sensitive than others, there are alternative steps we can take to help make your cleaning more comfortable. If necessary, you can ask for nitrous oxide or a topical anesthetic to help take away some of the discomfort associated with the visit.

#2 – You really do need to floss.

The biggest reason that patients have sensitive gums that bleed or hurt during cleanings is due to calcified tartar buildup that must be removed. Brushing every day will not keep this from forming between the teeth and under the gums. Instead, you really must floss each day to disrupt the bacteria. This also delivers oxygen to your infected gums and helps reverse the disease process (swelling and bleeding.)

#3 – If you have cleanings regularly, it won’t be so sensitive.

Believe it or not, if you come every 6 months instead of waiting 1-2 years for your cleanings, you will have smaller amounts of buildup on your teeth. This means they’re easier and quicker to remove!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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Jun
6

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

Most people don’t realize that our oral hygiene affects not only the health of our teeth but also our overall general health. Oral hygiene has a direct affect on a variety of health problems. Most of us are aware that bad oral hygiene causes gum disease, but few of us realize its medical consequences that go far beyond our mouths, such as susceptibility to infection and increased risk of heart disease, to name a few. Maintaining a schedule of regular dental checkups and cleanings can go a long way in helping to prevent potential dental and medical concerns in the future.

Here’s a sad and surprising statistic: every hour of every day, in the United States, someone dies from oral cancer. Surely this is reason enough to have your local dental professional take a peek at your pearly whites at least once a year! Your dentist and hygienist can detect early signs of problems with your teeth or gum, preventing more serious and costly problems in the future.

A leading cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease, which also can be treated and reversed if caught early. In addition to flossing and brushing twice a day, regular dental cleanings are a key factor in preventing gum disease. Poor dental hygiene leads to gum disease, which has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

By visual examinations, comparing with your previous dental checkups, x-rays and regular cleanings, your dental health care professionals will help you in developing a regular habit of good oral hygiene. You can be assured that you will leave your checkup and cleaning with sweeter breath, a brighter smile and peace of mind!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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