Dental Tips Blog

Mar
31

Are You a Neat Freak? Use These 6 Oral Hygiene Tips for the Cleanest Mouth Ever

Bad news for germophobes: your mouth is crawling with bacteria!

Humans host bacteria that lead to gingivitis, decay, and bad breath. These germs can literally multiply overnight!

The following tips will help you keep your mouth as clean as possible.

  1. Use a tongue scraper. You can use your toothbrush itself as an alternative to a tongue scraper. Your tongue hosts most of the germs which cause breath to stink.
  1. Use a rinse. It’s no substitute for brushing, but an antimicrobial mouthwash can reduce the damage done between brushing sessions.
  1. Try a water flosser. A powerful jet of water blasts plaque bacteria away. It can be used on its own or in addition to regular floss. Water flossers are ideal for braces or lots of bridgework.
  1. Drink more water. Staying hydrated replenishes your saliva, which is your mouth’s natural cleanser. Lots of clean water keeps bacteria at bay.
  1. Clean your toothbrush. Did you know that you can reinfect yourself from a previous illness by using your toothbrush that’s loaded with germs? You may opt for a UV sanitizer to cleanse your brush. Alternatively, rinsing it routinely in hydrogen peroxide or an antibacterial rinse can also help. Don’t forget to change out your brush altogether every 3-4 months for optimum brushing efficiency.
  1. Chew on something healthy. Xylitol gum or a spice like clove or fennel are naturally sugar-free options which stimulate a cleansing saliva flow. As an added bonus, this freshens breath and strengthens teeth.

You’re now on your way to perfectly clean smile! But your smile may need more specific attention. To find out what more you can do to keep teeth ultra clean, schedule a routine checkup and teeth cleaning at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Feb
11

How to Fight Tooth Decay with Diet

You’ve heard that eating a lot of sugar leads to cavities. But you may not realize how big of a role your overall diet plays in determining your cavity risk.

Here are a few changes you might make to your family’s eating habits:

Drink More Water

Beverages are a major source of the sugars that contribute to tooth decay. They literally soak the teeth in sugar for minutes at a time. Sweet drinks provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria and they also impact the acidity of the mouth, which is what causes enamel erosion.

Cut back on sweetened drinks by encouraging your family to switch to water. This will keep the mouth hydrated and your teeth cleaner.

Eat Fresh

Fresh fruits and veggies are great sources of water (which helps clean teeth) and fiber. The fiber is good for your digestive health, but it also does your teeth a favor. Natural fibers in plants help scrub away cavity-causing plaque and sugar while you chew.

Who knew an apple a day could keep the dentist away?

Get More Fiber

Speaking of fiber, you can get similar dental health benefits by upgrading your processed carbs to high-fiber whole grains. The hearty texture can wick away bacteria and slows down plaque-formation, unlike simpler carbohydrates.

Say Cheese!

Dairy is the perfect snack for strong tooth enamel. Minerals found in dairy products such as calcium are necessary for remineralizing the structure of weak teeth. Cheese in particular is good for preventing decay since its tangy flavor stimulates saliva flow. Your teeth rely on saliva to stay clean and to soak up more minerals!

Modest changes in your diet along with routine dental exams and checkups can help fight tooth decay and prevent cavities. Want more tips on keeping your smile healthy, naturally? Visit your dentist or hygienist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Jan
10

Do You Need to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

For some of us, our dog is more than our best friend – he or she is family.  We’ll do anything for our cold-nosed companions! True dog lovers will go out of their way to get the perfect food formulas, the perfect accessories, and the perfect hair cut for their pets.

One important element of dog health is dental care. Yes, pooches need that too, and once again, those die-hard dog fans are already all over that.

Caring For Dog’s Teeth: What To Know

Dogs are not very susceptible to cavities. But like us, they can develop the heavy tartar buildup and bad breath that accompany gum disease. If not treated, gum inflammation can lead to serious health problems. Daily brushing is a great way to prevent bacterial buildup in your dog’s mouth.

What You Need

A pet store will have toothbrushes and toothpastes appropriate for dogs. NEVER use human toothpaste! Most of our toothpastes contain fluoride which is great for our teeth, but like chocolate, it’s not meant for dogs. Hard chew toys are good for cleansing dog teeth.

What To Do

Start small. You can ease your dog into brushing by starting when they’re young. Brush only for as long as they’ll tolerate, slowly increasing the brushing time each day. Reward your pooch’s cooperation with a treat.

Don’t forget that you need dental care, too! People need routine dental cleanings and checkups twice a year and daily brushing and flossing. We’re more prone to dental health problems than dogs are. To find out what your teeth need to stay healthy and strong, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Amber Hills Dental
771 E. Horizon Dr
Suite 176-180
Henderson, NV 89015
702-831-4686

Oct
25

How Illumination Techniques Can Pinpoint Decay Early

Posted in Fillings

Have you ever found a cavity on your own? How did you know? Was it the dark, stained spot? Perhaps it was sensitivity to temperature and sweets. At regular dental checkups, decay is often detected using the traditional methods of x-rays and clinical exploration with dental tools. There are newer technologies, however, which are enabling dentists to diagnose decay and treat it even sooner. This means that more preventative action can be taken and that restorative treatment will be less invasive.

Illumination techniques rely upon the natural tooth structure reflects and absorbs light. Tooth structure is altered by the presence of decay, so illumination can help reveal areas where a tooth may already be weakening from the effects of cavity-causing bacteria.

DIFOTI (Digital Imaging Fiber-Optic Trans-Illumination – a technique similar to that of x-ray technology, a bright light is used to illuminate the teeth and a computer translates areas of weakened tooth structure (indicative of early decay) as darkened spots. This technique does not require the use of radiation, as x-rays do.

Diagnodent – This device utilizes a non-destructive laser beam to determine whether any areas of the tooth have been damaged by bacteria. Healthy tooth structure will not reflect the laser back as fluorescent light, but diseased tooth will reflect more. The device will note these readings, and the readings can be used to monitor a tooth for changes and to determine when treatment is needed.

When coupled with traditional decay-detection techniques such as the clinical examination and x-rays, illumination techniques work wonders in finding decay so that treatment can be promptly provided. At your next appointment, ask your dentist about the state-of-the-art tools used to evaluate your decay risk and how they can help you lower your risk of tooth decay and cavities.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Jul
16

Three Reasons Why You Should Never Be Embarrassed at the Dental Office

A lot of people come in to the dental office and are embarrassed. They’re embarrassed about their oral health needs, that they feel anxious about dental care, or that they haven’t been to the dentist in a long time. If there’s one thing all dentists want their patients to know, it’s that they don’t want you to feel embarrassed when you’re catching up on your oral care!

Life happens, and there are often people that have not had access to dental care for one reason or another. It may be that they were out of work, didn’t have insurance coverage, or traveled too often on business trips to get in and have routine dental care completed. Now that they’ve made a point to get back to the dental office, they are often ashamed of what the dentist will see during the dental exam.

You might be surprised, but rarely do cases like this catch a dentist off guard. It’s fairly common for people to finally be able to get access to care, or overcome their fear of seeing a dentist. Your dentist wants to let you know that they’ll work alongside of you to help you gain control over your oral health again, no matter what your individual needs are. It may be that you need a phased treatment plan to restore your smile, just a simple cleaning, or a sedation service to help you be more comfortable.

Everyone’s needs and history is different. Visiting the dentist is something that should make you feel good about yourself, because you’re investing in a smile…and smiles are forever!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Jun
18

Menopause and Your Mouth

As your body undergoes the drastic change of menopause, you’ll notice it affecting things that you never would have guessed it would. One of these is your oral health. The fluctuating hormonal changes as well as age bring about many changes in your mouth for women experiencing this phase of their life. Changes in your mouth may include gum disease, bleeding, bone loss, burning tissue, taste changes, and dry mouth. All of these combined together can cause problems like tooth loss if not addressed early on.

Bone loss not only affects the stability of your teeth, it also affects your jawbone. Your dentist may take a panoramic x-ray that screens for changes in the jawbone and surrounding structures. Loss of bone around the teeth may be a combination of both gum disease as well as from natural aging factors. Thankfully, proactive preventive care can keep your teeth stable and eliminate damage caused by gum disease, which is the primary reason adults lose their teeth. Regular dental cleanings remove calcified bacteria that contribute to bone loss and other things like bad breath.

Dry and burning mouth can make eating uncomfortable, and even lead to increased tooth decay. Even if you’ve never had problems with cavities before, you should be careful. Your dentist may recommend topical fluoride treatments after your cleanings as well as a home fluoride gel to keep teeth stronger, longer. They can also advise you how to battle symptoms of burning mouth syndrome. Not knowing how to effectively treat it can cause you to lose weight and even make things like dentures not fit well.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of menopause, it’s important to not skip your dental visits. See your dentist at least twice each year to ensure the best preventive care plan possible.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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Mar
11

What If I Have Not Been To The Dentist In Years?

Often people will neglect to have routine dental exams and teeth cleanings for various reasons.  The reasons for failing to receive routine dental care include busy schedules, budget constraints and in many cases a fear of the dentist.  In many cases, the fear of the dentist often results in people not visiting the dentist for years, even if they develop dental pain, which gets increasingly worse.

It is important to keep in mind that it is never too late visit the dentist and the entire dental team is committed to improving their patient’s dental health and appearance, even if it has been years since their last visit.  In addition, the dentist will not be judgmental of the patient’s reasons for not visiting earlier.  All that matters is that the patient is here now and how can the dental team help!

During the initial visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam, including x-rays and a visual exam.  The dentist will also inquire about any pain, as well as what bothers the patient about the appearance of their teeth.  Upon completion of the exam the dentist will make their recommendations to the patient, as too the beast course of action.

Depending on a number of factors, including the patient’s at home dental care, all that may be necessary is a cleaning of the teeth and a couple of cavities being filled.  In other cases if more extensive restoration work is necessary, the dentist will prioritize the treatments necessary and develop a phased approach to correcting the problems.

The dentist will also discuss various anesthesia options available, including sedation, which will make the treatments pain free. Most patients find the initial visit the hardest and the visits where the actual work takes place a piece of cake!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Jan
27

Why Do I Need A Semi-Annual Dental Checkup?

It is recommended that everyone visit their dentist every 6 months, in order to have their teeth cleaned and an overall dental checkup.  Regular dental cleanings and checkups are critical to make sure that the patient’s overall oral health is in order.  These checkups are cost effective and critical to preventing small issues growing into larger, painful and more expensive problems, which can impact not only your oral health, but also your general health.

Typical dental checkups begin with the dentist of the dental hygienist asking a series of questions about their overall general health, as well as their overall dental health and their brushing and flossing habits.  Once complete, the patient will have their teeth cleaned by either the dentist or a dental hygienist.  The cleaning will include a removal of any plague, followed up by a flossing of the teeth and a polishing.  Usually the worst part of the process is the removal of plaque, however specialized ultra-sonic cleaning tools have made this process much easier.

Once the teeth are cleaned, traditional or 3D x-rays are taken before the actual dental exam.  After the x-rays are available, the dentist will then examine them looking for any signs of decay, in addition to other dental issues.  Once the x-rays have been examined the dentist will examine the soft tissues of the patient’s mouth, including the patient’s gums and tongue.  Next, the dentist will look for cavities or any signs of decay using various dental instruments, including a specialized laser, which is capable of detecting cavities before they are visible.  If any issues are discovered, a follow up appointment will be made.  However in most cases, where people have dental exams every 6 months, the dentist will send you on your way with instructions to “keep up the good work and see you in 6 months”!

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

 

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