Dental Tips Blog

Apr
9

Dental Hygiene Tip: Sip it Up

Next time you pick up a new tube of toothpaste or a new toothbrush at the drug store, think about buying some straws as well. It turns out they are good tool for oral hygiene.

Think about it.  When sugary drinks and juice are routinely allowed to sit on teeth, it can cause an acidic reaction that can eventually lead to plaque build up or tooth decay, or hide away under the gums to wreak havoc there with numbness and swelling and eventually periodontal disease. Likewise, when some juices, coffee or tea are allowed to sit on the teeth, they can stain, similar to the staining you see when coffee sits in a porcelain cup.

But what if you sipped your sweet and stain producing drinks through a straw? Indeed, the liquid culprit would just bypass the teeth and mouth and go right down the throat.  Of course some beverages, such as hot tea or coffee, would be challenging to drink through a straw, but most cold drinks could be consumed in this teeth-saving manner.

Other tips for avoiding the harmful effects of starchy food or sugars on your teeth when your away from home or a toothbrush include rinsing the mouth with water or following the meal or snack with milk, which is alkaline and helps to neutralize the acid in foods.

Of course the best way to avoid plaque and cavities is to follow a religious routine of brushing at least twice daily, especially after meals, and flossing once a day. See your dentist for a checkup once a year, and have a professional dental cleaning and checkup every six months – even more frequently if needed.

In the meantime, when you reach for a drink at your local bodega and you haven’t got your toothbrush with you, get a straw to go as well. You might avoid a cavity or two down the road.

Posted on Behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Sep
12

The Importance of Professional Teeth Cleaning

Professional teeth cleaning at your local dentist’s office is essential to your oral health. While brushing and flossing at home on a daily basis are important, visiting your dentist for routine appointments is equally important. Your dentist will use professional tools to remove the stubborn plaque that remains on your teeth even with flossing and good oral hygiene. Since plaque is made up of eroding bacteria, having your teeth professionally cleaned is an essential step to keeping your teeth healthy. Your Atlanta dentist will also check your entire mouth for potentially dangerous spots that are hard to detect at home.

What Is a Teeth Cleaning?

Having your teeth cleaned at your dentist’s office is a routine procedure. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use professional tools to clean your teeth. A water sprayer is used to moisten your mouth and loosen the plaque around your teeth so that it is easier to remove. A small tool called a hand scraper will be used to scrape off the plaque build up around your teeth and gums. This is often considered the most uncomfortable part of the procedure, but with regular flossing at home it doesn’t have to be. Your dentist will also clean your teeth with either a rotary toothbrush and gritty toothpaste or with a saltwater sprayer. Both of these cleanings are painless and are what give your teeth their shine as you walk out of the office. At the end, your dentist will floss your teeth and may suggest a quick fluoride treatment.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once a year to get a routine examination and cleaning. If you have a history of gum disease or chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, you should get your teeth cleaned more often due to the link between these diseases and tooth problems. You should talk with your dentist to see how often your appointments should be. Remember, even if you brush and floss regularly at home, your dentist is your number one advocate for your oral health. Seeing your dentist on a routine basis for a professional teeth cleaning is essential to keeping your smile healthy.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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