Dental Tips Blog

Oct
19

Prevent Bad Breath with These 5 Tips from a Dentist

Posted in Bad Breath

Companies that market toothpaste or chewing gum claim that their products are the key to fresh breath. But there are more effective ways to keep your breath sweet-smelling.

Read on to find out what oral health experts recommend to help control halitosis.

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

Good oral hygiene is the biggest deciding factor in breath freshness. If you’re bothered by bad breath, see if your oral hygiene routine could use some improvement.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Did you know that having dry mouth can make your breath smell? Instead of just masking odor with a sugary breath mint, try having a couple glasses of water.

  1. Clean Your Tongue

Missing your tongue may be the main cause of your bad breath. Germs on your tongue can flourish and produce foul odors if you don’t clean it daily. A toothbrush or tongue cleaner both work fine.

  1. Make Some Diet Changes

Cutting back on a few items may help you enjoy fresher breath. Try to limit the following smelly items in your diet as far as your general health allows:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Garlic and onions
  • Strong-smelling fish
  • Dairy
  • Sugar (contributes to the growth of stinky dental plaque)
  1. Chew on Natural Breath-Fresheners

Mints and chewing gum do provide a boost of freshness for your breath. But the sugar content and other added ingredients may make your mouth more dried out and smelly than it was to begin with.

Dentists recommend chewing on sugar-free gum and candy. Alternatively, go the natural route and chew on herbs and spices such as cloves, parsley, or fennel. These items won’t put your teeth at risk of decay.

See your dentist for more help in managing bad breath.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

Oct
19

Tips to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Filling

Dental treatment on your own teeth makes you nervous. How are you as a parent going to reassure your little one before their first dental procedure?

Avoid “Trigger” Words

Your child may be scared already. But saying things like “don’t be afraid” or “there’s no need to be scared” or even “it won’t hurt” can cause him or her to focus on those negative words and get even more nervous.

Instead, use positive expressions like “you’ll be fine” and “your tooth is going to be all happy!”

The same can be said of “needles,” “shots,” and “injections.” If your child has a negative impression of injections of any kind, then simply explain that their tooth will be getting some “sleepy juice” or “bubbles.”

Follow the Dentist’s Instructions EXACTLY

Depending on the nature of your child’s treatment, some dental sedation may be involved. Your dentist may give you some directions about what your child can eat before the appointment. Follow these exactly. If your child becomes ill, this can result in complications and a serious medical emergency.

Explain What Will Happen in Age-Appropriate Terms

Very young children usually have dental sedation to help them stay calm during treatment.

But older children are often alert and usually want to know exactly what they can expect. You can alleviate some of their concerns by being honest but keeping your tone positive. For example, explain that they will feel some pressure on their teeth but that it’s not uncomfortable. Let them know that they can calmly raise their hand any time they want a break.

With positivity, preparation, and help from your dentist, you can successfully prepare your children for their first dental filling!

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Oct
19

Take Good Care of Your Dental Implant!

Posted in Dental Implants

Your dental implant is an amazing restoration that can last a lifetime. But it won’t last very long if you don’t take good care of it.

Here’s what you should know if you want to get the most out of your dental implants.

Why Dental Implants Need Maintenance

Dental implant screws bind with the bone in the jaw as they heal in place and create a sterile seal. This seal, however, can break if the gum tissue around the implant gets inflamed. More bacteria can then invade and cause the bone around the implant to disintegrate.

Once the bone gets inflamed and begins to break down, that spells disaster for your dental implant. Failure to take good care of your implant can result in losing it for good.

How to Maintain Your Dental Implant

What do you need to do to keep a dental implant strong and healthy?

Brush thoroughly. Brushing is extremely important to controlling plaque buildup around dental implants. Don’t skip this daily chore!

Floss gently. Even dental implants need to be flossed, albeit very gently. Flossing removes plaque from areas where your toothbrush can’t reach and prevents the bacteria from triggering gum inflammation.

Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash. Antibacterial or anti-gingivitis mouthwashes contain therapeutic ingredients that soothe and reverse gum inflammation around implants. Consult your dentist to find out which kind of oral rinse, if any, will be beneficial to the health of your dental implant.

Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups will ensure that your implant stays healthy. Your dentist will check for signs of inflammation and treat it before the problem can get any worse.

Ask your dentist for more dental implant care tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Oct
19

5 Signs You’re Ready to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you ready to see that gap in your smile disappear? A dental implant is an excellent choice for replacing lost teeth.

If you’re interested in getting an implant, then you need to make sure you’re ready for the procedure.

Here are five ways to make sure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

  1. You Have Excellent Oral Hygiene

A dental implant is a low-maintenance restoration, but you still need to take care of it the same as you would for any other tooth. Implants can fail if the gums around them are allowed to get infected with plaque bacteria.

If you do a good job taking care of your current oral health, then you’re probably a great candidate for dental implants.

  1. You Don’t Smoke

It is possible to still qualify for a dental implant if you smoke. However, you’re more likely to have a quick and successful healing period after the procedure if you stay away from tobacco use.

  1. You Don’t Grind Your Teeth

Teeth grinding can dislodge a dental implant from the bone. As long as you don’t put excessive stress on your teeth then a dental implant should thrive in your mouth.

  1. You’re Free of Gum Disease

No dentist will place an implant if your gums and jawbone are still being ravaged by gum disease. Having healthy gums improves the chances than an implant will stay healthy.

  1. Your Health Is Stable

Some health conditions and medications can disqualify you from getting a dental implant. If you’re healthy, you may be ready for an implant.

Visit a dental implant provider near you to find out whether or not you’re ready for implants at this time.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Oct
18

Stay Away from These Denture Cleaning “Hacks!”

Posted in Dentures

There are plenty of DIY tips and tricks out there for cleaning dentures. But some of those you need to avoid if you want your denture to stay in good shape.

Steel Wool and Other Stiff Brushes

You’d think a brush with firm bristles would ensure all the food and tartar are gone from your denture. But coarse brushes can leave microscopic scratches in the acrylic which harbor bacteria.

Hammers, Screwdrivers, Kitchen Knives

Never use a metal utensil to try to chip away at tartar buildup on your denture! You could slip and hurt yourself or cause costly damage to your denture.

Bleach

There are ways to use household bleach to clean dentures. But you need to get your dentist’s approval and input on this option before trying it. Not all dentures are designed to be cleaned with bleach. Additionally, if you mix the solution incorrectly, you can alter the color of your denture or leave a residue that causes chemical burns in your mouth.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash may taste minty-fresh and have some antimicrobial properties, but it’s not a good denture cleaner. It isn’t capable of killing off the kind of germs that take up residence in your denture. A mouthwash is only good for freshening up the taste of your denture after you’ve properly cleaned it.

Drying Out Your Denture

Oxygen does kill off some bacteria and odors, but drying out your denture is a bad idea. Your denture was created to fit your mouth exactly under very moist conditions. Without enough moisture, the acrylic will irreversibly shrink and warp so that you can’t wear your denture again.

Ask your dentist about safe ways to clean your denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Oct
18

Is There an Age Limit for Getting Braces?

Posted in Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment tends to be most effective when done during late childhood or the early teen years. But this doesn’t mean that adults can’t enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile.

Never Too Late for Braces!

Adults of all ages are getting braces these days. Orthodontic treatment can involve wearing traditional metal braces for a year or more. But adults could also get more conservative and problem-focused treatment to prepare their mouths for an implant or dental bridge.

Orthodontic Options for Adults

Adults often have more options to choose from when it comes to braces. This is because the orthodontic treatment that older people get can be cosmetic in nature. Kids may have little choice outside of traditional metal braces. But older patients can opt for the following:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Accelerated orthodontic treatment
  • Invisalign
  • Inman Aligners

What if you’re an adult who’s interested in making only a small change to the spacing or alignment of their teeth for esthetic purposes? They might be able to skip braces all together in favor of getting dental veneers.

Living with Braces as an Adult

Wearing braces as an adult has some challenges but it isn’t impossible. With diligent oral hygiene and frequent checkups, adults can benefit from braces just as much as kids can.

Do You Qualify for Braces?

All adults are potential candidates for orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will help you find out if you qualify.

Some factors such a poor bone quality, tooth fractures, or active gum disease may temporarily disqualify you for braces. By consulting with the dentist, you’ll find out which problems need to be treated first and when you can expect to start braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Oct
18

Here’s How Dental Sedation Actually Works

Knowing what to expect from sedation dentistry and how it works can put your worries to rest.

What Dental Sedation Really Is

A sedative is meant to help the dental patient relax. The goal isn’t to knock you out or render you unconscious. Rather, a sedative can provide relief from dental phobia by helping you be calm and comfortable enough to sit through dental treatment without anxiety.

Not everyone needs a sedative during dental treatment. Your need for sedation depends on factors such as:

  • Your health and current medications
  • The length or nature of your dental procedure
  • Your levels of dental anxiety

How Different Kinds of Dental Sedation Work

There are a few main sedative options in dentistry. These include: laughing gas, an oral medication, or an IV drip.

Each sedative method delivers a different degree of sedation. Laughing gas, for example, is a very mild sedative. It makes you feel relaxed and happy, but it doesn’t do much more than that.

An oral sedative can render you very sleepy and dulls your pain perception. It may also make you forget some parts of the treatment. An IV drip works similarly but it can be used for longer procedures such as oral surgery.

Your Safety During Sedation Dentistry

There will be an entire team of skilled and trustworthy professionals keeping a close eye on you during your dental sedation procedure. You also need to have a trusted companion ready to accompany you home after your appointment. They will be your advocate while you are under the effects of the sedative.

With plenty of precautions in place, sedation dentistry is safe! Talk with a sedation dentist to learn more about the procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Oct
18

Hate Your Short Teeth? Here’s How to Get a More Even Smile

Posted in Veneers

If you’re ashamed to show off small teeth in photos, then it may be time to do something about it. There are several effective treatment options for getting longer teeth. One may work for you!

Short Teeth? Shorten the Gums!

One of the first factors you’ll want to consider is the condition and shape of your gum tissue. It could very well be that your tooth size is just fine–the problem may lie in your gums.

Gums that are inflamed or overgrown can cover over teeth until only a little bit of the white enamel is showing. You may need treatment to either bring down a gum infection or trim away excess tissue to reveal a balanced and toothy grin.

Put Dental Crowns on Short Teeth

Sometimes, the permanent teeth that come in are very small relative to the size of your mouth. If you have large gaps between teeth in your smile, then you might want to consider capping them altogether. A dental crown can make any tooth the perfect shape and size.

Get a More Even Smile with Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are extremely light compared with crowns and save more of your natural tooth structure. Despite being so conservative, porcelain veneers can add a lot of length and body to your upper front teeth to make them look bigger.

Never Too Late for Braces to Straighten Out Short Teeth!

You may have some teeth that look short because they never fully erupted out of the gums. Braces could help pull your teeth up or down into even alignment.

Schedule a smile consultation with a local cosmetic dentist to discover the best way to get longer teeth.

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

Oct
18

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush? Why That Could Mean Trouble

Posted in Gum Disease

Are bleeding gums a common occurrence for you? Even if your gums always bleed when you brush or floss it may be time to see a dentist. Bleeding gums are never normal.

Why Gums Bleed

Normal brushing and flossing and dental cleanings don’t cause healthy gums to bleed. Gums that are already sick will easily bleed when disturbed, however.

Your gums are made up of a complex and sensitive tissue. When they’re exposed to irritants such as plaque bacteria, they swell up as part of an immune response. The skin over swollen gums thins out and the blood vessels inside the tissue expand. This makes them very susceptible to bleeding when they’re bumped.

What Does it Mean When Your Gums Bleed?

If your gums bleed from a normal activity such as brushing, then that’s a sign that they’re probably swollen.

Gum swelling is often due to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly or often enough, the plaque that’s left behind can trigger gingivitis. Swelling may also be an overreaction to irritants due to hormone changes such as during pregnancy.

How to Stop Bleeding Gums

Happily, it’s quite simple to treat gums that bleed when you brush. The first thing you might try is switching to a soft toothbrush and brushing more often to ensure all the plaque is gone. Use an anti-gingivitis rinse to reduce bacteria in your mouth. Swish with salt water to soothe sore gums and bring down the swelling.

Gum swelling and gingivitis can lead to a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. So if your gums bleed during brushing, schedule a dental checkup right away.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Oct
18

Can Kids Use Adult Toothpaste?

If only everyone in your family could just use the same tube of toothpaste! But is it safe for young kids and toddlers to use toothpaste that’s marketed for adults?

It is safe, but there are a few points you need to understand before you can make the right toothpaste selection for your family.

The Difference Between Adult and Child Toothpastes

Children’s products are often mild-flavored and brightly colored to encourage tooth brushing cooperation. Adult toothpastes appeal to the more grown-up desires of having fresh breath and white teeth, so they contain spicy or minty flavors and sparkles to evoke an extremely clean sensation.

Your children may simply enjoy kids’ toothpastes better because they’re more fun and flavorful.

Adult Toothpastes Are Safe for Kids!

In the end, many toothpastes for kids and adults alike do the same job and contain similar levels of fluoride, which both kids and adults need.

The current American Dental Association recommendation is that even toddler teeth should be brushed with a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoridated adult toothpaste can work just fine.

No matter what kind of toothpaste you choose, make sure to place no more than the recommended amount on your child’s brush. Supervise them at all times to ensure they don’t swallow too much fluoride toothpaste.

When You Should Not Use Adult Toothpaste

If someone in your family has a prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste, then that should not be shared. These toothpastes can contain very high levels of fluoride that would be dangerous if a child got ahold of it and used it unsupervised or ingest it.

Check with your pediatric dentist before introducing a new dental product to your kids’ oral hygiene routine!

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

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