Dental Tips Blog

Apr
22

4 Reasons Your Dentist Wants You to Floss Daily

Flossing isn’t a “dentist thing.” It’s a health thing. Here are four reasons your dentist is hammering the flossing issue.

  1. Your cleaning appointments will be easier for you.

Daily flossing reduces buildup between teeth. If you don’t floss, you’re more likely to develop tartar, or calculus, deposits.

These rock-like formations can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning. The bigger and tougher the calculus deposits, the more your dentist or hygienist will have to work at removing them. That doesn’t make for a very pleasant cleaning session.

  1. Flossing could lower your risk for heart problems.

Along with tartar, bacteria also like to hide out between teeth. Certain germs are responsible for triggering gum inflammation.

If bacteria cause inflammation in your gums, then they can travel in your bloodstream and affect parts of your arteries. This could potentially cause a dangerous blood clot.

Preventative flossing disrupts those bacteria, lowering your risk for gum disease, and thereby reducing your risk for other serious complications.

  1. Your cavity risk will go down.

Any little bit you do to disturb bacteria between your teeth is going to keep the cavity-causing germs from wearing away enamel. Besides that, flossing removes food debris that your toothbrush misses. Those leftover bits could contain acids that only erode enamel further.

  1. You’ll have better breath.

Bacteria and leftover food get lodged between teeth. It’s just a fact: the more buildup between teeth, the more you’ll smell.

Flossing to keep your breath fresh isn’t just a courtesy to your dentist when he or she checks your teeth. Others around you will thank you, as well!

Schedule a dental checkup to get some tips on easier flossing.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Mar
6

4 Reasons to Schedule that Dental Check Up Right Now

It’s time to stop putting it off. Here are four reasons to pick up the phone in the next five minutes and call your dentist for a visit.

  1. You Have the Time.

Given the choice, which would you prefer?

A.) Have a routine dental cleaning and checkup at your convenience

B.) Use up a sick day at work to call in for an emergency root canal

Surprisingly, most people somehow make time for option B.

It’s simple, really. Get it over with so that you can stay more in control of your life.

  1. Your Health Depends on It.

Many a routine dental visit has revealed health problems patients never knew they had. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body. Dentists know what is and isn’t normal in the oral environment. A simple dental examination could uncover early signs that you should see your doctor.

  1. You Can Take Advantage of Your Insurance Benefits.

Insurance benefits usually reset at the start of the new year. If you have a dental checkup now, you can get a good idea of what your oral health priorities are. Your dentist will help you create a to-do list that suits your schedule and budget and lets you strategically maximize your benefits right through the end of December.

  1. You Just Never Know What’s Lurking Beneath the Surface.

A lot of dental issues can be kept manageable (and affordable) just by catching them early enough. Routine x-rays, examinations, screenings, and preventative treatments will keep you on top of your oral health and minimize any unpleasant surprises.

So what are you waiting for? Contact a dental office near you today.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Feb
16

What’s Making My Kid’s Teeth Orange?

You’ve just got to love those baby pearly-whites!

Until they become not-so-white.

Your child’s baby teeth are gradually being replaced by adult ones as their smile matures. But lately, that beautiful white smile has turned dull and rather . . . orange.

Now you’re worried. What happened?

Orange stain on teeth is typically attributed to specific kinds of bacteria that can get pretty colorful themselves. When they collect in high numbers, they leave a characteristic orangey-yellow stain on the teeth.

These germs are associated with food debris and poor oral hygiene. Children’s mouths are the perfect host for these bacteria for a few reasons:

  • Kids are notoriously bad at brushing regularly (it can be like “pulling teeth” to get them to do so!)
  • Young children often don’t have the needed dexterity to move their toothbrush where needed
  • Food debris quickly gets trapped in the messy mix of outgoing baby teeth and incoming adult ones

What can you do if you notice your kid’s teeth turning orange?

Start off with a trip to the dental office. The orange should come right off in a thorough teeth cleaning. While you’re there, chat with the dentist and dental hygienist to get tips on improving your child’s oral hygiene.

Keep in mind that this orange plaque doesn’t just discolor teeth – it can also wear away enamel and cause cavities. That’s why it’s a good thing to worry about the color of your kid’s teeth. If you notice something a little off about your little one’s smile, you could have a potential problem on your hands.

Schedule a dental checkup and cleaning asap! For your child, a beautiful smile is a healthy one.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Feb
11

Have You Been To The Dentist Recently?

When was the last time you visited the dentist? If you’re keeping up with your cleanings and exams, it was probably less than six months ago, which is fantastic.

Unfortunately, not everyone stays on schedule to visit the dentist twice a year. Some people have a change in insurance or a family emergency that causes the need to reschedule. But we also know there are many people who simply don’t book their dental exams or preventive cleanings due to anxiety.

New Techniques for a New Age

Modern dental practices have moved far beyond the black and white mental picture that makes you so anxious. The chairs are comfortable. The anesthetic really works, so you shouldn’t feel anything at all. Your dentist does everything possible to help you relax and feel comfortable, whether it’s by having movies to watch, a blanket to stay warm in, or the chance to listen to your own music and tune out everything else. But more importantly, your dentist also offers sedation dentistry.

There are two forms of sedation that most dentists offer to patients with heightened feelings of trepidation: Oral Conscious Sedation and Nitrous Oxide. You might be familiar with Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas.” Inhaling it allows you to remain aware of your environment, but without the edgy nervousness that dental anxiety can provoke. Oral Conscious Sedation comes in pill form that’s taken about 30 minutes prior to treatment. The pill, a light sedative, allows you to remain conscious, but feel like you are taking a light nap. You probably won’t even remember the appointment afterwards!

Your six months dental cleanings and any necessary dental treatments are a big part of staying healthy. Contact your dentist to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Jan
10

Could a New Health Care Plan Affect Your Dental Care?

There’s plenty of buzz about how proposed changes to health care coverage will affect the nation. Millions of people are rightly concerned about the future of their family’s medical (and dental) treatment.

Will The New Bill Affect Dental Care?

According to the Health Affairs Blog, while the Trump administration’s proposed plan would make many changes to health care, it’s not expected to impact the dental field as extensively. That’s because the current Affordable Care Act didn’t stipulate much in the way of dental care for adults.

But the previously mandatory pediatric dental benefits may change. People dependent on Medicaid dental coverage would also be significantly impacted.

What You Can Do Now

In the face of uncertainty, it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of the benefits you have right now. Don’t put off getting that aching tooth looked at. Bite the bullet and get that filling done. Make the most of any preventative dental treatments your family is entitled to.  If you currently have coverage for routine dental cleanings and checkups, it might be a good idea to get your scheduled before your coverage changes.

Talk It Out With Your Dentist

Your local dental office has probably already had many discussions with patients about potential changes to health care coverage. Plan a visit as soon as possible to find out what changes they are anticipating. The practice likely has a system in place to make payment easier on the uninsured. Ask whether any financing plans are available.

How new plans affect dental care remains to be seen. But that makes it all the more urgent to do what you can now with the resources at your disposal. Schedule a dental checkup today to get on top of your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Fair Lakes Family Dentistry
15103 Mason Rd, Ste. B-8
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 973-2843

Dec
31

How Dentists Diagnose Cavities

Apparently, you have another cavity. But you don’t see anything there. You’re not entirely convinced the dentist isn’t making this up.

Before you jump to conclusions, keep in mind that a dentist is trained to pick up on tooth decay long before it turns into an ugly brown hole in your tooth.

How do dentists detect cavities? Here are a few of the main ways.

Classic Exploration

Those scary metal hooks the dentist “pokes” your teeth with are called explorers. The fine tipped instruments are very sensitive. With years of practice, your dentist can skim the tip of the tool over your tooth and notice unusually soft spots indicative of decay.

Lasers

More and more dental offices are incorporating the use of special lasers that ping back a result when they scan weakened tooth enamel. These lasers really come in handy when checking for cavities in the back teeth during your six-month dental visits.

X-Rays

Yearly x-rays are taken almost entirely because of cavities. A regular set of bitewing images helps the dentist see in-between your teeth where no one else can. Dark triangles in the enamel at the point where neighboring teeth touch mean that there is decay going on.

Dye

Some dentists use a non-toxic dye to check for signs of decay. This usually comes in handy when he or she is cleaning a cavity from a tooth and wants to make sure it’s completely gone before placing the filling.

Through routine dental cleanings and checkups, your dentist will make note of areas that are prime to develop decay and alert you to them. You will then get recommendations for treatment like fluoride or sealants to help you avoid cavities altogether. Schedule your routine dental examination today!

Posted on behalf of:
Salt Run Family Dentistry
700 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 824-3540

Jun
28

4 New Year’s Dental Health Resolutions For Your Family

What can you do this year to boost your family’s oral health?

Making the following four resolutions your resolutions can make a big difference, even saving your family money that would otherwise be spent on dental care.

  1. Floss More

We’ve all set this as a resolution at some point (usually while we’re in the dental chair.)

Make it work for you this year by trying out new methods for flossing. Your family will probably floss more if they have easier ways to do it. Floss picks, floss threaders, and water flossers are all motivational tools.

  1. Switch To Water

Cutting out sweetened drinks in favor of drinking more water is one of the best things you can do for your health, in general.

By reducing your exposure to sugar, you significantly reduce your chance of getting cavities.

Avoid keeping soda, juice, and sports drinks in the house as everyday beverages. Save them for special occasions!

  1. Get Oral Cancer Screenings

Do you know your oral cancer risk? This disease is one of the deadliest cancers, not because it’s hard to treat, but because it usually goes unnoticed until it’s too late.

Educate your family on the seriousness of oral cancer and how to do a self-exam to check for suspicious growths.

  1. Visit The Dentist At Least Twice A Year

Make sure that every family member, including your kids, gets to see the dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and checkup.

Regular visits help your dentist stay on top of your family’s dental health. You’ll also experience more preventative benefits which can postpone the need for more expensive treatment.

Make an appointment with your dentist to find out what other resolutions are right for your family.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505

Jun
9

5 Ways to Protect Your New Smile

At long last, your smile makeover is complete, and boy, do you look good!

Next on your list of priorities is making this gorgeous investment last a long time. How can you do so? Keep the following five tips in mind as you go about your daily routine.

  1. Avoid Staining Foods

Most of your new restorations should do well with resisting stain. But your natural teeth will be just as prone to stain as ever before.

If your teeth darken because of exposure to staining foods and drinks, they’ll stand out in contrast with all your shiny white restorations.

You may need to whiten your teeth on occasion to keep them bright. Limit how often you eat things like:

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Curry
  • Soda and sports drinks
  1. Wear Mouthguards For Sleep and Sports

One of the deadliest things to a new smile is trauma. Grinding your teeth in your sleep or taking a blow to the mouth during a sports game are quick ways to undo all that beautiful dental work.

  1. Wear Your Retainer

If your smile makeover included orthodontic treatment, make sure you wear your retainer as directed. This ensures that you won’t need to repeat any expensive tooth realignments.

  1. Practice Great Oral Hygiene

Keep your gums plaque-free to ward off inflammation and avoid getting any more cavities! Daily flossing is a must.

  1. Keep Your Dental Appointments

Now that your smile is “fixed,” it’s easy to forget that it won’t stay that way on its own.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings will ensure your smile makeover is still holding strong. Your dentist will alert you to potential problems so that you can fix them while they’re still small.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Jan
30

“What’s That ‘Buzzing’ Tool My Hygienist Uses?”

All you know is that it tingles when it bumps your tongue, there’s a lot of water, and your teeth feel nice and smooth afterwards.

What is that thing?

Some people feel it’s a device that shoots out a jet of water powerful enough to blast teeth clean. Close. . . but not close enough.

Ultrasonic Powered Tooth Cleaning

You can thank ultrasonic energy for the zingy sensation. ‘Ultrasonic’ refers to sound waves that are extremely high-pitched. These sound waves generate energy.

The vibration actually comes from the metal tip which is moving back and forth too fast to see. In fact, the motions are very small. This energy helps to break up things like tartar, plaque, and stain. It’s also very effective at disrupting bacterial colonies which don’t like ultrasonic energy.

Where does the water come in?

Ultrasonic machines include a channel for water flow which helps wash away debris and cool the tip of the instrument. All that energy generates heat! That wouldn’t feel good on your teeth, at all.

Ultrasonic Scalers – The Benefits

Traditional teeth cleaning instruments are called ‘scalers’ because of the way they gently smooth the surface of teeth.

Ultrasonic scalers are electrically powered and use that special energy to break up microscopic deposits.

It’s a lot easier on everyone all around when your hygienist doesn’t have to vigorously scrape your teeth by hand. A mini power tool makes it easier for him or her to do the job and means less pressure on your mouth.

These powerful instruments have several interesting functions. Ask your hygienist about them at your next dental cleaning.

Posted on behalf of:
River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
(469) 672-4245

Jan
30

Is Flossing an Outdated Oral Hygiene Practice?

Recently, the dental community was shaken up by some groundbreaking news.

A review found that there are no formal, scientific studies to date conclusively showing that individual flossing prevents oral disease.

Does this overturn everything your dentist has told you so far? No. Here’s the main reason: it’s extremely difficult to measure flossing.

The Challenge of Critiquing Floss Effectiveness

Flossing studies are limited by:

  • The number of participants
  • Dishonest participants
  • How long the study is carried out
  • Individual flossing technique

What Makes Flossing Effective

Flossing can be completely pointless if it’s not done correctly. If you ask your hygienist to show you at your next dental cleaning and checkup, you’ll learn that the action is a bit more involved than an up-down motion. Flossing also takes daily commitment to experience the benefits.

Why Should You Bother?

One thing everyone agrees on is the fact that dental plaque is responsible for cavities and gum disease. Get rid of the plaque on a daily basis and you reduce your risk for these problems.

Tooth brushing usually isn’t enough to access spots between teeth that hide bacteria. Whether you use floss, an interdental brush, a water flosser, or anything else, plaque removal is the ultimate goal.

Supplement Your Flossing Efforts

What people need to understand is that it’s not flossing in itself that’s so important.

You need to reinforce your teeth with fluoride and have them professionally cleaned twice a year or more. Special ingredients in mouthwashes and toothpaste help prevent plaque development in the first place.

The bottom line is this: flossing by itself is not the solution but it is an integral part of your preventive dental care. Ask your dentist for a professional opinion.

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Charm Dental
7119 FM 1464 #312
Richmond, TX 77407
(832) 648-3685

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