Dental Tips Blog


Teeth Cleaning

Prophylaxis is the cleaning procedure that dentists use to thoroughly clean the teeth. All dentists and health care professionals recommend that people have their teeth professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque builds up on the enamel of the teeth. At regular teeth cleaning visits, dentists and dental hygienists scrape away plaque that has built up to ensure the health of the teeth and gums. This deep cleaning is something that can only be performed at a dental office. While brushing and flossing at home are extremely important, necessary even, for oral health – only a dental professional can care for and evaluate the mouth to promote optimal health.

Dental cleanings are a necessary procedure that not only keeps teeth looking their best, but they also halt the progression of gum disease that may or may not be noticed at home. Benefits of teeth cleaning:

Tartar removal. Tartar and plaque build up can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Because plaque is made up of bacteria, it will eat away at the enamel of the teeth if it is not removed. Brushing and flossing at home help to get rid of large amounts of this bacteria, but it is impossible to remove every bit of plaque without the specialized dental tools of a dental professional.

A brighter smile. Just about everyone wants to feel confident about their smile. Yellow, stained teeth are not usually characterized as bright. Teeth cleaning by a dentist can help rid the teeth of stains and bring back their beauty.

Identification of larger issues. Perhaps the most important benefit of regular teeth cleaning is that many health issues first present themselves at the dentist office. With the thorough exam that dentists do, they regularly screen for oral cancer, infections that may be passed through the blood stream, and often spot serious signs of medical issues like diabetes, kidney, and heart problems.

Developing a relationship with your dentist by keeping appointments for regular teeth cleanings can not only keep your teeth shiny and bright, but it can also help to promote general wellness – and even save your life.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Dental Insurance Tips

When it comes to insurance everyone wants tips on how to best maximize the benefits. Being able to afford dental care is imperative! And that is why most people have dental insurance. In order to maximize your dental insurance benefits you will need to do several of the tips below:

Tip #1: Routine dental appointments

Almost all dental insurance plans will cover preventative care. This means your dental cleanings, x-rays, check-ups, cancer screenings, and many other preventative type services. Typically these appointments happen twice per year or every 6 months. By going often then allows your dental professional to have a baseline for your oral health.

Tip #2: Have treatments done as soon as you can

Did your dentist find a cavity or another issue? If so, it’s a best practice to have the procedure or treatment done right away. The reason for this is the problem area is typically going to get worse over time. So it is best to repair right away while it’s still manageable and the restoration will be more affordable.

Tip #3: Speak to your HR department

If you are unhappy with your dental coverage, speak with your Human Resources department not your dental office. Your dentist doesn’t get to pick how you are covered by your dental insurance. By speaking with your Human Resources department you may find you have other options that would suit you better.

All of these tips will allow you to maximize your benefits through having dental insurance. Remember, prevention is key in oral health! Brush and flood often and keep your dental appointment in a routine order!

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



When You’ve Been Away From the Dentist

Time can easily go by quicker than you realize, and when we get sidetracked during a move, major life event, or forgetting a recall appointment, patients can find that they’ve waited several months or years longer than normal when it comes to getting dental care. While dentists recommend routine prophylactic care every 6 months, it’s not uncommon to occasionally have someone come into the office that hasn’t been seen in a few years or more. If that’s the case, don’t worry.

Your dentist can help you get your oral health back on track in an understanding, caring manner. Chances are likely that if it’s been a while, you probably have some type of concern or problem going on which motivated you to schedule an appointment. This is no reason to feel embarrassed or judged. Your dental care team can help evaluate your current bite and determine what, if any, treatment methods are necessary to restore your smile.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had your teeth cleaned, you likely have more tartar or plaque buildup than you would during a normal dental cleaning. If necessary, your cleaning visits may be broken up into different appointments to help removed tartar in an efficient manner that keeps you comfortable. Gum disease can easily develop over a span of a few years, and heavy tartar accumulation is a big factor.

Taking control over your oral health is just a phone call away. Call your dentist and let them know what concerns you may have before your appointment. This can help optimize the time you spend at the office and get your smile back on track right away.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Dental Treatment During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers often take special care of their bodies during this lifetime event. In many cases, they are more devoted to their overall health and lifestyle choices than any other dental patients. Many expectant patients want to know what dental procedures are safe for them to have during pregnancy, and which ones they should avoid until after they give birth.

Routine dental examinations and cleanings are safe for all patients. Preventive care appointments are important for expectant mothers, as the procedure helps eliminate plaque biofilm in areas of gingivitis or gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can actually place you at risk to go into labor prematurely and deliver a low birthweight baby.

Dental x-rays are typically only taken on pregnant women if they are due to an emergency. Even in these cases, special care is taken that reduces potential exposure to the fetus, by using a lead apron. Digital radiography uses 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, further reducing any risk to fetal development.

The first trimester of your pregnancy is the most vital. Most routine dental treatment can be delayed during this period until you have reached your second trimester. The use of specific medications that are frequently used in dental treatment may need to be eliminated during pregnancy. This is why it is important to let your dental care provider know if you even suspect that you may be pregnant, as some medications interfere with tooth formation in a developing fetus.

Local anesthesia is typically viewed as safe to use during pregnancy, and is necessary for any emergency treatment to eliminate discomfort during the procedure. Choosing to have all treatments completed while in the earliest stages will prevent possible infection risks to your child.

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Toothpaste Choices

One of the best ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy between dental cleanings and checkups is to brush your teeth on a regular basis.  With so many different kinds of toothpaste on the market, you may wonder what type of toothpaste is best for you and your family to use.

Selecting a toothpaste is an important process in dental health, and you should select one that meets your needs as well as protects your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.  There are many different combinations of products and some are more efficient at prevention of tooth decay then others.

The American Dental Association recommends that individuals use a toothpaste with fluoride a minimum of twice a day.  When selecting a toothpaste with fluoride, look for one that has the American Dental Association seal of approval. This seal notes that the toothpaste has the recommended ingredients and amount of fluoride that is best for you and your family.

Other issues to consider when selecting a toothpaste are a bit more personal. If you have children, consider using a pediatric or child friendly toothpaste. These teeth cleaning products are flavored in ‘child-friendly’ flavors and have lower amounts of fluoride in case of accidental ingestion.

Other considerations when selecting a toothpaste include consistency (paste or gel), flavoring, and addition of other products, such as whitening or tartar control agents.  Other ingredients may be added to help with bad breath, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, or to help decrease plaque build-up. If you are unsure about which toothpaste is right for you or your family, consult your dentist or dental hygienist for advice.

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