Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Are You Using Toothpaste the Right Way?

Toothpaste may sound like it’s too simple to be particular about. But between dental cleanings and checkups, effective use of toothpaste can play a big role in maintaining your oral health.

Just A Dot Will Do

Toothpaste packaging and advertisements make it look like more is better when it comes to toothpaste.

Remember, however, that those big globs of paste are purely for promo purposes. They show off the color and texture to make the product look more appealing.

In reality, adults only need a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste every time they brush. Toddlers under the age of 3 get a rice grain-sized smear.

Too much toothpaste could actually make your toothbrush bristles too slippery to scrub your teeth.

Don’t Rinse Too Much

It’s a habit for most of us to rinse out with water after brushing with a mouth full of foamy toothpaste.

But did you know that if you rinse you’re only getting 50% of the benefits?

Toothpaste helps clean teeth. But it also contains ingredients to inhibit germ growth or strengthen enamel. When you leave that last bit of minty residue on your teeth, it helps freshen your breath and gives the toothpaste more time to boost your oral health.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Not just any toothpaste will work. Sure, you won’t get sick from using the wrong kind, but it helps to choose a formula that will address your oral concerns.

For example, some toothpastes meet needs like:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Anti-cavity
  • Anti-gingivitis
  • Sensitivity
  • Remineralizing enamel

Take a minute to check the packaging of your next tube of toothpaste to make sure it does what it claims.

Ask your dentist for tips on selecting a toothpaste that’s right for you.

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

Mar
27

Does It Hurt to Get Your Teeth Cleaned? These Tips Can Help

It’s time for your 2 o’clock dental visit and you can’t shake that familiar feeling of dread.

You’re scheduled for a teeth cleaning and you already know how it’s going to go: the pain, the sensitivity, the doubt that the torture will ever end.

If you’re tired of each routine dental cleaning going this way, then the following tips are just what you need.

  1. Ask for Anesthetic.

Sensitive gums may be where your discomfort originates. The hygienist can apply a thin layer of topical numbing jelly to help them relax for your cleaning session. You can even as for laughing gas if you want!

  1. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste.

Most patients have sensitive teeth right after a cleaning. Use a dab of desensitizing paste like a conditioner for your teeth every time after brushing. Do this on a regular basis to strengthen your enamel before your next dental visit.

  1. Lose Yourself.

Sometimes, you just mentally have to go to your safe place. If you don’t focus on the work that’s going on in your mouth, it will be easier to endure the necessary evil.

Bring an audiobook or favorite calming playlist to listen to through headphones and let yourself just drift away.

  1. Switch Cleaning Tools.

Some patients are very sensitive to the ultrasonic instruments that work the fastest for removing tartar. If your hygienist is using an automated tool to clean your teeth and it hurts, you can ask him or her to switch to the hand tools for a while to give your teeth a break. For some people it’s the other way around.

A little honest communication and preparation are all that’s needed to make a dental cleaning more comfortable. Contact your dental office for more help in surviving your next trip!

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Nov
29

Flossing Tips and Tricks to Make Your Job Easier

Are you tired of seeing red (or pink, rather) every time you floss? Don’t give it up completely. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure your flossing routine is a success. 

  1. Floss More Often

Most people don’t floss unless they feel something stuck in their tooth…like after eating corn on the cob or a steak. In the meantime, gingivitis starts to flare up. The best way to avoid bleeding gums is to floss every single day. Give it two weeks before you expect to see bleeding go away completely. 

  1. Try a Water Flosser Instead

Toss the floss and go with a water flosser. Water flossing can reach well between the teeth and even into the pockets under your gums, so that you don’t have to finagle a piece of string. You can even alter the pressure or temperature of water, for better comfort. 

  1. Switch it Up

Try an angled floss pick that makes it easier to reach between your back teeth. A lot of these floss picks come with tufted ends that can be used to clean larger spaces or areas under fixed bridges. 

  1. Take a Different Angle

Don’t pop your floss straight up and down between your teeth. Rather, wrap it around one tooth at a time and glide it underneath your gums as you rub against the tooth several times. This will help you prevent traumatizing the “papilla” (gum point) between your two teeth.

Remember to see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. Routine dental cleanings help to remove bacteria and tartar that collects in hard-to-reach areas, so that you can keep your natural smile for life!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Aug
3

How to Design the Perfect Oral Hygiene Routine

What’s the golden secret to a knock-out Hollywood smile?

Routine dental checkups and cleanings are important and there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments that will improve your smile, but it all starts with customized oral hygiene right at home.

Choose The Right Brush

First, you need to decide on a toothbrush that will get the job done properly. Not just any kind will do! Look for one with the softest bristles possible. These are kind to gums.

It’s also good to consider whether you want to stick with a classic manual brush or try a powered one. Electric toothbrushes are great for anyone, but they’re extremely helpful to those who have difficulty manipulating a traditional one.

Which Toothpaste Is Best?

Toothpastes are formulated differently to address problems such as sensitivity, decay, and gingivitis. Whichever kind you decide on, make sure it contains fluoride since all teeth need extra cavity-protection.

Cleaning Between Teeth

The next area to consider is how to access those spots that your toothbrush cannot reach. For most people, a basic waxed tape floss is sufficient. But don’t limit yourself! If you find that kind of floss is too hard to use or it even hurts your gums, explore some other options.

There is more fine ribbon floss, fluffy tufted floss, floss on handles, water flossers, and more. It’s all about finding the option that works well and feels good.

Get Help Designing The Perfect Routine

Your dentist and dental hygienist are your best resources when it comes to oral care. They’ll consider your smile’s unique needs and give you tailored suggestions for products and tools you might never have discovered on your own.

The journey to the perfect smile starts right at home! Learn more by planning a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Jan
9

What Happens During A Dental Cleaning

An hour might seem like a long time to clean your teeth when brushing takes only two minutes. You’ve been going to the same office for years – why can’t they make this any faster?

Well, not all of the appointment is cleaning, but it IS all important.

Getting Ready

Before your hygienist can start working on your teeth, he or she needs to review your health history. You’ll be asked all sorts of questions about any changes in your health or medications. You might not realize that some changes can make it unsafe to have dental treatment. The hygienist wants to make sure you’re ready for any procedure scheduled that day.

Checking the Teeth

Your dental hygienist is going to “poke around” at your teeth for a minute. He or she will probably ask questions as they do so. They’re just looking for changes in your smile such as:

  • Signs of fracture and decay
  • How the gums look
  • Tooth wear
  • Damage to fillings and restorations

You might need some diagnostic imaging with x-rays or cavity-detecting lasers. This is how dental professionals get an initial idea of what’s going on with your smile.

The Actual Cleaning

Depending on what your teeth need, you might experience:

  • Scaling with hand instruments
  • Ultrasonic scaling and irrigation
  • Polishing
  • Flossing
  • Rinsing

This part can take more or less time depending on how many teeth you have and how much buildup is on them.

A basic teeth cleaning appointment varies by office, hygienist, and your individual needs. But one thing is for sure: dental cleanings are important! Contact your local dental office to schedule yours every six months.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Sep
14

Brush Your Way to Better Health

Tooth brushing: it’s not just for white teeth and fresh breath!

More and more research indicates that the health of your mouth affects the rest of your overall health. So how well you do keeping your teeth clean most definitely has a bearing on your chances for developing other problems down the road.

Dental Health and Your Body

The health of your mouth is a very accurate indicator of how your body’s overall health is. Excellent tooth brushing is one way that you can help lower your risk for other health problems.

Technique Matters!

How you brush your teeth can also affect the health of your smile. It’s not always enough to just have a toothbrush in your mouth!

If you’re not brushing at the right angle, then you could be missing some critical areas. Bacteria-loaded dental plaque builds up along the gum line and other hard to reach areas. Remove this plaque on a regular basis by angling your toothbrush at about 45 degrees towards the gum line. Move the brush back and forth in short but gentle jiggling motions.

Don’t use too much pressure!

Rough brushing can eventually erode teeth and cause gum recession. Brushing your teeth the right way can keep your mouth healthy and comfortable.

How is Your Brushing?

Visiting the dentist isn’t just good for repairing damaged teeth. Take advantage of your regular dental checkups to make sure that your oral hygiene routine is working well for you. You can prevent dental disease and promote your overall health and well being by adjusting your brushing technique.

Ask your dental hygienist or dentist for suggestions to improve. Schedule a checkup today!

Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 649-5017

Aug
10

3 Myths About Dental Cleanings

Perhaps you’ve heard one or more of the following statements come from a trusted friend. Or you may have caught yourself thinking these things! Read along as three common but misguided statements about professional dental cleanings are debunked.

  1. “They’re just for looks.”

Dental cleanings do far more than just shine up your smile. They remove plaque and tartar deposits that can irritate your gums and cause oral disease. If your oral health stands to benefit from any changes, your dentist and hygienist will make personalized recommendations. Additionally, your overall health is closely connected to your oral health. Keeping your mouth healthy with regular cleanings is good for your whole body!

  1. “All that scraping is bad for your enamel.”

Scraping EVERYDAY is not good for your enamel! But the relatively small amount of abrasion from dental instruments on an infrequent basis won’t harm your teeth. All dental hygienists are trained to remove as much stain and debris as possible with the minimum amount of force. Regularly using fluoride will help to reinforce your enamel against any abrasive forces it experiences.

  1. “One or two cleanings per year is enough for me.”

Two cleanings per year should be the minimum for everyone. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more, however. This could be done in an effort to keep gum disease under control. Perhaps you tend to build up tartar more quickly than most people. An extra cleaning or two a year will help you to stave off inflammation and prevent serious disease from setting in.

Don’t miss your next chance for a full cleaning and dental examination! Contact your local dentist to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Jun
25

3 Month Dental Cleaning Versus 6 Month – Why?

“My dental hygienist told me I need to come in for cleanings more often, but I don’t see why – I’ve come in for regular six-month cleanings my whole life!”

Can you relate to that statement?

The fact is that dental needs change with time. Every patient is a unique case. A dental cleaning is far from a routine procedure that suits everyone equally.

Why might your hygienist recommend that you come for more frequent cleanings?

Difficulty Keeping Teeth Clean

Because of conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson’s, some patients have a hard time keeping their teeth properly cleaned. Certain areas in the mouth may often be missed and so they are more prone to developing disease. Frequent cleanings can keep disease at bay!

Gums Affected By Health Issue

Diseases like diabetes and conditions such as Down’s Syndrome predispose many individuals to gum inflammation. Extra cleanings can keep harmful inflammation to a minimum.

Post-Periodontal Treatment

Probably the most common reason for scheduling more frequent cleanings is because of having periodontal treatment completed. Deep root scaling to remove debris and bacteria below the gums is effective in controlling periodontal disease.

After the procedure, however, you need to maintain the health and cleanliness of your gums. The extra cleanings that follow are actually periodontal maintenance appointments. They specifically help you to keep your gums clean after periodontal treatment.

Coming in for dental cleanings on a more frequent basis is a way you can avail yourself of personalized preventive dental care. The point of cleaning your teeth more is to prevent bigger problems from setting in! Talk with your dentist for more information on why the office recommends that you have extra dental cleanings.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

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