Dental Tips Blog


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


Healthy Summer Snacks for Your Kids

School is getting ready to let out, and parents everywhere are planning out their summer activities. From day camps to water parks, there’s no more exciting part of the year for your kids (except for maybe Christmas break.) With all that energy they’re burning, they’re sure to be hungry too! Here are some healthy snack ideas that can keep tummies satisfied without being hard on teeth:

Cheese Sticks — Sharp cheddar cheese is rich in calcium for strong teeth and bones. It’s also been proven to neutralize acid inside of the mouth, helping people reduce their risk of tooth decay.

Apples — Biting into crisp, fresh fruit keeps teeth clean and adds important vitamins to your child’s diet. Stick to anything that can be picked. The texture of apples and carrots in particular, are great for teeth and gums.

Nuts — Assuming your child doesn’t have a nut allergy, nuts like almonds and other varieties are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient helps keep gums healthy, but it’s also essential to healthy brain development.

Be Sure to Avoid the Sports Drinks — If your child is active in a summer soccer or baseball league, you’re probably bound to see tons of sports drinks on the team bench. However, unless your child is physically exerting themselves at the level of an Olympic athlete or at risk of a heat stroke due to temperatures, water is all they need to stay hydrated. Sports drinks cause rapid tooth decay (worse than soda) so it’s better to find a fun, personalized bottle and keep it full of fluoridated tap water.

Don’t forget to schedule that next dental cleaning and check-up for your child. Call your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103


Are Those Calcium (Tartar) Deposits Bad for Your Teeth?

To some people, it’s a sign of excess calcium.

To others, it’s another word for plaque.

Just what is tartar, and how does it affect your teeth? 

The Recipe For Tartar

No, not the sauce . . .

“Tartar” is a more common term for what your dentist and dental hygienist know as “calculus.” Made up of dead bacterial cells, calcium phosphate from saliva, and natural fluids from your gum tissue, calculus is what’s left over when plaque calcifies. Gritty and concrete-like, tartar can develop in a thin veneer over tooth surfaces or it can collect in ledges below the gum line.

Basically, any place on your teeth where the plaque is not removed daily can develop this dental calculus.

Why Remove Calculus?

Tartar itself may not be as bad as soft plaque which is made up of live bacteria, but the mineral deposits are harmful in their own way. Calculus is very porous which makes it quickly pick up stain and germs.

If you have even just a little calculus buildup, it will show because of how it takes on the color of whatever foods you frequently eat.

Because it provides a safe harbor for bacteria, tartar is also a major irritant to gums. In fact, tartar deposits below the gum line promote the spread of periodontal disease and need to be removed with professional scaling for the gums to heal.

Prevent Tartar Buildup

By controlling the growth of plaque with routine preventative dental care, you limit how much tartar you can cultivate on your teeth. Aim to brush at least twice a day and even use an anti-plaque rinse. Of course, don’t forget the regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Seacrest Dental
66 N. Holiday Road
Miramar Beach, FL 32550


How to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Visits

It might come as a surprise (or not), but some people don’t enjoy having their teeth cleaned very much. There are a number of reasons why some people are uncomfortable during their dental cleaning appointment. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Anxiety about dental care
  • Not liking the feeling of someone’s hands in their mouth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Laying back so far in the chair
  • The feeling of some of the instruments on their teeth
  • Presence of periodontal disease or severe gingivitis
  • Heavy tartar buildup that needs to be removed

Since hygiene visits are so essential to a healthy mouth, your dentist wants you to know that they will make every effort to keep these visits as comfortable as possible.

Nitrous Oxide is a Great Way to Relax!

Laughing gas is perfect for cleaning appointments when patients have increased anxiety or just have trouble relaxing during any type of dental visit. It only takes a few minutes to achieve full results, and is 100% reversible, so that you can drive yourself home or back to work after your appointment.

Ask for a Neck Pillow!

Believe it or not, you’re not going to slide out backwards from the dental chair. Your hygienist needs to lay you back to a certain point where they can see the most posterior areas of your mouth, while also not causing themselves occupational related strain of their neck, back, or shoulders. A neck pillow is an easy way to help patients feel more comfortable when laying back is an issue. Just be sure that it doesn’t cause your head to tilt up, or it will defeat the purpose!

Always Let Your Hygienist Know what You Need

Communication is important. Your hygienist wants to hear back from you to know your personal preferences and needs when it comes to keeping you comfortable. If you want nitrous each time, prefer the ultrasonic scaler to hand instruments, or don’t like a certain flavor of polish…let her know!

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Cleaning Around Hard-to-Reach Areas

Keeping your teeth clean can seem hard enough, but what about those hard-to-reach areas that some of us have? Areas like:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Dental bridges
  • Fixed retainers
  • Misaligned teeth

In addition to brushing and flossing, some of these areas need a little extra help when it comes to managing your oral hygiene. Brushing over areas or not being able to floss under others will allow bacteria to build-up. Over time this leads to tartar deposits, gum disease, and bad breath. Having the right tools are necessary if you want to truly keep your mouth as clean as possible. The oral care isle at your local supermarket may seem overwhelming, but there are a variety of adjunctive hygiene aids that can improve your effectiveness of daily home care.

Floss threaders are an excellent way to guide floss underneath fixed retainers or bridges. One of the biggest mistakes patients make with their bridges is not cleaning underneath them. This will jeopardize the health of the teeth that support it! Interdental brushes are also useful for some bridges, or in the large spaces between some teeth. These brushes look similar to a small pipe cleaner on the end of a toothbrush handle. Water flossers may be another option – making it easy to clean between teeth as well as within the deep gum pockets throughout the mouth.

Routine dental cleanings with your hygienist can remove any areas of buildup that have accumulated. It’s also a great opportunity to find out how your home care routine is working, and if you need to try something else. Your hygienist can also recommend tools that may work best for your personal dental needs. Always see your hygienist at least every 6 months for a preventive cleaning.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental



Summer Travel Dental Care

Summer is a time for vacations, trips to the beach and backyard cookouts with friends and family. The kids are out of school, you’re taking a week or two off from work here and there, and summer becomes a time of letting loose and letting go. And with all that traveling and relaxation, it’s easy to let good dental hygiene habits go by the wayside.

Here are some quick tips to make sure you enjoy the season without neglecting proper dental care:

  • Schedule your family’s routine dental cleanings and checkups in the summer months. Dental appointments are sometimes difficult to get during the school year, especially during those busy after-school hours.
  • Pack a travel kit that’s ready to go whenever you are. Include a new toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. You could also throw in some dental wax, gauze and pain reliever in case of emergencies. (The wax can be applied to a broken or chipped tooth until you can get to the dentist.) It is also a good idea to wrap your toothpaste in a plastic baggie, to avoid the mess of a leaky cap.
  • If you’re eating out or attending a cookout, take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are abundant in the summertime. They are both nutritious and better for your teeth than candy, soda and other sugary treats.
  • Carry some sugarless gum with you, for those times when you are unable to brush after a meal. The chewing motion helps stimulate saliva, which in turn helps to neutralize any acid in the mouth.
  • If sugarless gum isn’t available, try water, another neutralizing substance. Just a little swishing will go a long way to reducing any risk of tooth decay.

If it helps, just think of the summer as a time to get into a different routine for your regular oral hygiene, albeit a much more relaxed routine.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.



Who is Taking Care of You at the Dental Office?

Have you ever wondered what licenses or education the different members of your dental team have, and how it allows them to be qualified to be able to care for you when you’re visiting for your dental check-ups?


Licensed / Registered Dental Assistants are an important team member that works alongside of the dentist during patient care appointments. Every assistant has taken a state or national examination as well as formal technical training in order to be qualified for their job role. They set up for the treatment before you arrive, make sure the proper equipment is available, and keep the doctor running efficiently during their appointments. Assistants often have additional licenses including Nitrous Oxide monitoring, placing sealants, or coronal polishing. They may also be in charge of running the sterilization and radiology portions of the office. Because they work one-on-one with the dentist during patient care, they have a great understanding of the need and treatment process of different procedures.


Registered Dental Hygienists are the people you see for dental cleaning appointments, or for periodontal treatments. Hygienists have a 4 or 2-year degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school as well as passing a national written board and a national clinical board. A hygienist may function under the supervision of a dentist on patients of record to provide preventive care and periodontal therapy. Most hygienists are focused on the preventive aspect of patient care, including placement of sealants, screening for periodontal disease, conducting oral cancer screenings, and nutritional counseling. In some states hygienists are allowed to administer local anesthesia.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care




The Importance of Great Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is defined by the Webster dictionary as “the maintenance of the teeth and gums in healthy condition, esp. by proper brushing, the removal of plaque, etc.”  By removing plaque you are protecting yourself from gum disease, cavities, and much more! As anyone can see, the importance of great dental hygiene is imperative.

If you are not sure what steps need to be taken to have great dental hygiene, below are some easy steps and practices you can take.

Step 1 – Brushing

You have to have a good toothbrush. You do not want it to be too soft or too hard. And when you brush you need to be brushing for around two minutes. Brushing your teeth needs to happen at least twice per day.

Step 2 – Flossing/Mouthwash

Flossing should be done at least once per day. Cleaning between your teeth keeps plaque loose and not stuck in between your teeth. Mouthwash is a great way to clean out your mouth through the day. The easiest way to remember is to use mouthwash after every meal.

Step 3 – Routine Dental Appointments

You need to see your dentist twice per year. These routine dental appointments are for a dental hygienist to conduct a thorough dental cleaning as well as an opportunity for your dentist to perform a dental exam. Your dentist will discuss any issues you are having and review your options for any necessary dental treatment.

If you will follow these three simple steps you are on your way to great dental hygiene. Great dental hygiene reduces or eliminates tooth decay which leads to fewer cavities and reduces the incidence of gum disease!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.



Routine Dental Check-Ups

Do you know why routine dental check-ups are important? There are so many reasons! Here are the most common reasons why a dental professional should see you twice per year:

  • Keeping routine dental appointments maximizes your dental coverage.
  • When you see your dental professional often it gives them a baseline for your oral health.
  • Your dental hygienist is able to clean off any plaque on your teeth.
  • You will be screened for oral cancer spots.
  • You can use that time to discuss any issues you are having.
  • X-rays are taken to see if you have any problem areas.
  • Cavities are typically caught early and can easily be filled.
  • Gums are looked over to see if there are any signs of gum disease
  • Your dentist will check for any broken or cracked teeth
  • Your bite and jaw will be checked to make sure you don’t have any signs of TMJ.

As you can see, routine dental appointments are very important. Most dentists agree that being seen every 6 months or twice per year is the best practice. Also, if you are having any issues in between those check-ups you can always be seen.

In between those routine appointments, you should be practicing good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing twice at least per day, flossing at least once per day, and eating balanced meals. Your mouth is the gateway to your whole body so keep it healthy!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joni Price DMD, ToothMasters

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Can You Brush Too Much?

Here on this blog, we’re usually trying to convince you to brush your teeth, brush well and brush correctly, but there’s also such a thing as brushing too much or too hard. As it turns out, too much of a good thing may not be such a good thing after all.

The numbers may be surprisingly high. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, some 40 million Americans suffer from sensitive teeth, an often painful condition associated with teeth coming into contact with extreme hot or cold temperatures. The main causes of this condition, according to the AGD, are consuming acidic foods or drinks and brushing your teeth too aggressively.

Over time, brushing too hard or too long can wear down tooth enamel and expose dentin, the soft layer of tissue underneath. It can also lead to receding gums, bleeding tissue and, ironically, even cavities.

The obvious solution to the problem of sensitive teeth and over brushing is to correct your dental hygiene habits.

As a reminder, the recommended cleaning schedule for a healthy smile includes:

  • Brush your teeth no more than 2-3 times a day.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush, as firm bristle brushes are too abrasive, especially if you’re prone to over brushing.
  • If you’re teeth are sensitive, switch to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Floss once a day and use mouthwash.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year for a teeth cleaning and dental checkup.
  • It is also a good idea to thoroughly check your own teeth and gums frequently for any signs of changes in the tooth structure or enamel. That way, you can catch any problems before they turn into dental emergencies.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental


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