Dental Tips Blog

Jun
19

Is Your Oral Hygiene Routine Destroying Your Smile?

Oral hygiene is supposed to be healthy for your teeth. Even doing the bare minimum is essential. How can something dentists beg you to do be bad for you?

Technique Matters!

Keeping your teeth clean shouldn’t be difficult, but you do need to put some effort into doing it the right way. An incorrect technique can actually be harmful.

Some common oral hygiene mistakes include:

  • Brushing immediately after eating
  • Scrubbing too hard while brushing
  • Pulling the floss straight down into the gums between teeth
  • Choosing an abrasive toothbrush or toothpaste
  • Rinsing with the wrong kind of mouthwash
  • Excessive teeth bleaching

If you aren’t mindful of avoiding such mistakes, your mouth could start showing signs of damage.

How Does Your Oral Hygiene Affect Your Smile?

Your oral hygiene methods may need some tweaking if you notice things like sensitive teeth, gum recession, or worn notches in your tooth enamel.

The goal of brushing and flossing is to remove dental plaque bacteria. Plaque is sticky and can get into some hard-to-reach places, but it doesn’t take a lot of force to get rid of it. Gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and careful flossing will get the job done. Taking plenty of time to carefully clean your teeth is better for your mouth than doing a rough and hasty job.

No matter how vigorously you scrub, aggressive brushing won’t get rid of tartar and stain deposits. You’ll have to see a dentist for a professional teeth cleaning to clean such areas.

Learn to Brush and Floss the Right Way

Visit your dentist or dental hygienist to get some more tips on a gentle yet thorough home care technique.

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

May
18

Oral Hygiene Travel Tips and Hacks

Here’s what you should know to stay healthy even while wandering abroad or on your next business trip.

Downsize

Stock up on mini toothpastes and mouthwashes and foldable toothbrushes. Pack two or three of everything; they’re small! You’ll be glad to have some extras kicking around in case you lose something.

Keep All You Need in Carry-On Baggage

The last thing you want is to be stuck in an airport for 13 hours with no toothbrush because you got separated from your luggage. Keep the essentials with you at all times.

Stay Hydrated and Use Clean Water

Staying hydrated will keep your mouth’s pH balanced and reduce plaque buildup. Brush your teeth only with water that’s safe for you to drink. If you’re abroad, use bottled water.

Get Tips from Fellow Travelers

If you need help in a pinch, ask around to find a reputable clinic that offers treatment with the same standard of care you’re used to back home. Not all clinics abroad are as trustworthy, but there are plenty that are!

Bag Your Brush

Make sure your toothbrush gets a chance to air-dry between uses. But wrap it in a plastic baggie before stuffing it in your luggage (if you don’t have a case).

Fluoride

Should you find yourself without a toothbrush, try to at least get your hands on some fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can strengthen your teeth even if you can’t get all the plaque off.

Avoid Sugar

It’s tempting to indulge when you’re on vacation, but try to cut back on sugar to prevent decay.

Get a Dental Check-Up Before You Leave

Before you head out, get caught up on dental x-rays and teeth cleanings. This will minimize your risk of any unpleasant surprises on your trip.

Schedule a dental cleaning and checkup before your next flight out of town!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jul
12

Here’s Why You’re Getting Food Stuck in Your Teeth

Ever wonder why that one annoying tooth keeps catching bits of food?

One of the following situations may be to blame…

Decay

Cavities cause roughness and hollow spots in teeth which trap food debris. You may notice this particularly if the top of a molar keeps getting doughy bread and crackers and pasta wedged into it.

Gum Disease

Inflamed gums pull away from tooth surfaces creating gaps for food and bacteria to accumulate. As the infection progresses, those gaps deepen and form the perfectly-sized slot against the tooth root for popcorn kernels to slip into.

Open Contact

Healthy teeth are supposed to be in snug contact with their neighbors. If you have a couple teeth with a gap between them, no matter how small, food will find its way in. This is especially troublesome when the gap is big enough for food to get stuck, but too small for your tongue to wiggle loose the debris.

Flossing

No, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be flossing. But if you aren’t flossing correctly, you could actually be shoving food particles deeper below your gums every time you do floss.

Make sure that when you floss you wrap it around your tooth crown in a snug C-shape before gently shimmying it below the gum line. Then gently shimmy it upwards to pull plaque and food clear of the gums.

Get some relief by:

  • Gently flossing the area
  • Using a water flosser
  • Rinsing with warm salt water
  • Having your teeth restored to close up a gap
  • Scheduling regular dental cleanings and checkups

To find out what’s causing your dinner time distress, visit your local dentist. You’ll learn the best ways for preventing food from getting trapped in your teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Mar
31

Are You a Neat Freak? Use These 6 Oral Hygiene Tips for the Cleanest Mouth Ever

Bad news for germophobes: your mouth is crawling with bacteria!

Humans host bacteria that lead to gingivitis, decay, and bad breath. These germs can literally multiply overnight!

The following tips will help you keep your mouth as clean as possible.

  1. Use a tongue scraper. You can use your toothbrush itself as an alternative to a tongue scraper. Your tongue hosts most of the germs which cause breath to stink.
  1. Use a rinse. It’s no substitute for brushing, but an antimicrobial mouthwash can reduce the damage done between brushing sessions.
  1. Try a water flosser. A powerful jet of water blasts plaque bacteria away. It can be used on its own or in addition to regular floss. Water flossers are ideal for braces or lots of bridgework.
  1. Drink more water. Staying hydrated replenishes your saliva, which is your mouth’s natural cleanser. Lots of clean water keeps bacteria at bay.
  1. Clean your toothbrush. Did you know that you can reinfect yourself from a previous illness by using your toothbrush that’s loaded with germs? You may opt for a UV sanitizer to cleanse your brush. Alternatively, rinsing it routinely in hydrogen peroxide or an antibacterial rinse can also help. Don’t forget to change out your brush altogether every 3-4 months for optimum brushing efficiency.
  1. Chew on something healthy. Xylitol gum or a spice like clove or fennel are naturally sugar-free options which stimulate a cleansing saliva flow. As an added bonus, this freshens breath and strengthens teeth.

You’re now on your way to perfectly clean smile! But your smile may need more specific attention. To find out what more you can do to keep teeth ultra clean, schedule a routine checkup and teeth cleaning at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

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

Do You Need to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

For some of us, our dog is more than our best friend – he or she is family.  We’ll do anything for our cold-nosed companions! True dog lovers will go out of their way to get the perfect food formulas, the perfect accessories, and the perfect hair cut for their pets.

One important element of dog health is dental care. Yes, pooches need that too, and once again, those die-hard dog fans are already all over that.

Caring For Dog’s Teeth: What To Know

Dogs are not very susceptible to cavities. But like us, they can develop the heavy tartar buildup and bad breath that accompany gum disease. If not treated, gum inflammation can lead to serious health problems. Daily brushing is a great way to prevent bacterial buildup in your dog’s mouth.

What You Need

A pet store will have toothbrushes and toothpastes appropriate for dogs. NEVER use human toothpaste! Most of our toothpastes contain fluoride which is great for our teeth, but like chocolate, it’s not meant for dogs. Hard chew toys are good for cleansing dog teeth.

What To Do

Start small. You can ease your dog into brushing by starting when they’re young. Brush only for as long as they’ll tolerate, slowly increasing the brushing time each day. Reward your pooch’s cooperation with a treat.

Don’t forget that you need dental care, too! People need routine dental cleanings and checkups twice a year and daily brushing and flossing. We’re more prone to dental health problems than dogs are. To find out what your teeth need to stay healthy and strong, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Amber Hills Dental
771 E. Horizon Dr
Suite 176-180
Henderson, NV 89015
702-831-4686

Dec
31

9 Herbs and Spices That Are Good for Your Smile

Ready for something fresh? These nine herbs and spices are great natural sources of smile-boosting factors.

  1. Green tea. Loaded with antioxidants and an excellent natural breath-freshener, a cup of green tea every morning could do you a lot of good. Just take it without sugar so that it doesn’t become a cavity hazard.
  2. Cloves. Did you know this simple kitchen staple is the foundation for a lot of numbing agents in dentistry? You can enjoy clove’s anesthetic properties by chewing on a whole one when something in your mouth hurts.
  3. Cinnamon. Enjoy it in a hot drink, yogurt, or oatmeal every day to experience the way it can regulate blood sugar and cut down your sugar cravings. This is good for lowering your cavity risk!
  4. Fennel, 5. Cardamom, and 6. Parsley. These get grouped together as a trio of powerful breath-refreshers. Munching on them stimulates saliva flow which washes away traces of acid from your last snack.
  5. Rosemary. A tablespoon of this very average herb actually contains about 4% of your recommended daily value of calcium. Add it to a cheddar sauce over steamed broccoli for a calcium-loaded dinner.
  6. Turmeric. This spice is up-and-coming in research in terms of how powerfully beneficial it is. It lends a bright golden glow to Indian foods. Turmeric could potentially work better than the best mouthwash. Enjoy this spice in a variety of stir-fries and curries.
  7. Garlic. While this one may not be the best for breath, it is great at fighting virtually everything else. It’s best eaten raw, so try to incorporate it into salads, dressings, and sauces.

Remember, no natural herbal remedy can replace the help of your dentist so schedule a dental checkup and cleaning soon!

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Dec
26

Serving Smile-Safe Summer Snacks

Tasty treats are a part of what makes summer special. But keep these healthy tips in mind so that your kids’ smiles stay in great shape and are ready to go by the start of next school year.

Get Creative!

Look to Pinterest and other online DIY articles for inspiration. It doesn’t have to take much work to up the wow-factor of some pretty basic foods. Turn plain fruits and vegetables into eye-catching displays of creativity to encourage your kids to eat them.

  • Freeze berries in ice cubes to chill a glass of water
  • Arrange sliced apples, celery, carrots, strawberries and bananas to form a smiley face or make food look more appealing
  • Sneakily swap whole grain bread for the white in French toast
  • Offer whole grain tortilla chips as a snack with a few healthy dip options like hummus or low-fat yogurt.

Check Ingredients

Even products that you would never consider a sweet or dessert often have some added sweetener to enhance flavor (i.e., sliced deli meat, pasta sauces). High-fructose corn syrup is a major culprit of obesity, digestive problems, and tooth decay but it’s the number one sweetener out there.

Be careful when selecting carbs like pretzels, crackers, and breads which often contain lots of sweeteners. Get smart about checking the ingredients, and you can serve your family with peace of mind.

Encourage Balance

You want to be a cool parent who lets their kids enjoy traditional summer treats. But balance is necessary. Make sure your kids are fueling up on necessary nutrients, not just freezer waffles all day. Encourage munching on calcium-rich snacks like cheese slices and sugar-free yogurt to support strong teeth.

Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist.  Summer is a great time to schedule your kid’s dental cleanings and checkups and taking care of any dental issues before the school year starts.

Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 625-7056

Dec
19

5 Foods You May Not Realize Are Destroying Your Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the body. Yet, it can be gradually worn away by the most surprising things. Foods with acid in them can cause enamel to thin out, making it prone to sensitivity and decay.

Coffee

Java, joe, hot, or cold, call it what you want and take it how you want. Coffee is right up there on the list of acidic foods and there’s a lot of it out there!

Tomato Sauce

Pasta-lovers, be warned! Fresh or simmered into a sauce, tomatoes find their way into our diet in manifold ways. They’re also highly acidic. Take a break from the ketchup, pizza, and spaghetti once in a while and give your enamel a break!

Bagels

What’s so acidic about a bagel? This one’s on the list to remind you that simple sugary carbohydrates are actually harmful to enamel. Doughy products like bagels are apt to stick in and around your teeth long after you eat them.

Citrus Fruits

High in vitamin C, these fruits are great for your health. Eaten straight-up too often, however, they will leave a mark on your teeth.

Vinegar

At this point, you’re not surprised to see tangy acidic vinegar on the list. But you should stop from time to time to check and see just how often this enamel-eating substance winds up on your plate. Vinegar is present in bottled sauces, marinades, dressings, pickles, and more.

Enjoy acidic foods in moderation. Pair them with less-acidic foods and rinse well with water after a meal. Visit your dentist often for routine dental checkups and cleanings to make sure your teeth are holding up against the effects of acid in your diet.

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

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