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What is Gingivitis and Where Does it Come From?

June 18th, 2015

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness and inflammation of your gums.

It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly since it can lead to much more serious gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

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Floss! Floss! Floss!

June 16th, 2015

One of the most asked questions we get from our patients are about the right flossing techniques. Take a look at the illustration provided from the ADA:

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The Flu and Your Oral Health

June 11th, 2015

It’s the time of year that many of us dread, the cold and Flu season, and the last things we may think about are our teeth or gums during that time. As you reach for your next Kleenex, be aware that there are some things related to the Flu and colds that can affect your dental health, including:

1. Drink fluids to stay hydrated and prevent a dry mouth.

A dry mouth can easily create an environment that subjects us to cavities, as bacteria and acids are not washed away. A side effect of the Flu and colds can be a stuffed nose and sinuses. This causes us to breath through our mouths. Along with less production of saliva, cavities are much more apt to form.

2. Protect your teeth from bad stuff

If you suck on cough drops, be aware that many of them are full of sugar to make them taste good. Look for sugar-free drops as an alternative. Cough syrups are also full of sugar. If used, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after use, especially if retiring for the evening.

3. You can be very tired during this episode

However, now is not the time to be lazy concerning your dental health. It is even more important now to brush and floss. This may even prevent the further spread of diseases.

A Clear Alternative to Braces — Invisalign

June 9th, 2015

Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of.

The convenience and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of over 500,000 people. In fact, Invisalign has been effective in giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.

  • Most people won’t notice you’re in treatment
  • No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
  • Won’t disrupt your lifestyle
  • Regular progress checks with your dentist
  • Results often in 6 months to 1 year

Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

Do I Deserve a Crown?

June 4th, 2015

If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.

It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant.

If your dentist recommends a crown, it’s probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright — literally, your crowning glory.

Brushing Techniques That Will Help You

June 2nd, 2015

Just like one size can’t fit all; there is no toothbrush or technique that is suitable for all to use.

The current recommendation that most dentists and dental hygienists are recommending is the use of a soft toothbrush, positioned on a 45° angle towards the gum line, with circular strokes to remove plaque at the gingival level.

Often we find that our patients have recession and toothbrush abrasion at the gum line caused by the wrong method of tooth brushing. It is for this reason that we recommend our patients remain consistent with their hygiene visits. During your visit, we take a few moments to perfect your techniques based on your own dental needs and make individual adjustments based on your dental history.

Call or visit one of our convenient locations today for your consultation!

Do You Need a Root Canal?

May 28th, 2015

 

Does your tooth hurt? Not sure what the pain is? You might be a candidate for a root canal. Here are some signs and symptoms to look for:

1. Sever tooth pain
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3. Tooth discoloration
4. Gum swelling
5. Recurrent pimple on gum

Please give our office a call right away if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms before the problem becomes significantly worse.

 

Learn about Dental Sealants

May 26th, 2015

Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Sealants are recommended for children and adults

While kids have been indulging in treats like soda, ice cream and candy during their time away from school now would be an ideal time to start the year off fresh with a dental cleaning and sealants. Sealants can help prevent tooth decay that could result from non-treated cavities.

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates, but adults can benefit from sealants as well. Sealants are typically covered by most dental insurance policies.

Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth are twice-daily brushing with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste; cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners; eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks; and visiting your dentist regularly. Call us at 23rd Street Dental to see whether sealants can put extra power behind your prevention program.

Dental Care is Affordable

May 21st, 2015

Whether you have insurance through an employer or paying out-of-pocket for your medical insurance, you should be aware of what your dental coverage includes. We want to make sure that you’re making your dental health a priority for you and your family so we’d like to offer the following tips on how dental care can be affordable:

1. Commit to preventive care. If you don’t have dental coverage, paying out of pocket for cleanings could save you money down the line –regular check-ups and cleanings could help prevent problems before they become unbearable and costly. In addition, make sure you’re brushing and flossing regularly to maintain good oral hygiene.

2. Financing. Our offices offer low- or no-interest financing plans for interested patients.

3. Use flexible spending dollars. If your employer offers a flexible spending account, you can fund the account with pretax dollars to pay for out-of-pocket dental costs that may not be covered by your insurance.

4. Finding coupons or vouchers. We frequently post special promotion through sites like LivingSocial for an in-office Sapphire Teeth-Whitening treatment. Patients save over 75% off original price tag. Call us today for questions about this and other special promotions we’re running.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

May 19th, 2015

You always hear that it’s important to take care of your teeth — oral health is linked to gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, even Alzheimer’s.

According to the ADA, here are a number of ways you could practice good oral hygiene:

Use fluoride toothpaste: Fluoride is a mineral that can help strengthen tooth enamel and repair early decay. Parents should introduce brushing to children as soon as they sprout their first tooth.

Limit sugary foods and drinks: when the bacteria in your mouth comes into contact with sugar, it produces acids that attack enamel, and can eventually lead to cavities and tooth sensitivity.

Don’t wait for pain: See a dentist once or twice a year. Regular checkups can help spot troubles early on and prevent problems.

Feel free to call our offices to set up your check-up, x-rays, and cleaning!