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Healthy Teeth Tips for Halloween

October 28th, 2014

With Halloween and holidays just around the corner, children can quickly get themselves in a sticky situation. Here are some of our best tips on keeping teeth clean and healthy:

Sticky candy: Keeping candy in your mouth for a long period of time may lead to an increased risk for tooth decay. The stickier candies, the longer it takes to get washed away by saliva.

Chew sugarless gum: Studies show that chewing ADA approved sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.

Best times to eat candy: Since saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles, it would be a better time to eat candy and other sugary foods shortly after mealtime.

In addition, we always recommend our patients to consider sealants for their children. Sealants are a liquid coating that helps prevent tooth decay that could result from non-treated cavities. Sealants are typically covered by most dental insurance policies.

Avoiding Gingivitis

October 14th, 2014

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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Did You Know?

October 12th, 2014

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Are You Flossing Correctly?

October 8th, 2014

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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National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 6th, 2014

In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, we’re kindly reminding you to make sure you take good care of your teeth!

Good oral health maintenance included brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum.

Call or visit one of our locations to schedule your check up today!

Paying Attention To your Toothpaste

September 18th, 2014

Crest, the popular toothpaste brand, has been facing some criticism recently for containing a material called Polyethylene in their toothpaste. A hygienist in Phoenix was quick to notice strange blue specks in her patients gums, which raise concerns.

Polyethylene is a plastic used in all kinds of things, ranging from garbage containers to grocery bags and even bullet-proof vests.  The material can trap bacteria in the gums, which leads to gingivitis, and over time, that infection moves from the gum into the bone that holds your teeth and that becomes periodontal disease.

Proctor and Gamble, the manufacturers of the Crest toothpaste released the following statement, “While the ingredient in question is completely safe, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove the ingredient. So we will.”

Crest says the majority of its toothpaste will be microbead-free in 6 months and will be completely gone by March 2016.

If you have concerns about polyethylene from your toothpaste, please feel free to reach our offices with any questions.

Your Teeth and Your Cold Are Connected

September 16th, 2014

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.

How Does Invisalign Work?

September 13th, 2014

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.

Crowning Your Smile

September 12th, 2014

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.

Are you brushing correctly?

September 4th, 2014

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!