Your dentist advises you to brush your teeth twice every day; however, many people do not know the correct way to brush so they may be doing more harm than good.
Bad Brushing Habits
Scrubbing Teeth – A heavy hand using a sawing, back and forth motion can lead to premature gum erosion and worn dental enamel. Employ even, circular motions brushing a few teeth at a time. Make sure you brush the back, front, and top surfaces of all teeth.
Brushing too soon after eating – You may be tempted to brush right away, but many of the foods and beverages we consume can soften dental enamel. Wait at least thirty to sixty minutes to prevent damaging precious enamel.
Overusing your toothbrush – Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or more often if you see bristles have become worn.
Ineffective brushing – You may think a quick spin around your mouth is sufficient, but you should be brushing a full two minutes at least twice a day to keep teeth as clean as possible.
Taking care of your toothbrush – You brush and throw it into a jar until the next time. Or you may think you should enclose your toothbrush in a container to prevent contamination. The correct way to store your toothbrush is to allow it to air out between uses by placing it head side up making sure it does not come into contact with any other users’ toothbrushes.
Good Brushing Habits
Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush both before and after brushing making sure to store it properly.
Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
Once you’ve brushed your teeth for two minutes, thoroughly rinse your mouth to flush away all harmful bacteria and food debris.
One of the best tools you can invest in to properly care for your teeth is an electric toothbrush. The benefits are plentiful. Thanks to the rapid brushing action, you merely have to guide the brush head to reach all areas of your mouth. And since there is a timer to signal when you’ve brushed the full two minutes, you have the assurance of knowing you’re not skimping in this important aspect of dental care.
Visit our dentist at Bliss Dental as often as recommended to have teeth cleaned and examined to help you maintain optimum oral health.
Some patients think that dental exams are a hassle or a nuisance, but seeing your dentist twice each year offers significant protection to your oral health. You receive important professional services during these appointments, and they entail a minimal investment of your time and energy and result in maximum benefits.
Services Included In Dental Exams
When a dentist examines your teeth and gums and other soft oral tissues, your smile is inspected for signs of oral diseases, including cavities and gum disease. You will also receive an oral cancer screening. Patients get x-rays annually, as well, so that any cavities between the teeth or issues with the bone can be detected. Additionally, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to eliminate any plaque and tartar that may have accumulated since your last checkup.
Interesting Dental Exam Facts
- It won’t hurt! The external surfaces of your teeth don’t have any nerve endings, so you won’t feel anything as the dental hygienist cleans your teeth. Similarly, the exam doesn’t involve anything that causes pain for the patient. If you are still nervous about discomfort during the exam, you can talk to your provider about possible sedation options.
- They can save your life. Oral cancer screenings are part of the dental exam, and when this condition is diagnosed early before it can spread to surrounding tissues, the patient’s long-term prognosis is quite good. The five-year survival rate declines significantly when oral cancer has metastasized.
- You need to have exams every six months even if you brush and floss every day. Daily oral hygiene habits are tremendously important, but they are not sufficient alone to protect your oral health. You still need to have cleanings by a professional hygienist and have your smile examined every six months for optimal oral health.
- Routine care can prevent the need for more involved interventions. Some patients put off seeing a dentist until they’re facing some sort of emergency situation, but this approach is misguided. It actually increases the likelihood that you’ll need to have a more involved treatment. Semiannual exams improve your chances of early treatment for oral diseases, which are conservative and highly effective.
Has it been more than six months since your last dental exam? Get back on track by calling our team at Bliss Dental today to schedule an appointment.
Gum disease is a threat to your wellbeing and your oral health. This condition can develop with little noticeable symptoms in the beginning. Without proper treatment, it can advance to the point of wrecking the entire oral health system. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to bone and tooth loss when it progresses to its more advanced stages.
The most common sign of gum disease is bleeding gums. If you find that your gums bleed when you brush or floss, continue your oral hygiene routine as directed and call your dentist to schedule a checkup. While bleeding gums is a common symptom of this condition, there are other signs that might signify that it is time to improve your oral hygiene routine and/or make an appointment for a gum health evaluation.
Common Signs of Periodontal Disease
Beyond bleeding gums, there are other signs of periodontal disease that you should know. One common symptom of gum disease is persistent bad breath. This is because the infection associated with periodontal disease can be chronic. As bacteria infect the gums and kill tissue, it can leave behind an unpleasant smell – even if one performs proper oral hygiene.
Gum disease can present sensations of tender gums. They may also appear swollen. Discoloration of the gingiva is common, too. As the gums become diseased, they pull away from teeth (recede) as an inflammatory response. Gum recession leaves the roots of teeth exposed to surface debris like plaque and tartar. Since the roots of teeth do not have protective tooth enamel, they are incredibly vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria after gum recession.
In addition to attacking the gingiva, gum disease attacks bone. The infection present in the gums can affect the health of the jawbones. Bone deterioration, along with gum recession, leads to the loss of teeth. As a matter of fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
If you have signs of periodontal disease, it is important to act quickly. Call us today at Bliss Dental to reserve an oral health examination with our experienced dentist.
As the days begin to grow shorter and temperatures cool off, your child begins to think about the annual ritual of dressing up in a costume and running door to door to beg for candy. Halloween is the highlight of your child’s autumn; it is up to you to find the best ways to keep them safe … and that includes keeping their teeth safe as well. Your dentist can demonstrate ways you can be proactive to protect your child’s teeth.
A Parent’s Responsibility
Many parents do not realize that they should begin taking their child to see the dentist around the age of twelve months. This early start in dental care will help steer caregivers in the right direction to help their child maintain optimum dental health during early formative years and beyond.
Your child needs to learn how and when to brush and floss; this requires diligence, supervision, and patience as your child may try to evade this daily responsibility. A reward system works well (as long as the reward is not a sweet treat); trips to the park or a favorite book or game can be awarded when daily oral care goals are achieved.
Daily oral maintenance should be coupled with a healthy diet. The occasional sweet treat is allowed, but should not be daily fare. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and healthy grains should comprise the majority of the daily diet. Do not allow soda or sugary beverages to be consumed (with the exception of a special occasion) – encourage your child to drink water. This habit can be promoted early with baby bottles and sippy cups.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Your dentist can help educate you and your child. Additionally, topical fluoride treatments are available to fortify protective dental enamel. Teeth not already impacted by decay can be treated with dental sealants that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to close off avenues where cavities are most likely to form.
On Halloween night, instruct your child not to consume anything until you have had the chance to inspect all their goodies. Limit consumption to one or two pieces, and make sure your child brushes before bed. Teach your child early on about generosity – allow them to keep a small amount of their bounty and donate the rest to the less fortunate.
If you’re someone who takes good care of your smile to preserve its appearance, you may not even realize that you get significant health benefits from good oral hygiene habits and adequate professional dental care. Your oral health and your overall wellness prosper when you take proper care of your teeth and gums.
Did you know that research has demonstrated some relationship between oral diseases, such as gum disease, and systemic conditions like heart disease and diabetes? The inflammation that occurs in both gum disease and other medical issues is likely the culprit that underlies that link. Additionally, infections that develop in the interior areas of the teeth can easily access the bloodstream and spread throughout the rest of the body, with the potential to cause sepsis.
The first step in keeping your mouth as healthy as possible is to brush and floss thoroughly each day. You should be brushing your teeth twice each day, in the morning and again at night, and doing so for two minutes each session. Daily flossing will help to disrupt plaque accumulation along the gumline, reducing exposure of the gum tissue to harmful bacteria.
However, even if you never miss a day of your oral hygiene routine, you still need to see your dentist every six months for cleanings and check-ups. This routine care also goes a long way to promoting your oral health and general health. A dental hygienist is able to thoroughly clean your teeth and reach areas of your smile that it’s tough for you to access on your own.
Additionally, when your dentist is checking your teeth and gums twice a year, it’s easier to detect any problems in the earliest stages, when they can be treated readily.
Are you striving to keep your smile and body as healthy as possible? Make sure to prioritize adequate dental care at home and from professionals. Call us to ask any questions you may have about your oral hygiene regimen or to schedule a time to come see us for a cleaning or checkup.
Most children start losing their baby teeth around 5-6 years old, making room for the adult teeth growing behind them. Three or four of their teeth fall out each year, until all 20 baby teeth are gone by age 12.
Is it okay to yank a very loose tooth?
When child has loose teeth, should you pull it? Generally, answer is NO. Parents that pull a tooth which may be less than ready to come out face the risk of damage to sensitive tissue, possibility of infection, bleeding and pain. The best policy is patience and to let the child play and wiggle the tooth out. Most kids are fascinated with wiggling a loose tooth and that’s okay, but be certain their hands are clean
Is it dangerous to swallow a tooth?
Sometimes parents are afraid that child may swallow the loose tooth if its been ready to come out. If it happens child wont choke and its very unlikely that the problems can occur. It passes through the body. Reassure your kid the Tooth Fairy will come if he leaves a note!
When will he get permanent teeth?
It often takes a few weeks to see the ridges of the new tooth, and a few months before it’s fully grown. But sometimes permanent teeth start growing in behind baby teeth. If they’re more than halfway in, consult a dentist if the baby tooth needs to be pulled. Also check with the dentist if the new tooth is crooked or discolored.
Are you a soda drinker? The fizzy, refreshing nature of soda is very appealing – especially on a hot day. Unfortunately, despite the pleasant nature of these drinks, their ingredients are actually dangerous to oral health. Drinking soda regularly can increase your risk for developing tooth decay. Soda drinkers also are at risk for developing weakened teeth due to damaged tooth enamel. If you drink soda frequently, it is important that you understand the need to reduce your soda intake and visit our practice regularly for cleanings and checkups with our dentist so that you can protect your oral health.
Sugar and Soda
Unless it’s a diet variety, sodas contain sugar. Whether this sugar is in the form of corn syrup or cane sugar does not matter to bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria will feed on anything that contains sugar and sugar derivatives. The reason bacteria love sugar so much is due to the fact that sugar is the natural food source for bacteria. When we drink a soda, the sugar compounds left behind on our teeth, tongue, and roof of our mouth will send bacteria into a feeding frenzy. Well-fed bacteria will colonize, too. Once bacteria colonize, patients are at risk for developing plaque and tartar accumulation, especially if they do not practice proper oral hygiene.
Acid and Soda
The other harmful aspect of soda is the presence of acid. Soda makers utilize different acidic compounds as preservatives, formula stabilizers, and flavoring agents. Unfortunately, our teeth cannot handle consistent exposure to strong acid. The outer coating of our teeth, tooth enamel, is comprised of minerals. These minerals protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Once tooth enamel breaks down, teeth are left vulnerable to decay.
Alternatives to Soda
Since soda can negatively affect our teeth, it is important that patients know there are abundant alternatives to this popular beverage. For instance, carbonated water, fruit-infused water, and unsweetened drinks like tea and coffee are suitable alternatives to soda. Lastly, the best thing a person can drink is plain water. Drinking water helps rinse away food and debris. It also dilutes acid.
If it’s time for a cleaning or checkup with our dentist, call us today to reserve an appointment.
Healthy teeth and gums do not happen by accident. Patients that have developed good oral hygiene habits of daily brushing and flossing along with visits to the dentist every six months are likely to enjoy great oral health that will ultimately contribute to good overall health.
Some of the dental myths that may be damaging your dentition include:
If I only drink diet soda, I can drink all the pop I want without worrying about my teeth. Wrong …
Diet soda may not contain sugar but carbonation and acids in diet soda can damage dentition.
I don’t eat sugary treats, so I don’t have to worry about getting cavities. Wrong …
Bacteria live on teeth; foods and beverages consumed that are allowed to linger on teeth contribute to plaque formation on teeth. Plaque build-up leads to decay and gum disease. Once plaque hardens, it can only be removed by your dental provider.
I brush and floss every day so I don’t need to see my dentist every six months. Wrong …
You are commended for good daily oral hygiene habits, but plaque builds on the teeth of even the most diligent patient. Also, those regular dental checkups not only keep teeth cleaned, but your dentist is looking for the potential for serious problems such as oral cancer.
Crooked teeth are just an aesthetic issue. Wrong …
Crooked teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and plaque formation creating areas in the mouth where your toothbrush might not thoroughly clean.
Bleeding gums are normal. Wrong …
If your gums bleed during brushing you are likely using the wrong tools and excessive pressure. If they are bleeding without provocation, see your dentist right away as this may be a symptom of the onset of gum disease. In the meantime, invest in an electric toothbrush that does all the work for you. You just need to make sure you reach all your teeth.
If I lose a permanent tooth, I can get by without replacing it. Wrong …
You might get by, but a multitude of problems could occur like remaining teeth shifting creating a malocclusion, dental bone loss, inability to chew properly, and aesthetic issues.
There are many myths regarding your dental care; daily brushing and flossing and regularly kept six month dental visits are a great start to maintaining great oral health. Call the office of Dr. Sheth today to schedule your appointment!
When women become pregnant, their bodies undergo many changes. While many people tend to focus on their dietary and vascular health during pregnancy, it is important to note that oral health can be affected, too. Keeping your teeth healthy during pregnancy should be a priority for any expecting mother. We recommend that expecting mothers monitor their sugar intake, practice thorough oral hygiene, and keep regular appointments for checkups and cleanings to safeguard their oral health. If you are pregnant, be sure to mention this with our dentist so that we can help accommodate your unique needs.
Monitor Sugar Intake
For many women, pregnancy brings unsuspected cravings. Sometimes women crave foods they normally don’t think about. Whether its pickles, ice cream, or something else, it is important to monitor sugar intake – especially during pregnancy. Sugar feeds oral bacteria and this can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay. If sugary foods or drinks are consumed, be sure to drink water afterwards to help rinse away food particles.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is always important but pregnancy brings wild hormonal fluctuations. Hormonal fluctuations increase blood flow to soft tissue, including tissue like the gums and linings of cheeks and lips. Increased blood flow means that the gingiva become more sensitive than usual. Sensitivity can amplify the risk for gingival irritation, which increases the incidence of periodontal disease among women who are pregnant. Since pregnant patients are at risk for common oral conditions like periodontal (gum) disease, brushing and flossing thoroughly can control substances like plaque and tartar that inflame the gums. Brushing and flossing is essential for preventing tooth decay as well.
Keep Regular Dental Appointments
Regular visits to your dentist are necessary – even during pregnancy. Checkups and cleanings can help avert the progression of disease through early detection of potential issues and preventive treatments.
Our practice is happy to accommodate expecting patients. Be sure to let us know if you are expecting so that we can tailor appointments to your needs. Call us today to ask questions or reserve an appointment.
Visiting your dentist regularly is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also help protect your heart. Studies have shown that, if you have gum disease, your risk of cardiovascular disease rises. So visiting the dentist regularly is one way to keep your heart healthy.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Over the last several years, doctors have been studying the links between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. There is definitely a correlation between the two—the presence of gum disease is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. What hasn’t been completely established yet is the reason why this correlation exists.
While searching for the answer to this conundrum, researchers discovered that the bacteria found in the mouths of those with gum disease can also be found in other areas of the body. When the bacteria migrates out of the mouth, it can contribute to inflammation elsewhere, and inflammation is an underlying cause of numerous problems, including heart disease. Recent studies have even found bacteria in the brain that normally exists in the mouth, indicating it has migrated through the bloodstream. The discovery has led researchers to look more closely to determine if there might also be a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s.
Why Isn’t At-Home Cleaning Enough?
Diligent at-home care is vital, but regular visits to the dentist are necessary to ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. There are several reasons for this:
- The dentist can take X-rays of your teeth
- The dentist can more easily find early signs of decay or gum disease
- Professional-strength fluoride treatments help reduce decay
- Professional cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar you might have missed
With access to special tools and knowledge of the earliest symptoms of gum disease, your dentist is an important ally in the quest to maintain your overall health. By diagnosing gum disease in its earliest stages and recommending treatment, your dentist can help protect not only your teeth, but your heart.
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