Posts Tagged "oral hygiene"

Pointers for Adult Dental Care

Posted on Oct 17, 2018

Pointers for Adult Dental Care

  Have you ever began to notice that over time your teeth begin to become more sensitive, soft, or even a little darker? As your body grows old, your body as well as your teeth begin to change. An advance in age puts you at a higher risk at developing many dental problems including: Dry Mouth: Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a decrease in saliva flow Root Decay: Roots of teeth become exposed as the gum line recedes Gum Disease: An infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth Tooth Loss: Decrease in the number of teeth, caused by a variety of factors including gum disease, smoking, and other health issues Not all people are the same, most people who age begin to develop many dental issues, but not all. To maintain good oral health it is essential for people of all ages to: Brush teeth at least twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride tooth paste and a soft bristled toothbrush Thoroughly floss at least once a day Rinse, with an antibacterial mouthwash Visit your dentist regularly Depending on the current status of your teeth how often you visit the dentist will vary Additional tips to maintaining good oral health would be to: Avoid sugary drinks and foods: Replace sugary drinks with water andeat foods from the 5 major food groups. Avoid smoking: Smoking affects the bone and soft tissue of your teeth, leading to gum disease, oral cancer or stained teeth. Replace toothbrush: Your toothbrush should be replaced every 2 to 3 months or whenever the bristles of your brush become worn out. Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing sugar-free gum helps remove leftover debris from teeth and stimulates saliva flow. Although many adults have different dental issues continual brushing, flossing, rinsing and frequent dentist visits will help ensure good oral health for not only adults but also children of all ages. Be sure to talk to your dentist if any new issues begin to occur so that the dentist can treat and prevent these problems. Always remember, healthy teeth are the best...

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Teeth Cleaning for a Preventive Dental Disease

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

Teeth Cleaning for a Preventive Dental Disease

  There are different types of procedures that are carried out by the dentist in the office and each one of these procedure are performed to achieve a specific goal. In some cases, the dental treatments are therapeutic and corrective in nature so they are meant to resolve all kinds of dental issues; but some of the treatment procedures can be preventive in nature, so they are performed in an effort to avoid the onset of oral disease. Teeth cleaning is an example of a preventive dental procedure. This dental procedure is also known as oral prophylaxis, dental cleaning or dental scaling, and it involves the cleaning of the teeth surface to remove adherent plaque, whether hard or soft. The following are some information you need to know about teeth cleaning: Patients are encouraged to visit their dentists twice a year or every six months. During these visits, it is important that they come in for a teeth cleaning. Patients are required to see their dentists twice a year for teeth cleaning; when it is impossible, at least one teeth cleaning a year may be enough. In some cases, a patient may be asked to see the dentist every week, or after three months —- this is applicable for more complicated cases where a patient’s gum condition is compromised. Your own efforts at home should be beneficial but they can only achieve so much. Collection at the subgingival space is not always accessed and cleaned properly through brushing and flossing. The dentist makes use of scalers that are shaped in such a way so that it can scrape through the deeper areas along the curvatures of the teeth. The length of time that a teeth cleaning procedure should cover will depend on the oral health condition of the patient. Ideally routine teeth cleaning procedures should run for about 15 to 30 minutes and that involves scaling through all the teeth in both the upper and lower arches. Sometimes, the dental condition of the patient is more severe, and more thorough scaling is required. For these cases, teeth cleaning may go for as long as an hour or two hours, especially where there is heavy staining. During a teeth cleaning procedure, the dentist will be scaling through the subgingival space and may touch or sever some fibrous tissue. Bleeding may be present and this should be normal, so do not be alarmed. The condition should normalize after a while, usually as soon as the procedure is completed or a few hours after the appointment. When normal teeth cleaning is not enough to clean and restore the teeth and gums to health, more invasive procedures may be required. Deep cleaning involves a more invasive access into the subgingival area, where much of the plaque and tartar has collected. When the bone and the roots of the teeth are affected, a surgical intervention involving some gum incision may be necessary so that the dentist can plane the roots. To remove adherent plaque in the root area, the gums will have to be incised so that the infected area can be accessed....

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How smoking affects your oral health

Posted on May 18, 2016

Not only is smoking bad for your health, it is also very bad for your oral health as well. Smoking can lead to the following dental problems: Gum disease Bone loss Tooth loss Tooth discoloration Bad breath Oral cancer Studies have found that tobacco use may be one of the biggest risk factors in the development of periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection. It destroys soft tissue and bone that keep your teeth in place. In early stages of the disease, you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. You may also feel some sensitivity on your teeth too which is caused by your gums receding and some root be exposed. As this gets worse you start to notice that the gums start to pull away from the tooth when the gums start to pull away from your teeth, your teeth start to become loose and that can be painful and also lead to some teeth to fall out. Not only does smoking increase the chance that you will develop gum disease, it makes treatment much more difficult. And the treatment is less likely to succeed. That’s because smoking slows down the healing process in your mouth. Given all of the risks and complications of smoking on oral health it is very important that smokers do not skip regular checkups with their dentists. By staying on top of regular dentist visits, smokers can also benefit from professional cleanings. Having a proper oral hygiene plan is extremely important for smokers. Smokers should not only be brushing their teeth twice daily but also flossing and using mouthwash. The smoke is full of bacteria that affect your oral hygiene. Be sure to find a toothbrush that reaches all the way to the back of the molars. And the bristles have to be hard enough to get all that tar off of the crevasses of the teeth. Smokers should also buy toothpaste that is made specifically for smokers, as they are chemically stronger and better able to tackle harder to clean...

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