Every year in October we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month! This is the time of the year when we recognize the work dental hygienists do, and help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. As your partner in oral health, your dental hygienist helps to keep your teeth clean and educate on and treat all forms of gum disease. Here are a few tips from our hygienists on ways you can keep your smile healthy.
Stick to a routine.
It’s much easier to remember to brush when you make it part of your daily schedule. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends keeping a regular routine of brushing two times a day. If you are due for a cleaning or dental work, be sure to schedule and keep your appointment.
Brush to your favorite song.
It is important to brush for two minutes. An easy way to time yourself is to brush for the length of your favorite song. As well, make sure you are using soft bristles to avoid damaging your gums. Focus on the gumline and scrub every surface of each tooth. While both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective when used correctly, some of the benefits of electric toothbrushes include built-in timers, light indicators that indicate if you are brushing too hard, and notifications that let you know when to replace the brush head.
Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
Choose a toothpaste that has fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent cavities. Also, make sure the toothpaste has the ADA seal of approval, which means it is safe and effective.
Choose an effective oral rinse.
Choose an oral rinse that will kill bacteria in your mouth. If you have dry mouth, it’s best to use an alcohol-free rinse.
Drink lots of water.
The ADA explains that water, particularly water with fluoride, can strengthen teeth and help to prevent tooth decay. Be sure to drink a lot of water to help rinse acids and food particles away. This is especially important when eating dried fruits like raisins and cranberries, which tend to stick to your teeth.
Don’t forget to floss.
While flossing may not be your favorite thing to do, it is beneficial to clean between your teeth to reduce bacteria. Any floss will do, though you may want to choose a waxed floss if you have tight contacts. If you know you will not floss, make sure to get another tool to clean between your teeth, such as a water flosser, interproximal brushes, and toothpicks.
Achieving optimal oral health requires a partnership between you and your hygiene team. If you’d like to discuss your oral health or are ready to make an appointment, contact us today. We’d love to see your smile!
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September is National Dental Implant Awareness Month! A time to spread awareness about the benefits of dental implants and how they can benefit a patient’s life.
Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth. They are suitable for patients of varying ages who have lost teeth due to injury, illness or gum disease. Dental implants are metal posts, usually made from titanium, that are surgically placed into your jawbone beneath your gums.
On top of each post, your dentist places an abutment that connects the implant to a replacement tooth — usually a crown, bridge or denture. If you are missing one or more teeth, here are a few benefits to getting dental implants.
They are a long-term solution to missing teeth.
Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants are a long-term replacement that you can brush and floss just as you would natural teeth. They fit comfortably in place and won’t slip out!
They help you eat and speak more comfortably.
Many patients with missing teeth report difficulties with chewing foods and/or speaking. Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to speak and eat with ease.
They prevent bone loss.
Dental implants help to prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing, preserving your jawbone and facial structure.
They help you smile more confidently.
Many patients with missing teeth often feel self-conscious about their smile. Dental implants match the color and appearance of natural teeth, helping to improve confidence levels.
They don’t get cavities!
The material a dental implant is made of cannot decay. Therefore, you won’t need to worry about a cavity.
They prevent misalignment.
A missing tooth leaves a gap that can cause other teeth to shift around. Dental implants fill in the space to keep your teeth straight.
Do you think you might be a candidate for dental implants? Contact us to make an appointment and learn more!
Having a toothache is no fun, especially when you’re not sure what’s causing it. The pain can begin to affect your quality of life and even limit your ability to eat, depending on how severe it is. It’s important to see your dentist and find the root of the problem — pun intended! — so you can get it fixed as soon as possible.
There are a lot of factors that could be contributing to your toothache:
These are all minor causes that your dentist can help treat, but sometimes your toothache might be from a more severe underlying issue:
If you’re experiencing tooth pain that won’t go away, or is worsening, call your dentist right away and make an appointment to have it checked out.
May is National Mental Health Month — a time to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Many people struggle with anxiety every day to the point where it can roll over into basic tasks such as going to the dentist.
Having dental anxiety can prevent you from getting the care you need to keep your smile healthy. Whether you’ve had a bad experience or have just always felt nervous about going to the dentist, it can be hard to work up the courage to schedule those annual checkups. Overcoming these fears can help ensure that you don’t miss out on any dental problems you might have.
Here are a few tips that may help you overcome your fear of the dentist:
When in doubt, talk to your dentist! Communicate your fears and concerns, and they will be able to help you overcome your anxiety.
While you might not think your oral health has any connection to your overall health, they often go hand in hand. Your mouth is full of bacteria, both good and bad, which can sometimes spiral into certain diseases or infections.
As Mayo Clinic explains, there are many conditions linked to oral health, and it’s important to be aware of them:
Anytime you notice a new oral problem beginning to develop, contact your dentist immediately to ensure that it’s taken care of as soon as possible. You never know when it could potentially affect your overall health.
Abbeville Dentistry is a part of Mortenson Dental Partners.
Every year in October we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month! This is the time of the year when we recognize the work dental hygienists do, and help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. As your partner in oral health, your dental hygienist helps to keep your teeth clean and educate on and […]