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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

February 5th, 2019

With so many different types of toothpaste populating the shelves, it can be difficult to choose the right toothpaste.  

To choose the best toothpaste, you need to determine what your dental needs are. Let’s start with the basics.

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Fluoride-Based Toothpaste

Dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste because it helps prevents cavities by strengthening the enamel. Everyone can benefit by using a fluoride toothpaste.

Sensitivity Formula Toothpaste

Some people suffer from tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity is usually caused by a recession. A recession is where your gum shrinks away from your teeth exposing the root of the tooth. The root of the tooth communicates directly with the nerve of the tooth. When the root is stimulated with hot or cold or tactile sensations, it can send an impulse of pain directly to the nerve to the tooth. The ingredients in sensitivity formula toothpaste block the communication from root to the nerve.  If you get relief from a sensitivity formula toothpaste, keep using it. If you stop using it, the ingredients that block the pain sensation will wash out of the root causing sensitivity again.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

If you tend to build up a lot of tartar, you may want to consider a tartar control toothpaste. Tartar control toothpaste contains ingredients that help prevent the heavy accumulation up of tartar. If you do tend to have a lot of tartar, you may also want to add addition teeth cleaning each year.

Whitening Toothpaste

If you want a whiter, brighter smile, you can try the whitening toothpaste. They contain ingredients that will help keep your teeth white and bright.  

ADA Seal of Approval

The American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on dental products means that the ADA has approved that product as safe and effective. It’s a great idea to check for the ADA seal when picking out a toothpaste, rinse or other dental product.

We hope that you will choose the correct toothpaste for yourself the next time you go shopping.  If you need further help in selecting effective toothpaste, you can consult your dentist. If you do not have a dentist, you can visit Fenton Family Dental. Click here to visit our website.

4 Ways to Care for Your Dental Implants

February 5th, 2019

Untreated dental diseases eventually lead to tooth loss. The good news is that the advancement of technology has allowed dentists to find a solution to this problem.

Dental implants can be a great option to replace missing teeth. Implants are a titanium root that is covered with a cap or crown. They are very natural looking and easy to care for.  With proper dental hygiene, they can also last for a very long time. Implants help to restore and create a beautiful smile!

If you have dental implants, you will want to take good care of them to make them last longer.  Here are 5 simple steps you can follow to keep your dental implants in good shape.

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1. Get the Right Toothbrush

Always get a soft-bristled toothbrush. Soft bristles splay out and can clean all the nooks and crannies. To remove all of the plaque in your mouth, it is important to brush for two minutes twice a day.  Some people prefer power toothbrushes. Many power brushes have a two-minute timer on them. Simply turn the brush on and keep brushing until it turns off. If you have large spaces between your teeth, you can also use a soft inter-dental brush.   

2. Regular Flossing Is Still Important

Flossing removes plaque and leftover food particles from your teeth. You should floss at least once a day. There are many types of floss available in the market. You can find dental floss that is specially designed for cleaning around dental implants. Your dentist can help you choose the right kind of floss.

3. Quit Smoking  

To make your dental implants last longer, you should avoid smoking. Smoking constricts the blood vessels in the mouth which can prevent healing.   

4. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

After getting a dental implant, it is important that you keep visiting your dentist regularly. Your implant needs to be examined by your dentist to avoid any complications. If you are not taking care of your implant, your dentist will notice that by examining your teeth. They will guide you on how to take good care of your implants.

Fenton Family Dental offers the best implant services and after-treatment care. If you are in search of better options for looking after your dental implants, you can visit us. Click here to have a look at our website.

4 Best Ways to Prevent Cavities

February 5th, 2019

To prevent cavities, you must first know what causes cavities. To get a cavity, you need a tooth, some bacteria and finally, sugar (or carbohydrates that turn into sugar).

Everyone has bacteria in their mouths. Every 24 hours or so, the bacteria in your mouth clumps together into a sticky white mass that is called plaque. When you consume sugary foods or drinks, the bacteria release acid.  That acid starts to breakdown the enamel and can begin to form a cavity. If you eat sugary foods or drinks continuously throughout the day, the teeth will break down much faster. If the cavities aren’t treated right away, the decay can move from the outer surface of the tooth right into the nerve canal. When a cavity spreads to the nerve, it can be very painful.

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1. Brush and Floss Daily

Brushing removes the plaque from the front, back and tops of your teeth. To remove all the bacteria, you need to brush for at least two minutes twice a day. If you use a manual toothbrush, pick one that has soft bristles. The soft bristles will play out and clean under your gums and around your teeth. Many people prefer power toothbrushes. Most power brushes have a built-in two-minute timer.  So all you have to do is turn the brush on and let it clean your teeth until the brush turns itself off.

Flossing is important because it removes bacteria and food particles stuck between your teeth. Carefully ea-saw the floss between the teeth and gently guide it under the gums. Then pull the floss into a C-shape to remove the plaque along the sides of each tooth.  

2. Fluoride is Important

Using a fluoride rinse or a prescription fluoride toothpaste can really help.  The fluoride in the rinse or paste will be incorporated into the enamel of your teeth making your teeth more resistant to cavities. Children can benefit from fluoride drops or tablets if there is not enough fluoride in their diet. The fluoride is ingested and will strengthen developing teeth.

3. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Your dentist will examine your teeth twice a year for signs of cavities. Having small cavities treated right away can prevent more complicated and expensive care later.

4. Eat Foods that Are Good for Your Teeth

To prevent cavities, you must ensure that you are eating foods that are good for your teeth. Green leafy vegetables and fruits are amazing for your teeth. They contain vitamins and minerals that help in maintaining healthy teeth. Calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are also beneficial for your teeth. Avoid eating sugary foods that stick to your teeth such as candies and cakes because they will encourage the development of cavities.

By following these tips, you can prevent cavities. You can consult a dentist for further details on dental care. If you are looking for a dentist, you can visit our website and have a look at our panel of dentists.

Teeth Whitening: What to Expect?

January 22nd, 2019

Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? Would you like to have a whiter, brighter smile? Then tooth whitening might be the answer for you!

There are many ways to make your teeth look whiter. From over-the-counter products to professional tooth whitening, your dentist or hygienist can help you decide which procedure is right for you.

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Why Do I Need Teeth Whitening?

Before looking at the ways of teeth whitening, you must first know what makes your teeth look yellow. Your tooth is made up of a substance called dentin which is yellow in color. The outer layer – the enamel covers the dentin and makes your tooth look white. With the passage of time, the enamel wears away and, the yellow color of dentin starts showing. Other factors such as consumption of tea, coffee, and sodas stain the enamel of your tooth. Smoking can also turn your teeth yellow.

To prevent your teeth from turning yellow, you must follow proper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep your teeth clean and free from plaque. If you already have stained teeth then, you need to get your teeth whitened. Here are some of the ways that will help you in brightening your smile.

What Happens During A Dental Whitening Procedure?

The first step of a dental whitening procedure is a thorough examination of the teeth and gums and a good dental cleaning. Once your teeth have been cleaned, and any necessary dental work is completed, you can start the process of whitening your teeth.  The dentist or hygienist will check the shade of your teeth to determine which whitening process is right for you.

Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes are a great way to maintain a whiter, brighter smile. You can always start with these products to see if that helps.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips can also be bought over-the-counter.  The strips, which are covered with a layer of hydrogen peroxide, adhere to your teeth. You usually wear them for several hours.  Over time, they will lighten your teeth. However, they can sometimes be difficult to position and can be hard to speak with them on.  Whitening strips work well when the teeth have only mild discoloration.

Custom Whitening Trays

On your first visit, your dentist will take a digital impression of your teeth and make a custom whitening tray for you. Your trays will be ready in a couple of weeks. At that appointment, your dentist will show you how to use whitening products. They may even show you a short video of the process. They will take a “before” shade of your teeth. You will whiten your teeth every night for 14 days. Then, you will go back to your dentist and they will take an “after” shade.  If you want your teeth even whiter, you will come back for an in-office whitening session.

In-Office Whitening

Your dentist will take a “before” shade of your teeth. Then, they will prepare your mouth to apply the in-office whitening gel. You will have three 20-minute whitening applications on that visit.  The total time you will be in the chair is 1 ½ to 2 hours. Then the dentist will take an “after” shade of your teeth. It is important to remember that once the whitening process has been completed, you will need to maintain your new whiter, brighter smile with the touch-up gel. Your dentist will explain all of that to you on this visit.

If you need more information on this topic, you can visit our website. Fenton Family Dental offers the best teeth whitening services.

How to Make Your Smile Look More Attractive?

January 22nd, 2019

Your smile is your best weapon. A beautiful smile can take you places and work wonders for you. Your smile is the first thing that a person will notice while talking to you. So, it’s important that you have a good smile.

The beauty of your smile depends on the condition of your teeth. If you have broken or stained teeth, you could feel embarrassed while smiling. The good news is that with the advent of technology, it is now possible to completely change the way your teeth look.

Here are some of the tips that you can follow to make your smile look more attractive.

Brush and Floss Regularly

The most important aspect of healthy teeth is brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth removes plaque and food particles that stick to your teeth. Using a toothpaste that has fluoride in it can give you extra cavity protection. You should use a soft bristled brush and gently brush your teeth so that your enamel remains intact. Harsh brushing erodes the outer layer of your teeth – enamel. Damaging the enamel can lead to cavities.

Flossing removes the bacteria and food between your teeth. Dental floss reaches places where the toothbrush bristles cannot. Regular flossing will prevent the buildup of plaque between your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Your smile will automatically look attractive if you have pearl-white teeth. To whiten your teeth, you must avoid foods that stain your teeth. Tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, and red wine can leave marks on your teeth. It is best if you avoid drinking too much of these items. You should rinse your mouth with water to decrease their effect.

If you have stained teeth that embarrass you while you smile, you can consider whitening your teeth. We take a digital impression of your teeth and have custom trays made for you. You will whiten your teeth for 14 nights. Then you will come into the office and have three 20 minute whitening treatments done. After that, you will want to touch up your teeth from time to time to maintain your new white smile!

Teeth Alignment

Do you hesitate to smile because you’re afraid to show your crooked teeth? Do you have a lot of wear on your teeth because they are colliding instead of gliding? Then aligning your teeth might be a solution. In certain case, aligner therapy can be done. A digital scan is made and then a series of aligners are custom fabricated. You will see your dentist on a regular basis and they will oversee the entire process from start to finish to ensure the best outcome. When you get your first set of aligners, your dentist will place tooth colored “temporary attachment devices” in strategic places on your teeth to move your teeth quickly and safely. Sometimes your dentist will notice that the teeth are “stuck” and will perform a precise interproximal reduction procedure so that the teeth can continue to move. Your dentist will make sure your aligners properly, and if they aren’t, they will give you a device to get the aligners in the right place.  It is very important that your aligner therapy is monitored by a qualified dentist to get the result you want.

Not every person is a candidate for aligner therapy. Sometimes, bands, bracket, and wires will be the right way to move your teeth. Only a qualified dentist will be able to determine this by examining your teeth. Consultations for aligning teeth are complimentary! So if you want a beautiful smile, make an appointment to see your dental professional today!

Watch What You Eat

To maintain a healthy smile, it’s important that you keep a check on what you eat. Your eating habits affect the way your smile looks. You should avoid eating junk food and make fruits and vegetables a part of your diet. You should also avoid eating sugary foods because they contribute to tooth decay.

Maintaining an attractive smile isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You just need to maintain proper dental hygiene and look after your food habits. You can consult a dentist for information on dental procedures that can make your smile look great.

We, at Fenton Family Dental, offer services that can help you achieve an attractive smile. Visit our website for further details.

Fillings, Crowns, Implant, Bridges: What's Best for Me?

January 22nd, 2019

It all starts with a good dental examination and proper x-rays. Your dentist will look at your teeth and the x-rays to determine which treatment is right for you.

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Fillings

 

Fillings are done on teeth that have small cavities. Filling materials used to only be made out of a combination of mercury and metal. That material was wedged into the teeth. Because the material was so hard, it sometimes broke the teeth.  A newer tooth-colored resin material is used that is bonded into place. It is strong and looks great.

Crowns

Sometimes a tooth has a lot of decay or a very large filling that is failing. If more than 50% of the tooth is missing, the tooth can’t really hold another filling; so a cap or a crown needs to be made.

The dentist will shape your tooth so that the crown will be able to completely cover and strengthen your tooth. Today crowns can be made of gold or porcelain.  Porcelain crowns are very strong, and because they are custom matched to the shade of your teeth, they look very natural!

Implants

If you have a missing tooth, a great option to replace it is with a dental implant. An implant is a titanium root that is covered with a cap or a crown. It takes a couple of months from start to finish, but it is almost like having your natural tooth back! Implants are sturdy, natural-looking tooth replacement options.

Bridges

If you have a missing tooth, a bridge can be one way to replace the missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are reshaped. Then a one-piece bridge can be cemented onto the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth with a replacement tooth in the middle. The bridge is a permanent solution to replacing a missing tooth.

Fillings, crowns, implants, and bridges can last longer if you take good care of them. It is important that you brush your teeth regularly so that bacteria do not attack your dental implant. Your dentist will recommend which implant is best for you. If you don’t have a dentist, we can help you find one. Click here to visit our website and also have a look at the services that we offer.

5 Best Practices for Healthy Teeth

January 4th, 2019

Do you take care of your dental hygiene as much as you take care of your fitness? Do you eat foods that keep your teeth strong?

Caring for your teeth is as important as it is to care for your body.  We all dream of white and shiny teeth. To make your teeth healthy and white, you need to practice good oral hygiene.

Here are the top 5 practices that you need to include in your daily routine to make your teeth healthy.

1. Brushing Your Teeth Correctly

Brushing your teeth after every meal will remove the pieces of food that are left sticking to your teeth. It will also remove plaque that forms on the teeth. You must brush your teeth in the correct way. Your toothbrush should be placed at a 45-degree angle. Brush using gentle, circular strokes. The toothbrush that you are using must have soft bristles so that they do not damage your gums. You should feel your toothbrush reaching every part of your teeth.

2. Flossing Regularly

Flossing removes plaque and the tiniest pieces of food that are stuck between your teeth. It can prevent tooth decay and excessive buildup of plaque. Flossing once a day, before going to bed will keep your teeth and gums healthy.

3. Change Your Toothbrush on a Quarterly Basis

It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months. After continuous use, the bristles of the toothbrush will lose their original shape. The toothbrush will not be able to remove plaque effectively.  Bacteria from your mouth often stay inside the toothbrush so it is important to change your toothbrush if you’ve been sick.

4. Healthy Food Choices

To make your teeth strong, you must ensure that you are taking the right amount of calcium. It is good for your bones as well as your teeth. Calcium helps in maintaining the strength of your teeth. Lower levels of calcium will cause the teeth to decay.

Vitamin D is another essential nutrient required for healthy teeth. It helps in the absorption of calcium in the body, which is what teeth are made up of. Milk and its by-products are the best sources of calcium. Other foods such as almonds, meat, eggs, and green leafy vegetables are also a healthy choice for your teeth.

Excessive use of sugary foods and beverages leads to tooth decay. You must cut your intake of sugary foods as much as possible.

5. Increased Water Consumption

Did you know that drinking water is beneficial for your teeth? Water washes away all the food particles present inside your mouth. It removes some bacteria and decreases the risk of tooth decay. Drinking water saves your mouth from drying out. A dry mouth is much more likely to develop tooth decay as compared to a wet mouth. In both ways, water proves to be a healthy choice for your teeth.

If you need more advice on dental care, visit your dentist. You can also book your appointment with a dentist by clicking here.

5 Healthy Food Choices for Your Teeth

January 4th, 2019

Did you know that you could reduce the chances of tooth decay by including certain foods in your diet? Here is a guide on the food choices that you can make to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

For strong teeth, a balanced diet is very important.  You should include foods in your diet that promote oral health.

Foods that have a lot of sugar in them are more likely to contribute to tooth decay. Sugar can enter your diet through fizzy drinks, candies, cakes, cookies, and pastries. You should avoid these items as much as you can. Eating sugary foods once in a while is okay, but regularly having them can become a problem for your teeth.

For instance, when you eat a cookie, the bacteria in your mouth react with the sugars present on your teeth to produce acid. That acid damages your tooth enamel – a protective covering on your tooth.

Here are the top 5 healthy food choices that you can make to keep your teeth healthy.

1. Whole Grains

Whole grains are beneficial for your teeth. They contain minerals such as magnesium, which helps keep bones and teeth strong. They also contain vitamin B and iron that keep gums healthy. You can include whole grains in your diet by eating brown rice, oatmeal, bran, whole-grain pasta, and whole-grain cereals.

2. Fruits

Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that help promote oral health. Citrus fruits such as oranges are rich in vitamin C. It helps in building collagen, which binds the cells in your gums together. Their chewiness helps the mouth to produce more saliva, which neutralizes the citric acid in fruits.

Another fruit that’s known to promote oral health is apple. Eating an apple produces saliva, which washes away bacteria and other food particles.

3. Vegetables

Like fruits, vegetables are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach contain vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals are good for oral health.

4. Lean Protein

Lean beef, chicken, pork, and turkey help promote oral health. They contain phosphorus, which makes teeth strong. Eating fish is also good for your oral health. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent gum disease.

5. Low-Fat Dairy Products

Dairy products provide calcium to your body, which is essential for strong bones and teeth. Low-fat items will keep you away from unnecessary saturated fats that are bad for your health. Low-fat dairy products include milk, cheese, and yogurt.

For more information, you can contact your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, you can visit Fenton Family Dental. We have a panel of highly qualified dentists. Click here to visit our website.

How to Get Your Kids in the Habit of Brushing their Teeth

January 4th, 2019

Does your child give you a hard time when you ask them to brush their teeth? Teaching your children how important it is for them to brush their teeth regularly can be very challenging at times.

Instilling a new habit in their daily routine might not be as easy as it sounds.  

The good news is that there are many ways that you can make your child love the idea of brushing their teeth.

1. Learning by Imitation

 

You might have figured out by now that your child learns the best through observation, mostly by observing you. Brushing your teeth after every meal in front of your kids will make them learn that brushing is an important part of your routine. They will copy your actions.

2. Giving Rewards

Set a reward for each time your children brush their teeth – make it a competition. You can keep a brushing chart to track their routine. Each time they brush, you can mark a point on the chart. At the end of every week, you can reward them according to the points they have scored. This will keep them involved and they will try to gain as many points as possible.

3. Kids Love Fun

Another way to keep your kids involved while brushing is to make it enjoyable. Let them play their favorite songs while brushing.  

4. Make it a Family Affair

Brushing teeth can become turn interesting for your child if the whole family gets involved. Kids love to take part in family activities. You along with your partner can brush your teeth with your child after every meal. In this way, your child will understand that brushing teeth is necessary for everyone – it’s not limited to them.

5. Toothpaste Choices

Allow your child to choose the toothpaste for themselves. You can help them out by selecting their favorite flavor and color. This will make them feel more involved in the process, and they will be more inclined to brush their teeth with their selected toothpaste.

6. Words of Appreciation

In the end, positive attitude works the best. Each time your child brushes their teeth, you can definitely praise them. You can appreciate how well they have done their job by telling them that their teeth look super shiny. This will boost their confidence and encourage them to brush regularly.

For more information, you can visit Fenton Family Dental. We have a panel of highly qualified dentists. Click here to visit our website.

5 Reasons Why it’s Important you Visit your Dentist Regularly

January 4th, 2019

Did you know that you should visit your dentist every six months? Regular dental check-ups are very important for your oral health. A dentist helps you identify what’s wrong with your teeth and point out problems that you didn’t know existed. Here are the top five reasons why you should do that.

1. Prevention is Better than Cure

Visiting your dentist or dental hygienist can help prevent serious dental problems from occurring. From teaching you the proper way to brush and floss to tips on what the best dental products on the market are, your healthcare professionals can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.   

2. Maintain an Attractive Smile

Everyone loves a beautiful, bright smile!  Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist regularly will help you achieve this goal. Your dentist will examine your teeth for cavities and stains. If your teeth are not aligned, they can be colliding, causing unnecessary wear on your teeth. Your dental team might recommend aligning your teeth so they glide instead of colliding. If discolored teeth are preventing you from smiling, your dentist or hygienist might recommend tooth whitening.

3. It Saves you Money

As contradictory as it sounds, visiting your dentist regularly will definitely save you money. Regular check-ups and cleaning will reduce the population of bacteria inside your mouth. This will place you at a lower risk of developing a disease that requires expensive dental treatment. As a result, you will save money while maintaining a healthy mouth.

4. Remove the Buildup of Plaque and Tartar  

When you repair minor problems in a timely fashion, it is not as expensive to fix. Nothing gets better or less expensive with time! Keeping up with routine cleanings can prevent more serious gum problems from occurring.

5. Eliminate Bad Breath

Regular dental visits will keep your mouth clean and reduce your likelihood of developing bad breath. If you already have bad breath, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine the cause. Usually, bad breath is a result of a dry mouth or an underlying condition such as gum disease. Your dentist will treat your mouth so you can eliminate this problem.

We recommend you should take out time from your schedule and visit your dentist today. If you are looking for a new dentist, click here to find one.

Learning to Care for your Teeth and Mouth

January 4th, 2019

Good dental hygiene is very important to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Here are some tips on how to take care of your dental hygiene.

Brush Regularly

It is recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal. This will remove particles of food that remain stuck to the teeth. If morsels of food remain inside your mouth, it will decompose, and bacteria will act on it to form acid which causes tooth decay.

Brushing your teeth the correct way is as important as it is to brush regularly. Harsh scrubbing may erode your tooth enamel and damage your gums causing bleeding. Brushing gently using a soft toothbrush is more effective in cleaning between the teeth because soft bristles can splay out getting into the nooks and crannies. Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride will help to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Remember to brush your tongue, as it is the major site for bacteria inside the mouth.

Flossing

Flossing not only removes those hard-to-reach pieces of food that are stuck between teeth, but it also helps in removing plaque from in-between your teeth. Plaque is a major causative of tooth decay, so flossing is quite beneficial. Experts recommend flossing your teeth before going to bed every day to remove the plaque and any food from in between your teeth.

Examine your Teeth Regularly

Get into the habit of examining your teeth in the mirror. Look for any changes that remain for more than two weeks. Observe your tongue as well. The inside of your mouth should always look pink and not pale or yellow. Look for any chipped or broken tooth. If you find anything unusual inside your mouth, consult your dentist right away.

Check for Bad Breath

If you are suffering from bad breath, your dental professionals can help you identify where it is coming from. The number one cause of bad breath comes from under the gums and on the tongue. Another cause of bad breath is from chronic post nasal drip. Finally, bad breath can come from digestive problems particularly by foods that have strong odors such as onions and garlic.

Eat Healthily

Eating food that is healthy for your teeth and mouth is essential. Consumption of large amounts of sugar is not good for your teeth.  Calcium-rich sources of food like milk, cheese, and yogurt are beneficial for teeth. Overconsumption of garlic and onions will cause bad breath. Plan your diet in a way that does not ruin your oral health. You may consult your dentist for better guidance.

To know more about dental hygiene, book your appointment with a dentist now.

What Makes Plaque So Dangerous?

January 3rd, 2019

Do you know that bacterial plaque is the major cause of most dental diseases? That is why it is so important to remove the plaque from your teeth daily.

Plaque is a white sticky film that builds up on the teeth every 24 hours.  Plaque buildup can be removed by regular brushing and flossing.

Effects of Plaque on your Teeth

1. Decalcification

The first effect of plaque on your teeth is decalcification. This is where the minerals in the teeth dissipate creating white chalky spots on the outer layer of the tooth - the enamel. Decalcified areas can be rectified with the application of fluoride.

2. Tooth Decay

To get a cavity, you need three things. A tooth, bacteria, and sugar. The bacteria and sugar mix to form an acid. The acid can penetrate through the enamel into the second layer of the tooth - the dentin. Dentin is much softer than the outer enamel and cavities can spread rapidly if not treated. Usually, a simple filling is all that is necessary to treat decayed teeth.  

3. Dental Abscess

However, if the cavity is left untreated, the decay can spread into the nerve chamber of the tooth. Once this occurs, an abscess frequently forms. An abscess may cause pain, redness and swollen gums. When the decay advances to the nerve of the tooth, it can become quite painful. The tooth then needs a nerve treatment as soon as possible.

3. Gum Disease

Accumulation of plaque causes the formation of tartar. Tartar makes your teeth look yellow. It also makes your breath smell bad. If left untreated, it contributes to gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease.  Brushing and flossing will not remove tartar. You need to see your dentist or dental hygienist to remove the tartar and learn how to get the gum disease under control.

5. Loose Teeth

Your teeth are held in your jaw with bone. Gum disease destroys the bone. When enough bone is gone, the teeth will become loose. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.

How to Get Rid of Plaque?

They say that prevention is better than cure. Hence it is necessary that you try to avoid the buildup of plaque on your teeth. Brushing using good fluoride toothpaste will help. Flossing will remove food particles stuck between your teeth and put you at a lower risk of developing plaque.

If you have a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth then you need to visit your dentist. Only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar from your teeth. If you need more help on this topic, we have got everything sorted for you. Please click here to get connected to our panel of experts.

Routine Visits to the Dentist – Why Are They Important?

November 29th, 2018

Smiles are important, aren’t they? They’re contagious, nice to look at and add more to your personal appearance than the right clothes or accessories ever will. A good smile and dental health go hand in hand and that’s where routine visits to your dentist come in.

For most of us, however, regular visits to the dentist don’t exactly make it up to the top of our 10 to-do list. Should we let it be that way though? No.

Like the rest of our body, our teeth need to be taken care of. And routine dental check-ups can help them get the attention they need.

Here’s why:

1.     HELP PREVENT TOOTH DECAY

While regular brushing and flossing are important parts of your oral hygiene care, routine visits to the dentist can do more for your dental health than you might imagine.

Most importantly, they help combat plaque and tartar. Plaque is the white film that covers your teeth after you’ve chowed down on some sugar. The film gets thicker when you don’t clean your teeth regularly.

This is dangerous because over time, it attacks the tooth enamel, wears it down and causes cavities. Tartar is an advanced form of plaque that sticks to your teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.

2.     AVOID GUM DISEASE

One of the leading causes of tooth loss is gum disease and once again plaque is the main culprit. In this scenario, the plaque attacks the bones in your jaw that support your teeth. This causes the tooth to loosen and fall out. Not to worry however! Visiting the dentist can help in early detection and preventive measures.

3.     GET RID OF STAINS; SMILE BRIGHTER!

If you consume tea, coffee, soft drinks or cigarettes regularly, then you would know that these leave behind stains on your teeth. Regular dental cleaning can help remove these stains, and a good polish will leave you with a brighter smile.

4.     SAVE MONEY

Visiting the dentist only after you’ve found out that your tooth has decayed not only costs you more, the treatment is also comparatively more painful and cumbersome. Regular visits, on the other hand, prevent these problems from developing, and help in maintaining good dental health. As the saying goes, prevention is and will always be better than cure.

5.     BREATHE FRESH

Bad breath (halitosis) can be prevented by good oral hygiene in most cases. But if it adopts a persistent nature, this might signify other underlying problems that only your dentist can figure out. For example, it may be a warning sign of gum disease because bacteria in the plaque release toxins that cause you to have bad breath.

6.     WHAT ELSE?

Good oral health impacts the health of the rest of your body as well. Once you begin to treat your teeth with care, you also become careful with what you eat and are more likely to avoid foods containing high sugar and acidic content. This can help improve your overall health and lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Studies also indicate a direct link between poor oral health and an increased risk of heart disease. Poor oral hygiene can also be the precursors to digestive tract issues. So the next time you think that it’s ‘just a visit to the dentist’… think again – it’s so much more.

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