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GUM DISEASE

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Gum Disease

My Dentist told me I have Gum Disease!
Gum disease is more common than you think. Gum disease, also known as (gingivitis) periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums. Inflammation can vary from moderate to severe. Severe inflammation can lead to the loss of the tissues holding your teeth in place. Making sure you brush your teeth everyday will help prevent plaque to stick on your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed it can cause your gums to retract (recede) from your teeth and form a pocket. Pockets then collect bacteria.

 

What do I do now??
(Gingivitis) Periodontal disease can often be treated in early stages with scaling & root planning. Scaling & root planning removes the plaque & tartar beneath the gumline. Usually local anesthetic is given.
What should I do at home?
Make sure you brush your teeth in the morning & at night. Floss, there are many different kinds out there, the best one is the one you will use! Ask your dental professional to show you how to brush and floss PROPERLY, many people do it wrong! Keep up on your cleaning appointments.

 

Future dental appointments, will they change?
As a “Perio Patient” you will stick to a 3 month check up. This will help you maintain your oral health.

 

*Reference: ADA & Colgate website


How do you convince your child to brush their teeth?

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How do you convince your child to brush their teeth?

 

“Mom I am so tired,” “But daddy my favorite cartoon is on,” we all heard every excuse on the planet. Whether its 6 o’clock in the morning or 8 o’clock at night, most kids try to get out of brushing and flossing. Here are a few tips to encourage brushing & make it a daily routine.

 It takes 21 days or 3 weeks to form a habit. Having a routine will help make this habit form.

Start them young

Its never to early to teach your children good oral health! Cleaning the gums around 6 months can guide you in the right direction. Never put a baby down with a bottle of any liquid other than water!

 

Apps

There are many apps to help aid your child in brushing. Apps are fun and interacting. Disney Magic Timer, Oral-B & Happy teeth are examples of some. Disney Magic Timer helps track time but also teaches children about oral health!

6 month check ups

It is very important your child stays up to date on his/hers 6 month cleaning appointments. Not only does your healthcare professional clean your child’s teeth but they also teach your child how to maintain a healthy smile. We teach patients how to brush, floss & eat healthy.

 

Disclosing Solution

Disclosing Solution is in a liquid or tab form and makes the plaque on your child’s teeth stain a bright color. Wherever the teeth are stained is where the child forgot to brush. Children usually have fun trying this out! (TIP: have the child brush first then use the tab/liquid to see exactly where the child missed, then brush again.)


GUMCHUCKS ARE FUN!

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WE LOVE GUMCHUCKS!

Have you ever heard of nunchucks? Chances are you have. Resembling miniature nunchucks, Gumchucks feature disposable tips that are equipped with a 3/4 inch piece of dental floss. Proper flossing requires making a “C” shape, Gumchucks help this happen. Gumchucks are made for adults & children, they even make special handles for people in braces! Gumchucks with help improve dexterity & extend your reach. They are a one of a kind flossing system.

Benefits include: Easier & faster than traditional floss, Reaches the back teeth without putting fingers in the mouth, Safe & hygienic!

We now sell GUMCHUCKS in our office- ask us for a demo! 🙂

Reference: Gumchuck.com

 


Let’s talk Mouthguards

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Let’s talk Mouthguards

Is your child a hockey player? Maybe a basketball player? Baseball? If you answered YES to any of these sports, you need to read this article. Although any sport involving a hit to the face would benefit from the use of a mouthguard, baseball & basketball are the two main sports involving dental injuries. Athletes can help prevent oral trauma!

What’s the different kinds of Mouth guards?

A stock mouthguard is a “one size fits none” appliance. A stock mouthguard is only held in place by the athlete biting down, so when the athlete collides with another teammate the mouthguard shifts. This is the least protective type of appliance & also the most uncomfortable.

Boil and bite mouthguards have the same similarities as a stock mouthguard as they are sold at almost any drug store. When comparing the Stock and Boil & bite, the boiled mouthguard will adapt to the teeth better however, it does not have much thickness, which leads to variations in the amount of protection/force throughout the mouth.

Custom-made vacuum-formed mouthguards are fabricated using a “suck down/vacuum” machine. This mouthguard will be more protective than a stock or boil & bite. The big down fall is the thickness of the material. The material of a vacuum-formed mouthguard is very thin.

Custom-made pressure-formed mouthguards are vacuum-formed but provide multiple layers of material. The custom-made mouthguards fit snug, and improve adaptation to the teeth and gums, making the athlete comfortable. The more comfortable the appliance, the more likely an athlete is to use it.

Custom-made Mouthguard

FACT

The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries estimates that during a single season of play, athletes have a 10% chance of sustaining an injury to the face or mouth!

Reference: The journal of multidisciplinary care/Decisions in Dentistry


Whiten Your Smile and Save With Our Whitening Special

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Get $166 Off of Our Silver Sparkler Package

Whiter teeth can give you that extra pep in your step that can only come from an increase in confidence.

For a limited time, Alrez Family Dentistry is offering a discount on our laser whitening services! Our Silver Sparkler package, normally $595, is now available for only $429.00. This price includes 1 in-office laser whitening treatment. Act fast! Offer ends September 30, 2017.

Whitening Coupon

This is an excellent value for those looking for a quick, effective way to whiten their smile. The laser treatment only lasts about 15 minutes, and the results are spectacular! Take a look:

How the Process Works

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Alrez Family Dentistry uses only the safest and most effective treatment methods for our customers’ teeth. This includes our whitening services.

We use a BioLas laser, which allows for a shorter exposure time with an average of 18% shade improvement when compared to the arc lamp, the most commonly used whitening tool.

In just one visit, you will have the movie star white smile you’ve always wanted.

Schedule Your Whitening Treatment

To get started on your brighter, whiter smile, contact us online or dial 610-358-0313 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about our whitening services, visit our whitening page.


April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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April showers…bring oral cancer screenings

If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we recently got a head start on our spring gardening! In addition to being the start of spring, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Close to 50,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with 132 new cases coming to light every day.

While smoking and drinking are major risk factors, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation,  Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a growing contributor, especially among young, otherwise healthy patients.

HPV is the same virus that causes the majority of cervical cancers. If you or your child is between the ages of 9-26, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor about getting vaccinated.

While getting your vaccine and avoiding alcohol and tobacco are important, the best way to prevent oral cancer is regular screening. We remind all of our patients to get screened regularly, as early diagnoses is the best way to stop cancer in its tracks before it becomes a problem.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

We are reminding people in the office to get their oral cancer exam!


Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush: Which is the Best Choice?

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The modern dental patient has more choices than they did 15 years ago. Braces or Invisalign? At-home or in-office whitening treatment? And, finally, electric or manual toothbrush? With so many options to choose from, it can be challenging for the health-conscious individual to know the best choice for their smile.

Keep reading to find out the differences between using an electric or manual brush.

Electric Toothbrush


Rotadent Electric ToothbrushPros

Easier to Use: Simply hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and let it do the work. This makes it an especially beneficial option for those who suffer from arthritis or other dexterity problems.

May Remove More Plaque: During 2014 a study of 56 subjects, electric brushes were found to remove 21% more plaque than manual brushes. After 3 months, they were found to reduce gingivitis by 11% more than manual brushes.

At Alrez Family Dentistry, the Rotadent electric toothbrush is available for purchase. This brush can only be purchased at a professional dentist’s office. In the video below, you can view a demonstration that shows just how effective the Rotadent brush is at removing plaque.

Cons

Expensive: These may range in price from $20-$200. Electric models are a great deal more expensive than their manual counterparts.

Fragile: Don’t drop your brush on the floor! It likely won’t be able to survive a fall. And considering the point above, a broken brush is definitely a bummer.

Clunky: Not only are electric brushes larger and heavier than manual ones, they also have accessories that can take up space. Whether you have to keep batteries on hand or plug it into a wall charger, this gadget takes up more real estate on the bathroom counter when compared with the old-fashioned brush.

Manual Toothbrush


Orange and Cyan Toothbrush HeadPros

Inexpensive: In your local drugstore or supermarket, you can buy a new toothbrush for as little as 99 cents.

Portable: With little to no accessories required, manual brushes stow away easily in your medicine cabinet, and they’re great for traveling. Simply put your brush in a plastic baggie or case, and you’re good to go.

Get the Same Results With Proper Brushing Technique: With diligence and some patience, you really can have the same result with a manual brush as with an electric one.

Cons

Requires More Effort to Use Properly: Whereas with an electric toothbrush, you simply let the brush do the work, the power comes from within with manual brushes! To get a proper clean, you need to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle and move in circular motions. Then, you need to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth at a dead-on angle. For the backs of your pearly whites, use back and forth vertical strokes.

No Built-In Timer: Most electric brushes come with a timer that helps you brush sufficiently. With a manual brush, you have to rely on your own internal timer.

Selecting the Best Brush Can be Tricky: Since you generate the power to clean your teeth with a manual brush, it is essential that you select a brush that is easy for your particular wrist, hand, and mouth. When faced with the enormous wall of choices at the drug store, this can be an overwhelming decision.

So Which One’s Best? It’s Up to You to Decide

Electric toothbrushes are great. They’re highly effective at cleaning teeth with very little effort. However, the truth is that with proper technique and a little bit more elbow grease, manual toothbrushes can be equally effective. There are pros and cons to both brushes, and it’s up to individual patients to choose which one best fits into their lifestyle. At Alrez Family Dentistry, our office recommendation is the Rodadent electric bush.


A Healthy Smile Equals a Healthy Body

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smileOral hygiene is important. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the office for your cleanings every six months go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums in tip top shape. Besides keeping those chompers in check, good oral health is a good defense against various diseases.

Poor Oral Health Can Lead to These Diseases

Healthy Gums Equal Healthy Lungs: The air we breathe is moisturized with water droplets in our mouths. Bacteria in your mouth can attach to those droplets and end up in your lungs, causing pneumonia. Those who skip their yearly cleanings are 86 percent more likely to contract pneumonia than those who make it to the office every six months.

Want a Healthy Heart? Keep Your Teeth Clean: According to the National Institute of Health, keeping your mouth clean and healthy can reduce risk of heart attack. In a study focused on 128 adults, patients underwent a comprehensive health screening before they filled out a questionnaire about their dental health habits. Upon analysis of the data, scientists were able to find a significant link between good oral hygiene habits and cardiovascular risk factors.

Poor Oral Health May be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease: According to WebMD, the same bacteria that exacerbates gingivitis may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2013 study, scientists analyzed 10 brains of patients with Alzheimer’s, and 10 brains of patients without Alzheimer’s. In 4 out of 10 Alzheimer’s patients, scientists found the same type of bacteria that causes gingivitis.  “We are working on the theory that when the brain is repeatedly exposed to bacteria and/or debris from our gums, subsequent immune responses may lead to nerve cell death and possibly memory loss,” says Sim Singhrao, PhD.

If you’re keeping up with your regular dental hygiene, you are taking steps to improve your overall health. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at Alrez Family Dentistry.


Ignore the Naysayers, Don’t Stop Flossing Your Teeth!

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AP recently created a hubbub by claiming that the effectiveness of daily flossing hasn’t been solidified by research.
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It all started with a document the USDA releases every five years that is filled with research-backed health advice, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. AP noticed that in 2015’s dietary guidelines, flossing had been quietly removed. AP reached out to the US government, which admitted that the effectiveness of flossing was not adequately researched.

But not so fast!

The American Dental Association (ADA), and Dr. Alrez, maintain that cleaning between teeth is important. Using floss is a sure-fire way to disrupt and remove plaque. Forty percent of your teeth’s surface is located in between the teeth, so flossing is a necessary step for removing bacteria. In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to clean 100, not just 60 percent of them!

While dental experts have acknowledged that the research that supports flossing is inadequate and outdated, they add that the research oversight is due to flossing being so obviously necessary, an updated study on its effectiveness would be a waste of resources.

As put by ADA spokesperson, Dr. Matthew Messina, “Nobody’s done a study to say using a parachute jumping out of an airplane is safer than not using a parachute. I’m still going to use a parachute, because we just know that that’s going to work.”

Flossing prevents cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. So keep flossing every day, and your teeth will thank you!


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