Now that another year has gone by, it’s time to move toward a fresh start.
This clean slate is the perfect time to set a goal to help better yourself. Last year, NBC reported that the most common New Year’s resolution was to get healthy. For most people, that would entail a healthier diet and daily exercise regimen, and that’s great! Making those changes will definitely lead to a healthier, happier life. However, we think there is something missing with that plan of action.
In 2018, why not make a change that involves showing your teeth a little extra love?
A Healthy Body Means a Healthy Smile
As we’ve said in the past, the health of our smile goes beyond the surface. If you neglect your smile, this can increase your risk of pneumonia, heart disease, and dementia.
There are also the obvious benefits. A healthy mouth will allow you to chew and swallow your food properly, and a healthy set of chompers can be the boost forward that you need to tackle 2018’s challenges with confidence. If that sounds good to you, keep reading to learn our five best resolutions to make for your smile.
Our Five Best New Year’s Resolutions
- Drink More Water. When your body is properly hydrated, your oral health will benefit. A crucial component of your oral health is efficient saliva production, since this liquid wonder rinses leftover food particles off of your teeth. Because water is a building block of saliva production, you can see why doubling down will help keep your oral health in top shape.
- Kick the Habit. There is no shortage of reasons to quit using tobacco, but here’s another: it’s bad for your oral health. Tobacco users have a higher risk of gum disease and mouth cancer. Plus, it can cause increased plaque buildup and stale breath.
- Stop by for Your Six-Month Cleanings. It’s true, we love when you visit us in our office, but that isn’t the only reason we’re always pushing for six-month check-ups! We use x-rays to make sure there isn’t trouble brewing under the surface of your teeth, and those professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar. By the way, if you make it to your twice-yearly checkups, you have a much lower chance of developing an issue that will require more intense treatment, such as a root canal or filling.
- Floss Every Day. A lot of people struggle with this one, but trust us, once you build the habit of flossing, it’s hard to stop! Flossing is the only way to clean between your teeth and underneath your gumline, where 40% of your tooth surfaces are located. For easy flossing, try Gumchucks!
- Whiten Your Smile. While whitening your teeth is a cosmetic procedure, it can give you a tremendous boost of self-esteem. When your teeth are a dazzling shade of white, you won’t be able to stop smiling, and what a way to start the year! Learn more about our whitening services.
Happy New Year from all of us at Alrez Family Dentistry!
Scaling and root planning is often referred as a ‘Deep Cleaning’. Scaling and root planning is treatment of choice in patients with an infectious disease of the gum tissue and underlying bone termed periodontal disease. This process is also standard treatment for a patient who has healthy bone level, though has not had a regular dental cleaning over a period of time and simply has presence of moderate amounts of calculus (tartar) present below the gum line.
Periodontal disease typically starts with plaque left on the teeth and around gum line. When plaque mixes with saliva is creates calculus over time. Eventually, calculus containing bacteria will irritate gum tissues by attaching to teeth and root surfaces and releasing toxins resulting in inflammation and infection of gums. If untreated, this can ultimately lead to distraction of the bone (bone loss) that surrounds teeth further possible mobility or loss of teeth.
Scaling and root planning is the only non surgical treatment to help treat periodontal disease by mechanically removing all calculus and paired bacteria from teeth and root surfaces. To properly diagnose the presence of periodontal disease in a patient, it is important to get necessary radiographs (X-rays) and detailed measurements of all gum tissues that surround teeth. When bacteria resides in the mouth, it compromises the ligaments that attach gum tissue to root surfaces, therefore creating deeper pockets. Areas that measure greater than 3mm in depth are indicative of periodontal disease. Overall these measurement are imperative to understand severity of this bacterial infection throughout mouth.
In office treatment for deep cleaning can be done in one or two visits. These cleanings are completed by the dentist or dental hygienist by mode of ultra sonic scaler and/or hand instruments. In addition to the deep cleaning, antibacterial agents such as Arestin placement under gum tissue to help further reduce pocketing or Chlorhexidine rinse to reduce bacteria can be used. It is common to administer local anesthetic or other anesthetics for optimal patient comfort during and following procedures.
Maintenance program. It is standard protocol to keep periodontally involved patients on 3 or 4 month recall intervals. This means more frequent cleanings in a year’s time to properly combat periodontal disease and ensure stability of gum tissues and underlying bone. Every case varies, though periodic scaling and root planning may be needed after initial deep cleaning due to more compromised bone level. It is essential that all patients practice proper daily dental hygiene at home for best overall outcome and health of teeth and surrounding structures.
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
“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!
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 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.)
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! 🙂
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.
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
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.