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Like most routines and healthy habits, your oral hygiene regimen may be on autopilot, something you do automatically every day but give little to no thought to from day to day. But even if you cover the basics, you may be missing out on some important elements that can also affect your smile and oral health. The dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, recommend that everyone take a proactive role in their oral health, starting with becoming familiar with oral hygiene best practices at home.
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Most people are familiar with the two most important elements of a solid oral hygiene routine: brushing and flossing. If you're already brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing (once a day at any time that works best for you is OK), you're already ahead of the game. But another important element of a comprehensive oral hygiene routine is going to the dentist every six months as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) for a checkup and professional cleaning.
Many people mistakenly believe that brushing and flossing is enough to maintain healthy teeth and gums, skipping the dentist until something goes wrong. But the fact is that oral hygiene at home and regular dental care work hand in hand. A professional cleaning picks up where your toothbrush leaves off, clearing your teeth and gums of any plaque or tartar buildup before it has a chance to do any real damage.
Additional Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Eat a healthy diet - in addition to limiting your sugar intake to prevent tooth decay, eating green vegetables like broccoli will deliver essential vitamins and nutrients for a healthy body and teeth, and keep the saliva flowing to keep bacteria from setting up shop between meals
Toothbrush maintenance - discard your old toothbrush every few months or when the bristles start to look worn down
Drink enough water - staying hydrated is as important for healthy teeth and gums as it is for the body
Say no to tobacco - smoking does not just cause cosmetic damage to your teeth, it will also harm your oral health
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For more information about tooth decay and gum disease prevention, contact Parker Dentistry by calling (954) 983-5450 to schedule an appointment with a dentist today.
What is the first thing that you notice when you meet someone for the first time? Close to 50% of people say that the first thing that they notice when they first meet someone is their smile (eyes came in second). Your smile is worth more than a thousand words. It is your smile that not only makes your more attractive, but more approachable, more inviting, and more confident. When we feel good about our smile, we are more likely to smile; and they say that smiles are contagious. So, how can you ensure that your smile is always sparkling?
- Proper daily oral hygiene practices are key to maintaining a healthy mouth and sparkling smile. You should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Bacteria in your mouth thrives on food particles and residue left behind from what you eat and drink throughout the day. When you fail to remove what’s left behind from your meals, you are putting your gums and teeth at great risk. The simple practice of brushing and flossing will help you to maintain healthier gums, whiter and stronger teeth, and better breath. Scraping your tongue and using mouthwash are also two great additions to your daily oral hygiene practices.
- Don’t skip out on your biannual cleanings. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned and assessed at least twice a year. It is much easier to treat problems such as gum disease and cavities in the beginning stages. This is a big part of taking care of your smile. Plus there is not better clean than a professional cleaning!
- Maintain a healthy diet. What you eat and drink plays a huge part in not only your oral health, but also your overall health. Calcium and vitamin C are especially good for your teeth and gums. Make sure that you eat plenty of dark greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli, and citrus to get sufficient calcium and vitamin C. It is also a very good idea to avoid overly sugary foods and drinks. There is nothing beneficial about soda!
- Treat yourself to some cosmetic dentistry. There are so many different whitening products on the market these days and at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we carry only the best. Whitening your teeth, whether in-office or with a take-home method, will not only make your smile really sparkle, but will make you appear younger, more radiant, and more likely to flash those pearly whites for the world. We also do Invisalign, which is a simple and practically invisible method for straightening out your smile. We have the tools, resources, and expertise to help you make your smile the best it can possibly be!
As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce
We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.
Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.
Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.
Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.
What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.
If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.
First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.
How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of allÂ Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.
What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.
Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.” Â If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.
If you or a family member wears braces, you're used to visiting your orthodontist for adjustments and progress monitoring. But it's just as important that you continue regular visits with your family dentist, especially if you begin noticing abnormalities with your teeth and gums.
We need to be on alert for dental health because risks for disease increase during orthodontic treatment. Most oral infections arise from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces. You avoid plaque buildup by brushing and flossing at least once a day and undergoing semi-annual office cleanings for any remaining plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits).
Braces, however, can complicate hygiene. It's harder to get into areas blocked by the brackets and wires with your brush or floss. This can quickly give rise to gingivitis, a form of periodontal (gum) disease characterized by gum swelling. If not treated, gum disease could eventually cause the gums to detach from the teeth and lead to bone and tooth loss.
The brackets and wires can also irritate the gums and cause them to swell or overgrow, a condition called hyperplasia. This further complicates proper hygiene, which then increases the risk for infection even more.
It takes more time and effort to brush and floss effectively while wearing braces. But it's necessary to prevent these problems. Interproximal brushes (which fit in the spaces between teeth) can help, as well as special floss threaders. You might also consider a water flosser, which use a high-pressured water spray to remove plaque between teeth.
And, don't neglect seeing us on a regular basis. If you notice gum swelling, redness or bleeding, contact us as soon as possible.
If the swelling is due to hyperplasia, treatment could wait until after the braces come off, as long as there doesn't appear to be any gum detachment from the teeth. If there is, though, you may need to see a periodontist (a gum specialist) for further evaluation. It may be necessary in advanced cases to remove the braces to treat the underlying gum condition.
It pays to keep a close eye on your teeth and gums while wearing braces. Catching problems before they become too serious will help ensure your new smile is just as healthy as it is attractive.
If you would like more information on dental care while undergoing orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Swelling during Orthodontics.”