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Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home
A healthy and confident mouth begins with good oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing, started at an early age, can help prevent periodontal or gum disease, which leads to bone loss and subsequent tooth loss. Adults over the age of 35 loose more teeth to periodontal disease than to cavities. Three out of four adults are affected sometime in their life. Don’t let that happen to you or your child! It is recommended that as soon as a baby acquires teeth, they visit the dentist to get accustomed to dental checks and learn the proper way to maintain their teeth.
Brushing should be performed three times a day with an extra soft toothbrush. Place toothpaste the size of a small pea on the brush. On the outer surfaces of all your teeth and the inside surfaces of your back teeth, the toothbrush is worked with light pressure in a circular fashion with its bristles pointing at the tooth-gum junction. To clean the inside surface of the front teeth, hold the toothbrush in a vertical position and push and pull several times. On the biting surfaces of the teeth, use gentle short strokes. You may have to change the position of the brush several times to reach all areas. Watch in the mirror.
Flossing should be performed once per day to clean the surfaces between the teeth that the toothbrush could not reach. Grab a 12-inch piece of floss or longer. Wrap it around your middle fingers leaving an inch or so in-between. Use your thumb and forefinger to maneuver the floss between your teeth. Do not force the floss between the teeth but rather gently seesaw until it’s in. Once between the teeth, wrap the floss in a c-shape around the side of each tooth and scarp it clean by moving it up and down. Don’t get discouraged if your gums begin to bleed. It is normal. With time and practice, gums will heal and you will become more proficient and faster at flossing.
With time, minerals in a person’s saliva combine with bacteria in the mouth to form hard deposits called calculus or tartar. That’s why it’s important to receive a dental cleaning by the hygienist or dentist every 3-6 months depending on the severity of the condition and the amount of bone loss present.
Nutrition plays a key role in oral health. A healthy well balanced diet will help boost the immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to oral diseases. In addition, what and how often you eat also affects your dental health. Starchy food such as crackers, candy, bread, and cookies cause bacteria to feed and create acid that eats away at your tooth for 20 minutes or more. Sticky foods such as potato chips, dried fruits, and granola bars are slow to dissolve and allow more time for the acids to accumulate.
Cavity Treatment with General Dentistry
Decay is a common dental issue we see in both children and adults. The only way to treat cavities is to remove the decay and fill the tooth. At Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry, we do not use mercury-based silver fillings as a part of our general dentistry offerings. After years of using silver and mercury amalgam to fill cavities, the dental profession has found that not only do these fillings have an unpleasant appearance, but they also weaken the remaining tooth structure causing what appears as cracks on the tooth enamel.
Instead our fillings are made of a dental resin that can be colored to match your natural tooth color perfectly. These tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages over traditional metal fillings used in general dentistry, including aesthetics and health. Many of our patients are choosing to begin their smile makeover by replacing their old mercury-based fillings with tooth-colored restorations. Your old silver fillings can be replaced in just one general dentistry appointment leaving you with a beautiful, healthy smile.