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Archive for August, 2015

Keeping Your Toothbrush (and Mouth) Free of Harmful Bacteria

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

dentist River NorthMost people store their toothbrush in a glass on the bathroom counter. However, just as you would not prepare your food in the bathroom, or leave your eating utensils on the bathroom counter, there are many reasons not to leave your toothbrush exposed. We suggest storing your toothbrush differently to prevent harmful bacteria from forming.

Your toothbrush is the tool you rely on to keep your teeth as clean as possible. But how clean is your toothbrush?

If multiple family members use the room used to store your toothbrush, which sits in a glass near the sink, it can be exposed to the daily, bacteria-inducing actions such as hand washing, toilet flushing, coughing, sneezing and nose blowing.

Particles fly through the air from family members or maybe even strangers. So what is the best way to keep your toothbrush free from harmful bacteria? Should it be kept in an air tight case? No, a wet tooth brush will not benefit from that. Instead, it needs to dry out following use.

One option is to utilize a storage case that contains small holes that allow the air to circulate. Another is to store your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet, or perhaps in a different room.

In addition to how you store your toothbrush every day, you should be aware that your toothbrush should be replaced every three months. Bristles wear away preventing them from doing the best job keeping your teeth and mouth clean.

So let’s say you’ve discussed this predicament with your dentist, and now know the best way to store your toothbrush for optimum results, and you understand the importance of replacing your toothbrush every three months. But what about when you reign victorious over that recent cold or flu outbreak? To be safest, you should probably buy a new toothbrush, or boil your toothbrush to destroy germs.

Now that you have learned about your toothbrush, what is the best way to keep teeth as healthy as possible? Brush at least twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily and maintain six month visits to the dentist for a plaque-removing cleaning, teeth polishing and dental exam to keep your teeth and mouth as free from harmful bacteria as possible.

Don’t remember when your last “six month” dental checkup was? Call us at Ora Dental Studio to make your appointment sooner than later!

A Well Balanced Diet Helps Keep Teeth Bright and Healthy

Friday, August 14th, 2015

dentist 60616Despite controversy over what constitutes a well-balanced diet, one thing most everyone can agree on is fresh fruits and vegetables should be the primary source of our daily food intake to keep our body and teeth as healthy as possible. Your dentist is an excellent source of information to recommend the best foods to maintain proper oral health.

With all the contradicting information seen on social media and television, it is no wonder there is massive confusion as to what is good for you.

In order to keep teeth bright and healthy, we know we need to brush at least twice each day, floss daily to remove what our toothbrush does not, and visit the dentist twice each year for a thorough cleaning and dental exam. But we can do so much more to enhance the health and appearance of teeth and gums.

Your dentist might suggest eating a diet that is nutritious and includes multiple servings of vegetables daily. The craving from sweets can be satisfied by a variety of fruits, and proteins can be obtained from many dairy products, like cheese, milk, eggs, and yogurt, or from meat, fish, and poultry. Everything we regularly consume should have a high nutritious value that contains vitamins or some type of nutrient that brings value to daily health.

The occasional ice cream sundae or candy bar is OK, and potato chips, crackers and other highly processed foods should be kept to a minimum. These foods are not considered part of a healthy diet because the sugars left on our teeth following consumption of these types of foods cling to the bacteria already present on teeth.

The build-up of bacteria promotes plaque formation on teeth. Plaque build-up is what leads to dental decay and/or gum disease. Once hardened on teeth, plaque is not removed by brushing. That’s why regular visits to the dentist are urged, so that your dental provider can remove the plaque that has formed on teeth since your last visit.

Many patients that are unable to afford or obtain nutritious foods often suffer the consequences that include dental cavities or gum disease, which is sadly often followed by tooth loss.

A well-balanced diet will promote healthy teeth and gums, and simultaneously provide a bright smile for your reward.

Call our friendly team today at one of our convenient locations to consult with a specialist on how you can put your best smile out there!

Purpose of Dental Sealants

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Dentist 60622Dental decay can be prevented. There are huge advantages to remaining cavity free, and one way to achieve this goal is with dental sealants professionally applied by your dentist.

What are sealants? The sealant material is applied to teeth that have never been impacted by dental decay. The purpose of a dental sealant is to prevent bacteria from what we consume from settling into the pits that naturally appear on the surface of the teeth.

A sealant is “painted” on a tooth and then hardened with the use of a curing light or laser. The material flows into the crannies on the chewing surfaces of treated teeth. The bacteria that contribute to dental decay are sealed out keeping the tooth cavity free.

But dental sealants cannot be applied to teeth already experiencing decay so it is important that children learn about daily oral care, as well as see the dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam.

Children should experience their first visit to the dentist around the time of their first birthday. Early visits allow the parents to receive all the information needed to provide the best oral care for their child. An early exam may also identify areas of concern.

Another benefit to early dental visits is that the child becomes familiar with the office. The sounds, smells, and sight of people walking around wearing masks would be very intimidating for a child having to visit the dentist for the first time with a toothache.

Baby teeth do not generally require dental sealants. The chewing surfaces of permanent molar teeth are the targeted area for sealants. Once applied, the sealants will continually be inspected at each subsequent dental appointment.

Dental sealants can wear away or break off. Although considered a permanent application, they may need to be redone. Your dental provider will keep watch and advise you if sealants are wearing down prematurely. The patient may be grinding their teeth, and there are steps that can be taken to help resolve this problem.

Dental decay is preventable with the proper daily oral maintenance regimen, regular visits to the dentist, taking advantage of programs like dental sealants, and limiting the sugary snacks and beverages known to contribute to dental cavities.

The payoff will save time, money, discomfort … and the result will be a great smile and healthy teeth. Call our office at Ora Dental Studio today to schedule your next appointment!