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Hello, and welcome to the Crown Council dental blog. Here we discuss many of the treatments and procedures our Crown Council dentists offer, like dental implants, oral sedation, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and orthodontia. We also want to make sure our patients understand the importance of dental health and oral hygiene.
Our dentists often get asked by patients if they’re “doing it right” when it comes to oral hygiene.
If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, you are on the right track. There are some techniques to brushing, though, that many of our dental patients just haven’t learned. Here are a few tips to get you brushing your teeth like a professional:
1. Angle your toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle when brushing the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth. This allows the bristles to penetrate the gumline and remove plaque that can otherwise get missed.
2. Use the “toe” of the brush (the top bristles) to clean the insides of your front teeth. This is a spot where tartar tends to accumulate because it takes a different kind of brushing technique to properly clean these surfaces. Tilt your toothbrush vertically and gently brush up and down.
3. Brush your tongue! Don’t just brush back and forth vigorously. You want to “sweep” particles off your tongue by brushing in a sweeping motion from back to front.
4. Time yourself. It takes 2 to 3 minutes to get your mouth clean, focusing at least 30 seconds on each section. You can’t make up for short brushing by brushing extra hard. In fact, hard brushing can damage your gums and tissues.
We hope these tips will help you feel confident about your dental hygiene. Remember, proper brushing can help with gum disease, bad breath, and the health of your teeth.
If you are looking for a cosmetic, general, family, or dental implants dentist, use our search tool on this page to find an exceptional Crown Council dentist near you. Our dentists can fill your dental needs, whether you would like to discuss getting dental implants, refitting dentures, relieving your dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, getting a bi-annual checkup, or any number of dental concerns. Our dentists make sure all patients are informed and educated before making important decisions about your health and your smile.
“How to Brush Your Teeth.” http://www.crest.com/dental-hygiene-topics/how-to-brush-your-teeth.aspx. Accessed 12 Dec. 2014.
When something isn’t quite right, your body has a way of alerting you by giving you pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong!
And if you’ve ever felt the sharp pain or the dull throbbing of a toothache, you know that tooth pain can be hard to ignore–and it isn’t normal. But if you search the country and get 100 toothache sufferers together, you might get 100 different stories about how, where, and even when the pain starts.
Some toothaches get worse at night. Some can be exacerbated by traveling on an airplane. Some are aggravated by eating certain types of foods or just by chewing. A lot of toothaches are made worse by extreme temperatures or hard foods. (Ever made the mistake of chewing on ice with a toothache? Ouch!)
Because toothaches can be caused by so many factors, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for this common problem.
Your Crown Council dentist can find the right treatment for your ache. Whether it’s a constant soreness or an occasional pang, a slight discomfort or a cause of serious misery, we have the solution for you.
Some toothaches respond to over-the-counter pain medication. Others are a sign of a more serious issue, like a cavity or even a cracked tooth. Your Crown Council dentist will be able to get to the root of the problem and develop a treatment plan.
So, are your teeth trying to tell you something? Why don’t you call your Crown Council dentist and open those lines of communication?
When your teeth talk, listen!
If you have been dealing with a broken, cracked, painful, or missing tooth for a while now, it’s likely that you’re used to eating on only one side of your mouth or finding other ways to deal with your injury. Many dental patients also suffer from tooth sensitivity that makes eating sweet, cold, or hot foods almost impossible.
Do you skip on dessert because the sweetness would hurt a sensitive tooth? Do you swear off candy or hard nuts because your teeth can’t handle it? While we at Crown Council are champions of the importance of eating a healthy diet—both for your mouth and the rest of your body—we still think it’s great to indulge once in a while.
Are you missing out on eating your favorite foods because of your teeth? Crown Council has outstanding news for you: You can have your cake and eat it too!
Just use our Crown Council dentist locator to find a Crown Council dentist in your area and schedule a consultation. Your dentist will give you a thorough examination and determine just the right treatment going forward. No matter how complicated your case, your Crown Council dentist can take excellent care of you.
Don’t wait another minute to take care of your oral health. Call your local Crown Council dentist. You can find out more about Crown Council at http://crowncouncil.com/why-choose-a-crown-council-dentist/.
And don’t forget, with the occasional sweet indulgence, to always brush and floss daily. We know we can’t convince you to avoid sugar altogether, but the bad effects of sugar on your teeth can be helped by sipping on some water or even chewing sugar-free gum after a meal.
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If you asked several practicing dentists about their patients that are missing many or all of their teeth, most of them would probably say that these individuals got to a bad start early in life. We now have enough knowledge about what causes decay and what protects our teeth (such as fluoride and dental sealants) that individuals should be able to live most if not all of their lives with the majority of their natural teeth.
Unfortunately, some individuals get a bad start to their oral health by developing bad oral hygiene habits and skipping visits to the dentist from a very young age. When we procrastinate dental work and neglect good dental health habits, the cosmetic and general dentistry procedures that we need become exponentially more expensive. Did we mention that you are also paying with quality of life (think full dentures)?
So what are some of the things you should do for your family to help prevent these expenses?
Choose a dentist early on in your child’s life and stay with them if possible. If you switch between multiple dentists, each new set of eyes will only be seeing your family’s mouth for the first time. By staying with the same dentist, you have a professional who knows your mouth very well, which results in better care. That is why it is important to pick the right dentist from the start.
Get a professional dental cleaning 1-2 times a year. If you have dental insurance, your insurance company will usually cover close to 100% of the cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, you don’t get the benefit of free cleanings but you can learn from this insurance policy. The insurance companies have done research and have found that getting a routine cleaning will prevent expensive dental work down the road, so don’t be nervous to pay that cleaning fee – it will save you money in the long run.
Make sure that you understand the most current oral hygiene procedures – not only how often you should brush or floss but also the proper techniques. When you go to your cleaning, ask your dental hygienist or family dentist for instructions for the best home care of your teeth.
Diet! Be aware of what foods can cause cavities, cracks and even chemical erosion. Many of the foods we eat are the culprits for the dental problems we face. Have you ever chomped down hard on a popcorn kernel? This can cause cracks. Discuss this subject with your dentist as well for the most current information.
Remember, your dentist is on your side. If you follow your dentist’s advice to take care of your teeth, you can expect healthy and beautiful teeth throughout your life.
Some people love watching scary movies, because their fear becomes a rush. Their heart races, they jump at every small noise and their adrenaline pumps as the onscreen plot develops. In a movie theater these reactions may be fun and exciting but what about at an appointment with your dentist? If you experience extreme fear or anxiety about visiting your general dentist, you may be a prime candidate for sedation dentistry. Dental fear is a very common affliction and your local Crown Council sedation dentist offers a variety of ways for you to relax during your next visit.
Choosing a dentist is no longer as simple as opening a phone book and finding the dentist office closest to you. If you hop on the Internet, you will likely find several dentist offices at your fingertips. With hundreds of dentists to choose from, how do you find the right dentist for you? One way to narrow down your dentist selection is to know what type of dental work you need. Most dentists specialize or focus on certain aspects of dentistry.
Did you know that maintaining good dental health could save you from heart disease? While some people think it time consuming to brush and floss daily, or costly to visit their general dentist regularly, these preventative oral hygiene habits affect more than your teeth. Research has found that periodontal disease (gum disease) can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Academy of Periodontology states, “Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.”
When was the last time you visited your family or general dentist? It is recommended that you see your general dentist about every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. While you may think you would rather save the money since you aren’t experiencing any pain, regular visits to your general dentist can save you time and money in the long run by preserving your dental health.
The American Dental Association recommends the following for maintaining excellent oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice daily and be sure to replace your toothbrush once the bristles are frayed (at least every three to four months)
- Use an interdental cleaner or floss each day to clean out food particles or plaque that get stuck between teeth
- Limit snacks between meals and eat a balanced diet
- Visit your general dentist regularly for professional tooth cleanings
Laser dentistry is a leading-edge technology that cosmetic and general dentists are using to improve efficiency, comfort, and precision during a variety of dental treatments. Lasers allow a general dentist to treat a highly focused area in the mouth with minimal trauma to surrounding tissue. This new technology is opening up new treatment possibilities, and improving general and restorative procedures including tooth whitening, cavity detection, periodontal treatment, mouth surgery, and tooth restorations. Many patients find that dental laser treatments are less painful and heal more quickly.
If you are like most people, you want to take the very best care of your heart, right? Of course you do! Did you know that your little, lowly toothbrush may rank right up there with your gym membership in keeping your heart healthy? There are a number of recent studies that suggest gum disease—and other oral health issues—are DIRECTLY related to heart problems.