Healthy Dental Tips Blog

5 Things to Ask During Your Next Dentist Appointment

Posted by Rachel Moody, MBA on Dec 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM

For many, a dentist's appointment is an unpleasant visit that should get done with as soon as possible. We all know the importance of getting your teeth cleaned twice a year, but you should also try to view the dentist's appointment as a time to maximize your dental health.

Spend some time getting to know your dentist and oral hygienist, as they can offer you plenty of great advice that will keep your teeth and mouth in healthy shape for years to come. Below are some questions that you should be asking during your dentist appointment.

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Topics: Safe Dentistry

Nanodiamonds Might be the Future of Oral Health.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Oct 4, 2013 3:49:00 PM

Medical science is continuing to investigate new ways to improve health through innovative uses of unexpected materials. This innovation is responsible for one recent cutting edge development in oral medicine. The concept sounds like science fiction: The use of nanotechnology to treat a condition known as osteonecrosis. 

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Technology

Scared of Going to The Dentist? Humor and Optimism Might Help!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Sep 10, 2013 12:30:00 PM

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and for a good reason. Studies have shown that laughter helps release endorphins, improves circulation and blood pressure, and over the long term, boosts the immune system. Laughter can alleviate anxiety and tension, and is often the perfect antidote for awkward, uncomfortable and stressful situations.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Phobia

Save Your Smile, Stop Teeth Grinding!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 2, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Has it ever happened to you? You discover that your jaw hurts, or aches, and you’re not sure why. With or without knowing it, most people clench their teeth every so often, and it usually isn’t an issue. But when it gets to the point where your jaw hurts, you may be clenching even more than you realize; and that can spell trouble for your mouth.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How to Prevent Teeth and Mouth Injuries

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 26, 2013 10:39:00 AM

A genuine, heartfelt smile can be one of the nicest gestures you can give to another person. Unfortunately, some people don’t like to smile, and that can be due to the state of their teeth. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental work, many people can have a great smile. But sometimes the best oral hygiene can be compromised due to tooth and mouth injuries.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Billions Worldwide Suffer from Untreated Cavities.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jun 14, 2013 4:30:00 PM

You are always afraid that when you visit your dentist, you’ll find out that you have a cavity. But due to your diligence in your oral hygiene, you haven’t yet heard that unpleasant announcement. You may think that with all of the dental products – such as floss, manual and automatic toothbrushes, mouth rinses – that the existence of the tooth cavity is becoming a memory, yet that isn’t true. In fact, worldwide, billions - 3.9 billion; that’s about half of the world’s population – have untreated cavities. That’s a lot of tooth decay!

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dentistry, Dental Tips

Got Sensitive Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jun 6, 2013 5:45:00 PM

Ouch! You were ready to enjoy the first bite of that sweet, delicious, ice-cold ice cream, but when you did, you suddenly remembered that your teeth were sensitive to the cold. In your case, you might be able to enjoy your dessert once it warms up, but for many people, they may have to avoid ice cream altogether. Whether it’s cold, hot, or other types of foods, having sensitive teeth can put a damper on eating, and could even be downright painful. You get sensitive teeth when the softer part of your tooth, called dentin, that lies under your enamel gradually yet eventually becomes exposed. The dentin contains nerve endings that will cause you to experience discomfort or pain when they come into contact with any food or drinks that are hot, cold, and in the case of ice cream and other desserts, sweet.

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Care Basics

Dentists Deploy Lasers to Treat Root Canals

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jan 29, 2013 5:54:00 PM

As any dentist understands, performing dental procedures are necessary to the health, well-being, and comfort of patients, but sometimes those procedures can be unpleasant and even painful. One of the most feared procedures is the root canal. A root canal is a specialized procedure that must be done when the soft inner tissue of a tooth – called the pulp - becomes diseased or damaged, resulting in pain. The way to relieve this pain and its cause is through endodontics, or root canal therapy.

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, WaterLase Dentistry

Vital Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy for Life!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Dec 7, 2012 5:35:00 PM

We chomp, we chew, and we show them when we chuckle - we use our teeth for all sorts of activities. However, we take them for granted until a problem comes along, and at that point, we cringe at the possibility of pain to correct the problem. But this doesn’t have to happen. By following some basic dental care tips, you can make sure your teeth remain happy and healthy for a long time: 

 

  • Intended use only: They’re not meant for opening bags of chips, loosening knots, or crushing ice. Although your teeth are convenient for these tasks, these activities can chip or otherwise harm your teeth, which affect the actual uses for your teeth – like chewing, talking, and of course, smiling! Use your teeth only for these tasks and save your teeth from unnecessary damage.

  • Brush, brush, brush – and floss!: From a young age, we’re told to brush our teeth after every meal. When selecting a toothbrush, make sure you use a bristle that is softer rather than harder so that it cleans each tooth without damaging your gums. This advice also applies when choosing a rotary head for your electric brush – and make sure you move it from tooth to tooth rather than moving it across the teeth. Additionally, replace your brush every three months to make sure it is in good working order, and be gentle when brushing. For water pick users – well, those implements can move bacteria back into your gums instead of removing plaque. And don’t forget to floss too – this action removes bits and pieces caught between your teeth that your toothbrush couldn’t remove, allowing for a second level of dental care defense. But take care not to overbrush, especially when using the wrong type of brush, as this can erode or tear up your gums.

  • Tooth trauma: In addition to indulging in sweets and not brushing or flossing adequately or enough, there are other ways we can abuse our teeth. Homemade drugs, antibiotics, sugary foods, acidic foods, and even eating disorders can harm our teeth because the acids and other ingredients can wear away the enamel protecting our teeth, opening them up to pain, bacteria, and disease. Also, forget your bottled water – in many cases, it does not contain fluoride, as does tap water, which also helps protect your teeth.

  • Say cheese: We are obsessed with physical perfection – teeth included. There are products intended to whiten your teeth to rid of them of stains from red wine, coffee, to name a few, but should you be using them? While they don’t really harm the teeth, it can take away focus in real dental care – which is flossing and brushing.

  • Checkups: You do as much as you can, but there is no replacement for professional dental care. Make sure you get regular checkups. If there is a minor problem taking root, your dentist can catch it before it becomes a major, and painful, problem.

We only get one set of natural teeth in this lifetime, so why not take care of them the best you can. Being aware of what you eat and drink, taking basic care, and seeing a professional on a regular basis will help ensure that your teeth – and your gorgeous smile – will last a lifetime.

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics

The WaterLase Dental Laser and Traditional Tooth Decay

Posted by Svetlana Li on Nov 20, 2012 11:59:00 AM


They can be quiet, stealthy, and attack when you least expect it. But they will try again and again. When the enemy does strike, you have to use everything in your arsenal to protect yourself. When the enemy is the cavity – the weapons in your arsenal will be a little different, but can be effective. 
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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Tooth Tales, Kids, Waterlase Dental Lasers, Cross Contamination, Pediatric Dentistry