Don't Brush Off Brushing!
Plaque is a sticky white film that builds up on your teeth. It contains harmful bacteria that are the major cause of both tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque must be removed at least twice a day with proper brushing. It is especially important to brush at night because plaque accumulates the most while you sleep.
The recommended method of brushing is the “circular scrub.” Hold your brush at a 45° angle to the teeth. Brush all surfaces with a small circular motion. The most important area to brush is where your teeth meet your gums. The inside surface of the front teeth is best reached with the brush oriented in the long axis of the teeth. Since each patient presents a different situation, your dentist may have special brushing instructions for you.
Regular visits to your dentist are necessary to remove any tartar (calcified plaque) from your teeth. Regular cleanings by your dentist also ensure healthy teeth and gums.
The Space In Between Us
Flossing is used to removed plaque from between your teeth and gums, where brushing cannot reach. It is recommended that you floss once a day.
To begin flossing, wind a length of floss (about 18 inches) around both middle fingers. Most of the floss should be wrapped around one middle finger. Use the forefingers to guide the floss between the teeth. As the floss is used, wind the used floss to the other middle finger. The floss should then be wrapped around each tooth and slid gently beneath the gums and teeth. Finally, slide the floss up and down along each tooth. (Never snap the floss between your teeth. This could injure the gums.). Repeat this procedure between all the teeth.
There are many types of dental floss available on the market. Your dentist will help you select the best floss for you and may provide special flossing instructions for your individual needs.
Once decay on the tooth has been removed, fillings are placed to protect the nerve and prevent decay progression.
Fillings are the most conservative restoration treatment for tooth decay. Tooth decay never gets better and left untreated, will develop infection and may require additional complicated treatment such as root canal. You can either have a metal filling or a white filling that matches the shade of your tooth.
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Fillings Full of Fun
These are fillings for kids that come in various fun colors. Baby teeth are important to keep because they maintain the space for the upcoming adult teeth and minimize crowding. Baby teeth lost early, may also delay the adult tooth from emerging.
Extractions are performed if the tooth is beyond saving or severely infected. If infected, the tooth may be draining abcess and you may unknowingly be swallowing the abcess.
During extraction, the tooth is completely removed as well as any infected tissue. Without intervention, the infection may spread throughout the entire body. Healing usually takes 2 - 4 weeks. If extraction is excessively complicated, such as impacted wisdom teeth, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon
A tooth receives nutrition from the pulp. The pulp is encased in the middle of the tooth and contains a blood supply and nerve network. If the pulp is damaged, it may become infected and form an abscess. Root canal treatment may be recommended in this situation. Untreated, such a condition could lead to permanent tooth loss and a serious infection.
A series of appointments is usually required for root canal treatment. At the first appointment, the diseased pulp tissue must be completely removed. The tooth is cleaned out to eliminate the infecting bacteria.
At the subsequent appointment, the canal is completely filled and sealed. This is done only after the canal is completely free of bacteria. Root canal treated teeth are brittle and prone to fracture. Therefore, a crown is almost always recommended.
In most cases, root canal treatment is less costly than a tooth implant. Proper home care of your teeth, along with regular dental checkups, are the best measures to avoid a situation that requires root canal treatment.