Trick or Treat: Tips for your Teeth
As Halloween approaches later this month, we want to make sure your teeth are ready for the treats and even the tricks! Here are just a few ways to keep your teeth healthy while still enjoying the candy cultivated holiday.
Eat Sweets with Meals
When your mother says to not eat sweets before a meal, she knows what she’s talking about! It is better to eat sweets either with a meal or shortly after, but why? The reason is saliva production. Meals help stimulate saliva production in the mouth which assists in the washing away of harmful sugar and acid that may be in those sweet treats you got from the neighbors.
Similar to the way saliva washes away harmful sugars, water can refresh your mouth after indulging in any form of sugary sweet. As you can tell, the point is to not have the sugary substance stay on your teeth or around your gums for any extended amount of time.
Clean your Teeth after the Treat
After you have had your meal, after you have had your sweet treat, and after you drink your water, follow it up by brushing and flossing your teeth very well. This is imperative to making sure no residue from the candy or sweets have stayed on your teeth. If these particles are not removed they have the tendency to cause cavities and further damage to your teeth and gums
We love our sweets here at Progressive Family Dentistry just as much as you do! That is why we want to make sure you know how to prevent tricks while enjoying your treats this Halloween season! If you are in need of any kind of dental assistance, please call and make an appointment today!
Taking a trip to the dentist every six months is a great way to keep up with your dental health, but what if you have to miss your appointment? We have put together a list of early signs that your teeth may be in trouble!
Sore Mouth: Have you woken up one morning and are experiencing unusual sensation such as tingling or soreness? This may be a sign of a forming dental issue such as gingivitis.
Jaw Pain: Dental pain is not only subjective to pain within the mouth. The pain can also carry into the jaw and cheek areas of the face.
Tooth sensitivity: While sensitive teeth are becoming more common due to intake of sugar and wearing of enamel, tooth sensitivity can also be signs of a oncoming cavity.
Bleeding gums: Did you brush your teeth this morning and spit a bit of blood while rinsing? Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation and gingivitis.
Dry mouth: The feeling of not having enough saliva in your mouth can be irritating and uncomfortable. It can also be an early sign of you dental health declining.
Redness: redness in the gums or tongue may seem like a normal occurrence, but if your teeth and gums are healthy, it isn't as normal as you think. Redness can be a sign of irritation or infection!
Swollen face or gums: a swollen face may be a sign of an infection in or under a tooth in the upper or lower parts of you mouth.
Broken teeth: if you teeth are broken, seek urgent dental assistance in order to correct it before you cut the inside of your cheek.
Halitosis (bad breath): Bad breath can occur because you haven’t brushed your teeth, but also because of thrush or tonsillitis.
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, call Progressive Family Dentistry and make an appointment with our experienced professionals. We will help you receive the dental care you need and deserve!
Did you know that your mouth is a part of your digestive system? And did you know that each system in your body relies on one another? That is why it is so important to be mindful of what you are ingesting.
Did you know that is not coffee that causes harm to your teeth, it is actually the amount of sugar you are putting in it! The only problem with some types of coffee is that it can dry your mouth which causes harm to your teeth inadvertently, and the possibility of stain.
If you need another reason not to drink excessively, we’ve got one for you. Alcohol consumption causes your body to become dehydrated, which directly relates to dry mouth. If your mouth is dry and on able to produce saliva appropriately, you are more susceptible to tooth decay and oral infections.
Everyone knows that candy is bad for your teeth. Specifically, the issue is the quantity of the candy intake. If you’re eating candy here in there and making sure to brush her teeth afterwards, more than likely you’re going to be okay. However, if you are ingesting multitudes of candy as well as hard candy you can be at risk of shipping it to or increasing the rate of decay.
Did you know that fruits height and citrus can’t Road the enamel on your teeth? Enamel is the part of your tooth that protects it from decay, without it your tooth is more susceptible to harm.
Keep in mind the things you are ingesting, and how they will affect your mouth and overall health. At Progressive Family Dentistry, we want to make sure your mouth is healthy in all aspects! Make an appointment today with our lovely team!
Have you ever gone to the dentist for a cleaning and when the dental assistant began to floss your teeth, your gums bled? I think it’s safe to say we have all been in this situation. But how do we prevent our gums from bleeding? Here are a few tips on how to keep your gums healthy.
We know we know, you’ve all heard it before. But were serious! Brushing your teeth is wonderful but it doesn’t allow you to get between them. Flossing at least once a day can help you remove the plaque from that sandwich you ate for lunch.
Brush Twice a Day
We are exaggerating when we say to brush your teeth after every meal. The faster you get the residue from food off of your teeth the better! Allowing residue to stay on your teeth increases the likelihood of damage.
Be Mindful of What You Consume
Taking a moment to think about what you’re putting in your mouth and putting in your body is a great way to make sure you are taking your health seriously. Smoking, for example, has been traced to the onset of gum disease. Your body is so important and you want to make sure it stays healthy.
Now easily into the pace that you can buy over-the-counter, using fluoride is a great way to protect your teeth!
The important part of dental care is ensuring that you prevent gum disease, but likely now you have a good idea of what you need to do in order to prevent it! If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to call her office or walk in! At Progressive Family Dentistry, we treat you like family!
A root canal is defined as a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. If a tooth becomes infected, it can cause a patient great pain and discomfort. The reason why it is so painful is because the pulp within the tooth can become inflamed and push on the nerve.
With any kind of procedure or surgery a patient can be very anxious. Especially if they have never experienced it before. Here at progressive family dentistry, we want to make sure you understand exactly what your treatment is going to consist of. We want you better, not anxious! Here is what you can expect if you ever need a root canal.
During the root canal, the dentist will remove the nerve impulse from inside the tooth. After doing so they will then clean the insides of the tooth to make sure there is no debris left. After cleaning and making sure nothing has been left within the tooth, the dentist with and seal the tooth to make sure nothing else can penetrate the surface.
Stereotypically, a root canal has been said to be one of the most painful dental procedures a person can undergo. Well we are here to tell you that is not true! In reality, most patients report that the procedure is similar to having a filling placed!
If you have your procedure done and Progressive Family Dentistry, we will try our absolute best to ensure you are taken care of and understand the procedures you become faced with. Let us develop your care plan and treat you like family!
Has your child ever asked you how many teeth they have, why their teeth fall out for the Tooth Fairy to collect, or why teeth don’t all look the same? Well, you may have to handle the question about the Tooth Fairy, but we can answer the other two!
A child has 20 teeth in total. These are the teeth that will fall out and end up under their pillows for the Tooth Fairy to leave them money. Both the upper and lower jaw include 2 canines, 4 incisors, and 4 molars. The reason they do not look the same is because they each type have their own function.
Teeth located in the front of the mouth, the ones predominant in a smile, and help bite off food for you to eat. Coincidentally that they are located in the front of the mouth, they are also the first type of teeth to come from the gums in babies.
Canines are the sharp teeth located on the sides of ones forward jaw. These teeth help tear or bite into food that is too difficult for your incisors to penetrate.
Molars can be tricky to explain in a child. The Molar category is broken into two sections. Premolars and Molars. Premolars are not located in young children because they do not begin growing until around the age of 10. Molars are the biggest and strongest teeth. These grind up food and therefore assists in the digestive process. Wisdom teeth are included in the molars of adults once the grow in, adding to 32 teeth in an adult!
Let your child know how many teeth they have and how many teeth they will have when they grow up and see what they say! Let our team know their funny or smart responses the next time you bring them in for their appointment with us at Progressive Family Dentistry!
School Supplies Galore!
The time to get ready for Back To School shopping is upon us! At Progressive Family Dentistry, we want to help our clients and their family with information about school supplies. It can get a bit overwhelming, but hopefully we can make it simple and organized! Let’s make the Summerville schools proud!
For those who are entering the Fifth Grade, they will need:
The Progressive Family Dentistry team wishes all of those headed back to Summerville schools this year a safe, fun, and happy return. Don’t forget that along with all of these school supplies, you’ll need a Dentist appointment! Make your appointment today so you don’t forget!
Your Child's Oral Health
When caring for a child, many parents tend to focus on their child’s physical health before oral health. The important thing to remember about oral health is the need to take care of teeth, even the ones that fall out when we are children. Our team at Progressive Family Dentistry know you want what is best for your children, so we have put together this bit of information regarding children’s oral health.
When your child receives their first tooth is a great reminder and instigator to make a dentist appointment for them. Don’t worry, it is not too early, we promise! If you wait until your child is older, there is higher risk that your child’s teeth are already damaged. It’s better to prevent than treat.
Bacteria can intrude a child’s tooth and gum just like an adult’s. the critical issue with a child having free-roaming bacteria is it’s ability to also damage the formation of the adult tooth. Not only will it cause damage to the baby tooth a gums, bacteria can hinder the formation of enamel of their adult tooth and damage it permanently.
What most people think about when they think of a chid going to the dentist is the struggle that will occur. In order to prevent a child’s discomfort and anxiety toward the dentist, make sure to use positive and affirming language. If they are old enough, explain what the dentist is going to do in a way they can easily understand, if they have an idea of what will occur, the more comfortable they will be. Tell them the dentist is going to ‘count’ ,‘brush’ ,and ‘take pictures’ of their teeth. Fear of the dentist is a learned behavior, they are not born afraid. The Progressive family will also help with this stage by making sure they are comfortable.
You can help protect your child’s teeth by regulating what they eat and drink. Make sure your child is not consuming too much juice on a daily basis. Some juices can have more sugar than we initially thought and can harm their teeth. Make sure your child is getting enough calcium in their diet by drinking milk to promote stronger and healthier bones. When it comes to food, healthy beats sweets, of course! Giving your child fruits such as unpeeled apples will ensure your child is receiving proper nutrients.
At age three, when they are able to spit, your child is ready to use toothpaste. It is important that your child brushes their teeth after breakfast and right before bed. This provides your child with a clean mouth to start the day and to sleep with.
A common thought when it comes to a child’s oral health is questions regarding pacifiers and thumb sucking. Let’s debunk this right now, these activities, if prolonged, can and will deform a child’s top row of teeth. These habits can cause crossbite, protruding teeth, and a deformed upper dental arch. It is suggested to stop the habit by age 2 to 3.
Taking care of your child is both important to you and us. Progressive Family Dentistry is here in order to sustain your family’s oral health and ensure you all are getting the best care possible. If you have not already, make an appointment today!
10 Reasons Why The Dentist Isn’t As Scary As You Think!
Sometimes, children tend to be afraid of dentist appointments. If your child has anxiety about their appointment with the staff of Progressive Family Dentistry, take time to read them these reasons why the Dentist isn’t as scary as they think!
Dentists are people, just like you!
Has your parents ever told you not do be afraid of a doctor or a teacher because they are human, just like you? Well, so is Dr. Corella! We all have our fears, but the dentist shouldn’t be yours! Dr. Corella will make sure that your experience at Progressive Family Dentistry will be fun!
They are trying to help you take care of yourself!
Your teeth are so important! The Progressive Family team just wants to make sure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible! Your appointment will go smoothly if you have been brushing and flossing just like your parents tell you to!
Dr. Corella loves kids and wants to make sure your smile is the best!
As one of the best Dentists in the Summerville area, Dr. Corella is on a mission to make sure your smile is the best! You could even say he is a tooth superhero! He is saving the world from plaque and unhealthy gums! You can be a superhero too, by being brave and visiting the office for your appointments!
They wouldn’t do anything to hurt you
You may be a little scared of what will happen. You can always ask the dental hygienist what they plan on doing during your appointment, as well as if your Mom or Dad can go back with you to hold your hand. The dental hygienists have your safety in mind and want to make you as comfortable as possible. You can even bring your favorite stuffed animal if you are still scared.
The average appointment lasts about an hour
It won’t last forever. The time will pass and your appointment will be over before you even realize it! When it’s over you’ll wonder what you were even afraid of!
Don’t be afraid of the tools
If you are scared of the cleaning tools the dental hygienists are using, ask them questions! They will tell you what each does so you feel comfortable. None of the tools are meant to hurt you, just provide you with great dental care!
Ask the dental hygienist if you can watch them clean your parent’s teeth!
If your parent has an appointment before yours, ask the staff if you can go back with your parent and watch because you are nervous about your own appointment. If you can’t watch, ask them to show you what the tools are used for on a set of false teeth!
If you need a tooth pulled, they’ll make sure it doesn’t hurt!
Your comfort is a priority! Don’t worry if that snaggle tooth won’t budge. Sometimes, a tooth can be stubborn and need a little help to be removed. The dentist will be extra careful in removing your tooth for the new one to have room to grow!
The braver you are, the sooner you’ll be done!
Going to an appointment with a brave face and positive attitude will help the time go by!
You might even get ice cream after!
Depending on how brave and well you are in your appointment, you Mom or Dad may get you an ice-cream, or another treat for being so well-behaved! We hope you get your treat, but make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!
If your child needs encouraging, we want to help you give it to them. While this list may not fully apply to your child, it may help another, so please share these reasons why the Dentist isn’t as scary as your child thinks! At Progressive Family Dentistry, we strive to have a safe environment for all ages. We understand that children can sometimes be afraid, and want them to realize they don’t have to be!
Keep Your Smile Safe This 4th Of July!
The Progressive Family Dentistry team wants to say Happy Independence Day! It is that time of year again. The grill is hot and the fireworks are being prepped.
While you are having fun and celebrating, we want to make sure you are being mindful of your dental health! Here are some tips to keep in mind while having fun this Fourth of July!
As a kid, there is nothing more exciting than having fun at the pool. But be careful and make sure no little feet are running! One can easily slip, fall, and chip a tooth!
Teeth are not Tools!
Do not use your beautiful teeth as tools to open packages or bags this Fourth of July! Use scissors to open those hot dogs and bags of candy!
Corn on the Cobb is one of the most popular Fourth of July foods that is harmful to those with braces. If you or your child has braces, do not try to eat it off the cobb! Those kernels have their way of lodging themselves in the wires and bringing trouble! They can cause an infection if not removed soon enough! We advise to just cut the corn off the cobb before eating.
Rinse after Soda!
An interesting thing to do when trying to take care of your teeth is to drink water about 20 minutes after you have had soda. As you well know, soda and other carbonated beverages are harmful to the enamel of your teeth. If you must indulge this Fourth of July, follow it with a glass of water to help rid your teeth from harmful properties!
Watermelon for Desert!
You know how Watermelon tends to be coarse and grainy? Use that to your advantage! Not to be mistaken for a replacement for brushing your teeth, eating watermelon after a meal can help scrub your teeth from impurities!
Most importantly, have fun this Fourth of July!
The Progressive Team