When taking care of your oral hygiene, there are structures in your mouth other than your pearly whites that need to be checked! The structures holding your teeth together are an important aspect of your dental health like gums, roots, and nerves!
This aspect of dentistry is known as periodontics, and their job is to make sure everything around your teeth is healthy and working efficiently!
It is important to keep up with your routine dental exams to catch early signs of inflammation, disease, or injury related to these structures within your mouth.
The Progressive Family Dentistry team is here to help with all of your dental needs! We will do our best to care for you and your teeth to help avoid gum disease or other ailments! Contact us today for an appointment!
As any Dentist would say, it is important to keep up with proper oral hygiene. Have you or your children ever wondered what that really meant? Brushing your teeth and flossing, right? Well, there is actually more to it!
What are you Using?
Make sure the toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss you are using are of good quality and ingredients. You want to use toothpaste that has an appropriate amount of fluoride within it’s formula. As far as a toothbrush goes, buy one that fits comfortably in your mouth and is not too big or too small. If possible, purchase a toothbrush that is electric to give a little extra to your routine than just manual power.
Brush your Teeth Correctly
Hold that toothbrush at an angle, making sure to align the bristles facing the gum-line. Brush your teeth with short strokes, making sure to brush the outside, inside, and tops of your teeth… and don’t forget your tongue!
Clean your Equipment
Having clean equipment is the beginning of having proper oral hygiene. Rinse your toothbrush after every use, and store it in an upright position. You don’t want the water settling in your brushes and not drying. Shared toothbrush holders have the individual hole for a reason, so make sure if you share a bathroom and store your toothbrushes together, you are using a container that ensures they wont touch. Do not continuously cover your toothbrush within a container, a few times for travel is fine, but more than that can cause an increased risk of bacteria.
Replace your Toothbrush
This is one that most people do not do. Replace your toothbrush, or head of your electric toothbrush every three to four months!
And, of course, also make your dentist appointments with Progressive Family Dentistry at your availability. We would love to help you take care of your smile!
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!
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!
We know the last thing on your mind when you are feeling under the weather is getting up to brush your teeth. Taking care of your body while your sick should be your top priority. Yet we stop taking care of our mouths when we are sick. Here are some ways you can keep your mouth healthy while you’re sick.
The Progressive Team