Here at Progressive Family Dentistry, we want to combat the thought that the dentist is mean or scary!
In the eyes of children, everything is much bigger and more frightening. The thought of traveling somewhere where a person will look around in their mouth has the potential to cause a lot of anxiety. But what if we change that narrative?
Children are curious creatures, and are learning constantly. If we take that into consideration and begin their relationship with the dentist positively, there is a good chance their anxious feelings will ease!
When a child visits the dentist for the first time, it is less about their teeth and more about building a trusting relationship with their dentist! To make it better, why not let the dentist use your mouth as an example of how a cleaning would look?
Kids love to watch us and learn from us. If you as their parent are comfortable while the dentist or dental hygienist acts out a cleaning, then they can do it too!
After your child has gotten comfortable with the idea of a dentist as a friend, the dentist will check your child’s teeth, gums, and oral issues and schedule an appointment for a later date.
If your child has dentist anxiety, or is in need of a regular dentist, make an appointment today!
We have all had bad breath at some point in our lives. Whether it was caused by the garlic bread you had for lunch or when you forgot to brush your teeth before you left the house for work. There are, however, many other causes for bad breath that are more serious and need medical attention.
The medical term for bad breath is Halitosis. Specifically for the chronic sufferers, halitosis can be frustrating to live with. So what causes it?
Tobacco products are known to cause serious health problems such as cancer and disease, but it also causes halitosis due to drying your mouth or leaving its byproducts behind after using.
Coincidently a side effect of smoking, dry mouth on its own also causes halitosis. The saliva in your mouth is your body’s natural tool for cleaning and removing excess food from your teeth. It is also made up of substances that help prevent cavities. Without it, your mouth feels dry and this can cause halitosis.
Infections can cause halitosis, ranging from your nose, your throat, and your mouth. The mucus your body produces due to infection is filled with bacteria which causes you do have bad breath.
Last but not least, problems with your teeth can also cause problems with bad breath. From cavities to gum disease, these can cause you to experience halitosis.
How can you prevent bad breath?
While in some cases halitosis is chronic, others have the ability to do something about their bad breath. A simple way to prevent bad breath is to keep up with your oral hygiene routine! Make sure you are brushing and flossing all of your teeth, even your tongue! Another great way to stay on top of your oral health is to make routine trips to the dentist! We would love to see you at Progressive Family Dentistry, so make an appointment today!
We have all heard the term wisdom teeth one time or another. Perhaps you’ve wondered why we have these set of teeth that 85% of the population have extracted, and what their purpose is to begin with. You’ve possibly wondered what causes them to need extracting, and if you need to set up an appointment to have yours extracted. We are going to try our best to answer these questions for you!
What are they?
Wisdom teeth are the set of molars that make up the ends of your two rows of teeth, on the top and bottom of your mouth. All the way in the back, these teeth emerge from the gums later in life and often come with discomfort and pain.
Why do we have Wisdom teeth?
It’s all related to our ancestors! Way back when humans needed to grind and chew their food without using utensils, these molars really helped out when eating raw or hard items.
An impacted tooth
Impaction occurs when a tooth grows in incorrectly, unable to break the gum line. This could be because the tooth is pushing on a tooth beside it in many different ways. This pushing against another tooth is a cause of great discomfort.
The removal process
Each case is different, because each tooth will be at a different stage in the emerging process. A wisdom tooth perhaps never leaves its place inside the bone and needs to be cut out, or it has grown in perfectly fine. Depending on the angle of growth, each tooth will need to be extracted differently.
After surgery, there are rules to follow in order to ensure the health of your mouth and gums. This healing process could take a couple of weeks or a few months, and should be taken seriously.
If you have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our team at Progressive Family Dentistry. We would love to talk with you!
Plaque is a very nasty substance made from bacteria and germs that covers your teeth. Plaque sticks to your teeth and begins processes like tooth decay and gum disease.
What are the signs?
If your gums are red and puffy, you could be seeing the beginning stages of gum disease, which causes a breakdown of the tissue in your gums. Without this tissue there is nothing holding your teeth, causing the potential for them to fall out.
How to Remove Plaque
The great fact about plaque is that it can be removed from your teeth in multiple ways! The first, flossing. You know those tiny crevasses between your teeth? Even they have plaque! Combat the growth of plaque in those areas by flossing each day. Don’t forget to rinse after!
Brush your teeth in small circular motions after you have flossed. The circular motions are a soft way to gently remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. After brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Even your tongue has germs and food particles that can grow bacteria. Always rinse after brushing.
Plaque is dangerous to your oral health, but it is also very preventable! Even though we did not mention it above, it’s also a great idea to go see a dentist regularly to ensure your teeth are healthy in more ways than just rid of plaque.
Make your appointment to see a member of our Progressive Family Dentistry team!
Smile In The New Year
The new year is almost here and we couldn’t be more excited for it! 2018 was a wonderful year, filled with amazing patients and opportunities for our team! From providing kids with backpacks and school supplies for the school year, to assisting each and every one of you maintain your beautiful smile, 2018 has been an amazing ride.
We look to 2019 with positivity and smiles for the opportunities it brings for us, and for you! As we transition into the new year, be sure to follow us on all our social media for updates and the latest information in the field of dentistry. As well as the lovely community here in the Lowcountry! We recently created an Instagram, @progressivefamilydentist so follow us there!
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Be safe in the new year, and smile!
Fluoride: What Is It?
How many times have you gone to the dentist and heard about fluoride, but never really knew what it was? Today, we will be discussing fluoride, what it is, what it does, and why it’s important to your dental health. Not many people know that fluoride is a natural substance that is found in nature through water, soil, and some food. Even in these forms, fluoride helps decrease the possibility for tooth decay. Since tooth decay is arguable the most common health problem afflicting children and adults alike, the effort to increase fluoride exposure began years ago.
Fluoride is used throughout the dental profession with hopes to benefit the life of one’s teeth. Some uses are in toothpaste, varnishes, fillings, and even special brands of floss! Statistically, fluoride has the potential to reduce tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent, which has safely protected children from cavities for years. It helps prevent tooth decay multiple ways, including changing the structure of enamel in children younger than 7 to increase resistance to acid, and also reducing the ability for bacteria to produce acid that harms the tooth.
If you want to learn more about aspects of dentistry, keep following Progressive family Dentistry! We love educating our customers alongside keeping their dental health at it’s best! If you haven’t made an appointment with our wonderful staff, contact us today and schedule! We would love to see you
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!
The symptoms experienced with the above ailments can be different with each patient, but the most common are:
If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment with Progressive Family Dentistry so we can help get you professional care!
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!
The most important word for your dental health is 'prevention'. It is important because you are taking action to keep your teeth safe before they are in danger. That is the best way to keep them healthy as you age and participate in activities that may cause harm to your teeth. It is important to prevent damage to your teeth, and one way to do so is by using a fitted mouthguard!
For children, mouth guards can help prevent chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and even prevent teeth from being knocked out during team sports. From soccer to softball, a mouthguard can be what stands in the child’s way of an unscheduled dentist appointment!
An important aspect to a mouthguard is finding one that fits correctly, because if it doesn’t fit, it won’t protect you as well! To ensure your mouthguard fits properly, come down to Progressive Family Dentistry and have it custom-made! Tailored to your child’s teeth and mouth can be a wonderful way to prevent teeth injury while they participate in their chosen sport.
A custom-fitted mouth guard is also very important when considering a child who has braces. Ensuring the proper fit of the mouthguard will prevent pain and irritation of the braces, as well as a proper barrier between the metal braces and your child’s cheek and lips.
When you receive your custom mouthguard from Progressive Family Dentistry, we will go over the proper care techniques such as rinse before and after each use by brushing it like you would brush your teeth, bring it with you to your checkups to ensure it’s proper fit, never leave it in the hot sun or water, and check for wear and tear!
We can't wait to see you and fit you with your very own mouthguard!
The Progressive Team