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!
Activated Charcoal: Does It Really Whiten Teeth?
Teeth whitening has grown in popularity over the past year or two due to the rising use of activated charcoal. From powder to paste, activated charcoal seemingly does the trick in having teeth appear whiter. But how does it work? Is it safe?
The thing is, activated charcoal is not whitening your teeth the way you believe it to be. It is actually absorbing plaque and compounds that stain your teeth. It is giving your teeth a good cleanse in order to help them appear whiter! How cool is that?
While it is safer to consult with us at Progressive Family Dentistry before using different substances on your teeth, FDA approved activated charcoal seems to be a safe decision for helping your teeth appear whiter. Our only concern is the abrasive tendencies of the product.
As you well know, as an adult, the teeth you have are the teeth you are stuck with. They do not regrow and need to be treated with care. Using a product that is too abrasive on your teeth can cause enamel breakdown. You want to keep enamel intact to ensure a long lifespan of healthy teeth.
All in all, activated charcoal is safe to use in moderation. Make sure what you are using is as non-abrasive as possible. If you have any questions, our Progressive Family Dentistry Team can help you answer and understand your concerns!
You can't put a price on a confidence-building smile, a smile brightens days and boosts self-worth. While some are not born with perfect alignment, many cosmetic dentistry options are available to change that. The term Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses many different forms of elective procedures that restore teeth to their prime condition.
Teeth whitening is the most commonly discussed cosmetic procedure among clients. With this procedure, it is ideal for the teeth to be properly cleaned before applying the whitening gel. Teeth whitening can assist in the lightning of stains built over the years through drink, food, and bad habits such as smoking. It is best to consult your dentist on what method would be best for you and your teeth.
Dental veneers mimic natural teeth and look extremely realistic. Made of medical-grade ceramic, dental veneers allow dentists to fix damaged teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth. Once the surface of the tooth is flat, the dentist will place the veneer over the tooth with strong dental adhesive.
Similar to veneers, a dentist might use bonding for a client's teeth. Bonding is when a dentist takes a tooth-colored filling and molds it into the shape of a tooth, fixing a misshapen or broken tooth.
Dental crowns are for people with decayed or damaged teeth. The dentist makes a custom crown that fits directly over the tooth, restoring the natural shape, strength, and appearance. The materials that are used for a crown include acrylic, gold, porcelain, or a unique combination. Crowns have a long lifespan, considering the client's upkeep. With the dental crown, it is not advised to grind your teeth or chew on ice.
Implants are ideal for a client who is experiencing tooth loss. A titanium screw will be inserted into the jaw in order to support the crown. During the healing process, the bone and tissues surrounding the titanium screw will bond to the implant and secured permanently. Implants easily pass as a normal tooth, so there is no worry of someone noticing the implant.
Cosmetic dentistry is an amazing option to build a client's confidence in their smile. There are more cosmetic dentistry options than the ones listed above. Talk to Dr. Corella and his lovely team at Progressive Family Dentistry about cosmetic dentistry and how it can benefit you! They will have you confident in your smile in no time!
People often come in for their checkups to find that their teeth aren’t as healthy as they think. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, brushing them incorrectly does you no good. These are some of the common mistakes you could be making while brushing your teeth.
The Progressive Team