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!
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
One of the worst feelings to experience is being in pain, yet not knowing where or why. With Cracked Tooth Syndrome, this is the frustration felt by both client and dentist. Because the tooth has yet to break, it can be difficult finding the small, incomplete, crack. While it may be understandable that the crack can not be viewed by the naked eye, it also does not show on X-rays, or is located beneath the gum surface.
What are the Causes?
As with most dental cases, there are preliminary factors which cause the problem. With Cracked Tooth Syndrome, the grinding of teeth, fillings too large for the tooth, after a root canal, and too much pressure on the teeth are most common.
Measures to prevent Cracked Tooth Syndrome include discussing with your dentist ways to stop the grinding and clenching of teeth, receiving quality dental care from a professional, and properly taking care of your teeth.
At Progressive Family Dentistry, we treat you like family to ensure your care is reliable and efficient. Call us and schedule your appointment if you are experiencing tooth or gum pain, today!
Keeping a smile beautiful sometimes is cause for creativity. Depending on the quality and state of a person’s teeth at time of treatment resorts in a process called dental bonding. This procedure takes tooth-colored resin and molds it into the desired shape of the tooth.
When to receive a dental bond
Prepare the Tooth
Depending on the condition of your tooth, the dentist will prepare the tooth accordingly. Drilling of the tooth in order to change the shape could occur and the client will be under general anesthesia. Often, drilling is not necessary.
In order for the resin to firmly attach to the tooth, the surface needs to be roughened. The color matched resin will then be applied in the desired shape and hardened with a blue light. After the hardening of the resin, the dentist will further shape the new tooth to blend with the others.
At Progressive Family Dentistry, the dental bonding experience will be made easy and as comfortable as possible. If you or someone you know is in need of dental bonding, please reach out to our specialized team today!
In light of the upcoming film depicting the life of the well known band, Queen, today we are going to discuss a dental phenomenon the lead singer experienced known as Hyperdontia.
When a person has more than 32 teeth, it is characterized as Hyperdontia. While this condition has a low percentage of occurrence, sitting between 1% and 4% of the population, it is more common in males than it is females. The cause of hyperdontia is unknown, however, suspicion focuses on genetics as well as the dental lamina (the cell zone that initiates the formation of a tooth germ that forms a tooth).
While this condition is rare, it impacted the entertainment world through the voice of Freddie Mercury. Even though he declined treatment for his hyperdontia, it is better to be evaluated and treated for this disorder because of the possible clinical and functional issues. Treatment for hyperdontia generally consists of the removal of the extra teeth. Mercury's reasoning for not receiving treatment was justified by his reasoning that his voice would differ after the removal of the four extra molars.
Bohemian Rhapsody and other songs perhaps wouldn’t sound the same if the lead singer wasn’t subjected to such an interesting dental occurrence. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
If you or a family member is in search of a dentist, look no further than Progressive Family Dentistry! With amazing customer service and a positive disposition, the staff here will make you feel right at home!
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!
The Progressive Team