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3 Key Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthier With Braces

For many patients of all ages, getting braces can often seem like the process of perfect teeth for years to come. And for many, the dream and the reality aren’t far off.  Braces really can help ensure that you have straighter teeth for the rest of your life. However, it’s also important to remember that braces can also increase the chance that you suffer from gum disease, cavities, and decay. Despite wearing braces, if you don’t take care of your teeth and decay or infection sets in, it could mean that one of the teeth that could have been perfect and straight could possibly have to be replaced with a dental bridge or implant.

As one of Downey California’s leading dentists, we’ve helped countless patients get the teeth they’ve always wanted with braces.

Brush, Brush, Brush, Brush (Hint: Brush 4 Times a Day, If You Can)

Brushing your teeth when you have braces isn’t incredibly hard or different from “normal” brushing. Most orthodontists will recommend a soft-bristled brush, or even an electric toothbrush. The most important aspect is to brush every part of your braces and your teeth. It should take at least 2 minutes to brush, and you should also be sure to rinse your mouth with either (or both) water or mouthwash.

Pro Tip: Brushing twice as much as your normally would can make your toothbrush wear out much faster. Make a point to stockpile toothbrushes so you’re never caught without one!

When to brush teeth with braces

In most cases, it’s best to try and brush your teeth after you’ve eaten. However, in many cases it just doesn’t make sense. Who has a toothbrush available when they’re at school or at work? If you can’t brush your teeth after meals, just try to rinse your mouth with water right after you’ve eaten . Remember this: the most common recommendation for patients with braces is to brush 4 times a day – after eating breakfast, after lunch and dinner, and right before bed.  If you can get even close to this, you should be fine!

Don’t slack when it comes to flossing

While flossing is a bit more difficult for patients with braces, it is just as (if not more) important.  When you have braces and when you don’t, it’s important to floss once per day to help get rid of any  leftover food particles or plaque sticking to your teeth. You can also find floss designed specifically for braces to make the whole process easier.

Why it matters

With braces, you can get straighter teeth that offer you much greater confidence. However, this isn’t the case if your teeth are stained and full of cavities. While braces have the benefit of straightening your teeth, their downside is they can harbor quite a bit of plaque and bacteria. Take care of this by beginning a diligent oral healthcare routine.

 

How Preventing Gum Disease Saves Your Teeth

Every time you visit the dentist, there’s a good chance you hear the same thing time and time again, and – if you’re anything like most patients – you always feel bad.

You’re not flossing enough.

At Our Dental Practice in Downey, California – we routinely help patients fight back against gum disease to ensure healthier teeth for years to come.

It’s okay! Well, really – it’s not. You should really, really start flossing regularly! But it’s okay if you just need a reminder from time to time. It’s unfortunate that a large number of individuals grow up focusing entirely on brushing and not nearly enough on flossing. While brushing is definitely important, focusing 100% on brushing ignored the important of your gums as the foundation of your teeth. If they aren’t taken care of, things can get mighty ugly.

By regularly brushing and flossing you effectively prevent the buildup of plaque in your mouth. Plaque, to describe it simply, is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth where bacteria thrives. When plaque builds up along your gumline due to a lack of thorough cleaning, the bacteria essentially poisons your gum tissue. Over time, the damage will begin to cause irritation that can progressively get worse and worse. When this happens, it’s important to find a dentist that can help you fight against the progression of your gum disease. This will prevent the inner layer of your gum from pulling away from your teeth – forming a pocket that can fill with plaque and little pieces of food and debris. Eventually, these pockets become infected and the bacteria and plaque will continue to spread beneath the gumline. Over time, this infection will eat away at the connecting tissue and bone that hold your teeth in their proper place. As the infection gets worse, your gums and supporting skeletal structure continue to become weaker and weaker. Unfortunately, this can lead to teeth shifting, a misaligned bite, or even lost teeth.

How to Keep Your Teeth by Protecting Your Gums

Brush: Brush at least twice daily. This, while being basic, is one of the first and most effective ways to ensure that plaque on your teeth doesn’t spread to your gums.

Floss: You should be flossing almost as often as you’re brushing. If not, once a day will be much more effective than once a week. The important thing is that you do floss. By flossing, you successfully eliminate a large amount of the plaque near your gumline. When combined with regular care from your dentist, flossing is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease.

Rinse: Rinsing is the secret weapon in any healthy smile’s arsenal. Rinsing after brushing and flossing is a great way to take care of any leftover plaque and debris.

Don’t Ignore the Symptoms: Paying attention to your gums is important. If you notice inflammation, discoloration, recession, or bleeding  – it’s never a good sign. More often than not, if there’s something wrong with your gums they’ll let you know! Stay on top of them and they’ll support your teeth for years to come.

 

Do You Need To Replace Your Dentures?

Are you a denture wearer who has suddenly noticed they don’t fit or function as well? Learn if you need to repair them or replace them below. 

Thanks to modern dental science, dentures are capable of being durable, capable, comfortable, and natural looking. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that they are hardly indestructible. But it’s not just damage from drops or careless eating that can lead to the need for you to replace your dentures or get them adjusted.

While so many people look for a pair of affordable dentures that can re-invigorate their smile, getting dentures that don’t fit properly can intensify a number of problems that can lead to dentures that are unstable, uncomfortable, or downright painful.

If you wear dentures that used to fit better, but now seem to be causing issues with discomfort, pain, or sore-spots – there’s a good chance they need either an adjustment or a full replacement.

Your Changing Jaw

As you get older, the shape and structure of your jaw gradually changes. This can even be intensified by atrophy that can occur due to the tooth extraction required by a full set of dentures. In fact, studies have shown that people with dentures tend to experience – on average- about 1 millimeter of bone-loss a year. This can cause your gums to recede and change shape, which can also cause the dentures to lose the “perfect” fit you once experienced.

If your jawbone and gums do shrink, the change in size can cause continued bone loss that can lead to misalignment between the upper and lower dentures. As this shrinkage and misalignment occurs, it can also lead to wrinkles around your mouth that – at first – you may mistakenly attribute to premature aging.

By seeing your dentist as soon as possible, you can possibly get an adjustment that will re-align your dentures and ensure they fit and function properly.

When the Problem is Your Dentures

Sometimes, gradually deteriorating jawbones or receding gums aren’t actually at the root of the problem. When this is the case, it’s actually the dentures to blame. In most cases, the materials used to create dentures are incredibly strong. However, as time goes on the wear your natural teeth would have normally encountered can also affect your dentures with stains and damage. The “gums” particularly can often lose their supple, natural appearance over time – generally, if this occurs you will often begin to notice a bad taste in your mouth or an increased amount of irritation.

The pink, plastic portion of a denture that mimics a person’s gums will, over time, lose its natural appearance, texture and color, making the dentures appear quite artificial. Denture plastics that have deteriorated may also become excessively contaminated with microorganisms, which may contribute to mouth irritations, a bad taste in the mouth and socially unacceptable odors.

Have questions about affordable dentures? Our denture dentists in Downey, CA are some of the most experienced in the state. To learn more about refitting your dentures and getting back to feeling normal – don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today. 

The Special Filling that Could Prevent the Need for Emergency Root Canal Treatment

With a recent advancement in dental technology world, there could be a chance that you may never need emergency root canal treatment with the use of a special filling.

For most people, the prospect of emergency root canal treatment is a scary one. The reason for that is rather unclear, and is probably due to a mixture of misinformation and the simple fact that many years ago, the treatment was indeed a painful one. Fortunately, modern dental anesthesia and drilling technology makes root canal treatment little more painful or uncomfortable than a common filling.

For most patients, when a filling fails or the delicate insides of a tooth become infected and die, a root canal is required to save the tooth. At our dental practice in Downey, California – we’ve completed the process countless times, which involves creating a small access hole, scraping out the dead and infected nerve tissue and dental pulp, and then filling the remaining space with what’s known as “gutta percha” – a rubber-like material that is heated so that it can evenly fill the space and seal the tooth. In most cases, this is followed by a dental crown – which, for some patients, might not be covered by insurance.

Recently, a team of scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard have come up with an alternative solution. 

As Popular Science reports , this new kind of  biomaterial is a stem-cell stimulating filling that encourages your teeth to actually heal themselves, while potentially eliminating the problematic statistic that up to 15% of fillings fail and lead to the need for a root canal.

During testing, these amazing little fillings stimulated the growth of stem cells into the dentin of your teeth (the hard, protective surface that “lives” under the enamel).  This means that the dentin, when damaged was actually encouraged to heal itself, with the end result being far fewer failed fillings, and a drastically reduced need for emergency root canal treatment.

Keep in mind, the technology is still years from the public – so don’t wait if you have a painful tooth that you think might be infected. However, this simply goes to show that the technologies available for saving and improving your smile never stop developing, making a lifetime of bright and healthy teeth a very attainable reality.

Do you have questions about root canal treatment? Are you experiencing a severe tooth ache? Don’t wait to get treatment! If you’re a patient in the Downey, CA area – we can help!