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August 2018 - Wisdom Teeth

Patients frequently ask us when and if their wisdom teeth should be extracted. More often than not, wisdom teeth that are causing discomfort need to be extracted. There are several situations where wisdom teeth are not causing discomfort but still need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth often grow at an angle. This could create damage to the roots or periodontal health of the adjacent teeth. The position of wisdom teeth can make proper cleaning a challenge, so cavities become a frequent problem.

Timing of wisdom teeth extractions is also important. Patients under the age of 25 and patients whose wisdom teeth have not fully formed their roots, usually experience a better post-operative recovery. If you have any questions regarding your wisdom teeth, please give our office a call.

 

 

July 2018 - Toothbrush Hygiene

Toothbrushes are the cornerstone of any oral hygiene program; however, toothbrushes may harbor microorganisms that could cause oral or systemic infections. Some recommendations for proper toothbrush care include:

  • Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water after each use.
  • Store toothbrushes in an upright position to allow proper air drying.
  • Do not cover or store your toothbrush in a close container.
  • Soaking your toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth rinse, such as Listerine or Pro-Health, may reduce bacterial growth.
  • Replace old toothbrushes every three months.

 

 

June 2018 -  Sugar Free Drinks Are Safe For My Teeth - True or False?

 

It is well known that drinks that contain sugar contribute to dental cavities. But did you know that sugar free beverages also damage teeth? The culprit is acid. All carbonated beverages, sports drinks, and even fruit juices contain acid. The amount of damage to your teeth is determined not only by the amount that you drink but how long it takes you to drink. Decreasing the number of drinks and the amount of time it takes you to drink an acidic beverage will minimize the damage to your teeth.

 


 

May 2018 - Do Whitening Toothpastes Really Work?

We get a lot of questions from our patients regarding whitening toohtpastes. It is important to understand the difference between whitening and bleaching teeth. Whitening refers to removing surface stains on teeth but does not change the color of your teeth. So whitening toothpastes do not change the color of your teeth. If your goal is to change the color of your teeth, such as make them less yellow, you would need to bleach your teeth. There are safe ways to bleach your teeth with over-the-counter products as well as options from our office. As us about bleaching at your next appointment!  
 

April 2018 - Floss Your Teeth or Clean Your Toilet

What would you do to avoid flossing your teeth?

A survey by the American Academy of Periodontology revealed that 14% of the respondents would rather clean a toilet than floss their teeth.

For those of you who don't like the idea of flossing your teeth, we have an easier and effective alternative. Ask us about it at your next visit!