Dangers of Making Your Oral Routine into a Routine

It may sound odd, but it can be dangerous to make an oral routine into just another routine of your day. While it is important for you to have a regular oral hygiene routine, you don’t want that routine to become mundane.

If your routine becomes just another thing you do, it doesn’t provide you with the same level of oral health that it should. You need to focus on keeping each tooth clean, not trying to multitask and just get that thing crossed off for the day.

How to Spice Up Your Oral Hygiene Routine

If you now realize that your oral hygiene routine has gotten a bit stale, then it is important that you take time to shake things up a little. Instead of always starting with your toothbrush in the same spot, flip sides. If you want to pay more attention to your teeth, brush with your non-dominant hand. It forces you to pay more attention to how clean your teeth are. Instead of just going through the motions, you have to watch what you are doing and make changes to get your teeth as clean as possible.

Making simple changes can also help you make brushing your teeth a bit more involved. Try changing your toothbrush out for a new kind and see if you pay more attention. Simply changing your flavor of toothpaste can also go a long way towards getting you to take note of your teeth and brushing routine.

If you aren’t sure if your routine is working or not, ask your dentist. They will take a look around your mouth and see what is going on. If they find areas that are not being given enough attention, they will show you where the problems are. Then, you can decide how to change your routine to make it more involved.

If you have any questions contact our office.

Clenching Your Teeth Can Leave Your Teeth Hurting for Long Periods of Time

Young Woman Suffering From Toothache.Have you ever found yourself clenching your teeth without even realizing you were doing it?

A lot of people have. If you have, too, then you need to bring this up with your dentist.

Chances are, if you have been doing this for a while, then your dentist already knows based on symptoms showing up on your teeth.

However, if this is something relatively new, they need to know so they can keep an eye on the health of your teeth.

What Clenching Your Teeth Can Do

When you clench your teeth, you are putting excess pressure on them for really no reason. You may be trying to focus or stressed out, but you are inadvertently taking it out on your teeth. This can leave your teeth weak, cracked, or even fractured. If you crack or fracture a tooth, you may not realize it right away. However, when you bite down, you will be able to tell something isn’t quite right.

The danger of clenching comes when there is a crack or fracture. Each time you bite down, you open this space in your tooth up, potentially allowing bacteria and germs into that space. This can then grow and infiltrate the root of your tooth, spreading infection to all different parts of your body.

The pain that comes with an infected tooth is not something you want to deal with. It must be cared for by your dentist or oral surgeon, depending on if the tooth can be saved or not. You will also need antibiotics to make sure that you aren’t allowing the infection to spread. If you clench your teeth, keep your dentist apprised. They can help protect your teeth, and keep an eye out for painful problems you may face in the future. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please contact us today.

Can Your White Fillings Stain?

Woman examining her teeth in a mirror.Do you have white, or composite, fillings? If so, are you taking proper care of them? Without proper care, you could lose those fillings. Caring for them means making sure you brush twice a day, plus flossing.

You also need to make sure you are eating the right foods to keep your teeth healthy. However, do you need to worry about eating foods that stain when you have composite fillings? Or is just eating healthy enough?

Making Sure You Properly Care for Composite Fillings

Part of caring for your composite fillings is making sure to eat a healthy diet. While it does take a long time for a composite filling to stain, it isn’t impossible. They can pick up stains over time if you keep exposing them to staining agents. Typically, composite fillings will darken slightly over time, but it isn’t always noticeable.

Aside from a solid oral hygiene routine, you also need to make sure you are going in to see your dentist every six months like clockwork. When you see your dentist, he or she will double check and make sure your filling is in good working order. Plus, they will often buff it to make sure that it still matches the surrounding teeth and isn’t taking on any stains. If you miss this step, you may end up with a darker filling than you were expecting, which may make it stand out more.

To find out what else you need to do to care for your composite fillings, ask your dentist at your next appointment. It is their job to help you realize how to best care for your teeth, including how to properly care for your fillings. Ask them any questions you may have, and make sure to follow their advice. They are the experts! If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please contact us today.

What is the Problem with Teeth That Don’t Erupt?

If you have a tooth that just never erupts through your gums, that’s no big deal, right? Actually, that can be quite a big deal. A tooth that is unable to erupt can lead to problems with other teeth, and can even lead to an infection in your mouth where the tooth is stuck.

If you have teeth that are unable to erupt, you need to go in and see your dentist as soon as possible.

The sooner they can begin treating those teeth to help them erupt, the less likely you are to face long-term problems with your teeth.

When a Tooth Get Stuck, It Can Push on Everything Around It

An impacted tooth is going to keep trying to push its way out. This means that it will shove your other teeth around to erupt into your mouth. If the tooth cannot erupt simply because there is no space, this can damage the teeth around where it wants to come in. However, if the tooth is coming in at the wrong angle, this can be a lot more problematic.

Many impacted, or stuck, teeth that are not able to erupt are angled the wrong direction. That is what is causing the tooth to be stuck in the first place. If that tooth continues to push its way in, it could damage the teeth in its path. Consider what could happen if the angle of that tooth was straight into the roots of a nearby tooth. This could damage the root of the tooth and cause the tooth to die, leading to much larger problems.

If you have a tooth that cannot erupt, make sure you contact our office about it as soon. Take the time to figure out what can be done, and treat the problem before it gets out of hand.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is defined as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, the teeth and supporting structures. Dentists who specialize in restorative dentistry basically rehab your teeth.

They determine what the problems are, the best materials that can be used to fix the problem teeth and the best method to do so. Restorative dentistry requires the skills of multiple dental specialties working together to solve complex problems.

What Can Restorative Dentists Do for Me?

Restorative dentists can do a lot for you. You are probably most familiar with cavities in your teeth. These used to be routinely treated with silver or gold fillings, but now there are a host of other options available that will help to make the filling material to match your teeth.

You’re probably familiar with crowns as well. Crowns have been around a long time and are used to cover and protect teeth that have deteriorated past the point of a filling, but have enough dental area left to support a crown, It’s simply a cap that fits over your tooth replacing the structure that is lost by utilizing the structure that remains.

Restorative dentists can construct bridges that are appliances that fit between the teeth to replace a missing tooth. These devices can be permanent or can be removable. What your dentist does will depend on the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. If these structures are stable you may be a candidate for a fixed bridge that you don’t have to remove.

Implants are also an option for a restorative dentist to use. If you have a missing tooth, the dentist can install a post that screws into your jaw. This post becomes the base for the crown that is placed over it. The crown is made to match the color of your teeth and is a permanent solution.

If all else fails and your teeth are in such bad shape that they simply can’t be saved the restorative dentist can make dentures for you. These can be a complete set, for all of your teeth, a partial denture that just replaces some of your teeth. The partial denture is held in place with clips on your natural teeth.

If you need restorative work contact our office. We will work with you to get your problems solved.