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19Sep

We’re coming up on cold and flu season, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can properly care for your smile this winter. When you’re battling a whole-body illness, your oral health can begin to suffer as well. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists.

One of the main reasons that your smile can suffer when you’re sick is due to dehydration. Many people lose their appetites when they get sick, and this can minimize the amount of water they consume. Unfortunately, when you’re dehydrated, your body is not able to produce enough saliva. Because saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria, dry mouth allows oral bacteria to run rampant. You may notice that you’re dealing with hard-to-treat bad breath, and you may be more susceptible to developing cavities and gum disease.

Postnasal drip can also affect the way that your smile feels. When you have a head cold, for example, excess mucus can accumulate in the back of your throat. Your throat may start to feel sore or itchy as a result, and your breath may feel and smell stale.

There are simple things that you can do when you’re ill in order to improve the way your smile feels, and to keep it as healthy as possible:

  • Drink plenty of water to ramp up saliva production
  • Clean your mouth by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash as recommended by your dentist
  • Switch out your toothbrush after illness, as your toothbrush can harbor bacteria and germs
  • Eat a healthy diet, and limit your consumption of sugary and carbohydrate-rich foods. Remember that sugars and refined carbohydrates are fuel for harmful oral bacteria!

Getting sick is already yucky enough, you don’t have to deal with unpleasant oral health symptoms as well. Our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you maintain a strong and healthy smile. Give us a call to get started!

05Sep

We all want to maintain strong, healthy, and attractive smiles for years to come, but sometimes this can seem like a tall order. Our Glendale dentists are here to help patients maintain optimal oral health through preventive and restorative dentistry. One of the best things that you can do for your smile, and that we can help you with, is protecting your dental enamel. When your enamel is strong and healthy, it can adequately protect the more vulnerable inner layers of your teeth.

Here are some things that you can do to safeguard your enamel:

Follow your dentist’s oral hygiene recommendations: brushing and flossing as recommended by your dental team will minimize the amount of harmful plaque and tartar that accumulates on your smile.

Keep up with professional cleanings: the ADA suggests that dental patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so. These cleanings allow our team to refresh your smile and clear away harmful bacteria.

Drink plenty of water: drinking water helps to clear away bacteria and dental debris. Additionally, when you are properly hydrated your body is able to produce plenty of bacteria-neutralizing, enamel-remineralizing saliva.

Minimize acidic foods and drinks: when you consume something acidic, your dental enamel is temporarily softened and more porous, which leaves it susceptible to erosion. Try to limit the amount of acid you expose your teeth to, and do not brush for 20 to 30 minutes after acid exposure.

Cut out bad dental habits: if you find yourself regularly chomping on ice or hard candies, make a point to stop! These habits can cause small cracks or chips in your dental enamel, which can accumulate bacteria and intensify over time.

No matter what the current state of your smile, you can take steps to protect your oral health for the long-term. Feel free to contact our Glendale dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page to schedule a personal consultation!

 

22Aug

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our smiles start to show and feel their age. The good news is that our Glendale dentists are here to help you refresh your smile and regain a healthy and attractive mouth. Today we’re going to be talking about some simple steps that you can take to kick off a smile refresh—let’s get started!

The first thing to do is to complete a professional dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are much more effective than at-home efforts; they allow our team to clear away accumulated plaque and tartar. The general recommendation from the ADA is that patients undergo these cleanings every six months or so. However, even, perhaps especially, if it has been a long time since you’ve been into see your dentist, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional cleaning ASAP.

Then, make sure that you’re getting the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine. Most people should be brushing morning and night, and flossing at night. Switch out your toothbrush if you’ve been using the same one for a few months; old toothbrushes can actually harbor bacteria. You can also talk to your dentist about incorporating a mouth rinse into your routine; there are special formulas with fluoride and bacteria-neutralizing ingredients that are very effective.

One of the easiest and important things that you can do is to start rinsing your mouth with water after every meal or snack. Not only does this simple habit clear away dental debris, it also jumpstarts saliva production (saliva helps to re-mineralize dental enamel).

If you’re already dealing with existing dental damage, our team offers a number of efficient treatments—like dental bonding and custom crowns—to restore your smile.

Our Glendale dentists are here to help you regain a strong smile no matter the current state of your smile. Don’t let fear or embarrassment keep you from getting the dental treatment you need.