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24Dec

As we enter a new decade, it’s natural to make some resolutions to improve your life. Our Glendale dentists are here to encourage you to remember your oral health as you go through this process! Keep reading to get a better idea of what you can do to jump-start your oral hygiene results.

Schedule your professional cleanings now

The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages complete professional appointments at least twice a year. These appointments allow our team to clear away accumulated plaque and tartar, and help you fine-tune your at-home dental routine. Get these appointments on the books now—it’s so easy to fall behind with our busy schedules!

Assess your dental tools

Take this opportunity to evaluate your dental tools to make sure that they are working their best for your smile. Most patients find that it is, at the very least, time to replace their toothbrushes; you want to swap out your toothbrush every three months and after illness. You can also talk to our dental team about whether you would benefit from incorporating an oral rinse or specialty toothbrush into your routine.

Commit to drinking water

When you are well-hydrated your whole body works better, and that includes your smile! Start carrying a water bottle with you, or schedule water breaks into your day to combat dry mouth. When you are drinking plenty of water, you are regularly rinsing dental debris from your smile while jump-starting saliva production.

Of course, another simple and effective thing that you can do is to schedule a personal consultation with our Glendale dental team. Once we meet with you we can assess your smile and give you some personalized guidance to suit your smile. Give us a call or use the Contact Us page to get started—we look forward to speaking with you!

29Oct

Halloween is here! And for many of us, that means an influx of sweet treats and goodies.

You probably already know that sugary snacks are, on the whole, not good for your smile. Our Glendale dentists are here to help you protect your smile while you celebrate the season. Let’s get started!

The first thing to understand is why, precisely, sugar is bad for your oral health. The short answer is that harmful oral bacteria love to feed on sugars—they use the energy derived from sugars to grow and multiply. The more sugar you consume, the easier it is for bacteria to take over.

Obviously, the first step to maintaining a healthy smile is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet as much as possible. Beyond that, there are certain things you can do to minimize the effect of sugar when you do indulge:

Don’t snack continuously

Be mindful about when you enjoy your candy. Remember that oral bacteria stay active and feeding on sugars for about twenty to thirty minutes after you eat. So, if you are constantly snacking on sweets throughout the day, you’re allowing oral bacteria to feed all day long!

Drink plenty of water

Drinking water allows your body to produce plenty of bacteria-neutralizing saliva. Plus, the physical act of drinking helps to dislodge dental debris and bacteria. An easy adjustment to your daily routine is to try and replace just one sugary or acidic beverage with water—your smile will thank you for it!

Rinse your smile regularly

Try vigorously rinsing your smile with water as soon as you finish eating. Don’t let sugars sit on your smile any longer than is necessary!

When you are mindful about consuming sweets, you minimize your risk of developing cavities and gum disease down the road. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our Glendale dentists for additional advice or support!

 

15Oct

In our years of practice, our Glendale dentists have found that the more our patients learn about the basic principles of oral health, the better equipped they are to manage their smiles and make healthy dental decisions. With that in mind, our dental team has put together this short overview of an especially important component of your teeth: your dental enamel.

The dental enamel is the outermost layer of a tooth—below it sits the dentin and dental pulp. When dental enamel is healthy, it is white, luminous, and minimally porous. However, as time goes on, enamel can change in both appearance and structure.

One common issue is that dental enamel thins over time. Your enamel is therefore less effective when it comes to protecting the inner tooth.

Enamel can become thinner for a number of different reasons:

  • Sugary and acidic substances temporarily soften enamel, and leave it susceptible to damage
  • Bruxism, or chronic dental grinding, puts too much pressure on the enamel and causes it to break down
  • Harmful habits, like chewing on hard candies or ice, create micro-cracks and chips in the tooth surface, which expand over time

In order to protect your smile, it is vital that you take some simple steps to keep your enamel strong and healthy. Seek prompt treatment for bruxism, and refrain from chomping on hard and abrasive substances.

You also want to make sure that you follow of your dentist’s instructions when it comes to caring for your smile. Brushing and flossing as recommended minimizes damage to your smile due to sugar, acid, and bacteria.

Our Glendale dentists are here to help you craft an effective and straightforward oral health care plan to protect your smile for years to come. The best way to get started is to contact our dental team by giving us a call or submitting an inquiry through our Contact Us page