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18Feb

Want to maintain a strong and healthy smile for years to come? Our Glendale dentists are here to help; here are some common mistakes you may be making when it comes to caring for your smile day to day.

Skipping water as you start your day

Every night, as you sleep, your body becomes slightly dehydrated. That is why it is imperative that you hydrate to start your day. It is best to drink water before you put anything else in your body (yes, even coffee!), in order to jump start saliva production in your mouth.  

Using the wrong toothbrush

Many patients are using toothbrushes well beyond when these brushes are effective; you want to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, and definitely after you have been ill. You also want to make sure that you are using a toothbrush that fits into the back corners of your smile, and that the bristle strength is appropriate for your needs. Most people will do well with a soft-bristled brush, but as your dental team if you aren’t sure.

Picking at your smile with pointy tools

Both metal and wooden toothpicks can do more harm than good when it comes to improving your oral health. Opt for floss or mouth rinse when you need to refresh your smile.

Sipping on sugary drinks

The oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease love to feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. When eat or drink something sugary, these bacteria will continue to active and feeding for about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish. With that in mind, it is better to indulge in treats mindfully, and at specific times. If you are sipping or snacking continuously during the day, oral bacteria are constantly active.

Flossing irregularly or inefficiently

The ADA recommends that patients floss once a day; the best time to do this is right before bed. Choose floss that is thin enough to fit between your teeth and move slightly back and forth.

Still have questions about how to take care of your smile? Our Glendale dentists can be reached by phone or through the Contact Us page on our site. We look forward to speaking with you!

 

04Feb

While bad breath is never a welcome addition to your daily life, some types of malodorous breath are more serious than others. Short-term odors that result from heavily seasoned foods, for example, will usually wear off naturally and quickly. However, if you are dealing with chronic, hard-to-treat bad breath, then it is probably time to talk to your dentist for guidance. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists

Chronic bad breath is often linked to increased levels of oral bacteria, and thus oral health issues. Oral bacteria actually release unpleasant odors as byproducts as they grow and multiply. The reason it is so difficult to treat this type of bad breath is because the oral bacteria are entrenched in your smile.

You may notice this type of persistent bad breath, which is often called halitosis, because:

  • It has been a long time since you have had a professional cleaning, and plaque and tartar have built up on your smile
  • You have existing dental caries that need to be treated
  • You have developed periodontal disease, or bacteria-infected gum tissue
  • You have built-up tonsil stones in the back of your throat

Treating halitosis begins with a thorough professional dental cleaning, to remove plaque and tartar. Our dental team may also recommend that you:

  • Tweak your at-home oral hygiene routine with specific tools or cleaning formulations
  • Increase water consumption throughout the day in order to support saliva production
  • Treat existing oral health conditions, like dental cavities and gum disease
  • Take a look at your diet and minimize foods that result in dry mouth or acid reflux

If you would like to learn more about treating halitosis, our Glendale dentists are here to help. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team, and to schedule a personal consultation with our team. 

21Jan

Maintaining a healthy smile isn’t all about clearing away bacteria and cleaning your teeth and gums, there are also some behavioral problems that can put your dental health at risk. Bruxism is one good example of this type of dental issue. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists

What is bruxism?

When we use the term “bruxism” we are referring to habitual, or chronic, dental grinding or jaw clenching. Bruxism refers to the behavior, but this type of action can be caused by a number of different root issues.

Why does bruxism develop?

Some patients experience bruxism only occasionally—especially in times of stress or fatigue. However, it is also possible to deal with chronic bruxism. This occurs largely due to poor bite alignment; because your bite does not come together naturally and comfortably, your lower jaw shifts back and forth, and your teeth rub together. Bruxism can also develop due to TMJ disorder, or damage your temporomandibular joints. These joints attach your lower jaw to your skull.

How can I treat bruxism?

When you met with our dental team, we will perform a thorough assessment, in order to pinpoint the root cause of your dental grinding. Depending on what we find, we may recommend that you move forward by:

  • Perfecting your bite alignment with orthodontic treatment
  • Wearing a protective oral appliance at night
  • Replacing aging restorations with custom-fit crowns
  • Incorporating stress-reduction measures into your daily routine
  • Building up specific dental surfaces so that your bite comes together evenly

Because bruxism can occur at night, while the patient is asleep, you should stay alert for signs of dental grinding. If you wake up with headaches or a sore jaw, it may be due to bruxism. Your dentist may also report that your dental enamel seems to be wearing down quickly: tooth-on-tooth contact causes enamel to weaken and thin.

Promptly treating bruxism can improve the health of your smile and eliminate dental discomfort. Get started with a personal consultation with our Glendale dentists. We look forward to speaking with you!