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28Apr

Although many people are prone to skipping this oral hygiene step, flossing is actually an integral part of a sound dental routine. Our Glendale dental team has compiled a short primer one how to use floss and why. Let’s get started!

The ADA recommends you floss once a day

As you may already know, plaque, when left undisturbed on your smile, actually calcifies and turns into something called tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque. That is why it is vital that you brush daily to remove fresh plaque before it is able to calcify. Try flossing every night to clear away the bacteria that has accumulated during the day.

Use a floss that works for your smile

Floss comes in a number of different widths, textures, and flavors. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the floss you choose should be thin enough to fit between your teeth, all the way down into your gum tissue. If you use floss that is too thick, you will not be able to fully clean between your teeth.

Don’t re-use the same length of floss

Start with a long length of floss, and then move down that length of floss as you go from tooth to tooth, cleaning your smile. If you use a portion of floss over and over again, you may actually be compounding, rather than removing, plaque.

Swap toothpicks for floss

We all get food particles and dental debris stuck in our mouths from time to time. The next time that this happens to you, try using floss, rather than a toothpick, to dislodge particles from your smile. Toothpicks can be too sharp and abrasive for cleaning, and may actually damage oral tissues.

Even if it has been years since you have committed to an oral hygiene routine, our Glendale dentists can help you take the necessary steps to smile confidently again. Please do not hesitate to call our office to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation with our dentists. 

14Apr

No matter what your smile has been through, no matter what it looks like today, our Glendale dentists can help you achieve a smile you’ll be proud to show off for years to come. In today’s article, we are discussing important treatments we use in restorative dentistry cases. Let’s get started!

  • Root canal therapy: The purpose of root canal therapy is to save as much of the patient’s natural tooth structure as possible, while clearing away infected tissue. Basically, when dental damage extends deep into the tooth—into the dental pulp—our dental team will remove infected dental enamel, dentin, as well as the tissues and nerves that are in the middle of the tooth. Then, we are able to sterilize the remaining tooth and restore it with a custom crown.
  • CEREC crowns: CEREC technology enables our dental team to craft your custom restoration right here in our office. You don’t have to wait for your crown to be fabricated off-site, and bother with a temporary crown. CEREC restorations are made from high-quality ceramic; although this is a same-day treatment, these crowns are designed to last.
  • Dental implants: If you are missing teeth, it is imperative that you seek prompt treatment for both aesthetic and oral health reasons. Dental implant technology is unique because it replaces the whole tooth—not just the visible crown. These replacement teeth are help in place with titanium posts, which are permanently embedded in the patient’s jawbone. Not only does dental implant technology provide a stable, secure replacement tooth, it also helps support healthy jawbone density.

The best thing that you can do for your smile is to seek prompt treatment for any oral infections or dental damage. When left to linger, dental problems will only become more severe. Give our Glendale dentists a call to learn more!