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05Feb

As the saying goes, knowledge is power! Our Glendale dentists truly believe that the more our patients know about the root causes of oral health problems, the better equipped they are to proactively protect their smiles. With that in mind, here is some useful information about how dental decay develops…

The dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth; it is tasked with protecting more vulnerable tooth layers, like dentin and tooth pulp, from irritants and infection. Enamel is comprised of minerals, and while these minerals are quite resilient, they are not indestructible.

Dental decay occurs when a patient’s dental enamel is compromised and infiltrated. Harmful bacteria in your smile release acids as they feed and grow; these acids cause enamel demineralization. When you consume a lot of sugars and refined carbohydrates, you provide oral bacteria with the exact substances they need to thrive. This is why it’s best to limit your consumption of sweets and highly processed foods.

Additionally, acidic foods and drinks—as they come into contact with a tooth—temporarily weaken dental enamel, and leave the tooth susceptible to damage. Long-term acid exposure will cause the enamel to wear way and become thinner.

As portions of your teeth become weaker, bacteria will colonize these vulnerable tissues. Dental bacterial decay generally begins in the dental enamel, and then works its way through the dentin to the dental core. Alternatively, decay can start at the tooth root, and move up into the tooth that way.

Protecting your smile from damage and decay means:

  • Following your dentist-recommended oral hygiene plan
  • Staying hydrates, so that your body can produce enough saliva
  • Rinsing your mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water
  • Seeking prompt treatment for developing decay, so that it can be stopped before it becomes severe

To learn more about how dental decay occurs, and to get additional information about how you can protect your smile, please feel free to call our Glendale dentists

22Jan

One of the most important things that our Glendale family dentists do in our office is to help our young patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. Pediatric dentistry is paramount if you want your child to develop strong oral hygiene habits. Keep reading to learn more!

Pediatric dentistry is focused on helping young patients learn how to care for their smiles, and maintaining healthy primary teeth. Primary teeth are sometimes referred to as “baby teeth;” these teeth fall out naturally when it’s time for permanent teeth to emerge. Generally, a patient will have lost all of his or her baby teeth by the time that they reach adolescence.

Now is the time to teach your children how to care for their teeth properly by brushing and flossing. Keep in mind that patients should be brushing for two minutes, morning and night, and flossing every night.

When it comes to teaching your children proper oral hygiene techniques, try the “tell, show, do” method. Start off by explaining how you’re going to clean your smile, and why—allow your child to ask any questions that they may have! Then, demonstrate how to brush and floss using your own smile as an example. Finally, help them practice on their own smile. Make brushing and flossing something that you do together every morning and night to help reinforce the routine.

Remember that children who are young enough to regularly swallow toothpaste should not use toothpaste formulations that contain fluoride. There are fluoride-free toothpastes that are marketed toward young dental patients; your child should use one of these toothpastes until they have learned to not ingest oral hygiene products.

Our Glendale family dentists are here to give you all of the information and support that you need, so that you can teach your children exceptional oral hygiene habits. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team, or to schedule a personal consultation!

 

08Jan

Gum disease can absolutely devastate a patient’s smile if it is left untreated and unaddressed. Unfortunately, many times gum disease progresses asymptomatically, so it can be difficult for people to spot the signs of oral infections, and seek treatment right away. That’s why our Glendale gum disease dentists have put together this article regarding things you can do to minimize your risk of dealing with gum disease in the first place.

The Root Cause

Gum disease occurs when harmful oral bacteria infiltrate vulnerable oral tissues, especially gum tissue. Bacteria accumulate in plaque and tartar, so as these films build up between teeth, the acids from oral bacteria eat away at dental enamel and gum tissue. Once your gum tissue is weakened and infected you’ll likely experience swollen gum tissue, bleeding, and discomfort.

What You Can Do

In order to prevent the development of gum disease, you want to keep your mouth as free from bacteria as possible. While it’s impossible to totally eliminate plaque and bacteria production, you can stay diligent about clearing away plaque on a regular basis. For most people this means brushing their teeth every morning and night, and flossing every night. It’s also important to undergo regularly schedule professional cleanings, as our dental team is able to clean off calcified tartar that patients can’t deal with on their own.

Another exceptionally straightforward thing that you can do to protect your smile is to increase your water consumption. Patients who suffer from dry mouth are at increased risks of dealing with bad breath as well as gum disease. Get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you eat, and get into the habit of drinking water continuously throughout the day.

If you’re one of the many people already dealing with gum disease, our Glendale periodontal disease dentists are here to help you get your smile back on track. Please feel free to give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!