Sunday, July 31, 2016

Boomers & Dental Care

After the age of 65, most retirees opt out of dental insurance. Not having routine checkups and continued maintained on previous work can lead to a number of problems, including gum disease and tooth decay. Simply due to the wear and tear that accumulates over the years,, boomers are at high risk for gum disease and periodontitis. Periodontitis is a disease that attacks the tissue around the teeth. Not only are your routine dental visits preventative, but your Valencia dentist could help identify other health risks.

Dental insurance is offered to boomers, but many think they don’t need it. Everyone should have dental insurance, but due to the years of damage done to their teeth, boomers specifically should have insurance. In order to maintain previous dental work such as crowns and root canals, routine dental check-ups are required. Call your Valencia dentist today to make sure your previous dental implants and procedures aren’t at risk.

Poor dental hygiene, specifically in people aged 50-70, can lead to poor overall health. “63% of boomers with oral symptoms indicating a more serious health issue were unaware of the symptom’s link to the condition.” (1) Many people are unaware of  the connection between oral hygiene and overall health. Symptoms of diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis are often first apparent through mouth exams. Dry mouth, bone loss, and bleeding gums are yellow flags that your Valencia dentist could identify as onset symptoms for bigger problems. Jaw pain could be one of the first identifiers for a potential looming heart attack (2) The more aware of your dental health you are, the more aware of your overall health you are.

Don’t let your lack of insurance be a problem. Your family dentist in Valencia can assist you with finding the insurance you need and help you jump start both your dental and overall health. 


Friday, June 24, 2016

Dental Bluetooth Technology Meets Toothbrush

In today’s world full of activity monitors and sleep sensors, why wouldn’t you use some of this wonderful new technology to track your quality of tooth brushing? Philips and OralB now offer Bluetooth enabled toothbrushes that track your brushing habits.  Accompanied by a mobile application, this toothbrush could be changing the way we brush our teeth. You might be thinking, do I really need a toothbrush with Bluetooth in it? Let’s take a look at what is has to offer and see if this new technology is something you need. 

When the ordinary technology of Bluetooth combines with a toothbrush you create an all-new dental experience. Offered anywhere between $100-$300 your toothbrush can now track your movements. All you have to do is download the accompanying application that will sync with your toothbrush. After each brush, the application and will show you graphics of what your brushing looks like as well as provide other tracking tools that promote oral health. Your Valencia dental professionals recommend you also track your flossing, mouthwash use, and tongue cleanings, which is available in the application!  

In the mobile application, you can track your brushing performance while it coaches you through your brushing weaknesses.  Here are some great examples:

  • Time spent brushing your teeth. The ADA recommends you brush your teeth for 2 minutes. The toothbrush and app will let you know when your 2 minutes have been completed. 
  • The pressure applied to your teeth. Brushing too hard or too light is not good for the enamel on your teeth, or for your gums. The Bluetooth technology can sense how hard you are pushing when brushing your teeth and the application will inform you which areas you need to lighten up on, or apply more pressure. 
  • The amount of coverage. When brushing your teeth, you want to make sure to completely brush all sides of all your teeth. Sometimes, certain areas are forgotten and the app will be able to tell you if you’ve missed any areas. 

Here at Go Dental, we love new emerging technology! This Bluetooth enabled toothbrush technology may be just what you need to kick your oral health into shape. Let your Valencia dentist help determine if a Bluetooth enabled toothbrush is right for you, and how to best use a Bluetooth toothbrush! 
Images courtesy of Oral-B via iTunes.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pick the Best Mouthwash

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Using mouthwash in your daily life is a great way to prevent a number of dental issues, such as: 
  • tooth decay
  • gingivitis
  • plaque
  • cavities
  • other gum diseases

But did you know there are different types of mouthwashes that are meant to prevent specific conditions? Depending on the dental condition you’re looking to prevent, you’ll want to pick between a few different types of mouthwashes to find the right one for you. The various types of mouthwash each contain a combination of alcohols, fluoride, or antibacterial properties and each mixture of mouthwash helps prevent a specific dental issue. 

Antibacterial Mouthwashes
Antibacterial mouthwashes, as the name implies, are made to fight against bacterial diseases, including most forms of gum disease. Antibacterial mouthwashes are recommended for combatting plaque and gingivitis. While the vast majority of mouthwash products have trace amounts of antibacterial properties, there are some made specifically to battle bacterial infections. Antibacterial mouthwashes also slow down the production of sulfur compounds in your mouth, which can help eliminate bad breath. 

Alcohol Mouthwashes
Alcohol mouthwashes, also known as antiseptic mouthwashes, also work to kill germs that cause plaque and gingivitis in the mouth. Alcohol mouthwashes clean around your gum line to decrease your probability of developing gingivitis. Alcohol mouthwashes are also known for aiding in the fight against cavities. However, alcohol can be extremely drying and worsen bad breath for some people. 

Fluoride Rinses 
Fluoride mouthwashes are used, primarily, to prevent tooth decay and cavities. It does not remove existing plaque, so regular brushing remains essential! Fluoride is used to strengthen your enamel and protect against cavities, making teeth more durable when plaque takes hold. Many mouthwashes do not contain fluoride, so don’t assume you’re getting fluoride unless the label specifically says so! Many therapeutic mouth rinses contain fluoride to assist in preventing tooth decay. 

Using a mouthwash that is suited to your health needs is a great way to take care of your mouth in between dental visits. When shopping for mouthwash, be sure to pick one that has earned the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). If you’re unsure which type of mouthwash is best for your dental health, please consult Go Dental, your family dentist in Valencia!

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Finding The Right Toothbrush

Most of us don’t give much thought to the seemingly simple utensil you use (at least) two times a day—the toothbrush. Whether you’re using an electric, rechargeable toothbrush or a simple, low-tech toothbrush, there many factors that contribute to a making the right choice for your teeth. 

Electric vs. Manual
The single most significant difference between toothbrushes is the difference between electric and manual. Electric toothbrushes offer unidirectional, rotational, and ultrasonic motions. These automated motions can help remove the plaque and gingivitis. Manual toothbrushes, however, are much more affordable. Come see your Valencia Dentist before purchasing an electric toothbrush, and we’ll make sure to recommend the right one for you. 

The average length of a medium-sized toothbrush head is just under an inch. Toothbrushes for infants and children will vary in size. If you need a smaller head to help reach further crevices in your gums, a small head toothbrush might be better for you. The head of the toothbrush should be able to reach all areas and surfaces of your teeth and gums (including the back of those molars!).

Head Shape
The shape of the head itself is designed to help the brush comfortably navigate your mouth. A diamond shape may help reach the posterior teeth while the conventional rounded rectangle may work just fine for you. Additionally, brands offer a “polishing cup” shape, which includes a rounded bristle clump that helps focus brushing on one specific tooth.

Bristle Shape
The bristles on a brush come in a few varieties. These include block, wavy, multilevel, and crisscross. In many ways, a bristle is a bristle, so don’t let this detail tie up your decision-making process! Look for a toothbrush with a nice variety of bristles, as each is designed to reach between teeth where plaque and tartar build-up can occur. 
Handle Shape
While the shape of the handle doesn’t change the toothbrushes impact too much, it can have an impact on your comfort. Choosing a contra-angle or flexible handle may make your brush more comfortable to use. 

You will have the option of soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. This is the density of bristles on the toothbrush. If you are a heavy brusher, a soft brush may help prevent harm to your gums and enamel. For most, a soft brush is the safest and most efficient. 

Of course the color of your toothbrush doesn’t have an impact on your dental hygiene, but brushing your teeth should be fun! For kids especially, make sure to pick up something colorful and fun to encourage happy and consistent brushing.

Final Thoughts
A comfortable toothbrush will make you more likely to keep brushing and will help you keep up with a complete dental hygiene routine. Along with picking the right toothbrush, making the right decision on toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash will enhance your twice-a-day routine. When picking out a new toothbrush, make sure to look for a toothbrush that has earned the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). If you’re still not sure which toothbrush is right for you, ask your family dentist in Valencia! We’re always happy to help.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Celebrating Root Canal Awareness Week

With the 10th Annual Root Canal Awareness Week just around the corner, let’s tackle the two words most hope to never hear from a dentist: root canal. A recent survey from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) showed that 67% of people surveyed said pain was the most concerning part of a root canal treatment. Although root canals are often believed to be a traumatic procedure, when done with modern techniques from a trained dentist, getting a root canal can be fairly painless and easy. The AAE, along with your family dentist in Valencia, wants to raise awareness of root canal treatments and how proper dental hygiene can prevent needing them. 

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What is a root canal?
The tooth is composed of many different parts that play different roles in your dental health. The enamel is the pearly part of the tooth we all try so hard to keep white. Just under that is the dentin, which is a pathway for plaque to get from the enamel to the pulp. The pulp holds and protects your teeth’s roots. When the roots become infected or inflamed, a root canal may be necessary. Through preliminary x-rays, your dentist will identify the depth of your cavity and decipher based on the extent of the damage if you will need a filling or a root canal. 

After the use of a local anesthetic, your dentist will use a special dental tool to disinfect, remove, and clean out the infected pulp. The cleared root canal will then be filled with a rubber compound and sealed with a cementing paste. The process is finished out with a filling or a crown to protect from further infection and restore the tooth to a healthy state. This root canal process saves the natural tooth instead of needing to remove a decayed tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. 

How do I prevent a root canal?
Like most dental procedures, root canal can usually be prevented by taking pride in your oral health. Following the tips below and making regular trips to your Valencia dentist will help keep your teeth healthy:

  • Maintain a low-acid and low-sugar diet. When the natural bacteria, plaque, that lives on your teeth is combined with any carbohydrate, an acid is released and will begin eating at your enamel. 
  • Brush and floss your teeth 2-3 times a day, particularly after every meal. Don’t give any residual carbohydrates the chance to start the decay process!  
  • If you are involved in any contact sports or activities, make sure you wear a protective mouth guard. Trauma to teeth can lead to a weakened tooth structure making it more susceptible to infection.  
  • Visit your friendly Valencia dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning. This will pre-emptively identify any cavities that could potentially turn into needing a root canal.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

7 Fast Facts from Your Valencia Dentist

  1. What is plaque, anyway? Plaque is a clear, sticky film that sticks to your teeth. When you consume sugar, the plaque reacts by producing acid, which eats away at a tooth’s enamel. Over time, this acid erodes holes into the teeth, known as cavities or dental caries.
  2. Does my mouth defend against tooth decay? Yes, but your mouth needs all the help it can get! Saliva constantly provides your teeth with minerals, protecting them from acids and preventing tooth decay, but plaque builds up quickly and needs to be brushed and flossed away. Make sure to give your keep the care they need and the saliva will take care of the rest.
  3. Sugar-free doesn’t mean tooth-decay free. Although reducing your intake of sugar certainly does make life easier for your enamel, the acidic substitutes found in many of the sweet “sugar-free” products can often be just as harmful. A tip from your Valencia dentist: Just because it says “sugar free” doesn’t mean it’s safe for your teeth!

  4. Chew on this! There is one notable exception to the “sugar-free” rule: Chewing sugar-free gum after meals results in a significant reduction in the formation of dental cavities. This is because chewing gum promotes the generation of saliva, which helps wash harmful sugars and acids from your teeth!
  5. What is a cavity anyway? A cavity is decay that has progressed to the point it forms a hole in the tooth. Your Valencia dentist will check for cavities regularly because, when left unaddressed, cavities get larger and larger, and eventually become big problems.
  6. Dental visits aren’t audits. As much about getting your teeth cleaned as it is about preventing bigger issues. Your Valencia dentist isn’t out to catch bad habits; they’re here to heal, clean, and educate you on ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  7. Oral hygiene is about more than pearly whites. Oral hygiene involves much more than regular brushing to maintain a set of pearly whites. Keeping your mouth clean is in part about keeping your gums healthy. And, not to scare you, but unhealthy gums have been linked to heart disease. A healthy mouth is part of a healthy body.

Dentistry is a huge field and there’s a lot to learn. All the family dentists here at Go Dental hope that these few fast facts keep your smile bright and your gums happy!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Canker Sores: Identifying, Treating, and Getting Help

Many of us have felt the discomfort of a small, circle sore on the inside of our lips. These irritating blemishes are commonly known as canker sores--scientifically known as recurring aphthous ulcers. They seem to crop up out of nowhere, cause stinging discomfort, and may prompt a trip to your Valencia dentist if they’re large and persistent. Today, we’re going to talk about the causes, remedies, and dangers of canker sores so you know when it’s time to visit your Valencia dentists.

What Causes Canker Sores?
The first question on everyone’s mind when they start feeling the sting of a canker sore is, “Why?” The truth is, we still haven’t pinned down the exact cause of canker sores. However, we do know of a few contributing factors. These include:
  • Stress.
  • Deficiencies in iron, folic acid, or vitamin B12.
  • Certain drugs.
  • Hormonal changes.
  • Physical trauma to the lips or gums.

What Are the Symptoms of Canker Sores?
It’s easy to recognize when your mouth is in pain, but it’s not always a simple task to investigate and identify the source of the pain. The following are the telltale traits of canker sores:
  • These sores are typically no larger than a centimeter across and have a defined circular or ovular shape.
  • They typically develop within the front part of the mouth, on the inside of the lip, under the front or sides of the tongue, or (rarely) directly on the gums.
  • If you can get a good look with a light source, canker sores are typically white or pale yellow in color and have a red outline.

How Can I Treat a Canker Sore?
Unfortunately, the best medicine for a canker sore is time. Oftentimes, these sores take roughly a week to diminish, and up to two weeks to fully disappear. That being said, there are a few techniques you can employ at home to make the process less painful:
  • Do not pick at the sore. Try your best to avoid irritating the sore, as this will cause it to become inflamed, which only promotes more discomfort.
  • Try swishing over-the-counter mouthwash or salt water. In either case, do not swallow after swishing.
  • Avoid spicy foods, as these can aggravate the canker sore.

When Should I See a Dentist?
If you have a canker sore that is showing no signs of subsiding (or is getting worse) after two weeks, be sure to make an appointment with your local family dentist. Also, if your canker sore is very irregularly shaped or is much larger than a centimeter across, make an appointment with your Valencia dentist. 

As always, we recommend erring on the safe side and, if you’re not sure whether your ailment is serious, take the safe route and visit your dentist anyway. At Go Dental, we’re here to answer questions and love helping our patients understand!