Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Expiration Date on Dental Work

Did you know there is an expiration date on your dental work?

That’s one of the many reasons you should have routine maintenance check-ups with your friendly Valencia dentist. During your exam your Valencia dentist will check for any weaknesses in past dental work and determine if any need to be replaced. Maintaining great dental hygiene is the first step you can take to keeping your dental work in good shape.

Dental work including fillings (dental restoration), crowns, and bridges last quite a few years but may need to be replaced due to drinking, eating, or grinding. Tooth decay can occur around the filling leaving a dangerous gap between the filling and the tooth. That gap is an open door for bacteria and food particles. An X-ray may be required in order to determine if there has been any decay under the previous dental work. If there has been decay under a crown, the crown may need to be replaced.

Fillings, if done correctly and properly taken care of, should last over 10 years. Crowns and bridges should last anywhere between 10-15 years. Each person has unique dental hygiene and the longevity of your dental work will vary. Your Valencia dentist will be able to determine the best lifecycle of your dental work.

If you think you have a broken or worn down implant or previous dental work, call your Valencia dentist and make an appointment today! Waiting to get it repaired could cause damage to not only the implant but to your teeth.

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smile@thedentist.com

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. 


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smile@thedentist.com

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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Go Dental - Top Valencia Dentist

smile@thedentist.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pick the Best Mouthwash

mouthwashes from your valencia dentist
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. 

Size
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!).

Shape
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. 

Hardness
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. 

Color
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.