While dental procedures like fillings or root canals are crucial to repairing damaged or decayed teeth to keep your oral hygiene in top shape, seeing your dentist is only half of a strong oral care routine. Your at-home dental habits also shape your oral health. Find out more about good oral hygiene habits and what you can do to maintain your dental health with Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA.
What is a good at-home oral health routine?
No matter your risk level of dental issues like tooth decay, you should always brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once. This simple commitment should be enough to keep the bulk of tooth decay and gum disease at bay. However, this important task also takes some help from your dentist. Preventative examinations and cleanings will help your dentist find and treat issues like decay early with more simple, non-invasive procedures than in its later stages.
How often should I see my dentist?
Regular dental examinations and cleanings should occur at least every six months. Sticking to this schedule helps your dentist keep your teeth free of the plaque and tartar which causes decay, preventing the condition before it begins. By preventing decay, you also prevent gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss. In addition to the preventative benefits of regular dental visits, they also treat your dental conditions before they have time to become severe, saving you time, money and effort.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Roseville, CA
Maintaining your oral health with good at-home habits is easy with help and advice from your dentist. For more information on regular dental examinations and cleanings or your oral health, please contact Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA. Call 916-780-1955 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Brushing alone only cleans about 65% of the tooth’s surface, which is the outer part, leaving about 35%, which is the part that is in between the teeth, untouched and ready to house bacteria. Mouthwash can remove most of the bacteria, but the complete removal of the plaque that builds up in between the teeth requires mechanical disruption by flossing. The WaterpikTM uses pressure to push the food out but it will not compare to what flossing does as we control the floss to grab the food out by being able to feel how much pressure to apply. Of course, if you do not like to floss but will use the WaterpikTM, then I cannot badger you and appreciate that you are taking extra time beyond the 2 minutes for brushing. My routine is as follows: WaterpikTM to get most of the food out, floss to fine tune then brush my teeth and tongue. This takes about 5 minutes but flossing has been shown to add about 6 years to your life as you are removing bacteria that would otherwise live in your mouth and continue on to the rest of your body and create additional health problems that will shorten your life. We floss to stay healthy and keep our teeth so we can continue to enjoy our favorite foods. Watch our video above for how to use the WaterpikTM effectively and call us if you have any questions!
Gum disease is a silent enemy to our health, the danger is in not treating it early enough!
Bleeding while flossing indicates the presence of under the gum ulcerated tissue! By being proactive, you save your teeth and your health because bacteria in the gums travel in the bloodstream and affect you brain, heart and general health!
The process of loosing teeth goes as follows:
Slight inflammation due to illness or hormonal imbalance or not effective oral hygiene causes the gum to swell, which provides a shelter for food to hide, and a pantry for the bacteria to grow, causing acute inflammation and loss of the gum attachment to the teeth, causing the early stages of Periodontitis.
Loss of the attachment causes deeper pockets, which causes degradation of the teeth surfaces and loss of bone around the teeth and that is what we call Chronic Periodontal Disease, and that how people lose their teeth. At this stage, we try to continue non surgical therapy, by using laser treatment, local antibiotic placed under the gums and systemic antibiotics. But, if that fails, we have no choice but to refer you to the Periodontist (gum surgeon) after the Gum Therapy. Surgery is painful, but it saves the teeth.
We can start by doing a DNA testing of your saliva to find out what kind of unwanted bacteria is lingering in your mouth to cause the generalized bleeding and 4mm pockets that we saw while cleaning your teeth. The fact that the gums in your front teeth were bleeding easily means there is elevated bacterial counts in your gums. The DNA testing that we do may help us diagnose your gum disease better and possibly prescribe you antibiotics that target the correct bacteria in your mouth to take in addition to the deep cleaning. Here is the link to the website from Oral DNA (the company who we send the saliva sample to): https://www.oraldna.com/
The deep cleaning procedure is usually done in 1 appointment but sometimes 2 appointments are needed due to insurance plan restrictions. 1 appointment allows us to clean your whole mouth at once without residual buildup when you leave. The gums will need to be numb for comfort and in most cases, we only need to use a topical gel rather than an injection.
Below is a link for a detailed explanation of what Gum disease is and why and how it is treated at each stage:
With CEREC crowns you can get your restoration designed, created and placed in just one visit.
What goes into getting same day crowns?
A dental crown is recommended to protect a tooth that is weak or damaged by old metal fillings, decay, cracks or infection. Dental crowns may also be used if the tooth is severely misshapen or discolored and you would just like to improve the appearance of your tooth.
This quick one-day treatment will include these simple steps:
Impressions: With this amazing CEREC technology, we can easily take these measurements with a small handheld camera. No annoying molds to deal with. It only takes a couple minutes to snap the images we need.
Design and Fabricate: After we scan photos of your tooth, these photos will be uploaded to the computer and made into 3D images. Once the crown is designed the next step is to fabricate it in our milling machine. We only recommend ceramic crowns, as they are biological and holistic materials that are gentle on the gum tissues, in addition to looking very life-like.
Bonding the Crown: Once the crown is complete, we check the fit of the crown before we bond it into place. Once bonded, we will give it one good, final polish and you leave our office with a permanent crown! No more temporaries that feel rough or fall out, making you take time off from work or life to go back to get them re-cemented.
Same day crowns make it possible to get the dentistry you need in one visit so you can get back to your life.
Watch this clip of David Letterman as he discusses the hassle of having a temporary crown and suggests having crowns made in a single visit:
Bad breath plagues us all, but for many different reasons, read below to see how you can prevent bad breath from affecting your work and personal relationships!
- See your dentist at least every 6 months, or possibly every 3 months if you get tartar buildup easily. The bacteria that cause tartar buildup and gum disease make it hard to keep your breath fresh. If it has been a while since you have seen the dentist, untreated gum disease produces gum infections that need more aggressive cleanings.
- Brush and floss daily then brush your tongue. Bacteria are also present on your tongue. If it is coated, it needs to be clean. You can use your toothbrush (no toothpaste needed) or a tongue scraper found at any drug store.
- Prevent or control acid reflux or GERD. Acid backs up into your mouth and causes bad breath. It may have an acidic smell to it. Check with your physician about treatment options as it can develop into more serious conditions or be caused by untreated sleep apnea.
- Prevent or control dry mouth. Certain medications cause dry mouth and sometimes a combination of many medications heighten the effects of dry mouth. Mouth breathing can also cause dry mouth and you may need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to see if you have any allergies, sinus issues or sleep apnea. Without sufficient saliva to wash the mouth after you eat to breakdown the foods and neutralize the acid created, the mouth becomes a hot spot for bacteria to thrive.
- Quit smoking. No matter how hard you try to mask the smoke in your breath, either by chewing gum, eating breath mints or using mouthwash, it is only temporary.
- Clean your mouthguards, retainers, partial dentures and dentures daily with warm water and soap. If you see white buildup on them, they are covered in plaque and cannot be removed without our dental tools. Discontinue wearing them as they are doing more harm than good at this point. Make sure to bring them in so we can clean them for you or recommend replacement if there is too much growth on them.
- If you have had a cold recently, nasal drainage in the back of your throat can also cause bad breath. Control congestion with a nasal spray, Sudafed, a Neti pot (with distilled water only!) or a combination of these to keep the nasal cavity clean.
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