This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing.
Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a manual toothbrush. Those with some form of motor disability or arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush. An electric brush can also be helpful for kids or anyone with braces.
The same tooth brushing rules apply – two times per day, two minutes at a time. One advantage of an electric toothbrush is that some have a built-in timer. If you’re one of those quick brushers who has a hard time making it to two minutes, consider using a timed electric brush.
At your next dental visit, ask us whether we think you would do better with a manual or electric brush! And, as always, don’t forget to floss!
Do you visit the dentist every six months for professional teeth cleanings? Although you may be tempted to skip regular dental appointments if your teeth feel fine, the visits offer important benefits for your oral health. Roseville, CA, dentists Drs. Hana and Ibtisam Rashid offer the comprehensive dental treatments and services you need for a healthy smile.
Why are professional teeth cleanings important?
Professional cleanings are essential even if you brush and floss regularly. Without those cleanings, you may experience:
- More Cavities: Daily brushing and flossing are essential aspects of reducing your cavity risk, but they may not eliminate every trace of plaque from your mouth. The dental hygienists at your Roseville, CA, dentist's office are skilled at removing plaque from hard-to-reach places that may be overlooked when you brush your teeth. Although professional cleanings are important for everyone, they're particularly crucial if you teeth overlap, as overlapping areas can trap cavity-causing plaque.
- Increased Gum Disease Risk: Plaque turns into tartar when it remains on your teeth for a week or longer. Tartar, a hard brown or gray substance, can often be seen on the bottom of your teeth along the gum line. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing have no effect on tartar. In fact, it can only be removed during a professional cleaning. Tartar can be very irritating to your gums and may contribute to gum disease. Professional cleanings provide a simple way to help you lower your gum disease risk.
- A Duller Smile: Professional cleanings also help you look your best. The cleanings remove surface stains that can dull your smile.
- Better Breath: Have you ever noticed how fresh and clean your mouth feels when you leave the dentist's office after a cleaning? Cleanings remove tiny trapped particles that can cause bad breath.
- Worsening Tooth Issues: Every regular visit also includes a dental examination. In addition to checking for cavities, your dentist will also look for signs of other dental issues, such as loose crowns or fillings, early gum disease signs, or brittle teeth. Taking care of these issues when they're still fairly minor is easier and less expensive.
Keep your smile clean and healthy with a professional cleaning! Call Roseville, CA, dentists Drs. Hana and Ibtisam Rashid at (916)-780-1955 to schedule your appointment.
Ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay?
Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different. You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque. Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-awhile treat. Here’s why:
Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay. The more sugar our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.
Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.
Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda. Instead of soda, we recommend spicing up your daily beverages with other alternatives. How about some sparkling water or plain water infused with fresh fruit?
When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!
Years of bad jokes have convinced many people that root canals are painful and to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, that false belief spurs some people to avoid visiting the dentist when they notice signs of trouble. Roseville, CA, dentist Drs. Ibtisam Rashid and Hana Rashid often treat patients who've experienced a few common signs that may occur if a root canal is needed.
Easily overlooked signs
It's easy to overlook early signs of trouble in a tooth. Problems occur when the soft pulp in the core of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Eventually, an inflammation or infection can cause a variety of symptoms, some which may seem minor at first. Mild pain can occur, but it may seem to go and come, leading many people to hope that it will eventually stop without treatment.
The gum around the tooth can appear red or swollen, but that can be explained away as a temporary inconvenience or the effects of brushing too hard. Either of these signs may indicate that you can benefit from a root canal, a procedure that involves removing the pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth and the root canals, shaping the canals and filling your tooth with rubber-based material. Although your pulp will be gone after the procedure, your tooth will continue to function normally.
Some root canal signs and symptoms are more difficult to ignore. Has your tooth changed color? Darkening of a tooth is never a good sign and warrants a trip to your Roseville dentist's office. As the inflammation or infection worsens, pain may be more intense or may occur more frequently. You may also notice that pain intensifies after you eat, particularly if you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. In fact, your tooth may feel very uncomfortable for about 30 minutes after you've eaten.
Ignoring potential danger signs can put your health at risk. Fever, severe pain, pus around your tooth, a pimple on your gum, swollen lymph nodes and facial swelling are signs of an abscess. The condition is caused by a bacterial infection. Once the antibiotics begin to work, the next step is a root canal to remove the infected pulp.
Root canals protect your teeth and your health! Call Roseville, CA, dentist Drs. Ibtisam Rashid and Hana Rashid at (916) 780-1955 to schedule your appointment.
Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?
If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!
1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 916-780-1955. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away.
2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold mik, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.
3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.
4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad until bleeding stops.
5. Oftentimes, we see cracks under old fillings, especially metal fillings because they expand and contract against the tooth, creating small cracks that become larger over time. Usually, a crown is recommended to protect the remaining tooth.
It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it.
If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out. In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately.
Here are some before and after photos of cracked teeth:
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