Even when there is nothing wrong with your teeth and gums, you should take extra care of them. Tooth pain and dental procedures aren’t fun for anyone. Plus, you only get one set of adult teeth to last your entire life! Preventive dentistry is vital to the health and well-being of your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Read on to find out seven helpful tips that you need to implement today!
When you notice that your toothbrush is damaged or is starting to smell bad then it’s time to buy a new one. For a typical person, you should at least be replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.
As this is the instrument that you are using to brush the plaque away from your teeth multiple times a day, it’s quite important to keep it in a state of good working order. Bacteria can collect over time and create a bad smell. In addition, the bristles tend to wear out after use, making them not as efficient in cleaning.
It’s almost a worn-out saying at this point and any preventative dentist is probably tired of repeating it to patients. It’s a quick and simple step to add to your daily routine: flossing.
There are tons of different products designed to help you implement this. If you don’t prefer using the regular floss then you could go for the popular water flosser. This helpful tool uses water to push the plaque and food out of those difficult places.
Flossing is important because it dislodges food and plaque that’s stuck in between teeth and hard-to-reach places. When you don’t floss you are allowing this to sit in those spots and potentially create cavities.
Fluoride is a mineral that is in many of our kinds of toothpaste. Some people have chosen to use fluoride-free toothpaste which could be for other health concerns. For most people, dental health experts recommend that you use fluoride toothpaste.
This mineral helps slow down the decay of enamel on our teeth. This enamel is the line of defense when it comes to protecting our teeth from damage and decay.
Fluoride also helps with remineralization. When there is a weak spot caused by the acids of plaque, fluoride helps to form new enamel crystals. This stops the demineralization and prevents you from having a cavity.
At around the age of four to five years old, a person should start having a dental cleaning twice a year. A dental hygenist will inspect your gums for periodontal disease. This gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
Regular dental cleanings allow you to stay on top of what’s happening in your mouth and be in the know about your health. Furthermore, they can help prevent anything from occurring in the future.
If there is something that needs to be addressed, you will know straight away and be able to take care of it before more damage develops. Deep cleanings may also be recommended based on your situation.
Tooth decay and cavities are caused by several factors intertwining. Plaque, a thin, white, and sticky substance, forms on your teeth throughout the day. There are bacteria within this plaque.
When sugar is consumed, the bacteria consume the sugar and produce acid as a waste product. This acid is what leads to tooth decay and eventually cavities.
Cutting down on the amount of sugar that you consume can help to eliminate the acid that bacteria give off. The more of this acid that you can eliminate, the better to ensure that you aren’t putting yourself at risk for damage.
Most tap water in the United States contains fluoride. However, if you are more likely to consume bottled water, then you might have a fluoride deficiency. This can lead to a greater risk of developing cavities.
A fluoride treatment is a simple solution to this problem. Supplements can be provided to those of all ages and mouthwashes are another form of treating this type of deficiency. To protect your dental health, a hygenist or dentist may recommend that you switch to tap water.
Having a regular dental examination is key to living a happy and healthy life. Your oral health can contribute to your overall health and the formation of other diseases. At your examination, your preventative dentist will take digital x-rays, examine previous dental work, evaluate cosmetic concerns, conduct an oral cancer screening, and clean your teeth.
These examinations are the perfect time to discuss with your dentist any concerns that you may have. They might also have more preventative recommendations for you based on your specific case. It’s important to be comfortable speaking with your dental health professional to ensure that you are getting the most appropriate care.
Staying Healthy with Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is such a vital service to our overall well-being. With these tips in mind, it’s time to set new routines to protect yourself from tooth decay and gum disease. No one wants to venture into the restorative side of dentistry, so take care of your oral health from the start.
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Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana reveals what that weird blue light is that your dentist uses, how it works and if there are any risks to your teeth and gums when using it. https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: What is that weird blue light my dentist uses? [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] Transcript Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and today I’m going to talk to you about a question we often get here at the office, and that is, what is the blue light that we use and is it dangerous? So what is it? That blue light is a dental curing light. It’s basically a piece of dental equipment that we use to harden or cure our resin or basically, tooth-colored filling materials, as well as some other materials that we use such as cements and bonding agents that we use to restore your teeth back to health. So how does this light work? When fillings are placed in the teeth, they are very soft so that they can be molded to the correct shape and anatomy. When the dentist or the assistant who is placing the filling is happy with the shape and the contour, they will then set the material to make it hard. That’s where the blue light comes in. We press the light, the blue light shines on it, and it will make the material hard as rock, strong enough for you to be able to chew on as soon as you leave. Okay, so here’s the big question. What about the blue light? Everyone wants to know what it is. So I’ll tell you what it’s not. It is not a UV light and it is not a laser. What it is, is a very strong blue light and it’s blue because it falls into the range of the wavelengths under the blue light spectrum. So like I said, it’s not a laser and it’s not a UV light. So it’s not going to cause any damage to your teeth or your gums. The only danger is if you look at the light for too long. It’s kind of similar to looking at the sun for too long. Dentists and assistants who place fillings are the most at risk. That’s why there is an orange filter on the light to protect our eyes. So no need to be concerned about the blue light or the curing light. It’s been a significant advancement in dentistry for us and allows us to place fillings that are hard, exactly the way we want them to be so you’re ready to use your tooth just like you wanted when you leave. Thanks for listening and remember, at Southeast Family Dental, we love to make you smile.
Do you suffer from fears and anxiety when going to the dentist? Or, maybe a trip to the dentist is a scary event for your child, which also stresses you out? Dental fears, anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fears. Some people (perhaps up to 20%) experience so much anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. People experience dental anxiety and fears for various reasons, including: * Previous bad experiences at the dentist’s office. * Fear of pain. * Feeling helpless or not in control of the situation. * Embarrassment about the state of their teeth and gums. Being unfamiliar with the instruments, noises and smells in the dental office. This is especially true for young children. At Southeast Family Dental, we understand how the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and fears. But calming fears isn’t just for kids, some adults need help calming their anxiety at the dentist, too. So a dentist located in Northbrook, IL, has found an ingenious way to do just that. He brings a trained comfort dog into his office. The golden retriever soothes nervous kids and adults alike by comforting them during dental exams. In fact, the golden retriever has a sixth sense when it comes to figuring out exactly who needs him the most. A comfort dog really is an excellent idea to calm dental fears, because animals tend to have a soothing effect on people. Other ideas that dentists may use to calm your fears, include: * Providing you with an iPad and headphones, so you can listen to relaxing music or watch a TV program to distract you. * Offering you a blanket for warmth, comfort and the feeling of security. * Giving you nitrous oxide or other sedatives to help you feel relaxed during dental exams or procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety and fears, talk to our team at Southeast Family Dental. We can talk to you about what to expect during your appointment and help you find ways to ease your fears. We want to make sure your dental experience is as calm, comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it at some point. It can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or stressed about a situation. While the occasional feeling of stress is normal, having feelings of stress all the time can take a toll on your health. IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH Stress can have a major impact on your health, and it can have a similarly major impact on your oral health. Most people have probably experienced an ulcer at some point in their life, and an ulcer is just one example of the way chronic stress can negatively impact your oral and overall health. * When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases your blood glucose levels. This increase in blood sugar can lead to inflammation, which can trigger the body's immune response to fight off infection or injury. However, when the immune system is overstimulated, it can lead to an increase in gum disease. * Not only can stress increase the chances of developing gum disease, but it can also increase your risk for more serious diseases, such as cancer. This is because your immune system becomes weakened by stress, and compromised health can make it harder for your immune system to fight disease effectively. * Additionally, stress can cause bruxism – an abnormal clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in your jaw that can be chronic. And, since it does affect your smile, it's considered part of your oral health. If you are suffering from this, we may be able to help by finding a custom oral appliance you can wear at night to protect your teeth from damage. We can also recommend other ways to cope with stress and advise you on steps you can take to improve your oral health. WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of stress on your body. Regular exercise is one of the best options, as it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and balanced. You should also try to stick to a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water during the day, and try to get enough sleep each night. When you're under a lot of stress, you should make sure to keep up with your regular checkup and cleaning appointments. We can work with you to identify problem areas in your smile and take steps to help you prevent symptoms from getting worse over time. If you're overdue for your annual exam and cleaning, then it's time to give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We can be reached at (317) 359-8000. Our dentist's office is located in Indianapolis, IN, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy for many years to come!
Southeast Family Dental is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bohnert and Dr. Laura Geiger have been selected by a vote of their peers to be Top Dentists, www.usatopdentists.com. and featured in the “Best of Indy” December issue of of Indianapolis Monthly. Indianapolis Monthly December 2018Dr. Bohnert is a 10-year winner and Dr. Geiger is a 3-year winner of the Top Dentist award. This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Indiana cast votes on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. Inclusion in Top Dentists is considered a singular honor. Dr. Laura Geiger responded to the announcement. “We are thrilled to have been voted Top Dentists. This honor shows us that we are meeting our mission to change the way you feel about going to the dentist, while giving you more reasons to smile.”
Drinking water is essential to your health. Water helps to transport nutrients in your body, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps build muscle, digests food and improves your skin complexion. And, yes, water really is healthy for your teeth, especially if it’s fluoridated. Some reasons why water is beneficial to your teeth include: * Tap water may contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in almost all water supplies. Also fluoride can be added to a town’s water supply. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, it has been shown to reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60%. However, it’s important to note that not all bottled waters contain fluoride. * Water naturally rinses your teeth and keep them clean. When you drink water, especially after eating, it helps wash away food particles and acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t brush your teeth while you’re out, drink a glass of water and swish the water around in your mouth to help clean your teeth until you can get home and brush. * Drinking water helps to decrease the pH level in your mouth. The neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0. When you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, the pH level can drop below 5.0. Too much acid can cause bad bacteria to grow, leading to tooth decay, which occurs when the pH level in your mouth is 5.5 or lower. But drinking water can help neutralize the effects of acid in your mouth. * Water helps alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva in your mouth, dry mouth can occur. You need an adequate supply of saliva to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria and to wash away food particles. Otherwise, a mouth that’s too dry can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Drink water as part of your daily dental health routine As you see, drinking water really is healthy for your teeth. So make drinking water a regular part of your daily dental health routine, in addition to brushing and flossing. But be careful of some seltzer waters. Some are advertised as water, but contain additional sweeteners that make them just as harmful as soda. Also, they are more acidic than flat water so should be limited due to their ability to erode teeth. Also, remember to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Southeast Family Dental by calling us at (317) 359-8000.