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3 Reasons That Will Compel You To Get Regular Dental Checkups Done

Besides other important things in life, staying in contact with a good and hygienic dental clinic is also of great importance. While dental problems do not pose any threat to life, they surely can cause discomfort and a lot of pain. If any dental problem is not treated right on time, it can cause greater pain accompanied by a need of expensive treatment.

General dentistry covers various common and essential dental procedures like cleaning, fillings, extractions, root canals, scaling and etc. Such procedures are usually not very complex and require a few visits only. While common procedures are performed at general dentistry clinics, these clinics have recently started offering certain cosmetic procedures like veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign, etc. With the increasing demand of cosmetic dental procedures, the meaning of a general dentistry clinic has also evolved.beautiful white teeth

While you may think that you do not need to visit a dental clinic without an emergency, it is strongly recommended to visit a reliable dentist at least once in every six months. People who question the necessity of regular visits to dental clinics should take a look at following 3 main reasons why they should not ignore their dental visits.

  1. An Early Stage Identification Of Dental Problems

Many people do not notice what is wrong with their gums or teeth until the problem becomes painful. Visiting a dental clinic for regular examination may help your dentist detect the problem at its early stage. Early detection means less pain and less invasive dental procedures. For instance, the initial signs of a decaying tooth can be arrested and easily taken care of with the help of a filling. And especially in the case of a decaying tooth, you may end up losing it if not cured on time. So, consider paying regular visits to your dental clinic for your health and also for your pocket as early detection and least invasive procedures cost less than procedures that are performed when situation gets worse.

  1. Prevention Of Dental Problems

Regular dental checkups are not only beneficial for early detection of dental problems but also best for prevention and elimination of the root cause for several dental problems. While it is strongly recommended to brush twice a day, many people ignore the importance of brushing their teeth and skip teeth brushing every now and then. If you visit your dentist at least twice a year, you can avoid many dental problems by just getting your teeth cleaned. With scaling, you can easily clean all the inaccessible areas of your teeth where food particles stuck. Regular scaling and cleaning can help you prevent plaque also.

  1. Detection Of Other Health Issues

Your dentist will also check your mouth for the lesions and other signs that may indicate serious issues of overall health. There are some things that only doctors can spot. A dentist, during an oral exam, can alarm the patient about lesions that might be an indication of oral cancer. So, do not take your dental problems lightly and make it a habit to visit your dental clinic at regular intervals even if you think you are fine.

 

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A reminder on brushing your teeth properly!

Some people iHow To Brush Your Teeth Properly 2gnore the importance of brushing their teeth properly. Some may avoid brushing twice a day, while others do not realize that they are brushing their teeth incorrectly. Brushing your teeth incorrectly, may cause more harm to your teeth and gums than the actual benefit of brushing.

What Is The Proper Way To Brush?

Proper teeth brushing takes 2 minutes, at least. Most adults hurry up and do not brush for 2 minutes straight. If you are not sure about the time you’re taking to brush, try using a counter or stopwatch and set it to two minutes. Use gentle and short strokes, pay attention to your gum-line and hard-to-reach back teeth. Also, give extra attention and care to the areas around crowns, fillings or other restorations if any. Consider these useful tips while brushing the teeth:

  • First clean outer surface of upper teeth and then lower teeth.
  • Clean inner surface of upper teeth and then the lower teeth.
  • Clean all the chewing surfaces.
  • Brush your tongue for a fresher breath.

Which Kind Of Toothbrush Should You Use?

Most dentists agree that soft-bristled toothbrushes are best for removing debris and plaque from your teeth. Dentists also recommend small-headed toothbrushes as those brushes can reach and clean all areas of your mouth easily. Powered toothbrushes are also a good alternative for those who face difficulty in brushing their teeth.

How Important Is Your Toothpaste?

It is very important to use the right toothpaste for your teeth. There is a large range of toothpastes designed specifically for dental conditions like tartar, cavities, stained teeth, sensitivity and gingivitis. Consult your family dentist regarding the selection of the right toothpaste depending upon your particular dental conditions.

How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

According to the dentists, you should replace the toothbrush when it starts to show wear. Dentists also recommend replacing toothbrush every three months. It is also recommended to change out your toothbrush if you just recovered from a flu.

Useful Teeth Brushing Tips

There are a few and very common teeth brushing mistakes which should be avoided in order to maintain good dental health. Consider the useful tips given below for future brushing:

  • Always use the right kind of toothbrush for your teeth: Using a brush with soft and right kind of bristles along with a comfortable handle makes teeth brushing more comfortable and beneficial.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day at least and for 2 minutes each time: Brushing your teeth for less than 2 minutes may leave your teeth unclean and may not remove tartar properly. It is ideal to brush your teeth twice daily for best results.
  • Do not brush too hard or too often: It is ideal to brush 3 times a day but brushing your teeth more than 4 times a day may cause harm to your gum health. Dentists also suggest refraining from vigorous brushing as it may erode your tooth enamel and cause gum recession. Also, you should replace the toothbrush after every three months because if the bristles lose their flexibility, they will not clean your teeth properly.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips, Dr. Saliba at Selective Dentistry in Corona Del Mar wishes you and your family a happy and healthy smile.

 

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Dos and Don’ts when taking care of your teeth

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Most dentists agree on the “do’s and don’t’s” of good oral hygiene. Doctor Saliba included the golden rules of maintaining good oral health:

  • DO brush your teeth for up to 120 seconds or two minutes.
  • DO use fluoride and ADA-approved toothpaste. For children under the age of nine, do use fluoride supplements in order to help them strengthen their teeth against tooth decay.
  • DO brush two to three times a day, especially before going to bed.
  • DO floss between your teeth at once a day.
  • DO eat healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • DO go to the dentist for basic cleanup and checkups on a regular basis (once or twice a year).
  • DON’T smoke, as smoking is one of the leading causes of gum diseases.
  • DON’T snack before go to bed.
  • DON’T use sugar or honey in your coffee or tea. Try to use sugar substitutes, instead.
  • If you have a baby, DON’T give your baby fruit juice, as juices are acidic (and wear down teeth gradually) and contain loads of sugar.
  • DON’T make is a habit to eat sugar-filled candies.
  • Parents, DON’T use candy as a pacifier, as studies show that doing this will predispose children to adult obesity. 

Other important tips related to maintaining good oral health include:

  • Choose the right type of toothbrush. Hard-bristled brushes do not remove plaque or stains better than soft-bristled brushes and are not kind to sensitive teeth and gums.
  • For flossing, lightly waxed or unwaxed floss tends to work best for most people. For people who have teeth that are very close together, use Teflon-coating, thin tape.
  • Although no mouthwash or rinse can kill all the bacteria in your mouth, when used in combination with brushing and flossing, mouth rinses can help reduce bacteria that causes dental plaque, which helps to prevent gum diseases. In order for mouthwashes to work properly, however, you must keep the wash in your mouth for the duration recommended on the label.
  • Teeth whitening is most ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (i.e., no fillings) and gums. Also, for people who want to whiten their teeth, going to their dentist’s office for light-activated whitening can make teeth three to eight shades lighter, while over-the-counter whitening agents or toothpastes tend to lighten tooth color by one shade.
 

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Tips on best teeth brushing techniques

Brushing your teeth the right way is key to good oral hygiene and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Here are some easy tips to follow when it comes to brushing your teeth the right way:

  • dentalexampicThe American Dental Association advises to brush at least twice a day.
  • In order to properly brush your teeth, don’t rush! You need to brush for a full two minutes. Generally, most people do not come close to brushing their teeth for this long. To get a sense of how long this feels, brush you teeth with a stopwatch, some electric toothbrushes such as OralB come with a timer attached to your brush and automatically turns it off when the time is up.
  • Clean each section of your teeth. Pay particular attention to the hard-to-reach back teeth, crowns and fillings and your gumline, which are the most likely places for gingivitis.
  • Sections to clean include: the outer and inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then the outer and inner surfaces of your lower teeth. Make sure to also brush your tongue. While brushing, hold your toothbrush at a slight angle (45-degree angle), and gently brush with concise back-and-forth motions on your teeth (although avoid doing so on your gumline, as side-to-side brushing can lead to gum recession and root exposure). Another motion is to brush teeth surfaces, inside and outside, in a gentle, circular motion.
  • A majority of dentists will tell you the best type of toothbrush for your teeth is a soft-bristled brush, which are gentle on your gumline but also help to remove the plaque and food debris stuck in your teeth. A powered toothbrush might also be another alternative, as it also does a good and thorough job in cleaning the teeth.
  • Choose the right toothpaste, which should always include fluoride and be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Also, special toothpastes are made to address specific conditions, including toothpaste that specifically fights tartar, stained teeth and gingivitis.
  • On average, if you brush everyday, two to three times a day, you should replace your toothbrush once every three months or when your toothbrush begins to show wear. If you’re also sick, keep in mind that your tooth bristles keep germs. You may want to replace your toothbrush after being sick, as using the same toothbrush can lead to you being reinfected again.
  • Keep your toothbrush clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with hot water after brushing, and place it in an upright position. Allow it to air-dry and avoid regularly covering the toothbrush or storing it in a closed container.

At our private Corona Del Mar dental office, we prefer to prevent and educate, we hope you’re on your way to great preventive care with these brushing techniques.

 

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Dentist, Teeth Cleaning

 

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Spring cleaning for the heart – Periodontal and Heart Disease – The link

In recent years heart disease has become one of the main components in many deaths around the world. The number has risen drastically, particularly in women. Statistics show that 8.6 million women die from heart disease every year and many of these women are under the age of 50.

Interestingly enough, when we think of heart disease we automatically think of our diet or lack of exercise. This in fact is true, a poor diet, high in fat and cholesterol combined with little physical activity are major factors. However, there is also a different contributing issue; doctors have now linked periodontal gum disease as a culprit in having a healthy heart. Although there are many studies where researchers are still in the process of trying to figure out exactly on how many levels heart disease and oral health are related. The evidence is clear that a link has been established.

This spring throw your typical house cleaning out the window, there is nothing wrong with reminding yourself and your loved one about how important their heart health is to them as well as to you.  Put together a self-spring cleaning plan and care kit, some fancy toothpaste and a new toothbrush can be a great addition to healthy eating and exercise, make yourself or a loved one a much needed dental appointment.  Educate yourself on how often to brush your teeth and how to properly brush your teeth.

Orange County dentist, Doctor Saliba at Selective Dentistry in Corona Del Mar, makes it a priority to educate his patients about the importance of oral health, proper preventative care and the link to the overall health including the heart.  His office regularly hands out more toothbrushes and toothpaste to the community and local schools in hopes of implementing good oral hygiene at an early age.

This spring, take a little time out of your busy hectic schedule,  holiday and tax preparations by doing something that is self-indulging for you and your family.

 

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Giving the gift of a bright smile for the holidays.

Around the holidays, almost everyone you see tends to be friendlier, kinder and more giving.  The holidays are a time to share smiles, kind words and genuine quality time with the people we care about.  Some people wait for this time to take full advantage of the promotions only offered during the holiday season. 

Take a quick visit to the mail box a week before thanksgiving and you will find enough discounted offers to last you a year, unfortunately many of the offers are short lived and don’t make it past the 30 day expiration date.  Black Friday is the busiest time of the year for most retailers, a quick search on the internet will lead many results for discounted prices and savings for holiday shopping. 

A service provider such as a dentist finds it difficult to slash prices on services without jeopardizing the quality of service provided because their prices are based on the amount of time, product and quality of service they provide themselves.  What many of the service providers end up doing is volunteering their services for a better cause during the holidays by sharing their services at no cost for someone that truly needs it.

This holiday season, one service provider decided to give a gift that doesn’t hold an expiration date.  The gift of a smile, Newport Beach area dentist Doctor Saliba is holding a drawing on December 15, 2011 in his private Corona Del Mar dental office to give one lucky winner from his Facebook fans a professional teeth cleaning and in-office teeth whitening.  He’s also promoting sharing by allowing the winner to transfer his winnings if they feel someone else needs it more than they do.

No matter what you decide to share with someone this holiday season, whether it’s an item they’ve always wanted, something you’ve made, or a surprise you decided they will enjoy, remember to share it with a smile on your face, because the gift of you sharing a smile will not expire.

 

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A gift of good health for the holidays!

When you think of gift giving this holiday season, the last thing you think about is sending someone you care about to the dentist, it almost seem more of a punishment than a thoughtful gift, but is it?

There are many treatments that a dentist can perform that are non-invasive and can enhance the natural smile.  Someone you love and care about might have avoided their teeth cleaning for a while; this would be your chance to get them in to see a dentist.

If someone has always wanted to get their teeth professionally whitened but hasn’t taken the first step in doing so, it’s a great idea to give them the gift of a white bright smile for the holiday season.  For those grinders, you know who they are; you hear them grinding away at their teeth while they’re lying next to you in bed.  A custom fit night guard will help them save their teeth and may also help you sleep better.

Newport Beach dentist in Corona Del Mar, doctor Saliba says “some people need a little nudge to go see their dentist, a gift of oral health from someone might just do the trick”.  I happen to agree with this statement, most people avoid the dentist due to the uncomfortable position of lying down and leaving your mouth open for a long period of time.

The treatments mentioned above are quick and lead excellent immediate results.  So when you think of giving someone you care about a gift that will really last, try to think of something that will promote good oral hygiene, especially if you’re going to kiss that mouth under the mistletoe this holiday season.  If not, try to think of something that really promotes overall health.  You will be happy you gave them something they really need, and they will be happy to know that you care.

Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

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