Posts made in January, 2018

Why Dental Health Check Ups are so Important

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Business |

A regular dental check-up is important to monitor the health of your teeth and gums periodically. It is advised that you have a regular check-up at least every six months or depending on the recommendation of your dentist. 

Check-up has two stages: the dentist will examine your mouth thoroughly and he will perform the cleaning or oral prophylaxis.  

When the dentist examines your mouth, he will be checking for cavities. If he thinks that the cavities are severe, he will use an X-ray to check the affected areas. Then he will look up for plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. Plaque is the clear, sticky film full of bacteria. A hardened plaque develops into tartar.  

Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. If the plaque and tartar is left on the teeth over time, they can cause oral diseases. The dentist will remove it using his tools. This is called scaling.  

Aside from the teeth, the dentist will also check the gums. He uses a special tool to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. A normal space between teeth and gums is a sign of healthy teeth. When the spaces become deeper, it indicates that something is wrong.  He will probe the cause of it and well recommend medications or procedures to correct it. 

The dentist will also check at your tongue, throat, face, head and neck.  He will look for any signs of problems, which include cancer. 

After scaling, the next step is polishing. The dentist will apply a thin coat of paste all over your teeth. This helps in removing the stains in the teeth surface. The last step in cleaning your teeth is flossing. Flossing will make sure that the areas between your teeth are clean. 

Visiting your Ontario CA dental office at least twice a year is not an alternate to a good dental hygiene. You still need to practice dental habits that will keep your teeth and gums healthy every day.  This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that can clean the hard to reach areas of the teeth, including the spaces in between teeth and the back. Use toothpaste with fluoride. 

Use the back of the toothbrush to remove the bacteria build up in the surface of the tongue. Gargle mouthwash at least once a day. This will help control the bacteria build up inside the mouth. It will also help in keeping your breath fresh. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day.  

 

 

 

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How to Prevent Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Business |

How to Prevent Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction

Dry socket happens when the tooth extraction site did not develop a blood clot or it dissolves even before the wound has healed. Blood clot formation is important because it protects the underlying bones and the nerve endings exposed after the tooth is extracted. The condition worsens when food debris fills up the exposed area.  

The primary symptom is a stinging pain in the area of tooth extraction. The pain usually exhibits one to three days after the dental procedure. Over the counter medication may not be enough to stop the pain. If the pain is unbearable, you need to go back to your dentist. If the dry socket is left untreated, it can develop into serious complications such as infection in the socket which can further develop into a chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis). 

To prevent dry socket after the surgery, you need to follow your dentist’s advice on what you need to do to take care of the wound. There are proper home care instructions that help promote healing of the wound. Here are some of them: 

  1. Avoid doing strenuous activities after the surgery. Take a rest for the first few days. The number of days you need to rest depends on how complicated your tooth extraction was. Ask your dentist when it is safe for you to do physical activities such as sports and exercises.
  2. Take pain relievers as instructed by your dentist. Normally, you will also need to put cold or hot compress outside of your face to reduce the pain and swelling. Follow your surgeon’s advice on the frequency and the correct way of applying cold or hot pack on your face.
  3. Drink lots of fluid. A cold water is preferred, not sodas, tea or coffee. Hot drinks are not recommended. Drink water directly from the glass or cup, not from a straw. Sipping a liquid from a straw creates a pressure to the affected area which can dislodge the blood clot in the socket.
  4. Eat soft foods for the first few days. Porridge and mashed fruits and vegetables are a great source of nutrition for people nursing a gum wound. Avoid very hot foods. Avoid chewing on the part that has undergone surgery.
  5. A salt solution composed of ½tsp of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of water is a good mouthwash for the first few days. Use it to wash your mouth several times for the first 24 hours. You can also brush your teeth, tongue, and gums as long as you will be careful not to touch the extraction site. 

If you will follow these instructions, it is not likely that you will develop a dry socket. But if it still happens, consult your dentist right away.   

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