Your Perfect Mouthwash

Taking care of your teeth and gums is not really that hard to do. Diligently brushing and flossing twice a day, along with bi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups can go a long way in ensuring that your smile is healthy for years to come. But adding a good mouthwash to your daily mix can help support your oral health even more.

If you are buying a mouthwash off your grocer’s shelves, look for one sporting the American can Dental Association seal of acceptance on the label. If it has the seal you will know that this product has been rigorously tested and found to be safe and effective.

Depending on the type of mouthwash you choose, you can experience the following:

Protection. Fluoride mouthwash will keep cavities and periodontal disease away by strengthening tooth enamel and preventing dental decay.

Desensitization. Arginine in mouthwash helps in sealing the dentinal tubules in sensitive teeth. This will help relieve pain for teeth that hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperature in food and drinks, and sometimes even when breathing in cold air.

Better Breath. Antimicrobial mouthwashes help remove bits of food particles and kills bacteria that makes one’s breath smell bad.

Germ fighting. Chlorhexidine glucose in mouthwash kills germs that hurt teeth and gums and stops bacterial growth. Sticky bacterial film forms into plaque which coats teeth and gums and hardens fairly quickly into tartar if not removed. Once plaque hardens into tartar it can cause gingivitis which requires removal using special tools by your dentist.

Soothing Action. Salt mixed in water can be used as mouthwash and helps to soothe inflammation and mucus membranes. Canker sores and other oral infections benefit from salt-water rinses. Salt water works by changing the pH of the mouth, which can deter the production of microorganisms, though it doesn’t kill them outright.

For more information about how finding the best mouthwash for your needs, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to our staff at Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 and we will be happy to help!

Is Invisalign® What You Have Been Waiting For?

These days, braces are not your only option to straighten front and side teeth or correct a misaligned bite. The Invisalign® treatment has fast become a viable option in what has long been traditional braces. It is always nice to have choices, and depending on your needs, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign.

Both systems have their benefits, and following are just a few things to consider when deciding what is right for you:

Like braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth gradually. But traditional braces are non-removable, and are glued to your teeth with metal wires and metal or ceramic brackets while Invisalign aligners are removable. These custom made aligner trays are designed to slip over your natural teeth by your dentist. Aligners consist of comfortable plastic material which you wear over your teeth. Every two weeks you switch to a new tray which gradually shifts your teeth into place according to the plan your dentist designed for you.

Aligners offer little discomfort as they do their work. When you first switch to a new tray there may be some pressure which subsides as your teeth adjust.

When you first begin wearing new aligners your speech may be affected for the first couple of days as your tongue adjusts to having them in your mouth.

Your eating habits don’t need to be changed, as aligners are removed while eating. This means you can eat your normal diet and not worry about damaging your aligners. Your brushing and flossing habits also stay the same, since you would just continue taking care of your teeth and gums as your normally would.

If you smoke or drink, please be aware that smoking may discolor the clear aligners. However, drinking alcohol isn’t a problem if you take extra care to clean your teeth soon after so that sugar does not get trapped between your teeth and the aligners (or any sugary beverage).

Clean your aligners carefully every time you take them out. There are cleaning systems made for cleaning Invisalign aligners, and you can also clean and sanitize them with water, denture cleaner, or soak them in vinegar. You will want to make sure to keep them clean and dry to kill bacteria.

We invite you to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 to answer any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill and find out if Invisalign is right for you!