What Do You Know About Oral Health Care?

Have you ever wondered if you are doing enough to take care of your smile? Although brushing and flossing remain the foundations to a healthy mouth, it is just as important to consistently make an effort to improve the quality of your oral care.

When shopping for dental products, it’s always a good idea to look for products that feature the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The ADA only gives this label to those products that have demonstrated that they are both safe and effective.

How do you take care of your toothbrush? To prevent contamination, never share your toothbrush with others and always store it upright in a well-ventilated area. Also, make sure your brush has soft bristles and that you purchase a new one every 3-4 months. Other good oral health tips include being familiar with your dental history, avoiding sugary drinks, and snacks; and scheduling professional cleanings and exams with your dentist. Avoiding tobacco, wearing the proper mouth protection when playing sports and recreating; and opting not to pierce your lips, teeth and tongue will also help.

For any additional questions or concerns about your oral health, Gill Family Dentistry is here to help. For a complete cleaning and exam from our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and the team at our office in Modesto, California, schedule an appointment by calling (209) 549-1721. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

How Do Cavities Form?

Have you ever gone to a dentist and learned that you have a cavity? Have you ever thought about how your cavities might have formed? Would you be surprised to hear that cavities and tooth decay form in different stages, or that you could reverse them before it becomes too serious?

You see, when you eat and chew, your teeth and gums will be exposed to plaque. If not removed, plaque can weaken the protective layer of your teeth, which is also known as enamel. Flossing and brushing are also important if you’d like to keep plaque and bad bacteria off of your teeth. Sadly, even if you do these things on a daily basis, your enamel may still be damaged. If this happens, you could notice white spots on your pearly whites. Luckily, this problem is reversible. However, if enamel decay is not addressed, it could continue to spread. At this point, you’ll need to have the cavity filled. Fortunately, you can usually notice a dark spot on your smile to help you catch your cavity before it becomes too severe.

If untreated, your tooth decay can also spread to your dentin—the soft layer beneath your enamel. Tooth decay can also get to the pulp of your tooth, which can affect the connective tissue and your tooth’s nerves. If this happens, you could need root canal therapy. Unfortunately, decay can continue to spread farther and might ultimately affect the bone that keeps your pearly whites in place.

You can generally avoid these issues by brushing and flossing your pearly whites on a regular basis and by scheduling regular appointments with us. If you would like to learn more about the stages of tooth decay in Modesto, California, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.

Treatments for Gum Disease

Do you ever wonder what you should do about a missing tooth? You probably know that having this issue addressed is important, but there are several treatment options you can consider. Naturally, each option offers different benefits and drawbacks, but did you know that implants can help you overcome some of the issues caused by gum disease?

As you may have guessed, gum disease can actually lead to a number of issues if left unaddressed. For example, gum disease may cause recurring bad breath, sensitivity to temperatures, and even irritated gums. While these issues should be addressed, gum disease can also lead to a number of more serious issues. In reality, gum disease can even affect the bone that holds your teeth in place. If other words, if you lose this tooth, your teeth could fall out or shift.

Dental implants might also useful for addressing this issue since they’re placed in your bone, which stimulates bone growth. Furthermore, if you lose a tooth because of gum disease, an implant may be enough to complete your smile. Implants are also designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.

Do you have more questions about how gum disease could impact your smile? Do you have any more questions about the benefits of dental implants? Would you simply like to find a time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill? If so, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. We look forward to hearing from you!

Soda Alternatives and Your Teeth

It is very important for you to care for your teeth, and there are several things you should avoid doing and consuming. Specifically, there are some drinks, such as sodas and other soft drinks, that you should avoid altogether. Fortunately, though, there are a number of healthy drinks you could consider replacing them with.

You probably know that you should avoid sodas. Similarly, some sugary juices could also be bad for your pearly whites. While you may think sport drinks are a good option, they are commonly made with high fructose corn syrup, dyes, and salt—meaning they’re actually very similar to soda.

One thing you could do is replace these harmful drinks with seltzer. In essence, seltzer is carbonated water, so if you enjoy bubbly drinks, this may be the option you could consider. Seltzers usually have zero grams of sugar, making it a healthier alternative. And best of all, you can find flavored seltzer as well.

You can also consider the benefits of kombucha, which is a fermented tea loaded with healthy enzymes and probiotics. Many individuals enjoy this beverage, partially because it contains fruit puree, which gives kombucha a great natural taste. Kombucha is also carbonated, but is still better for your smile than soda.

Do you have more questions about how sugary juices and soda could affect your smile? Would you like to learn more about the drinks you can enjoy safely? Do you simply hope to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. We’re eager to receive your call!

Dental Care for Children: The Tips You Need to Take Care of Your Child’s Smile

If you want your child to have the best oral health possible, there are things you need to do to achieve that goal. Generally, children aren’t able to care for their smiles all on their own, which is why it’s up to the parents to do what needs to be done. So, to help you care for your child’s gums and chompers, our Gill Family Dentistry team recommends that you do the following things on a regular basis:

Properly clean the smile
When your child’s first tooth grows into the mouth around 6 months of age, it’s time to start brushing. For children under the age of 3, it’s best to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. For children between 3 and 6, it’s best to use the same type of toothbrush but a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure you brush their teeth twice a day and start flossing when two teeth grow in next to each other.

Bring your child into the office
Your child’s first visit is essential, which is why we recommend that you bring them into our office six months after their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. During this appointment, the dentist will gently examine your child’s smile, will give you the tips you need, and will answer any questions you have.

Take advantage of fluoride
If you want your child to have strong and healthy teeth, fluoride is the ticket. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens and nourishes your child’s chompers and prevents dental cavities. It’s best to take advantage of fluoride as much as possible by using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your child’s teeth.

Avoid dental issues
Many people tend to put sugary drinks in their children’s bottles and dip the pacifiers in honey or sugar. Please do not do these things. These actions can promote tooth decay and other problems.

For more information about child smile care in Modesto, California, please call (209) 549-1721 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill. Our team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!