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!

A Dental Fracture on a Front Tooth Might Needs to Be Treated and Repaired

The American Association of Endodontists notes that chipped tooth enamel is one of the most common forms of dental trauma. While this can be caused by sports accidents, people who grind their teeth at night are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth.

Should this befall you, it’s wise to have the chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible at Dr. Amandeep S Gill’s dental office in Modesto, California. Without professional treatment, the compromised area of tooth enamel could start to passively trap food particles and bacterial matter. This could cause a severe cavity to form in the previously healthy tooth.

If the chip is small and the damage is limited to the tooth enamel layer Dr. Amandeep S Gill might be able to repair it with a basic composite resin dental filling. This is a special type of dental material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If the fractured tooth compromises a large area of tooth enamel, or the biting surface of the tooth has been traumatized Dr. Amandeep S Gill might recommend restoring it with a porcelain dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a special dental grade porcelain. This material can be shaded to perfectly match the neighboring teeth.

If you live in the Modesto, California, area, and you have a chipped tooth in your smile, you should call (209) 549-1721 to seek timely treatment at Gill Family Dentistry.

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.

Fillings Are Often Used to Repair Modest Areas of Tooth Decay

There are times when the pervasive bacteria in your mouth manages to exploit the enamel of a tooth, causing a modest area of tooth decay. If you notice a change in your tooth’s texture, a sharp tooth edge or tooth sensitivity, you need to take it seriously. If an area of tooth decay is detected early, our Gill Family Dentistry team can repair it with a simple filling.

First, your dentist will want to conduct a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the decay.

Next, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area and will remove any decayed tooth enamel. After the tooth decay is removed and the area is prepped, he can then form the filling. The material your dentist suggests for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and appearance in your smile.

Gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain are the industry’s standard materials that are used in fillings. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

Addressing an area of tooth decay early reduces your chances of developing more significant complications. If you are suspicious of tooth decay in Modesto, California, you should not hesitate to call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amandeep S Gill.