Oral Hygiene and Your Smile

Do you ever stop and think about how important your daily oral hygiene efforts are to your smile? They are crucial! You are the main line of defense when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums from the ravages of tooth decay and gum disease in between our dental cleanings and exams.

You see, bacteria in the mouth never take time off. And because bacteria thrive in the mouth, it rests on you to clean teeth and gums every day to prevent the bacterial buildup known as “plaque” from attacking your smile. The food you eat (and drink) feeds oral bacteria and produces acids that attack the teeth and gums. Sugary, starchy foods especially help bacteria form into dental plaque, and you can feel plaque when you run your tongue along the teeth before brushing. This sticky film will harden and cause problems between the teeth and along the gumline.

Plaque acids weaken tooth enamel and irritate gum tissue unless it is removed. And it’s not just cavities that will arise when the enamel is weakened. Over time, gum irritation makes them pull away from the teeth and form pockets which fill up with bacteria and pus. Without treatment, your teeth will loosen and fall out.

This is where your oral hygiene efforts make all the difference. To keep plaque in check, brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. While a toothbrush clears plaque along tooth surfaces, dental flossing clears plaque along the gumline and in between the teeth where your brush can’t clean.

Use a toothbrush with a small head so that you can reach the molars and a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect gum tissue and tooth enamel. If you are cavity prone, you can use an antimicrobial toothpaste with fluoride. To lower bacteria in the mouth, you can rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash once a day, and we are happy to give you personalized advice depending on your oral health.

If you would like more personalized information, or to schedule your next cleaning, please call our Gill Family Dentistry team at (209) 549-1721 today. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and staff in Modesto, California, are here to work with you to create your healthiest smile!

Learn More About Dental Cleanings and Exams by Knowing the Answers to These Commonly Asked Questions

Your dental checkups are vital for your oral health, which is why they are required every six months. If you forget to attend your appointment, your smile could suffer the consequences. Many people skip their appointments because they are nervous or afraid. If you’re one of these people, it’s common to feel this way, but this doesn’t have to be the case. To help you know more about your six-month checkups so you can feel better during your appointment, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, is happy to give you the answers to frequently asked questions about dental cleanings and exams.

Why do I need a dental cleaning and exam?

Your dental cleanings and exams can help you prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, the cleaning is one of the only treatments that can completely remove tartar from the smile, which is the stubborn and toxic substance that promotes gum disease. If plaque and tartar aren’t removed from your smile on a regular basis, your oral health could be in danger. Your dental exams can also help you by allowing your dentist to detect dental issues at the early stages of development, which can help you avoid intensive dental treatment and extreme pain.

What happens during the appointment?

Your appointment will start with our team taking a series of X-rays of your smile, including the teeth, gums, and underlying bone. Then, we will deeply clean your mouth, which should involve using special tools and techniques to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, clean the spaces between the teeth, polish the enamel, and nourish the teeth. The second half of your appointment should involve your dentist examining your smile with [hisher] naked eye. At this time, he will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, oral cancer, and more. Your dentist will also inspect the dental X-rays to know the condition of your underlying bone and tooth roots. If there is a problem identified, he will recommend the proper treatment and the next necessary steps.

Will treatment hurt?

Your dental cleaning might involve a little bit of pressure and sensitivity (depending on the health and condition of your teeth and gums), but the treatment should not hurt. If you’re nervous and scared, feel free to talk to our dental team and tell us how you feel. If necessary, we can recommend some tricks, techniques, and even sedatives that can help you feel better during your visit.

For more information and details about your six-month checkup in Modesto, California, please feel free to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721. When you reach out to our office, our dental team will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!

There Is Help for Bleeding Gums

At Gill Family Dentistry, Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team want you to know how important oral care is for your gum health. Because your gums support your pearly whites, you will want to keep them in tip-top shape! Following are some tips we would like to share with you if you are experiencing bleeding gums:

– Limit your consumption of sugar and sugary drinks, and increase your intake of vegetables. When you do eat sugar, rinse well with water afterwards and brush your teeth to limit the exposure to teeth.

– Certain medications, such as blood thinners, can cause bleeding of the gums or interfere with saliva flow by causing dry mouth, a condition which allows oral bacteria to thrive. Your doctor may be able to switch medications or alter the dosage to help you.

– If you smoke, the toxins can actually interfere with your gum’s ability to receive nutrients and can cause inflammation. As the gums bleed, harmful bacteria which live along the gumline can enter the bloodstream via the ulcers in the gums and travel to your organs to cause inflammation.

– Bleeding gums are actually contagious by spreading harmful amounts of bacteria. If you or your partner has a lot of oral bacteria, avoid sharing drinks, keep your toothbrushes from touching, and be aware that kissing will spread the bacteria and make you more susceptible to bleeding gums.

– It is so important to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Using an electric toothbrush can massage the gums which increases nutrient absorption into the gums by stimulating blood flow.

– Floss at least once each day to remove dental plaque, a biofilm made of bacteria and waste products. If you have difficulty flossing, a water flosser may be a good investment to remove bacteria between the teeth.

– Keep up with professional dental cleanings to remove tartar (hardened plaque). Dr. Amandeep Gill may recommend more frequent dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to help alleviate bleeding gums.

At Gill Family Dentistry, we can diagnose and treat gum disease before it becomes a serious problem. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California at (209) 549-1721 today. We are excited to help you achieve a healthy smile!

Don’t Let Summer Go by without a Dental Cleaning Boost

Summer is the perfect time for a dental cleaning and exam to boost your oral health and your smile confidence. At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team are excited to get your smile ready for summer!

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that patients who have routine six-month dental cleanings and exams benefit from improved oral health. Not only do these visits help prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, but they can help lower the risk for certain diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

Why is six months the recommended time period for dental checkups? Well, during a six-month period, tartar build up will require a professional dental cleaning to remove it. The six-month dental cleaning schedule was created for the “average” person in mind, which typically means:

— Those who are middle-aged

— Those who don’t eat a lot of sweets

— Those who brush their teeth at least twice each day

— Those who don’t smoke

Some people, however, may need to go more often. In fact, if you have any of the following, you may be more susceptible to damage from oral bacteria and should come in more often:

— Your diet is high in sugary foods and drinks

— You are older

— You have dry mouth

— You have periodontal disease

Dr. Amandeep Gill finds that routine six month dental visits are the perfect complement to daily at-home oral care when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile. So if you are ready for your summer cleaning and exam, please give us a call at (209) 549-1721 and boost your summer smile with confidence!

What is an Abscessed Tooth?

Just like any other part other of our body, we can injure the inside of our mouth. If this happens, bacteria can potentially enter and cause an infection—which can lead to a painful swelling filled with pus. If the pus can’t escape the area will become even more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a barrier that keeps the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.

There are two types of abscesses. The first is a gum abscess. This is an infection that occurs in between the tooth and the gum. The second kind of abscess, known as a tooth related abscess, occurs inside your tooth. This happens when a nerve is dead or dying and typically shows itself at the tip of the root.

These are several symptoms of an abscess. These symptoms include a fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, bad breath, swollen neck glands, discomfort, redness or swelling of your gums, and an open, draining sore on the side of your gums.

Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated, however the goal is to eliminate the infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then go over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.