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!

Consider a Gill Family Dentistry Full Smile Makeover

Were you aware that Dr. Amandeep S Gill offers full smile makeovers at Gill Family Dentistry for our patients in Modesto, California? This full picture concept allows us to essentially redo your smile using a wide range of treatment options to help you create the smile of your dreams and successfully change your outlook on life.

Do you currently suffer from misshapen, gapped, or missing teeth? Or broken, worn, crooked, damaged or decayed teeth? Well, we can help! Our smile makeover is personalized for your needs by combining several treatments for your smile issues. This might include dental bonding, bridges, crowns, fillings, implants or veneers. It can also involve complete or partial dentures or teeth whitening.

We have seen that a smile makeover isn’t just about your smile, it’s also about your health and well-being. As you are once again able to smile with confidence, your self-esteem improves. This happens because of a very real phenomenon¬†as the brain releases neuropeptides when you smile. These neuropeptides enable communication within the neurons, and this allows messages to be sent throughout your body. This reduces stress levels by releasing the feel-good hormones in the body, you know them as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. The result is lowered blood pressure and heart rate, all thanks to the simple act of smiling and feeling good about yourself.

If you would like to know more about our full smile makeover, please give our team a call at (209) 549-1721 and schedule your consultation. We will work with you to customize a smile you can be proud of!

 

Have You Considered a Dental Implant for Your Missing Tooth?

If you currently have a missing tooth (or teeth) which makes you self-conscious when you smile, we are happy to help! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team at Gill Family Dentistry understand how a missing tooth in your smile can affect your self-confidence and make you reluctant to smile.

Fortunately for our patients in Modesto, California, we offer dental implants to restore a missing tooth (or teeth). Dental implants can be used to replace all of your teeth, several teeth or even just one, depending on your needs.

To restore your smile, dental implants are securely planted in the jawbone. To do this, our dentist installs a biocompatible titanium screw into your jawbone where the missing tooth was located. This titanium screw acts as the tooth root by holding your implant in place securely. While the site heals after surgery, the jawbone fuses to the titanium screw.

Once the site is healed and the implant secured, our dentist attaches the tooth to the post. The type of dental restoration will depend on how many teeth are being replaced, so you may receive custom-made complete or partial dentures, a bridge or a crown. No matter what option is used, we strive to make sure that your implant is comfortable and pleasing to blend in with your smile.

At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, we encourage you to call (209) 549-1721 to find out more about dental implant restoration or to schedule your next visit with Dr. Amandeep S Gill. Our team is here for you!