Enjoy the New Year with Your New Smile Thanks to Dental Damage Prevention

Did you know that the lifestyle habits you partake in can severely hinder your oral health? One of the easiest ways to cause harm to your teeth is through dental damage that arises from lifestyle choices and high-risk activities in your daily life. Although it is important always make sure you are doing your part to clean your teeth daily, make sure you’re protecting your teeth from a physical standpoint on a daily basis as well.

In order to protect your smile, it is a good idea to always avoid bad habits and lifestyle choices that can severely hinder your oral health. This includes products such as smoking or chewing tobacco as well as using drugs. Any one of these bad habits can destroy your oral health immediately, including causing dental damage in the form of stained teeth or bad breath. In addition, they can cause serious infections to arise and can even lead to tooth loss and oral throat cancer.

Another common form of dental damage arises due to sports. Sports, specifically contact sports, are extremely hazardous to an individual’s oral health because they can easily cause dental damage to occur. Even a single blow to the face can disrupt your smile and knock out multiple teeth. Thus, it is always a good idea to wear the appropriate safety equipment to protect your smile whenever possible. This includes wearing helmets, face masks, and mouth guards when applicable.

Another common form of dental damage arises due to mouth jewelry. Although mouth jewelry is often worn as an aesthetic statement and a fashion choice, it can severely hinder your oral health in numerous ways. Lip and tongue rings often require additional care, as oral ailments including infections can arise. In addition, nerve damage can occur, as well as cracked teeth, oral inflammation, and severe gum tissue laceration. Furthermore, broken pieces from mouth jewelry can pose as choking hazards.

There truly is no better way to enhance your smile than with dental damage prevention treatments. If you would like to discuss dental damage prevention treatments and have your teeth examined by our team at Gill Family Dentistry, please book an appointment with Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team at our dentist office.  To initiate a visit with us in Modesto, California, call our office at (209) 549-1721.

 

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!

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!