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!

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!

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!

The Invisalign® Difference

4 million Invisalign wearers have had their smiles transformed with the Invisalign smile system. With Invisalign® you wear virtually invisible thermoplastic aligners to straighten your smile and align your bite discreetly.

If you utilize the Invisalign system, our dentist will customize a treatment plan for you with your very own aligner trays. You will wear each tray for a few weeks, using calculated pressure to gently guide your teeth to their ideal alignment. Not only are Invisalign® aligners convenient to wear and remove, you can eat and drink and clean your teeth, unlike wearing traditional braces. You can look forward to excellent oral hygiene even while straightening your smile. Wearing traditional braces often don’t accomplish this. To recap:

–Discretion: with our clear aligner system, no one has to know you are straightening your smile.

–Oral Hygiene: with our removable aligners, you can eat and drink what you want, and when it’s time to clean your teeth, you can brush and floss naturally.

–Comfort: our custom aligners are comfortable to wear and won’t irritate your mouth with wires or brackets.

–Visible Goal: with our virtual treatment plan, you can see right from the beginning how your teeth will look after the straightening process is complete.

To experience the Invisalign difference for yourself, we invite you to give our smile transformation team a call today. You can reach our Gill Family Dentistry team in Modesto, California, by calling (209) 549-1721 today. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are here to help you achieve the smile want!