Tips to Make Child Tooth Care a Breeze

Our team at Gill Family Dentistry is committed to supporting parents of young children in encouraging healthy oral habits that can last a lifetime. Your child’s oral hygiene habits depend on a good foundation of tooth care that keeps dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay at bay.

To help you encourage your child to have oral hygiene, we are pleased to offer some insights into brushing and flossing. Convincing your child to brush their teeth twice a day is easier if they have a fun child-sized toothbrush and tasty-flavored toothpaste that makes brushing fun.

Flossing is another critical component of maintaining oral health, yet children often find it challenging for a while because their mouths have much less space and it’s not easy to reach every single tooth. For the first several years, you can help your child floss properly by wrapping the floss string around your pinky fingers to increase your reach to the molars and premolars. Children often thrive on encouragement such as receiving fun stickers that showcase consistency in their oral care habits.

As your child becomes more efficient and able, they can begin cleaning their own teeth with helpful tools like floss sticks, which many children find does the trick until they are ready to use traditional dental floss. Furthermore, you may find that a waxed dental floss is much easier for your child and prevents them from forcing the string between teeth and damaging their gums. Another option for your child is to use dental tape to clean around their teeth.

If you would like to receive further helpful tips on establishing good oral hygiene for children in Modesto, California, please feel free to call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 and schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill.


Tips on Caring for Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed? If so, you shouldn’t ignore it. Typically, it’s a sign that your oral hygiene is a little on the poor side, meaning you probably don’t floss enough (or you don’t floss properly) or you probably don’t attend your checkup appointments as much as you should. It’s important to care for your gums regularly so you don’t fall victim to gum disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, encourages you to do the following things:

-Brush regularly: Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing under or over two minutes can harm your gums. Also, don’t brush too hard. Brushing too hard can irritate the gums. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you scrub.

-Floss regularly: Floss at least once a day and make sure to floss every crevice of the smile as well as along the gumline. This is a very important task because it removes the plaque from the smile. Plaque is a substance that commonly causes bleeding gums and gum disease.

-Attend your checkups: It’s vital to visit our office for a routine dental cleaning and exam appointment every six months. This is because the cleaning treatment provided removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline and saves your smile.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to care for bleeding gums in Modesto, California, please contact Gill Family Dentistry today at (209) 549-1721. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!


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!

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!

Dental Care for Children: The Tips You Need to Take Care of Your Child’s Smile

If you want your child to have the best oral health possible, there are things you need to do to achieve that goal. Generally, children aren’t able to care for their smiles all on their own, which is why it’s up to the parents to do what needs to be done. So, to help you care for your child’s gums and chompers, our Gill Family Dentistry team recommends that you do the following things on a regular basis:

Properly clean the smile
When your child’s first tooth grows into the mouth around 6 months of age, it’s time to start brushing. For children under the age of 3, it’s best to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. For children between 3 and 6, it’s best to use the same type of toothbrush but a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure you brush their teeth twice a day and start flossing when two teeth grow in next to each other.

Bring your child into the office
Your child’s first visit is essential, which is why we recommend that you bring them into our office six months after their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. During this appointment, the dentist will gently examine your child’s smile, will give you the tips you need, and will answer any questions you have.

Take advantage of fluoride
If you want your child to have strong and healthy teeth, fluoride is the ticket. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens and nourishes your child’s chompers and prevents dental cavities. It’s best to take advantage of fluoride as much as possible by using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your child’s teeth.

Avoid dental issues
Many people tend to put sugary drinks in their children’s bottles and dip the pacifiers in honey or sugar. Please do not do these things. These actions can promote tooth decay and other problems.

For more information about child smile care in Modesto, California, please call (209) 549-1721 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill. Our team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!