Flossing Fun For the Holidays

With everything to do during the holiday season, it’s easy to let our daily habits slide. Don’t let that happen to your dental hygiene habits! Let’s review some flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean for this holiday season.

Break off an 18” piece of single-filament floss and wind it around one finger on each hand. Use a gentle sawing motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth, down to the gum line. Continue moving the floss back-and-forth as you carefully remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat around every tooth–including behind your back molars!

As you see, flossing is very easy! However, many people have a hard time getting into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to your gums, or you have a hard time physically getting the floss around every tooth. If you have problems flossing your teeth, don’t fret. There are interdental cleaning alternatives, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks created specifically for this purpose. Talk with Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team about potential options.

If you haven’t flossed regularly in a while, be aware that it is normal to feel slight discomfort at first. If the pain or discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment with our team.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, at (209) 549-1721 today! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season!

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!

Restoring Your Smile with Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

To avoid the need for a dental filling, it is important to practice effective cavity prevention. By taking care of your teeth, you can immediately decrease your risk for numerous oral health ailments including cavities and other dental diseases. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, implementing effective oral health treatments such as bi-annual professional cleanings, and visiting your dentist regularly for oral exams and checkups.

However, if a cavity does arise in your mouth, it must be treated immediately. One of the most effective methods for treating cavities is through the use of tooth-colored composites. Tooth-colored composites are designed to improve your smile and keep the look that is intended. They can be matched to the color of your teeth, and blend in seamlessly with your dental profile.

Dental composite fillings can be repaired numerous times if they should break or be damaged without ever removing the original composite filling. Unlike amalgams which are bound with mercury, composite fillings are mercury free. Composites are also better sealants of the margins of your teeth, and have not been shown to leak like dental amalgams are known to do.

If you require a tooth-colored composite filling, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team here at Gill Family Dentistry in our dentist office in Modesto, California are committed to providing you the service you require. We can be reached at (209) 549-1721. We will help you in any way we can!

Prepare Your Summer Smile with These Important Tooth Replacement Tips

If your smile is missing any teeth, you may be in need of a quality tooth replacement treatment. Prepare your summer smile with effective tooth replacement treatments. If you have suffered tooth loss, you can repair your smile with one these helpful procedures:

– A dental implant is a highly effective tooth replacement service that permanently installs material directly in your jawbone. If your jaw is strong enough, a dental implant can be installed that can last a lifetime. Should a dental implant ever break due to an oral accident or injury, they can be replaced.

– A dental bridge is a highly effective tooth replacement service that can conceal gaps between teeth and fill out your smile and is held in place by directly linking to neighboring teeth or implants.

– Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth with temporary replacements that bond directly to your gums. They are easily removable at night and can be stored in a denture cleaning solution while you sleep for added comfort.

If you would like to experience the life-changing transformation that our tooth replacement treatments can provide, please stop by Gill Family Dentistry for an oral exam from Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team at our amazing dentist facility in Modesto, California. Schedule your visit by calling us at (209) 549-1721. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful summer!

The Pros and Cons of Contouring and Shaping Your Teeth

Do you have overlapping teeth or crooked teeth? Similarly, do you have one or more cracked teeth? If you do—and even if you don’t—you probably understand that these types of imperfections can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to address the flaws in your smile. Contouring, which is also known as reshaping, has many advantages and a few things you should be aware of.

You see, in order for a dentist to contour your teeth, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed. This can be used to change your tooth’s length, shape, and appearance. Generally, this treatment is conservative and used as a cosmetic treatment. Luckily, this treatment can be used to address several issues, including irregularly shaped teeth or teeth with small chips or bulges.

Fortunately, contouring is usually very inexpensive—especially because you will almost never need anesthesia with contouring. Furthermore, this procedure is far less expensive than getting braces of having orthodontic work done. Contouring can also improve the health of your teeth. You see, plaque and tartar may get caught in your imperfections, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Sadly, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Please remember that there are a few things you should know about having your teeth contoured. In order for this treatment to be performed, our dentist will need to remove some of your enamel. As you may know, your enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth. In other words, if you remove enamel from your teeth, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you have more questions about what contours could do for you? Would you like to learn more about what you can do to have a beautiful, attractive smile? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill will examine the health of your mouth and help you develop a plan that will help you attain the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon.