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!

A Dental Fracture on a Front Tooth Might Needs to Be Treated and Repaired

The American Association of Endodontists notes that chipped tooth enamel is one of the most common forms of dental trauma. While this can be caused by sports accidents, people who grind their teeth at night are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped tooth.

Should this befall you, it’s wise to have the chipped tooth repaired as soon as possible at Dr. Amandeep S Gill’s dental office in Modesto, California. Without professional treatment, the compromised area of tooth enamel could start to passively trap food particles and bacterial matter. This could cause a severe cavity to form in the previously healthy tooth.

If the chip is small and the damage is limited to the tooth enamel layer Dr. Amandeep S Gill might be able to repair it with a basic composite resin dental filling. This is a special type of dental material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If the fractured tooth compromises a large area of tooth enamel, or the biting surface of the tooth has been traumatized Dr. Amandeep S Gill might recommend restoring it with a porcelain dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a special dental grade porcelain. This material can be shaded to perfectly match the neighboring teeth.

If you live in the Modesto, California, area, and you have a chipped tooth in your smile, you should call (209) 549-1721 to seek timely treatment at Gill Family Dentistry.

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!

 

How Do Cavities Form?

Have you ever gone to a dentist and learned that you have a cavity? Have you ever thought about how your cavities might have formed? Would you be surprised to hear that cavities and tooth decay form in different stages, or that you could reverse them before it becomes too serious?

You see, when you eat and chew, your teeth and gums will be exposed to plaque. If not removed, plaque can weaken the protective layer of your teeth, which is also known as enamel. Flossing and brushing are also important if you’d like to keep plaque and bad bacteria off of your teeth. Sadly, even if you do these things on a daily basis, your enamel may still be damaged. If this happens, you could notice white spots on your pearly whites. Luckily, this problem is reversible. However, if enamel decay is not addressed, it could continue to spread. At this point, you’ll need to have the cavity filled. Fortunately, you can usually notice a dark spot on your smile to help you catch your cavity before it becomes too severe.

If untreated, your tooth decay can also spread to your dentin—the soft layer beneath your enamel. Tooth decay can also get to the pulp of your tooth, which can affect the connective tissue and your tooth’s nerves. If this happens, you could need root canal therapy. Unfortunately, decay can continue to spread farther and might ultimately affect the bone that keeps your pearly whites in place.

You can generally avoid these issues by brushing and flossing your pearly whites on a regular basis and by scheduling regular appointments with us. If you would like to learn more about the stages of tooth decay in Modesto, California, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.

How to Watch for Weak Enamel

You know that it’s important to keep your teeth healthy and strong. You probably know that you should brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and that you should floss daily. Similarly, it’s important for you to keep your enamel, which is the hard protective layer of your teeth, healthy and strong. Fortunately, there are a few signs you can watch for.

The first sign you can watch for is yellowing teeth. You see, once your enamel is stripped away, your dentin—which is the soft layer beneath your enamel—becomes exposed. Fortunately, you can usually prevent this issue by caring for your teeth well, which includes brushing and flossing regularly.

Similarly, you can watch for teeth that look transparent. If you notice this issue, your enamel could have developed improperly. This can be a genetic issue, typically indicating weak or thin enamel. Unfortunately, either of these issues can be fairly serious. If you notice these problem, please visit our team for personalized advice.

There are a few other things you can consider doing to recognize weakening enamel. For example, you could search for cracked teeth or for teeth that appear rounded. If you would like to learn more about how you can recognize weakened or weakening enamel, or would like to learn more about how you can address these issues, we invite you to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are eager to hear from you soon.