Q&A: Toothbrush Techniques

We are told over and over that brushing teeth is the foundation for good oral health. It’s true! But if you have improper tools or technique, it can lead to an ineffective oral health routine. At best, this is a waste of time, and at worst, it can actually damage to your smile. Here are some answers to common questions that may help you keep the strong and healthy smile you desire.

-Why do I need to brush my teeth?

Plaque is a sticky film made of living bacteria. These bacteria eat sugars and produce an acid which wears away at your enamel. Brushing your teeth removes food particles, plaque and debris from the surfaces of your teeth, helps prevent erosion of the enamel, and makes your mouth less prone to problems such as gum disease and halitosis.

-How often do I need to brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Don’t brush right after eating, however, unless directed to by your dentists. Brushing right after eating could damage your enamel. After eating, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

-What is the proper technique for brushing teeth?

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush; use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush plaque and food away from teeth.

For more information, call Advanced Dental Arts in Scituate, Massachusetts, at 617-934-4952. Our dentists and team are happy to help keep your smile radiant!

Pregnancy and Dental Care

If you have a baby on the way, or if you are planning on getting pregnant, you will of course take time to see your doctor. But have you called the dentist? Your body will undergo some changes while you are pregnant, and your dental health will be affected.

The best times to see your dentists are during the first and third trimester. Your dentists can give you a cleaning and take care of minor problems, which will be one less thing you will need to worry about after the baby comes. Most dental procedures, including X-rays, are safe during pregnancy, but you should talk to your dentists about your pregnancy during your visit. Even though you will have a lot on your mind, don’t forget to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time at least twice a day and floss once a day. It’s also a good idea to use an antibacterial mouth rinse. Your hormones undergo some changes during pregnancy, and that means your risk for gum disease will increase. You may notice growths on your gums. Those are called pregnancy tumors, and they are benign. But if they are giving you problems, your dentists can remove them. Morning sickness can increase the level of acid in your mouth from your stomach. When you have a bout of morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a mixture of baking soda and water, wait thirty minutes, and then brush your teeth.

If you are pregnant, think you might be, or are planning on having a baby in the near future, you need to see your dentists. To make an appointment at Advanced Dental Arts in Scituate, Massachusetts, call 617-934-4952 today.

Superior Smiles Include TMJ Disorder Treatments

 

Your smile often depends upon making the right decisions to keep it safe and secure at all times. Be aware of any pain that you may feel anytime you are brushing, eating, and chewing food. If you do feel pain, it could be linked to an underlying condition within your temporomandibular joint. If your temporomandibular joints, also called your TMJs, are damaged, a TMJ disorder will arise. Not only should you practice TMJ disorder prevention, but you should also be aware of treatments necessary to assist with TMJ disorders.

If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, there are numerous treatments that may be able to help. Whereas heat and ice packs are able to take care of joint pain, you may need to also work on exercises to strengthen your jaw. Furthermore, it is important to eat softer foods and look for stress-relieving techniques including meditation and yoga. If you’re still struggling with a TMJ disorder, visit your dentist for a night guard or a bite plate.

The best treatment for a TMJ disorder is identifying underlying risk factors that cause it and working on TMJ disorder prevention. Bruxism and arthritis are both proven to increase your risk of a TMJ disorder. Other common causes of TMJ disorders include dislocations and issues with your teeth and jaw alignment, as well as bad habits that can slowly wear down your jaw, including chewing gum, constantly biting your nails, or chewing on inedible products.

For more information about TMJ disorders, you can speak with our team at Advanced Dental Arts by calling us at 617-934-4952. If you require a comprehensive oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Scituate, Massachusetts.

 

A Dental Crown Might Include a Metal Core

A dental crown is often used to replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been compromised by a large cavity or other damage.

When one of your teeth is significantly damaged, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to repair the tooth with a simple dental filling. In a case like this, one of our experienced dentists might recommend fixing the problem with a porcelain dental crown. Dental-grade porcelain can mimic the appearance and function of natural tooth enamel. If the dentist has any concerns about the structural integrity of the tooth, they might recommend fusing the porcelain dental crown to a strong metal core.

The dental crown will be created at a state-of-the-art dental lab. When it is ready, the dentist will cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will attach the metal core to the internal abutment and anchor it in your mouth for many years to come.

If you are in the Scituate, Massachusetts, area and you have a compromised tooth, you should call 617-934-4952 to schedule an appointment with the dental care specialists at Advanced Dental Arts. Our dentists, Dr. Nathaniel Chan, Dr. Yong Hur, Dr. Kelly Koch, and Dr. Laura Rowan, are here to help you with your oral care needs!

Maintaining a Dental Bridge Can Improve Your Oral Health

While bacteria and tooth decay can’t affect the durable materials of your new dental bridge, it is still very important that you give daily attention to your dental restoration during your oral hygiene routine to prevent the bridge from weakening.

Plaque and residual food particles left in your smile can convert to hardened tartar that leads to periodontal disease. If the surrounding gum tissues that support the dental bridge develop periodontal disease, you can experience serious ramifications such as gum recession at the base of your teeth that creates pockets of infection around the root of the the abutments. This allows bacteria to loosen the dental bridge by weakening the cement.

You can prevent damage to your dental bridge by brushing twice a day and flossing daily to remove any food particles or plaque that form tartar. If you are struggling to effectively clean your dental bridge, we invite you to speak with Dr. about cleaning products such as an interdental brush, water flosser, or floss threader.

To learn how to clean your dental bridge, schedule an appointment to Advanced Dental Arts by calling 617-934-4952 today. Our dentists, Dr. , Koch, and Rowan, will gladly provide you with information on dental bridge care in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Ways Patients Have Improved Their Smiles in 2017

It’s the end of another year, which means it’s the perfect time to look back and reflect on all the good times—and the improved smiles—of 2017. At Advanced Dental Arts, we have had so many patients change their smiles for the better this year. Some improved the appearance of their smiles, some improved the overall health of their smiles, and some went all the way and improved both.

Veneers
Few people are born with perfect, Hollywood smiles, so veneers can be a huge help. This year, many patients have had these thin, tooth-colored shells attached to the front of teeth with dental flaws.

Routine Dental Appointments
Dental cleaning appointments are one of the top ways to improve and maintain the health of your smile. During this appointment, our dentists examine the health of the teeth and gums to see if any additional dental treatment is needed.

Dental Bonding
Some of our patients that were hesitant to smile because of things like chipped, cracked, or stained teeth chose dental bonding this year. This quick and easy cosmetic treatment can boost confidence in no time!

Dental Implants
A lost tooth can cause problems for both the appearance and function of the smile. Dental implants replace not only the visible part of the tooth, but the root as well.

Dental Bridges
Another popular tooth-replacement option in 2017 was dental bridges. A dental bridge is a great choice for those who would like to restore the health, beauty, and functionality of their smile, but are hesitant about the dental surgery that is required with dental implants.

We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about these or any other dental service and to help you schedule a consultation with our dentists in Scituate, Massachusetts. Call our office at 617-934-4952 today!

What Can Dental Fillings Do for My Smile?

Your dentist, Dr. , offers dental fillings in Scituate, Massachusetts, because they offer many benefits. Fortunately, there are two commonly used fillings that have helped many patients reach the top-notch oral health and smile they deserve. Those fillings are amalgam and composite fillings. To tell you more about these restorations, our dental team is happy to list the things they can do for you. Dental fillings can:

-Treat small and minor cavities

-Handle chewing forces (Amalgam fillings are stronger, so they are better for the back teeth. Composite fillings can handle biting)

-Provide natural-looking outcomes (Composite fillings)

-Fix the dental issue within one quick appointment at our office

-Help your tooth for a long period of time (They can last 12-15 years if you keep them in tip-top shape regularly)

-Treat your tooth without emptying your pockets

-Improve your smile’s appearance (Composite) or be hidden so no one can see (Amalgam)

Call Advanced Dental Arts today at 617-934-4952 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about dental fillings. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to giving you the information you seek!

Oral Cancer: Signs to Watch For

Oral cancer includes cancers that occur in the lip, the mouth, the throat, the tonsils, or the salivary glands. When oral cancer is not detected early, it can be fatal. Detecting oral cancer early is important to successful treatment.

Oral Cancer Symptoms
In addition to coming to your regular professional teeth cleaning appointments, visit Advanced Dental Arts today if you notice any of the following symptoms:

– A persistent sore on the gums, lips, or inside of your mouth
– A lump or swelling anywhere around (or in) your mouth or throat
– Numbness or loss of feeling inside of the mouth
– Difficulty eating
– White or red patches inside of the oral cavity
– Unexplained soreness in the mouth
– A feeling that something is caught in the throat
– A change in voice
– A swelling of the jaw
– Ear pain
– Trouble moving your jaw or tongue
– Lingering hoarseness or sore throat

Oral Cancer Screening
It is important to realize that you may not always be able to detect the earliest signs of oral cancer yourself. Because of this, regular appointments with our dentists are imperative. Our dentists may perform an oral cancer screening when you come in for your professional dental cleaning appointment. This screening will occur every six months, so oral cancer can be detected and treated early.

We encourage you to contact our office at 617-934-4952 today if you would like to learn more about screening for oral cancer in Scituate, Massachusetts, and to schedule a visit.

Dental Restoration Options: Bridges or Dental Implants?

If you have lost a tooth, whether it was due to decay or injury, it can have several detrimental effects on your mouth and quality of life. It can alter your chewing abilities, speech patterns and appearance. In time it can even cause your adjacent teeth to shift out of their correct alignment and also weaken the pattern of your jaw.

Thankfully, with proper treatment, this doesn’t have to happen to you. Instead, you can explore the dental restoration options available at one of our Massachusetts clinics. The two most common choices are a bridge or a dental implant.

A bridge is a firm, durable piece of dental work that looks like three artificial teeth. The two teeth on either end have hollow cores and are called crowns. This will fit onto the two teeth adjacent to the gap, anchoring the tooth in the middle, which is called a pontic. This appliance can be custom-created to match your teeth in shape and color and can be placed in two dental appointments without the need for invasive surgery. A typical bridge will last for ten years.

Dental implants are one of the biggest innovations in dentistry in the past forty years. A dental implant is composed of a titanium post implanted in your jaw which is attached to a crown. It requires at least one oral surgery to install a titanium abutment directly into the underlying bone structure. Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will bond with the living bone tissue in that area of your jaw. Dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth and can last a lifetime.

If you are in the Scituate, Norwell, or Quincy, Massachusetts area and are missing a tooth, you can call 617-934-4952 to set up a dental restoration consultation with one of our dentists.

Proper Flossing Tips

Our dentists and team encourage each of our patients to brush and floss diligently every day. Individuals should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Unfortunately, there are many people who leave flossing out of their dental hygiene routine. Others do not know how to floss properly. Our dentists and team are pleased to give you tips on proper flossing.

Before you begin, wash your hands with an antibacterial soap. This is especially important if you haven’t flossed in a while, as you may experience some bleeding and germs from your hands could infect your gums.

Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of the floss around each of your middle fingers, leaving about one to two inches in between. Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently work it in between each tooth. Slide the floss gently up and down between each tooth.

Use the extra floss to change to a new section from time to time. The finger with less floss will take up floss as it becomes dirty. This prevents the transfer of bacteria from one place to another. Make sure you go beneath the gum line by curving the floss in a C-shape around the bottom of each tooth. Never snap the floss into the gums, as this can damage the tissue.

If you floss your teeth before brushing, make sure that you brush well afterward. If you brush first, consider using a mouthwash afterward to remove the loosened bacteria from your mouth.

We invite you to contact Advanced Dental Arts at 617-934-4952 today to learn more about flossing in Scituate, Massachusetts, and to schedule your next visit.