You may be waking up with teeth or jaw pain, facial soreness, or earaches. Maybe you find that when you wake up, you have a little bit of an unexplained headache. You also might come into see your dentist, and Doctor tells you that you have visible signs of tooth wear. There’s also a possibility that a loved one lets you know they’re a little concerned, because it sounds like you’re grinding your teeth at night.
If this sounds familiar, there’s a pretty good chance you might be clenching the night away. For the sake of your loyal pearly whites, one recommendation may be to look into night guards to fight the negative effects of Bruxism...
Are you tired of living with crooked teeth? Are you ready to smile with confidence again? Perhaps you’ve considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of wearing braces is just as unappealing as teeth that overlap. Maybe you’ve heard of Invisalign, but you’re just not sure about it? Well, we’re here to dispel the myths about Invisalign and explain how it can help you reclaim your smile.
Did you know that eating snacks throughout the day is actually not good for your teeth? This is because the health of your teeth and gums partially depends on the level of acidity (also known as pH) in your mouth. Ideally your mouth will have a neutral pH. Every time you snack, harmful acids and bacteria are left behind, which can cause your mouth to return to a neutral pH more slowly. If your teeth are exposed to enough acids, you can develop cavities. Why is snacking worse than eating main meals? Typically, it's because you don't drink a beverage like you would with a meal, nor brush after every snack, so snacks tend to stick around in your mouth longer than your meal does.
Use the Right Technique Did you know that how you brush your teeth is just as important as how often? Using the right brushing technique can not only remove excess plaque buildup, but also protect your gums from injury.
Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush in gentle circular motions being careful to be gentle around your delicate gum tissue. Brush for at least two minutes, twice every day.
Choose the Right Tools Choosing the right toothbrush is important. Use a brush with soft bristles in order to avoid injuring your gum tissue. Many patients are switching to an electric toothbrush, which does all of the hard work of brushing for you with all the right techniques. It even times your brushing session to ensure you reach the recommended two minutes. An electric brush is a great investment in your home care routine.
Floss Daily Using Proper Techniques Flossing your teeth daily is just as important as brushing because it removes bacteria and food particles from in between your teeth. Yes – you can actually get cavities in between your teeth!
You should floss once a day using at least 18 inches of floss wound around your fingers. Gently slide floss in between each tooth in a c-shape motion on each side of your teeth. Use a clean area of floss for each tooth.
Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse Using a mouth rinse can give you added protection against tooth decay and cavities, and as bonus it also freshens your breath. Consult your dentists at Wynkoop Dentistry as to which rinse is best for your needs, as not all are created equal.
Clean Your Tongue You may not realize that there’s a lot of bacteria that hides in your tongue and causes bad breath and other issues in your mouth. Brushing your tongue, or using a tongue scraper each day eliminates that bacteria, giving you a healthier mouth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly At Wynkoop Dentistry, we recommend visits every six months for most of our patients. These visits are important for helping us to monitor your oral health and make you aware of any concerns early on such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Early detection gives you an opportunity for less invasive and costly treatment.
Together with regular visits and an excellent home care routine, we can ensure that you achieve and maintain optimum oral health for lifetime!