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Living with dental braces can be scary because it is different and new. But with some simple tips to take care of your dental health, the transition can be much easier. Braces are used to straighten crooked teeth, or correct other denture problems, such as an abnormal bite.

Braces are important from an aesthetic perspective, but also for health reasons. An abnormal bite can cause dental problems, such as gingivitis, cavities, tooth loss, problems with the jaw, tooth enamel wear, and even affect how you chew and speak. So, it is important to take care of your teeth when you have braces to maximize your dental health.

First things first… you have to take care of the things you eat. Aside from good general dental health, brushing several times a day, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly, there are certain foods you should avoid to ensure the best result with braces.

Some Meals You Should Avoid 

Ask your dentist or orthodontist for a complete list of foods to avoid if you have dental braces.

Since you have braces, you must change your dental hygiene routine a bit. It can be more difficult to clean your teeth with braces since you should brush them after each meal and also keep flossing. But if you do not take the time to adjust your dental health routine, you can suffer the consequences of white spots (decalcification), gingivitis on the gums, among other problems.

Tips for Caring for Teeth with Braces

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for at least two minutes, after each meal. An electric toothbrush is ideal for cleaning all tooth and brake crevices. When brushing your teeth, clean the base of the teeth near the gums, also behind the teeth and molars. You should pay more attention to brushing the appliances, especially under the wires. And, as always, you should replace your toothbrushes every three months, particularly since braces tend to wear down the brushes.

Also, if you are a sports lover, it is important to protect your teeth by using a mouth guard that covers the brakes. Finally, it is important to keep regular appointments with your dentist to maintain dental health and brake effectiveness.

The use of dental implants is a simple technique, although good preparation is needed. Thanks to implantology, lost teeth can be recovered, and their natural attraction restored to the mouth. However, some myths revolve around this treatment that must be clarified. This is the truth about the use of implants.

Dental implants do not produce allergies

Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the human body absorbs it easily, and there is no rejection or allergies. It could happen that the implant does not integrate properly into the bone, either due to technical problems or due to certain conditions of a patient. For example, poor dental hygiene habits or tobacco use can cause the implant not to integrate into the mouth as it should.

Dental implants are not just for the elderly who have lost teeth

Implantology can be used from the moment the jawbones have stopped developing, which is around the age of 18. From that moment, implants can be placed to anyone who has lost one or more teeth, as long as they do not have any dental disease that requires treatment. It is also important that proper guidelines for cleaning and caring for the teeth are followed.

It does not take a certain amount of bone to place implants

Nowadays having little bone is not a problem. Bone, natural or synthetic, can be grafted to achieve the surface that allows the implant to be placed. There are various materials with which to prepare the bone and create suitable support. The use of any of them will depend on each case.

Treatment is not painful or prolonged

Dental implants may be placed with one of many sedation options, making the procedure itself as comfortable as possible. After this, as long as the dentist’s instructions are followed, the recovery does not cause too much pain. The duration of the intervention depends on whether you only have to place an implant or if something else is needed, such as increasing the supporting bone. The time it takes for the implants to fully integrate and be able to place the final teeth is a few months. In certain conditions, the same day of the procedure, a provisional prosthesis can be used to regain aesthetics.

An implant is forever

Dental implants need proper care. Otherwise, there can be complications and they last much less than expected. Hygiene of the entire mouth, as well as undergoing regular checks is very important. If this is not done, a dental implant can become infected or cause serious infection. If these problems are not detected in time and measures such as dental prophylaxis are taken, the implant can last for a very short time. On the other hand, if you avoid certain habits such as tobacco and visit the dentist to check the status of your teeth at least every 6 months, you can enjoy a full mouth for many years, even a lifetime.

Dental implants cannot be put in by any dentist

To place implants, it is necessary to have specific training. It also requires a lot of practice and precision, a good knowledge base to be able to plan each procedure while taking into account the data from the radiological study that will have been done previously. This is the only way to know the type of treatment that must be done, in addition to preventing the risks that may arise.

At Parkview Dental in Gilbert AZ, we have everything you need, dental expertise and technology, for your dental implants. Visit us and know the best solution to have a full mouth again.

 

Beyond regular advanced daily tooth care dental maintenance appointments and twice-daily tooth brushing and flossing, there are several things you can do to improve your healthy smile and keep your whole-health strong. Early detection and daily oral hygiene, Dr. Helps patients enjoy their healthiest smile. Daily dental checkups allow for close monitoring of any developing oral health concerns. Early intervention and treatment could prevent the deterioration of the teeth and gums. Our dental care provides thorough and professional teeth cleanings.

Check out our Advanced Daily Tooth Care tips:

Cleaning the Tongue

Bacteria not only collects on teeth and gums but also on the tongue. Many people choose to carry out daily tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper, tongue brush or even with a normal toothbrush to after tooth brushing to reduce mouth bacteria.

Change the Toothbrush Regularly

Make sure to replace your toothbrush regularly, every two to three months! Even high-quality bristles need to be replaced often to ensure thorough cleaning. If the bristles are in a visible, poor condition, OR if you are recovering for a cold, or mouth sore, you should change them immediately!

Avoid Substances that Damage Teeth

Keep the consumption of sweet foods within limits. Acid attacks on your teeth are brought on by sugar from food and drinks which could permanently damage the dental enamel. Sweets, pure sugar, wheat flour products, mixed drinks containing alcohol, coffee, and sweetened drinks should only be enjoyed in moderation and remember to always brush your teeth afterward. Integrate tooth-healthy foods into your daily diet. Dairy products, carrots, broccoli, green tea or whole grains stimulate the formation of saliva and strengthen your gums through chewing.

Avoid Nicotine

Be sure to stop smoking or don’t start. Nicotine leads to gum breakdown and promotes gum inflammation, which in the long run leads to periodontitis and tooth loss. Additionally, smoking causes teeth to severely discolor over time.

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum:

Chewing gum is a good alternative if you don’t have a toothbrush at hand after a meal. After just 20 minutes of chewing, your saliva production increases threefold. Saliva rinses dirt from the teeth, neutralizes harmful acids and supplies minerals to the teeth. But be sure to choose a sugar-free option.

Calcium and Magnesium

The human body needs calcium and magnesium to build bones and teeth but cannot produce these minerals itself. They have to be ingested with food. Calcium is mainly found in milk products, milk, and eggs. Magnesium can be found in nuts and whole grains. Stay strong with calcium and magnesium.

Vitamins

Make sure you have enough vitamins. Vitamins A and D, in particular, are essential for the structure and maintenance of the tooth structure. Vitamin A is found in spinach, peppers, mangoes, and liver, for example. Vitamin B is mainly found in fish, veal, and eggs.

Clean and well-cared-for teeth are incredibly important—not just for a great smile—but for overall health. And don’t forget, it is important to have a regular, professional tooth cleaning done by the dentist twice a year. Call our office today at (480) 818-9016 to get your appointment scheduled.

A tube of toothpaste can last a very long time. So how can you get the most from your tube? Here are a few tips:

Squeeze from the Bottom

Squeezing the tube from the bottom will help keep the toothpaste tube consistent and easy to use. As you use the toothpaste, flatten the bottom of the tube so that all toothpaste is used.

Don’t Touch the Toothbrush to the Tube Top

The toothbrush bristles may contain germs, and you do not want to contaminate the toothpaste (especially if you share a tube with a loved one). When putting the toothpaste onto the toothbrush, let the pea-size “drop” of toothpaste fall onto your brush, or twist it off, without letting it touch the bristle, then let the little bit of toothpaste “suck” back into the tube.

Keep the Tube Top and Lid Clean

Toothpaste can easily get globed onto the lit and tube top. This sticky and dry toothpaste can then pick up germs. Be good to yourself and your health, and wipe off the tube top with a clean tissue if it starts to cake around the top. If you can’t get the lid on, you can soak it in warm water and then air dry it before twisting it back on.

Consider Recycling the Toothpaste Tubes

Generally, you can’t put the toothpaste tube into the recycle bin at home, however, you can mail them to a specialized recycling center through a program from Colgate and TerraCycle. The recycling program accepts brushes, tubes, and other dental care products. We recommend saving up a few months and then packaging these together once or twice a year.

If you have questions on how to care for your toothpaste, floss, mouth rinse or toothpaste we are always here for questions. Comment below or ask us during your next regular dental exam.

Whether you are 9 years old or 99 years old, dental care is important. However, if you are 65 or older, it is especially important that you monitor your oral health. After all, poor oral health can have a negative effect on your overall health and well-being. Gum disease has potentially been linked to a whole host of problems, including stroke, high blood pressure, and even cardiac disease.

Here are some of the most common dental problems that older people face, and we give these six specific tips on keeping natural teeth healthy into your ‘senior’ years.

Here are some of the most common dental problems for older people?

Darkened Teeth

This can be caused by changes in dentin as you age, or it could be caused by smoking or drinking too many dark drinks. Depending on the cause, teeth whitening can help and be a painless solution to this problem.

Dental Caries

Teeth get very worn out over the years, and dental caries is a common problem for older people as a result. For most dental caries, (cavities) a dental filling is performed. This can be done in-office and same day for the majority of our patients.

Dry Mouth and/or Bad Breath (halitosis)

Dry mouth can be the cause of chronic bad breath, known as halitosis. Saliva naturally washes away the bad bacteria that causes bad breath. People who suffer from dry mouth should drink water frequently to keep their mouths moist.

Loss of One or More Teeth

Loss of teeth may be due to gum disease, dental trauma, and other related problems. As patients age, they have had more chances to develop tooth issues. If you have lost a tooth there are many options to replace it.

Red, Bleeding, or Swollen Gums

Swollen and bloody gums is often a result of gum disease. Gum disease is easily treated when identified early.

If you have any of these problems, you should contact Parkview Dental immediately at (480) 818-9016. We are happy to treat you quickly and get you smiling again.

COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind right now. We are preparing our homes, coordinating work and school changes, and buying supplies for the “social distancing” or quarantine that has or is coming our way.

As health professionals – we have a few things we can do, and a little advice to give which you may find helpful.

Buy a Few Extra Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.

While you are out getting toilet paper and dried beans, pick up some toothbrushes and toothpaste too. Running out of these important health items could put you at risk for both dental caries and other dental issues.

It is OK to Reschedule

As I write this – our office is open. However, things are happening fast. We are monitoring the situation and may make closure announcements if necessary. Watch our website for details.

Come in Now if You Need To

If you have a broken tooth, serious problems with your mouth or gums, or other dental emergency – come in for an emergency appointment ASAP.

If You Are Sick – Stay Home

This rule goes for EVERYDAY. If you or your kids are sick, stay home. While we love seeing you, if you are experiencing ANY cold symptoms, we appreciate you getting your rest at home, and when you feel better we will reschedule. Just let us know you need a new appointment date in a few weeks and we will accommodate you the best we can.

If WE are Sick – We are Staying Home

The health of our staff and patients is our number 1 priority. That may mean, during this rather extreme time that we have a smaller staff than usual. We will inform you of all changes as we can, but please be aware that there may be schedule changes or longer wait times. If you are concerned, just give us a call at (480) 818-9016 before your scheduled appointment.

Change Your Toothbrush

We recommend that you change your toothbrush every 2-3 months. However, if you are sick, it should be changed as you are recovering and AGAIN when you are feeling better. This goes for family members too. The bathroom is generally a “moist” place anyway, so invest in your health, and change that toothbrush if there has been any occurrence of illness.

Use Extra Cleaning Precautions at Home

Employ the use of sanitizing wipes to clean off your toothbrush handle, mouthwashes, toothpaste tube, handles of your bathroom drawers, counter-tops, etc. While this is good advice at all times, we do get complacent, and now is a good time to add in a little extra caution.

Many people grind their teeth. Occasional grinding can be from stress or anxiety. This type of teeth grinding, (bruxism), does not cause significant harm. However, when teeth grinding occurs regularly, (usually in the sleep) teeth can be permanently damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Regular nightly grinding is usually caused by an abnormal bite, but can also be caused by sleep apnea.

What Problems Does Teeth Grinding Cause?

Chronic teeth grinding can cause the loosening, loss or fracture of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear teeth down to stumps. Treatments such as bridges, crowns, root canals and dental implants may be needed.

Do I Grind My Teeth?

Most people are unaware—at least at first—that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake is often the first sign. Many times, people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.

What to Do

If you believe that you may be grinding your teeth, make an appointment to talk to your dentist. We will be able to examine your teeth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as the wear that shoes on the teeth and the soreness in your jaw. From there we will be able to develop the option that will work best for you.

How to Stop Tooth Grinding

After the diagnosis of tooth grinding, the dentist will fit you with a mouthguard to protect your teeth during sleep. Since tooth grinding is often caused by stress, you should seek ways you reduce your stress and anxiety, especially before bed. Counseling, cutting back on caffeine, exercise, physical therapy, and prescribed muscle relaxants can all contribute to a less stressful life and less teeth grinding.

If you are concerned about grinding teeth, or suspect you have done damage because of bruxism, we encourage you to schedule your appointment today. Treatment and prevention are available.

A smile gives our face its personality and communicates our emotions. When we show our smile, we share a bit of ourselves with the people around us. Having a great smile is synonymous with health and happiness, but also with well-being. However, imperfections in the teeth can cause embarrassment and hesitation to use that great smile!

Fortunately, dentistry advances for giving people their best smile have improved thanks to new technology and techniques to treat our oral health. Here are a few ways to achieve the ideal smile:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is the fastest and most efficient way to give your smile a positive change. Over time, teeth tend to naturally discolor. However, personal habits affect how quickly our teeth change their color. Teeth Whitening is a quick and painless process and in just a couple of visits to the dentist, you will have a new white smile.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers that are places over yellowed, or misshapen teeth to give a new perfect smile. The process of veneers generally takes a few dental visits to measure and prepare, and then custom veneers are made in a dental lab before being applied to the teeth. Veneers last about 10 years.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular way to restore lost teeth. The dentist will examine your mouth, remove and teeth that are severely decayed or broken and then allow to jaw to heal before proceeding with implanting the appliance. Dental implants take several visits; however, they produce the most natural looking and feeling results.

Bonding

Dental bonding is a fast and easy way to fill in a small chip or an irregular shaped tooth. Bonding is done in-office and only takes moments. The dentist will match the color of the bonding material to your natural teeth to create a seamless—better—tooth for you.

There are so many options for producing a whiter, brighter, straighter smile. The best option for you can be discussed with your dentist at your next visit. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, just contact us at Parkview Dental today.

Dental emergencies happen. Unexpected chips, cracks and broken teeth are an unfortunate occurrence for many. However, quick and proper treatment can restore your smile with little downtime and pain. If you experience a broken tooth or other dental emergency, follow these steps.

  1. Do You Need To Go To The Emergency Room?
    If you have experienced a sports injury, car accident or other major trauma that requires more than just a dental visit, go to the emergency room. We can consult with you and the doctors there if necessary, however, your whole health must be tended to.
  2. Save The Tooth
    If the tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, place it in a small container or plastic wrap and add some milk or saline to keep the root from drying out. Bring the tooth with you to the dentist. It may or may not be able to be re-inserted, but it will help us to be able to assess the situation.
  3. Call For An Emergency Appointment
    Please call us at (480) 818-9016 to let us know the nature of the injury, break or crack as soon as possible. We will get you in to see the dentist. Dental emergencies always take priority.
  4. Take an Ibuprofen
    Depending of the severity of the situation, you make be in a little pain, or a lot of pain. We recommend taking ibuprofen, and we may prescribe something stronger depending on your situation.
  5. Don’t Panic
    We can manage any type of break or crack, or even a lost tooth. It may take time, but rest assured, we will restore your smile. You are in good hands.

While some things are unavoidable, there are treatments and options for broken teeth and other dental emergencies. Give us a call at (480) 818-9016 to schedule your next appointment at Parkview Dental.

Whether you are headed somewhere fun—or doing a “staycation” over this spring break, there are a few things you should consider that could affect your dental health. Check out our tips below for a smile-friendly Spring Break!

Routine

Routine is important when it comes to dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day (in the morning and before bed) is part of our day-to-day. Yet, when on vacation we may wake later and go to sleep later. This can disrupt our schedule and we may forget to follow the regular maintenance plan. Try to keep to regular brushing and flossing, as much as possible – even by setting an alarm to remind you.

Alcohol

Spring break sometimes involves alcohol and alcohol consumption can cause a few tooth-related problems. Sometimes when we have a little more than usual to drink, we occasionally misjudge the distance to our mouths and hit a tooth with a glass or bottle. And often this causes a small chip! Care is important in these situations, and when the unfortunate does occur give us a call at (480) 818-9016.

Not-So-Healthy Choices

During Spring Break some people also indulge in extra junk food, or sugary drinks. While this is OK in moderation on special occasions, it is important to drink plenty of water, and brush after sugary or sticky foods to counter these temporary
bad-choices”.

Travel

If you are lucky enough to travel on your Spring Break, enjoy it! But with travel comes some complications with using your regular toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. When you travel, try to keep things as “normal” as possible, with your regular brand of toothcare products—and protect the toothbrush from germs with a good travel-cover.

Spring Break is a time to enjoy and relax—which is good for your overall health. However, it is important to take care to maintain or oral health during this time. If you find yourself with a free hour or two, we do have open appointments, and would love to see you for your cleaning. Contact us today.

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