Family Dental Care at Your Windsor Dentist
Tooth Brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with a soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are highly recommended as they are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from build up and preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Take 30-40cm (12-16 inches) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 5cm (2 inches) of floss between the hands.
Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to have a consultation to determine what is the best product is for you.
Other dental aids that are recommended: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., they can all play a role in good dental home care.
Waking up – The flow of saliva comes to a near standstill during sleep. So does it's cleansing ability, which causes bacteria to grow. These bacteria cause bad breath.
Certain types of food – Food like garlic and onions possess odor-causing properties which enter the blood stream. From there, they go to the lungs and are exhaled.
Poor oral hygiene – Any food remaining in the mouth is a fertile breeding ground for bacteria.
Periodontal disease – The condition that is Periodontal disease, inflamed gums, is caused by the presence of food debris and bacteria under the gums.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) – Medications, salivary gland problems or constant mouth breathing can cause dry mouth, leading to bacterial buildup.
Tobacco – Tobacco products dry out the mouth, which leads to the growth of bacteria.
Dieting - As the body burns fat, chemicals, called ketones, are released in the breath.
Dehydration and hunger – Saliva flow is increased by drinking water and chewing food. The saliva washes away bacteria.
Stopping any habits that dry out the mouth is a good way to combat bad breath. Also, using correct brushing and flossing technique will remove any food from the mouth that can cause periodontal disease and bad breath.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas in your mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. However, under normal use, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons to Choose Composite Fillings:
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
How are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, decay is removed as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will also be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.
The best treatment for this condition is a visit to your dentist for a thorough check-up and cleaning, followed by a complete regimen of brushing and flossing. With prompt and thorough treatment, the condition if caught early can normally be corrected. Please feel free to call our office if you have noticed bleeding during tooth brushing, or if you would like direction on proper homecare techniques.