Dental Hygiene Tips

WomanSmile5Proper Tooth brushing

Brushing your teeth is the most common preventive measure you can do to reduce plaque that can cause tooth decay. How often should we brush our teeth? The answer is based on complete plaque removal rather than the number of brushings per day. Be cautious about the potential damage that may be caused by vigorously scrubbing the teeth. Overtime this may cause abnormal abrasion (wear) of the tooth structure, gingival recession and exposure of the root surface. Here’s the tips on how to brush your teeth properly:
•    Place the head of the toothbrush where the gums and teeth meet.
•    Roll the bristle from the gums toward the crown and brush it down. Move the brush to the next tooth and repeat the same motion.
•    Place the brush horizontally at the back of the teeth. Keep the bristles in one place and move the brush back and forth.
•    Hold the brush vertically at the back of the front teeth and make gentle strokes back and forth over each tooth.
•    Place the brush on the chewing surface and move the brush back and forth or in a circular motion. Repeat this process to reach and clean all surfaces of upper and lower teeth.

Proper Flossing

Removing plaque from between the teeth is a critical part of your good oral health. Dental floss is the most effective way for most people to remove plaque from between the surfaces of the teeth and reduce inter proximal bleeding. Dental calculus occurs at every age and on both permanent and primary teeth. Calculus plays an important role in the progression of periodontal or gum disease. We encourage each of our patients to develop a habit or a goal to thoroughly remove plaque at least once daily. Flossing regularly can help prevent having periodontal disease.
Tips on how to floss properly:
•    Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
•    Wrap excess floss around the middle fingers of both hands, leaving 2-3 inches in between.
•    Stretch the floss tightly between the thumb and index fingers.
•    Pass the floss gently between the teeth. Curve the floss into a “C” shape against a tooth and slide it gently into the space between the gum and tooth.
•    Move the floss up and down again on the other side of the tooth.
Repeat this whole process on each of your teeth. You might experience bleeding at first but as you floss regularly the bleeding will eventually go away.

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Gummy Smile / Uneven Teeth

What is a “Gummy Smile”?

Often times, teeth are small because of extreme wear from grinding or combination of grinding and acid erosion. If the teeth have worn away severely i.e. 20% or more of the original volume, then the only solution is rebuilding them with porcelain reconstruction. However, there are times that teeth are just hiding underneath the gums and all one needs to do is lift the curtain up with a cosmetic laser gum lift. Another situation that might give the illusion of small teeth is limited upper lip movement when smiling. If the upper lip does not move, the solution might be plastic surgery and or lengthening of teeth with porcelain veneers.

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Tooth Enamel Defects

Veneers-smileBulimia and Acid Reflux

These are very destructive to the enamel. Slowly they erode the enamel away from the teeth at the gum line and sometimes at the back of the teeth where it is not visible. Teeth will slowly get thinner and thinner and chip away very easily. This not only causes esthetic problems- it causes severe functional problems as well. If this destructive process is not corrected the bite can collapse and cause severe jaw problems. If corrected soon enough, bonding can be done to cover exposed areas of teeth. If more than 25% of the tooth has eroded, porcelain veneers need to be designed to protect the underlying dentin and correct the bite problems that may have occurred. Ultimately, the acid level in the mouth has to be regulated by a gastroenterologist.

Swimmers

Swimming in overly chlorinated pools can wear away the enamel in people who swim quite frequently (i.e. daily). We have seen severe cases of this. We recommend that you have your teeth checked frequently and letting your dentist know that you swim in a chlorinated pool. Fluoride treatments can be given to help keep the teeth strong and swimming with a well adapted and custom fitted mouth guard can minimize exposure of teeth to chlorine.

Enamel/Dentin Hypoplasia

Localized enamel hypoplasia refers to individual teeth that have hypo-plastic, hypo-calcified or hypo-mineralized areas on a tooth resulting from infection or trauma. It can vary from a mild to a severe form in which pitting and irregularity may be extensive in the crown. Developmental (amelogenesis imperfecta), systemic disturbances and nutritional deficiencies during infancy or metabolic disturbances during prenatal or neonatal life can cause hypoplasia. Tetracycline exposure, excessive ingestion of fluoride and high body temperature (fever) has also been implicated in enamel defects. Treatment options include crowns and veneers (if enough enamel remains) to protect the teeth from chipping and breaking as well as to improve overall esthetics, reduce sensitivity and restore function.

Soda/Citrus Drink Overuse

One of the ingredients in soda drinks (diet Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, etc) is phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid is caustic to enamel. Citrus drinks have citric acid in them which is also caustic to enamel. Bathing the mouth in orange juice or soda, especially when sipping it slowly and allowing it to stay in the mouth too long can cause the enamel to slowly wear. Sucking on lemon wedges is also a way to breakdown the enamel on your teeth. If too much breakdown of enamel occurs, we have to consider treatment options to rebuild the lost tooth surface and the resultant sensitivity, loss of function and loss of esthetics.

 

Gum Disease

iStock_000006219470LargeWhat is Gum Disease?

Gingivitis, also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end — if not properly treated — with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth.

What’s the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.
In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. No irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred at this stage.

Beverly Hills Gum Disease

Beverly Hills is known for it’s high standards and quality regarding every aspect of life. As a Global hotspot for beauty and fashion Beverly Hills has also become a magnetic sender for cosmetic dental practices and has become a standard for high quality dental procedures. Beverly Hills Dentists and Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentists are visited by patients from all over the world due to the high quality many dentists in Beverly Hills offer.

Burbank Gum Disease

Burbank is known as the “Media Capital of the World” and located only a few miles northeast of Hollywood, many media and entertainment companies are headquartered or have significant production facilities in Burbank. The demand for a perfect smile has increased the demand for quality dental professionals to open offices in Burbank to offer high quality general and cosmetic dental services. As top Burbank Cosmetic Dentists Abri Dental can offer you many different cosmetic dental procedures including quality teeth whitening, Invisalign dental implants veneers and much more.

Valencia Gum Disease

Valencia Is known for its catchphrase, “Built as promised.” It has even gone as far as to unofficially brand itself as “Awesometown”, using the tagline “Just Another Day in…Awesometown”. Valencia is known to many as an affluent planned community where the demands for high quality can be seen in all parts of life including dentistry. Valencia dentists and Valencia cosmetic dentists are know to be very family friendly offering the highest quality dental services. Abri Dental is one of the top Valencia cosmetic dentists offering a wide variety in quality dental procedures including quality teeth whitening, Invisalign dental implants veneers and much more.

Available at our Los Angeles dental offices conveniently located in Beverly Hills, Barstow, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Valencia, West Hills, and Burbank.