Oral Piercings

Oral piercings can produce infections in healthy teeth
Metal Jewelry can cause teeth to chip and crack
Can cause damage to gums
Talk to your dentist or hygienist about what type of oral jewelry is safe to wear

Teens

Continuing good oral habits that started in childhood is the best way for teens to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Whether the teen is wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, a teen needs to:
*Brush twice and floss once per day
*Reduce sugar intake ie: pop and candy
*Limit snacking
*Have a healthy and well balance diet
*Wear a mouth guard while playing sports to protect your teeth

Happy Holidays

GIVE THE GIFT OF GOOD ORAL HEALTH!

Give your loved ones the gift of good oral health over the holiday season.
The holiday season is when families come home to spend time together. While they are home over the holidays don’t forget to book there regular cleaning and check up.

Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

Start Oral Care Early

*Your child should see a dentist by the time he or she is 1-2 years old
*Even before your baby has teeth, you can gently brush the gums using a soft baby tooth brush or a soft washcloth
*Flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. Ask your hygienist about the proper technique
*During dental visits ask your dentist if your child will benefit from sealants
*Ditch the pacifiers by 2 years old as they can cause orthodontic issues as child grows up
*Stand firm on oral hygiene. Remember “it has to be done”

Venus White

Be sure to ask our staff about the *NEW* Venus whitening system.

Three Levels of Whitening:

Venus White Max in-office whitening
Venus White Pro take-home whitening for custom trays
Venus White Ultra pre-filled, disposable whitening trays

Toothbrushes

Caring For Your Toothbrush

– Do not share your toothbrush or use someone elses.
– After brushing, rinse your toohbrush thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.
– Store standing upright.
– Do not store toothbrush in a closed container.
– replace toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles look worn out.

Medical Conditions

It is important to know that your dentist sees more than just your teeth. Some medical conditions that affect the health of your mouth include:
Diabetes
Oral cancer
Temporomandibular disorder
Thyriod problems
Iron deficiency/anemia
Leukemia
Eating disorders

Communication with your dentist is key. During your visit talk to your dentist about your overall health so he or she can help. The dentist may adjust treatment if you have certain conditions, using certian perscription drugs or currently undergoing medical treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy.

The Dental Exam

At your first dental appointment, your dentist or hygienist will review your medical history. There are a number of things you should tell your dentist. Some of these include:
Any medical conditions you may have. These can affect your dental treatment
Any medications you are currently taking. Some side effects can affect conditions in the mouth.
Are you pregnant?
Do you have any allergies?
Any changes you have noticed in your teeth or gums.
Any sensitivity to hot or cold?
Are you aware if you grind or clench your teeth.
Are you nervous about going to the denisit. There are many new technologies and processes that make dentisrty more comfortable for patients.
During the exam the dentist will look in your mouth for things that can affect you oral and overall health, such as:
Damaged or missing teeth
Early signs of cavities
Conditions of your gums, such as periodontal pockets, inflamation, or any other signs of gum disease.
See how previous dental work is holding up
Early signs of mouth or throat cancer
Position of teeth
Signs that you clench or grind
The general condition of the bones in your face , jaw and around your mouth
Dental xrays may also be taken . These can show such problems as cavities under existing filllings or between the teeth, fractures, impacted wisdom teeth, and also bone levels. The dental exam can catch problems early , before you see or feel them. This will make it easier to treat these issues.

ToothBrushes

Picking out a new toothbrush can sometimes be a little confusing. There are so many differnt types and styles available. When you are shopping for a new toothbrush (manual or electric) look for:

– Small head so its easier to move around inside your mouth

– Has soft bristles

– Fits confortably in your hand