March 7th, 2014
If you’re already brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you’re in great shape in terms of practicing good dental hygiene. But did you know there a couple of simple steps that you can add to your daily brushing routine to boost the health of your teeth even more? These two tips are so simple that they will easily fit into your daily brushing regimen!
1. Next time you brush your teeth, start in a different place. If you typically start on the lower left-hand side of your mouth, try starting on the upper right-hand side.
2. Start in a different place every single time that you brush your teeth. When you start brushing in a different spot each time, it prevents any area from being neglected. Areas of the mouth that are neglected tend to develop bacteria that can build up and produce acid that eats away at your teeth.
Next time you go to brush, remember the easiest way to a healthier mouth is to start brushing somewhere different each time. Contact The Dental Center today to make an appointment and get professional advice on maintaining great dental health!
February 21st, 2014
When we go to the movies we see actors with perfect hair, skin, bodies, and teeth, appearing to remain untouched by time. However, it sometimes seems that their teeth are too white. In Mathew McConaughey’s recent role in Dallas Buyer’s Club, he was thin and weathered. Despite this, his teeth were the textbook definition of pearly whites. This seems to be an oversight on Hollywood’s part. McConaughey reportedly lost a significant amount of weight to accurately convey the character’s illness. Is it taking things too far to alter an actor’s teeth too?
The Silver Screen is not meant to show viewers examples of “regular” people. However, it is arguable that actors need to look like them when that is whom they’re supposed to be playing. The fact is that the majority of us do not have a perfect, stark-white smile, but this is what makes us unique. The fact that one’s teeth aren’t opulent white means they’ve lived a little and enjoyed life. As long as you practice good normal dental hygiene, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine. Our dentists are trained in cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, to help you get a brighter smile. However, it can sometimes be a lifestyle change that makes long-term differences in the color of your teeth. Give up smoking or excessive coffee if you want whiter teeth.
Contact us today to set up an appointment for teeth whitening!
February 18th, 2014
Everyone fears having bad breath in that important interview or on a date with someone special. A quick way to self-check for bad breath is by licking your wrist, waiting 10 seconds then smelling the spot you licked.
The most prevalent causes of bad breath are odor-omitting bacteria living on the back of the tongue, below the gumline, and in the pockets created by gum disease between teeth and the gums. The bacteria that grow on your tongue produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids that produce a foul smell. Gum disease can also produce an oppressive odor.
There are several options to prevent bad breath. Cleaning your tongue at least twice a day will help prevent odor-causing bacteria from building up. Flossing is also essential in keeping breath smelling great. Flossing removes trapped food particles from between your teeth that cause odor. A dry mouth is more likely to omit an odor; chewing sugar-free gum will help to keep your mouth moist. It may seem obvious, but brushing your teeth at lease twice a day will help keep your mouth clean and fresh.
Having a healthy mouth is of the utmost importance and the key to keeping breath smelling great. Regular cleanings and appointments with your dentist will keep your mouth in good health! The dental experts at The Dental Center can help you achieve optimal dental health.
February 11th, 2014
In both business and your personal life there is only one chance to make a first impression. Bad breath doesn’t have to be a part of someone’s first perception of you. Try the following 3 tips to always be confident that your breath is smelling great!
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and scrape your tongue. Bad breath is caused by a dirty mouth, as bacteria develops from food particles trapped in your teeth. Keeping your mouth clean is vital to having good breath.
2. Drink plenty of water. Dryness is a cause of bad breath, and drinking water will help keep your mouth moist. Water also aids in keeping your mouth clean by flushing odor-causing debris out from between your teeth.
3. Chewing xylitol gum inhibits odor caused by bacteria. Bacteria thrives on sugar and breaks down into acids; these acids can make your breath smell unappealing. Xylitol is a sugar alternative that can’t be broken down by bacteria, which means that your breath will only have the scent of your gum.
Having fresh breath ultimately comes from practicing good oral hygiene. Call the experts at The Dental Center today to schedule an appointment!
February 5th, 2014
When most people hear the word “inflammation” they think of joint inflammation. However, one of the most problematic places to have inflammation is in the mouth. Dan Sindelar, D.M.D., explains in his blog Oral Health: The Tipping Point of Healthcare that “inflammation is the body’s response to bacteria, virus, and injury.” Chronic inflammation associated with oral bacteria poses serious risks to your overall health.
Sindelar compares dental inflammation to having a fire in the kitchen of a house (where most residential fires start). Think of inflammation like fire. The flames from a kitchen fire can easily spread throughout the home, burning it to the ground. Your mouth is like a kitchen. If it is exposed to a constant source of inflammation (fire), both the cause of inflammation and your body’s response itself to the inflammation spread throughout your system. When bacteria are spread throughout your body it can cause heart disease, arthritis, pancreatic disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Having good health means having good dental health, and the only way to have good dental health is to keep up good dental hygiene and see your dentist regularly. The Dental Center is currently accepting new patients. Call today to book your appointment and be on your way to better overall health!
January 31st, 2014
Cold sores are unattractive and painful, but there are some viable prescription and over-the-counter remedies to help expedite the healing process. In his blog, Dr. Robert G. Tupac, D.D.S., F.A.C.P., suggests using antiviral medications if the cold sore is caught early or if you are prone to them. These medications include acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) and can be prescribed by your dentist.
Lidocaine and benzocaine (commonly known as Zilactin) are topical ointments that can be purchased at your local drugstore without a prescription. Never use more than the recommended dosage or on children younger than age two without doctor’s direction.
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil help alleviate pain and discomfort. If you choose not to take any type of oral medications, placing ice or a warm compress on the blister may offer some relief. Dr. Tupac stresses that the most important thing to remember about treating cold sores is to let them heal and not squeeze, pinch, or pick at any sore.
If you have a cold sore that will not heal or is causing you significant discomfort, seek treatment from a dental expert immediately.
January 24th, 2014
Shampoo, soap, and toothpaste are all toiletries that you probably buy on a regular basis. Can you think of the last time you bought dental floss? If you are following your dentist’s recommendations, you should be purchasing at least two 55-yard packages of floss per year. However, the majority of Americans are not purchasing nearly that amount! In fact, the average person only uses 18 yards of floss per year – 10% of the amount of needed when flossing daily and correctly.
Flossing is just as important as brushing in the process of ensuring good dental hygiene. Many people think that if they brush their teeth at least twice a day that is enough to keep their mouth healthy, but that just isn’t the case. No matter how thoroughly you brush, your toothbrush simply can’t reach the crevasses deep between your teeth. A dentist or dental hygienist can show you the proper way to floss and different types of flossing products to make the process as quick and easy as possible for you to do every day.
Call The Dental Center to make an appointment and learn the correct way to floss to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful!
January 10th, 2014
Regular brushing and flossing goes a long way to prevent tooth and mouth diseases, but it’s easy to miss spots even if you’re a conscientious brusher. Scheduling periodic dentist appointments for teeth cleaning is another tool in your arsenal to protect your teeth.
The dental experts at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center are here to provide you with the best preventative teeth cleaning available in Columbus, Ohio. Dental hygienists and dentists get the plaque that brushing misses, and clean your teeth from the build up of tartar. If left untreated, these build-ups could lead to cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. In addition to cleaning your teeth, our dental experts are trained to keep an eye out for signs of disease or oral disorders. WE want to make sure that your smile lasts a lifetime and will be disease-free and clean.
We need to eat several times per day, so your teeth are almost constantly being used. Teeth also have a bearing on your communication with those around you because they affect speech and facial expressions. With all this use, it’s important that your teeth are not only brushed and flossed regularly, but also looked over by a professional at least every six months. In addition to preventing disease and making sure your teeth stay functional, teeth cleanings keep your teeth looking great by preventing discoloration and plaque build-up. With regularly scheduled cleanings, you’ll have a smile that you want to show off!
The Dental Center is conveniently located just off of I-270 at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio; so going to the dentist won’t be a chore. Do your best to prevent oral disease by getting your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Contact The Dental Center today to schedule a cleaning!
January 4th, 2014
The majority of dental experts agree that it’s good practice to brush your teeth at least twice daily. As Elmo from the popular kid’s show Sesame Street says, “brush you teeth every day and every night.”. Elmo may not be a “dental expert”, but he offers kids great dental advice in his song “Brushy Brush”. The song is a perfect way to teach kids the importance of brushing their teeth.
Watch it here.
“Brushy Brush” is about a minute and a half long, so it may be useful to play it to remind kids to brush their teeth. Having kids brush for the duration of the song helps them to make sure they get each and every tooth. Elmo give kids reminders to brush up and down and all around each tooth, and encourages them not to neglect the teeth in the back. He also reminds kids not to swallow toothpaste even though it tastes good and to spit excess toothpaste in the sink.
Teaching kids good dental habits can be difficult, but with Elmo to help, it’s fun and rewarding. Getting toothbrushes for kids with their favorite characters on them adds to the fun of brushing. Flavored toothpastes also make kids want to brush (you have to spit it out though!). There are many ways to create a fun routine for kids that will keep their smiles bright and healthy.
Healthy dental habits will keep kids’ teeth in great shape for years to come and will make dentist trips quick and painless. Elmo will help you teach good dental habits at home, and The Dental Center is here for regular checkups and any emergencies that may arise. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for everyone in the family… and don’t forget to brush you teeth every day and every night!
December 31st, 2013
One of the worst things about traveling is reaching your destination and realizing that you forgot an essential toiletry item such as a toothbrush or toothpaste. When traveling, planning ahead is important so that you won’t have to stop at the store when you arrive. Dental hygiene is crucial especially when traveling. You don’t want to mess up your dental hygiene routine and cause health problems. Follow this checklist when traveling to make sure that you don’t forget anything and that your smile looks great even when you’re away from home.
- Toothbrush. If you take a standard toothbrush, make sure that you have a case for it to prevent it from collecting germs in your suitcase. Some stores sell fold-up toothbrushes to save room and protect the bristles from germs and from bending.
- Toothpaste. You can purchase travel size toothpaste to save room. Travel size toothpaste often follows TSA regulations, so you can carry it on the plan with you.
- Mouthwash. Mouthwash is essential to freshen breath and complete the cleaning process. Travel size mouthwash is great for a carry on.
- Floss. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you get to take a break from flossing! This dental hygiene item is necessary to clean in between teeth.
- Paraffin wax. It’s always good to have some wax on hand in case you chip a tooth. Putting wax on the tooth prevents it from damaging the inside of your mouth until you can get to a dentist.
- Gum. It’s a terrible feeling to have bad breath and not know when the next time you will be able to brush your teeth. Having gum handy is a great way to make sure you always have fresh breath. Just make sure you use gum with a xylitol sweetener rather than a sugar sweetener to prevent cavities.
- Plastic bag. Putting all of your liquids in a plastic bag will prevent them from leaking all over your suitcase.
Now that you’re all packed and ready to go, don’t forget to schedule a regular cleaning from Easton Dentists!