Mar 27th, 2014
Time to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment
Along with brushing and flossing twice a day, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months. Regular visits to the dentists are an essential part of maintaining good dental health. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will evaluate gum health, examine your head and neck to check for abnormalities, and examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Here’s what you can expect at your next regular dental exam:
Head and Neck Examination
During the head and neck examination, your dentist will:
- Evaluating face and neck, to look for anything out of the ordinary
- Checking out lymph nodes
- Examining your lower jaw joint movement
Clinical Dental Examination
The assessment of tooth and gum health is performed next. During this phase, your dentist will:
- Examine the Gums and Tongue
- Check for signs of gum disease and loose teeth
- Take any oral X-Rays that might be needed
- Check for any broken teeth or fillings
- Check for signs of tooth decay
The last part of the dental visit consists of cleaning your teeth. This includes:
- Removing plaque and tarter from your teeth
- Polishing teeth and flossing between teeth
- Reviewing a proper dental hygiene regimen for you.
Remember, regular brushing and flossing aren’t enough to ensure good dental health. Contact The Dental Center today at (614) 414-0111 to set up your next appointment and be on your way to a healthier smile!
Mar 21st, 2014
As we all know, our diet has a significant impact on our health. But did you know that there are several foods that are particularly beneficial to encouraging good dental health?
1. Salt: We are usually told that sodium is not good for us. However, it can be used as a natural remedy to treat gum inflammation. Add salt to warm water and swish it around in your mouth to reduce inflammation by osmosis, and also to kill some bacteria.
2. Cranberries: These tart berries aren’t just for Thanksgiving! This fruit provides 13.3mg of vitamin C in a 1 cup serving, which is important for collagen synthesis. Studies show that cranberries may also prevent bacteria from using adhesion molecules to hold onto your teeth. Cranberries also disrupt the formation of glucan (sugar polymers in plaque). Experts believe this discovery could be revolutionary for the future of dental care.
3. Honey: This sweet, natural syrup contains hydrogen peroxide, which has antibacterial components. Manuka honey from New Zealand contains the greatest concentration of antibacterial properties. A 2010 study compared the effects of this honey to that of xylitol chewing gum and found that Manuka honey reduced plaque better than xylitol!
Regular dental examines are an important part of good dental care. Call The Dental Center today to make your appointment!
Mar 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!