Smart Mouth: How to Grow Old with All Your Teeth

Dentures-and-PartialsIf you love your teeth as much as we do, then you’d probably like to keep them around for as long as possible. Here at Evelyn Ascough, DDS we’re all about practicing preventative dentistry, and if you want to grow old with all your teeth, we can show you how.

Home Care

You’ve heard about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, and it’s true that these are the two most important things you can do for your oral hygiene. The key is to make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly.

Here are a few points to consider when brushing your teeth:

-Brush your teeth after every meal to make sure you clean away bacteria before it can stick.
-Buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid damaging your gums.
-Angle the brush towards your gums and make sure to brush along the gum-line.
-Brush for two to three minutes, but no longer, to avoid unnecessary abrasion.
-Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing, so make sure to floss at least once a day as well.
-Use a water pick remove food lodged between the teeth.
-Gargle with antiseptic rinses to kill infection-causing bacteria.
-Use fluoride toothpastes and rinses to fortify your enamel.

Office Care

Even if you brush your teeth like a pro, bacteria can still sneak down below your gum-line and hide there, waiting for the chance to infect your gums. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your biannual visits to Evelyn Ascough, DDS.

Here are of the few of the ways we help to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:

-Regular oral examinations ensure your teeth and gums are in healthy condition. If any problems do exist, it is best to catch them as early as possible.
-Digital x-rays, when necessary, to make sure there are no hidden cavities, infections, or other dental risks.
-Get regular teeth-cleaning treatments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is difficult to remove with regular brushing and flossing. Clean teeth are happy teeth!
-For cases of heavy buildup or risk of gum disease, we perform a full-mouth deep scaling with specialized tools to clean away buildup and promote healing of the gum tissue.
-Dental lasers for disinfecting more virulent types of bacteria and for performing LANAP to remediate periodontal disease.

Bonus: Regular visits to the dentist may save you money and pain by preventing big problems before they happen!

 

Tooth Enamel Facts

dreamstime_xs_7043375Tooth enamel is the cover on each of your teeth and it protects them from damage. When dentists talk about tooth decay, they’re usually talking about erosion of the enamel covering your teeth. The enamel around your teeth allows you to eat foods without hurting your teeth.  Take good care of your enamel and your teeth will continue to be protected for many years.

 You Know it When You See It

Enamel is the part of the tooth that’s visible when you look in your mouth.  The hardest substance in the human body, it’s harder than your bones.  But, Enamel is susceptible to acid and build-up of bacteria.  Decay happens when enamel is exposed to these substances.


Enamel’s Job

When you chew, damage to your teeth can occur.  Usually your enamel is hard enough to prevent teeth from being damaged while you are eating.  The enamel insulates your tooth so that you don’t feel discomfort when you eat or drink something that’s particularly hot or cold. The nerves in your teeth are sensitive to temperature.  Pain from hot or cold foods is a sign the enamel is eroding.

Cracks or chips are a common occurrence.   Accidents, sports injuries, and chewing hard foods all can contribute to tooth cracks or chips.  You may become aware that the enamel has cracked if you feel pain while eating, especially if you’re eating something hot, cold or sugary.  It’s a good idea to look at your teeth occasionally in a mirror.  You might notice a chip or crack in a front tooth.

 

Color Matched Fillings

You might notice that some popular singers never show fillings when they open their mouths to  belt out a song.  That’s because they have color-matched fillings in all their teeth, including the ones in the back.  Color-matched, metal-free fillings are rapidly becoming the restoration of choice for top dentists.  And, they are an ideal solution for the restoration of teeth that contain minor decay, cracks or replacement fillings.

 

Tooth colored fillings are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of the tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. This is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth, repairing chipped teeth, and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.

 

Protect Your Precious Enamel

Preventing damage to your tooth enamel is preferable.  Once it is gone, you can’t replace it.  Unfortunately, there is no procedure to regrow enamel.  Crowns and Amalgam-free fillings, which we use, are the best course of treatment.  Nobody likes to get a filling. This is why we recommend frequent cleaning and exams.  For more information on how your enamel is doing, give us a call at 619.298.0821.