- Using your teeth as tools
- Grinding your teeth
- Using a brush with too firm bristles
- Chewing ice
- Consuming sugary foods and beverages
- Nail biting
- Flossing incorrectly
- Playing sports without a mouthguard
- Incorrect brushing technique
- Not replacing your brush regularly
“I’m scared because I have no idea what’s going on or what to expect.”
“That absolutely terrifying sound of the drill sends shivers down my spine.”
“I have terrible teeth, I’m just so embarrassed.”
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the rest around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.
When you come in to see the dentist, do you ever feel confused? Do you hear the dentist and hygienist talking, but don’t understand what exactly they’re saying? Dental terminology is almost its own language, with lots of unique terms and numbers used by professionals. It would be great if you had a better understanding of this foreign language. Here’s a guide from A to Z of some of the many common dental phrases that may help you at your next visit!
Abrasion: Loss of tooth structure caused by a hard toothbrush, poor brushing technique or bruxism.
Bruxism: Grinding or gnashing of the teeth, most commonly while the patient is asleep.
Calculus: Hard residue, commonly known as tartar, that forms on teeth due to inadequate plaque control. Calculus teeth are often stained yellow or brown.
Diastema: A space between teeth.
Enamel: Hard tissue covering the portion of tooth above the gum line.
Filling: Restoration of lost tooth structure with metal, porcelain or resin materials.
Gingivitis: The inflammation of gum tissue.
Halitosis: Bad breath of oral or gastrointestinal origin.
Inter-proximal: Surface in between adjoining teeth.
Jacket: The crown for a front tooth, usually made of porcelain.
K-file: A file used during a root canal.
Laughing Gas: Nitrous oxide, an odorless inhalation agent that produces relative analgesic (sedation), and reduces anxiety and creates a state of relaxation.
Mandible: The lower jaw.
Nerve: The tissue that conveys sensation, temperature and position information to the brain.
Occlusion: The relationship of the upper and lower teeth upon closure.
Periapical (PA): The region at the end of the roots of teeth.
Quadrant: One of the four equal sections into which the dental arches can be divided; begins at the midline of the arch and extends distally to the last tooth.
Restoration: The replacement of a portion of a damaged tooth.
Supernumerary Tooth: An extra tooth.
TMJ: The temporomandibular joint where the lower jaw attaches to the skull.
Unerupted Tooth: A tooth that has not pushed through the gum and assumed its correct position in the dental arch.
Vertical Dimension: The arbitrary space between the upper and lower jaws upon closure that may decrease over time due to wear, shifting or damage to the teeth.
Wisdom Teeth: The third (last) molars that usually erupt between the age of 18-25.
Xerostomia: Dry mouth or decrease in the production of saliva.
Yeast: Also called candida, which is a fungus that can occur in various parts of the body including the mouth.
Zygomatic bone: Quadrangular bone on either side of the face that forms the cheek prominence.
You’ve heard the saying “April showers bring may flowers.” Well, good thing I like the rain because April is actually my favorite month. In the dental world, April means three things:
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April = learning. I always love the opportunity to educate my patients on the awareness and severity of oral cancer, and how easily preventable it is.
1. Brush. 👏 Your. 👏 Teeth. 👏
2. Come see me every six months.
3. Don’t use tobacco products (it eats away at your teeth).
You know what’s scary? About 50,000 people are going to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. And we’re going to try to make sure it isn’t any of you because we’re going to make sure your mouth is in tip-top shape.
National Facial Protection Month
In April, dentists, schools, parents, athletes, and anyone involved with sports come together to talk about the importance of protecting our kiddos from face injuries! We talked about it in last month’s blog. It’s so important to wear face masks and mouth guards to protect our mouth. I love that so many people talk about it.
If you know me, you know that I am a big jokester. There’s nothing that I love more than making people laugh—something that I take into my dental practice. When you’re relaxed, so am I, which makes your time in the chair so much easier.
Plus, I really like pranks… and am apparently really easily pranked. 😂 Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/alpinesmiles/videos/1310990048990025/
Thanks for reading, y’all!
Picture this: a middle school baseball player is up for bat. The first pitch is thrown. Strike. The second pitch is thrown. A solid hit. Except, not to the outfield, but rather the face. Blood appears immediately and the coach runs out to assess the injury. The pitcher runs up to apologize, while the catcher searches the ground for the teeth that have been knocked out. You watch helplessly from the stands wondering what happened… Or, if you’re like me, you’re already on the field holding your child.
When your child plays sports, you might often worry about broken bones or sprained ankles. Well, their teeth are equally as important to worry about! Tripping over a hurdle or a basketball off the backboard to the face could chip or even knock out a tooth.
But, parents! Do not fret. I have a solution.
Mouthguards & helmets: for more than just football.
Yes, yes, I know. Safety–a child’s least favorite word. Trust me, I have twin daughters… I know how hard it is to get them to wear anything that doesn’t look “cool.” My solution? Try showing them these photos from sports related injuries and see what they have to say…
Trigger warning: blood ahead.
- According to SafeChild.net, 60% of sports-related injuries occur during practice, rather than during games.
- This year 5 million teeth will be knocked out of children while they play sports
- It is estimated that helmets save one life each day and prevent one head injury every four minutes (Colgate).
Going to the dentist can be an investment. Sometimes a pricey one, but that’s not to say it’s not an investment. Whether we like it or not, we are judged by our appearance and our smile has the ability to influence how people think of us. And whether we admit it or not, we care what people think of us.
Now as a doctor, you should know that I do a lot of research before I share things with you–and I share them with good intention. In a recent study by Invisalign, researchers found that American’s believe straight teeth are directly correlated with success. The study found that “those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience.” They are also considered 58% more likely to be wealthy and successful.
More information on this research can be found here: Invisalign
The reason that I share this is to show
that there is confidence that comes with being proud of your smile.
Are you proud of your smile?
If yes, then I am very happy for you- my job is complete. (Other than the regular check-ups and cleanings… Let’s not forget about those!) You are comfortable. So walk your walk and be confident in your gorgeous smile.
If no, then let’s talk about your options.
I want to make sure that you’re comfortable in your smile. If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile. Whether it be crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, dentures, Invisalign, 6-Month Smiles (my favorite service right now because it doesn’t take very long at all), or even whitening, we can tailor a treatment plan that meets your smile and budget needs.
We work with your insurance company up front to see what they will cover. What about what’s left over? What if I don’t have insurance? Well, that’s why have CareCredit, a no interest financing service for dental procedures (if paid within 12 months).
I’m here to make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and successful. Let’s do this.
If you have more questions, please feel free to call our office at 928-774-9554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 1 means a new year, new adventures, and new promises. Often, you read about people’s promises to be a healthier, happier you. “I’m going to exercise every single day for the next year” or “I’m cutting sweets out of my diet this year.” Let’s be real— these aren’t realistic.
As a dentist, I hardly ever hear resolutions to improving oral hygiene (disappointing)! So here are 4 realistic and obtainable New Year’s Resolutions that you can easily implement to increase your health and happiness this year.
Did you know that even after brushing, there sometimes is extra gunk that sticks around in your mouth? Using mouthwash is a perfect way to give your mouth a rinse, loosen up and repel that gunk, and freshen up!
- Use alcohol-FREE mouthwash
- Bottles range between $3-6
Pick up an electric toothbrush
The key to effective oral hygiene is effective use of the right toothbrush. When people come into my office, I can tell when they use an electric toothbrush compared to a manual brush, because their teeth are almost always cleaner! An electric toothbrush is not only more fun to use, it’s easier, and can minimize or eliminate staining of teeth.
- You can pick up an electric brush for under $10
- Replace the heads every three months
- Great idea for children— kids love new toys
- Fantastic for elderly— easier to hold and use
Brush your tongue
You’re already in your mouth brushing your teeth anyway… why not brush your tongue too? Brushing your tongue can save you from awkward bad breath encounters and get rid of the bacteria that builds up on it.
- Brush your tongue for at least 15 seconds
Avoid certain foods and drinks
Okay, so this one might be a little harder than the others— we all have our favorite foods and staying away from them can be hard! Avoiding these foods though can be the difference between a minor and a major dental visit.
- Ice is for chilling, not for chewing – your teeth are vulnerable. Chewing ice can chip your teeth!
- Too much coffee can kill you — okay, maybe not kill you, but it can stain your teeth, dry your mouth, and that sugar can eat away at your teeth.
- Limit your sugary drinks — soda, alcohol, and sports drinks all contain incredible amounts of sugar. If you want to drink them, be sure to brush your teeth afterwards! It could save you from a pesky cavity.
So there you have it, folks—four New Year’s Resolutions you can easily adapt to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
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Stay happy and healthy, friends!
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W University Ave #113