Dental phobia is a serious problem which affects countless individuals. Neglecting dental visits due to fear can cause more oral issues as teeth remain untreated for long periods of time. Sometimes, poor oral health and dental phobia combine, snowballing into a situation seemingly too difficult to overcome. With a range of issues affecting phobic patients, a multi-specialty dental practice offers a unique opportunity.
What is Special About Multi-Specialty Dentistry?
One of the major obstacles dental practices run into with phobic patients is being able to provide them all the services needed under one roof. Phobic patients often find it difficult to stay motivated when it comes to correcting issues. If a phobic patient is referred to a specialist, the odds of following through with their treatment decrease when required to visit a separate office for consultation or procedural work.
The relationship between a healthy mouth and overall health is proven, and studies continue to uncover evidence linking the two. Proper oral care, hygiene habits, and a healthy diet could prevent you from developing serious systemic diseases. When was the last time you reviewed your oral care basics? Here are a few helpful reminders and oral care tips from your Moreno Valley dentists.
The Importance of Brushing
Brushing teeth is essential to plaque removal and overall health. In addition to cavity prevention, brushing helps removes the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. Always brush twice each day, no matter what. To aid in cavity prevention, use fluoridated toothpaste.
As October approaches, Corona candy shelves are being filled with sweet treats capable of harming children’s teeth. However, UCLA researchers discovered a new kind of candy: one that actually fights cavities. Combating a cavity with candy may sound like a crazy idea, but the herbal lollipop is already being made available for purchase.
How Cavities Develop
Primarily, cavities are generated by a combination of simple sugars, poor dental hygiene, and mouth-dwelling bacteria. Dental caries, or cavities, develop due to harmful bacteria found in the mouth. These bacteria consume sugary food, and the acidic by-product of this reaction erodes tooth enamel.
The Oral Cancer Foundation predicts that around 8,000 Americans will die from oral cancer, and 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed with mouth cancer this year. Even with such staggering numbers, oral cancer is a highly treatable condition when detected and addressed in the early stages. Our Riverside dentists will explain your risk for oral cancer and what you can do to protect your quality of life.
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
Knowing your risk is half the battle against oral cancer. While smoking and smokeless tobacco use top the list for heightening your chances of oral cancer, other lifestyle habits can contribute as well. For instance, using tanning beds or excessive sun exposure can also increase your oral cancer risk. Wear lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from harmful rays. Alcoholism can also contribute to oral cancer, especially in conjunction with smoking or chewing tobacco. If you have a chemical dependency, our Riverside dentists can help you find support for quitting dangerous habits.
The Importance of Dental Checkups
Some risk factors for mouth cancer are unavoidable. Your risk increases if you have a family history of oral cancer or if you are over the age of forty. If you know you have any of these risk factors, regular dental checkups could save your life. Our Riverside dentists perform oral cancer screenings with every dental checkup and cleaning to spot signs of oral cancer early.
Signs of Oral Cancer
At your next dental checkup, here are some signs of oral cancer for which we will meticulously search:
- Red or white, splotchy mouth sores
- Ulcers that have not healed in over a week
- Changes in your bite alignment
- Chronic throat pain or hoarseness
- Lumps in your neck and head
- Painful swallowing
- Sudden weight loss (more…)
Would you go a week without brushing your teeth? If the answer is no, then why do many people neglect flossing for so long? Many dentists believe flossing is just as important, if not more important than brushing your teeth. Why? Our Moreno Valley dentists will explain the ins and outs of flossing, from why flossing is important, to how to remind yourself to floss daily.
Why is flossing important?
Gum disease starts very small. Colonies of plaque and bacteria congregate around your teeth and gum lines where brushing often misses. As the colonies grow, your gum tissue becomes infected and develops gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. Flossing disrupts these colonies of plaque and disperses food particles and bacteria between your teeth.
How do I floss properly?
Flossing should take you no longer than a couple of minutes. You may prefer waxed or mint-flavored floss; just make sure the floss is American Dental Association approved. Here are some flossing instructions:
- Start by unwinding about a forearms length of floss or longer.
- Wind the floss around each of your middle fingers on both ends.
- Use your forefingers and your thumbs to guide the floss between each tooth.
- Make a “C” Shape with the floss in every possible direction behind and in between your teeth.
- Unwind a clean section of floss each time you move to another tooth.
- Avoid snapping the floss against your gum tissue.
- Throw away the floss when you have finished.
- Remind yourself to floss daily by leaving the container on the sink in plain sight, setting a phone reminder, or sticking a post-it to your mirror. (more…)
What are white fillings?
These metal-free fillings are made of composite resin, a hard plastic material. Composite resin starts in a liquid form which can be dyed and molded to match your tooth coloration and form to a specific shape. Using a curing light, our Corona dentists will harden the composite resin, making your white filling durable and long-lasting. Composite resin is also used for some cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding and placing porcelain veneers.
Why are fillings important?
Your teeth are not self-healing. This means that when your tooth becomes infected, professional dental care is vital to prevent the spread of tooth decay. Untreated cavities will travel deeper into your tooth’s layers, damaging your tooth enamel, breaching your soft layer of dentin, and eventually infecting your sensitive dental pulp. Fillings stop the progression of bacteria from tooth decay and build back the tooth structure lost to a cavity.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
These aesthetic fillings are discrete, as opposed to traditional darker metal fillings. Only you and our Corona dentist will know you have had dental work, so you can laugh out loud with confidence that you filling will be inconspicuous. Additionally, composite resin fillings allow for minimally invasive procedures. Conservative dentistry with white fillings means keeping as much healthy tooth structure as possible while addressing tooth decay. White fillings are also convenient. Our Corona dentist can place and complete your dental filling in one office visit.
White Fillings in Corona, CA
To learn more about dental fillings and addressing cavities, contact our Corona dental office. You can schedule a dental checkup with our Corona dentists to see if white fillings are for you by calling Dental Associates of Corona at 951-273-9580.
By now, children have been back to school long enough to establish a routine. Are healthy lunches a part of your child’s day? We trust our schools to provide nutritious lunch options when kids purchase lunch at school. Now, the American Dental Association is officially supporting legislation passed by Congress to make changes in the lunches being offered at public schools. Citing the connection between oral and overall health, the ADA issued a statement saying that tooth decay is “the single most common chronic childhood disease.” Your Temecula Valley dentists explain the goal of reducing sodium, fat, and sugar contents in school lunches for better overall health and fewer cavities.
Nutrition and Oral Health
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) utilizes federal assistance to provide free, or low-cost, school lunches to as many as 31 million children, each day. However, the program required some revisions after 15 years. Nutrition advocates, including the ADA, weighed in on the types of changes necessary to update the program. The ADA pointed out that the body is “a complex machine,” and reiterated what an important role food plays in attaining good general and oral health. (more…)