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Cavity Prevention Tips
 
 

According to the CDC, tooth decay is “the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Tooth decay also affects adults, with 9 out of 10 over the age of 20 having some degree of tooth-root decay” However, tooth decay is completely preventable. To help you prevent cavities we have put together a list of tips to keep you cavity free!

  1. Brush Your Teeth: It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. For optimum cavity protection,  we recommend you brush them in the morning, after lunch, and before bed. Brushing your teeth removes food, bacteria, and plaque from your teeth. If your teeth go unbrushed all of the substances left on your teeth will begin to cause tooth decay and cavities.
     
  2. Floss: It’s also recommended to floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing helps remove food, bacteria, and plaque from in between your teeth where your toothbrush will not reach. For optimum cavity prevention floss once in the morning and once at night.
     
  3. Use a Fluoride Rinse: Rinsing out your mouth with a fluoride rinse after you have brushed and flossed will help remove any remaining food and bacteria. The fluoride in the rinse will help remineralize your teeth from any early signs of decay and keep them strong! We recommend that you use a fluoride rinse once a day. Also, remember not to rinse your mouth with water after using your fluoride rinse. The water will wash away the fluoride from your teeth.
     
  4. Regular Dental Visits: Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is a very important step for cavity prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. It is recommended to visit your dentist every 6 months. However, some people's needs may dictate more frequent visits. Regular dentist visits commonly consist of x-rays, exam, and cleaning. For more information on your regular dental appointment read our blog post about it. 

We hope these tips help you with your oral health regimen and prevention of cavities! If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment give one of our offices a call today.

Kristy Olson
The Importance of Regular Dentist Visits
 
 

To keep your oral health on track most people should visit the dentist at least every six months for an exam and cleaning. However, some people's needs may dictate more frequent visits.

During your exam, the doctor will likely have the dental assistant take x-rays of your teeth. After the dentist has examined the x-rays they will come in and do a visual inspection of your teeth. During the exam, the dentist is looking at a variety of things. This includes but is not limited to gums, checking for loose teeth, tissues inside your mouth, your tongue, checking your bite, visual evidence of tooth decay, damaged fillings, broken teeth and screening for oral cancer.

For the cleaning portion of your appointment, a dental hygienist will come in and check the cleanliness of your teeth and gums. Every day whether or not you eat or drink anything your mouth produces bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth is what creates a film on your teeth known as plaque. Plaque can be removed by brushing, rinsing, and flossing every day. However, over time plaque can become acidic which means it will begin to demineralize and break down your teeth. Plaque can also harden into tartar which can not be removed by regular brushing, rinsing, and flossing. During your cleaning, the dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar that is on your teeth.

Lastly to end your appointment they will go over with you any treatment plans that you may need for cavities, damaged fillings, or anything else the dentist may have seen during your exam.

Without visiting the dentist every 6 months you are not only putting your oral health in jeopardy but also your overall health! Your mouth often serves as a place to detect signs and symptoms of diseases that can affect your entire body. Furthermore, poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss, gum diseases, and more. Whether it’s been years or 6 months since your last dental visit it's never too late to get on the right track to good oral health. Give us a call today and schedule your cleaning exam appointment!

Kristy Olson
Baby’s First Dentist Appointment
 
 

To set your child up for dental health success it is important to have them start seeing the dentist early! Your baby’s first dentist appointment should be at 6 months old. It is typical at this age for babies to have very few teeth or none at all. However, even if your baby does not have teeth yet you should still bring them in for their first dental appointment. Getting your baby used to the process of coming to the dentist early will help them fill at ease for future dental appointments. It will also help to promote the importance of healthy teeth for years to come!

A baby’s first dental appointment is a very simple process. The appointment will begin with the child sitting in your lap and you will hold them for the duration of the appointment. You will lay the baby on its back in your lap while cradling them. The dentist will then come to inspect the baby’s gums and any teeth that may have already appeared. It is typically for some baby’s to cry, but not to worry they are not in any pain during the appointment. Once the dentist is done inspecting the baby’s gums to ensure they are healthy a dental hygienist will brush the baby’s teeth and gums. Lastly, they will put a fluoride varnish on any teeth the baby may have. This fluoride varnish is to help mineralize their teeth and protect against bacteria and sugars in the mouth.

Also at baby’s first dentist appointment, you will have the opportunity to chat with the Dentist and hygienist about any questions you may have about how to brush their teeth and gums, teething, bottle habits, sugar intake, and more. If it is time to schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment give us a call today!

Kristy Olson
Treat Snoring at Tooth Time Family Dentistry

Getting a restful night of sleep can be a challenge when you or someone in your household snores. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring “affects approximately 90 million American adults”. Snoring can negatively affect not only the person who snores but their spouse and children as well. One of the most common negative effects is a disrupted sleep cycle for you and your partner. Other negative effects include but are not limited to soaring blood pressure and increased risk for stroke.

What Causes Snoring?

When you are asleep the muscles and soft tissues in your mouth and throat relax. This shrinks the airway and causes the soft tissues to vibrate while you are breathing. These vibrations result in that familiar sound of snoring. In severe cases, the soft tissues and the tongue can create a complete blockage of the airway. This can cause asphyxiation, which is when you are receiving limited amounts of oxygen. If you experiencing asphyxiation for 10 seconds or longer it is an indication of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
 

How To Prevent Snoring

Tooth Time Family Dentistry’s offers Dentist-Prescribed Oral Appliance called Silent Nite. Silent Nite is a dental device that positions the lower jaw forward using its Side-Link connectors. The forward position of the lower jaw opens the airway and makes breathing easier. The device is custom to each individual for a comfortable fit made with a soft inner layer and hard outer layer that is not only durable but, BPA-free as well. Silent Nite has been proven to help eliminate snoring in 8 out of 10 patients and can help you receive more restful nights.

Are you ready to say goodbye to snoring? Give your local Tooth Time office a call today and ask them about Silent Nite!

Kristy Olson