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Oral Care Tips For The Elderly

Taking care of your teeth and gums as you get older can have a good impact on overall health; oral health can prevent problems like toothaches, tooth decay, and tooth loss. A healthy mouth also makes it easier for you to continue eating well and enjoying the foods you love as you age. It’s imperative to take care of your teeth and gums if you have a health condition like diabetes or heart disease or take medicines that can cause oral health problems. 

Our team at Swedish Dental has developed several steps to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy as you get older.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Seniors

Daily brushing and flossing of natural teeth are essential to keeping them in good oral health. Plaque can build up quickly on the teeth of seniors, especially if oral hygiene is neglected, and lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day

Brushing and flossing help remove dental plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds on your teeth after eating; this build-up on your teeth can cause tooth decay or gum disease. After brushing, it is essential to remember to floss between your teeth; flossing allows tiny bits of plaque to be removed from between your teeth. If you have trouble flossing, ask your dentist about using a special brush or pick instead.

Look out for changes in your mouth

Your risk of getting oral cancer increases as you get older, so consult your dentist if you notice any changes or have any significant pain or if you experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks:

  • A spot in your mouth, lip, or throat that feels uncomfortable or sore
  • A lump or thick area in your mouth, lip, or throat
  • A white or red patch in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness in your tongue or mouth
  • Swelling in your jaw
  • Pain in one ear without hearing loss
  • See your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning.

There’s no single rule for how often people need to see the dentist – it varies from person to person. So the next time you get a checkup and cleaning, ask your dentist how often you need to come in.

Talk to your doctor about dry mouth

Dry mouth means not having enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth can make it hard to eat, swallow, or talk; it can also lead to tooth decay or infection. In addition, dry mouth is a side effect of some medicines. It can also happen if you have specific health problems – like diabetes or receiving chemotherapy or radiation. If you have a dry mouth, talk with your doctor or dentist and ask what you can do.

Practice healthy habits

Eat healthily and cut down on sugary foods and drinks. This can help prevent tooth decay – and it’s good for your overall health.

Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or using snuff puts you at higher risk for oral cancer. Smoking also increases your risk for gum disease. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. This means no more than one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men. Heavy drinking increases your risk of oral cancer.

What Seniors Can Expect During a Dental Exam

If you’re a senior headed for a checkup, your dentist should conduct a thorough history and dental exam. Questions asked during a dental history should include:

  • The approximate date of your last dental visit and the reason for the visit
  • Recent changes in your mouth
  • Any loose or sensitive teeth
  • Difficulty tasting, chewing or swallowing
  • Any pain, discomfort, sores, or bleeding in your mouth
  • Lumps, bumps, or swellings in your mouth

Your dentist will check the following during an oral exam: your face and neck (for skin discoloration, moles, sores).

  • Bite (for any problems in how the teeth come together while opening and closing your mouth).
  • Jaw (for signs of clicking and popping in the temporomandibular joint); your lymph nodes and salivary glands (for any indication of swelling or lumps)
  • Inner cheeks (for infections, ulcers, traumatic injuries)
  • Tongue and other interior surfaces – floor of the mouth, soft and hard palate, gum tissue (for signs of disease or oral cancer)
  • Teeth (for decay, condition of fillings, and cracks)

If you wear dentures or other appliances, your dentist will ask a few questions about when you wear your dentures and when you take them out (if removable). They will also look for any irritation or problems in the areas in the mouth that the appliance touches and examine the denture or appliance itself (looking for any worn or broken areas).

Conclusion

Food and drinks that contain a high level of sugar can damage the teeth and cause poor dental health. However, many older people cannot taste foods, and they used to, and sometimes develop a taste for sweet foods. You can help minimize the damage that sugars can cause by requesting sugar-free medication and, where possible, using sweeteners instead of sugar. In addition, encouraging your loved one to chew sugar-free gum can be helpful because it creates an increased flow of saliva. This helps to cleanse the mouth and repair the teeth.

If your loved one has a dry mouth, ensure that they drink plenty of clear fluids and avoid smoking, caffeine, and alcohol that can all make symptoms worse. Get in touch with Swedish Dental if you’re concerned about your or a loved one’s oral health.

How To Beat Gum Disease

Most people can easily recognize the two most common signs of gum disease: tender gums and blood when brushing or flossing. However, much fewer people can spot the signs of advanced gum disease – the latter stages of gum disease that even quality care and world-class dental technicians cannot reverse.

While your local dentist will be the best place to get definitive answers about the stage of your teeth and gums, it can be helpful for you to learn how to spot some of the most obvious warning signs indicating that advanced gum disease is ahead.

So What Are The Different Types Of Gum Disease?

Two types of diseases can affect the gums: gingivitis and periodontitis. Together, gingivitis and periodontitis are referred to as gum disease or periodontal disease.

The National Institute of Health defines periodontal (gum) disease as “inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone).” Both gum diseases are relatively common among adults and can be stopped, or their symptoms are significantly lessened with adequate care.

Gingivitis: Early Stages of Gum Disease

Many of the symptoms of early gum disease, known as gingivitis, look like mild versions of those of periodontitis (advanced gum disease). 

Take a look at some of the symptoms of gingivitis: 

  • Mild or moderation discoloration of the gums
  • Swollen gums that are tender to the touch
  • Chronically bad breath
  • Mild bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing your teeth

Periodontitis: Advanced Gum Disease

The most significant distinction between the early and latter stages of gum disease is permanence. For the most part, the damage done by periodontitis is irreversible. In addition, the inflammation of the gums, bleeding, gum discoloration, and other symptoms are more evident with periodontitis.

In addition to the symptoms shared with gingivitis, here are some that are more specific to periodontitis:

•Gum recession – the gums line begins to recede, and it starts to appear like the teeth are getting long

•Pain – there’s significant pain when chewing

•Loose teeth – teeth no longer feel firmly planted and move when pushed. They may also shift and may no longer align with the teeth opposite them.

•Tooth loss – teeth fall out

So what can you do to beat gum disease?

Believe it or not, reversing gingivitis is entirely possible—and doing so is crucial in preventing gingivitis from progressing into severe gum disease (which could lead to gum recession and tooth loss).

Red, sore, swollen gums and bad breath caused by bacteria are nobody’s cup of tea, so knowing how to kick gingivitis to the curb is a must for a healthier smile. Here are seven tips for reversing the early signs of the disease.

1. Get Professional Cleanings Regularly

Seeing a hygienist or dentist for regular professional cleanings is one of the best ways to get rid of gingivitis long-term. Dentists thoroughly clean your teeth to eliminate the bacteria causing gingivitis using dental instruments, an ultrasonic device. How often should you head to the dentist for professional cleanings? Your dentist may recommend you get there more often than every six months if you have gum disease or even some symptoms.

2. Maintain Dental Hygiene By Brushing & Flossing

In addition to regular professional cleanings, simply brushing and flossing well at home is another way to reverse gingivitis. If you notice your toothbrush bristles are becoming frayed often, you may be applying too much pressure when brushing.

3. Use Antibacterial Mouthwash

It’s crucial to use an antibacterial mouthwash to help get rid of gingivitis-causing bacteria and reverse gum disease. Look for a mouthwash specifically designed for treating gingivitis, and rinse as directed on package instructions. Typically, rinsing for 30 seconds twice a day, after brushing and flossing, is recommended to help kill bacteria, keep breath fresh and get rid of gingivitis.

4. Try Oil Massage or Oil Pulling

Believe it or not, using oil is an all-natural way to help reverse gingivitis. Researchers have found that people who massaged their gums with sesame oil, coconut oil, or olive oil every day for three weeks had significant gingivitis-causing bacteria and plaque reductions.

Oil pulling is another natural way to combat gum disease. A 2017 review published in the International Journal of Health Sciences notes that the practice of swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes appears to reduce oral bacteria and gingivitis-causing plaque.

5. Stop Smoking

Smoking is a risk factor for gingivitis and more advanced gum disease, so kick smoking to the curb to keep your mouth healthy and boost your chance of reversing gingivitis. Researchers have found that smoking weakens your body’s immune system, making it harder to fight gum infections. Smoking also doubles your risk for gum disease compared to nonsmokers.

6. Chew Sugarless Gum

The American Dental Association suggests chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals to help reduce tooth decay and neutralize acids produced by mouth bacteria. Be sure to look for sugarless chewing gum with the ADA seal, which contains non-cavity-causing sweeteners like Xylitol instead of sugar.

7. Reduce Sugar and Refined Carb Intake

Steer clear of sugary foods and drinks, refined carbohydrates, and sticky foods like candies and dried fruit. Such foods can stick to your teeth, and the sugar in them leads to plaque buildup. Instead of soda, choose water as your drink of choice, and consume high-fiber foods (like fruits, veggies, dried beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds) for your source of carbohydrates.

Conclusion

Severe gum disease can result in painful gums, gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. In addition, treatment for severe gum disease may require surgery and be quite costly. That’s why reversing gingivitis before it becomes problematic is crucial for a healthier, pain-free smile.

Contact our team at Swedish Dental if you think you could be suffering from any of the gum disease symptoms.

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Most of us know that toothbrushes are not designed to last forever, yet it can be hard to figure out when the bristles on our toothbrushes are nearing the end of their lifespan. How long you should keep your toothbrushes is dependent on many factors that we will discuss in this article.

Most of us know that toothbrushes are not designed to last forever, yet it can be hard to figure out when the bristles on our toothbrushes are nearing the end of their lifespan. How long you should keep your toothbrushes is dependent on many factors that we will discuss in this article. However, according to manufacturer guidelines and dentist recommendations, you should replace your toothbrush every 12 to 16 weeks. If you don’t replace a toothbrush or electric toothbrush head when it needs to be, it can have an adverse effect on your dental health and increase the risk of infection.

Risk factors for using a toothbrush beyond its recommended lifespan

Every time you use your toothbrush, the nylon bristles are exposed to water and chemicals from your toothpaste. This makes the bristles a little weaker with each use. As a result, the bristles bend and twist into a new shape known as “bristle flaring.”

A 2013 study by a trusted Source showed that after 40 days of consistent use, bristle flaring starts to make your toothbrush less effective. In addition, study participants who didn’t replace their toothbrushes on the 40th day of use experienced considerably more plaque buildup.

At least two earlier studies on worn toothbrush heads confirmed that older toothbrushes are much less efficient at removing plaque, which is the cause of gum disease and tooth decay.

Why do you need to change your toothbrush?

If you brush for two minutes, twice a day, as dental professionals recommend, then you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. One of the reasons you should throw out your toothbrush after this length of time is that the bristles lose their cleaning ability, the bristles may fall out or change shape. Once the bristles become splayed, they won’t maintain their performance, and frayed bristles don’t reach the spots between the teeth and along the gum line correctly.

Infections

Viral and bacterial infections such as strep throat are of particular concern and are an excellent reason to switch your old toothbrush for a new one. Unfortunately, germs can also congregate on a toothbrush. While viruses are less likely to make you sick a second time, bacteria can stay on the bristles. Those germs can then transfer to the toothpaste tube when you load up, making other people in the household sick if you share toothpaste.

Change your child’s toothbrush

Children are less likely to properly take care of their toothbrushes, which means you might want to change toothbrushes for children more often than every three months, as they may mash on a toothbrush head or gnaw on the handle. Children are also more likely to expose their brush head to other surfaces besides their teeth.

Sharing toothbrushes

It’s important to remember that If anyone else uses your toothbrush by mistake, you must get rid of it. This is because everyone’s mouth harbours different bacteria, and sharing toothbrushes can make you very sick.

Germs

Another consideration that we don’t usually think about is that germs can build up in toothbrush bristles. This means it’s essential to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or risk possible reinfection.

Fungus and bacteria can develop in the bristles if you don’t take care of your brush correctly. After use, make sure you rinse off and dry your toothbrush thoroughly, storing it uncovered in an upright position and keeping it away from other used toothbrushes. When travelling, be sure to cover your toothbrush head to protect it and reduce the spread of germs.

If you can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, pay particular attention to the condition your toothbrush head is in – whether the bristles are worn out, fan-out, or frayed, or especially if you see dark colour changes, which is a sign of mould.

How often should you change an electric toothbrush head?

Electric toothbrush heads clean the surface area of your teeth by quickly rotating or vibrating. However, these toothbrush heads still have nylon bristles that can be worn down after regular use. What’s more, those bristles are shorter, which means that they may fray more quickly.

Plan to change out the toothbrush head on your electric toothbrush every 12 weeks or even earlier. Watch for signs of wear and tear on the bristles to know when it’s time to say goodbye to a brush head.

Conclusion

Your toothbrush is an essential oral hygiene tool. To maintain your toothbrush and make the most of its lifespan, use only your toothbrush, store it upright, and let it air dry.

Plan to replace the toothbrushes of every person in your family every 3 to 4 months, and mark your calendar on the date of the purchase, so you remember when it’s time to replace them again.

Some common suggestions among dental professionals are to look for toothbrushes with soft bristles, as stiff bristles damage your teeth and gums, choose a toothbrush head size that touches one or two teeth at a time, use a toothpaste containing fluoride approved by the ADA, consider using mouthwash to fight plaque and gingivitis further, and don’t forget to floss!

Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, as these have been proven to improve oral health beyond what a manual toothbrush can do by removing plaque, reducing gingivitis and eliminating teeth staining. They’ve also been shown to minimize the amount of plaque on the teeth of people with periodontal disease.

Do your research on what products fit your needs best, and don’t forget to ask your dentist for recommendations.

Most of us know that toothbrushes are not designed to last forever, yet it can be hard to figure out when the bristles on our toothbrushes are nearing the end of their lifespan. How long you should keep your toothbrushes is dependent on many factors that we will discuss in this article.

A visit to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread. Our esteemed team of dental professionals and oral hygienists aim to ensure that your routine visit to Swedish Dental is as welcoming and comfortable as possible.

For some, a visit to the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing, nerve-wracking experience. But just by making it to the chair, you are closer to better overall health, and you’ll be smiling with more confidence. This article will provide a guide on what to expect from your twice-annual dental visit to make you more comfortable and know what to expect.

Why do you need a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving issues untreated could make them more challenging to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early or, if possible, prevent them altogether.

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will require regular check-ups.

What to expect from a dental check-up?

A dental check-up and a dental exam are often used interchangeably. However, some people distinguish that a hygienist handles the dental check-up while a dentist is responsible for the dental exam. The exam is more technical and requires the expertise of a dentist.

A hygienist or a certified dental assistant will begin your dental check-up with a teeth cleaning that includes the following:

  • Take X-rays if needed
  • Diagnose decayed teeth, inflammation in the gum or periodontitis
  • Using various tools and instruments, they will remove or scrape tartar and plaque from around your gum line and the surface of your teeth.
  • Polish your teeth
  • Report their findings to the dentist if needed.

X-rays

It is routine for your dentist and dental hygienist to carry out x-rays if it´s indicated, on occasion, during your dental check-up. X-rays allow your dentist/hygienist not only to identify existing problems that might not be visible during a routine dental examination yet but to be aware of any problems that may present in the future.

In adults, x-rays can identify dental decay, impacted teeth, jawbone damage, cysts, tumours and abscesses. X-rays taken of children’s mouths will allow the dentist to see where the adult teeth will grow in.

Your dentist will decide which type of x-ray you need and explain why you are receiving an x-ray and how the x-ray works. Your dentist or dental assistant will set the machine up and leave the room before taking the x-ray to ensure your dentist doesn’t get too much exposure to the machine. Your dentist will only take x-rays when they believe it to be necessary.

After your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will perform an exam if needed:

  • Examine your gums, soft palate, throat and neck, checking for any abnormalities
  • Examine jaw muscles
  • Review any X-rays that may have been taken
  • Recommend any additional dental work you might need to maintain oral health
  • Discuss your overall oral health and habits

How much does a dental check-up cost?

The cost of a dental check-up depends on your dental plan and how much work is done during your visit. For example, routine teeth cleaning may be covered, depending on your dental plan. If a dentist recommends additional dental work, they will provide you with an estimate of the cost ahead of time.

A First or Non-Routine Visit

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, you can expect the same care as a routine visit. Patient appointments and visits after more than a couple of years have passed usually require X-rays. The dentist wants a complete look at what’s going on inside your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures.

Plan to hang in there for a deep cleaning session with the hygienist. The longer you wait between visits, the more hard tartar buildup on teeth and around the gumline. (If your teeth are sensitive, talk to the hygienist or dentist about numbing options to lessen pain before the work starts.) Having tartar removed can be uncomfortable, but the clean, smooth feel of your teeth after and the fact you’ll walk out with fresher breath is very much worth it.

What if something is wrong with my teeth?

Your dentist will tell you right away if your dental exam reveals anything unusual. Then, they may recommend additional procedures or refer you to a specialist. For example, if you would like your teeth straightened, a dentist may refer you to an orthodontist specialising in that kind of dentistry.

How often do I need a dental check-up?

Getting a dental check-up at least once a year can help maintain the overall health of your teeth and mouth and help identify any problems early. A build-up of tartar can cause long-term issues. To avoid any dental issues that require expensive procedures, consider getting at least one dental check-up and dental exam each year.

If you have a dental plan, make sure you know what’s covered for dental care. Dental costs vary depending on what work you need to be done and the type of dental insurance you have. You can start taking control of the expenses by learning ahead of time what kind of dental procedures and treatments your plan covers.

Most of us know that toothbrushes are not designed to last forever, yet it can be hard to figure out when the bristles on our toothbrushes are nearing the end of their lifespan. How long you should keep your toothbrushes is dependent on many factors that we will discuss in this article.

However, according to manufacturer guidelines and dentist recommendations, you should replace your toothbrush every 12 to 16 weeks. If you don’t replace a toothbrush or electric toothbrush head when it needs to be, it can have an adverse effect on your dental health and increase the risk of infection.

Risk factors for using a toothbrush beyond its recommended lifespan

Every time you use your toothbrush, the nylon bristles are exposed to water and chemicals from your toothpaste. This makes the bristles a little weaker with each use. As a result, the bristles bend and twist into a new shape known as “bristle flaring.”

A 2013 study by a trusted source showed that after 40 days of consistent use, bristle flaring starts to make your toothbrush less effective. In addition, study participants who didn’t replace their toothbrushes on the 40th day of use experienced considerably more plaque buildup.

At least two earlier studies on worn toothbrush heads confirmed that older toothbrushes are much less efficient at removing plaque, which is the cause of gum disease and tooth decay.

Why do you need to change your toothbrush?

If you brush for two minutes, twice a day, as dental professionals recommend, then you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. One of the reasons you should throw out your toothbrush after this length of time is that the bristles lose their cleaning ability, the bristles may fall out or change shape. Once the bristles become splayed, they won’t maintain their performance, and frayed bristles don’t reach the spots between the teeth and along the gum line correctly.

Infections

Viral and bacterial infections such as strep throat are of particular concern and are an excellent reason to switch your old toothbrush for a new one. Unfortunately, germs can also congregate on a toothbrush. While viruses are less likely to make you sick a second time, bacteria can stay on the bristles. Those germs can then transfer to the toothpaste tube when you load up, making other people in the household sick if you share toothpaste.

Change your child’s toothbrush

Children are less likely to properly take care of their toothbrushes, which means you might want to change toothbrushes for children more often than every three months, as they may mash on a toothbrush head or gnaw on the handle. Children are also more likely to expose their brush head to other surfaces besides their teeth.

Sharing toothbrushes

It’s important to remember that If anyone else uses your toothbrush by mistake, you must get rid of it. This is because everyone’s mouth harbours different bacteria, and sharing toothbrushes can make you very sick.

Germs

Another consideration that we don’t usually think about is that germs can build up in toothbrush bristles. This means it’s essential to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or risk possible reinfection.

Fungus and bacteria can develop in the bristles if you don’t take care of your brush correctly. After use, make sure you rinse off and dry your toothbrush thoroughly, storing it uncovered in an upright position and keeping it away from other used toothbrushes. When travelling, be sure to cover your toothbrush head to protect it and reduce the spread of germs.

If you can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, pay particular attention to the condition your toothbrush head is in – whether the bristles are worn out, fan-out, or frayed, or especially if you see dark colour changes, which is a sign of mould.

How often should you change an electric toothbrush head?

Electric toothbrush heads clean the surface area of your teeth by quickly rotating or vibrating. However, these toothbrush heads still have nylon bristles that can be worn down after regular use. What’s more, those bristles are shorter, which means that they may fray more quickly.

Plan to change out the toothbrush head on your electric toothbrush every 12 weeks or even earlier. Watch for signs of wear and tear on the bristles to know when it’s time to say goodbye to a brush head.

Conclusion

Your toothbrush is an essential tool to maintain healthy oral hygiene. To maintain your toothbrush and make the most of its lifespan, use only your toothbrush, store it upright, and let it air dry.

Plan to replace the toothbrushes of every person in your family every 3 to 4 months, and mark your calendar on the date of the purchase, so you remember when it’s time to replace them again.

Some common suggestions among dental professionals are to look for toothbrushes with soft bristles, as stiff bristles damage your teeth and gums, choose a toothbrush head size that touches one or two teeth at a time, use a toothpaste containing fluoride, consider using mouthwash to fight plaque and gingivitis further, and don’t forget to floss!

Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, as these have been proven to improve oral health beyond what a manual toothbrush can do by removing plaque, reducing gingivitis and eliminating teeth staining. They’ve also been shown to minimize the amount of plaque on the teeth of people with periodontal disease.

Do your research on what products fit your needs best, and don’t forget to ask your dentist for recommendations.

What To Expect From A Dental Check-Up

A visit to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread. Our esteemed team of dental professionals and oral hygienists aim to ensure that your routine visit to Swedish Dental is as welcoming and comfortable as possible.

A visit to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread. Our esteemed team of dental professionals and oral hygienists aim to ensure that your routine visit to Swedish Dental is as welcoming and comfortable as possible.

For some, a visit to the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing, nerve-wracking experience. But just by making it to the chair, you are closer to better overall health, and you’ll be smiling with more confidence. This article will provide a guide on what to expect from your twice-annual dental visit to make you more comfortable and know what to expect.

Why do you need a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving issues untreated could make them more challenging to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early or, if possible, prevent them altogether.

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will require regular check-ups.

What to expect from a dental check-up?

A dental check-up and a dental exam are often used interchangeably. However, some people distinguish that a hygienist handles the dental check-up while a dentist is responsible for the dental exam. The exam is more technical and requires the expertise of a dentist.

A hygienist or a certified dental assistant will begin your dental check-up with a teeth cleaning that includes the following:

  • Take X-rays if needed
  • Diagnose decayed teeth, inflammation in the gum or periodontitis
  • Using various tools and instruments, they will remove or scrape tartar and plaque from around your gum line and the surface of your teeth.
  • Polish your teeth
  • Report their findings to the dentist if needed.

X-rays

It is routine for your dentist and dental hygienist to carry out x-rays if it´s indicated, on occasion, during your dental check-up. X-rays allow your dentist/hygienist not only to identify existing problems that might not be visible during a routine dental examination yet but to be aware of any problems that may present in the future.

In adults, x-rays can identify dental decay, impacted teeth, jawbone damage, cysts, tumours and abscesses. X-rays taken of children’s mouths will allow the dentist to see where the adult teeth will grow in.

Your dentist will decide which type of x-ray you need and explain why you are receiving an x-ray and how the x-ray works. Your dentist or dental assistant will set the machine up and leave the room before taking the x-ray to ensure your dentist doesn’t get too much exposure to the machine. Your dentist will only take x-rays when they believe it to be necessary.

After your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will perform an exam if needed:

  • Examine your gums, soft palate, throat and neck, checking for any abnormalities
  • Examine jaw muscles
  • Review any X-rays that may have been taken
  • Recommend any additional dental work you might need to maintain oral health
  • Discuss your overall oral health and habits

How much does a dental check-up cost?

The cost of a dental check-up depends on your dental plan and how much work is done during your visit. For example, routine teeth cleaning may be covered, depending on your dental plan. If a dentist recommends additional dental work, they will provide you with an estimate of the cost ahead of time.

A First or Non-Routine Visit

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, you can expect the same care as a routine visit. Patient appointments and visits after more than a couple of years have passed usually require X-rays. The dentist wants a complete look at what’s going on inside your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures.

Plan to hang in there for a deep cleaning session with the hygienist. The longer you wait between visits, the more hard tartar buildup on teeth and around the gumline. (If your teeth are sensitive, talk to the hygienist or dentist about numbing options to lessen pain before the work starts.) Having tartar removed can be uncomfortable, but the clean, smooth feel of your teeth after and the fact you’ll walk out with fresher breath is very much worth it.

What if something is wrong with my teeth?

Your dentist will tell you right away if your dental exam reveals anything unusual. Then, they may recommend additional procedures or refer you to a specialist. For example, if you would like your teeth straightened, a dentist may refer you to an orthodontist specialising in that kind of dentistry.

How often do I need a dental check-up?

Getting a dental check-up at least once a year can help maintain the overall health of your teeth and mouth and help identify any problems early. A build-up of tartar can cause long-term issues. To avoid any dental issues that require expensive procedures, consider getting at least one dental check-up and dental exam each year.

If you have a dental plan, make sure you know what’s covered for dental care. Dental costs vary depending on what work you need to be done and the type of dental insurance you have. You can start taking control of the expenses by learning ahead of time what kind of dental procedures and treatments your plan covers.

A visit to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread. Our esteemed team of dental professionals and oral hygienists aim to ensure that your routine visit to Swedish Dental is as welcoming and comfortable as possible.

For some, a visit to the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing, nerve-wracking experience. But just by making it to the chair, you are closer to better overall health, and you’ll be smiling with more confidence. This article will provide a guide on what to expect from your twice-annual dental visit to make you more comfortable and know what to expect.

Why do you need a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving issues untreated could make them more challenging to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early or, if possible, prevent them altogether.

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will require regular check-ups.

What to expect from a dental check-up?

A dental check-up and a dental exam are often used interchangeably. However, some people distinguish that a hygienist handles the dental check-up while a dentist is responsible for the dental exam. The exam is more technical and requires the expertise of a dentist.

A hygienist or a certified dental assistant will begin your dental check-up with a teeth cleaning that includes the following:

  • Using various tools and instruments, they will remove or scrape tartar and plaque from around your gum line and the surface of your teeth.
  • Polish your teeth
  • Report their findings to the dentist
  • Take X-rays if ordered by the dentist.

X-rays

It is routine for your dentist to carry out x-rays, on occasion, during your dental check-up. X-rays allow your dentist not only to identify existing problems that might not be visible during a routine dental examination yet but to be aware of any problems that may present in the future.

In adults, x-rays can identify dental decay, impacted teeth, jawbone damage, cysts, tumours and abscesses. X-rays taken of children’s mouths will allow the dentist to see where the adult teeth will grow in.

Your dentist will decide which type of x-ray you need and explain why you are receiving an x-ray and how the x-ray works. Your dentist or dental assistant will set the machine up and leave the room before taking the x-ray to ensure your dentist doesn’t get too much exposure to the machine. Your dentist will only take x-rays when they believe it to be necessary.

After your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will perform the dental exam:

  • Examine your gums, soft palate, throat and neck, checking for any abnormalities
  • Review any X-rays that may have been taken
  • Recommend any additional dental work you might need to maintain oral health
  • Discuss your overall oral health and habits

How much does a dental check-up cost?

The cost of a dental check-up depends on your dental plan and how much work is done during your visit. For example, routine teeth cleaning may be covered, depending on your dental plan. If a dentist recommends additional dental work, they will provide you with an estimate of the cost ahead of time.

A First or Non-Routine Visit

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, you can expect the same care as a routine visit. Patient appointments and visits after more than a couple of years have passed usually require X-rays. The dentist wants a complete look at what’s going on inside your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures.

Plan to hang in there for a deep cleaning session with the hygienist. The longer you wait between visits, the more hard tartar buildup on teeth and around the gumline. (If your teeth are sensitive, talk to the hygienist or dentist about numbing options to lessen pain before the work starts.) Having tartar removed can be uncomfortable, but the clean, smooth feel of your teeth after and the fact you’ll walk out with fresher breath is very much worth it.

What if something is wrong with my teeth?

Your dentist will tell you right away if your dental exam reveals anything unusual. Then, they may recommend additional procedures or refer you to a specialist. For example, if you would like your teeth straightened, a dentist may refer you to an orthodontist specialising in that kind of dentistry.

How often do I need a dental check-up?

Getting a dental check-up at least once a year can help maintain the overall health of your teeth and mouth and help identify any problems early. A build-up of tartar can cause long-term issues. To avoid any dental issues that require expensive procedures, consider getting at least one dental check-up and dental exam each year.

If you have a dental plan, make sure you know what’s covered for dental care. Dental costs vary depending on what work you need to be done and the type of dental insurance you have. You can start taking control of the expenses by learning ahead of time what kind of dental procedures and treatments your plan covers.

What To Expect From Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces the roots of your tooth with small metal screws. The screws replace damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like real ones. 

There is not just one way of performing dental implant surgery. It all depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone and may involve several procedures. The significant benefit of implants is to support your new teeth; this is a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant.

Dental Implant Surgery Procedure

Dental implant surgery is performed in several steps and greatly depends on the kind of implant you’re getting and the health of your jawbone. The process requires the jawbone to heal tightly around the dental implant area absorbing it into the gumline as if it were a natural tooth. 

Dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone and serve as the root of the artificial tooth. Dentists often use Titanium for this procedure because it fuses the implant with the jawbone, remains firmly in place, and won’t decay.

Initial Evaluation

Dental implants require several surgical procedures; your dentist or oral surgeon will conduct a complete and thorough evaluation, including X-rays and creating teeth models, to ensure the dental implants will closely match your natural teeth. 

Your dentist will then review the condition of your jawbone to decide how many teeth you plan on having replaced with implants. This planning process could involve several dental specialists, and they will then discuss your surgical anaesthesia options. Your dental team also might provide a list of dos and don’ts that you should adhere to leading up to the surgery.

If you haven’t already, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgery because you’ll be in no condition to drive yourself after the procedure. Expect to be in “full rest” mode for the rest of the day following the surgery.

During the Surgery

Dental implant surgery is often done in several stages, requiring the jawbone to heal entirely around the implant before proceeding. The first step is to remove the teeth if they haven’t already been removed. Next, the dentist will need to prep the area by bone grafting.

Dental Implant Surgery and Bone Grafting

An oral surgeon will prep the area where the implants will go by using bone grafting. This is where a tiny bit of bone or other material is transplanted to solidify the jawbone’s implant base. If bone grafting is needed, the healing process can take at least four to six months before installing an implant. While the implant heals, you’ll wear a temporary denture to keep the appearance of an entire tooth. The denture will be removable and should be kept clean at all times.

Placing the Abutment

When the healing and osseointegration processes are complete, your dentist will install the abutment. The oral surgeon will reopen your gums so that the dental implant is exposed. They will then screw the abutment into the dental implant. The gum tissue is then closed back around the abutment and left to heal for one to two weeks. Later, the artificial tooth will be attached to the abutment.

Choosing your new artificial teeth

Once your gums have healed, your dentist will make more impressions of your mouth and the remaining teeth. These impressions are used to make the artificial tooth or crown for your dental implant. There are two main types of artificial teeth you’ll be able to choose from — a removable implant prosthesis or a fixed implant prosthesis.

Going the removable route is similar to a removable denture. It’s mounted on a metal frame that snaps securely onto the implant abutment. This artificial tooth is an excellent choice because it can be removed for cleaning or replacement, especially when several teeth have been removed and required dental implant replacements. It’s also a more secure and affordable option.

If you choose to get a fixed implant, the artificial tooth is very challenging to remove. It’s either permanently screwed onto the abutment or cemented down. If you have several teeth that require implants and money isn’t a concern, you can have all of them replaced in this manner – with each crown attached to its separate dental implant.

After Surgery

Discomfort is natural and expected after dental implant surgery. Here are some common side effects of dental surgery:

  • Swelling of the face and gums
  • Bruising of the gums or skin
  • Pain at the site of your implant surgery
  • Minor bleeding

If any of these symptoms worsen soon after surgery, contact your dentist immediately as it could indicate implant issues that need to be addressed by a professional.

To help you heal post-surgery, your dentist might advise eating soft foods, applying ice packs to relieve the swelling, and patience while the surgical site heals. As with any medical surgery, there can be complications post-surgery. Help prevent these by practising proper oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with interdental brushes or water flossers at least once a day. Make sure to attend regular dental office visits and examinations to stay on top of your oral health, avoid using smoking, avoid bad oral habits, such as chewing on ice or hard sweets.

Conclusion

Our team at Swedish Dental is here to guide you through getting dental implants and answering any questions you may have. If you think you might be a candidate for dental implants, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about dental implant surgery. Take care of your teeth, and you can take on anything.

5 Questions To Ask Your Dentist Before Dental Surgery

Visiting the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many of us, especially if you’re undergoing an intrusive surgical procedure like dental implants or a root canal. One way to reduce feelings of anxiety can be to ask your dentist questions to understand more about the treatment they provide. You can ask any questions, whether you want to inquire about their surgical practice, the surgeon’s previous work, patient experiences, etc.

At Swedish Dental, we take pride in providing our patients with open communication between themselves and our highly skilled dentists. Dentists are supposed to make patients feel comfortable and acknowledged on the road to dental health.

What’s important to remember is that, as a patient, you have rights. You have the right to know and understand your dental history and what led to any diagnosis. You have a right to ask any question before agreeing to a recommended dental procedure.

5 questions to ask your dentist before dental surgery

1. Can you describe what my dental problem is so that I can get a second opinion?

This question may seem rude to ask your dentist – primarily if you’ve worked with him/her many years before. It’s an essential question for you as a patient to ensure that any tests and procedures that will follow your surgery are necessary and not just a way for the dentist to make you pay more. If you’re not comfortable with the diagnosis or treatment plan, a second opinion can confirm a problem or propose alternative ways to address an issue.

Some red flags to look out for would be a dentist’s refusal to explain the need for X-rays or scheduling multiple procedures within a concise time frame (when it’s not necessary), such as for numerous dental fillings. Yet, there’s no sensitivity, or you were previously unaware of any problems.

2. Is this the least invasive treatment for my problem?

As with every industry, some dentists will instead recommend the most straightforward treatment for them, which may be a treatment that requires replacement or additional work sooner, rather than offering the most appropriate, long-term solution for your case.

During your consultation, ask your dentist to give you all the options to address the problem, regardless of whether or not he/she provides them. This will help you make an informed decision before agreeing to the only procedure that the dentist offers.

3. What type of fillings do you use?

Dental fillings are arguably the most common tooth repair procedures, its very likely that you’ve had a filling in the past to repair broken or chipped teeth to restore their shape, size, and aesthetic. There are different materials available, but you probably want to choose a tooth-coloured material such as porcelain or composite resin instead of amalgam silver fillings. Although amalgam fillings have been used for over a century, there are newer, safer, more attractive, and equally strong dental materials that can be used. More importantly, recent studies show that amalgam fillings contain mercury, which can harm your body.

4. Do you provide lifestyle and nutritional counselling in your treatment plans?

Your dentist must be willing to recommend appropriate lifestyle changes, like wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports or choosing a diet that focuses on high-quality meats, organic vegetables, and healthy fats while minimizing sugars, grains, and processed carbs. Such a holistic approach will help to ensure that your natural teeth stay healthy for longer.

Avoidable things, such as cavities, cause most dental problems due to the consumption of too many sugary items, teeth discolouration due to consumption of coloured foods and drinks without cleaning your teeth afterwards, bad breath due to smoking and gum disease, and tooth cracks and fractures due to biting on hard items (like ice) or playing sports without a mouthguard.

Beyond recommending a treatment plan for your case, your dentist must inform you about taking better care of your teeth to avoid other causes of infection or injury. This includes maintaining a proper diet. Brushing and flossing regularly is essential, but it’s not the only preventive measure. Good nutrition can help to reduce the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth responsible for cavities, gum disease, and bad breath; reduce the risk of teeth discolouration; promote tooth remineralization, and so on.

5. What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?

Every dental procedure involves some degree of risk. Even if it’s a procedure that you’re familiar with, perhaps because you have heard of various success stories from a friend or colleague, you must discuss with your dentist what to expect, including the risks and benefits. It would be best to have realistic expectations about a procedure before it starts or risks wasting money on additional functions to achieve the desired look.

Conclusion

Everyone hopes to retain their natural teeth for as long as possible; visiting the dentist once or twice a year can ensure that preventive procedures such as professional cleaning and check-ups ensure the long-term health of your teeth and mouth.

It’s essential to initiate an open and honest conversation with your dentist, that way, and you’ll feel more comfortable asking questions. You’ll develop a greater understanding of your oral health which will also help you realize risks and problems sooner to take the appropriate action.

How To Maintain Healthy Gums

Practising good oral hygiene is the most important action that a person can take to prevent and treat gum disease. Most people tend to overlook their gums when it comes to oral health and instead focuses on getting a bright, white smile. However, doing this can lead to many oral health problems.

Why is it important to maintain healthy gums?

When it comes to oral health, it’s not just about having straight, white teeth. Even if you’re cavity-free and appear to have a Hollywood smile – that doesn’t mean you’re immune to gum disease. Since it’s usually painless, most people have no idea that anything is wrong with their gums.

What is gum disease?

There are different stages of gum disease, but it starts when plaque builds up under and along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film-like substance that’s filled with bacteria. It can cause painful infections that affect the gum and bone, in the worst cases leading to gum disease and tooth decay. 

Plaque also can cause gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis causes your gums to become inflamed, tender, swollen and prone to bleeding. Fortunately, the gum disease doesn’t affect the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place at this stage, so the damage is reversible. 

However, if left untreated, you can also develop periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis impacts the bones that hold your teeth in place. If this is left untreated, it can ruin the gums, bones, and tissues connected to your teeth, which will then lead to the final stage of gum disease – advanced periodontitis. This is when the fibres and bone supporting your teeth are destroyed. It can impact your bite, and teeth may need to be removed. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), signs that you might have gum disease include consistently bad taste or breath, separating or losing permanent teeth, gums that are swollen, easily bleed or pull away from your teeth. As scary as gum disease is, it is preventable – so what can you do to help ensure you’re looking after your gums.

How to look after your gums

A healthy mouth starts at the gums; maintaining an oral health routine focused on the health of your gums is crucial to overall oral hygiene. When you have healthy gums, your teeth are well-supported by the tissue in your gums, and your chances for long-term oral health are significantly increased. If you don’t maintain healthy gums, you are more likely to have gum disease, which can progress to several problems with your teeth and oral health. As we discussed above, other long-term, chronic health conditions can be associated with periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease.

Healthy lifestyle & diet

As with overall body health, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and especially diet to have good oral health. It’s key to include foods with omega-3, calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Remember to include plenty of calcium-rich foods such as milk, yoghurt, and cheese; calcium maintains the bone the tooth roots are embedded in. This is particularly important for older adults and children during the development of both baby and adult teeth. Stay away from sticky sweets, such as soft candies, toffees, pastries and if you chew gum, chew sugar-free brands.

Manage stress

When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol which can worsen gum disease. When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to neglect your health so try to maintain a balanced lifestyle and make sure you’re getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

Don’t smoke

Smoking can cause gum disease and make it worse if you already have it. The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums don’t heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and causes gum disease to worsen more quickly than in non-smokers.

Visit your dentist

Visiting the dentist every six months is vital for overall oral health. Several health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, are associated with gum health. Stay on top of your gum and overall health.

Dental Floss

Flossing may be one of the most important things you can do to help prevent gum problems and maintain healthy gums. There are also types of soft floss that make flossing more comfortable, so people with sensitive gums can floss without irritating their gums. Another option is interdental devices such as dental picks and flossers to clean between the teeth.

Mouthwash

Using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash as part of your oral care routine can help kill the bacteria that cause plaque to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Frequently using mouthwash may offer you additional benefits like whitening, enamel protection, or cavity protection.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many ways to prevent gum disease, and most of them start right at home. Even if you’re not concerned about developing gum disease, to make sure you’re taking the best care of your teeth, you should still pay regular visits to your dentist. Even with optimal dental hygiene habits, you’re still at risk for gum disease.

The best way to completely keep gum disease at bay is to follow these tips and see your dentist at least twice a year. This way, your dentist can find out sooner if you already have teeth or gum problems.

Improve The Look Of Your Teeth With Aesthetic Dentistry

In recent years, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, whether you wish to brighten your smile or close gaps and replace teeth. Dentists, now more than ever, have a wide array of tools and techniques for improving the look of your teeth. Before you decide whether to undergo any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to know the risks and benefits of what you can expect. 

Here we will talk you through the aesthetic dentistry we offer at Swedish Dental to help you make informed decisions on which type of procedure best suits you.

What is Aesthetic Dentistry?

Aesthetic Dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry as it’s also known, is a term that refers to dental work that focuses on the appearance of teeth. Aesthetic and restorative dentistry helps improve and correct tooth colour, alignment, shape, and overall smile.

Arguably, most dental procedures are performed for a nicer aesthetic or the beautification of your smile. However, some methods are more about form than function, for example, orthodontics. Orthodontics has aesthetic benefits, but it’s also functional, whereas teeth whitening or applying veneers are purely for aesthetics.

Options for improving the look of your teeth

At Swedish Dental, we take pride in providing patients with a beautiful natural smile that will not only boost their self-esteem but feel comfortable. Our experts will guide you in choosing the best option for you. Below is what we offer for aesthetic dentistry:

Tooth whitening

Teeth can become discoloured for several reasons, whether from smoking, having an unhealthy diet or even becoming sick. If you feel that your teeth are more discoloured than they were before, or if you’re hoping to gain a brighter smile, we can help you get it. Here is how our teeth whitening process works:

Get in touch with our team at Swedish Dental, and one of our specialists will first examine your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth to ensure there are no risks involved. Risks could include cavities or infections that may get in the way of your whitening treatment. If we find any risks or possible infections, we will treat them before your whitening treatment begins. Next, we will take an imprint to create a mould. From this mould, we will then give you a custom mouthguard and whitening tubes so you can whiten your teeth at home. You will need to do this daily for 5-7 days, and after just one week, you’ll have a brighter, whiter smile!

We understand that tooth discolouration is not always in our control, and we aim to help you reach the shade you want with our tooth whitening process. If you’re concerned about your teeth’ discolouration, visit our Contact Us page and help us help you.

Inman Aligners

An Inman Aligner is an excellent solution to straightening crowded or protruding front teeth. 

An Inman Aligner is a simple removable retainer that is used to align the front teeth in a safe and precise way. Inman Aligners can be used as an independent treatment or after traditional metal braces keep teeth aligned long-term. As a separate treatment, these aligners can be used to prepare the teeth before further cosmetic dental procedures.

The Inman Aligner itself has coil springs that gently oppose each other, allowing the teeth to move into their desired position. Depending on your natural teeth or starting point, this process can typically take 6 – 18 weeks, although your dentist can give you a better idea of what to expect once they examine you.

Dental bridges

A dental bridge is a procedure to replace lost teeth. There are many different types of a dental bridge. If you’d like more information on dental bridges, we recommend reading our article on the Dental Bridges vs Implants. Here is how the process of dental bridges works:

First, our dentistry team will examine your mouth to ensure a dental bridge is a safe option for you. Similarly, we will treat any infections, cavities, or periodontitis that we find before proceeding with the dental bridge with any oral examination. We will prep and take an imprint of your teeth for the teeth surrounding the gap to depict the opening accurately. This imprint is then taken to our technician to produce a high-quality bridge to fill the hole correctly. Your dentist will then attach this bridge to the prepared teeth and make sure everything is lined up correctly.

Porcelain veneers

Another option for improving the look of your teeth with aesthetic dentistry is porcelain veneers, sometimes known as dental veneers. These veneers are thin, custom-fit pieces of either porcelain or resin composite that fill the gaps where your teeth would be. Typically, veneers are popular because they visibly improve the look of your existing teeth by the shape, colour, length, and more.

It’s key to bear in mind that some dental procedures can take longer and require multiple trips to the dentist. The first step is to book a consultation. The second is to measure the length and width and choose a white shade that matches the existing teeth. The veneers are then made, and the third appointment is to bond the veneers to the tooth.

Conclusion

In dental care, there will be many new developments in treatments, materials, and techniques that help give you a wider choice of options for achieving the results you want. Our team at Swedish Dental are committed to ensuring your smile is as naturally beautiful as possible. We understand that it can take time to find the right treatment for you, and it’s vital for us to ensure you are comfortable with the treatment. 

10 Tips For Healthy Teeth

Good oral hygiene is crucial for overall health; having healthy teeth and gums make it easier for you to eat well and enjoy a balanced diet. However, we know that sometimes just daily brushing and flossing can feel a little monotonous. 

Which is why we have compiled a list of tips to ensure you’re keeping your teeth healthy if you’ve missed your dental appointment or are merely looking for more ways to improve your oral hygiene at home.

Why is it important to look after your teeth?

It’s essential that you keep up a good routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. When we don’t look after our teeth, we can have painful, and sometimes costly side effects – for example; gum disease, tooth decay or even tooth loss. Tooth decay is painful and can lead to fillings, crowns or implants. If it’s left untreated, the tooth’s nerve can become infected and rot away, which would cause an abscess. Gum disease is another common side effect of bad oral hygiene. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause bone loss around the teeth or tooth loss. Most of these diseases are entirely preventable and can be kept under control with regular cleaning sessions and checkups with your dentist.

10 tips for healthy teeth

1. Brush regularly

Most people are aware that brushing their teeth twice a day is one of the most critical practices for removing plaque and bacteria and keeping teeth clean. However, brushing may only be effective if people use the correct technique.

People should brush using small circular motions, taking care to brush the front, back, and top of every tooth. This process takes between 2 and 3 minutes. People should avoid sawing back-and-forth motions.

2. Use a mouthwash

People may wish to ask their dentist, which is the best mouthwash for their individual needs. Mouthwash cannot substitute brushing and flossing, but it can complement these practices.

3. See your dentist regularly

Experts recommend that people see a dentist every six months for a checkup. During a routine dental examination, a hygienist will clean the teeth and remove plaque and hardened tartar.

Our top dentists at Swedish Dental will check for visual signs of cavities, gum disease, mouth cancer, and other oral health issues. We recommend that children and adolescents visit the dentist every 6 months to help prevent cavities. However, adults who practice good dental hygiene every day and have a lower risk of oral health problems and so may be able to go less frequently.

4. Floss once a day

Flossing is a great way to access hard-to-reach areas where plaque and bacteria may build up between your teeth. It can also help prevent bad breath by removing debris and food that’s trapped between the teeth. Most dental health professionals recommend gently pushing the floss all the way down to the gumline before hugging the side of the tooth with up-and-down motions. It is essential to avoid snapping the floss up and down between the teeth, which can cause pain and will not remove plaque as effectively.

5. Use fluoride

Fluoride comes from an element in the earth’s soil called fluorine. Many experts believe that fluoride helps prevent cavities, and it is a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. However, some dental products do not contain fluoride, and some do not use it. Evidence suggests that a lack of fluoride can lead to tooth decay, even if they otherwise take care of their teeth. A recent review found that brushing and flossing do not prevent a person from getting cavities if they do not fluoride.

6. Do not smoke

Smoking also affects the mouth’s appearance, leading to yellowing of the teeth and tongue, and it can give breath a foul odour.

7. Stay away from sugary drinks and foods

Consuming sugar can lead to cavities. Sugar plays a huge part in adverse dental health outcomes. Common culprits include candy and desserts, but many processed foods also contain added sugar.

8. Use disclosing tablets before brushing

To find out how well you’re brushing, use a disclosing tablet. You can buy them at most pharmacies, and they’re instrumental because they stain all your plaque red. This way, you can see the parts of your teeth that you need to brush more.

9. Brush your tongue

Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to foul mouth odour, but it can lead to other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.

10. Drink more water

Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated.

Conclusion 

Practising good dental care from infancy to adulthood can help a person keep their teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing daily, not smoking, eating a healthful diet, and having regular dental checkups can help avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. It may also benefit their overall health.

At Swedish Dental, we always strive to offer treatments that both parties are satisfied with. Our Swedish Dental employees have high requirements for their education and are committed to furthering their education. Our staff are highly competent and committed to answering your questions. Get in touch with us today!