Happy New Year!!! Tips for Caregivers on excellent oral hygiene…

Caregivers are responsible for the oral and overall health of those they care for.  As a caregiver, many questions may come to mind regarding your responsibilities for one’s oral health:

 

How should I go about caring for someone’s mouth and teeth?  What type of dental hygiene routine is best for my loved-one, friend or patient?  What is the proper way to brush and floss teeth?  How often should my dependant see his/her Professional Dental Team?  What types of oral health products should I use that will allow me to provide the best oral care I can?  How do I clean false teeth?

 

Our goal is to help answer these questions and to provide information that you can use to improve your overall practices for excellent dental health, whether it be your own or someone else’s.

 

When the question of how to provide care for someone else’s oral health comes to mind, try to think of how you would care for your own mouth.  Brushing your teeth twice a day (morning/night) and flossing once a day, should come to mind…  When brushing, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Fluoride helps strengthen the outer layer of the teeth to prevent cavities.  You shouldn’t use a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush because the rigid bristles can damage the gums and cause them to recede.  When the toothbrush bristles become ‘wilted or frayed’ in appearance, it’s time to change to a new one.  A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every three months, or whenever you’ve been sick.  Changing your toothbrush after you’ve been sick is extremely important—the bristles can harbor bacteria and prolong your illness.  Always use a light, but firm pressure when brushing.  For instance, imagine that you are brushing a ripe tomato and don’t want to bruise it.  These use and maintenance tips also apply to those who use electric toothbrushes.

 

It can be more difficult flossing someone else’s then than flossing your own, but the principles are the same.  To properly floss, take a piece of floss approximately           18-inches long and wrap it around your middle fingers.  Use your index fingers and thumbs to guide the floss between the teeth.  Once the floss is in between two adjacent teeth, be sure to adapt the floss to each tooth, forming the floss into a ‘C’ shape.  Gently slide the floss below the gumline, adapt to the adjacent tooth and do the same.  There are several flossers or floss picks on the market that can help assist with this motion.  The concept remains the same…you must adapt the floss to each tooth!

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Ideally, everyone should see their dentist every six months and in some cases, more frequently.  Your dentist and dental hygienist work together at these visits to assess the health of your gums and teeth.  The dental team will determine the proper visit interval to ensure that an excellent level of health is maintained in your mouth.  Aside from assessing the health of your mouth and having a professional cleaning, the doctor will also perform an oral cancer screening at your regular visit.  The members of your dental team are the only health care professionals that look into your mouth on a regular basis.  It is imperative for them to establish a baseline of what your mouth looks like and record the presence of any abnormalities.  Regular oral cancer screens ensure your mouth is examined for cancer on a consistent basis and the necessary precautions and/or treatments are performed in the event an abnormality is found.

 

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The following are important points when caring for those with false teeth or dentures:  Make sure the dentures are taken out every night before sleeping.  Your gums need to breathe!  Keeping the dentures in place all day and night can cause the gum tissue to become red and irritated.  Irritated gum tissue can cause discomfort when wearing the dentures.  Constant wearing of dentures can also cause oral infections.  When cleaning dentures, be sure to brush them as you would your own teeth.  Use a denture brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner—you may also use an antibacterial soap or a mild dishwashing liquid.  When the dentures are out of the mouth, they can be soaked in a denture cleanser or water, to help avoid drying and potentially losing their form.  Before replacing the dentures in the mouth, gently brush the gums and tongue to stimulate circulation and remove any plaque debris that may be present.

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Remember that your Professional Dental Team is here to help you.  If you need any assistance or have any questions about caring for your loved ones, don’t hesitate to contact them.  As a caregiver, be sure to remember what is necessary to care for one’s oral health: brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, daily flossing, eating well-balanced meals, and visiting your Dentist regularly.

 

Holiday Reminders from Norman Dental!!

Just Some Reminders…

 

The year has flown by, and the holidays will be here before we know it!  With our schedules changing due to get-together’s, family coming into town, or work outings, we wanted to mention a few things that tend to get neglected this time of year!

 

Don’t forget to brush!  Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to fall into bed before doing your oral hygiene regimen at night!  We get so exhausted, it’s easy to forget.  Try to continue your brushing and flossing habit throughout the holidays, even if you’re getting to bed later, have company at your house, or travelling more.

 

 

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There have been speculations that cranberries have properties that help prevent tooth decay.  As it has been shown that the pigmentation in cranberries help prevent plaque formation on your teeth, which in turn helps prevent cavities, just keep in mind that cranberries are acidic and cranberry juice is typically full of sugar—both of which can tend to cause tooth decay!  So again, remember your brushing and flossing techniques after having cranberries, or juice.

 

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Keep your regular dental visits!  During the holidays, we tend to ignore our diets a bit—eat more desserts, have a nightcap with friends or family—so it’s crucial to remain on your routine dental visits.

 

With the holidays approaching, it’s always good to have reminders, even for the simple things!

Red Wine. Healthy Heart, Healthy Teeth

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According to a new study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red wine as well as grape seed extract could potentially help fight off cavities.

Cavities are a widespread problem that affects about 60-90 percent of the global population. As it affects the large majority of the global population, researchers and medical practitioners around the world are looking for any type of technique to help stop the growing problem. As the linkage between oral health and systematic health grows closer and closer, researchers believe we are moments away from a poor health outbreak in almost every country of the world. News that should shock a majority.

As health issues rise, researchers turned to an unlikely source for help. A study was conducted in which scientists dipped certain biofilms responsible for dental diseases in a couple of different liquids. Red wine with and without alcohol both being included in the study, the data suggested that red wines with or without the alcohol and liquids containing grape seed extract were the most effective in getting rid of that bacteria.

Red wine among other alcohols have raised concerns in the past pertaining to and individual’s health, however red wine has also been linked to raising a healthy heart. Oddly enough, this links to oral health, as those who have a healthier mouth have less risk of any type of cardiovascular disease.

Be sure to keep your teeth and gums healthy to avoid tooth decay, periodontal disease and heart issues. Make an appointment today for a check up with Norman Dental at 336-282-2120.

Toothbrush Tips: Keep Your Brush in Shape| Dental Hygiene

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October is Dental Hygiene Month and everyone knows that brushing your teeth regularly is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. With that comes choosing the right toothbrush for your teeth. Here are some tips on how to pick out the right toothbrush for you!

  • ADA Seal of Approval

Make sure the toothbrush that you choose is ADA approved to ensure that the bristles are not too hard for your teeth. You’ll use it more effectively if it is better suited for your own personal set of teeth.

  • Size Matters

The size of your toothbrush should depend on how comfortably it will fit in your mouth. If you have a small mouth, pick a smaller toothbrush.

Now that you have your toothbrush picked out, make sure you pick out a toothpaste that is well suited to your teeth type. If you want a whiter smile, try picking out a whitening toothpaste. If you want a protectant toothpaste, go for ones that have baking soda in them.

Picking out your products is only half the battle. Using your toothbrush effectively is incredibly important as well.

  • Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal.
  • Take at least 2-3 minutes to brush your teeth.
  • Don’t brush too roughly, use a gentle motion so you don’t damage your gums.
  • Focus on cleaning every tooth surface.

Follow this guide and you should be on your way to a cleaner, healthier smile! To make sure your teeth and gums are as healthy as they should be, make an appointment today with Norman Dental at 336-282-2120.

 

Natural Looking Tooth-Colored Crowns

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Out with the old and in with the new! You no longer have to deal with the look and feel of metal crowns because advancements in dentistry can give you tooth-colored crowns that give you a completely enhanced and natural look. Tooth-colored crowns are made to look and function just like a real tooth, complete with crevices along the chewing surfaces.

Tooth-colored crowns are to repair the following:

  • Broken Teeth
  • Severely Decayed Teeth
  • Large Fillings
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Root Canals

Whether you are living or suffering from broken or decayed teeth, and haven’t done anything about it, now is the time! Get your oral health back in top shape and look natural while doing it!

It’s time to call Norman Dental and ask about how tooth-colored crowns can rejuvenate your smile. Call today at 336-282-2120 and learn more about restorative dentistry.

No more brackets and wires! | Invisalign Invisible Braces

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Typical braces are not the most appealing option for adults uncomfortable with their teeth. The thought of chunky, metal brackets and wires may seem daunting to those who have professional and family lives. Thankfully, you can now feel confident about your smile not only after your teeth are straight, but during! Invisalign invisible braces provide straightening treatment while looking your best!

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted, Invisalign may be right for you. Upon an initial examination, the dentists of Norman Dental will decide if Invisalign is right for you.

He will then write a treatment plan and take an impression of your teeth. Thanks to the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates the doctors instructions into a series of precisely customized aligners. The aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired.

Also, it’s important to remember that even though you may want to straighten your teeth for cosmetic dentistry reasons, straighter teeth and a proper bite are beneficial to periodontal health.

Don’t wait another day! Get the braces you’ve always needed without compromising on your confidence with Invisalign! Make an appointment with Norman Dental today at 336-282-2120.