Flossing your teeth is as important as brushing them, but people are more likely to skip flossing then they are to skip brushing their teeth. Of those who do floss regularly, many may not be doing it properly, which can leave their smiles susceptible to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. To help you better protect your smile, your dentist offers advice for flossing the right way and removing the oral bacteria that threaten it. (more…)
It’s never too early to take care of your teeth! When your little ones aren’t quite ready to take oral hygiene into their own hands, it’s up to you to maintain their healthy mouths and help them prevent childhood cavities. Clean mouths mean clean gums, and clean gums pave the way for clean, cavity- free baby teeth. But between chewing on dog toys and eating leftover Thanksgiving yams off the floor around Christmas time, how can you possibly hope to keep a baby’s mouth clean? Here are a few tricks and tips Dr. Antonious recommends to set your baby up for a shining smile later in life.
Babies’ mouths are often in danger of decay when they drink from a bottle without having their mouths cleaned afterwards, and sugars lingering in baby bottles can sneak into your baby’s mouth later in their milk or water dispensed from the same bottle. Use baby bottles for breast milk, formula, or water only, and avoid sticky, sugar-packed liquids like juices or soda. Giving your baby water after having milk is a clever way to keep his or her mouth rinsed clean, and the ADA recommends waiting until your baby is at least a year old to give them sugary, decay-causing liquids like fruit juices.
You can clean your baby’s gums and first teeth with a clean washcloth before your baby is ready to brush. After your child has finished eating or drinking anything other than water, use a damp cloth to gently wipe his or her mouth to help remove any sugars or acids left lingering in the mouth. This is an especially good habit to practice after every meal and before bedtime.
Once your child has a baby tooth or two, you can begin to help him or her brush twice daily with a soft, age- appropriate toothbrush and a tiny, grain-sized amount of fluoridated, pediatric toothpaste. Be sure to brush gently as the teeth and gums are still developing. Until your child is about five years old, you should closely monitor, support, and help your child with tooth- brushing to ensure that he or she is thoroughly cleaning the whole mouth and all teeth.
Perhaps most importantly, visit Dr. Antonious before your little one’s first birthday! Dental wellness begins well before the emergence of a first tooth, and everyone at Sunnyvale Dental Care is ready to help you set your child up for a lifetime of smiles today!
To learn more about pediatric oral wellness, and to schedule an appointment with Dr.Antonious, Call (408) 720-0900 today!
Even if you’ve never experienced tooth loss, you might worry about having to deal with it as you get older. If you have parents or aunts and uncles who’ve lost teeth, then you might also think it’s hereditary. The good news is that it’s not; in fact, tooth loss isn’t an inevitable occurrence, and you have a good chance of preventing it with excellent hygiene and good preventive dental care. If you’ve already lost a tooth, then you can still effectively deal with tooth loss by replacing it and preserving the rest of your smile. (more…)
Cavities affect over 90% of adults in the United States, and tooth fillings are a highly effective method for treating them. While fillings have been around for centuries, today’s restorations offer more restorative and cosmetic benefits than ever before. Made from tooth-colored composite resin, modern fillings are designed to blend in with and adhere to your natural tooth structure better than traditional materials, like metal. Because of this fact, modern fillings have now become one of the most popular dental treatments. (more…)
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once are among the most important parts of a good hygiene routine. However, so are regular dental checkups and cleanings, which many people don’t attend as often as they should. The goal of a dental cleaning is to remove the plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) that linger on your teeth and along your gum line. When done on a regular basis, dental cleanings help you prevent a variety of serious dental issues that could prove harmful if allowed to develop. (more…)
Crooked teeth aren’t just a childhood issue. In fact, many patients who’ve never needed orthodontic treatment can suddenly find that their teeth have grown out of alignment for a variety of reasons. As an adult, you might hesitate at the prospect of wearing metal braces for the next couple of years to straighten your smile. But with Invisalign® clear braces, you can benefit from a straighter smile without having to put up with obtrusive metal braces. (more…)
The simple act of grinding your teeth isn’t necessarily destructive. After all, your teeth are the strongest and most resilient parts of your body. However, constantly grinding your teeth, a condition known as bruxism, can lead to a host of problematic issues and the need for extensive dental restoration. If you grind your teeth, then you can know if you have bruxism by scheduling an examination with your dentist. (more…)
Gum disease is one of the most common chronic dental health issues in the United States (second only to tooth decay/cavities). Yet, many people fail to recognize the relatively minor symptoms that accompany gum disease’s development. Because of the extensive inflammation and tissue damage that it can cause, it’s important to know the facts about gum disease, including what it looks like and how to treat it effectively. It’s also important to know the continuing consequences of unchecked gum disease and how it can affect your overall health. (more…)
When you lose a tooth, your most immediate concern may be how your smile looks with a tooth missing from it. However, there are many more concerns involving the long-term health and integrity of your smile, such as how well your bite will function and how the loss of the root affects your jawbone. Because of these concerns, your dentist may recommend replacing your lost tooth with a dental implant and crown, which benefits your smile and long-term oral health more than a dental bridge can. (more…)
Because nearly everyone can develop teeth stains, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available. Nevertheless, many people don’t fully understand how the procedure works, or whether or not it can actually help brighten their smiles. With a variety of options designed for your comfort, our teeth whitening treatments not only erase your teeth stains, but also make your teeth more vibrant and youthful in their appearance. (more…)