5 Tips to Prevent Cavities
March 3rd, 2018
Keeping your teeth healthy and warding off tooth decay can be harder than you think. There are a lot of things stacked against you in the tooth decay fight, so it is important to be constantly on the offense. Healthy teeth are all about prevention - so here are some ways you can prevent tooth decay and keep those dentists visits to a minimum.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay describes the destruction of the tooth - both the enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth. Tooth decay occurs when foods and drinks containing carbohydrates (sugar and starches) are left on the teeth. When remnants of these foods are left in the mouth, the bacteria in your mouth will digest it and turn it into acid. This acid can slowly erode your enamel over time, causing cavities.
Cavities can be painful, not to mention turn into more serious problems. When left untreated, cavities can become infected and result in the need for tooth extraction.
How to Prevent Cavities and Decay
Preventing cavities sounds like hard work, but work these tips into your daily routine and you will find that it is actually quite easy.
1. Brush your teeth.
This seems like common sense, but many people do not brush their teeth often enough or long enough. In order to reap the benefits of brushing, you should brush at least two times per day. Many people brush their teeth upon waking and before going to bed. It is recommended to also brush your teeth after each meal, if you want to up your dental hygiene game.
While we’re on the subject of brushing - you need to brush your teeth for two minutes per brushing. Many people who brush regularly still encounter cavities because they are using the improper technique. Set a timer and make sure you brush for two minutes, using circular motions. While you’re at it, make sure you are using a fluoridated toothpaste.
2. Floss every day.
Many people know that they are supposed to floss, but don’t. As annoying as it may be to make flossing a part of your routine, it is very important that you floss once a day. Food gets stuck between your teeth, and most of the time brushing can’t get it out. This makes the perfect breeding ground for cavities, so get to flossing!
3. Rinse with mouthwash daily.
Many types of mouthwash contain antiseptic properties that can kill cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Rinsing also helps remove any food/debris stuck in your teeth.
4. Avoid cavity-causing foods.
As we mentioned, carbohydrates are the number one culprit for cavities. Avoid foods like candy, chips, and pretzels which can stick to the surface of the teeth. Brush your teeth soon after eating foods high in sugar or that are sticky in texture.
5. Visit your dentist regularly.
You should visit your dentist for a cleaning at least two times per year. During your visit, your dental hygienist will clean any plaque or tartar from your teeth that can’t be reached with a toothbrush. Cavities can also be diagnosed during these appointments.
If you suspect you have a cavity or if you are due for a dental cleaning, contact Cambridgeside Dental Associates in Cambridge, MA to schedule an appointment!
Cambridgeside - 4 Ways to Improve Your Dental Health in 2018
January 22nd, 2018
New year’s resolutions are usually centered around fitness, diet, and forming new habits. This year, why not resolve to work on your dental health? Your dental health directly affects you overall health, not to mention has a huge impact on your confidence and self-esteem.
Flossing and Brushing (the Right Way)
If you aren’t brushing and flossing your teeth every day, that’s a problem. Bacteria and plaque build up on your teeth and in your mouth which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more. Without brushing and flossing, the plaque build up can turn into tartar. Tartar needs to be removed by a dental hygienist, whereas plaque can be removed by you at home. Be sure to brush your teeth in gentle back and forth strokes for at least two minutes. Floss in between all of your teeth, and make sure to do it gently. Do this twice per day.
You don’t want your gums to be swollen and bleeding after flossing. If you notice bleeding and swelling after even gentle flossing, consult your dentist. This can be a sign of gum disease.
Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
Many dentists agree that the oscillation motion from an electric toothbrush clean teeth more thoroughly and faster. If you are looking to up your toothbrush game, as your dentist for recommendations!
Be Aware of Grinding Your Teeth
If you wake up with a sore jaw, headache, and tooth pain, you may be grinding your teeth at night. This can cause extreme tooth pain by exposing nerves over time, create issues with the shape of your teeth, and create issues with your jaw. If you suspect you are grinding your teeth at night, ask a dentist for help. They may find that a mouthguard is necessary to stop damage from nighttime grinding.
See Your Dentist
This one is obvious, but you’d be surprised (or maybe not) by the amount of people who go years without seeing a dentist! It’s not always apparent when there is an issue with your teeth, and most people only make an appointment when they notice something is wrong. We encourage you not to wait until you are feeling pain or noticing symptoms of a problem, and instead take a more proactive approach. Preventative dental care can help you avoid big problems down the line.
Interested in scheduling an appointment with Cambridgeside Dental Associates? Contact us today!
5 Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety
January 3rd, 2018
Everyone experiences some level of anxiety when visiting the dentist. For some people, however, this anxiety is debilitating enough to avoid going altogether. Even a simple check-up and cleaning can insight fear for some. Here at Cambridgeside Dental, we understand that not all patients enjoy coming into our office. That’s why we are dedicated to making our patients as comfortable as possible during their visit, whether they're here for a routine cleaning or dental surgery.
Your dental health is extremely important, so here are some tips you can use to manage your dentist-induced anxiety and get you through the door!
Get to Know Your Dentist
Getting to know the dentist who will be responsible for your dental health can ease your anxiety. It is normal to feel anxiety when going to the dentist, especially if you’ve never been to that dentist before. Get to know your dentist a little bit before your appointment by reading their online bios, looking at their CV and going to a consultation. This way, you know what to expect before your appointment, and you can decide if this dentist is the best fit for you.
Bring a Friend or Family Member
Having a familiar face in the office with you can relieve a lot of anxiety. In some cases, this person can come to your appointment with you. This can help you remain calm and make decisions during your visit.
In most dentists offices, there are televisions set up with movies playing to help distract patients. Focusing on something other than your procedure can be extremely helpful to ease anxiety during your appointment. Find something to distract yourself during your appointment, whether it’s watching a movie or looking out of the window.
Try Relaxation Techniques
There are many relaxation techniques you can learn to help calm you down during your appointment! One technique that we’ve seen success with is controlled breathing. To do this, take in a big breath, holding it for a few seconds, and letting it out slowly. This can help relax your muscles and slow down your heartbeat.
You may also find progressive relaxation helpful. To do this, you must consciously try to relax every muscle in your body, one by one. Start with your toes and move all the way up to your head. Progressive relaxation helps relax your muscles which can reduce pain.
Discuss Other Options
If you have tried these techniques but still can’t seem to bring yourself to your dentist's office, call your dentist to discuss your options. There may be sedatives, numbing agents and prescriptions appropriate for your situation.
If you feel nervous about coming in to see the dentist, you’re not alone. The first step to breaking that fear is to schedule your dental appointment with Cambridgeside Dental Associates here in Cambridge, MA. We’re here to help you keep your dental health in top shape while providing a relaxing and compassionate environment. Contact us to schedule your appointment with us today!
Years of coffee, tea, wine and/or smoking got your teeth looking dull? Here at Cambridgeside Dental Associates, we have a deep understanding of how the state of your teeth can affect your confidence and by association, your life. That is why we offer such a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services - including teeth whitening. Want to get back to flashing those pearly whites? If you’ve been thinking about teeth whitening but aren’t quite sure what to expect, this article is for you.
Cambridgeside Dental Associates offers patients in the Cambridge, MA area two effective teeth whitening options. The Zoom! Teeth Whitening and Teeth Bleaching.
The Basics of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is probably nothing new to you. Gels, strips and other at-home whitening methods have been around for years. If those methods of whitening work, why should you choose to have your professionally whitened?
The answer is that professional equipment and materials deliver professional results. Your teeth will be whiter faster, and in a safer way.
Zoom! In-Office Teeth Whitening System
Cambridgeside Dental Associates is one of few dental practices offering a teeth whitening system that can lighten your teeth eight shades in under a week. The Zoom! Whitening system is quick, safe and extremely effective. Here’s how it works.
The Zoom! Whitening system uses a gel which has the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide. This ingredient helps quickly bleach teeth without changing the structure of the tooth. You will come into our office for the treatment. After a brief preparation period, your teeth will be bleached for around an hour. Afterward, a five-minute fluoride treatment will be applied to end the process. You will take home an at-home gel that will be used as directed by your dentist for the next few days. Typically, at-home treatments last between four and eight hours per application. Some patients are able to achieve a six-shade difference in just three nights of use.
Teeth bleaching is extremely beneficial for people who are trying to correct brown, yellow or mottled tooth stains. It works for people of all ages and is a near-permanent solution for discolored teeth. No more buying expensive whitening strips and gels! Here’s how it works.
You will come into our office to have a custom tooth mold taken. Out of this mold, a custom whitening splint will be created. You will be able to pick this up at the office as well. You will also receive a special bleaching agent to use. With only a few hours of wear each day, the splint and bleaching agents will have your smile looking bright white! After desired results are achieved, you only need to maintain results once every month or so.
Would you like to learn more about your teeth whitening options? Contact Cambridgeside Dental Associates in MA to see if teeth whitening is right for you!