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Five questions to ask yourself

Well, it’s that time of year again, summer is waning and it’s back to school season! Healthy teeth and gums can make the school year easier – so ask yourself these questions:

  1. What does your morning routine look like? Make sure that brushing and FLOSSING is part of it, and don’t believe everything you hear – flossing is important.
  2. Does your son or daughter participate in a sport? If yes, be sure to protect their teeth with a mouth guard. We will make and provide FREE sporback to school teeth brushingts guards for any children that are currently patients, just ask!
  3. Could your toothbrush use an upgrade? Think about investing in an electric toothbrush. Some stores run specials on these types of items in the fall. We recommend SONICARE or ORAL B.
  4. What’s in the lunch bag? Stick with healthy snacks – carrot sticks, yogurt, nuts, and cheese. Also, avoid foods that easily get stuck in the grooves of your teeth. Food that is washed away easily by saliva causes less decay.
  5. When was your last dental visit? Always make time during the school year for regular visits to the dentist. We are happy to provide an excuse slip for work or school.

 


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Five things you can do to help your teeth and gums this summer

School will be out soon and we’re ushering in Summer fun, but it’s no time to neglect your teeth and gums. With all the backyard BBQ’s, weddings, graduations, pool parties and more – keep these five tips in mind so your teeth shine white in the sun.

  1.  Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush, or an electronic brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging tooth enamel.flossing
  2. Drink water after every meal to rinse out the mouth and neutralize any acidic or sugary foods that were eaten.
  3. Have a small piece of cheese in the evening after you have finished eating.  Studies have shown that eating cheese at the end of a meal reduces the chance for tooth decay.
  4.  Begin a flossing routine! Even if this means starting with once a week – it’s a start! Build on that.
  5.  If you are a senior,  use a mouth wash that contains fluoride. It helps prevent root decay and other decay. Many common medications cause dry mouth or saliva reduction, which can lead to cavities in seniors.

 


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Dr. Crego’s Digest: September 2015

Mark Crego DDSWhen you need more than a cleaning…

A patient’s gum tissue (gingiva) is the foundation for a healthy mouth, and also provides the framework for healthy teeth.  Gum disease or (periodontal) disease is very common in adult patients, and is one of the first things we check during a new patient exam.

An important indicator of periodontal health is the depth of the space between each tooth and the gums. There is a space or “pocket” around each tooth, which is what a hygienist is measuring during an examination of the gum tissue.

A pocket depth of 1-3 millimeters is healthy, any space deeper than that (4-6 mm or more) may indicate gum disease is present. When a patient exhibits any signs of gum disease, a regular “cleaning” is not the answer.  Many times, a deeper cleaning (below the gum line) may be necessary.

Will it feel different?

A deep below the gum line cleaning usually feels the same as a regular dental cleaning, but it is most definitely different.  The hygienist is working below the gum line, cleaning areas that are not touched in a regular cleaning.

If it’s recommended you receive other procedures besides a regular cleaning, discuss it with your hygienist or dentist and I encourage you to invest the time and money to get your gums healthy again.

What goes around comes around

Gum disease is a cyclical disease. During one visit things may look healthy, and at another visit, early signs of gum disease might be present.  We always work with our patients to discuss options before any treatment is performed. The good news is there are many weapons to fight the early stages of gum disease—-ask us how we can help!

Mark Crego D.D.S.