Category Archives: Dental Hygiene

What Happens at a Child’s First Dentist Visit

What Happens at a Child’s First Dentist Visit?

In a previous blog post, I discussed the answer to a very common question parents ask me: “When should my child start seeing the dentist?” Parents should take their kids to see the dentist by their first birthday. But if your child is older than 1 and they haven’t seen the dentist, don’t fret! We will still happily see your child for their first visit!

Once parents understand the importance of their baby seeing the dentist, the next question I get is, “How does it work? Don’t they just cry?” While it’s true that the first dental visit can be a noisy one, the appointment is generally quick, fun, and informative.

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Teeth Grinding and Bruxism

Teeth Grinding and Bruxism

Is Teeth Grinding Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and/or clenching of the teeth. Over time, bruxism can wear down tooth enamel, which can make teeth sensitive to food, drink, and teeth brushing. In addition, bruxism can lead to TMJ problems, jaw muscle pain, chipping of teeth, and damage of restorative dental work. People who grind their teeth often do so at nighttime and are usually not aware that they are grinding their teeth. Most of the time, your dentist will notice signs of bruxism during your routine dental exam.

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Why Does My Dentist Take My Blood Pressure

Why Does My Dentist Take My Blood Pressure?

You may be wondering why a dentist took your blood pressure at a routine cleaning or prior to a dental procedure.

In recent years, many dentists, especially oral surgeons, have begun to take their patients’ blood pressure as a best practice.

Known as the ‘silent killer,’ hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a cause of about 60,000 deaths per year. Hypertension affects about 30% of Americans and often goes unnoticed because it is asymptomatic in most cases.

For many individuals, maintaining routine cleanings at the dentist is more common than visiting their physician for annual physicals and wellness testing. Dentist appointments are a unique opportunity to serve as a wellness to check this subject every six months. Adding this service to a dental visit allows dentists and patients to have a baseline of their blood pressure in just a few moments.

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Will My Dental Procedure Be Painful

Will My Dental Procedure Be Painful?

Right now, my job consists of pulling a lot of teeth, wisdom tooth extractions, and other oral surgery procedures. The question I get most is “is this going to be painful,” and understandably so.

Many patients have a fear of the unknown, coupled with dental anxiety or fear of the dentist. That’s why I always remind them that if something is painful, something is wrong. A lot of procedures are sedation extractions or have local numbing anesthetics, so patients shouldn’t really feel anything more than discomfort.

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Hate Flossing These 5 Things Will Change Your Mind

Hate Flossing? These 5 Things Will Change Your Mind

What are the Benefits of Flossing?

How many times has your hygienist asked if you are flossing regularly, and you respond yes, even though you know you’ve only flossed twice in advance of this appointment? More than half of Americans don’t floss regularly and 20% don’t floss at all.1

Most people view flossing as an annoying chore. I get it, we all are tired at night and that extra step seems like it takes forever! But the trick is that it doesn’t matter what time of the day you floss. The key to success is flossing consistently day after day. Even if you mess up a day here or there, flossing more days than not is what will keep your mouth healthy.

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Dental Hygiene Routine

5 Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Routine

You’ve probably heard numerous times that a daily dental hygiene routine should include brushing two times a day and flossing once a day. While this is a good baseline, simply brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep your oral health in the best shape possible. In this blog post, I’ll share five tips and tricks to upgrade your dental hygiene so you can keep your teeth healthy between your 6-month cleaning appointments!

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