Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Oral Health Review!
Use the quiz below to test your family’s knowledge of oral hygiene best practices. Instilling the importance of routine brushing and flossing not only helps young patients keep their teeth strong, but reduces risk of issues adults typically experience, such as periodontitis.
How Healthy is Your Smile?
Adults typically have all 32 teeth in place by the time they are in their teens. However, sometimes wisdom teeth are still coming through in the early twenties. A healthy mouth consists of:
• 8 incisors
• 4 canines
• 8 premolars
• 8 molars (not including the 4 wisdom teeth)
A healthy smile also includes vital soft tissue and comfortable dental function. Gum inflammation, persistent bad breath, or tooth aches are symptoms of infection and should be addressed promptly.
Dental Health Best Practices
Brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle in a circular motion for two minutes, twice a day is the most effective way to prevent cavities. It’s recommended that adult patients use a fluoride toothpaste and floss at bedtime. Your diet choices also play into enjoying a healthy smile. Avoid excessive sugary sweets and sodas – even diet soda causes cavities, as it is highly acidic.
Even with excellent preventive habits, damage to teeth can still occur by accident. In the event of dental emergency, where a tooth is accidentally knocked out or broken, find and gently rinse the tooth or pieces. Avoid touching the root of the tooth, as important tissues may be attached. Try to reinsert the tooth in its socket, making sure it is facing the correct way. If that is not possible, put the tooth or broken pieces in milk or else in water with a pinch of salt. Call our office and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible.
Test Your Knowledge!
Ask yourself the basic questions below, or quiz members of your family to see determine your dental IQ. If you miss any or have questions about the best way to care for your smile, call our office to schedule your next routine cleaning.
1. In what direction or with what motion should you brush your teeth?
2. How many teeth does a typical adult have?
3. What are the different types of teeth?
4. How many of each type do we have?
5. At what angle should the toothbrush be held?
6. Do diet sodas cause cavities?
7. How often should people brush and floss?
8. How long should people brush?
9. What should you do if your tooth is accidentally knocked out?
10. After proper hygiene, what is the most important thing to do to keep your mouth and teeth healthy?
1. It’s best to brush in a circular motion.
3. Incisors, canines, premolars, and molars
4. 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars (including 4 wisdom teeth)
5. You should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle.
6. Yes the acidic nature of any soda causes extensive tooth damage.
7. Brush twice a day at morning and night. Floss once a day, preferably at bedtime.
8. Teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes
9. Put the tooth or broken piece in milk (or water with a pinch of salt) and call Dr. Phony immediately!
10. See us twice a year for regular exams and cleanings
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
It’s hard to predict when an emergency dental concern will occur, but there are some emergency oral health problems that can be avoided with proper care. Check out our list of preventive care tips that will help you avoid discomfort associated with emergency oral health issues:
1.) Wear a mouth guard while playing sports – In any environment where you wear protective gear to save your body from injury, your oral health should be considered as well. You can prevent cracked, chipped, and even knocked-out teeth by wearing a mouth guard. Drs. Raj and Insiya Zanzi can provide patients with custom-made mouth guards that are designed to fit the unique shape of your smile. These guards are instrumental in saving your teeth during high-impact sports.
2.) Practice good oral hygiene – Sudden tooth aches and discomfort related to damaged teeth can be avoided by taking care of your teeth at home. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. You should also floss regularly to clean debris and harmful bacteria from between teeth, an area where your toothbrush alone has a hard time reaching.
3.) Stick to after-treatment instructions following dental care – If you have recently visited a dentist and received treatment, it’s important to follow any after-care instructions you are given. In general, you’ll need to keep the treatment site clean and avoid disturbing the area as much as possible. In most cases, certain foods – such as anything hard or sticky – should be avoided in order to ensure that teeth and tissues are allowed to properly heal, and that your dental work is not damaged.
4.) Keep up regular dental appointments – The best way to avoid dental problems is to keep a schedule of dental visits for regular cleanings. This way, your dentist can spot problem areas before they turn into serious oral health issues.
For more information on routine preventive dental care for protecting your oral health, schedule an appointment at our office. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it’s important to seek treatment immediately to avoid complications. Contact Twelve Bridges Dental for emergency dentistry in Roseville, CA.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
If you’re looking into straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment, you might find that clear aligner therapy is the preferred choice for many teens and adults. But you’ll likely also find some myths about clear aligner therapy for treating crooked or gapped teeth. We bust some of the most popular myths about Invisalign® below:
1.) Clear Braces Stain – Clear braces is a general term that can encompass clear aligner therapy, or more traditional braces that use tooth-colored brackets and wires to reduce visibility. Because brackets are bonded to your teeth, these clear braces are exposed to highly-pigmented food and drink and can therefore stain. Invisalign®, however, does not use brackets and wires and is removable. Invisalign® should be taken out during meal times and therefore has a significantly reduced chance of staining. Your clear aligner trays are also swapped out every two weeks, so you periodically receive a fresh aligner throughout the course of treatment, and do not have to worry about discoloration. Your aligners can also be brushed and rinsed to avoid any negative effects from food and drink.
2.) Invisalign® is Expensive - The national average cost of braces is the same as the cost of Invisalign®. While only your dentist and your insurance provider can give you final numbers for cost and coverage, Invisalign® is comparable to the cost of traditional metal braces.
3.) I Have Extensive Orthodontic Issues and Invisalign® Won’t Work for Me – Invisalign® can be used to treat the same variety of dental issues as regular braces. With help from a skilled dentist, Invisalign® can treat both complex and minor instances of crowding, gapping, and bite problems. Drs. Zanzi have over 10 years of experiencing caring for dental patients and can map out an effective treatment plan for addressing oral health issues with Invisalign®
4.) Clear Braces are Just for Teens – The benefit of getting dental treatment that is subtle and convenient is perfect for anyone who is worried about standing out for the wrong reasons. No matter what your age, Invisalign® can work for you.
5.) Treatment with Invisalign® is Faster / Slower than Braces – Moving teeth with gentle pressure takes the same amount of time, no matter what orthodontic treatment you choose. The average length of treatment with Invisalign® is 12-14 months. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the severity of your oral health concerns will affect the length of your treatment plan.
To learn more about getting a straighter smile with Invisalign®, contact Drs. Raj and Insiya Zanzi at Twelve Bridges Dental Group.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
When you’re missing teeth, the path you choose for replacing them is important. Fixed bridges have long been the go-to for teeth replacement, but modern dentistry has made replacing teeth with dental implants a popular option. If you have one or more missing teeth, consider the following when deciding between a dental implant and a fixed bridge:
- Placement – Both a dental implant and a fixed bridge will help replace teeth that were lost, which is good news for your oral function. A bridge is a fake tooth supported by two dental crowns; getting a crown means that teeth need to buffed down so that the crown/cap can be placed. Therefore, getting a bridge requires that the healthy teeth surrounding the site of a lost tooth are modified to accept the bridge. While this does not necessarily mean that your oral health with be negatively affected, a dental implant requires no alteration to healthy teeth in order to be placed.
- Longevity – Dental implants and fixed bridges both use crowns; for the implant, the crown is placed on top of titanium post; for the fixed bridge, your replacement tooth is sandwiched between two dental crowns. A crown can occasionally need restoration due to normal wear and tear; if you wear down the crowns on a bridge, the entire device will have to be removed so that it can be modified. Because the dental implant is rooted by a surgically-placed post, restoring the crown involves removing it from the post and popping it back on when restored. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. A fixed bridge typically lasts between 10-20 years.
- Flexibility – Fixed bridges can address issues of one or a few missing teeth, as dental implant can. For total tooth loss on one or both arches, dental implants can used to secure a set of full dentures in order to make them completely stable and restore bite function. Because fixed bridges use dental crowns to hold the pontic (or replacement tooth), they require that at least one tooth be present surrounding the site of a lost tooth.
- Cost-Effectiveness – While dental implants typically cost more than a traditional bridge, there are many factors to take into consideration – including the overall state of your oral health, as well as how many teeth need to be replaced. If you are experiencing dental issues that require pre-treatment before your teeth can be replaced, this will factor into overall cost. Dental implants do last longer than fixed bridges, with proper care, and can be considered a wise investment for improved, big-picture oral health.
If you are missing teeth and have questions about how you can replace them, our office is happy to help. Contact Twelve Bridges Dental for more information about getting dental implants, or other treatments for tooth replacement, in Roseville, CA.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
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