What To Do After Your Hygiene Treatment

Congratulations! You got into the dentist’s office and you completed your appointment with the dental hygienist. This is a very important and necessary step to maintaining your oral hygiene. We are going to talk about what to expect after this appointment and steps to help maintain proper oral hygiene.

Take Your Hygienist’s Advice Seriously
Everybody has different needs when it comes to oral hygiene. This means that there isn’t a cookie-cutter response that works for everyone. There are a lot of factors that affect oral health like your genetics, your oral care regimen, and your diet. As your dental providers, we will talk to you about things that you could be doing very well and things that you could improve on to help prevent more serious dental problems. We are your personalized team looking at every aspect of your oral health to create a plan to help you be as healthy as you can be.

Sensitivity is Common
After your appointment, your teeth and gums may feel sensitive. This is common and nothing to worry about especially if you haven’t been to a hygienist appointment in a long time. For example, let’s say John hasn’t been to a hygienist for 3 years because he didn’t make time to go in college. Due to plaque build-up, we had to use a Waterpik to clean his teeth properly. We told John that his gums may be sensitive for a few days due to difficulty removing the access plaque.

This is a common scenario but it’s important to visit your hygienist as often as needed because we clean areas that you can’t clean yourself. We get deep into your gums to clean out the plaque that gets into the space between your gums and teeth. If you have a permanent retainer from braces they also clean the spots underneath the fixtures that you can’t reach with normal flossing and brushing at home. After a visit like this, your gums will feel sensitive and this is normal so don’t stress over it. Your dentist may also recommend a sensitive toothpaste and tell you to get a soft bristle toothbrush so your not brushing away your gums. Don’t be afraid to go eat after your appointment and enjoy that fresh, clean feeling, all day long.

Don’t Put Off Follow-Up Appointments
Depending on your oral health you may need to visit the dentist sooner than you would like to get some problems fixed. If you have cavities it’s important to get them taken care of as soon as possible so they don’t turn into more serious problems down the road. If your oral health has been poor over the last few years they may require you to visit more often. There are a lot of factors that we take to prevent serious dental issues like a loss in bone density and preventing periodontal disease. professional help to understand how to prevent these and your dentist will know the best course of action for you.

Even if you don’t have any cavities; it isn’t uncommon to need to schedule follow up appointments with your hygienist sooner than the average 6 months. Like we said before, everyone’s oral health is different based on several factors so do your best to not put off appointments that are recommended for you.

Keeping Up Your Oral Hygiene at Home
Your dental providers can only do so much for you when it comes to your oral health. It’s your responsibility to maintain your brushing and flossing schedule. As a general rule, you need to brush and floss at least twice a day. We may recommend flossing or brushing more often than that based on your genetics and dental history to maintain a healthy mouth. This could also help you save money in the long run so don’t forget to follow and additional advice that we give you after your appointment.

Taking care of your oral health can have a major impact on your overall health. It can help prevent sickness, infection, dental disease, and overall is easy to do with the help of our dental providers. Make sure that you follow the specific advice we provide for you after your appointment because again, everyone is different. It’s a team effort and we can only do so much. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are doing your part at home and do not put off dental appointments.

Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to taking care of all of  your future dental needs!

How Do Coffee and Tea Affect Your Teeth?

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The temperature is dropping, and getting out of a warm bed in the morning is getting harder and harder!

Sometimes the only thing that can get us up and going in the morning is a big cup of coffee or tea. While that can be a great jump-start to our day, coffee and tea often have negative effects on our teeth and oral health.

We have heard and we know that dark drinks stain your teeth over time.

According to colgate.com, “although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not flat and smooth. On the contrary, your tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink.

Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.”

Beyond the staining are there other effects of coffee and tea on our teeth?

Coffee and tea have acids, tannins and chromogens that are harmful to your teeth in more ways than one. The tannins and chromogens are the enzymes that stain your teeth. The acid breaks down the tooth enamel and weakens your tooth and makes it more susceptible to staining and other damages.

The caffeine that is in coffee and most teas also dries out your mouth and can lead to dehydration.  Dry mouth also contributes to tooth decay and even gum disease.

Coffee and tea are great in moderation and are still great ways to wake yourself up, or give you a mid-day pick me up.  Herbal teas are a great alternative that have no caffeine and often contain less acids and tannins. Green tea has often been known to boost your dental health, while still giving you that hot drink for the morning!

Still have questions about the effects of coffee and tea? Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to sit down and talk about your teeth and set up a treatment plan for a brighter, stronger smile!

Implants Made Easy!

 

Are you thinking about getting implants? Still have questions? We have compiled all of our sources into one place for you to get all of your questions answered!

 

Do I need implants?

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

 

All of those sources offer great insight, but here is a bit more information that can help you make your decision!

 

What are dental implants?

 

A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for the root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. Dental implants are built to last and have so many benefits!

Dental implants are an excellent option for adults of any age. No matter if the tooth was lost due to injury, decay, or wasn’t there from birth; a dental implant can be a great option to adjust your smile and help you feel more comfortable showing off those pearly whites!

 

What lifestyle changes will I have to make?

 

A dental implant isn’t meant to change anything but your smile and confidence!

Dental implants are also much easier to care for than other tooth-replacement options. You care for them just like your regular teeth! Brushing, flossing, and other oral habits stay the same and allow for easy adjustment and care. Unlike other dental replacement options, dental implants will last for decades and are permanent options that you could essentially forget about! Dentures and dental bridges require specific cleaning, aren’t as durable, and could even get lost!

 

Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we see the dental implant journey as a three-step process.

  1. Consult 2. Implant Placement 3. Restore. We work one-on-one with you to create a treatment plan and decide what course of action is best for your situation!

There are many different dental implant options, and each has its benefits. When you come in for your consultation and evaluation, our dentist will sit down with you and help you decide which option is best for you!

Do you still have more questions about dental implants? We are hosting a Dental Implant Seminar on November 12th from 6-7 at our downtown location!

Dr. Benson will be presenting on everything implants! Come and listen to your options and ask any of your questions. Call us at (801)747-8018 and follow us on Facebook to get more information!

 

 

 

All About Invisalign!

Have you ever wanted straight teeth, but didn’t want to have brackets and wires covering your teeth?

We all know the traditional metal bracket route, and in more recent times the clear brackets have started to become more popular, especially in the adult population.

But are those our only options?

Lucky for you there is another option…Invisalign!

Invisalign is a series of clear trays that slowly move your teeth in a more comfortable and convenient way. Each tray is created and designed with exact calculations to gradually move your teeth into their perfect place!

Invisalign is perfect for EVERYONE! Teens through adults can enjoy this orthodontic treatment.

You come in for your consultation, figure our your treatment plan, and start wearing your first retainer!

With Invisalign your daily habits don’t change! Since you don’t have to worry about brackets and wires you can eat what you want, brush normally, and not have to worry about uncomfortable wires poking you in your mouth. Invisalign is a highly effective treatment for a wide variety of orthodontic issues including:

-crowding

-spacing

-overbite

-underbite

-deep bite

-open bite

Since Invisalign has pre-determined trays that help move your teeth, your appointments are less frequent and often shorter and more convenient for the patient.  You can go from one appointment a month to one appointment every THREE months.

Invisalign is created with ease and convenience in mind! You are able to achieve your dream smile without having to adjust your life at all!

Thinking about Invisalign? Call us at (801)747-8018 to book your free consultation!

 

We are holding an Invisalign Seminar on November 5th from 6-7 pm at our downtown location! Come to get a free scan of your teeth and see a simulation of what Invisalign can do for you! There will also be opportunities for prizes and up to $499 off of your treatment!

 

Want some more information? Click below to see their website:

https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/living-with-invisalign

Tongue Cleaning: Is it something we need to do?

Should we be scrubbing our tongues clean?

We focus so much on our teeth and making sure those are in tip-top shape, that often our tongues get overlooked. But is cleaning our tongue something that needs to be done?

Think about it, just like our teeth, everything that we eat and drink comes in contact with our tongue.

According to healthline.com John D. Kling, DDS, said: “Bacteria will accumulate greatly in the areas of the tongue between the taste buds and other tongue structures.”

Those areas on our tongues are mating grounds for bacteria! If we don’t take care of that it can lead to bad breath, higher bacteria growth, plaque build-up, potential loss of senses, and not taking care of our tongue can even end up damaging our teeth!

Of course, many of these things take a long time to develop and are worse case scenarios, but we still need to be aware! So while that might have been a tad dramatic, knowing these things help motivate us to establish a habit of good oral hygiene that includes scrubbing/brushing your tongue.

Now that we know that cleaning our tongue is necessary for our daily routine, we can dive into the question you are all asking; “How I do I clean my tongue?”

There are many ideas and suggestions out there, so we have gathered some of the more common ways to help you better take care of your mouth.

Brushing: Every morning and night when you are brushing your teeth take a few extra seconds and run those bristles across your tongue. Make sure you are cleaning all around, but still being careful! Our tongues are sensitive and have a layer of skin on them, so when brushing, you need to make sure you aren’t causing damage.

Tooth scraper: Much like a toothbrush, you can purchase a tooth scraper at your local drug/grocery store. Add this to your daily toothbrushing, and it will assist in the fight against bacteria and bad breath!

Mouthwash: Mouthwash is also an excellent cleaning method that can be effective when paired with brushing your teeth. Most mouthwashes have ingredients that target the bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue and leave your mouth feeling nice and fresh!

Lastly, if you want more options, or want to talk to someone not named Google to get more information; chat about it with your dentist the next time you are in for a visit! They will have lots of additional information and can offer suggestions for a more personalized routine to help you clean ALL parts of your mouth.

If you have not seen your dentist for your yearly check-up, call us at 801-747-8000 or submit an appointment request to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon! Happy brushing!

Dental Check-ups for Adults: Why Is It Important?

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Going to the dentist for regular check-ups as a child is more common than as an adult. However, the regular dental visits should not be something you do as a child but continue to your adult life. As a child, our body is growing and developing, and as an adult, our body begins to undergo many changes. Some of the changes our body undergoes can affect the health of our teeth, which is why we want to continue visiting the dentist yearly.

There may be many reasons why we put off seeing the dentist. And we get it. Adulthood comes with new challenges and time constraints, it seems, but we still need to find the time. The good thing is, there are now dental offices which are open late in the evening allowing for enough time to schedule a dental visit.

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What’s Plaque and How Does It Affect Our Oral Health?

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As June comes to an end, our oral health awareness should not go dismissed. We still want to take measures to care for our teeth. Our oral health is a critical part of our daily life. We use our mouth and teeth to speak and digest our food. Without our teeth, those two actions become challenging to do and can begin to alter the shape of our mouth. But before you start to think tooth loss happens immediately, it takes time to develop and is often the result of poor hygiene.

When we fail to brush twice a day and floss daily, we begin to develop plaque on our teeth. We want to practice good oral hygiene to avoid plaque build-up, which can affect our teeth. So, what is plaque?

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DIY Dentistry: Is It Safe?

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DIY products are becoming more common as more recipes and trends become known through social media platforms. Although some DIY products can be beneficial in saving you money, recycle materials around the house, or repurpose objects. We want to think twice before using DIY products for your health.

One of the most popular DIY products we hear about is related to dentistry. However, is do-it-yourself dentistry good or bad for your oral health? Just because something says, it is good for your teeth does not necessarily mean it is safe. We have to consider the overall health of our teeth and mouth when addressing a dental problem.

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June Is Oral Health Month!

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IT’S JUNE!!!

It means we are entering the halfway mark of the year, but June also marks Oral Health Month. Our dental health is a critical part of our everyday life. We need our teeth to speak, and, most importantly, we need it to break down our food.

As a parent, we play the first active role in caring for our child’s dental health. We want to take necessary measures to ensure our child’s teeth are kept healthy as they develop. Here are some tips you can start with when your child is a baby and toddler. You can start by

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Dental Health Advice for Men

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Women should not be the only ones ensuring they maintain their oral health. Men need to take proper measures to preserve their smile since they are more likely to skip on brushing twice a day. Caring for our teeth isn’t exclusive to our younger years, it is a continually care we must practice, especially when we get older when our begin to decline in functionality.

Preventative care is the best form of ensuring our oral health is in tip-top shape, which first begins at home. We want to encourage men this month to become more aware of their oral health to prevent any future dental complications that can arise. We’ve compiled some tips to consider.

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