Your oral hygiene home care is the most important aspect of your dental health. We recommend the following for good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Tooth decay is a destruction of the tooth enamel. It occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay, which is known as a “cavity”.
Brusixm or tooth grinding happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. Symptoms include a loud clicking noises, headaches, tooth aches, chronic facial pain, or a sore jaw. Grinding can also lead to teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding; or even fractures in your teeth. Talk to your dentist here at Montclair Dental if you have any of these symptoms, we can fit you with a custom mouth guard to properly postion your jaws while protecting your teeth during sleep.
Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation of community water supplies is simply the adjustment of the existing, naturally occurring fluoride levels in drinking water to an optimal fluoride level recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service (0.7 – 1.2 parts per million). An individual can have a lifetime of fluoridated water for less than the cost of one dental filling. The ADA’s policies regarding community water fluoridation are based on the overwhelming weight of peer-reviewed, credible scientific evidence. Today, studies prove water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay by 20-40%, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Assoication has a website dedicated to educating the public flouride.
Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it’s an unpleasant condition that’s cause for embarrassment. Some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. If you’re concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it. If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Bad breath can also be caused by dry mouth or medical disorders, but maintaining good oral health and regular dental visits is essential to reducing bad breath.
For certain small cavities, using air abrasion to remove structure can help preserve tooth structure. This technique also helps roughen the tooth surface to improve retention of bonded fillings. Using air abrasion on children can also mean NO needles and NO drills. Here at Montclair Dental we have and use air abrasion technology whenever indicated.
With a small intraoral camera shaped like a pen, we can put a live shots of your teeth and gums on a screen. This allows you to view your mouth exactly as the doctor sees it! We use this technology to help you understand what we are doing to help your teeth. We also have a dental specific camera that helps us take pictures of your smile and teeth. We use our cameras to help you see the changes that we can make for your teeth, especially for cosmetic makeovers!
Dental X-ray examinations provide valuable information that helps your dentist evaluate your oral health. With the help of radiographs (the term for pictures taken with X-rays), your dentist can look at what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Modern digital x-ray technology has enabled dentists to further reduce the already low radiation dose from our x-ray machines. Our digital x-rays are visible on a computer monitor within seconds! At Montclair Dental we make sure our patients can view their own x-rays at every visit so that any our patients understand exactly what we are showing them.
Snoring has it’s own drawbacks, but to make matters worse often times snoring is linked to a very serious condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. People with sleep apnea will partially awaken as they struggle to breath, but in the morning will be unaware of the disturbances in their sleep. The hallmark symptom of the disorder is daytime sleepiness. Untreated, sleep apnea can be a life threatening condition. At Montclair Dental, we are familiar with patients who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea. We can help you obtain proper testing and achieve a diagnosis with the help of trained medical professionals.