Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Floss Teeth

As your dentist will tell you, flossing is one of the best things you can do for your smile and overall oral health.
This video from Colgate features a guide on how to floss areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. You’ll learn how to hold the ends of the floss, how to maneuver between each tooth, how to use care when flossing, and much more. You’ll also find out how to glide the floss underneath the gum line to prevent tartar buildup.
Flossing is highly beneficial, but flossing alone is not enough to keep you from developing poor oral health. You’ll need to see a dental health professional routinely, so visit Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.Sfor the care you need. We provide a wide range of services for each member of your family. To learn more or schedule a consultation, visit our website or call us at (800) 223-0801 today.

Friday, January 24, 2014

How is Your Dental Hygiene?

Dental Inspection

You know that brushing and flossing are important components of daily dental care; but even if you commit to these good habits, your teeth may not be as healthy as you think. Poor dental health could be a sign of whole-body health complications to come, so look below for tips on how to evaluate your dental hygiene, and remember to visit your family dentist regularly.

Are Your Gums Red or Swollen?
Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are often the sign of infected oral tissues. If you floss every day, bleeding should not result. When food is allowed to settle between the teeth and underneath the gums, bacteria begin to eat away at the gums, causing gingivitis. This can cause the gums to feel tender and uncomfortable. If your gums become inflamed and bloodied after brushing or flossing, you’re not getting your mouth clean enough each day. You’ll need to adjust your dental hygiene routine and visit your dentist for gum disease treatment. If infection worsens, you could suffer from receding gums and tooth loss.
Do Your Teeth Hurt?
If you experience pain when you bite down, you could be suffering from a cavity. Do you have sensitivity to sweets, hot or cold? These things can also mean there is tooth decay or an infection. Cavities are most common on the chewing surfaces of the molars and in-between teeth where food gets trapped. It is important to take special care when brushing the chewing surfaces of your molars in order to remove all hidden food particles and acids. Flossing removes particles in-between teeth. However, if tooth decay has already begun, you’ll need to visit your dentist for a filling. During your dental appointment, talk to your dentist about fluoride and how it can strengthen weakened enamel.
How is Your Breath?
Bad breath could be a sign that you need to brush your teeth, but it could also be a sign of infection or tooth decay. If you suffer from persistent bad breath, schedule a dental exam right away. Your dentist can give you tips on how to maintain fresh breath.

If you need more help improving your dental hygiene, contact Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. we specialize in superior dental care using the latest in preventative and cosmetic dental technology. Visit our website or call us (800) 223-0801 to make an appointment today.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, failed root canal therapy, extreme tooth decay, and periodontal disease. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, approximately 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, while 26 % of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth by age 74. Read on for more information on the advantages of dental implants.
Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Unlike dentures and removable bridges, dental implants give patients a permanent solution to tooth loss. Titanium implants are surgically placed within the jawbone; upon this titanium root, a natural-looking replacement tooth is affixed. Surgical placement allows the dental implant to fuse to the jawbone itself in a process known as osseointegration, providing unparalleled stability and reducing the need for future restorations.
Reduced Risk of Bone Loss
Dentures and bridges sit along the gum line rather than extend into the jawbone, causing them to move or slide along the gums, increasing the risk of jawbone erosion and weakening. Dental implants, on the other hand, stimulate the jawbone just as your natural teeth would in order to maintain the integrity of your jawbone and facial structures. Furthermore, dental implants do not rely on any preexisting neighboring teeth for support.
Natural-Looking Results
Dental implants are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. In fact, many patients find their dental implants are stronger than their own teeth and can last a lifetime when properly cared for.

The best way to determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants is to set up a consultation with your dentist. Restore your smile by contacting Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S at (800) 223-0801 or visiting us online.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Truth Behind Root Canal Myths

There are many myths surrounding the root canal procedure, including the myth that the procedure is painful and traumatic. Unfortunately, many people forgo needed treatment because of the bad reputation root canals have. But if you ask your dentist about the facts, you might be surprised by the truth about root canals. Below are a few root canal myths, debunked.
Myth: A Root Canal Will Take a Long Time
Fact: Barring complications, a root canal can take less than two hours. Modern technology has enabled dentists to work quickly and efficiently, minimizing the amount of time you spend in the dentist’s chair. After the procedure is done, you may need to go back to the dentist for a checkup to ensure that there is no infection, but the root canal itself is a one-visit procedure.  We will often refer patients to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canals.  They have special training and equipment to make the experience as quick and pain-free as possible.
Myth: Root Canals are Painful
Fact: Root canals are done to ease tooth pain. Swelling and pain are sometimes the result of nerve damage in a tooth, and the root canal procedure works to ease those symptoms by clearing out the infected tissue. With the use of modern anesthesia and medication after the procedure to minimize tenderness, a root canal can be no more painful than getting a filling.
Myth: A Root Canal will Kill the Tooth, so I’m Better Off Just Getting It Pulled
Fact: Root canals are intended to save the tooth, not remove it. Root canals clean and disinfect the tooth, leaving the structure of the tooth intact and therefore preserving the smile. Having a tooth pulled, however, can cause other teeth to shift and can lead to more dental problems later on.
Myth: My Teeth Don’t Hurt, so I Don’t Need a Root Canal
Fact: You do not always feel the pain of an infected tooth. During a routine checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays. If he or she sees signs of decay or infection, then your dentist will examine the tooth closer and tell for sure whether or not you need a root canal. An undetected infection could cause serious damage if left untreated, as well as generally leaving you not feeling well.  

Whether you are in need of a routine checkup or have a painful, inflamed tooth that needs immediate attention, we can help. Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S.offers regular dental care, cosmetic dentistry services, and advanced procedures.  To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us at (800) 223-0801.