Start the Conversation: Daily 4

See how the Daily 4 Represents the Importance of Your Daily Dental Hygiene with the Help of Your Gainesville TX Dentist

 

The month of October is right around the corner; the weather gets cooler, the sun goes down earlier, and the nights are longer. It’s also inching closer to Halloween, one of the most popular holidays for children to run around dressed in their favorite costumes collecting copious amounts of candy. But did you know that October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? With the help of your Gainesville TX dentist, we’ll discuss the importance of dental hygiene for kids and adults and what some simple tips are to keep your teeth shining throughout this lovely fall season.

 

For the seventh straight year in a row, the American Dental Hygienist’s Association and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program work together to bring all of our patients National Dental Hygiene Month. This year, we want to help share the word about dental hygiene by Starting the Conversation. We’ll discuss the steps of the Daily 4, the four steps that we want our patients to follow on a daily basis in order to ensure that they’re getting the best smile possible.

 

Brush!
Brushing two times a day, once in the morning and once at night, are highly recommended by your dental professionals. Also, brushing for at least two minutes is required to ensure that your teeth are getting the best cleaning that they possibly can. You’re able to brush and reach every area of your mouth to efficiently take care of your smile.

 

Floss!
A large majority of patients, whether they’re adults or children, don’t floss for a number of reasons: they find it too difficult or they don’t think that their teeth need flossing, but that isn’t true—everyone’s teeth need to be flossed! If you have a hard time flossing, don’t hesitate to ask us for help so your smile can stay healthy.

 

Rinse!
Helpful mouth washes and rinses have the ability to clean out any loose food particles from sticking around and lingering for too long. It also helps clear the bacterial film that coats the surface of your teeth while also strengthening your enamel.

 

Chew!
Enjoying some sugar-free gum after meals and snacks help protect your teeth and contribute to a healthy oral and dental care routine. Chewing also stimulates your salivary glands, which increases the flow of your saliva by up to 10 times during the first few minutes of use. Ask us about some of the best sugar-free gums that will benefit your smile!

 

Make sure you help Start the Conversation this October for National Dental Hygiene Month! Contact our office to reach out to your Gainesville TX dentist by calling us today at (940) 665-4761 and schedule an appointment or consultation. Be ready to share the Daily 4 with your friends and family!

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Back-to-School Tips for Your Smile

Whether Your Kids are Going Back to School or You Are, Your Gainesville Family Dentist Wants Everybody to Have a Happy and Healthy Smile!

Whether your children are about to start school or they’re already back, there’s a lot to keep up with as a parent! New outfits and school supplies are always a must, but so should a visit to the dentist. We believe it’s important to help children understand the importance of visiting the dentist for a routine cleaning and check-up so their teeth can stay strong and healthy—this goes for teens, younger and older adults who may be heading back to school, too! Here are some helpful tips from your Gainesville family dentist for students of all ages to maintain a healthy smile.

Choose the Best Toothpaste for You
Everybody has their own unique smile, which means not all toothpastes are the same. There are pastes that are specially made for those with sensitive teeth and some that work on strengthening your enamel. During the check-up, don’t hesitate to ask what kind of toothpaste would work best for either your smile or for your children’s. Fluoride is an important part of toothpaste and works to clean your teeth and prevent decay. This can save you a lot of time and protect your teeth from any aches and pains!

Improve Your Diet
As a parent, it’s your job to ensure that your child is getting the best possible diet that they can; this includes energizing, natural nutrition that will keep their minds sharp and teeth healthy throughout the school day without any sugar crashes. Include some snacks like carrots, celery, fresh fruit, cheese, and yogurt. When you’re an adult responsible for your own meals, you’ve got to make the smart choice—try to find the healthiest alternatives at the cafeterias. Your teeth will thank you the longer they stay strong and bright!

Keep Up with Appointments
Although it may prove to be difficult to bring your child to the dentist, ensure that you’re still regularly scheduling them so their baby teeth are healthy and provide a good future for their adult teeth. As for adults, it’s easy to skip out on an appointment since you’re the one responsible for scheduling them, but your teeth will thoroughly suffer for each day that goes by without a professional cleaning. You want your natural teeth to last as long as possible, so make sure you’re taking care of them as efficiently as possible!

Looking to schedule an appointment or learn more tips to protect your or your children’s smile? Don’t hesitate to contact your Gainesville family dentist today by calling our office at (940) 665-4761.

Consequences of Not Flossing

Use Helpful Tips from Your Gainesville Dentist to Protect Your Teeth by Daily Flossing

It’s no secret that every dentist you’ve visited has told you to floss in order to protect improve your oral and dental health. While this is an important part of your cleaning routine, how come a third of Americans never floss? Below, your Gainesville dentist is going to explain the importance of flossing on a daily basis and what happens to your teeth when you ignore this necessary step!

First things first—how come people skip their flossing routine in the first place? Researchers believe that it has to do with education, whether it is at school or at home. Parents may not stress the importance of flossing on a daily basis, so they don’t find this part of dental care to be as important as the rest. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Flossing is just as important as the rest of your routine and should be treated as such.

Here is what happens over time when someone doesn’t brush their teeth:

  • Going a couple of days without flossing will cause plaque build-up
  • Over time, the plaque begins to harden and turn into tartar—this can only be removed by your dentist
  • Without flossing on a daily basis, it can result in cavities between the teeth and potentially gum disease

The bacteria from the foods and drinks that you consume on a daily basis will hide in the places between your teeth and in the pockets underneath your gums. When this happens, the only way to get them out is with dental floss. If you’re not flossing, you’re allowing this bacteria to linger and stick around for much too long!

Gum disease can also occur, which causes extreme inflammation of your gums. This results in extremely sensitive gums that can cause bleeding and discomfort when you eat or drink. During this process, your gums become weak and you have the ability to lose your teeth since your support system is practically gone! Patients who are pregnant have a higher chance of suffering from gum disease, as well—it is linked to preterm labor and a low birth weight for the child.

While flossing many seem like an irritating step in your daily dental routine, it can completely save your smile! Schedule an appointment at Gainesville Family Dentistry by calling our office at (940) 665-4761 and start your journey towards the healthy, happy smile that you deserve today.

Keep a Healthy Smile All Summer

Gainesville Family dentist Shows how to Enjoy Your Summer While Maintaining a Strong Smile

Summer time is officially here! This means having fun in the sun with your friends and families at parties, barbeques, at the beach, and more! While it’s certainly a time to celebrate and have the time of your life since school and other obligations are put on hold, there’s one thing that we want to protect and that’s your smile. Your Gainesville Family dentist will discuss how to keep up with your dental and oral hygiene and care this summer.

Find a Healthy Diet and Stick With It!

We understand that it can be easy to fall into a bad diet during the summer. With all of the barbeques and backyard parties full of snacks, sweets and treats, it’ll certainly be difficult to ignore it. While it’s fun to splurge, make sure that you’re still eating right for a majority of your meals. This means limiting the amount of snacking that you’re doing—if you can’t help but snack, try to replace the chips and candies with celery, carrots, or other healthy vegetables!

It also highly recommended not to eat very late at night, especially if you plan on going to bed relatively soon. You’re allowing the bacteria and food particles to linger in your mouth overnight instead of giving your body time to properly digest. If you eat and then go to bed, you’re also skipping your nightly brushing routine, making it easier for your teeth to suffer from cavities and potential decay. Eat at appropriate times and don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed to protect your smile!

Drink Water—Lots of It

It’s no secret that summertime can bring some of the hottest recorded temperatures around, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated. This won’t only help your dental health, but it’ll help your overall health, too! In between meals, try to consume as much water as possible, since there are many popular drinks that can cause you to dehydrate or dry out your mouth (coffee, sodas, sports drinks, alcohol).

Protect Your Teeth as You Play Sports

Summer is a great time to participate in a number of sports activities, like baseball, soccer, football, and more! But accidents can happen and your teeth can easily suffer from a hit. Most dental injuries in children are sports related, so we recommend using mouth guards for these times. There is no intention of anyone getting hurt, but that doesn’t mean it can’t potentially happen! Your teeth will thank you in the morning.

If you want to learn some more helpful summer tips about protecting your smile, or if you’d like to make an appointment for your bi-annual check-up, don’t hesitate to call your Gainesville Family dentist at (940) 665-4761 today! We wish you a happy, safe and healthy summer!

World No Tobacco Day 2016

Help Your Gainesville Family Dentist Spread the Word about World No Tobacco Day This Year!

Every year an estimated 6 million deaths are caused by tobacco related products worldwide. And although they are the most vilified, that is not just for cigarettes- that include pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other related products. To help smokers and non-smokers alike  identify and take on this issue head on- the World Health Organization has named May 31st, 2016 “World No Tobacco Day.”

To do our part, today your Gainesville family dentist wanted to review more about how tobacco can impact your oral health specifically. From sheer aesthetic issues to cancers, smoking any type of tobacco product can lead to:

-Discoloration of the teeth.

-Halitosis (chronic bad breath).

-More plaque and tartar building up on the teeth.

-Bone loss, tooth loss, and gum disease becoming more likely.

-Healing time following oral surgery becoming delayed.

-Dental implant placement being less-successful.

-Inflamed salivary glands.

-Increased risk of developing oral or other cancers.

Don’t fall victim to tobacco’s detrimental side effects.

For more information on World No Tobacco Day or to get more help quitting tobacco, you can visit the WHO’s site by clicking here.

If you have more questions about the impact of your smoking habit on your oral health, make sure to review details with your Gainesville family dentist at your next visit. You can request an appointment by calling (940) 665-4761 today!

National Facial Protection Month

Gainesville TX Dentist Spreads Awareness of Protecting Your Teeth during Sports Season

Now that it’s getting warmer, baseball season is just about here! Not only for the professionals, but for children and young adults, too. We know that playing sports is fun and exciting, but we as dentists want all of our patients, young and old, to know the importance of protecting your teeth while you’re participating in recreational sports and other activities. That’s why your Gainesville TX dentist wants to spread awareness about National Facial Protection Month.

April isn’t quite over just yet, which means it’s still as good of a time as any to spread awareness! It’s an important reminder for sports players and other recreational participators to protect your teeth with mouth guards when they’re playing.

Mouth guards, also known as mouth protectors, help cushion any hit to the face. It minimalizes the risks of loose, cracked, chipped, broken or loose teeth. It also lessens the chances of biting your lips, cheek, and tongue, as well as protecting your jaw.

Around the ages of 7 to 11 is when children are most vulnerable to dental injuries, especially during sports-related activities. Athletes are also 60 percent more likely to suffer harm to their teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard.

Patients also have the option of getting a custom-made mouth guard if they choose to do so! Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about them—they’ll have the most comfortable fit. Even without a custom guard, purchasing a stock mouth guard from a sporting goods store is providing your teeth with the protection they deserve!

Spread the word about National Facial Protection Month. We want all of our patients to keep their smile strong, so schedule an appointment today with your Gainesville TX dentist by calling our office at (940) 665-4761.

Dental Fossils Show Our Smile’s Progress

Gainesville Cosmetic Dentist Provides Historic Information about Our Ancestors’ Teeth

We’ve come a long way in terms of evolution, but have you ever wondered how our teeth have progressed, as well? Our smiles have gone through a lot and still do to this day, even with all of the advances in technology that is at our disposal. Your Gainesville cosmetic dentist wants to share some history about the way our teeth have molded to how they look now.

The most common fossils of our ancestors, also known as hominin, are mostly teeth since they’re the hardest part of the human body. This provides a lot of helpful information of the time period that they’re from, their diet and more. As humans continued to evolve, the teeth actually shrink. It’s most noticeable in the teeth in the back, which are your wisdom teeth. Nowadays, because of the work done to wisdom teeth over a period of time, most wisdom teeth are extremely small and in some cases, not even developed. But with hominins, their wisdom teeth were about two to four times larger than that.

The reason that modern human’s teeth have shrunk is because of the professional work that has been done over the years, molding smiles in the future.

There are also other speculations and ideas for the shift, literally and figuratively, in our teeth. Click here to read more about what researchers and scientists have to say about these fossils.

Make sure you’re always taking care of your smile by visiting your Gainesville cosmetic dentist! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling (940) 665-4761.