Spring is here… Did you take care of your Smile?
Spring is the time when you scrub the baseboards and de-clutter the closets. Here is a different spring cleaning checklist, one for your smile! If it’s been more than six months since you last visited the dentist, then now is the time to schedule a routine exam. It’s also always a good time to reexamine your at-home habits and establish a regular routine of good oral care to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
How Often Should You Clean Your Teeth?
Most dentists recommend that patients get their teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months or twice a year, the typical interval covered by most dental insurance companies. Professional cleanings remove the hard deposits that you cannot eliminate by brushing or flossing alone.
In addition to regular cleanings at the dentist’s office, it’s also important to maintain good habits at home. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily, preferably at night right before bed. Regular or electric toothbrushes get the job done; just make sure to replace your toothbrush or bristles every two to three months. Read more on oral hygiene here.
The Cost of Neglect
Plaque is a soft, sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth. Thankfully, regular brushing and flossing removes most plaque, but if you let it sit on your teeth, then it turns into tartar that collects at the gum line. Plaque can also eat away at tooth enamel, creating a hole or cavity on the surface of the tooth.
The only way to remove tartar is with a professional cleaning. If tartar is not removed, then you run the risk of developing gum disease (gingivitis) and even a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. In addition to discomfort and pain, these conditions can sometimes lead to tooth loss as the bone and gums that support the teeth break down.
Benefits of a Healthy Smile
Teeth do more than chew food. Those pearly whites give shape to your face and help you to speak. It’s easy to forget that having healthy teeth and gums is just as important as maintaining the health of the rest of the body. A strong smile can boost your self-confidence and save you from unnecessary pain and trips to the dentist.
Keeping up with Dental Appointments
If you can’t remember to make your bi-annual cleaning appointments, then try scheduling them around special times of the year, such as the start of school or near a birthday, and keep it the same time every year if you can.
Many dental offices send text reminders and mailers as well as phone confirmations so that your appointment doesn’t slip your mind in the days or weeks leading up to it. It’s important to not cancel cleaning appointments just because “nothing is wrong.” The purpose of preventative care is to stop something from going wrong. Motivate yourself to actually make and keep the appointment by promising a small reward to yourself afterward.
Below are five spring cleaning tips to help clean your mouth and the appliances you use in conjunction with keeping your smile beaming!
Tip #1 – Replace Your Toothbrush
Have you been using the toothbrush you received in your stocking at Christmas? That’s great! It’s been about three months since Christmas so it’s time to say goodbye to these weathered bristles. If you are using an electric toothbrush, 3-4 months is the recommended replacement time for their heads as well. Have you been sick? Cold or flu? If you forgot to replace you or your child’s toothbrush right after being ill, now is the time to throw it away and start fresh.
Tip #2 Check the Expiration on Your Mouthwash
We recommend a mouth rinse with your daily oral hygiene routine. Sometimes an old mouth rinse or wash is lurking underneath our cabinets that still gets used. Check your mouthwash and if past the expiration date, toss them. Quick and easy.
Tip #3 – Clean Your Retainer / Invisalign / Night Guard Cases
Brushing our retainers, night guards for teeth grinding, invisalign, etc. should be part of our daily routine. The cases these sit in, however, often get neglected and can collect bacteria and grime. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to soak your cases and give them a good scrub to clear debris and bacteria. If you’ve been sick it’s always a good idea to try and remember to scrub your retainers, guards, and cases right away to avoid getting sick again.
Tip #4 – Dentures Professional Cleaning
Dentures should be brushed daily to help keep both the dentures and your mouth clean. Every so often, though they can use a professional cleaning. What better time than now to take them to your dentist? We can professionally clean your dentures and check them out for any damage. If you are having any troubles with your dentures, this is a great time to address these issues as well.
Tip #5 – Schedule a Professional Dental Cleaning
When is the last time you had a general dental cleaning? We recommend bi-annual cleanings for a host of reasons. Regular dental exams help rid your mouth of plaque that brushing and flossing can’t take care of, help keep cavities at bay and can prevent costly repairs that could go unnoticed without check-ups. Schedule your dental cleaning here.
While we don’t want to add to your heaping cleaning list, a spring cleaning for your mouth should be a gift to yourself. A healthy mouth is often associated with a confident smile. Feel good about your dental health and visit Mission View Dental for any of your dental needs this Spring!
Mission View Dental’s team of caring professionals can help you and your family maintain good oral health with a range of preventative services focused on keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. Call 408-945-4333 or email [email protected] to schedule your spring cleaning today.
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Hope your 2019 is off to a great start. When you made your New Year’s Resolution this year, chances are you’ve made some commitments to live healthier.
Perhaps you’ve resolved to better manage your stress, eat healthier, or visit your dentist every six months. Either way, the New Year is a time to start fresh.
If you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to feel great about yourself in 2019. By getting a smile makeover, you can not only help your teeth look better but to actually be healthier.
Is it time for you to get your beautiful smile back? Let’s look at some of your potential treatment options for a smile makeover in 2019.
Who Qualifies for a New Smile?
Anyone who wants to improve their smile may qualify for a smile makeover. This includes people who want their smile to be:
- More uniform
- Have less space between teeth
- Replace missing teeth
You can always talk with your dentist to see whether or not you would qualify for the specific treatment you’d like to have to improve your teeth.
The following cosmetic treatments could be an option for you depending on your unique smile!
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful brilliant smile.
Cost-effective but dramatic, a teeth whitening can boost your confidence and remove deeper surface stains that a regular cleaning might not be able to remove.
Teeth whitening is great for weddings, job interviews or promotions, anniversaries, and even getting back into the dating realm. When you want to treat yourself this New Year in just one appointment, consider a professional teeth whitening!
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patients smile.
As compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is invisible and removable, so you can smile, eat, drink, brush or floss hassle-free. Dr. Priyadarshini Beedu is a certified Invisalign provider serving Milpitas, San Jose and Fremont area. We offer a FREE consultation to evaluate if Invisalign is right for you.
With so many restorative options available to make your dream smile come true, there’s no reason to spend another year feeling embarrassed about your teeth.
From chips and staining to replacing missing teeth, let us help you get your smile back into shape in 2019. We look forward to helping you have a healthy and happy smile in the New Year!
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Did you know that 78% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease?
When gums become infected and inflamed from periodontal disease, bacteria in plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. The bacteria can then enter into the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. Ongoing research suggests that periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
You can learn more about Gum Disease on our website here
If your gums bleed or teeth look longer, contact us to discuss your periodontal health. Request an appointment or call our office at (408) 945-4333 to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.
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The staff of Mission View Dental, Milpitas CA recently attended the The Art and Science of Dentistry convention in San Francisco. This 3 day event presented by California Dental Association (CDA) offers more than 150 courses and workshops, and innovations from 400+ exhibitors.
From 3-D printers that are looking to replace labs, to new types of toothbrushes (Crest+Oral B)and toothpastes (Crest Gum Detoxify) and dry-mouth mouthwashes (Colgate Hydris), to new insurance models(Kleer), it was extremely educational for the members of the staff to see and learn the latest innovations in the dentistry. It was also exciting to see the latest updates from the industry stalwarts like Dentrix and Demandforce.
In summary, a great event, and we are always eager to explore and see how we can introduce our patients to the latest products and techniques in the dental industry.
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We hope you remembered to add dental exam and cleaning to your Spring Cleaning list. Did you know that most dental insurances cover 2 annual cleanings? Call your dental office to find out more.
Thank you for reading our first newsletter. In these newsletters, we will share relevant information about dental health, community developments and any office updates. – Priya Beedu DDS
Helpful hints to care for your teeth:
- Brush: You should use toothbrush with right size head and bristles to reach into all the crevices of your molars. Sometimes this may mean small or medium sized brush even for Adults.
- Enough: Many people don’t brush long enough during a hectic morning. You should brush for at least 2 full minutes, twice a day. Keep a low-cost two-minute timer where you brush.
- Technique: Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short back and forth strokes across the sides and tops of your teeth. Then, hold the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to focus on the backs of your teeth of the front anterior teeth where plaque builds up often
- Floss: Flossing gets to areas between teeth that are hard for bristles to get to. Floss should rub against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward ‘C’ shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.
- Mouthwash: Rinsing with mouthwash is the third part of your cleaning regiment. Mouthwash clears the debris that irritates the gumline and causes gingivitis.
You can find more information on maintaining your dental health on our website under Dental Health.
What age can kids brush their own teeth?
The age at which kids can brush their own teeth seems to be between the ages of 6 and 9. Some researchers concluded that 5 year-olds only brushed 25% of the surfaces of their teeth while 11 year-olds only brushed 50% of the surfaces of their teeth. Since every child is different, you will need to figure out when your child is ready to brush without any help. You can use plaque disclosing tablets to decide when you need to stop checking on their cleaning regularly.
Do you think you are too late for braces? You should consider Invisalign – The invisible alternative to quietly align your teeth back into shape. Learn more at https://www.missionviewdental.com/cosmetic-treatments/clear-braces/
In the Community
The Milpitas Bart station opening is now delayed to early 2019. We encourage and support our patients who use mass-transit to get to their appointments at our office. Ask the front desk for more details about travel credit.
Office & Staff Highlights
Did you know that our staff has been serving patients for over 100 collective years? Susanne, Diana and Shannyn have been working with patients of this office for over 15 years. Join me in thanking them for their dedication to the community.
Have a Question?
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