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Pregnancy and your dental health

image4948696A healthy mouth is important for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Researchers have found that there is a link between gum disease and premature or underweight births. An infection in your mouth can spread through your bloodstream to other parts of your body, putting your overall health, and your baby’s, at risk.

 

Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you are in good oral health both before and during your pregnancy.

 

* Before getting pregnant, pay a visit to your dentist for a complete checkup. He or she can flag any possible problems and prescribe treatment.

 

* Make sure you maintain a good program of oral care — brush twice daily, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and follow any other recommendations your dentist suggests.

 

* Should any dental problem arise during pregnancy, see your dentist right away.

 

* If your checkup is early in your pregnancy, be sure to let your dentist know you are pregnant. Typically, X-rays, dental anesthetics, pain medications, and antibiotics (especially Tetracycline) are not prescribed during the first trimester.

 

* When scheduling a checkup while pregnant, it is best to shoot for the fourth to sixth month. The first trimester is critical to a child’s early development, so as previously noted, certain procedures are avoided. During the last trimester, stresses caused by dental visits may pose problems. Sitting for long periods can also be uncomfortable.

 

* During pregnancy, many women develop gingivitis or gum disease. This is caused by the buildup of dental plaque on the teeth, which irritates the gums. Symptoms include bleeding of the gums, especially during brushing, and inflammation. During pregnancy, increased hormone levels exaggerate the way your gums respond to the irritants within the plaque, making you more susceptible. Keeping your teeth clean, especially near the gumline, can dramatically reduce or even prevent gingivitis during pregnancy. Your dentist may also recommend gum stimulants or special rinses to help reduce plaque. Making sure you reduce sweets and consume healthier foods such as cheese, fresh fruits, and vegetables, which can also aid your gums.

 

* Pregnancy dry mouth can put women at greater risk for tooth decay and infections, so be sure to drink plenty of water while pregnant. You might also consider chewing sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist.

 

* For some women, morning sickness is a real problem during the first trimester. In addition to nausea, they also experience extra acid in their mouths, which can erode teeth. If you suffer from morning sickness, be sure to rinse out your mouth regularly with water, and consider a fluoride mouthwash to help reduce the affects of the acids.

 

* If you should require an emergency visit while pregnant, let your dentist know about your pregnancy before you arrive. Discuss any stresses, issues, past miscarriages and medications you are taking in advance as this information may influence how your dentist proceeds. Your dentist may also consult with your obstetrician before beginning any treatment.

 

* If your dentist prescribes any medication, do not exceed the dosage — this includes aspirin.

 

A healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. Good oral health can get you, and your baby, off to a good start.

 

Article source: fosters.com

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Dental Tricks for a Healthy Halloween

image4927781Halloween is just two days away, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan.


Have a Plan

It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. “Have your family pick their favorites and donate the rest,” Dr. Rouhanian says.


Time It Right

Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.


Stay Away from Sweet Snacks

Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. ”Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Lewis says.


Choose Candy Carefully

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.


Avoid Sticky Situations

Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.


Drink More Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.


Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.


Stay Away from Sugary Beverages

This includes soda, sports drinks and flavored waters. When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.


Chew Gum with the ADA Seal

Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria. “You might even want to think about giving sugarless gum out as a treat instead of candy,” says Dr. Plesset. Find one with the ADA Seal.


Brush Twice a Day & Floss Daily

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Remember, 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. Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.


Visit Our Dentists

Regular visits to Quince Orchard Dental Care can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to “treat.”

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There Is a Right Way to Floss and You’re Probably Not Doing It

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You brush your teeth twice a day, but flossing should be just as much a part of your daily routine. In fact, it’s critical to keeping your teeth healthy. While brushing can help erode the bacteria on some of your teeth, some areas will be overlooked if you don’t floss. This bacteria causes both gum disease and decay, and when it combines with your saliva and food, it creates plaque, a clear, colorless, sticky film that adheres to your teeth.Just imagine that when you don’t feel like flossing: bacteria throwing a house party on your teeth. Yuck! After that, it’s no surprise that it is recommended to floss twice a day, right?

 

So How Do You Do It?

 

1. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers so you can use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss.

 

2. Gently push it between two teeth and use a gentle sawing motion back and forth until the floss pops down through the contact point, which is the one specific point where the teeth touch together.

 

3. Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth, making a C-like shape, then gently slide up and down. Do this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gumline, then repeat on the other side of the tooth.

 

4. Pull the floss out and rotate it so you’re using a clean spot.

 

5. Don’t stop if you start to bleed. Keep at it once a day, and in a few weeks, you’ll probably see an improvement.

 

Not everyone’s mouth is the same; if you have any issues that make it hard to use regular floss, you can buy floss picks, that have the floss pre-positioned on a little handle. If you have really large spaces between your teeth, keep an eye out for superfloss, which has a fuzzy portion that fits in between big spaces in your teeth and gums.

 

And while it doesn’t really make a difference if you floss before or after brushing your teeth, although most people prefer after. When you brush first, you’re getting more gross removal of the bacteria that’s in your mouth, so your mouth is cleaner and the floss just finishes everything off after that.

 

The dental professionals at Quince Orchard Dental Care are always willing to guide you along the way. Call us on 301-527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!

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20 Things You Should Be Cleaning with a Toothbrush

 

Most of us clean using sponges, cloths, dusters, vacuums, etc. but sometimes your most effective tool is sitting right in your bathroom. Ashlee Edie, cleaning expert, shares some tips on how to effectively clean tough places with an old toothbrush.

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The coarse bristles and size of a toothbrush make them perfect for cleaning stubborn, hard-to-reach places in the home like stove tops.

 

 

  • Stove tops

 

“Grime can quickly build up on stoves,” Edie says. “Apply some dishwashing liquid to a toothbrush and use small circular motions to buff away the dirt.” Make sure to rinse and wipe clean with a cloth.

 

  • Grout

“To keep grout in between tiles looking fresh, use a toothbrush to scrub a solution of bleach and water along the grout to remove any stains,” Edie says. Remember to rinse when finished.

 

 

  • Faucets

 

What’s that goo hiding behind and around the base of your faucet? “Mildew and bacteria can grow on faucets so use a toothbrush, with a mixture of soap and water, to thoroughly clean these,” recommends Edie.

 

 

  • Upholstery and carpet stains

 

A toothbrush can be used to tackle small but stubborn stains on carpets and upholstery. “Apply some stain remover to the spot and use a toothbrush to apply pressure to the stain,” Edie advises. “Scrub in circular motions to loosen the stain and repeat until it is gone.”

 

 

  • Removing crayon from the wall

 

“If the kids have been using the walls as a canvas again, a quick tip to remove crayon marks is to load a toothbrush with some shaving foam or toothpaste, apply to the crayon marks, and buff them away. Then, simply wipe the surface with a paper towel,” offers Edie.

 

 

  • Hair dryer, car, and bathroom vents

 

Lint and dust gets stuck in anything that moves air—which includes hair dryers, car vents, and even the bathroom vent. Have you ever looked up at your bathroom vent? They are usually loaded with dust. Make sure the vent is off or disconnected then remove the cover. Take outside to gently brush off or if it’s caked on you can clean it in your sink with a damp toothbrush. For a hair dryer, make sure it’s unplugged from the outlet and gently use a dry toothbrush to remove dust. Same for your car vents.

 

 

  • Computer keyboards

 

Computer keyboards are typically dusty and may even have crumbs or other debris lurking around the keys. A clean, soft, dry toothbrush is perfect to clean these areas. Unplug the keyboard from the computer or, if it’s a laptop, unplug the laptop. Turn the keyboard onto its side and gently brush around the keys into a trashcan or sink. Do not use any type of water or liquid on a computer keyboard.

 

 

  • Refrigerator

 

Using a toothbrush to get into your fridge’s plastic shelves with grooves is the best way to clean those hard-to-reach areas, says Diane Regalbuto, a housecleaning expert and owner of Betty Likes to Clean in Philadelphia and South Jersey. The same goes for the rubber seal between the door and the main part of the fridge where dust, grime and crumbs can gather.

 

 

  • Sink edges and drains

 

Regalbuto recommends using a toothbrush to clean undermounted sinks where the counter goes over the edge of the sink. A lot of gunk and mildew can get up in that area. The same goes for the sink overflow drain, usually a series of small holes opposite the spigot. A toothbrush with cleaner is the perfect tool to clean that area.

 

 

  • Toaster oven

 

Have you looked at your toaster oven lately? It’s probably full of crumbs and burnt-on junk. Regalbuto recommends a toothbrush for cleaning these areas. First unplug the oven and use a dry toothbrush to get the crumbs out and then clean the grill in the sink with soap and water. Rinse and thoroughly dry.

 

 

  • Brush your cheese grater

 

Give the teeth of a cheese grater a good brushing with an old toothbrush before you wash the grater or put it in the dishwasher.

This will make it easier to wash and will prevent clogs in your dishwasher drain by getting rid of bits of cheese or any other item you may have grated.

 

 

  • Clean silk from ears of corn

 

Before cooking shucked corn, take an old toothbrush and gently rub down the ear to brush away the remaining clingy strands of silk. Then you won’t have to brush them out from between your teeth after you eat the corn!

 

 

  • Clean and oil your waffle iron

 

A clean, soft toothbrush is just the right utensil to clean crumbs and burned batter from the nooks and crannies of a waffle iron. Use it to spread oil evenly on the waffle iron surface before the next use too.

 

 

  • Apply hair dye

 

 

Dyeing your hair at home? Use an old toothbrush as an applicator. It’s the perfect size and it will keep the mess to a minimum.

 

 

  • Clean gunk from appliances

 

Dip an old toothbrush in soapy water and use it to clean between appliance knobs and buttons, and raised-letter nameplates.

 

 

  • Scrub under your nails

 

It can sometimes be hard to remove the dirt and grime that builds up under your nails. Pump some soap onto an old toothbrush and use it to scrub your nails clean.

 

 

  • Tame flyaway hairs

 

Spray hairspray on a toothbrush that you don’t use and comb back the small hairs that always get in your face. This simple trick will give you a more put together and clean hairstyle.

 

 

  • Brush away espresso

 

If you’re a fan of espresso, you’re also familiar with how finely ground Italy’s favorite coffee is. To keep it from clogging up the filter screen on your espresso maker, scrub the screen gently after each use with a soft toothbrush. If any bits remain, remove them with a straight pin.

 

 

  • De-pulp juicer

 

It’s easy to forget that electric juicers are traps for all manner of fruit (and therefore, food) particles.

 

Keep it clean as a whistle to prevent bacteria buildup (and illness!) by cleaning it thoroughly: disassemble it, wipe out the pulp and discard it, and fill your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water.

 

Soak everything but the motor casing for 10 minutes, remove the pieces from the sink, and scrub with a soft toothbrush. Dry well, reassemble, and juice for all you’re worth!

 

  • Clean your veggies

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean mushrooms and other sensitive vegetables before cooking. A medium- or hard-bristled brush is more suitable for potatoes.

 

Source: Reader’s Digest

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Natural Ways To Care For Your Gums

 

 

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Your pearly whites may be on point but are your gums healthy? Here are some simple at home tips that will help you get healthier gums before your next dental appointment!

 

 

  • Ginger

 

Ginger root is considered a healing herb. With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger promotes healthy tissue in your mouth.

 

 

  • Apples

 

Eating an apple can take a while. And that’s a good thing for your mouth. The munching action spurs a cleansing action that shakes up the plaque that clings to gums and teeth. Stock up on apples, but be sure to rinse with mouthwash afterward. Even healthy foods like apples can expose your mouth to acids.

 

 

  • Onions

 

The raw onion is a potent bacteria-fighting food. Yes, bad breath is the enemy. But that’s why sugarless gum and mouthwash were created. Onions have an antimicrobial ingredient that kills bacteria, and, according to one study, completely wipes out four bacteria strains that lead to gum disease and cavities. Sliver them and toss the strips in your salad, on your sandwich and burger or in soups and stews.

 

 

  • Milk & Dairy (Yes, really!)

 

Milk, and other dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt are not only packed with bone-fortifying calcium, but also with the protein casein, which research suggests reduces acid levels in the mouth. In addition, drinking milk can neutralize acids produced by plaque bacteria. Note: Drinking milk with cereal or dessert doesn’t have the same benefit as direct consumption after eating.

 

 

  • Eat Some Cheese

 

No milk around? Eat a piece of cheese instead. If you can’t brush at the end of a meal, try eating a piece of Swiss or other aged cheese. It actually helps to pull away some of the plaque and food particles leftover from meals.

 

 

  • Salads & High Fiber Foods

 

It’s no secret that salad greens pack an all-around healthy punch, but they’re also especially successful at keeping mouths clean because they’re fiber-packed, meaning they require serious chewing to break down. The extra saliva produced by chewing neutralizes mouth bacteria. High-fiber, stringy foods like raw spinach, celery and even cooked beans offer this benefit.

 

 

  • Don’t Forget the Dentist

 

It’s important to visit with us regularly: every six months to be exact. This way we are able to detect any problems early on and help to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition.

 

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ADA Releases Six Things to Know About Your Tots’ Teeth

Tots’ TeethThe American Dental Association (ADA) has created an essential list of “tooth-truths” to help parents and caregivers stay in the know about the health of their children’s teeth.

 

When Teeth First Appear

Your baby is born with 20 teeth below the gums, and they usually start coming through between six months and a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by three years old.

 

When to Start Brushing with Toothpaste

Decay can happen as soon as teeth first appear. If you see some pearly whites peeking out when your little one smiles, it’s time to pick up a tube of fluoride
toothpaste.

 

How Much Toothpaste to Use

It doesn’t take much to clean your child’s teeth. Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush. If your child is three or younger, use a smear of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). For children three or older, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste will do.

 

When to Schedule Your Baby’s First Dental Visit It’s another milestone in a year of exciting firsts. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities.

 

When to Start Flossing

It doesn’t matter if you floss your child’s teeth before or after they brush as long as you clean between any teeth that touch. You can use child-friendly plastic flossing tools to more easily floss your child’s teeth until your child learns to do it.

 

Water Works
When your child has worked up a thirst, water is the best beverage to offer – especially if it has fluoride! Drinking water with fluoride (also known as “nature’s cavity fighter”) has been shown to reduce cavities by 25 percent.

 

Article source: Multivu.com

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Looking After Your Teeth: Five New Year’s Resolutions For A Healthier Mouth

by Amy Freeman

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We all make new year’s resolutions, but many of us are not likely to follow through. Turning over a new leaf in the New Year can be tricky, but finding a way to stick with it is important when that new leaf benefits your health. If you want to take better care when looking after your teeth and gums this year, these five resolutions can keep you diligent:

Schedule a Dental Appointment

If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, you’re not alone. About one-third of people in the U.S. don’t see a dentist yearly, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site. But booking this appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. According to the ADA, some conditions – such as sensitivity in the teeth or bleeding gums – are sure signs that it’s time to see a dentist. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, enter a reminder in your phone or calendar for February 1 so that you can call your dentist on February 2 for an appointment.

To make the process of scheduling visits easier, book your next one before you leave their office. Most dentists send out reminder cards a week prior or call a day before your appointment; check that yours does.

Commit to Flossing

Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.

One way to make it easier to remember is putting a container of floss on top of or directly next to your toothpaste. Position the container so that you have to touch it when taking your toothpaste out of the drawer or cabinet. Stash another container of floss in your purse or desk drawer at work, so that you can floss on the go if you forget to do it at home.

Cut Back on Sugar

A study published in BMC Public Health in September 2014 confirmed a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay he has. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. The most convenient way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy. Simple swaps will help you cut back as well: Drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum when you have a craving for something sweet.

Kick the Habit

Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is linked to a host of other health issues. Pick a date to give up the habit, get rid of all the tobacco products from your home and solicit the support of your friends and family to help you quit. There will be cravings along the way, so it’s important to find a healthy activity to engage in when a craving kicks in. Feel free to see your general practitioner if you struggle to curb the addiction by yourself.

Eat More Mouth-Healthy Foods

When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet’s benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits.

Making your new year’s resolutions as easy as possible to stick with will help you keep them. Take things one step at a time, and if you forget to floss one day or eat a big piece of caramel the next, don’t give up. Remember that there’s always tomorrow!

 

Original Article: Colgate

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5 New Year’s Resolutions For Homeowners

shutterstock_559740163Today we live in a world of instant gratification. It seems almost anything you want you can get – often within 24 hours. Technology has made most of us expect immediate access to information, products and services. In response, at Quince Orchard Dental Care, our team is using technology to meet these new expectations. 

 

When it came to determining what technology to employ, we started with the goal of meeting and exceeding 0ur patients’ expectations. We met as a team to discuss and brainstorm what would enable patients to make great decisions about their oral health and how we could use technology to help them. The objective was to basically give our patients immediate access to information that is clear and simple to understand.

 

The two main technologies we rely on to help patients gain clarity are intra-oral photos and digital x-rays. During our routine recare appointments if a cavity is detected or a suspicious area is seen we always take intra-oral pictures to help our patients visualize what we are diagnosing. When needed, we take digital x-rays to see what can’t be seen with the naked eye. Digital x-rays have less radiation than traditional x-rays and are viewed immediately.

 

Some other state-of-the-art dental tech products we use are 3D digital CT scans for complex dental cases. Incorporated in our dental software is a Logicon caries detector program that helps us to detect cavities in between teeth on the digital x-rays. We also have a handheld instrument called a Diagnodent caries detector that we use intraorally to help us with diagnosing caries as well.

 

One technology we will incorporate soon at our practice is a scanner for digital impressions. We haven’t met a patient who says they love when we need to take impressions. We understand they can be uncomfortable and annoying and we will be doing something about it!

 

Another way we have incorporated technology is in helping our patients with financial solutions. At Quince Orchard Dental Care, we understand that sometimes cost can be a barrier to oral health. We also understand that sometimes, as a patient, you don’t plan for dentistry-related costs.

 

We have partnered with a company to help us check your eligibility and get a detailed insurance breakdown for each of our patients prior to their visit. We also offer third party financing with CareCredit. The simple CareCredit pre-approval application can be completed in less than 10 minutes. This financial option can provide patients with an opportunity to move forward with the treatment they need without the pressure of upfront costs.

 

It’s an exciting time to be in dentistry. Technology will continue to give our practice new and exciting ways to deliver treatment in a responsive, customized and personal way which will continue to create happier and healthier patients. 

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Five Steps to Flossing Your Teeth

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At Quince Orchard Dental Care we always tell our patients to floss so we wanted to just do a quick review on flossing to make sure everyone is flossing correctly. Be patient with yourself and don’t give up! It takes time to get the hang of flossing.

 

If you floss with your fingernail, paperclips, or other sharp objects, you risk gauging your gums and causing damage. Only one tool can help you, Floss – waxed or unwaxed.
Our doctors and hygienists can show you the right way to floss but here are some tips that may help you at home.

 

  1. Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your index fingers. Wind the rest of the floss around a finger on your other hand (usually the index finger). This finger will take up the used floss.
  2. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers. Guide the floss between your teeth, using a gentle rubbing motion. To avoid injuring your gums, never snap the floss into gum tissue.
  3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into the “C” Shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  4. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth with an up-and-down motion. Try not to use a sawing motion once the floss is worked into place.
  5. Repeat the method on the rest of your teeth. As you move from tooth to tooth, unwind the clean floss with one finger and take up the used floss with the finger on the other hand. Do not forget to floss the back side of the last tooth.
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