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Happy National Brush Day !

November 13, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Do you know about National Brush Day and its significance? It’s a day that celebrates dental health habits and reminds us about the importance of good oral health. Here’s all you need to know about National Brush Day.

What is National Brush Day?

National Brush Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of November. Also known as Brush Your Teeth Day, this day is a great reminder to care for our dental health. But how do we celebrate National Brush Day? Here’s what you can do to honor the day and what it stands for:

  • Book a dental cleaning appointment with your dentist. Thorough check-ups and cleaning of your teeth and gum are essential to maintain oral health. Getting an appointment during this time may be difficult due to the new year crowd. However, you can always pre-book your appointment for a thorough dental cleaning.
  • Sugar is the biggest enemy of dental and gum hygiene—Honor National Brush Day by creating an effective plan for reducing sugar intake. Replace sugary drinks with 100% fruit-based drinks. Stop eating sugary snacks, and look for teeth-friendly ingredients. Managing sugar cravings is challenging since everything around us is teeming with sugar. You must have a systematic plan to overcome sugar addiction.
  • Basic oral care hygiene is crucial for everyone. Remember to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day.
  • Pay attention to small oral health issues. When left untreated, minor dental problems can turn into severe health conditions. 

Managing sugar

Managing sugar intake during the festive season is challenging, especially for kids. Halloween, for example, is a sugary feast for kids. However, the problem isn’t a single night of candy bingeing. The leftover candies continue to increase sugar intake for kids.

For this National Brush Day, make sure you have a plan to deal with sugary treats. The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the festive season, with Christmas and New Year around the corner. This is also the time when we knowingly or unknowingly consume a lot of sugar.

Here are some strategies to manage sugar consumption during the festive season:

  • Donate leftover candies
  • Consider non-food options for celebrations, like picnics, movie nights, amusement parks, etc.
  • Go for sugar-free candies if completely avoiding them is not possible
  • Only buy a little candy at a time. Buying in small batches will help you control consumption
  • Try healthy versions of traditional desserts that incorporate sugar alternatives

Following these tips, you can effectively manage sugar consumption for yourself and your family this festive season.

Toothbrush tips

Since it’s National Brush Day, we must first know how to use a brush properly. Here are a few quick tips on that:

  • Always floss before brushing your teeth
  • Use a soft-bristled brush
  • Use your brush at a 45° angle
  • Brush both the inner and outer sides of your teeth
  • Brush the top of your back teeth
  • Use a circular motion while brushing to get a deep cleanse
  • Rinse with mouthwash after brushing your teeth
  • Please don’t keep your toothbrush near the toilet since the brush can catch free-flowing bacteria from the air around it
  • Don’t share toothbrushes with anyone. It’s the easiest way of catching a contagious disease.

Technology has made everything more accessible, including brushing. Electric toothbrushes are significantly more effective than regular toothbrushes for cleaning leftover food particles.

Massaging your gums and cleaning your tongue are two things you must do for long-term dental health.

We at Torbram Dental hope you have a happy and healthy National Brush Day. Take this day to remind yourself and those around you of the importance of dental health.

Celebrate World Smile Day

October 1, 2022

Filed under: Children's Dentistry,Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am







 



 

How do you feel when you receive a smile from someone? Probably good, right? The truth is that smiling has an effect on how we feel about ourselves, as well as how others perceive us. It can significantly improve our health over time. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, smiling may even help prevent heart disease, boost mental health, and lower stress levels. It’s no wonder that people who visit the dentist regularly are happier and more confident! Here’s more information on how a great smile can improve your overall health.

The Importance of Smiling

A great smile can have a profound effect on your mental health and overall health. Patients who are more at ease with their smile will likely be happier about coming in for appointments, less likely to reschedule, and show higher levels of compliance with dental hygiene habits. For those looking for a smile enhancement, let’s take a look at the importance of smiling. 

  • The act of smiling, or seeing someone with a great smile, has been shown to reduce stress levels, increase patience and improve interpersonal skills. It also improves your mood! When you’re happy and relaxed, keeping healthy habits like brushing and flossing that protect teeth and gums from oral disease is easier.
  • Did you know that smiling boosts the immune system and releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers? Grinning encourages dental hygiene habits, such as brushing, teeth cleaning, and flossing. Plus, veneers can help improve your teeth and smile quickly. Now you know a great smile can make you feel better mentally and physically!
  • Smiling has been shown to reduce blood pressure and boost your mood. Plus, smiling can give you confidence when going out in public. Whether you have good dental hygiene or are looking for something more cosmetic, it’s essential to maintain a beautiful smile!
  • It has been said and a known fact that smiling is the most powerful form of self-expression. All it takes is a little smile to get everyone around you smiling too!
  • In a professional setting, smiling is an essential part of how you present yourself to others. Nobody feels secure doing business with someone who doesn’t smile – everyone deserves a little joy now and then!
  • There is an interesting correlation between smiling and having a more positive attitude. Positive thoughts can trigger hormones like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine.

How to Improve your Smile

  • Teeth Whitening Kits – Opalescence tooth whitening kits are made to whiten teeth in a non-invasive way. The Opalescence kit comes with everything you need to whiten your teeth, including trays and whitening gel. 
  • Before using the kit, it is recommended to first brush your teeth and floss them to remove any food particles or bacteria.
  •  Dispense a small drop of whitening product into each tooth space on whitening trays. Avoid getting gel on the gums; if this occurs, please use a cotton swab to wipe away excess product to minimize irritation of the gums.
  • Opalescence tooth whitening systems are to be worn overnight for best results. However, suppose you are not comfortable wearing them overnight. In that case, opalescence tooth whitening systems could also be worn for 2-4 hours twice a day.
  • Dental Bonding: An effective procedure to improve your smile by correcting imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, or discolouration. A dentist will use dental bonding to cover the surfaces of teeth with a composite resin material. Dental bonding does not weaken teeth because it’s put on the outside, whereas fillings must be drilled into them.
  • Dental Check-ups – Maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential because it can prevent more severe oral health conditions. Visiting your dentist regularly and undergoing procedures like veneers or brushing and flossing your teeth are simple ways to improve your smile’s appearance.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry – Cosmetic dentistry is an effective way to re-freshen a smile that has lost its sheen and shape over the years. It can also help fix any injury that has occurred to restore a smile to its original beauty. Cosmetic dentistry uses state-of-the-art medical science to help restructure and contour your teeth while enhancing your smile.

Let’s Celebrate World Smile Day

World Smile Day is celebrated on October 1st, and it is time to get the smile of your dreams. After all, the oral health habits you develop now will have an impact on your smile for the rest of your life. You can celebrate this day in all kinds of fun ways, such as:

  • Performing a random act of kindness
  • Use a smile emoji on every text you send
  • See a stand-up comedy show
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Tell someone a funny joke
  • Make a “Happy Songs” playlist & share it with friends

Now that you’re well-informed about the power of a smile & its relation to dental hygiene & your overall health – it is time to go out & celebrate it! Contact Ashraf Dentistry and book an appointment today! 

Manual Brushing vs. Electric Toothbrushes

August 28, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Oral hygiene plays a significant role in your overall health. Most people don’t realize the part of good oral hygiene and its impact on the body. Gum disease is a considerable risk factor and can lead to serious health issues like diabetes and heart problems. During the early stages of childhood, parents teach children the importance of teeth cleaning and brushing regularly. It is also essential to see a dentist regularly and get dental cleaning done so that you can maintain good health. That said, wondering which brush to choose? Here is a look at manual brushing vs. electric toothbrushes.

Manual Brushing

The choice of a toothbrush is very personal. With a handheld toothbrush, you brush longer and pay attention to brushing patterns. The advantages of a manual toothbrush are:

· Cheap and easy to find

· Choice of heads, styles, and bristle strength

· Easy portability

· No need for power cords or batteries

· Easy to replace

Some disadvantages to a manual toothbrush are:

· Kids find it hard to use, especially when they are learning to brush

· Difficult for people who have disabilities

· No timer

Using electric toothbrushes

Between a manual toothbrush and an electric, the electric toothbrush has a slight edge. It is easier for children to use. They can later learn how to use a manual toothbrush as they get older. It is also a good option for people with specific disabilities. In both cases, dentists recommend that users get soft-bristled brushes. Medium and stiff bristles can cause gum damage and even damage tooth enamel if misused. Advantages of using an electric toothbrush are:

· Easy to use for those who have braces

· No dexterity issues for children or the elderly, or even those with disabilities

· Availability of moving heads, rotation, and other movements

· Encourages brushing

· Easy to carry

Disadvantages of owning and using an electric toothbrush are:

· Expensive to buy

· Easily damaged

· Need batteries or must be charged regularly

Which is better?

If you are trying to decide to switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush, know that both are good. One is not better than the other. There are some things to consider in either case.

· Make sure to get a size that fits in your mouth easily. The head of the brush should help you access the surface of every tooth easily and have a good handle.

· Consider bristle variety as well. Since there are soft, medium, and stiff bristles, you should ask your dentist to recommend which to buy. Soft-bristled brushes are the best choice. These will not damage your teeth or gums if you brush vigorously.

· Pick a brush that the ADA has approved. This indicates that both manual and electric brushes have been tested rigorously.

The above tips hold true for manual and electric toothbrushes during the buying process. When in doubt, ask your dentist to recommend a brush. Dentists usually hand out sample brushes and floss to patients at every appointment. They also recommend the correct brushing method so that patients don’t develop dental problems.

Regardless of which toothbrush you choose to use, ensure you brush your teeth regularly and floss as well. Both types are effective at teeth cleaning and maintaining good oral hygiene. Make sure you see your dentist regularly for a checkup and dental cleaning. Doing so will help you have good, strong teeth and stay healthy.

Happy National Tooth Fairy Day

August 21, 2022

Filed under: Children's Dentistry,Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

On the occasion of the National Tooth Fairy Day, celebrated annually on August 22nd, let us discuss when and what to expect in your child’s teeth development.

Losing our baby teeth is a rite of passage that we, as humans, experience as we grow older. This famous milestone can be confusing, amusing, or even terrifying for children. 

As a parent, ensuring that the child associates losing baby teeth as a positive experience is essential. This is especially crucial for the first one as it can determine how the child deals with losing the rest of them in the next few years. 

Without considering the remote possibility that you remember your “de-toothing” experience in detail, here is a guide to help you learn about it:

  • Growing and losing baby teeth
  • Best practices for your child’s proper oral hygiene
  • Ideas to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day

Growing and losing baby teeth

Babies are born with twenty teeth which start to come out approximately when they turn 6 months old. This is called teething, known as primary teeth/baby teeth/milk teeth. This process continues until the child reaches age 3. 

When the child reaches the age of 6, they begin to lose these baby teeth as and when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. This can continue until they replace all their baby teeth, usually by age 12. Wisdom teeth often appear between the ages of 17-21. At the end of their teenage years, children typically have a complete set of 32 permanent teeth. 

It is important to remember that children lose and grow teeth on their own timelines. You can always consult a dentist if you feel your child has missed a dental milestone. 

Oral hygiene

Oral hygiene practices differ depending on the age of the child. As a parent, it is essential to understand and teach your children good oral hygiene practices for better dental health. Some children may require supervision. Here is a list of best practices to follow for each age group:

Babies

Babies are at risk for tooth decay from the moment the first tooth appears, so parents must be proactive in ensuring your baby’s dental hygiene. 

Regularly cleaning your baby’s gums can help safeguard the yet-to-erupt tooth. This can be done by wiping the gums with a clean, damp cloth/ infant toothbrush. 

Remember, babies’ teeth cleaning should start from the moment the first tooth appears.

If the baby has started teething, the gums could be a little sore. Using a couple-minute-frozen washcloth can soothe their gums. 

Schedule a dental visit around the child’s first birthday. 

Toddlers

Parents should assist the toddler with brushing to ensure good oral hygiene and promote dental habits.

It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Apply no more than a rice-sized amount of toothpaste and brush the teeth at a 45-degree angle.

Gently brush the teeth in a circular motion for a good two minutes. Use a non-fluoride toothpaste unless the child has learned to spit it out.

If your child has two teeth touching each other, you should floss them daily. 

Children up to age 10

 

Parents can buy fluoride toothpaste once the child is old enough to spit it out.

Please switch to a soft, child-sized toothbrush and ensure the child brushes their teeth twice daily.

Teach your child to floss their teeth twice a day for good oral health.

Parents should supervise their children while brushing, typically up to the age of 7-8. 

Routinely check your child’s teeth for cavities, discoloration, or any abnormalities.

Schedule regular dentist visits to catch any early symptoms of dental issues. 

Ideas to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day

  • Switch out monetary compensation for a fun treat such as stickers, a new fun toothbrush, toothpaste, small trinkets, etc.
  • Just as Santa Claus expects good behavior, the tooth fairy expects excellent oral hygiene. This is a great way to teach young children the importance of healthy teeth and oral hygiene. This is a fantastic time to begin a morning and nighttime routine that they can manage for their age group.  
  • Eliminate dental anxiety. Many young children fear going to the dentist for many reasons. They may have overheard someone else’s experience or watched movies that depict a dental visit as a scary experience. Use the tooth fairy concept to teach children the importance of healthy teeth, and visiting the dentist is part of the process. Some parents have even encouraged positive imagination by telling their young ones that the dentist is very good friends with the tooth fairy. 
  • Tooth fairy activity sheets, coloring books, or an arts and crafts project are a few examples to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day. 
  • Leave a note! Your child can practice writing and reading skills by writing a sweet letter for the tooth fairy. 

It may be a little overwhelming to deal with your child’s teeth development as a parent or caregiver. However, it is essential to be aware of best practices to help your child maintain good dental hygiene and oral practices early on. 

On this National Tooth Fairy Day, let us pledge to help our children learn, understand and adopt good dental habits for maximum oral health and hygiene. 

Torbram Dental has leading experts in children’s dentistry. The staff at Torbram Dental will be more than happy to share more information on oral hygiene for young ones. At Torbram Dental, we offer fluoride treatments and dental sealants for extra cavity protection. Love what you read? For additional tips on pacifiers and thumb sucking, visit our blog!

What to expect at a routine dental check-up and cleaning

July 24, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

All of us receive reminder calls from the dentist’s office for check-ups. However, it is the responsibility of each patient to show up for their appointment. We understand that there may be cases where the thought of sitting in a dental office may cause anxiety, but it is vital to get it done. Routine check-ups and teeth cleaning keeps our mouths and bodies healthy. It also saves money over time. Consider this – regular check-ups and dental cleaning prevent diseases like gingivitis and other conditions which impact your overall health. It is much easier to address problems at the start than dealing with root canals and implants later on.

What to expect during a check-up

Your oral health and general health have a married relationship. The first step a dentist takes is to update and review your medical history. Routine X-rays are taken as needed to check for any issues. These days, oral cancer screenings are part of every check-up. This condition is quite common. However, the good news is that the survival rates are high with early detection.

Gum disease is classified as the number one cause of tooth loss and is closely linked to other health concerns. For example, gum disease may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s and heart problems. A regular check-up includes an annual gum exam, after which treatment recommendations are made. As part of the check-up, existing dental work is also examined to see if any work is needed other than teeth cleaning. Based on the exam, you will be told about the necessary procedures. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the required process. Then we’ll let you know what we found and answer any questions you may have.

The process of a dental cleaning

The dental cleaningprocess is straightforward. Special tools are used with care to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from around your teeth. If sedation is needed, it is offered to patients. Once all deposits are removed from your teeth, a polish is used to make your teeth and mouth feel clean and fresh. At every visit, you get tips on how to keep your teeth clean until your next visit. Patient comfort is a top priority – so don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist freely before a procedure.

Four types of dental cleaning

If you are at the dentist and need specific treatments, here is a look at some procedures you may have to undergo.

  • Gross debridement is a procedure in which built-up tartar and plaque are removed around and between the teeth and gums. Such a buildup causes the gums to inflame and needs to be done before the dentist can complete an exam and recommend further procedures.
  • Periodontal maintenance refers to thorough teethcleaning. This is essential to stop gingivitis and other conditions. This procedure is done when the gums are inflamed.
  • Prophylaxis cleaning is almost the same as periodontal maintenance. This procedure is routine, and it is key to stopping oral health issues from becoming severe.
  • Scaling and root planing is a dental cleaning procedure that is done below the gum line. It is mainly performed to treat gum disease. Root planing is done to ensure that the tooth root is smoothed and the gum is reattached to the tooth. This may need more than one visit to the dentist to fix the issue.

How to maintain oral health with regular check-ups

Maintaining good oral health is an everyday activity. A few simple things listed below will help in keeping you healthy for a long time.

1. Cut down on soda and sugary drinks

2. Invest in good equipment like toothbrushes, floss, and hygiene products like mouthwash. There are plenty of choices. Dentists recommend flossing regularly to cut down on plaque buildup.

3. Use the correct brushing technique. If you need some assistance, your dentist will show you how to clean your teeth thoroughly and offer insight on which products are best for your oral hygiene routine. 

4. Snack on foods that will keep the body and mouth healthy, like carrots, cucumbers, pears, and lettuce. These yummy treats are also called detergent foods, cleverly named as they clean the mouth and teeth when eaten.

5. Keep your dental appointments on schedule. Don’t skip any just because you are anxious.

6. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. Water plays a crucial role in oral health as well.

It may seem like a lot to deal with – however, maintaining good oral health with regular check-ups and cleanings will save you a lot of time and trouble. See your dentist on schedule for good health.

8 Healthy Summer Smile Tips

July 3, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 pm

Summer is officially in full swing. With the excitement of sunny days and warm nights, most of us are going to be smiling a lot. After all, who doesn’t love the summer months, right?

But hang on, flashing your smile confidently may require you to take some tips into consideration.

Dental rules still apply whether you’re still a child, teenager, or even an adult.

Suppose you want to have a perfectly white smile during the summer months. In that case, we suggest you consider these simple and easy-to-follow tips.

This article will quickly go through eight essential tips to keep your summer smile as perfect as possible!

Tip 1- Summer treats

For most people, summer means sweet treats. Yes, we’re talking about popsicles, candies, frozen treats, sweet fruits, or even sweet teas and beverages. Did you know these things can harm your teeth or even lead to discoloration?

If you’re indulging in sweet treats, you can either cut down on the quantity or can follow a rigid dental cleaning schedule. What does this mean? It’s simple! Make it a point to brush every morning and night, especially if you consume caffeinated beverages or soft drinks, which can lead to teeth discoloration.

Also, chewing on ice treats, such as popsicles, is terrible for your teeth. We know how tempting chewing on ice or flavored popsicles can be. However, these can chip your tooth one at a time. Instead, drinking cold water might be a better choice. Add fresh fruit and herbs to flavor your H2O. 

Tip 2- Summer activities

What does summer remind you of? For so many people, summer means game time and outdoor activities. Just be careful if you’re playing contact sports during summer.

Sometimes, it can be unfortunate, and you might be at the receiving end of the ball. Your teeth will surely not be thankful to you if you don’t wear a mouthguard. Protect your teeth with a mouthguard to safeguard your summer smile this summer!

Tip 3- Stay hydrated

Dental health and water go hand-in-hand. Staying hydrated is not only beneficial for your general wellbeing, but your dental health will also benefit you a lot.

Staying hydrated allows for saliva production. Why does this matter, you ask? Saliva helps prevent the build-up of plague. And let’s be honest, no one wants these pesky yellowish build-ups on their teeth.

So the solution? Remember to consume a lot of water during summer.

Tip 4- Protect your lips

Most people focus on their teeth when they smile. However, your lips are equally important.

Exposure to the sun during summer can affect your lips. Sunburn can cause discoloration, excessive dryness, and sensitivity.

Remember to use a lip balm with SPF (Sun Protection Formula). Lips are easy to damage since they lack melanin. But there’s nothing a good lip balm with SPF cannot prevent or fix.

Tip 5 – Summer snacks

The most important piece of advice that dentists can give is to watch what you put in your mouth!

Summer means it’s time for all the sweet and sugary treats! While you can still eat them, it’s better to limit them. Instead, change up your selection of goodies.

It is pretty tempting and easy to binge on chocolate bars, popsicles, candies, or sweet treats in general. However, your teeth will not be thankful to you if you continue this habit.

According to dental health experts, healthy snacks, including fresh vegetables and fruits, are advisable.

You can also try detergent foods. These are crisp, firm foods like carrots, popcorn, lettuce, celery sticks, or even apples. Such food freshens your breath and cleans your teeth as you eat them, which is a bonus!

Tip 6- Visit the dentist and schedule a dental cleaning

It’s easy to forget about your dental health during the summer months, especially when everything is fun and games. But, skipping a dental health appointment can lead to severe consequences.

Part of your summer plans should include a scheduled visit with your dentist at least once or twice during the summer months. They’ll help you check for plaque build-up, tooth decay, or other signs that may affect your summer smile.

Tip 7- Skip Carbonated Beverages

If there is one thing that dental health experts stress, it is to skip carbonated beverages. Why? Because they contain acid that’s bad for your enamel.

Indulging in such beverages can slowly lead to teeth discoloration and tooth decay. And honestly speaking, no one wants that.

You can try other alternatives. For example, making fresh fruit juice at home is ideal for quenching your summer thirst. And the good news is, you’ll be protecting your teeth.

Tip 8- Use Fun Straws

This final tip might seem confusing, right? What does a straw have to do with a dental cleaning and overall dental health? Well, it’s simple.

For many of us, it is borderline impossible to cut out caffeinated beverages or carbonated drinks completely. So, if you find yourself reaching for fizzy and artificially coloured drinks, remember to use a straw.

Using a straw reduces your teeth’s contact with the beverage. Straws are also a fun, great way to encourage young ones and even adults to maintain hydration levels. 

Dental health, hygiene, and cleaning are vital. No matter the season, you need to look out for your teeth if you want to have the perfect smile.

But summer requires an extra effort because of all the sweet and cold things you crave for.

If you wish to flash the perfect summer smile, remember to take note of the tips listed above. Contact Torbram Dental today for more information. 

Why are routine dental cleanings important for overall health?

June 20, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Did you know your teeth can signal something wrong with your health?

Your mouth is host to a wide variety of bacteria, most of which are harmless. But the mouth serves as an entryway for bacteria to reach other parts of the body. Bacteria can access critical systems such as the respiratory and digestive systems through the mouth.

When bacteria multiply beyond healthy limits, they can spread to different body parts and cause diseases. As a result, a dental issue, from bad breath to gum disease, can indicate an underlying health problem.

Maintaining good oral hygiene and health is the best way to keep bacteria in the mouth in check. Hygienic oral practices such as daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings, can impact your oral as well as overall health for the better.

Preventing Dental Diseases is Key to Maintaining Overall Health

Certain oral diseases can be indicative of an underlying health problem. 

Regular dental check-ups allow you to catch and address such symptoms much earlier, allowing enough time to act on such issues immediately. 

Gum Diseases

Gum disease could signify diabetes, heart issues, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, or respiratory disease. Gum disease can be as mild as swollen gums or as severe as gingivitis and periodontitis. Inflamed gums are often the beginning signs of gum disease.

The most common reason for gum disease is a buildup of plaque. Plaque is a thick layer of bacteria on the teeth and gums. Daily brushing and flossing remove this accumulation. Stubborn plaque and tartar are best removed by a thorough dental cleaning administered by a dentist. 

A healthy dental routine and visits to the dentist at least once every six months can reduce plaque. 

Gum Infections

Increased frequency of gum infections has been observed in people with diabetes. Lowered body defense against infections due to diabetes is the reason for increased gum infections in such patients.

Regular periodontal care, including dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings, can help keep infections under control in diabetics.

Cavities

A cavity is damage and decay of teeth. Oral bacteria cause cavities. But unhealthy dental habits such as improper brushing and excessive snacking on sugary items trigger such bacteria.

Cavities are hard to identify, which is why regular dental visits are vital in preventing this oral condition. Without timely treatment, cavities can lead to unbearable toothache, infection, and loss of the affected tooth.

Bad Breath

Also called halitosis, bad breath can be caused by certain foods such as onion and garlic. Lack of proper brushing and flossing and absence of regular dentist visits cause bad breath.

Food stays in the mouth without dental hygiene, either on the tongue, teeth, or gums. Bacteria thrive on such remains and lead to bad breath.

Bad breath may also be indicative of:

· Infection in the respiratory system

· Diabetes

· Kidney or liver disorder

· A disorder of the gastrointestinal system

Diseases with Links to Oral Health

You can reduce the chances of late diagnosis of specific diseases that are linked to oral health.

Heart Attack

Cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke are 2-3 times more likely to occur in people with periodontal or gum diseases. According to experts, an increase in body inflammation by gum disease leads to a buildup of plaque (cholesterol deposits) in arteries.

This condition thins blood flow pathways, reducing the reach of blood to the heart, which can result in a heart attack.

Oral Cancer

People with unhealthy gums and teeth are likely to be more susceptible to oral HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection. This can potentially lead to oral cancer over time.

Dementia

A recent study links dementia with poor oral health. Bacteria that cause gum diseases are connected to the development of dementia, in particular vascular dementia, the study states. Dementia could result from bacteria travelling from the mouth to the brain through the bloodstream.

In Conclusion

Good oral health keeps your smile confident and can help protect you from debilitating diseases.

Now is the time to start taking your dental health seriously. Pre-book dentist visits so that you do not skip them. Make professional dental cleanings a priority. Seek your dentist’s advice on good oral habits and products to keep your teeth, gums, and body healthy. Contact Torbram Dental today for more information. 

Summer smiles

June 15, 2022

Filed under: Children's Dentistry,Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

Torbram Dental brings attention to the importance of summer oral care. (Source: Dental Associates blog, 4 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles, Emily Skibinski, May 25, https://www.dentalassociates.com/blog/4-tips-healthy-summer-smiles).

Summer is here, and with it, a change in how people lead their lives. This is the season for having fun outdoors, traveling, as well as enjoying sports. Torbram Dental steps in to remind everyone that although the season for fun is here, that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t focus on their dental hygiene. Torbram Dental reveals that summer can actually be a great time to teach kids about the importance of oral hygiene.

By taking care of their oral hygiene, people can ensure they have brilliant smiles throughout the season.

Summer and Oral Hygiene 

Torbram Dental says that there are several things people can do to improve their oral hygiene. The first of these is to make a routine. Many individuals tend to change routines and habits during the summer. Torbram Dental agrees with Emily Skibinski; parents can consider making a fun chart to ensure that kids stay on track with their routine. This chart should note when the child is brushing their teeth in the morning as well as at night. Parents can include flossing in this chart as well. It’s essential to maintain oral hygiene to prevent future dental issues.

Another thing people can consider doing, according to Emily Skibinski and Torbram Dental, is to avoid sugary drinks as well as snacks. People can be tempted to reach for a cool, sweet drink during the intense heat of the summer months. However, added sugars can cause cavities and tooth decay with time. Torbram Dental suggests that people can opt for healthier options, such as fruits, and fresh crisp veggies, to stay energized throughout the day.

When it comes to beverages, water is the best option. Juices and sports drinks tend to have a lot of added sugars that can cause tooth decay. Sugars found in such refreshing treats could stick to the enamel of the teeth and wear it down. People should consider carrying water with them at all times. Having a water bottle will ensure that staying hydrated is accessible. Torbram Dental adds, “try adding fruit slices and herbs to encourage a fresh summer taste”.

Smiling Brightly in the Summer 

Should parents have to deal with their children playing outdoor sports during the summer, Torbram Dental agrees with the article and recommends a mouthguard. This is a preventative measure against sports injuries, which could result in chipped teeth or tooth roots becoming fractured. When playing contact sports of any kind, says Torbram Dental, always use a mouthguard. This can enable people to protect their mouths from accidents during games.

Torbram Dental also recommends scheduling an appointment with a dentist. Regular check-ups are essential no matter what season it is. This helps ensure that tooth decay and other oral issues are controlled. With routine dental cleanings and check-ups, individuals of all ages can continue to smile brightly. Parents can take advantage of back-to-school dental appointments as well. Torbram Dental agrees with Emily Skibinski that a great way to stay ahead with healthy oral hygiene is to book an appointment ahead of time to ensure that people get the slot they want. 

These are just some tips Emily Skibinski offers that can enable people to smile brightly through the summer. Book an appointment with Torbram Dental to learn more about oral care and have a summer-ready smile.

How to safely whiten your teeth at home

June 5, 2022

Filed under: Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

DIY is a great thing and has helped many people find a quick fix for their problems over the years. They can get you out of a pickle while saving you money. In most cases, these might be a great solution, but they can cause more harm than good in terms of dental hygiene. 

Teeth can become discolored and deeply stained over time for various reasons. Most of these are lifestyle choices that can yellow your teeth in no time. Foods and drinks with coloring and smoking are the most common reasons. Not only that, but poor dental hygiene is a massive reason for this as well. 

Why over the counter products don’t work?

Most over-the-counter whitening kits that you can buy at a pharmacy may not get you the results that you are looking for. On top of that, if you have sensitive gums or weak enamel, these products can seriously damage your teeth and gums. 

They also take a long time to set in and only offer minimal surface whitening. They are, at best high-risk quick fixes that cannot replace Torbram Dental’s teeth cleaning and professional at-home whitening kit. Not only do you get a deep clean of your oral cavity, but you also get long-lasting results. 

Is DIY the safest route?

You must have seen ads and posts on social media and TV about the latest teeth whitening solutions in town. All of them claim to be effective, quick, and cheap to do, and you can do them from the comfort of your home. 

Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, turmeric, fruit peels, and lemon are some of the most widely shared DIY solutions. But there is no scientific proof that these are good for your oral hygiene. Teeth whitening is not as easy as one thinks, and you can cause harm to your teeth if you do not know what you are doing. 

Using baking soda and lemon will upset the pH balance of your mouth. The acidic nature of lemon makes the enamel layer weak and may even erode some of it. Suppose you have cavities or wounds in your mouth; most over-the-counter teeth whitening kits or DIY solutions can cause complications. 

Activated charcoal has shown some promising results, but it varies from person to person. With a considerable fluctuation in the actual whitening, it is best to avoid it. It may assist with surface stains, but it is not recommended if you are looking for a deeper treatment. It is best to save your money on these solutions.  

Professional Whitening Kit

This teeth whitening at-home kit was developed to make teeth whitening an easy and effective process. Torbram Dental shares that it is an excellent and safe solution for whitening teeth at home.

How to use the Opalescence Whitening Kit

Before adding the whitening trays to your mouth, make sure you have brushed and flossed your teeth. 

In the tooth trays, pour a bit of the product into the tooth space. Make sure that you do not get the product on your gums. Remove excess product with a cotton swab or tissue.

Repeat this for the next 10-14 days, and you can do a touch-up every 6 months or so. For best results, use it overnight but wearing the trays 2-4 hours a day will also lead to good results. 

No matter what your method, one common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity. But adding the Sensodyne F toothpaste to your oral health regime will help you get rid of sensitivity. 

If you are using any of the above teeth whitening products, avoid tea, coffee, wine, and tobacco products until the process is completed. After the process is complete, keep the leftover Opalescence in a cool and dry place. 

For more great information, be sure to check our latest blog posts! 

What happens when you miss a few dental cleaning appointments?

May 25, 2022

Filed under: Children's Dentistry,Family Dentistry,General Dentistry — fava @ 12:00 am

It’s possible that visiting the dentist every six months is excessive. In six months, could anything alter? Many adults may avoid visiting the doctor every six months for varied purposes, including anxiety, shame, ignorance, and difficulty. Visiting your dentist every six months may be inconvenient; consider what will happen to your teeth if you don’t. The responses are unappealing.

The Good 

It’s okay to miss a single appointment as long as you reschedule soon afterward. Rescheduling should never cause worry as your dentist is willing to work with you.

Are dental visits necessary?

Dental appointments are essential as they let your dentist provide a thorough examination and cleaning. At a routine dental appointment, your dentist can identify cavities promptly or other oral health issues. At times catching an oral health issue early on will cost much less. Oral health treatments can also be implemented right away, saving your sanity.  

How frequently should you visit the dentist?

The general principle is that you should see your dentist every six months. According to research, persons with no difficulties should see their dentist once a year. In contrast, those with dental problems should see their dentist every 3 to 4 months. Every individual case is different; therefore, ask the dentist to recommend the correct amount of visits for your particular circumstance. 

The Bad 

Missing dental appointments regularly can result in the following:

  • Tooth discoloration

Tooth discoloration changes the teeth’ color, tint, or transparency. The collection of spots on the surface of the tooth is known as external discoloration. The interior discoloration is caused by pigment particles absorbed into the tooth structure. Discoloration can be caused by several distinct influences present at the same time.

  • Tartar and plaque build-up

Plaque can solidify on your tooth and turn into calculus, also known as tartar, if it isn’t eliminated. An accumulation of plaque and tartar can result in painful and inflamed gums, which is a sign of periodontal disease.

  • Tooth loss

One or more teeth become weak and fall out, resulting in loss of teeth. When adult teeth substitute a human’s deciduous teeth, tooth loss is natural. However, immediate treatment is required when tooth loss is unwelcome and caused by trauma or disease, such as dental avulsion, tooth root, or gum disease.

  • Tooth decay

Destruction of a tooth’s surface, or enamel, is known as tooth decay. It occurs when harmful bacteria produce acids that eat away at your teeth’s surface. Cavities are gaps in your teeth caused by tooth decay. If left untreated, dental decay can lead to discomfort, infections, and even loss of teeth.

  • Cavities

A cavity is a gap that forms in a tooth due to dental decay. Cavities arise when the hard external coating of a tooth is worn down or eroded by chemicals in the mouth (enamel). Cavities can affect everyone. Cavities can be avoided with a professional dental cleaning and routine at-home oral hygiene care. 

  • Gum disease

Gum disease is no joke. The gum infection can damage the soft tissue and potentially wreak havoc on the bone structure. 

A thick film of bacteria, also known as plaque, accumulates on teeth and gums. Plaque is the most frequent cause of gum disease. It is kept at bay with daily teeth cleaning, brushing, and rinsing. More importantly, your dentist will be able to implement various cleaning methods to remove, treat and prevent build-up. 

The Ugly

Many individuals do not realize that the oral cavity is related to the internal components of our body. Skipping a checkup could mean ignoring indicators of more severe health problems. The following health issues could be a result of poor oral health.

  • Respiratory infections

Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) include diseases of the sinus, neck, airways, or lungs, which are all essential for respiration. Most RTIs improve without therapy; however, you may have to see a doctor in other cases.

  • Heart disease

The terms “heart disease” and “cardiac disease” are interchangeable. However, cardiovascular disease refers to any heart or blood arteries ailment.

  • Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which your blood glucose, often known as blood sugar, is exceptionally high.

  • Osteoporosis 

People with low calcium absorption are more prone to developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a result of inadequate calcium throughout your life.

  • Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is a disorder in which the kidney cells become cancerous and grow uncontrollably, resulting in a tumor. Almost all kidney malignancies begin in the kidney’s small tubes lining.

  • Oral cancer

Cancer starts in the mouth and spreads to other parts of the body. Tobacco use, high consumption of alcohol, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are all significant risk factors.

Visiting the dentist every six months may seem inconvenient at first; however, it will benefit your overall health and save you money long term. It’s not too late to get back on the right track to better oral care. Schedule your dental cleaning today! 

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