Posts for: September, 2014
Most patients want Invisalign to straighten their teeth for aesthetic reasons. However, what most patients do not know is that Invisalign helps with a healthier mouth. Gums may be affected by over-crowding and cause periodontal disease. Straightening your teeth helps place the teeth in proper alignment so that brushing and flossing are easier and more effective. In addition, straighter teeth help prevent decay and bad breath. Imagine crowded teeth that may overlap and food gets trapped daily in those areas. This causes rapid decay if the patient is not diligent in brushing and flossing those areas.
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3 Oral Health Care Tips for a Healthy Smile
Based on discussions with Dr. Richard Bateman, our dentist in South Charlotte, NC, while considering your unique general health and oral health situations, develop an oral health routine that is easy to follow on a daily basis. For example, if you are pregnant, diabetic or have any other underlying diseases, or orthodontic appliances, you may require additional instruction and perhaps treatments to keep your mouth healthy. Make sure you understand the additional care or treatment that is needed in maintaining your oral health, commit to the extra tasks, and work them into your daily health routine. In order to keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime, there are simple steps you can take to keep smiling longer.
The use of fluoride can benefit both children and adults. Fluoride is used to strengthen developing teeth in children and prevents tooth decay in both children and adults. Toothpastes and mouth rinses are good sources of fluoride. Your dentist can also prescribe a stronger concentration of fluoride in a gel, toothpaste or rinse if you need it. Additionally, fluoride levels in tap water may not be high enough without supplementation to prevent tooth decay. You can contact your water utility to determine the level for your area. Talk to your dentist about your fluoride needs and how you can get the most out of fluoride.
Brush and Floss Daily
Everyone should brush his or her teeth at least twice a day. It is often even better to brush your teeth three times a day or after every meal to ensure proper removal of food particles. Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque, which is a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed every day, it can turn the sugars found in most foods and drinks into acids that lead to decay.
In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, it is also important to floss your teeth at least once a day. Proper flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach – under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet with Limited Snacking
It is important to eat a variety of foods, particularly those that fall in each category of the food pyramid, but eat fewer foods that contain sugars and starches. These foods produce the most acids in the mouth, which begin the decay process. If you must snack, brush our teeth afterward or chew a piece of sugarless gum.
Good oral health care involves more than just brushing. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime of use, it is important to follow simple steps. Talk to Dr. Richard Bateman, your dentist in South Charlotte, NC, today for more information on how to properly care for your smile.
On September 10, 1984, Dr. Richard Bateman opened his general dentistry practice with no patients and a lot of positive anticipation. At the time, there was no internet, no office computers and yellow pages was the preferred advertising choice. The first office (that has since been torn down for CMC Pineville expansion) contained 3 operatories, processed film x-rays and we had a small 6-person waiting room. Times have changed and we have upgraded along the way. We are proud of our all-digital practice as we adhere to the highest standards of dentistry. We appreciate you being our patient(s) and thank you for choosing us to take care of your dental needs.