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The Most Important Two Minutes of Your Day

August 24, 2020

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Take Good Care of Your Body, Your Mouth Included. It’s the Only Place You Have to Live: A Dental Health Series by Dr. Natalie Bailey and Dr. Suzanne Popp of Advanced Dentistry

Welcome back! Last week, we discussed how staying healthy during the pandemic doesn’t just mean avoiding infection with COVID-19. If you missed it, check it out here. Your mouth is the gateway to your entire body so it really should be a priority to you!

While most patients are feeling comfortable seeing their dentist and hygienist by now, some people are still hesitant. For this week’s article, we put together a few reminders on keeping up with your oral health. Some of these homecare routines may seem “mundane,” but hey, so is washing your hands and we seem to all be on board with that now!

Brushing: Easy to remember – 2 times a day for 2 minutes (each time!). Set a timer! Bonus: electric toothbrushes remove more plaque and bacteria than a manual toothbrush. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every three months, and after you’ve been ill because those germs can hang around on your toothbrush for days! That’s also why we don’t recommend shared toothbrush holders. Bacteria like to play hide and seek under the papillae on your tongue and can cause halitosis, or bad breath, so don’t forget to brush your tongue!

Lastly, please use fluoridated toothpaste. We understand that many people are opting for all-natural products, but fluoride has been proven to reduce cavities. We won’t get into the controversy here, but as with any substance, yes, excessive intake or exposure can be harmful. The amount used in fluoridated water, toothpaste, and mouthwash is not considered excessive.

Flossing: I know you hear about this “mysterious” chore at every cleaning appointment. It really is important! Don’t use the excuse of having trouble with the string floss – that’s what those premade flossers are for and we’d rather see you use those than nothing. Flossing cleans the 40% of tooth structure your brush either missed or cannot reach to clean properly. More harmful bacteria hide in between your teeth or under your gums than anywhere else in your entire body!

Make sure you’re flossing correctly though. If you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right. Contour the floss around the side of the tooth as if you’re hugging that tooth, then slide the floss up and down a few times against the tooth surface and under the gumline. There’s a variety of floss to choose from, but we really like cocofloss because of the no snagging and refreshing feel.

Mouthwash: Want to always feel fresh and clean? Mouth rinse! The swishing action reaches areas the brush and floss miss. There are all kinds to choose from – fluoridated if you’re concerned about cavities or have a lot of fillings and crowns, or a non-alcohol rinse if you experience dry mouth symptoms. Most of the rinses you find at the store work great! We really like a product called CTx3 Rinse by CariFree because of the xylitol component which also prevents cavities in a different way than fluoride.

Diet: What in the world does your diet have to do with your mouth? Well, everything! You want to minimize the simple carbohydrates and sugar composition in between meals. Carbs, like pasta or cereals, convert to sugar quickly in the mouth, causing cavities. If you have to satisfy your sweet tooth though, just remember to brush right after!

Regular dental visits: If you can come in, please do! If not, please follow the above 😊 If you have been told that you have gum disease or if you are concerned about bleeding gums or chronic bad breath, both symptoms of infected gums, be extra sure to schedule an appointment.

We hope this has helped reinforce the need to focus on your overall health. If you ever have any questions, feel free to call us at 619-435-4444 or check us out for expectations during a cleaning or check-up visit here.

Look out for next week’s article on sleep apnea. Stay healthy out there Coronado!

What Do Your Teeth Have To Do With COVID?

August 21, 2020

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Take Good Care of Your Body. It’s the Only Place You Have to Live: A Dental Health Series by Dr. Natalie Bailey and Dr. Suzanne Popp of Advanced Dentistry

In this 8-part Dental Health Series, we’ll be exploring important topics pertaining to your oral health. Check back each week for details on the mouth-body connections, reminders on best practices at home for your mouth, sleep and breathing disorders, understanding dental terminology, what laser dentistry is, and much more.

So, what in the world do teeth have to do with COVID? Staying healthy during a pandemic doesn’t solely mean avoiding infection with COVID-19. It means focusing on the entire body to keep your immune system strong. When you think about health, you probably don’t think of your oral health first. Let’s be honest – many of us think about our teeth the same way we think about our nails or hair… just look at all of the whitening advertisements on social media! Dental health doesn’t seem to hold the same weight as our medical health. The reality is, your oral health has downstream effects on virtually every other system in the body. That’s why it’s so important to shift your mindset to prioritizing oral health, especially when staying healthy is (and should always be) your number one goal.

Your oral health offers clues to your overall health – teeth and gum problems impact the rest of your body. The body’s natural defenses and good oral health care normally keep bacteria under control. However, without proper hygiene, bacteria that builds up between the tooth and gums can enter into the bloodstream whenever your gums bleed and travel throughout your body, in turncausing serious health problems.

For instance, gum disease is linked to increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ulcers, osteoporosis, arthritis and preterm births. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, people with gum disease are twice as likely to die from heart attack and three times as likely to die from stroke.

It also works the opposite way. Certain underlying health conditions effect your oral health. For instance, diabetes reduces your body’s resistance to infection and can appear as frequent and severe gum disease. If 60% of the population had heart disease or diabetes, we would call that unacceptable – and yet 60% of the population has gum disease, triggering illness and disease throughout the rest of the body.

Another example is that increased trigeminal nerve traffic from TMJ and a “bad” dental bite can create central sensitization and migraines. Poor air flow during sleep also triggers nighttime clenching and bracing to maintain the airway and that “bad” bite increases the risk for sleep breathing disorders. That’s why we see so much worn teeth in patients with sleep apnea. More on that later in the series!

According to the CDC, dental cavities are still one of the most common chronic diseases throughout our lifespan. Yes, cavities are a disease. When you have a disease or inflammation, it causes your immune system to weaken and ignore other parts of your body, which could be helping fight off other infections such as COVID.

In today’s world where health is front and center, take it as a reminder to protect your body in its entirety. If you’re worried about COVID, it’s more important than ever to see your doctor and dentist. Dental offices have been practicing CDC and OSHA safety protocols for years to ensure patients feel safe for their check-ups. While it’s important to keep up with your routine dental visits, it’s also understandable that some people have less comfort leaving home during the pandemic. If you are one of those patients, or if you are in a higher risk category, stay tuned to next week’s article on some reminders of what you should be doing at home to keep up with your oral health.

Safety First! How Your Dentist Is Preparing for Your Visit After COVID-19

June 22, 2020

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There’s no doubt about it—COVID-19 has affected nearly every facet of life. Simple errands have become much more complex, and everyday interactions feel more dangerous. But there’s one routine visit that you don’t have to worry about: seeing the dentist. They have always prioritized patient and staff safety and in light of the COVID-19 crisis have only increased their precautions and protection. Here are just some examples of ways that your dentist in Coronado is putting your health first during the global pandemic.

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Your First Day of Invisalign Treatment

March 10, 2020

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You’re sitting in the waiting room of your dentist’s office, just minutes away from starting your Invisalign treatment. You’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time, and you’re so excited to see your smile go from crooked to straight. When you receive your aligners, you also get instructions for caring for the aligners, how long to wear them, and when to switch to the next set. Then, you’re all set! But is there anything else you need to know before you get going? Although each patient can have a different experience, you might encounter the following on your first day with Invisalign clear braces.

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4 Reasons Why Regular Dental Care Is So Important

January 7, 2020

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When was the last time you visited your dentist for a cleaning and checkup? If you regularly brush your teeth and have not been experiencing any oral pain, you might think that professional dental care is really not that important. If you have that perspective, however, you could be heading for disaster. Let’s discuss four reasons why regular visits to your dentist are vital for your oral and overall well-being.

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