Havasu Dentist: Are you thinking about brushing?

Brushing our teeth in the morning and evening is so engrained in our routine that we may not think while we brush. Though it may be muscle memory to brush our teeth, it’s important to pay attention to how we brush each time to ensure we’re doing a good job.

When brushing your teeth, it is good practice to be conscious of where your toothbrush has been, needs to go, and for how long you have been brushing. Good technique includes brushing softly in circles that reach all surfaces of your tooth and the surrounding gums. The front, top, back, and end of each tooth should be reached while brushing. To thoroughly clean the mouth, add flossing and rinsing with mouthwash to reach areas that the toothbrush cannot. At least 2 minutes of brushing is needed to effectively remove bacteria.

A thorough, conscious brushing will leave your mouth fresh and healthy. Read about bad brushing habits and how to fix them on our blog https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/.

Havasu Dentist: Are you hurting your teeth and gums by brushing?

Proper brushing technique is necessary to not only effectively enhance your oral health, but also to prevent damage to your teeth and gums from brushing incorrectly. Did you know that you could actually do more harm to your teeth and gums by brushing incorrectly?

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Teeth check. Has your dentist or dental hygienist told you that you are losing the protective enamel on your teeth? This may be due to brushing too hard or use too hard of bristles! Enamel protects your teeth from tooth decay, so the loss of enamel increases chances of tooth decay. Minimize the force applied to your teeth when brushing or switch to a soft bristled toothbrush to help keep your enamel.

Gum check. Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? Do your gums get attention when brushing your teeth? If your gums bleed after brushing your teeth, you are likely brushing too hard or using too hard of bristles. Gums should not bleed after brushing, so evaluate your technique and reach out to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns. If you are not gently brushing the tops of your teeth near/onto the gums, you are missing a significant amount of bacteria, keeping yourself at risk for developing gingivitis or periodontal disease. Ensure you are brushing in a gentle, circular motion so you reach not only your teeth, but up into your gums as well. Floss and rinse afterwards for the best clean possible!

Read more about bad brushing habits and how to fix them at https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/.

Havasu Dentist: Is it time to replace the toothbrush?

Our everyday go-to, the toothbrush, needs replacing more often than most might think. Here’s our guide on when to replace your toothbrush.

  • If your toothbrush bristles are fraying, it is time to replace it! Toothbrush bristles are designed for the best use when your toothbrush is new. The bristles have specific strength, length, and flex to adequately clean all the grooves of teeth. As soon as your toothbrush bristles start to fray, it is time to get a new head!
  • If you can’t remember the last time you’ve replaced your toothbrush, it is time to replace it! It’s best to replace your toothbrush at least 4x per year, so about every 3 months. Why? Toothbrushes are pretty dirty, even though they clean our teeth. Bacteria remains on the toothbrush after use and in good hygiene, it’s best to limit the amount of bacteria collected over time on it.
  • If you’ve recently been sick, it’s time to replace it! It’s in your best interest to replace your toothbrush if you were just sick. Reason is, the same bacteria that caused you to become ill may still be lurking on your toothbrush – gross! Just like disinfecting your house or washing your sheets after being ill, think about replacing your toothbrush for full recovery!

Read more about bad brushing habits and how to fix them on our blog: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/.

Havasu Dentist: How long do you brush your teeth?

Have you ever wondered why it is recommended to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes?

Brushing loosens and removes bacteria that sticks to your teeth. It is important to brush at least twice a day to prevent tooth decay and oral infection.

What’s more important than brushing your teeth is how long you brush them. Research has shown that people who brushed their teeth for at least 2 minutes removed 41% more bacteria from their teeth compared to those who brushed for less time! This research can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22672101.

At least 2 minutes, twice a day, is optimal time to clean your teeth effectively by brushing. Read more about bad brushing habits and how to fix them on our blog: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/.

Havasu Dentist: Do you share your toothbrush?

Sharing is caring mostly, but sharing a toothbrush may do more harm than good! Even though a toothbrush is used for good hygiene, what’s left on the toothbrush may not be something you’d ever want to share…

Bacteria and infection are the two reasons to not share a toothbrush, even with someone you feel is clean and healthy.

  1. Bacteria. Though the toothbrush is used to clean your teeth, its purpose is to remove bacteria, making it a relatively dirty object. Bacteria may be good or bad, however, it is good practice to limit your exposure as you may become ill. Plus, the more people that use a single toothbrush, the more types of bacteria that are likely present on it.
  2. Infection. Conditions like oral herpes and periodontal disease can be passed from a toothbrush. Research has shown that children that share toothbrushes with their school friends are more likely to develop cavities! If someone has open sores in or around the mouth, they may transmit HIV or hepatitis to the next person to use the toothbrush.

As you read above, it may cause more harm than good to be kind in sharing your toothbrush. It is best that each person has their own toothbrush to prevent the spread of bacteria, illness, and even dental decay! Read more about bad brushing habits and how to fix them on our blog: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/!

Havasu Dentist: Do You Brush Too Hard?

Nowadays, new electric toothbrushes have a feature in which they vibrate or beep when someone is brushing too hard. Though this technology is useful, it may be beneficial to know the signs of brushing too hard without warning.

How can you tell that you’re brushing your teeth too hard?

  1. Your gums bleed after you brush your teeth. If your gums bleed after you brush your teeth, you are likely applying too much force, aggravating your gums. Try brushing with lighter applied force to minimize irritation to your gums.
  2. Your dentist or dental hygienist noticed that your enamel is wearing down. If you’ve heard that you are losing enamel – the protective, shiny later over your teeth – you may be brushing too hard. Consult your dentist if you believe you are losing enamel.
  3. Your toothbrush’s bristles are frayed. If you look at your toothbrush as see that your bristles fray outwards, you may be brushing too hard. Make sure to replace your bristles, as when they are frayed, they do not work as efficiently to clean your teeth. After this, try to think about the force you are applying when brushing – light force is better and will clean your teeth just as effective!

Brushing your teeth too hard may cause damage to your teeth and gums. It is important to have proper technique to ensure that you are brushing your teeth effectively and safely.

Learn more about bad habits of brushing teeth and how to fix them in our blog at https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/!

Bad Brushing Habits: Havasu Dentist

We all know that it is best to brush our teeth at least once a morning and once at night. When we brush, though, there is a lot of technique that you should know to keep a healthy mouth. You may have bad habits when brushing your teeth, which we will tackle in this post today.

  1. You brush too hard. 
  2. You share your toothbrush.
  3. You need to replace your toothbrush.
  4. You brush too quickly.
  5. You neglect your gums and tongue.
  6. You never consciously brush your teeth. 

Check out our next blogs that dive into each of these bad habits and how you can fix them at https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/.

Havasu Dentist: Heart Patients and Treatment Premedication

Patients with existing heart conditions or recent heart surgeries are recommended to take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. This extra step is often recommended to help prevent normal bacteria (that we usually have in our mouths) from integrating into the bloodstream of a patient whose immune system may be functioning differently than normal.

This kind of precaution is referred to as “antibiotic prophylaxis.” The American Heart Association has guidelines to help identify those who may need antibiotics before dental treatment. Patients with the following conditions should be considered for antibiotic prophylaxis:

  • artificial heart valves
  • history of heart-related infections
  • heart transplant
  • congenital heart disease, heart defects, or heart device defects

It is imperative that a patient’s medical history reflects everything going on in their lives so that they are safe in the dental chair. If your or a loved one have heart-related conditions or procedures that have been done, make sure to tell your dentist so that all dental visits are worry-free.

Havasu Dentist: Medications & Dry Mouth

If you are dealing with dry mouth symptoms, it could be caused from a variety of things: genetics, oral health, and/or medications that you take.

A few types of medications that cause dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia, are:

  1. Antidepressants (Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac)
  2. Decongestants (Sudafed PE, Vicks)
  3. Antihistamines (Zyrtec, Benadryl)
  4. Muscle relaxants (Robaxin, Zanaflex)
  5. Appetite suppressants
  6. Diuretics

A quick way to learn about the side effects of the medications you’re taking is to do a google search and read a credible website. If your medication includes a side effect of Xerostomia, your medication may be the cause. However, we recommend reaching out to your Havasu dentist about your symptoms to ensure that your oral health is in check. Treatments for dry mouth aim to stimulate your salivary glands to produce saliva. Without saliva, your mouth lacks the necessary saliva to naturally cleanse your mouth throughout the day. Without this, you may be at risk for future dental problems.

To schedule a consult regarding dry mouth symptoms, please visit: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/.

Technology in the Dental Office – Making Dentistry Easier: Havasu Dentist

Lasers are changing dentistry forever, giving patients easier and better experiences when visiting the dentist. Also, dental technology is making dentistry more fun for everyone! There are new technologies that make dentistry less messy, time consuming, and more fun when you visit your dentist!

Panoramic 3D machines and CT scans are used to see your entire smile and all of its parts in one image! With a panoramic image, your dentist can use less X-Rays overall to diagnose and treat you, exposing you to less radiation.

Have you ever had an impression taken at your dental office? Was it messy and gooey? Now, dental offices are ditching the goop and using 3D scanning technology! With new digital scanning devices, dentists quickly “scan” your mouth to make crowns, bridges, night guards, and more. Best of all, if your dentist has a lab in house, they can 3D print your crown, bridge, or night guard right quicker!

Read our blog about laser technology used in procedures at: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/dental-procedure/laser-dentistry-benefits/!

To learn more about other things 3D scanning can do in dentistry, read: https://www.laserdesign.com/3d-laser-scanning-makes-an-impression-on-the-dental-profession/.

Dental professionals are working hard to make your experience as painless, quick, and comfortable as possible. New technology, such as 3D scanning, satisfies patients, helping you enjoy your visit! Check out our website to see what other technology we offer to you: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/our-technology/!