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10 Ways to Avoid Icky Diseases

For many people a trip to the Dentist is not very high on their list of things to do.  That’s a shame, because dental hygiene is extremely important. If you neglect your teeth for too long one day you’ll wake up and they might just be gone. That would make it really hard to eat the foods you love and to smile when someone takes your picture.

If you’d like to keep your choppers for as long as possible a regular check-up is essential. Here are 10 reasons why;

1) Prevention of gum disease. No, this has nothing to do with Trident but everything to do with the soft pink stuff around your teeth.  If your gums get sick, your teeth will suffer too.

2) Keep your pearly whites white with a regular Dental check-up, and never worry when someone says ‘say cheese!’.

3) Save money. Like maintaining your car, if you take care of your teeth they’ll last a lot longer and look great while they’re doing it. Plus they’ll never leave you stranded on the side of the road.

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4) Prevention of oral cancer. This one is serious. Your Dentist can detect Oral Cancer in its earliest stages, when it’s treatable. ‘Nuff said.

5) Make sure if you have cavities that they’re taken care of before they become really bad. Cavities happen sometimes, but if you go regularly your Dentist can fix them while they’re still small.

6) Your Dentist can actually spot Hypertension and Diabetes by looking in your mouth. No fooling.

7) Give your kids a good habit to follow. This one’s a no-brainer.

8) A thorough cleaning really feels great, and can prevent all sorts of icky diseases.

9) Less down time with toothaches and other problems.  Be honest, do you really want to call in sick and tell your boss it’s because you have a tooth ache?  You’ll never hear the end of it!

10) Your smile is the first thing most people see. Take care of it by seeing your Dentist Regularly!

So there you have it. 10 great reasons to see your Dentist more than once every 5 years. If you haven’t seen yours in a while, why not pick up the phone and make an appointment today by calling me at 623-572-7505 or shoot me an email. For further info please refer to our website. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.

Sincerely,

J. Brent Sanders DDS

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Dangers of Teeth Whitening

We all yearn to have a bright and beautiful smile – but for many, our teeth are not as white and attractive as we would hope them to be. Discolored teeth lead a lot of people to experiment with different tooth whitening options. With so many different choices out there, it is important to consider your options carefully and with a bit of education under your belt.

As we age, our teeth naturally start to become darker. Most often, this is do to the consumption of various foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine. Smoking and plaque accumulation are also a common causes.

With most modern bleaching regiments, the active ingredient is either hydrogen peroxide or another chemical called carbamide peroxide. The whitening effect occurs when these chemicals start to break down. This causes oxygen to get into the enamel of your teeth and encourages it to whiten. There are a range of home whitening kits available, and your dentist also provide multiple options as well.

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It is very important to use correct technique and the manufacture’s recommended dosages while teeth whitening because the procedure could potentially to harm your gum tissue. This typically occurs if too much of the whitening product is used at one time, or if the bleaching procedure is done too frequently.

People who have sensitive teeth can often find that the process of tooth whitening can leave them feeling even more sensitive than prior to the procedure. This is due to how the whitening chemical affects the enamel ofyour teeth.

Also, one of the main reasons people decide to whiten their teeth in the first place is due to the discoloration caused by various food and drink, as well as smoking. It is important to remember that even after your teeth have been whitened, they can still be affected by things like this, as well asother food and drink that is strongly colored.

From the above, it is easy to see where the risks of tooth whitening lie. However, it is fairly easy to deal with most of them, as long as your oral health is good and you follow the proper tooth whitening procedure.  Paying a visit to your dentist to make sure everything is okay is not essential, but it’s definitely a good idea before you take the plunge. Visit us at our webpage for more informative blog posts. Please feel free to email me or give me a call at 623-572-7505 and with any luck, you’ll have a bright white smile before you know it!

Sincerely,

J. Brent Sanders DDS

Banish Bad Breath

7486553_xxlBad breath is something that most – if not all – of us are familiar with. The vast majority of people have bad breath first thing in the morning and this is a normal condition. Drinks such as coffee and alcoholic beverages can also be linked to bad breath.

The purpose of brushing and flossing your teeth is to keep them as clean as possible and to remove any remnants of food, plaque and tartar that may have become trapped in the mouth. For most people, getting rid of bad breath is uncomplicated. Simply improving oral hygiene can make a huge difference.

When it comes to bad breath, the important thing to remember is thatmost of us will experience it at some point in our lives, but it is generally a fairly easy condition to correct. So try not worry – and maybe keep some mints handy just in case!  Keep up your oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, email or call me at 623-572-7505, and check our website for further information and blog posts.

Sincerely,

J. Brent Sanders DDS

Time and Money well Spent

“They’ve never been late to any of my appointments. I loved how gentle and careful they were while they were flossing my teeth. My gums didn’t bleed at all. I was satisfied with my visit and feel that it was time and money well spent.”

Larry CK

Great!

“They made sure every single question I had was answered, and are always available if I think of any more questions I want answered. Their staff is the most friendly, welcoming staff I’ve ever dealt with.”

Bob J

Low Fat Cheese = Healthy Teeth?

OK, truth time. Very few people really know how to take good care of their teeth.  Right now you may be thinking to yourself ‘well, I sure do’ but the fact is you probably don’t. It’s not your fault, it’s just that nobody has ever shown you the proper way to care for your choppers.

It’s not that it’s difficult it’s that there is a certain method that we all need to use in order to make sure that our teeth are truly clean and well maintained. Certain tasks have to be performed regularly and performed well in order to do this. So without further ado please allow me to show you how to take good care of your teeth.

Let’s start with the basics; brushing. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums you need to brush thoroughly at least twice a day. This will clean three side of your teeth only so you’ll need to floss too (we’ll get to that) but you should know that brushing at night is the most important because your teeth don’t have the protection of the salivary glands at night like they do during the day.  In between if you can’t brush wash your mouth out thoroughly with water after a meal.

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Flossing is next. This gets the other 2 sides of the teeth that brushing can’t reach.  Any type of floss is OK as well as a ‘water pik’ but this needs to be done at least once daily in order to keep plaque from forming.

Using a tongue scraper doesn’t seem like it will help the teeth but it sure does.  The fact is, the tongue has plaque too and a tongue scraper (or your toothbrush) will remove this excess plaque and freshen your breath too.

Choosing the right foods is extremely important.  Snack foods, sticky foods and even juices all contain an enormous amount of sugar, one of the deadly enemies of your teeth.  If you can, instead of sugary snacks eat low-fat cheese or other low fat dairy as these are alkaline and good for the teeth.

Finally, of course, visit your Dentist regularly for check-ups.  He or she will tell you how great you’re doing which will make you feel good and they will also catch any problems before they become big problems.

In fact, why not make an appointment now if you haven’t been in a while! Don’t hesitate to visit our websiteemail, or call me at 623-572-7505. When you’re there, if you have teeth cleaning questions, ask your Dentist for advice. They’re the teeth experts of course!

Sincerely,

J. Brent Sanders DDS

Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

There are three major culprits in the event of tooth loss: advanced periodontal (gum) disease, advanced tooth decay and trauma.
Once a tooth is lost, tooth replacement becomes important for general health as well as
the health of the surrounding teeth. Without a full complement of teeth, chewing
efficiency diminishes causing potential nutritional and digestive problems. Unreplaced
teeth can lead to tipping, drifting and misalignment of surrounding teeth. This
phenomenon can make it more difficult to clean and care for the remaining teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They can serve as
the anchors for crowns and bridges or as attachments to stabilize and secure dentures
or partial dentures.
Who are Dental Implants for?
Typically, anyone healthy enough to undergo a dental extraction can tolerate the implant placement procedure. The patient should have good oral hygiene and healthy gums.
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What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
Utility– as mentioned earlier, dental implants can be utilized to replace a
single tooth, a group of teeth or to secure a full or partial denture
Confidence– when dental implants are used in conjunction with removable appliances,
the replacement teeth no longer slip or loosen
Function– dental implants restore proper function and allow foods to be eaten which are
impossible to enjoy with removable appliances
Improved Speech– ill-fitting dentures can distort normal speech patterns. Dentures
secured with dental implants can be modified to facilitate normal speech patterns.
Esthetics– dental implants can restore all areas of missing teeth with natural looking
permanent replacement crowns or can serve to eliminate the need for unattractive
partial denture clasps.
Slow or Stop Bone Loss– dental implants act as a matrix for the bone and effectively
slow or stop bone loss in the areas where they are placed
Convenience– dental implants secure removable appliances completely eliminating the
necessity for denture adhesives. In some cases, dental implants can replace removable
appliances completely.
Predictability– some recent studies reveal a success rate of over 95% for dental
implants.
Longevity– studies have shown that dental implants last longer than conventional
restorations.
Preservation of Surrounding Teeth– dental implants preserve the tooth structure by
eliminating the need to cut adjacent teeth for traditional bridges.
Sincerely,
J. Brent Sanders DDS

Can my Baby Get a Cavity?

There are 2 things that the general public, unfortunately, doesn’t appear to know very well about the health and well-being of their teeth; 1) babies can get cavities and 2) cavities are nearly 100% preventable if oral care is started from infancy.

Did you know that?  Be honest.  Chances are you didn’t.  That doesn’t make you a bad person, just someone who unfortunately wasn’t informed about those facts from your health care provider.

The fact remains, however that babies are just as likely to get cavities as children and even adults, and for that reason alone oral hygiene should begin at birth.  Also, cavities are preventable but only if treated early on.  There’s a window of opportunity to protect your baby but if you wait until they’re older it might close. Starting their care early on ensures this won’t happen.

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Another common misconception is that, since they’re going to fall out anyway, baby teeth ‘don’t matter’.  The exact opposite is true however as baby teeth hold the space for the soon to come permanent teeth.  If lost too early this can affect the development of the permanent teeth and can alter your baby’s ability to speak and chew. That’s a lot of responsibility for the baby teeth, wouldn’t you agree?

Most experts will tell you that the first visit to the Dentist should be between 6 months and a year. This will give your Dentist the opportunity to do a number of things that will help baby’s baby teeth and ensure that they get strong, healthy permanent teeth. Your Dentist can advise you on all aspects of your infant’s oral health and what to do at home to take care of baby’s teeth.

He can also tell you what not to do, including giving babies a Sippy cup at night containing milk or juice when they go to bed. This one habit alone can be very detrimental to a child’s oral health. Another god tip is to rub baby’s gums with a clean, moist washcloth after every meal once their baby teeth have come in.  This will keep bacteria levels much lower, but be sure to use a clean towel every time.

Like I said, your Dentist is a fountain of information and well versed in infant oral hygiene. Get your baby regular check-ups, always be vigilant about brushing once they can start, and get them started early.  When they’re older and they have beautiful teeth they’ll thank you for it I guarantee. If you have any questions or comments please visit our websiteemail or call me at 623-572-7505.

Sincerely,

J. Brent Sanders DDS



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