proper tooth brushing techniques

Improving Your Brushing Form

The story is too common  you brush your teeth twice a day, just as the dentist recommended. You came in for your bi-yearly checkup, and a cavity still managed to be found. What are you doing wrong?

Only 10 percent of us are actually brushing our teeth in a way that prevents plaque buildup. So what can you do to join the 10 percent? Below are a few ways to step it up:

Brush for two solid minutes

It seems obvious, but many of us are barely making brushing for even one minute. You can break it up by dividing your mouth into three sections  front, right and center  and brushing each section for 40 seconds. Two minutes is almost universally agreed upon by dentists as an appropriate amount of time to thoroughly clean all surfaces.

Brush three times a day for a bacteria-free mouth.

Two times a day is great and all, but if you really want to send bacteria out the door, brush three times: in the morning, after lunch and before bed. This also is a great way to beat bad breath! However, try not to go over three times per day, as this can irritate the gums.

Change HOW you are brushing your teeth.

Are you brushing too vigorously? This can erode tooth enamel, which protects your tooth from daily usage and insulates the teeth from high temperatures and chemicals. Brush softly in a small circular motion to best scrape plaque without damaging the enamel.

Use toothpaste wisely.

Instead of smudging too much toothpaste on your brush, use it sparingly twice: once for the top teeth and once to the bottom. Too much toothpaste at the beginning ends up getting spit out quickly, meaning the rest of your teeth have to make do with only a little bit.

If you need additional instruction, please come in and see us.  Our dentist Dr. Jahangiri and one of our dental hygienists will take the time to demonstrate to you the correct technique.  Our dentistry office, here in Katy, TX is dedicated to helping you achieve the best oral health possible with a smile that you will love.

Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Your Children

Training your kids to develop healthy oral habits early on can be one of the most difficult tasks. Sitting in the bathroom scrubbing toothpaste all over our teeth for two minutes leaves little room for fun. While most people learn to brush their teeth properly as they grow up and begin to understand the importance of having a clean, healthy mouth, it is important to remember that oral hygiene is of little importance to young children, and therefore may force parents to come up with ways to make the process a little more fun.

Below are some ideas if you are having problems getting children to brush their teeth twice a day and/or for two full minutes:

Tell stories reserved for brushing time.

Children love stories. They will eagerly await the time to brush teeth if it means getting to hear one. Additionally, an interesting story will keep their mind off the boredom of brushing their teeth and there will be no rush to get the job done as quickly as possible. As long as the story lasts long enough to get the recommended two-minute brushing in.

Have them brush to their favorite song.

Playing their favorite song will add some pep to the bland task, and most songs last over two minutes. Set a timer and let them finish when two minutes is up, or let them use the remaining time for flossing or rinsing with mouthwash.

Invest in a tastier toothpaste.

Most kids hate the taste of toothpaste. While adults often find the minty flavor refreshing, children find it gross. Orajel Toddler Training toothpaste is recommended for toddlers, and Oral-B offers several different fruity, spicy and trendy flavors.

 

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What Can I Expect After Getting My Teeth Whitened?

For many, it’s an easy decision to get their teeth whitened. And who could blame them? The procedure is steadily on the rise, and it is currently the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry on the market. Brighter smiles will give anyone a boost of confidence for an upcoming job interview, at a party, or even just while taking a picture with loved ones.

Undergoing the procedure in a dentist’s office may be a simple choice to make, but understanding what to expect afterwards is just as important as the decision itself.

Gradual fading

As one might expect, whitening is not eternally permanent. It does have a good longevity of six months to two years, so the regression is rather slow. One can make the whitening last as long as possible by avoiding exposing teeth to:

              • coffee
              • tea
              • tobacco
              • fruits
              • red wine
              • citrus drinks
              • sodas

Possible Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, particularly during the first 24-48 hours, is rare but not uncommon.  This mainly occurs when damage to the tooth/teeth already existed. Prior damage includes:

              • Recently cracked teeth
              • Micro-cracks
              • Open cavities
              • Leaking fillings
              • Other dental conditions

If you experience sensitivity after the whitening procedure, it is recommended to invest in Sensodyne toothpaste, a type of toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth.

Possible Allergy

Some clients are allergic to the gel used without realizing it. If you form a blister on your lip within 24 hours of the procedure, it is likely you developed an allergic reaction. With the help of liquid vitamin E or an over-the-counter antihistamine, the blister should subside within a few hours.

Contact Noble Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today!

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What About Wisdom Teeth

 

wisdom teeth noble smile, wisdom teeth katy, wisdom teeth houstonFor those people who have perfectly positioned wisdom teeth and a mouth big enough to house them, wisdom teeth can be a benefit. However, wisdom teeth seem to cause a lot of problems for most people. In those cases, they usually have to be removed. But how do you know if you need to have your wisdom teeth taken out?

That question is best answered by your dentist since they can judge your particular situation, but here are some tips for taking care of your mouth after you have had those pesky problem-teeth removed:

You can expect some bleeding after the procedure, so don’t worry too much. A fresh piece of gauze folded and placed over the empty socket will absorb everything. Be sure to bite down to apply pressure, and the bleeding should be done with in about 45 minutes.

With any minor surgery, you can expect some pain. It shouldn’t be too awful, and most people can find relief in with over-the-counter pain medicines. However, your dentist might prescribe something stronger if it seems the pain might be a bit more intense.

After having your wisdom teeth taken out, you’ll be on a liquid diet for a few days. Some people are okay
with soft solids as soon as the anesthesia wears off, but try to avoid hard foods for a few days, even after you start eating normally again.

Of course, any dental worker will tell you to keep brushing. Once the bleeding subsides, avoid the teeth near your empty sockets for 24 hours but start brushing these again the next day.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth or caring for your mouth after surgery, contact Noble Smile to schedule an appointment with our team.

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Passing On Dentophobia

 

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Many people are afraid to visit the dentist, and some parents even pass on the same fear to their children, which can keep them from going to even the most routine dental check-ups that are vital to promoting healthy teeth and a lifetime of good oral habits. Although a good deal of children are afraid to visit the dentist, they are far more likely to feel this way when their parents share the fear.

There are many reasons that children suffer from dentophobia:

 

  • pain
  • sensitive teeth
  • the noise and smell
  • drills and other dental equipment
  • shots and needles

Helping Your Child

These are fairly common fears, but they can be avoided by following a few simple tips that can help children to feel more comfortable whenever they are in the dentist’s chair.

  • Let Us Know: If you tell your dentist that your child may be nervous about an upcoming visit, the office can usually provide toys or music that will help children relax and make the session more fun and enjoyable.
  • Stay Simple, Stay Positive: If your child asks questions about the dentist, avoid any words that might scare them: drill, shot, etc. You should also avoid comforting them by saying that it won’t hurt. This merely brings the pain to their attention. Try explaining that the dentist will simply check their smile or count their teeth. This allows them to form their own opinion.
  • Start Early: Children should start going to the dentist when their first tooth shows up. This allows children and parents to establish a bond with the dentist and begin a regular routine.

Negative experiences often mean children avoid the dentist later in life. To find out more about how Dr. Jahangiri can help you and your child, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to speak to a member of our team!

 

 

Should You Rinse After Brushing?

In general, the aspects of a great oral hygiene routine are pretty simple: brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. However, there’s a common mistake many patients make after brushing. Many people are initially taught to rinse the toothpaste out of their mouth with water after brushing. However, in practice, doing this can eliminate many of the benefits that using a good toothpaste offers in the first place. So want to know why you shouldn’t rinse after brushing? Read on for the details:

 

Rinsing After Brushing: The Facts

  • Rinsing With Water Washes Away Fluoride — As any dental professional can tell you, one of the great benefits of brushing with a good toothpaste is the fluoride content that’s in the toothpaste. Indeed, fluoride has properties that help improve the strength of enamel in the teeth and can help catalyze remineralization processes. Nevertheless, many patients will rinse their mouths with water immediately after brushing — an action that removes fluoride from the surface of the teeth and mouth.

  • Fluoride Needs Time to Work — “So what?” You might be saying. “The fluoride came in contact with my teeth, right?” While fluoride will still be spread across your teeth while brushing, for the true benefits of fluoride to occur, a significant amount of time for fluoride to be in contact with teeth is necessary. Washing away the fluoride immediately following brushing makes this difficult.

  • If You Need To Rinse, Use a Fluoride Rinse — For many former rinsers, it’s a difficult habit to drop the desire to rinse after brushing. Luckily, there’s a solution. There are many fluoride rinses on the market that you can use to rinse your mouth after brushing. The keyword being “fluoride” — ensure that whatever rinse you use has fluoride as an active ingredient listed. An ADA recommendation is a good indicator as well. Of course, if you elect to use one of these rinses, don’t rinse the rinse out with water afterwards, or you’ll be committing the same offense as before.

If you have any questions about rinsing after brushing or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to speak with a member of our team!

Can I Substitute Waterpiks for Floss?

Flossing isn’t the easiest or most fun of activities in one’s daily dental hygiene routine. In fact, many people end up neglecting to floss entirely due to the perceived difficulty and annoyance that comes along with flossing every day. In other cases, many people choose to opt for a substitute for flossing that performs similar functions. Among these is the “oral irrigator” commonly known by many as a “Waterpik.” So what is this tool and is it an acceptable alternative to string floss? Read on to find out.

 

What is a Waterpik?

First developed in 1962, the oral irrigator is a tool that uses pulsating streams of water to clean out debris and plaque from in between the teeth and below the gumline. Here are some of the pros of using a Waterpik:

 

  • Reduce Bleeding/Irritation of the Gums — One of the main reasons people avoid flossing especially in their oral hygiene routines is the fact that flossing has the potential to cause bleeding and sore gum in patients that don’t regularly floss. Waterpiks essentially cut down on this problem entirely.

  • Easy for Patients Braces — Anyone who has tried to floss with braces knows the difficulty that those pesky metal wires can cause. Using a stream of liquid water eliminates those difficulties for those looking to clean in between the teeth and wiring.

  • Proven Effective in Treating Gum Disease — Studies have shown that Waterpiks can be a great measure for those looking to prevent and cure themselves of gum disease. This is because, in many cases, Waterpiks can rinse away plaque in deep pockets that simply can’t be removed by dental floss. Likewise, studies have shown that oral irrigators can remove a considerable amount of plaque from the surface of teeth.

 

Can I Use a Waterpik Instead of Floss?

So now that we’ve outlined the benefits of this handy dental device, we can ask the question: Is a Waterpik a reasonable alternative to traditional means of flossing? Unfortunately, the answer is probably not. Though Waterpiks have been proven to be a valuable tool in maintaining peak oral health for many people, the fact of the matter is that it works better as a supplementary tool for your dental regimen, rather than a substitute for flossing. Flossing still does a much better job of scraping plaque away from the surfaces of teeth in the first place and promoting the health and removal of plaque from gums. Nevertheless, Waterpiks are certainly a great tool for you to add to your daily dental hygiene routines.

If you have any questions regarding Waterpiks, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today!

Practicing Oral Hygiene with Dentures

Dentures can be a great solution for those who face the problem of potential tooth loss. However, even though you may have lost your teeth, this doesn’t mean taking care of your gums and dentures isn’t equally as important as regularly brushing and flossing your teeth was. Indeed, improper care for your dentures can lead to even more dental problems further down the line. So what steps should you be taking to ensure peak dental health for you and your dentures? Here are some guidelines to help you along.

 

  • Brush and Floss Your Dentures Daily — Just like normal teeth, it is crucial for your dentures to be properly maintained through your regular oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing performs similar functions for dentures than it does with natural teeth. These regular habits ensure that dentures don’t become stained and that excess food doesn’t build up between the teeth. Fortunately, many toothbrushes exist that a built primarily for use with dentures, which can offer a less painful and non-damaging brushing experience for denture owners.

  • Clean and Store Your Dentures Properly — Besides brushing and flossing, proper cleaning and storage of dentures is necessary to ensure the well-being and upkeep of your dentures. Storing and cleaning your dentures using a cleaning solution is a good option for keeping dentures clean, but depending on the dentures, you can also store them in water and use a soap solution to clean them. Talk to your dentist about their recommended route for the maintenance of your dentures.

  • Don’t Stop Brushing Your Mouth! — A mistake many denture owners make is to neglect the continuation of regular habits of brushing your mouth. Just because you don’t have teeth, doesn’t mean the bacteria is gone! You should always brush your gums every morning and evening before and after denture insertion and removal. If you fail to do so, then there is a distinct possibility that bacteria will accumulate and you may still develop problems such as gum disease.

If you’ve been prescribed dentures by Dr. Jahangiri and have any questions regarding their or your own procedures for ensuring peak oral health, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today and we’ll help you out!

Is it Okay to Skip Brushing?

Whether you’re a regular patient, haven’t been to the dentist in years, or are a dentist yourself, we’ve all done it. Sometimes, you come back from an exhausting day at the office or school and just crash, or you fall asleep at your friend’s and don’t have a toothbrush. Regardless of the circumstances, almost everybody has skipped brushing at least once. But how acceptable is this habit? What potential consequences does it pose to your dental health? If you’re looking for the answers to these questions, read on to find out more.

The Consequences of Skipping Brushing

Whether it’s a once in a while activity, or a frequent bad habit, skipping brushing can have detrimental consequences to the well-being of your dental health. Below are some of the possible bad effects of poor oral hygiene routines.

 

  • Bacteria Are Always Multiplying — Even if you keep up with your brushing, bacteria are never entirely eliminated from the surfaces of your teeth and your mouth. As a result, bacteria are always multiplying to replace themselves. By brushing regularly, you ensure that bacteria are always on the defense trying to replace the one’s you eliminated through brushing. If you skip a couple nights, this allows bacteria to get on the offense and produce more acidic byproducts that cause tooth decay.

  • Disruption of Repairing Processes — Your teeth aren’t defenseless in the fight against tooth decay; every night your teeth perform functions that help to deter the spread of tooth decay and restore the strength of teeth that have been weakened. Among these processes is the remineralization of teeth and the formation of biofilms on the surface. However, if excess food is not removed through brushing, the efficiency of these processes is compromised, and simply not as effective.

  • Formation of Tartar (Calculus) — Tartar (also known as “dental calculus”)  is a more severe form of plaque that is difficult to remove. In many cases, tartar is only removable by a seasoned dental professional, and not by regular brushing. Unfortunately, plaque can mineralize into tartar in a little over 24 hours, meaning all it takes is a day of skipped brushing for tartar to form and cause difficulties in upholding peak dental health.

 

So, Is Skipping All That Bad?

As members of a team of dental professionals, we should be obligated to tell you to always be a paragon of great dental health. That being said, we recognize that sometimes emergencies arise or a day of exhaustion leads to lapses of memory or laziness. The important thing is that you do not allow skipping to become a habit. Skipping once in a while is probably not going to cause cavities, but if this becomes a daily or even weekly activity — you might notice potential negative consequences for your oral hygiene.

If you have any questions at any time for our team, or would simply like to schedule an appointment contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to get in touch with our staff!

What is Fluoride?

It’s one of those things you hear about a lot at the dentist, and it gets discussed a lot in topics surrounding dentistry, but many people do not actually know what fluoride is and why we use it. Well, in reality fluoride is rather easy to explain. If you’re curious about fluoride and why it’s such a crucial part of dental care, read on to find out more about this dentist’s dream come true.

 

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, and a negative ion of the element Fluorine (which many former chemistry students may recognize). In the 1930s, water that was fluoridated through Sodium Fluoride (NaF) was discovered to have a positive impact on the deterrence of cavities in dental patients. Since then, fluoride has been used for a variety of purposes and benefits in the dental industry. It is believed to be especially important for the healthy development of the teeth of children.

 

What Does Fluoride Do?

Nowadays, we know more than just “fluoride is good for your teeth.” Today, we understand the science behind why fluoride can have a positive benefit on dental health. The benefits of fluoride for dental health fall into two main categories:

  • Prevention of Demineralization — Demineralization is the process that occurs when plaque creates an excess amount of acidic byproducts from the breakdown of sugars in the mouth. Essentially, demineralization is one of the main sources of cavities and other dental dilemmas. Fluoride has an inhibiting effect on on the process of demineralization. Though it won’t stop it entirely, a healthy amount of fluoride can help deter the spread of tooth decay and demineralization in the first place.

  • Promotion of Remineralization — Simply put, remineralization is the reinforcement of the enamel of your teeth. Remineralization happens naturally every day, but fluoride can help enhance and improve this process, causing an overall improvement to your dental health.

 

Where Do We Get Fluoride?

So we’ve established that fluoride is good for you, but you can’t just go buy pure fluoride in the store. Likewise, too much fluoride can actually be bad for you. So where can you get fluoride? Here are some common sources:

  • Water Fluoridation — Many area water supplies fluoridate their water for the prevention of cavities. Some may contain high levels, though, and for younger children, this could cause fluorosis in teeth.

  • Food Sources — Some foods contain fluoride: tea and food cooked in fluoridated water, for example, will contain small amounts of fluoride. Likewise, seawater has a significant fluoride content, so seafood typically contains fluoride, too.

  • Breast Milk & Formula — Again, fluoride is crucial for the development of small children. Breast milk and infant formula contains fluoride for the healthy development of teeth.

  • Fluoride Therapy — More a medical treatment in nature, many dentists offer a fluoride therapy treatment to patients who suffer from the potentially negative effects of severe demineralization, tooth decay or other dental disorders.

Are you interested in more information on fluoride or fluoride therapy treatment, or would you like to schedule an appointment with our office? As always, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to speak with our staff and schedule an appointment!