Choosing the Right Mouthwash for YOU!

There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. adaThis means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.

At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities?
If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride.  Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing).  Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in.  To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.

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Being Pregnant at the Dentist: What you Should Know

We get asked a lot what you should know while being pregnant at the dentist and what you should know. If you have found that your teeth and gums have changed at all since you have been pregnant, there are reasons behind it.

Pregnancy-and-Your-Oral-HealthObviously there is a hormonal change that occurs with pregnancy which can cause your gums to become sensitive, puffy and bleed when you brush. This is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the starting phase of periodontal disease.  This has been known to produce low birth weight babies.  To alleviate this, brush and floss regularly.

Morning sickness is horrible in itself, but it can really do a number on your teeth.  Continue Reading…

Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

You may not have known someone with oral cancer, but the incidence of it is on the rise so knowing if you’re at risk for oral cancer is very important  Oral cancers can affect the tongue, cheeks, lips, gums and the hard or soft palate.  In the U.S. alone, approximately 100 people everyday will be diagnosed with a form of mouth cancer and 1 person will die from oral cancer every hour of the day. 1

Oral cancers historically would afflict people who were over the age of 40, but it is now found that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is an oral cancer-causing agent in a younger age group.  This is the same virus that can cause cervical cancers in women.

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Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it

A lot of us grew up in a time when fluoride was not a big deal and because of this, a lot of us have had cavities as kids.  Nowadays, it’s pretty much the standard for fluoride to be in our city water, foods and toothpastes, and at the dental office so we can get needed exposure to it for healthier teeth.

Does everyone need fluoride?  Fluoride helps our teeth become stronger and more resistant to plaque. Plaque forms on our teeth pretty much at all times and it is made up of acid which eats away or erodes minerals in our tooth enamel causing cavities.  If we aren’t getting enough fluoride and other helpful minerals through the food we eat or water we drink, erosion happens faster than your enamel can restore itself.

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Why You Lost a Filling

There is usually a reason as to why you lost a filling or it comes loose and the two most common reasons we see are decay or by chipping your teeth: 

 

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Normally, when a filling is lost, our dentists at Szmanda Dental asses the situation to find out if the reason is due to decay as generally that is the culprit.  When fillings were placed in your mouth years ago, there is a chance for bacteria to accumulate around those fillings and cause decay at the edges. This is called microleakage and it’s a slow process due to the fact that these particular bacteria aren’t fed very well.  Continue Reading…

Is your Brush Where you Flush? What you NEED to know!

So, you may not think anything of it, but, try to picture your toilet as an aerosol spray every time you flush it and anything within reasonable distance is getting sprayed with germs from your toilet bowl including your toothbrush. Y-U-C-K! It may help to keep the lid closed, however germs still escape somewhat. You may want to think about storing your toothbrush elsewhere.

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