Information and resources to help you maintain a healthy smile
We get so busy that sometimes, we need reminders to stop and pay attention to really important things in life—like our health. Dental health is one of the most important contributing factors to overall health. So please take a few minutes with us to think about dental health for yourself and your family.
If we learn good oral hygiene habits as children, we're more likely to have healthy teeth as adults. Kids love to have fun, so teach your kids to have fun caring for their teeth!
Here are some ideas to make good oral hygiene more fun for your kids:
1. Brush and floss together with your kids. Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes. Have your child set a timer, and celebrate when both of you brush for a full two minutes twice a day.
2. Let your child choose a fun new toothbrush and a favorite flavor of toothpaste.
3. Set up a reward system for good oral care.
4. Watch some fun videos with your kids on dental health for children. Click here to find a list of videos to get you started.
5. Make sure your child visits a dentist twice a year for regular check-ups. At J. de Graffenried Dentistry, we love kids, and we do our best to make their visit to the dentist a really fun experience.
Okay, we get it. Nobody really wants to think about gum disease. That's why February is designated as a special time to pay attention to your gums.
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, refers to infection in the gum tissues that support your teeth. Left untreated, gingivitis can spread to the bone that supports the teeth, and may result in tooth loss. Gingivitis is also a risk factor in other serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
So do yourself a huge favor! Take a few minutes to pay attention to your gums. Look in the mirror for any signs of swelling, discoloration, or receding gums. As you brush and floss, pay attention to any signs of bleeding. And take a minute to ask yourself if you've been experiencing any pain or tenderness.
We check your gums for any signs of gingivitis at your regular twice-yearly dental check-ups. But if you notice any of these signs between visits, be sure to call our office right away so we can talk with you about treatments to avoid further damage and health risks.
We know that a healthy smile gives your confidence and leads to greater success in many areas of life. We love to see your smile, and we're here to help you keep it healthy and beautiful!
Ask yourself these five questions:
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth can lead to pain, temperature sensitivity, swollen gums, and infections.
A missing tooth can also lead to oral health problems. Teeth keep each other in alignment. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth may shift and loosen, changing your bite and increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
A dental implant provides a healthy, comfortable solution that protects bone and preserves tooth alignment. A crown or bridge may be options for you as well, but may require extra maintenance. Even with the extra care, at some point, they may have to be replaced. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime!
Healthy self-confidence and self-esteem contribute to your overall happiness and success. People who lack self-esteem experience greater anxiety and self-doubt; they are less willing to take risks. Knowing you have a beautiful smile enables you to feel confident around friends and work colleagues—and that confidence could contribute to your overall success!
Dentures can be uncomfortable and can make eating and speaking more difficult. Dentures may cause awkward clicking sounds if they slip out of place, and having to reposition them can be embarrassing. Dentures also require special cleaning.
A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Implants function just like a natural tooth. They are cleaned as you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Dental implants permanently replace damaged or missing teeth and feel so natural, you'll forget you even have them!
Oral health is an important factor in your overall health. So it's no surprise that healthy teeth and gums are important before a dental implant procedure. If you're interested in dental implants, contact us to talk about your options.
Implants are cost effective because they are permanent, healthy solutions to dental problems. The cost may be higher up front, but when you consider the costs of untreated dental problems—plus the cost to personal happiness and success caused by poor self-esteem—implants are a cost effective and healthy solution!
As we approach the New Year, most of us feel a bit retrospective—and a bit ambitious. We think back over the last year, and we realize some ways we want to improve our lives in the coming year. Most of us have some kind of goal for the new year, and some of us set resolutions.
One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to be healthier. That may involve eating better, losing weight, exercising . . . . All good ideas, but they miss something very important.
Here's a great idea: add better oral health to your list! Doctors at the Mayo Clinic explain how your oral health can impact your overall health. Your mouth houses a lot of bacteria, some of which can be pretty bad. And since your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory systems, uncontrolled bacteria in your mouth can contribute to some serious health problems, including cardiovascular diseases and pneumonia!
So if you want to take better care of yourself in 2021, start with your oral health. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Floss daily to clean areas your toothbrush misses. Use mouthwash to clean and freshen your mouth. And make sure you come and see us for your regular dental check-ups and cleanings twice a year.
Those simple steps will help you be healthier in 2021!
From all of us to all of you — Have a very Happy New Year!
Christmas decorations are already crowding Thanksgiving off the shelves. Every year, the last few months seem to fly past more quickly!
So before you get completely caught up in the holidays, please think about something important:
You've paid for it all year long. And your benefits for the year end on December 31st.
If you have benefits left on your insurance and you don't use them by the end of the year, you will have given the insurance company a lot of money for nothing.
Why not give yourself a Christmas present instead: a brighter, healthier smile for Christmas!
Call our office to set up your appointment, and use those benefits you've paid for.
Has Covid-19 increased your stress level? If so, you're not alone. Over 90% of adults report higher stress due to the pandemic. Dentists are seeing the results of that stress on their patients' teeth—including a significant increase in broken and cracked teeth.
Healthy tooth enamel is a hard, strong substance that shouldn't crack or break. But when you're stressed, you're more likely to experience bruxism—grinding or clenching your teeth. Bruxism can damage fillings and crowns and can cause teeth to crack or break. Since bruxism often happens during sleep, dentists estimate that only only about 50% of people are aware of it.
The media began reporting the increase in cracked and broken teeth in September after a dentist told the New York Times she had treated more broken teeth in 6 weeks than she had in the last 6 years. Another dentist told CNN he usually treated a broken or cracked tooth every day or every other day. In late September, he was treating between 2 and 5 per day.
An American Dental Association survey confirms these dentists' concerns. Of the dentists surveyed, 59.4% reported seeing an increase in bruxism, 53.4% reported an increase in chipped and cracked teeth, and 53.4% reported an increase in temporomandibular disorder symptoms.
What does this mean for you?
Take a few minutes to evaluate your stress level. Be aware of how stress can affect your health and strategies to reduce stress. If you're experiencing jaw pain or increased headaches, or if you're grinding or clenching your teeth, come in and see us.
One thing that may help is a night guard. Watch Dr. Joey's video below to learn more about this easy solution to protect your teeth.