DR GLASBAND'S BLOG

Two Minutes of Brushing: A Simple Tip

Do you brush your teeth for two minutes? Brushing teeth isn’t the most fun thing in the world. We often do it when we are in a hurry, just about to run out the door, or quickly going to bed. Here’s a simple tip to keep that two minutes from becoming 30 seconds: Choose a favorite song that is a couple minutes in length, and keep on brushing until the song is over! By practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly, you will prevent dental problems and save time and money.

Please contact us at 562-425-5511 to schedule an appointment. Regular preventative care is important to maintain strong, healthy, gorgeous teeth. We offer Gentle Dentistry in a Caring Atmosphere.

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Dental Fillings: Metallic vs. Composite Resin

While amalgam (silver) dental fillings have been around since the 1800s, they are fast losing ground to tooth-colored composite resin dental fillings. The most obvious reason for the switch to plastic dental resin has its basis in aesthetics. In the eyes of increasing numbers of patients, it’s far more preferable to have a filling material that nearly matches the color of their teeth, rather than a metallic filling that stands in dark contrast to white teeth. On top of that, composite dental resin actually bonds to the crown of the tooth to create a solid tooth structure. Amalgam, on the other hand, merely fills the cavity, allowing seepage around the “silver” filling over time, which can lead to decay.  The pictures on the right show the dramatic change we can get in one short visit!

Considering your options for dental fillings, inlays, and onlays? Visit our Inlays and Onlays Page for more information.

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Beauty or Health? Choose Both for Your Teeth!

Beautiful smiles don’t always mean healthy teeth and gums. With so many technological advances in dentistry over the last few years, there’s no reason to walk out of the dentist’s office with a beautiful smile that hides rotting teeth, or healthy teeth that are misaligned and discolored. When it comes to taking care of our clients, we will never make you choose. We want all our clients to have healthy and beautiful teeth and gums inside and out.  A healthy mouth and a beautiful smile can both be yours – without breaking your bank. You might be surprised at what modern dentistry can do for you!

Our staff will always put your needs and wishes first and advise you on the best long-term preventative plan for healthy, attractive teeth. We take the time to listen and understand patients, and explain all procedures to patients’ satisfaction.

 

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Would You Bathe Your Teeth in Acid?

There is more to worry about than sugar content and weight gain when you drink soft drinks. Many carbonated sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid. While non-cola drinks are less acidic than cola drinks in general, the erosive potential of cola is ten times that of fruit juices during just the first three minutes of consuming them. When researchers weighed slices of enamel from freshly extracted teeth 48 hours after they were immersed in 20 different commercial soft drinks, they found that the samples lost more than 5% of their weight. If you drink colas, use a straw and brush your teeth afterward.

Check out our Dental Health Page to read more about protecting your teeth.

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Smoking and Gum Disease: The Increased Risks

Aside from countless other smoking-related health risks, research shows that smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and their cases are more serious than those of nonsmokers. Bone loss, gum recession, and tartar (hardened plaque) all contribute to gum disease and are common among users of tobacco. If the excessive plaque is not removed, the gums become infected and pull away from the teeth. Researchers believe that nicotine and other substances in tobacco may weaken the body’s immune response to harmful bacteria and reduce blood flow to the gums. As the bacteria in plaque attacks the tissues and bone that support the teeth, the stage is set for loosened teeth and tooth loss, which is also more common among smokers than nonsmokers.

 

Our staff is committed to helping you keep your teeth and gums in the very best health possible. We make every effort to provide superior service and friendly assistance to all of our patients. Please contact us at 562-425-5511, to schedule an appointment. Now is the best time to take care of your teeth!

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