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    Preventing Dental Problems Before They Start

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your oral health is an important part of your overall well-being. Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once every day are essential parts of your dental hygiene routine. Even if you have good at-home oral care habits, it’s still wise to visit your dentist every six months to make sure there aren’t any problems developing that you can’t see with your own eyes. Preventing dental problems is key for a healthy mouth, and can keep you from spending lots of time in the dentist’s chair down the road. 

    On Your Own
    No one has more control over your dental health than you do, which is why your at-home dental care routine is so important. Take ownership of your teeth and gums, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean them twice every day. Look for a fluoride toothpaste in a flavor you like so you’ll be more likely to brush your teeth. Flossing may feel like a chore, but the few minutes you spend doing it every day are far better than the alternatives of gum disease and tooth decay that a lack of flossing can cause.

    Fuel for Good Health
    In addition to keeping your mouth clean and fresh, you should consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins for the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. Starchy and sugary foods contain many empty calories, and leave a coating on your teeth that encourages bacteria to grow and plaque to form. Drink plenty of water instead of sugary sodas, fruit juices, or sports drinks, and you’ll help to wash away any food particles left behind after you eat.

    At the Dentist
    Your dentist is your partner in dental health, and will give you a thorough examination when you visit him every six months. He may recommend sealants on your molars for additional protection against tooth decay, and can give you more tips on how to prevent dental problems from forming.

    Let the friendly dentists at Dental Care of Stamford take great care of your family’s oral health. Contact us at (203) 883-4464 to schedule an appointment. Ask your dentist about preventive dentistry and what you can do to maintain a healthy, radiant smile for years to come. 

    Is Your Teen at Risk for Gum Disease?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your child’s health is of utmost importance to you as a parent, and your concern doesn’t dissipate even as he grows up to be a teenager. Gum disease can affect people of all ages, and it’s important to emphasize the importance of oral health to your teenager. Children and teens can be prone to chronic gingivitis, usually more common at younger ages. Red, swollen, bleeding gums form as a result, and can progress into more serious stages of gum disease if they are not treated properly. Teenagers who are perfectly healthy in other ways can still have gum disease, or even aggressive periodontitis. This tends to affect the first molars and incisors, and can lead to bone loss. Keep an eye on your teen’s mouth and look for red gums, puffiness, exposed tooth roots, and notice chronic bad breath.

    Dental Care of Stamford is proud to offer high-quality dental care to everyone in your family. Call us at (203) 883-4464 to learn more about our family practice, and our children’s specialists at Dental Care Kids. Good oral health is a lifelong journey.  

    Breaking Down the Different Types of Gum Disease

    Last updated 4 months ago

    There’s more to a healthy mouth than gleaming, straight, white teeth. Your gums protect the sensitive roots of your teeth and help to hold them in place. When you visit your dentist, he will examine your teeth as well as your gums to look for any signs of dental problems. Many people have experienced some form of gum disease at some point in their lives, even if it has just been a mild case of gingivitis. While gum disease might not seem like a big deal, it can lead to serious problems including the loss of your teeth if it’s left untreated. Keep reading for a look at the different types of gum disease.

    Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and is completely reversible as long as you and your dentist recognize and treat it in time. If you have swollen, red, sensitive gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth, this is a common symptom of gingivitis. Many people do not experience any discomfort when they have gingivitis, so be vigilant in taking care of your gums and notice any changes in the way they look.

    Periodontitis

    If gingivitis is left untreated and allowed to progress, it will turn into periodontitis. As plaque gets beneath the gum line, the bacteria will irritate gums and cause an inflammatory response. The tissues and bones that support your teeth begin to break down, and small pockets form underneath the gum line where bacteria and food particles become trapped. Dental treatment can usually help prevent periodontitis from progressing any further.

    Advanced Periodontitis

    This is the third and final stage of gum disease, and can lead to permanent damage including bone loss, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. When teeth shift or loosen, your bite will be affected, which in turn can change the way you chew and speak. Aggressive treatment is needed at this stage, and extraction may be necessary.

    Don’t let gum disease take away your beautiful smile. Call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 324-6171 to find out about our Fairfield County dental practice. We are open six days a week for your convenience, so take the first step towards a healthier mouth today.

    Six Months to a Better Smile! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Have you always dreamed of having a smile full of beautiful, straight teeth? Even if you have had braces in the past, teeth can shift over time, leaving you with cosmetic imperfections. Many adults are not interested in wearing traditional metal braces to fix their teeth, as treatment can take up to two years and is rather conspicuous. That’s where Six Month Smiles comes in. Six Month Smiles is a quick, effective, and discreet alternative to metal braces for adults who want to straighten their teeth. Made of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, the Six Month Smiles treatment system is barely visible, so you won’t have to feel self-conscious about your orthodontic treatment. Additionally, there is no need to worry about constantly taking aligners in and out. Check out this infographic from your Stamford dentist to learn more about the benefits of Six Month Smiles. Please share with your friends, and make an appointment with your cosmetic dentist to start your six-month journey towards a better smile!

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    A Simple Guide to Brushing Teeth While You Have Braces

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Taking care of your teeth while you’re wearing braces is important so that your mouth is healthy once your braces are removed. Watch this video to learn how to brush your teeth when you have braces.

    Brushing your teeth with braces might seem a little tricky at first, but practice will pay off before you know it. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and angle it down towards the top of your brackets, using a side-to-side motion to free up any food particles and bacteria that might be stuck. Repeat the same process for the underside of your brackets. You can also use a tool that’s specially designed to get in between your brackets.

    Call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 324-6171 to find out how our team of friendly dentists can help you and your family have beautiful, healthy smiles. We offer orthodontic treatment so that you can feel better about the health and appearance of your smile.

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