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    Understanding the Tooth Decay Process

    Last updated 7 hours 5 minutes ago

    A healthy mouth uses saliva and good bacteria to clear out bad bacteria and plaque. If too much bad bacteria build up in the mouth, however, it puts the rest of your mouth at risk for infection and decay. Keep reading to learn more about the tooth decay process so you can maintain a healthy mouth:

    Bacteria and Sugars in the Mouth
    When you eat foods that are high in sugar or starch, it gives the bad bacteria and the plaque and your mouth the fuel they need to start creating acid. The more milk, cookies, soda, and bread that you eat, the higher your risk for developing acid in your mouth that can attack the enamel of your teeth. 

    If you constantly expose your teeth to these acids without properly cleaning your mouth, you significantly increase your risk for cavities. Too much acid will eventually wear down your enamel and strip your teeth of valuable minerals. Without the proper attention, this will cause a hole, or a cavity, to develop in the tooth. The only way to fix a cavity is to visit your dentist to get a filling.

    Teeth Strengtheners
    It is never too late to start paying attention to your oral health. If you make an effort to reduce the acid levels in your mouth, you can significantly reduce your risk for tooth decay. Try to limit the amount of sugars and starches that you eat to reduce the amount of acid in your mouth. You should also brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss once a day to reach food and bacteria that might be stuck between your teeth and gums. Visit the dentist once every six months to get deeper cleanings.

    With the help of Dental Care of Stamford, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Our dentists provide the personalized attention you need to ensure that you get the care you deserve. To learn more about our services or to schedule your next appointment, visit us online or call (203) 883-4464.

    Can Baking Soda Whiten Your Teeth?

    Last updated 10 days ago

    If you are starting to see the effects of wear and tear on your teeth, you can actually use baking soda to get them a little whiter. This at-home remedy helps you improve your smile and your confidence.

    Simply dip a wet toothbrush into some baking soda and brush your teeth with it for about 2-3 minutes. If possible, keep brushing for 5 minutes to get the best results. Spit out the baking soda and rinse your mouth thoroughly with cold water. Check out this video for more tips.

    At Dental Care of Stamford, we offer general, preventative, and cosmetic dentistry services to help you get the healthiest and most attractive smile. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (203) 883-4464.

    Common Dental Problems in Children

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Even young children can experience dental problems that could affect their oral health in their adult years. If you want your child to grow up with strong, healthy teeth, it is important to recognize and treat issues as soon as possible. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common dental problems in children.

    Tooth Decay
    It is possible for baby teeth to decay. If you feed your child sweet drinks like juice, formula, or sugar water through a bottle, his or her teeth will frequently come into contact with sugar that can eventually lead to tooth decay. Even babies who nurse and do not swallow all of the breast milk before they fall asleep are at risk for tooth decay. Without the proper treatment, this decay might cause pain and could severely damage the baby teeth. Since these teeth help to guide the permanent teeth into the correct locations, tooth decay might negatively affect your child’s bite.

    Poor Alignment from Thumb Sucking
    Thumb sucking is soothing for infants and young children, but can be problematic for oral health. This habit does not cause any problems before the adult teeth grow in, but if your child continues to suck his or her thumb after the age of five, the habit might cause an overbite. It could even affect the way your child pronounces words.

    Early Tooth Loss
    Children usually lose baby teeth as the adult teeth begin to emerge through the gum line. If they lose the baby teeth early, though, the surrounding teeth might change position. Once more adult teeth begin to emerge, there might not be enough room in the jaw for them. This can result in crooked or misaligned teeth.

    As soon as your child gets his or her first tooth, you should schedule an appointment with a kids’ dentist at Dental Care of Stamford. Our experienced staff members know how to make children feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair and ensure that they have healthy teeth and gums. To learn more, visit us online or call (203) 883-4464.

    Focusing on Patient Comfort at the Dentist's Office

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Even people who do not suffer from dental anxiety might feel uncomfortable going to the dentist. At Dental Care of Stamford, we want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible in our office. Keep reading to find out how we focus on helping our patients feel better at the dentist.

    Our amazing staff is here to greet you as soon as you walk in the door and to show you that you are welcome in our office. Each treatment room has a television with cable channels so you can stay distracted during your appointment. We also have headphones and music that can help you avoid hearing the sounds of the dental tools. Our reception area is equipped with beverages, snacks, and comfortable seating. We also offer paraffin hand treatments to help you relax.

    At Dental Care of Stamford, we care about our patients’ oral health and wellbeing. Whether you need a regular cleaning or more serious dental work, we are here for you. Call (203) 883-4464 to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified dentists.

    Home Remedies for TMJ

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Problems in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can result in a variety of issues that cause headaches, clicking in the jaw, and pain in the face, neck, or shoulders. If you notice any of these symptoms, a TMJ disorder could be the root of your problem. The following guide explains at-home TMJ treatment tips that may help alleviate your symptoms.

    Ask Your Dentist about Stretches
    If you want to try home remedies for your TMJ disorder before other treatment options, you should still consult your dentist about your symptoms. He or she can show you how to do some stretches that allow you to strengthen your jaw. There are also certain massages that may help you stretch out the jaw muscles to reduce your symptoms. 

    Do Not Put Too Much Stress on Your Jaw
    If you have a TMJ disorder, putting too much stress on the jaw can increase your pain. When you really notice your symptoms, you should eat softer foods and make an effort to take smaller bites. Do not eat a lot of candy or other sticky foods, and stay away from chewing gum. Giving your jaw muscles a rest can help you get some relief from your pain and discomfort.

    Use Hot or Cold Compresses
    If relaxing and stretching the jaw are not helping with your issues, you can try to apply a hot or a cold compress to your jaw. Apply either a washcloth with warm water or a bag with ice to the outside of your face for about 10 minutes to relieve your pain.

    At Dental Care of Stamford, we offer some of the best TMJ treatment options in the area. Our dental office has general and kids’ dentists as well as specialists like orthodontists to make it easy for you to get the oral treatment you need. We are open six days a week so you can find an appointment time that works with your schedule. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (203) 883-4464.

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