Keeping good oral hygiene habits is just as important as eating right or leading an active lifestyle. However, oral health is often overlooked. Do you know what you should be doing daily to upkeep your oral health? How can a strong oral hygiene routine benefit you and your smile? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, also serving the Hunters Creek area
Caring For Your Smile
Ensuring you are caring for your smile properly can mean the difference between keeping teeth decay and gum disease at bay and requiring procedures like fillings or root canals to repair cavities. The American Dental Association says that every person with every risk level for decay, with any dental condition, and of any age should brush their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. Patients should floss between each tooth at least once every day. Use a soft toothbrush with bristles which can access hard-to-reach areas in between the teeth. Additionally, use a different strand of floss for each quarter of your mouth to cut down on the spread of decay and be sure to slide the floss all the way up and underneath the gum tissue.
How can routine dental examinations and professional cleanings benefit me?
Seeing your dentist regularly is a crucial aspect of keeping your teeth healthy and decay-free. Routine dental examinations allow your dentist and hygienist to remove plaque and tartar and catch the earliest stages of teeth decay. These preventative steps save you time and money in the long run, ensuring that your smile remains healthy. Regular cleanings remove any presence of plaque or tartar from the teeth, which give you a clean slate to continue keeping decay at bay between visits.
Good Oral Hygiene in Kissimmee, FL
Understanding the benefits of good oral hygiene and mastering the steps to keep your smile healthy is important to both your oral and general health. With help from your dentist, you can ensure that your teeth are getting the best treatment available on a daily basis.
For more information on good oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, also serving the Hunters Creek area. Call (407) 350-5969 to schedule your routine examination and professional cleaning with Dr. Grosso today!
In the sports world, athletes are always looking for an edge. And it’s not just college or professional sports—even Little Leaguers are focused on enhancing their performance.
That’s why sports and energy drinks have rocketed in popularity. With marketing pitches promising to increase stamina or replace lost nutrients from strenuous workouts, it’s not unusual to find these beverages in sports bags or the team water cooler.
But there’s a downside to them regarding your dental health—they’re often high in sugar and acidity. Both drink types could increase your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease over time.
Sugar is a primary food source for the bacteria that can trigger a gum infection. They also produce acid, which at high levels can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. The risk for enamel erosion also increases with the drink’s acidity.
You can lessen your risk of these unpleasant outcomes by restricting your consumption of these beverages. In fact, unless your sports activity is highly strenuous for long periods, your best hydration choice is usually water.
But if you do drink a sports or energy drink for an extra lift, be sure to take these precautions for the sake of your teeth:
Try to drink them only at mealtimes. Continually sipping on these drinks between meals never gives your saliva a chance to neutralize mouth acid. Reserving acidic foods and beverages for mealtimes will allow saliva to catch up until the next meal.
Rinse with water after your drink. Water usually has a neutral pH. This can help dilute mouth acid and reduce the mouth’s overall acidity.
Don’t brush right after drinking or eating. Increased acid that can occur right after drinking or eating can immediately soften tooth enamel, but saliva can neutralize and help restore minerals to tooth enamel within an hour. Brushing during this period could remove tiny bits of the enamel’s minerals.
Taking these precautions will help keep sports or energy drinks from eroding your tooth enamel. Once it’s gone, you won’t be able to get it back.
If you would like more information on protecting your tooth enamel, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Think Before You Drink: Sports and Energy Beverages Bathe Teeth in Erosive Acids.”
If you’re facing cancer treatment, we wish you the best outcome possible. Treating this disease has advanced tremendously in recent decades, but the available options are still often challenging to endure. It will be your primary focus for the foreseeable future.
As a dental provider we also want you to be aware how the two main treatments, chemotherapy and radiation, could adversely affect your teeth and gums, especially if you’re receiving radiation therapy near the head and neck. The aim of cancer treatment is to attack and destroy cancer cells to prevent their growth. Unfortunately, it can also destroy neighboring healthy cells and lead to harmful consequences in different parts of the body, including the mouth.
Salivary glands, for example, are especially vulnerable to damage during cancer treatment. This could create a situation where the mouth no longer produces adequate saliva flow, leading to a condition called xerostomia or dry mouth. Besides a lot of discomfort, restricted saliva flow can also increase your risk of tooth decay and other dental diseases. This is because saliva is the body’s acid neutralizer (acid can erode tooth enamel) and its first line of defense against microbial infection.
To guard against this, it’s important to support salivary flow as much as possible if you experience dry mouth symptoms during treatment (as well as beyond—it’s possible the damage to these glands could be permanent). Since some medications also contribute to dry mouth, you should speak with your physician about the prescriptions you’re taking: if any have dry mouth side effects ask if there’s an alternative drug without these side effects. You should also drink more water during the day and especially when taking medications. And consider substances like xylitol gum that can help boost saliva flow.
Unfortunately, it may not be possible to fully avoid the effects of these treatments on your teeth and gums. So, be sure you keep up daily brushing and flossing and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. If necessary, there are a number of restoration options to restore your smile after you’ve completed your treatment.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
There are numerous procedures for correcting and treating various dental problems. Infected or damaged teeth can be spared, strengthened, or restored through such procedures as root canal therapy or the installation of dental crowns. In some cases, though, the best course of treatment is an extraction of the damaged or infected tooth. A dentist can examine your problem tooth and tell you if an extraction is needed. Dr. Vincent Grosso is your dentist for gentle dental extractions in Kissimmee, FL.
Reasons for Extraction
There are several oral conditions in which extraction of a tooth is needed. In most cases, a tooth is extracted when there is no possibility of restoring it. In such cases, extraction prevents infection and decay from spreading to other areas, potentially saving additional teeth from extraction down the road. In Kissimmee, dental extractions are performed in the following cases:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Overcrowding of the teeth
- Extensive tooth trauma or damage due to injury
- Extensive infection and decay that cannot be treated with a root canal
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out on their own
There are several steps to performing dental extractions. Once it is confirmed that an extraction is needed, x-rays are taken. X-rays give the dentist an opportunity to observe the positioning of the tooth’s root. Unusual tooth root positioning could cause potential complications when performing the extraction. The x-ray also allows the dentist to observe the condition of surrounding bone and identify additional complications that might come up. Knowing these things in advance helps the dentist prepare for a smoother procedure. Before the procedure begins, local anesthesia and a sedative will likely be administered to minimize pain. The dentist will then gently remove the problem tooth.
There are several situations in which a tooth extraction is needed. Conditions such as overcrowding, extensive decay, or tooth damage are sometimes best resolved through extraction. To find out if an extraction is needed in your case, schedule an appointment with Dr. Grosso, your Kissimmee, FL, dentist for dental extractions, by calling the office at (407) 350-5969.
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