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Oral Appliances Need Daily Cleanings to Protect Your Oral Health
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Downtown Dental Care Office
There are different types of oral appliances that are used to help various dental conditions. Often these appliances are placed in the mouth at night and stay there for the several hours, but that is not always the case. Sometimes the oral appliance is used during the day. No matter why you need the oral appliance, proper cleaning is essential. You will want to clean it every day in order to protect your oral health. Think of it this way, you would not want to use silverware that you did not clean. Your oral appliance needs the same care. Oral Appliance CleaningCleaning your oral appliance is easy. You will want to wash it by hand. Use liquid dish soap and warm water. You can wash it with your hands, you do not need to scrub it with a brush. That could damage your appliance. Dry your appliance with a soft towel, or allow it to air dry. It is as simple as that. Do Not There are a few things that you will not want to do to clean your oral appliance. Do not use toothpaste on it. Toothpaste is abrasive, and could damage your appliance. Do not put your oral appliance in the dishwasher. Never use bleach on it, and do not place it in boiling water. Warm water is good enough. Remember as well to keep your oral appliance out of the reach of children, and make sure that your pets will not get it. There are some oral appliances that will require special cleaning instructions. Those should have been explained to you when you received the appliance. Otherwise, daily cleaning should be enough for your oral health, and also to help the appliance to last. If you have any questions about cleaning your appliance, please do not hesitate to ask us....

How to Best Protect Your Teeth When You Sleep
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Downtown Dental Care Office
You have your favorite pajamas. You have your favorite pillow and blanket to keep you warm. When you snuggle down to sleep, the last thing you are probably thinking about is your teeth- but you should be. That's because while you are sleeping, you are either helping your teeth be their best, or you are making a nice home for bacteria. Not sure how to protect your teeth if you are not awake? Keep reading for some additional information on keeping your teeth strong and healthy while you sleep. Strength in Sleep Before you go to bed, brush your teeth and floss them. That way, your mouth is nice and clean while you are sleeping. While you may be tempted to go to bed without brushing your teeth, it is one of the worst things you can do, because if you don't brush and floss your teeth before bed, the bacteria in your mouth have all night to eat away at your pearly whites. Over time, that can increase your chance of cavities. Also, if you don't floss, plaque has the opportunity to build up in between your teeth- making a nice home for bacteria. After you brush and floss, rinse up with a little mouthwash as well. This will allow you to get your teeth as clean as possible before bed. After you've done all that work to make your teeth as clean as possible, don't mess it up by eating. Also, don't drink anything sugary before you go to bed as well, because eating or drinking before you sleep erases all the hard work you did to brush and floss your teeth in the first place. If you have questions about protecting your teeth while you sleep, give us a call. We can make you an appointment so that we can share ideas for keeping your teeth healthy all day- and all night. Why not give us a call today?...

The Most Common Reasons People Give for Not Flossing
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Downtown Dental Care Office
People have plenty of reasons for not following the different parts of a good oral hygiene routine. One of the easiest things they find excuses for is flossing. The only way to get around the excuses is to stop using them. Don't call a reason why you don't floss as something you cannot avoid. Knowing some of the common reasons that we hear repeated for not flossing, can stop many from using them as their excuse when they don't floss. What People Say It is not hard to make the list of reasons people don't floss. The reasons vary depending on the person asked. Some people use multiple reasons. These are some of the things we commonly hear. Overcoming the Reasons The way to overcome the reasons for not flossing is fairly easy. For people who don't see the point, an explanation of what flooding does and how it improves oral health can work. For people who don't know how, our dental professionals can show them. For people with bleeding gums, a visit to our office can offer a solution. For the people who don't have the time, a resetting of priorities is in order. They can learn to make the time if they want to maintain good oral health. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to learn about this and other dental health questions....

All Posts:

Oral Appliances Need Daily Cleanings to Protect Your Oral Health
How to Best Protect Your Teeth When You Sleep
The Most Common Reasons People Give for Not Flossing
Tooth Loss and Diabetes Are Linked - What You Need to Know
If You Get a Dental Abscess, You Need to Treat It Before It Spreads
How Water Impacts Your Oral Health
Dangers of Putting Aspirin in Your Mouth to Treat a Toothache
Dangers of Not Flossing on a Daily Basis
How to Improve Your Oral Health While at Work
How to Care For Your Mouth When You Lose a Filling or a Crown
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
Are Your Teeth Bones?
Oral Health Can Improve If You Learn to Meditate
How Sedation Can Help You Overcome Dental Fears
Ways of Reducing Stress to Reduce Bruxism
Ways of Protecting Your Teeth When You Drink Tea and Coffee
Is Enamel Shaping a Good Way to Help Your Teeth?
Do Your Tonsils Cause Your Halitosis?
Most Common Reasons Your Fillings May Hurt
Dangers of Leaving Dental Cracks Alone
Do You Have a Loose Tooth as an Adult? If So, You Need to Come See Us
Do You Grind Your Teeth in Your Sleep?
Sometimes Educating Yourself is the Best Way to Overcome Dental Fears
Ways of Cutting Down Acid in Your Diet
Foods to Eat to Reduce Your Stress
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard Will Not Polish Your Teeth
Resolutions You Can Make Any Time of Year to Protect Your Teeth
Relieving Toothaches Until You Can Get Seen
Easing Pain When You Have an Oral Infection
Do Not Consume These Products Following Oral Surgery
Is Stress Causing You to Crack Your Teeth?
Is Sleep Apnea a Big Enough Deal to Require Treatment?
Learning About the Dangers of Ice When Using It to Cool Off
Can Teeth Feel the Effects of Stress?
Why Your Health Depends on You Replacing Missing Teeth
Why Your Family Should Avoid Gummy Snacks
The Benefits of Glass Fillings
The Benefits of Eating Red Produce
Should You Floss Once or Twice Each Day?
Should You Brush Before or After Breakfast?
How Long Does it Take to See Results from Professional Whitening?
How a Straw Can Help You Bypass Stained Teeth
How to Best Keep Your Dental Bridge Clean
How Straight Teeth Improves Your Oral Health
Why You Need to Avoid Clear Sodas
Getting a Photogenic Smile
Is Sugar Your Tooth's Worst Enemy?
Having Nice Breath This Holiday Season

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