At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we hear this question often, “Is flossing really that important?” The short answer is, “Yes, flossing is that important.” And here’s why.
Flossing is a crucial part of having a healthy mouth and healthy gums. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends daily flossing in order to achieve optimal oral health. By properly flossing, you’re able to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria that forms between teeth, something that brushing alone can’t do.
While brushing is a very important to the well being of your mouth, to get the healthiest mouth possible, it should be paired with flossing. A proper brushing-flossing combination reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease, and makes your Erdenheim dentist very happy!
Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums
Floss before brushing your teeth
Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion
Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline
Repeat on the opposite tooth
Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each set of teeth
Finish up with a proper brushing
Even if you brush twice a day and floss daily, it’s still important to maintain regular visits to your dental office in Erdenheim. Due for a checkup or professional cleaning? Don’t worry. Call Chesheim Dental Associates today to schedule your appointment today.
We all know that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day – but how do you know if you’re using the right toothbrush and toothpaste? At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we think it’s important, not only to keep up with brushing your teeth, but to also make sure you know if you’re using a good toothbrush and toothpaste.
Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different size mouths. For larger mouths, a full-head toothbrush may be preferred, whereas if your mouth is smaller, you may opt for a compact head or even a youth toothbrush. Either way, your toothbrush should be able to fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to easily reach all areas.
The type of bristles a toothbrush has is directly related to how well your toothbrush is cleaning your teeth without causing damage. We recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush, not only because they bend more easily to access those hard-to-reach places, but also because they are less damaging than hard bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation and can even damage the tooth surface.
The type of toothpaste you use is also important to your oral health. Here are a few key things to look for to make sure your toothpaste is giving your smile the best clean.
First, you need like the flavor, texture, and the toothpaste overall. Choosing a paste that you enjoy helps encourage you to brush everyday, twice a day.
Another way to make sure you’re using the right toothpaste is to look for the all-important ingredient of fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to protect tooth enamel from decay and is crucial to a healthy mouth. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%.
Besides fluoride, toothpastes are also made to cater to individual needs and can include speciality features like helping with sensitivity, tartar control, whitening, and breath-freshening.
Using the right toothbrush and toothpaste is important to your at-home dental hygiene routine, but there’s more to maintaining optimal oral health than simply using the right products at home. Keeping up with regularly scheduled professional cleanings and checkups are crucial to ensuring a healthy mouth. If you’re due for a professional cleaning or checkup, call our Erdenheim dental office to schedule your appointment today!
Yikes! You broke a crown. And the part of having it restored you like the least is biting into that mass of impression goop – it makes you gag every time and it has to stay in your mouth for what feels like hours. Worse, sometimes the impression for something like a dental crown has to be taken twice. Not anymore! Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim now has the iTero intraoral digital scanner to make getting any restoration – like your crown – as easy as 1,2,3!
1. Creates precision images for incredibly accurate restorations
2. Eliminates the gooey discomfort of impressions
3. Shortens your appointments and eliminates the need for return appointments
It all adds up to a better better, more comfortable restoration process. So about that broken crown… come see us for a goopless experience!
iTero – More Than Just Crowns
Chesheim Dental Associates has invested in iTero technology to save you time and make restorations and other dentistry much easier and more comfortable. Since the iTero makes any procedure more accurate, we use it to replace conventional impression taking methods and improve the quality and effectiveness of crowns, porcelain inlays and onlays, porcelain veneers, implant restorations and Invisalign treatment.
The Benefits of iTero
Instead of putty molds that are messy and not always accurate, we take a digital scan of your bite that creates an intricate 3D image in real time. With iTero, the only thing that touches your teeth is the tip of a hand-held wand. The digital impression is complete in approximately three to five minutes. No waiting for the putty to dry, and no re-molding. And best of all, the digital impression can be sent electronically to our partner labs so your restoration will fit better and last longer.
If you need a crown – or any other restorative or cosmetic dental procedure – call our dental office in Erdenheim. We can make your smile look and feel great with no gagging involved!
We all know that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day — but how do you know if you’re using the right toothbrush? At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we think it’s important to not only keep up with brushing your teeth, but also to make sure that you know what makes a good toothbrush, and that you’re using the right one.
Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different mouth sizes. For larger mouths, a full-head toothbrush may be preferred whereas if your mouth is smaller, you may opt for a compact head or even a youth toothbrush. Either way, your toothbrush should be able to fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to easily reach all areas.
The handle of your toothbrush is also an important component to consider. While it’s important that the shape of the toothbrush is comfortable for you, it’s also necessary to make sure that the handle length and shape allows you to fit the toothbrush easily into your mouth and back to your molars, maintaining steady control.
While certain aspects of choosing a toothbrush are personal preferences, like size, shape, and color, other parts of a toothbrush shouldn’t be so subjective.
The type of bristles a toothbrush has is directly related to how well your toothbrush is cleaning your teeth, without causing damage. Chesheim Dental Associates recommends using a soft-bristle toothbrush, not only because it bends more easily to reach those hard-to-reach places, but also because it is less damaging than hard bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation and may even cause damage to the tooth surface.
At our dental office in Erdenheim, we not only recommend using a toothbrush that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal, but also maintaining regularly scheduled hygiene visits and check ups. If you’re due for a professional dental cleaning, give Chesheim Dental Associates a call today. We love to see you smile!
In our last two blogs, we discussed what gum disease is, its symptoms, and how it can affect the rest of your body and your overall health. All of us at Chesheim Dental Associates also want you to know that despite how scary periodontal disease is, it is actually very easy to prevent.
There are two main ways to prevent gum disease that are simple and inexpensive daily habits – brushing your teeth and flossing. By brushing your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and by flossing regularly, your chances of developing gum disease greatly decrease.
How else can you keep your gums healthy?
In addition to brushing and flossing, there are several other ways that you can keep your gums, and your body, healthy.
Eat a balanced diet that limits sticky sweet foods
Don’t smoke. In fact, tobacco use increases your risk of gum disease by six times!
Visit your Erdenheim dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings
Visiting our dental office in Erdenheim regularly is a great way to keep an eye on your oral health and also to spot any trouble areas before they have a chance to become big problems. If we do happen to find active gum disease, don’t worry. Although gum disease is a scary thing, it is easily treatable with early detection.
So if you’re due for a checkup or if you have concerns about the health of your gums, call your Erdenheim Dentists at Chesheim Dental to schedule your appointment today. Together we can stop gum disease and help keep you healthy.
In our last blog, we discussed what periodontal (gum) disease is, some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate the disease, and how important it is to come see us at our Erdenheim dental office as soon as possible if you’re experiencing any of those symptoms. Today we’re going to tell you why a quick diagnosis and early treatment of periodontal disease is so important.
Your gums are the window to your overall health. They not only let us know if there is an issue in your mouth, they can also indicate other problems within your body. And when they’re infected, they can make you more susceptible to serious health issues and diseases.
In fact, people with gum disease are more prone to strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, among other severe health concerns.
How can a disease in your mouth cause problems in the rest of your body?
There are four main ways that periodontal disease can lead to other serious health concerns.
Bloodstream – Chewing food injects infectious bacteria into your bloodstream, which is then carried throughout your body.
Breathing – Periodontal bacteria can be breathed into the lungs and increase the chance of lung disease.
Transmission – Periodontal infection can be transferred directly from spouse to spouse and parent to child through a simple kiss.
Immune System – Gum disease can lower your immune system, making you less effective at fighting off infections.
While we know that gum disease can lead to serious medical problems and diseases, at Chesheim Dental Associates, we also know that early diagnosis and proactive treatment can keep gum disease from causing any of these major health concerns. That’s why keeping up with your regularly scheduled visits is so important.
If you’re due for an exam, call our Erdenheim dental office today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you!
You know we’re always happy to see you at Chesheim Dental Associates. We think of you as part of our extended family, so we’re truly concerned when we see patients with periodontal disease, or what we usually call “gum disease.”
When gum disease is in its early stages, you might not even be aware that there’s a problem. In that case, your gum disease may go untreated and progressively get worse. If that happens, then your gums are harder to treat, and your teeth and overall health can be at serious risk.
What Is Gum Disease?
If you read or hear anything about gum disease, you probably run across different terms that all sound like the same thing. Let’s start with some of the basics.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, and when you might not spot the symptoms yourself. Your gums become red and swollen, and may bleed easily when brushing or flossing. You may think some bleeding is natural when you’re cleaning your teeth—not true! It’s one of the first signs that you should call our dental office in Erdenheim for a checkup and to have us assess the health of your gums.
Periodontitis occurs when the dental plaque that forms on your teeth begins to spread below the gum line. The bacteria in plaque irritate your gums and cause inflammation, and that’s when the gum tissue can break down. This can cause loose teeth, or even the loss of one or more teeth.
Healthy teeth and gums are important building blocks for good overall health and well being. They’re one of our first priorities when you’re here for checkups. If you’re due for a regular visit, or have any questions or concerns, give our Erdenheim dental office a call to schedule a visit.
It is important to your dental health to visit the dentist every 6 months for a thorough checkup and cleaning. But perhaps even more important is the preventive measures you take every day, including what you eat and drink and your oral hygiene regimen.
Your diet can have a dramatic effect on your oral health. Think of it this way: if it is bad for your diet, it is not good for your teeth. For example, energy drinks, like Red Bull have been found to damage tooth enamel, greatly increasing the risk of cavities and increasing tooth sensitivity. Once enamel is gone, it can’t be replaced.
Other “foods” that are bad for your teeth are sticky snacks – think fruit chews, caramels or other chewy candy. These treats can loosen dental restorations. And if you have a restoration that is already loose, chewy candy can pull it right out. Hard candies are also bad for your teeth. They linger in your mouth for a long time, allowing sugar to coat you teeth. Sour candies have a high acid level that can damage tooth enamel. Even gummy vitamins that you take to be healthy can be damaging to your teeth for these very reasons.
But if you think you just have to be wary of simple sugars, like candy and soda, think again. Even complex carbohydrates turn into sugar in your mouth . . . sugar that bacteria can use to produce acid and damage teeth.
In addition to carefully monitoring what goes in your mouth is actually taking care of your mouth with your home oral hygiene regimen. You should thoroughly brush your teeth with a quality, fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. You should also floss daily. We also recommend using a fluoride rinse and an oral irrigator, like the HydroFloss or WaterPik, for an even deeper clean at home.
You know that eating sugar isn’t just bad for your diet – it is bad for your teeth! Eating sugar creates an acidic condition in the mouth. Acidity strips minerals from tooth enamel, causing it to weaken and be more vulnerable to bacteria.
As a result, tooth decay occurs. But what if you don’t have time to brush after lunch? Or after a sugary snack? Simple. Grab some Xylitol!
Xylitol is a naturally occurring compound that actually creates an unwelcome environment for oral bacteria; they simply cannot stick to teeth in a Xylitol-rich environment. In fact, studies show a dramatic reduction in new tooth decay in patients who chewed Xylitol sweetened gums. And it isn’t hard to find anymore. Xylitol is found in some sugar free or whitening gums such as Trident. Just check the label and keep some handy for those times you indulge in sweets!
The Erdenheim, PA dental practice of Chesheim Dental Associates incorporates the latest in innovative dental technology to enhance patient care. One such example is the Tekscan® for computerized occlusal analysis. The T-Scan is a diagnostic device that records your bite force dynamics, including occlusal force, location and timing. What does that mean for you?
The position of your bite is very important. The slightest change can throw it off. For example, if you lose or break a tooth, your bite balance changes. When we restore your tooth with a crown or tooth-colored filling, it is important that it is placed correctly within your bite. If the filling surface is too high or too low, your bite will be thrown off balance.
With the T-Scan we can precisely analyze your bite – making sure it is in an optimal position so the forces are balanced and even. No longer do we have to ask you, “Does that feel ok?” There is no more guesswork. We know where the correct bite position is.