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Healthy Summer Smiles:

August 14th, 2019

Every season and holiday poses a unique challenge to a healthy, bright smile. But it’s possible to enjoy the seasons and holidays, partaking in the typical treats and participating in the seasonal activities, and still keep that smile bright and healthy. Here’s a few tips to keep your smile healthy and bright during the remainder of the summer season.

A major obstacle during the summer months, especially in households with children, is to keep to a regular dental care routine. Oftentimes in the warmer months we spend time doing things much later in the evening: a firework show, BBQ, etc. And it can be difficult for people to continue to stick to a routine. Children awake well-past usual bedtimes, watching fireworks or roasting marshmallows over the embers of a fire, might feel overly tired and neglect their teeth when it’s finally time for bed; or they may have fallen asleep on the drive back home, and they are put straight to bed. It’s important to always keep to a regular dental routine: brush teeth twice daily and floss at least once. Decay can take hold quickly, and without regular cleanings could lead to cavities and other dental problems.

The summertime is the perfect time to enjoy sugary drinks: lemonade and other sports drinks are often the first to be reached for when the temperatures rise. But remember to drink plenty of water, and if you do reach for a glass of lemonade or a sugary tea, consider either cleaning your teeth or, at the very least, drink water immediately after to help clean the mouth of the excess sugar.

And possibly the most important tip to keeping your smile bright and healthy in the summer months is to pay a visit to your dentist at Premier Smile. You may be reluctant to visit the dentist this time of year, but you should always stick to twice-yearly checkups/cleanings. It’s also the perfect time to get children in to see the dentist, because you won’t have to pull them from school to make the visit.

If you are ready to schedule your next visit to see your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.

Gum Disease

July 14th, 2019

Gum disease is preventable, and easily treated in its early forms. When it begins it’s nothing more than an infection—an infection that’s usually painless—in the gum tissue. Most people do not know they have the early stages of gum disease, but your dentist at Premier Smile can quickly and diagnose it, and, in early stages, easily treat it.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease symptoms vary, although the first apparent symptom is gum tissue that are red and appear swollen; the gum tissue could even bleed easily. The gums will begin to pull away from the teeth as the infection progresses. The patient will also develop a bad taste in his or her mouth and, unfortunately, pervasive bad breath. As gum disease progresses, the symptoms will get more severe as the gum tissue that supports the teeth continues to change and breakdown.

There are several factors that can increase the likelihood that a person develops gum disease. The most obvious is poor oral hygiene; it’s so important that a person brush twice each and every day and floss at least once. A person who uses tobacco, any type, will be a likely candidate. Systemic disease, especially diabetes, can be a cause of gum disease. And even certain medications can initiate gum disease.

If you suspect that you have gum disease, it’s best to pay a visit to your dentist at Premier Smile immediately. The early stages of gum disease, called Gingivitis, are easily treatable. But if gum disease is allowed to progress it can develop into the much more severe periodontal disease, and the symptoms and the potential outcome for periodontal disease is much more severe and much more difficult to treat.

Remember that the easiest way to prevent gum disease is to keep to a regular dental routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once. And stick to a regular twice-yearly dental visit with your dentist at Premier Smile. If you need to schedule your next appointment, or if you have any other questions about gum disease and the possible treatments, then call Premier Smile today.

Dental Anxiety: How to Stop Fearing the Dentist Office

June 8th, 2019

If you are someone who gets nervous about a trip to the dentist then know that you are far from alone; thousands admit to fearing the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, this can mean that a person’s fear of the dentist will keep him or her from coming in for a twice-yearly checkup. And those checkups are as important to a person’s dental health as brushing twice daily and flossing once. To prolong a visit to the dentist’s office means a greater risk of developing dental conditions that, if left untreated, could become serious. So here are a few tips to better cope with the fear of a visit to the dentist’s office.

The number one way to deal with a fear of the dentist is to tell your dentist at Premier Smile of your anxieties/fears. Your dentist can better treat you if you explain everything; remember to include any stories of bad experiences. Ask your dentist for strategies to help you while you spend time in the chair. And remember to discuss with your dentist and the dental team an agreed-upon signal you plan to use if the situation becomes overly stressful.

You may also want to plan to distract yourself from the exam. If you are someone who has fears and anxieties upon hearing the sound of the drill, then you may want to wear headphones. You could also find ways of occupying your hands to deflect some of the nervousness you feel.

Last but not least, you can participate in mindful techniques. Use techniques such as deep breathing to help relax the tensions you may feel in your body.

If you have been unable to schedule your next dental appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today. Remember to explain that you do have certain anxieties about visiting the dentist so that the dental team at Premier Smile can better accommodate your needs.

When/How Should Children Begin Flossing

May 8th, 2019

Flossing is an important component to daily oral care. We know that it’s important that everyone should brush twice daily, and floss at least once. But at what age can we teach our children to floss? A child can begin to learn to brush his or her teeth as soon as he or she has the basic motor skills to be able to maneuver the brush. Unfortunately, there is no one absolute right answer to this question, because each child is going to be different. But there are a number of factors to consider, and at some time in adolescence, a child should make flossing a part of his or her oral care routine.

A child who’s encouraged to brush his or her teeth and floss at least once is likely to become an adult who understands the importance of a quality everyday oral care routine. You can help your child floss with the help of interdental cleaners, but when you believe they have demonstrated the dexterity to handle flossing, it’s time to step back and encourage them. It’s a good idea at this stage to floss your own teeth, while your child is flossing his or hers. Leading by example can only positively reinforce flossing as habit.

If your child becomes overly frustrated by flossing, even if he or she has the dexterity to do it, then allow them to use an interdental cleaner or other similar device. If a child becomes too frustrated they may become adults who dislike and remain aloof to the thought of flossing. Creating quality oral habits now, in childhood, can only bolster those same good habits later in adulthood.

If you have any questions about when is the best time to teach your child to floss, or if it’s time to schedule you or your child’s next appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.

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