Are you doing all you can to prevent cavities and gum disease? Our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, discuss how you can improve your oral hygiene routine.
A quick swish of the brush might make your mouth feel fresher, but speedy brushing may leave behind cavity-causing plaque. Brushing your teeth too quickly may not eliminate every speck of plaque from your teeth. Unfortunately, your risk of tooth decay rises the longer the sticky bacterial film remains on your teeth.
Plaque soon hardens into tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease. Tartar is so hard that it can only be removed during a thorough dental cleaning in our Shelton office. Luckily, it's easy to protect your teeth from the effects of both plaque and tartar by brushing for at least two minutes every morning and evening.
Make time for flossing
When you're in a hurry to get to work or school, it's not always easy to find an extra minute or two to floss. Unfortunately, if you neglect this crucial oral hygiene task, your risk of both tooth decay and gum disease increases. Tartar can irritate your gums, causing gingivitis, the mildest phase of gum disease. Flossing not only removes plaque between teeth but also gets rid of food particles that can cause bad breath.
Use the proper technique
Good technique is the key to protecting your smile. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush using short circular strokes. Make sure you've thoroughly cleaned each tooth before moving on to the next one.
Both brushing and flossing require only gentle pressure. Vigorous brushing can erode your tooth enamel and damage your gums. Flossing too enthusiastically may also hurt your gums. When you floss, use a soft touch when you move the string or tape up and down between your teeth.
Choose the best tools
Avoid using a one-size-fits-all approach when you buy oral care supplies. Select a brush with soft bristles, and pay attention to the size of the toothbrush head. If you have a small mouth, consider using a child's brush to make brushing easier. Both manual and power brushes offer an excellent way to clean your teeth. Power brushes can be particularly helpful if you have arthritis or another condition that makes it hard to manipulate the brush.
Keep your smile bright and health with good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations. Call our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.
The American Dental Association estimates that over two million Americans have some type of dental emergency every year. Unfortunately, many of these cases are treated at emergency rooms in hospitals instead of at the dentist's office by skilled dental professionals. Thankfully an emergency dentist is available at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. Be prepared and aware of what you should do in the case of a dental emergency.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Generally, any oral care related issue that brings you excessive discomfort, could cause tooth loss, or that can cause more serious symptoms to develop is considered an emergency. One example is a knocked out tooth—a common sports-related injury. It can often be restored if the patient is seen by a dentist urgently. Another example is a throbbing toothache, which often can be cured with root canal therapy.
What You Should Do
The first thing to do in a dental emergency is to keep the affected area clean and clear of food particles. Stop any bleeding by pressing gauze against the gumline for up to 15 minutes. Gargle with warm salt water. If there's swelling, place an ice pack over your cheek. Try to carefully reinsert a (clean) knocked out tooth or place it in milk to bring to the dentist. Retrieve any chipped tooth matter and take it to the dentist. Finally, make sure you call Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT to schedule an urgent visit to the emergency dentist on staff.
Avoiding Emergencies in the Future
Here are a few tips on how to reduce the chance of future dental emergencies:
- Keep your teeth clean, especially after eating sugar-filled foods or beverages, to avoid dental decay.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
- Ask your dentist about preventative treatments that can strengthen and protect your teeth.
No More Waiting - See an Emergency Dentist
The team at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT. They understand that some dental concerns can't wait. Call (203) 924-4115 today to schedule an emergency visit with Dr. Michael Caserta or Dr. Adrian Basu.
Want to prevent decay and gum disease from happening to you? Find out how.
Caring for your smile and maintaining healthy teeth and gums doesn’t have to be impossible. There are so many little steps you can take every day to prevent cavities and gum disease from befalling your smile. Of course, we know that sometimes it can feel like you aren’t doing enough for your oral health. Our Shelton, CT, family dentists Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu are here to put your oral hygiene to the test.
Here are some tips to follow for preserving your oral health:
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth is a habit that should have been instilled in your since childhood. In order to keep teeth thoroughly clean, it’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and then again in the evening. This is one of the best ways to prevent plaque and food from sticking to the front or back surfaces of your teeth.
While brushing is a great way to keep your teeth clean it’s not the only thing you should incorporate into your at-home oral care routine. If you want to dislodge food and plaque from between teeth, only floss will successfully be able to do this. Floss once a day right before bedtime to ensure that plaque and food doesn’t sit on teeth while you sleep.
Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush
A toothbrush head is not designed to last forever. So, when should you ditch your toothbrush and replace it with a new one? The shape of your tooth’s bristles will tell you all you need to know. If the bristles are frayed and looking a bit rough then they are probably also a bit too rough for your teeth. Expect to replace your toothbrush about every three to four months.
Get Professional Dental Cleanings Twice a Year
Even the very best at-home care will never be able to take the place of professional cleanings. Coming in twice a year to visit our Shelton, CT, dentists ensure that not only do we remove plaque and tartar buildup to get teeth and gums completely clean but that we also are able to pinpoint issues when they are smaller and much simpler to treat. No matter how healthy you are, everyone can benefit from coming in twice a year for preventive dental care.
Whether you have questions about maintaining a healthy smile or you need to schedule your routine cleaning, don’t hesitate to reach out and call the dental team at Dental Associates of Shelton. Here in Shelton, CT, we believe that dental care should be available to everyone. Schedule an appointment with us today.
How dental crowns from Shelton can restore your smile
Are you hiding your smile because of damaged teeth? Are you afraid to eat the hard foods you love because your broken teeth might break again? If so, it’s time to consider a permanent solution to restore your smile. It’s time to think about dental crowns! Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT want to introduce you to what dental crowns can do for you and your smile.
A dental crown is much stronger than a filling. That’s because a large dental filling can actually split your tooth into sections, literally creating a wedge between areas of your tooth. A crown holds your tooth together by covering the entire visible surface of your tooth. When you bite down, the severe biting force is spread out evenly across your tooth, preventing stress that can lead to cracks and breakage.
Dental crowns can save teeth that are severely damaged. Dental crowns can also restore unsightly teeth that are:
- Worn-down from aging or bad habits
- Restored with old, large, crumbly metal fillings
- Stained from medications, tobacco, or coffee
You can choose a variety of materials for your dental crown, depending on the location in your mouth, and your preferences. At Dental Associates of Shelton, you can choose from:
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, also called a PFM crown; these crowns combine both durability and cosmetic beauty. The porcelain is matched as closely as possible to the color of your existing teeth, to create a uniform smile. PFM crowns can be placed at any location in your mouth.
A full porcelain crown, the most beautiful, natural-looking crown; these crowns have no metal, so the porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth. Full porcelain is an excellent choice for front teeth.
If your smile isn’t all it can be, it’s time to restore it to greatness! Call Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT today and find out what dental crowns can do for you and your smile!
Why shuttle your family all over town for dental appointments when a family dentist can provide quality care for the entire group? Our Shelton, CT, family dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton, explain how family dentistry services can protect the smiles that matter the most to you.
What is family dentistry?
When you visit a family dentistry practice, you'll notice that your fellow patients range in age from toddlers to senior citizens. Family dentists are just as skilled at treating dental issues that affect children as they are at performing root canals and providing crowns and bridges for adults.
What services do you offer?
Family dentists offer a range of services that will keep your teeth healthy, including:
- Regular Examinations and Cleanings: Dental problems aren't always obvious, at least at first. When you visit our Shelton office every six months, we just may spot a small cavity or other issues that can affect your oral health. Addressing the problem when it's minor can help you avoid extensive dental work in the future. Regular exams also help ensure that your child's jaw and mouth are developing normally. Visits include cleanings to remove plaque and tartar from teeth, decreasing your cavity and gum disease risk.
- Sealants: Sealants are applied to your child's newly erupted pre-molars and molars. These teeth are frequently the site of cavities because they contain small pits and grooves where plaque collects. The plastic-based sealant material fills in the depressions in these teeth, preventing cavities.
- Fillings: Fillings are necessary if tooth decay has destroyed part of your tooth. After the decayed area is removed, a filling material is added to restore the tooth. Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are the most common type of fillings used today.
- Crowns: Crowns are used to treat a variety of problems with teeth. They restore teeth that have broken, prevent cracked and fragile teeth from breaking and cover imperfections that affect the appearance of your teeth.
- Bridges, Dentures and Dental Implants: If tooth loss is a problem, you may be interested in bridges or dentures. Bridge replace several missing teeth, while dentures replace all of your upper or lower teeth. If you prefer a more permanent restoration option, you may want to consider dental implants. The implants bond to your jawbone and can replace one tooth or all of them if you choose implant-supported dentures.
Ready to make an appointment for your family? Call our Shelton, CT, family dentists, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu at Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment.
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