At Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Diamond Bar, California, our dentists, Dr. Howard Glassman and Dr. Peter Nghiem are happy to support your efforts to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Today we would like to share some thoughts with you about giving your smile the attention it needs.
If you skip flossing once a day you are missing clearing away 50% of the bad bacteria in your mouth! Because the worst bacteria in the mouth builds up between your pearly whites where teeth touch, and because your toothbrush can’t effectively clean those areas, flossing is the only way you can reach the other 50% and save your teeth from cavities.
Are you a soda or coffee drinker? Do you need help relieving stress? Does your diet lack nutritive value? Do you need help with an eating disorder? Are you use tobacco or drink alcohol excessively? Tooth stains and discoloration, enamel erosion, bruxism from tooth grinding, dry mouth, bad breath, and various medical conditions are revealed through your oral health.
People often avoid regular dental visits because they are afraid of experiencing pain during a procedure, or because they feel nervous about having someone work on their teeth, up close in their face. Whatever the reason you avoid dental care, those days are over. With the help of advances in dental sedation, you can receive the care your smile needs in a comfortable, relaxing environment, without feeling any pain. Modern sedation options include taking a pill, breathing in nitrous oxide, inhaling anesthesia, as well as numbing agents to make your next procedure pleasant.
Your dental visit serves two purposes, 1) spotting problems early and when they easiest and most economical to treat, and 2) removing the dental plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Oftentimes you don’t even know you have a cavity or gum disease because they are painless until they advance. Not only that, but the bacteria removed by your dentist recolonizes after 90 days, setting the stage for cavities and gum disease to invade your smile.
Your smile deserves the best ongoing care available. In between your daily brushing and flossing and eating a healthy diet, having routine dental checkups will help you maintain your healthiest smile yet. Please call 909-860-0321 if you have any questions or to schedule your next cleaning with our team!