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Remember Your Oral Hygiene Basics

As we get older, time seems to fly by faster as we let little things slide. If we allow our oral hygiene slip during our busy lives, then we can be setting ourselves up for painful and costly consequences in the future. That is why, our dentist, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick with Paul R. Stanovick, DDS in Mechanicsville, Virginia, is here to remind you the simple basics of oral hygiene practices.

Here is a compiled list of the basics of oral hygiene basics:

– Visit your dentist every 6 months to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
– It is important to improve your oral hygiene and improve your life. This can be accomplished by eliminating bad habits and your life such as smoking.
– To help wash away debris in your mouth, mouthwash is useful.
– A healthy diet can go a long way in improving your oral hygiene.
– Be sure to floss every day with a reliable dental floss product. This is important to clean out debris from between your teeth.
– Do not forget to visit your dentist for routine checkups and examinations of your teeth and gums.
– Brushing twice daily is important for keeping your smile safe and free of damage.

If you follow these steps, then you can’t go wrong in doing your best to keep your smile in pristine shape. Our dental team cares for your oral health, which is why we are always happy to help you in any way we can. If you have questions about your oral health or need an appointment, please call us at 804-781-1919. We look forward to hearing from you.

Information About Tooth Hazard Treatments

Never be afraid to seek out new ways to improve your oral health. As much as you may want to change your smile from time to time, it is important to remember that restorations will not always be there to give you a smile makeover if an oral accident or injury occurs. In addition, dental damage could severely hinder your health and potentially cause damaged beyond easy repair. Although this is rare, it is a good idea to be prepared for any severe tooth hazards that may come your way.

To help keep your smile safe, it is always important to avoid tooth hazards hours in the form of tongue piercings. If you’re not sure what a tongue piercing is, it is a piece of mouth jewelry, often made of metal and inserted directly into your tongue. Lip and tongue rings are dangerous, although tongue rings can cause nerve damage if inserted incorrectly. In addition, choking hazards are also present with mouth jewelry, and the risk for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and endocarditis can occur.

Mouth guards are highly effective tooth hazards prevention tools that function as oral appliances designed to keep your smile safe. Once mouth guards are in place, they can help prevent damage to your teeth and gums that often arise due to blunt trauma or oral accidents and injuries. In addition, mouth guards can be customized for your exact dental impression by your dentist or can be purchased pre-formed at a local store.

Never chew on ice. By chewing on ice, you can easily damage your teeth. Even though ice is natural and sugar-free, you may not think it can damage your teeth, but can easily chip or crack teeth. In addition, it can lead to toothaches and potentially even knock teeth out. This is because dental trauma can often exist by biting into products that are too hard for your teeth. Even if your teeth were once able to bite into these products, they may have weakened over time and are no longer capable of doing so.

Are you finally beginning to understand the oral health benefits of tooth hazard treatments? To learn more about tooth hazard treatments, or to schedule, an appointment with your dentist at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS, call Drs. Paul Stanovick, Brant Stanovick, and our entire team at our dentist office in Mechanicsville, Virginia at 804-781-1919.  With tooth hazard treatments, we will make sure you receive the smile you’ve always wished for.

Toothbrush Care 101

You can brush all you want, but if your toothbrush isn’t cared for, your teeth won’t get clean! Here are a few fixes to common mistakes people make.

Store your toothbrush on its own in open air. If you must store it with other toothbrushes, make sure the heads don’t touch. Also, don’t use anyone else’s toothbrush. Ever. Cross-contamination spreads bacteria and potentially disease or infection, and can be very damaging to your oral health.

Many people brush too hard. Brushing harder does not remove more plaque or food particles, and can damage your enamel and gums–and your toothbrush. Use gentle pressure! Also, be sure to find and use a toothbrush with soft bristles, as hard bristles can damage and wear away tooth enamel.

A toothbrush only lasts 3-4 months! This means you can get a new toothbrush every season of the year! If you are using an electric toothbrush, remember to replace the head. Look for a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal is granted to products that pass rigorous testing and have proven safe and effective. By choosing a toothbrush with this seal, you will be improving your opportunities for a successful smile.

For more information on simple health habits for a happy smile, contact Paul R. Stanovick, DDS at 804-781-1919. And if you are in the Mechanicsville, Virginia area, be sure to contact our office for a dental exam! Drs. Paul Stanovick, Brant Stanovick, and our team will be happy to help your smile reach its full potential.

How to Save Your Smile After an Oral Emergency

Did you know that it may be possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out? As with many emergencies, preparation is key and how you handle the moments after an accident can determine the length and success of your recovery. Listed below are some common oral emergencies and tips you can use to save your smile:

A Tongue Bite or Lip Bite:

– Biting the inner areas of your mouth is common, but in some rare instances, stitches may be required. If you are bleeding, always use a gauze pad until bleeding stops.

Tooth Knocked Out:
– If you have suffered an oral accident that has left you with a tooth that was knocked out, it may be possible to save the tooth to be inserted later. Store the tooth in a tooth-saving product or milk and take it to your dentist immediately for reinsertion. Be careful not to touch the nerve endings or the root of your tooth.

Fractured or Damaged Teeth:
– Fractured or damaged teeth can often lead to excessive bleeding. Use a gauze pad to cover the wound until bleeding stops. If the tooth is loose, do not try to pull it out.

If you ever suffer an oral emergency, contact Paul R. Stanovick, DDS at 804-781-1919. Come visit Drs. Paul Stanovick, Brant Stanovick, and our team at our dentist office in Mechanicsville, Virginia at your earliest convenience. Let us help you find your healthy smile.