Essential Care

The importance of your oral health cannot be understated

Overtime plaque and germs can infest in your gums that plain daily brushing and flossing cannot eliminate. 

Semi-annual visits to a dentist are a must to prevent dental damage and disease as well as to promote a healthy and bright smile. At our Granada Dental office, we perform teeth cleaning procedures in a calm and friendly environment so that you and your family will not only feel comfortable during the procedure but will look forward to the next deep cleaning.

How to floos?

Setting up and inserting floss. 

Pull about 18 inches of floss from the dispenser and warp the and around your middle fingers. Hold floss tightly, using your fingers to gently guide the floss between the teeth.

Removing plaque

Holding the floss tightly against the tooth, move the floss away from the gum, scaping the floss up and down against the side of the tooth.

Cleaning the whole mouth

Repeat flossing procedure on each tooth, upper and lower, using a clean segment of floss.

Flossing back teeth

Don’t forget to floss behind back teeth or where there is no adjacent tooth.

What keeps my gums from staying their healthiest?

Your gums may become sensitive when plaque builds up on your teeth along the gum line.

Plaque is the colorless film that constantly cover your teeth. It is produced naturally from you saliva. The bacteria flourish in the plaque and release toxins which can irritate gums. When the plaque accumulates, your gums probably need extra care.

How to get my gums healthier?

Healthy gums start at home, so keep an eye out for the signs that your gums may need extra care. And of course, see your dentist regularly. He or she, along with your hygienist, can professionally remove the plaque and provide you with instructions on how to maintain the care they’ve provided.

You can help maintain the benefits of their work by regularly brushing and flossing at home. (We’ve included some basic brushing and flossing guidelines on the following page to help you get the most out of your dentist’s recommendation.)

Sensitive Teeth

If you occasionally experience a sudden flash of pain, or a mild tigly feeling when you bite into sweet or sour fods, or drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth.

Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant; it can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem. It is still important, however, to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.

What causes sensitivity teeth?

In healthy teeth, porous tissue called dentin is protected by your gums and your teeth’s hard enamel shell. Microscopic holes in the dentin called tubules, connect back to the nerve triggering pain when irritated by certain foods and beverages. Dentin can be exposed by:

  • Receding gums caused by improper brushing or gum disease. (link to Essential Care)
  • Fractured or chipped teeth.
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth.

Treatment

Dependingon the diagnosis, your dentist my recommend to relive the symptoms of sensitive teeth:

  • A soft-bristle toothbrush to protect gums.
  • A special toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can either block access to the nerve or insulate the nerve itself.
  • A fluoride rinse or gel for sensitive teeth, prescribed by your dentist.

 A sensitivity tootpaste usually eases pain in about two to four weeks. Follow your dental professional’s special home care instructions for regular use to keep pain from returning