6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Teeth Where They Belong – In Your Mouth!

Dental HygieneRemember dental checkups when you were younger? The only thing that mattered was finding out “Do I have any cavities?”  As we get older, life gets more complicated. We stop thinking about cavities and start thinking about everything else.

Even though we have other things to think about, cavity prevention is still vital to a healthy mouth, which translates to a healthier body overall.

A cavity isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Bacteria in your mouth produce acids that literally eat away at the tooth, causing tooth decay. If left untreated, it can lead to infection and tooth loss.

You already know brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and keeping up with regular dental checkups is standard cavity prevention.

In addition to brushing, flossing and seeing you Danbury Dentist Dr. Gerfen at least twice a year, here are six simple things you can do to help lower your risk for tooth decay:

  • Rinse between meals: Even if you can’t brush, rinse your mouth with water after eating.
  • Use a straw: Carbonated drinks weaken enamel (the hard, protective outer layer of your tooth). Using a straw helps keep the drink away from your teeth.
  • Avoid sticky foods: That candy bar might taste delicious, but the gooey goodness sticks to your teeth longer, increasing your risk for tooth decay.
  • Avoid acidic foods: Acids in foods and drinks weaken tooth enamel for up to an hour after you eat them.
  • Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing gum (especially if it contains xylitol) increases saliva, which helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Drink more water: Water promotes saliva production and helps remove food particles.

These tips are universal, but if you have specific concerns, Danbury dentist Dr. Gerfen can provide personal tips and information to help you avoid tooth decay and cavities. If it’s time for a checkup, call us at (203) 743-1972 to schedule your appointment in our Danbury office.

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Understanding 10 Common Instruments Your Dentist Uses

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You hear the word “dentist”—what does your mind conjure? Most people relate it with, “The Drill.” So you may recognize certain noises or sensations in a dental visit, but what’s actually being put in your mouth?

A Dentist’s Tool-Belt

Most tools of the trade will be visible to you from the dental chair. Since we often fear the unknown, why not learn to identify these tools often used by your Danbury dentist?

Mirror, Mirror, on the…rod—this small, round mirror angled on the end of a metal stick allows the dentist to view the hidden side of teeth.

A little probe here, a little probe there—a sickle probe, also known as a dental explorer, is a metal stick with a thin, curved hook. You’ll notice the dentist touches the surface of your teeth with this tool to determine the amount of enamel, plaque, and tartar on a tooth and to test the tooth’s hardness. Periodontal probes look very similar to the sickle probe except the end is blunted. Its design enables a measuring of the amount of space between your gum tissue and tooth—signs of gum disease.

The melodious drill—perhaps it’s the high pitch, but for some reason, most people unnecessarily dread the dental drill. Different drills are used for different things, such as filling cavities, repairing chips, smoothing teeth, or removing tooth decay. No wonder it feels like it’s always running!

Cotton pliers—they look like small tongs with tapered points that bend at an angle. They’re used to handle cotton or other small items placed in or removed from the mouth. Isn’t that better than your dentist’s fingers?

Excavation by spoon—really it’s another metal stick-type tool but designed with a tiny spoon-shaped end. Variations of this tool allow the dentist to remove different levels of softened decay or temporary fillings.

“Spill in aisle 3”—your head is tilted back and there are dental instruments working in your mouth—don’t panic! The disposable saliva ejector provides a low amount of suction to remove saliva, blood, water, or debris during procedures.

A little pinch—for procedures known to cause some pain, a numbing or freezing agent must be administered. Check out this brief, animated video by KirrilyRae and note the visual difference between a “regular” needle and a dental syringe.

“I saw a blue light”– The material used in tooth repairs will not harden until exposed to the dental curing light. You may remember it as a “blue light” with an orange shield.

Dental Instruments, Not Scary…Fascinating!

Is it time for your bi-annual dental check-up or cleaning? Make that appointment today with Dr. Gerfen, your trusted Danbury dentist—and then congratulate yourself for knowing exactly how you came about having that dazzling smile!

Share your guessimate—what dental tool uses wavelengths to reshape a person’s gum line?

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Which Toothbrush Is Better? Electric or Manual?

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones? That’s the question debated among many dentists, and the answer to that question: It all depends on what kind of “brusher” you are.

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If you have too much plaque buildup and brush too hard…

You might want to switch to an electric toothbrush. There are times when patients want to do a perfect job of brushing their teeth, which causes them to brush too hard on the gums. As a result, it can cause gum recession and abrasion.

The electric toothbrush is less dependent on correct brushing technique, which will do all the work for you without harming your gums and teeth.

If your brushing technique is flawless…

Your manual toothbrush will do just fine. If you are following a good oral hygiene and see your hygienist regularly, there is no need to switch to an electric toothbrush. A manual toothbrush can effectively get rid of the plaque in your smile as long you maintain a proper brushing technique.

When you are brushing, aim the toothbrush bristles at the gum line and move the brush in a circular, gentle motion. This will sweep the plaque away from your gums, promoting supreme oral health.

Oral hygiene tips

Whether you choose the electric or manual toothbrush, you should always bear in mind these tips to look after your teeth:

  • Stay away from the hard and medium bristle toothbrush. Always choose the soft bristles for a gentle brushing.
  • Clean your teeth in the morning and at night.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Floss every day.
  • Clean your tongue to remove any extra plaque hidden in your mouth.

You have the power to keep plaque at bay, and obtain a beautiful smile by visiting top dentist in Danbury, Dr. Gerfen for professional cleanings. Please give us a call today if you are in need of a dental check-up!

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Dentists in Danbury Provide 4 Vital Steps to Good Oral Health

Dentists in Danbury Provide 4 Vital Steps to Good Oral HealthMaintaining good oral health is not achieved simply by accident. It requires diligent effort, and preventative action. Dentists in Danbury play an essential role in the success of healthy smiles, but this doesn’t relieve patients of their own personal responsibility in limiting the likelihood of tooth decay, infection, and other serious oral health issues. How many of these 4 important steps are you following?

1. Regularly Visiting Dentist—When receiving regular examinations and professional cleanings, tartar is removed, teeth are polished, and fluoride is applied. Dr. Gerfen will also thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums, using high tech instruments to detect issues with your oral health that you may not be aware of, including oral cancer. Early detection of these problems promotes better health, less invasive procedures required, and saves you money in the long run.

2. Eat a Balanced Diet—Bacteria in the mouth feeds on starches and sugars, producing acid that attacks teeth. Limit foods and beverages high in sugar along with snacking between meals.

3. Tooth Brushing—Brush with fluoride toothpaste and an ADA approved toothbrush, replacing it around every 3-4 months, or earlier if necessary. Brush twice a day, especially before going to bed.

4. Clean Between Teeth—Daily cleaning between teeth, using floss or an interdental cleaner cleans areas of the tooth not reached by brushing. This step is just as vital in preventing gum disease and tooth loss as brushing is.

At Soams Dental, we would be proud to work together with you in keeping the smiles of you and your loved ones in premium condition. Feel free to contact us today for all your dental needs, Like us on Facebook, and to pass this information on to your friends and family. As an elite professional among the dentists in Danbury, your smile is in good hands with Dr. Gerfen.

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Danbury Dentists Share 3 Tips For Healthy Smiles While on Vacation

Danbury dentists share tips for vacation smilesWith the arrival of winter, many travel to sun-drenched climates to escape the cold, and take a break from their daily routine. Elite Danbury dentists like Dr. Gerfen can help make sure that your oral health stays in tip-top shape, allowing you to make the most of your much needed winter getaway. Although oral hygiene may not register as high on people’s priority list as sunscreen and cold beverages by the pool, practicing good oral health is a habit that patients should never take a vacation from. This poses a challenge because travelling and participating in touristic activities can easily alter a regularly scheduled routine. Therefore, follow these 3 tips to help you enjoy your winter vacation without damaging your teeth and gums:

1. Dental Visits—Encountering major tooth problems while on vacation is a sure way to dampen the fun. Regularly scheduled dental visits every 6 months or so help prevent minor oral health issues from developing into serious ones. See your dentist before taking an extended trip away from home.

2. Prepare Ahead of Time—Along with your regular oral health care kit, bring along an extra travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you. Have them easily accessible for all the members of the family, including children.

3. Don’t Get Lazy—Don’t reason that you’re too tired to brush your teeth when returning after a late night; that it’s not really necessary because you’re just lazing by the pool, or enjoying a relaxing day back at the hotel. Remember, plaque build-up doesn’t take the day off just because you decide too.

Book an appointment with us at Soams Dental today to receive the smile-benefits that only top-notch Danbury dentists like Dr. Gerfen can deliver. Doing so can help ensure your winter vacation gives you and your loved ones every reason to smile.

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Your Danbury Dentist Gives 6 Reasons Why Your Mouth Wants You To Stop Smoking

Danbury DentistAre you still struggling with trying to conquer the tobacco habit? It’s encouraging to know that along with your close friends and family, your Danbury dentist is also cheering you on in your effort to kick tobacco to the curb. Most are familiar that using tobacco can cause a number of serious health issues that can significantly shorten life expectancy. Yet many are far less aware of the effects it also has on the individuals oral health. Tobacco users are more likely to develop:

 

 

1. A decreased sense of smell and taste, along with foul smelling breath.

2. Damaged immune systems, resulting in slower recovery times after dental procedures, along with reducing the likelihood of success with other treatments such as dental implants.

3. Periodontal disease, leading to infection, bleeding of the gums, and loss of teeth.

4. Oral cancer. This form of cancer has a high mortality rate, especially when not discovered in its early stages. Statistics reveal that 100 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed every day in the United States alone.

5. Discolored, yellow teeth that communicate poor health and premature aging.

6. Loss of teeth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a staggering 41.3% of daily smokers over the age of 65 are toothless.

Make today the day that you finally quit the tobacco habit. Contact Dr. Gerfen to get the needed assistance in reversing the adverse effects that tobacco usage has had on your mouth. With the help of your go-to Danbury dentist, your gorgeous, healthy looking smile will be able to celebrate your tobacco free lifestyle with pride.

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