Protecting Your Smile During the Pandemic | Schnecksville Dentist

Young woman with toothache and ice bag.

During this rather unpredictable time, one thing we can predict is the way we take care of ourselves. Sure, your dental professionals have tools to keep our smiles healthy, but it is really our jobs to look after ourselves in between our visits. This is why it is important to keep our daily dental routines in place while we stay home and keep ourselves healthy.

Unfortunately, accidents will happen, and we will need to seek professional help. Typically, is would be simple to access a dental professional but during these quarantine times, it is important to know how to identify and soothe yourself until it can be professionally looked at.

When a toothache arises, there are a couple of options that may help. Gargling with warm saltwater will help relieve pain in the affected area by clearing out any bacteria within. If it’s swelling, you may need a cold compress and some over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen.

When you’ve chipped or cracked your tooth, it is likely that it will need to be looked at. If it gets jammed or loosened, gently try to straighten it. Wrap it with some gauze or tissue to stabilize it until you can get it looked at. If it is knocked out, don’t touch the root and give it a quick rinse with cold water or milk. All of these are considered dental emergencies and your dentist will be the best advice as to what actions need to take place immediately.

Living in this pandemic is a crazy time, but we don’t need to become overwhelmed by things we can control. Taking the time to brush, floss and rinse every day will prevent long-term issues, but having some DIY tips will help when accidents arise.

For more information about dental emergencies, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

There’s Nowhere to Hide | Schnecksville Dentist

While cavities and plaque build-up may be what’s on your mind before a teeth cleaning, your dentist is looking for a whole lot more. Diseases like cancer, anemia and diabetes will first be identified by the dentist in a regular examination, and this can save lives. So, before you try to think that you can pull a fast one on your dentist, think again…

Flossing only before appointments. Sorry, but you can’t fool your dentist into thinking you floss daily by doing so the night before or morning of your visit.

You’re pregnant. Nearly 40% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy because of an increase of progesterone, which facilitates the growth of bacteria, causing gingivitis.

Thumb sucking. Most children that suck their thumbs or a finger have no long-term effects from the habit, but prolonged activity may show significant changes to their bite or the position of their teeth.

Bad breath issues. Dentists are trained to identify “fruity” smells (uncontrolled diabetes) and “fishy” smells (kidney or liver failure). If the smell is very foul it could be a major health issue.

Eating disorders. Bulimia exhibits a very distinct pattern of tooth wear that your dentist can easily identify. Other possibilities include acid reflux and the use of antidepressants or mood-elevating drugs.

Oral cancer. The first signs of oral cancer can be seen from the following: unexplained bleeding in the mouth, white, red, or speckled patches, swellings or eroded areas on areas inside the mouth.

Soda and energy drinks. Teeth can be softened by sodas and energy beverages over time, which may make a tooth more susceptible to chipping.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.

Are You Brushing Correctly? | Schnecksville Dentist

In the age of social media, physical appearance has become a focus on everyone’s mind. And what is a selfie without a great smile? Unfortunately, we can’t rely solely on our dentist to give us the smile we want – we also play a major role in how healthy our smiles are. We need to look after our smiles in between dental visits. So, it is important that we are doing a proper job cleaning our teeth daily. We know the basics, but you may be surprised to know you may have picked up a habit or two that aren’t kosher with optimum dental care.

In general, proper oral care involves these four steps:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each session
  • Flossing once a day, ideally before bed
  • Limiting the amount of sugar consumed
  • Visiting the dentist every 3-6 months for regular checkups and professional cleanings

The idea of having to brush your teeth for two whole minutes may come as a surprise, but it is the suggested timeframe you should be aiming for in order to properly maintain your bright grin. When brushing your teeth, use short, gentle strokes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, paying extra attention to your gums, the back teeth and areas around dental work.

When flossing, hold about 18 inches of floss between your thumbs and index fingers, then gently slide it in between the gaps of your teeth. Remember, brushing and flossing are two of the most important things in making sure that you have a beautiful and healthy smile, so proper technique is a definite must.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Sandip Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.

Dr. Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.