Brushing with Braces – Don’t Let it Get You Down

We know proper at-home dental care is important, but when you add braces to the mix, things can get more complicated. How do you brush your teeth with braces?

First of all, know that you’ll need to invest time in brushing your teeth when you have braces. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, twice a day. Two minutes is longer than you think! A timer can be helpful here: set it for one minute for the top teeth, and then one minute for the bottom teeth. smile with braces

When you brush, make sure to hit each section of your teeth twice, once from the top and again from the bottom. Angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the brackets each time, so you brush as much of the tooth surface as possible. Use short strokes. An electric toothbrush is a great choice for braces. Look for models specifically designed for braces, and ask your dentist or orthodontist for recommendations if you’re unsure.

Don’t forget to floss! Braces are likely to catch food particles, so don’t skip this step. A waterpik will help you efficiently and gently clean between teeth and brackets. Waterpiks are easier, quicker, and more effective than floss, so they’re a great investment for braces!

Good brushing and flossing are crucial to the success of your orthodontic treatment and the health of your teeth afterwards. If you’re not careful, your orthodontist may have to remove your braces to let your teeth and gums heal. If that happens, you’ll have to start all over again. Don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA for information, resources, and regular in-office cleanings!

What’s That Smell? Hopefully Not Your Breath!

Nobody wants their breath to be stinky! But what causes bad breath? Normally it’s one of two things: bacteria in the mouth, or particularly pungent foods like onions or garlic. However, bad breath can also be the sign of medical conditions like dry mouth, gum disease, sinus problems, liver or kidney disease, or acid reflux. And of course, smoking is not only dangerous to your health, it’s killer on your breath! bad breath

Treating and preventing bad breath depends on the cause, but in general, it begins with good dental hygiene. Brush at least twice a day with an ADA Seal toothpaste and floss daily. See your dentist regularly. And don’t forget to pay attention to your tongue! Whether with a tongue scraper or your toothbrush, make sure you clean your tongue because a lot of bacteria gathers there. If you wear dentures, make sure to clean your dentures nightly, as well as the inside of your mouth.

If bad breath persists even with good dental hygiene, it may be the sign of a more serious condition. Come see us at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, to rule out any of these potential conditions and put together a treatment plan. We can check for signs of gum disease and dry mouth. And finally, if you’re a smoker, remember that quitting is the best choice for your health, including your mouth.

Bad breath doesn’t have to be a fact of life! Contact Jordan Dentistry today and let’s start you on a journey to your best smile.

Who Wins the Toothpaste Wars?

By now you know how and when you should (and shouldn’t) brush and floss your teeth. But what kind of toothpaste should you use? Here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’ve got the details on how to pick the right kind of toothpaste for your needsfluoride

First of all, you definitely want to pick a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Approval. The American Dental Association has stringent testing requirements before a product gets the Seal, including clinical and lab testing, so you know you’re getting products that will help your dental health.

Next, ask yourself what you’re trying to achieve. Obviously, we all want clean, healthy teeth, but what other issues do you care about? Are you hoping to subtly or dramatically whiten your teeth, decrease sensitivity, strengthen enamel, or take extra action against cavities? There are toothpaste varieties for each of these things, and even combinations.

Don’t forget about taste and flavor! Toothpaste flavoring has come a long way–you can get all kinds of different tastes nowadays, including lemon, fruits, and almost every different kind of mint. Experiment to see what tastes you like, and don’t be afraid to branch out, or even to get rid of toothpaste you hate. There’s no need to punish yourself with something gross!

Remember, the tools you use are only as good as the way you use them. The best toothpaste in the world won’t help if you don’t use it every day and visit your dentist regularly! Come see us at Jordan Dentistry and let’s work together to create your healthiest smile.

Don’t Floss Like That!

We all know flossing is good for dental health, and at Jordan Dentistry we strongly encourage it. If you’re flossing at all, you’re doing pretty well! But if you want to take your flossing game to the next level, consider these four common flossing mistakes. Are you guilty?dental floss

  1. Not Flossing Regularly. When you don’t floss regularly, bacteria can build up and make the gums more sensitive, which can cause bleeding when you do floss. This is probably most common flossing mistake, and the simplest to fix: just floss at least every other day!
  2. Being Too Rough. There’s no need to punish your poor gums! Too much aggression can lead to gum recession over the years, so take your time and be gentle but thorough. Keeping your floss a little slack and easing it between teeth will help with this.
  3. Reusing Floss. Use enough floss to make sure that every tooth gets a fresh piece, or you may wind up spreading bacteria around your mouth.
  4. Zoning Out. Flossing isn’t just a time to clean your teeth–it’s also a time to keep track of what’s going on with your mouth. Is any part of your gums tender or sensitive? Do you notice bleeding anywhere? Dental health is a team effort; the more you pay attention to these things, the better you can help your dentist know what to look for.

At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’re all about finding good solutions to your brushing and flossing problems. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions or concerns!

Put Down that Toothbrush!

We’ve all been told that we should brush our teeth twice a day, and at Jordan Dentistry we definitely agree with that. However, did you know there are times brushing your teeth can actually be harmful? They’re rare, but it’s true! Here are three times you shouldn’t brush your teethBrushing teeth

  • After Vomiting. While it’s tempting to follow this unpleasant activity with toothpaste to remove the taste, don’t! All that stomach acid will have weakened the enamel of your teeth, and brushing now can really cause damage. For best results, swish gently with water a few times, and then brush later.  
  • Before Acidic Foods. Not only does following up toothpaste with orange juice taste gross, it’s bad for your teeth. Brushing teeth removes plaque, which is usually a good thing, except that when it comes to very acidic foods or beverages. In those cases, plaque can actually act as a buffer between acid and enamel.  In general, give yourself about 20-30 minutes between brushing teeth and drinking a soda.
  • Immediately After Eating. Brushing after a meal is not a bad idea, but it’s best to wait about 20 minutes. During that time your saliva will build back up and have time to restore pH, normalize a healthy balance, and remove food debris.

Again, brushing your teeth regularly is important, but there can be too much of a good thing. If you have questions about when you should and shouldn’t brush, contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming GA! We can help you create a dental care plan that meets your needs.

Back to School with Braces

Going back to school is always an adjustment, and adding braces to the equation can make things really difficult. At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we want your family to be as comfortable as possible with your teeth. Here are some tips for dealing with braces at school.

  • Pack a Lunch + Snacks. With so many food restrictions, make it easier on your child by making sure they pack lunch with foods that are braces-approved, easy to eat, and tasty. Don’t forget to include snacks, especially those that will help with cravings for sweets.
  • Make a Kit. Pack all the essentials of daily braces care in an easy-to-carry bag. Make sure to include toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, wax, lip balm, and a small mirror. Take the bag to lunch for easy after-meal maintenance. The easier it is for kids to carry their cleaning supplies, the more likely they are to use them! This will help prevent embarrassing mishaps–nobody wants food stuck in their teeth. smile with braces
  • Ask for Help. Especially with new braces-wearers, speak with teachers about the situation. Chances are your child isn’t their first student with braces! Politely explain that your student may need more frequent bathroom breaks or a little extra time. And don’t forget that your dentist and orthodontist are here to help too.
  • Pack Extras. Mouth guards, lip balm, wax–make sure you have extras of anything kids are likely to lose!
  • Schedule Smart. The very beginning of the school year may not be the best time to get braces put on. And remember, new braces and adjustments can make cause some pain. Opt for a lower-stress time like school breaks, so kids have time to practice caring for their teeth and parents have time to help them deal with soreness and headaches.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry. We’re here to help!

Dental Crowns: FAQ

At Jordan Dentistry we get a lot of questions about our services, including dental crowns. Approximately 2.3 million new crowns are made every year, making this one of the most common restorative dentistry procedures. Since it’s so common, we thought it might be helpful to put together a list of dental crown FAQdental procedures

  • What are Dental Crowns? A dental crown is basically a covering or cap for all the parts of a tooth visible above the gum line. They are shaped just like natural teeth, and can be made of metals such as a gold alloy, porcelain, resin, or a combination of materials.
  • How Long Do they Last? With proper care, a dental crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years, depending on your dental habits and the material used. For instance, resin is less expensive, but does not last as long as other materials.
  • Does it Hurt? Local anesthesia should prevent any pain during the procedure, but patients may experience sensitivity or pain after, as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Crowned teeth may also be sensitive to heat or cold if they still have nerves inside them. If you experience pain when biting down, see your dentist–the crown may need adjustment.
  • Do I Need a Root Canal First? You do not need a root canal before getting a dental crown, but all teeth that have had a root canal should have a crown placed on them.

If you think you may need or want dental crowns, contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. We can answer all your questions and make sure your crown is the best fit for you!

Jordan Dentistry on Social Media

Almost everyone is on social media nowadays. Even the Pope has a Twitter account! Did you know Jordan Dentistry is also on most popular social media platforms? We hope you’ll consider following us. Since most people check their favorite social media at least once a day, being connected with your healthcare providers’ pages is a simple way to keep up with important information about your health. reviews and feedback

You can connect with us on any or all of these platforms:

We regularly post news, tips, and information about dental health, as well as links to our blog posts and specials, and sometimes even items we find inspiring or beautiful. It’s always better to call us or use our contact form, but if you’d prefer, you can also contact us through our social media accounts.

Have you had a great experience with Jordan Dentistry? Whichever platforms you prefer to use, we always appreciate getting reviews on Yelp, Facebook, or Google+. Why are reviews so important? Recommendations from our loyal, satisfied patients are some of the most important tools available to help new customers find our dentist office in Cumming, GA, and are a great way to help people make decisions about whether to use our services. Think how many times you’ve checked the reviews of a movie or service before you’ve purchased it.

If we’ve helped you feel better about your smile, we hope you’ll help us out as well. Word of mouth is the most important marketing tool any business has!

 

Gum Disease 101

You’ve probably heard the term “gingivitis” in commercials for toothpaste or mouthwash. Gingivitis is actually the first and most treatable stage of gum disease. “Gum disease” sounds scary, but what is it exactly? If your gums are very red, swollen, or tender, or if they bleed easily or are receding from your teeth, you may have gum disease.

Healthy smiles are happy smiles!

Causes: Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that live in plaque, the film that forms on your teeth. If it’s not removed with good brushing and flossing, plaque quickly hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. The more plaque and tartar on your teeth, the better the environment for bacteria to grow!

Treatment: There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. With correct brushing and flossing and regular cleanings from your dentist, gingivitis is reversible! Once the supporting bones have become affected, however, gingivitis becomes periodontitis, which is irreversible and will need to be treated with in-office therapies. Very advanced cases may even require teeth be removed.

Prevention: Proper dental care will help to remove plaque before bacteria can get a chance to settle in. Brush and floss consistently and correctly, and see your dentist every six months for cleanings. If you have family history of gum disease or other risk factors, such as tobacco use, it’s not a bad idea to visit the dentist more regularly.

If your teeth or gums are causing you pain or embarrassment, Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA is here to help! Contact us for an appointment!  

Extra Sugar Need Not Apply

Summer is a great time to treat yourself and your family to delicious, icy snacks, but we know that added sugar isn’t good for your dental health. How can you enjoy cool treats when you’re worried about extra sugar? The staff at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA love cool snacks just as much as anyone. Here are our favorite no sugar added summer treats to help you stay cool and hydrated!

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Fro-Yo Bites – yogurt is full of calcium, protein, and taste, and berries are full of fiber and flavor without the extra sugar, so we love this recipe! Blend plain yogurt with your favorite berries, pour the mixture into an ice tray, and freeze just long enough for it to be about the texture of ice cream. You can even sneak veggies like spinach into these; picky eaters won’t be able to tell.

Fruity Ice Pops – this simple concoction is just thin-sliced fruit and water in popsicle molds. The recipe calls for kiwi and strawberries, but don’t feel limited–experiment with your favorite fruits to see what you like best. Remember: never chew on hard ice! Hard ice can damage the enamel of your teeth, and even cause chipping. 

Naturally Flavored Water – drinking water (not juice or soda) is so important to health, but it can get boring after a while. Experiment with different sugar-free ways to make your water taste more exciting. Infusing water with fruits, herbs and spices, even even veggies like cucumbers means kids and adults alike will get excited about hydration!

And don’t forget that the simplest treats are sometimes the best. Keep fruits and veggies bagged in the freezer and pull them out to for quick, healthy snacks this summer. If you have another favorite no-sugar summer treat, let us know!