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Keeping Your Toothbrush (and Mouth) Free from Harmful Bacteria

teeth cleaning CypressYour mouth is naturally full of bacteria; by following a thorough regimen designed to protect your teeth and gums, you should be able to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. Brushing and flossing as directed are the best methods of teeth cleaning coupled with visits to your dentist every six months.

The correct tools are a great place to start. An electronic toothbrush allows the patient to clean their teeth using the appropriate amount of pressure; a timer signals when the patient has brushed for the recommended two minutes. If a manual toothbrush is employed, a soft bristle variety is the best choice.

A fluoridated toothpaste or gel should be used. Depending on the oral health of the patient, additional help in the form of fluoridated or anti-bacterial rinses may be recommended by your dentist.

The patient should brush at least twice daily (morning and night). Flossing once daily to remove food debris your toothbrush missed should also be part of your daily oral maintenance program.

Failure to provide the care needed to limit harmful bacteria can lead to both short term problems like decay to long term issues like gum disease. Once a patient has been diagnosed with periodontal disease, even though the disease may not be active, you may still be prone to recurrence.

Since your toothbrush is an integral tool in your oral health, you and your family should be aware of the things that can promote bacterial growth. A wet toothbrush should never be stored in an enclosed case; contact between other family member toothbrushes should never be allowed.

Since most people brush in the bathroom, are you aware that every time the toilet is flushed water and waste particles are released in the area nearby? Keep that in mind when storing your toothbrush.

Replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis is important – while everyone’s needs are different, a new brush every three months is a good place to start. If illness has occurred, you need to either replace or disinfect your toothbrush.

Links between oral and overall health provide another reason to be diligent about taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Be mindful of daily care by brushing and flossing using clean and up to date tools; and make sure you see your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam.

If it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.

Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment for Comfort and Convenience

orthodontics Cypress TXHaving straight teeth is more than just an aesthetic advantage. Everyone would love a beautiful smile, but did you know your dental health is at risk if you have crooked teeth? Orthodontic treatment will improve your smile, but will also eliminate areas where plaque buildup can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease.

Young children make great candidates for traditional metal braces; however, teens and adults who wish to have their teeth straightened should see their dentist to see if they qualify for Invisalign clear aligners.

The advantages with Invisalign over other methods of orthodontics are numerous:

They are clear – Patients who wish to straighten their teeth without the stigma of metal braces enjoy the transparency of Invisalign aligners.

They are comfortable – Aligners are made from a material that gently shifts teeth to their correct placement without bands, brackets, or wires to abrade soft oral tissues.

They are convenient – Invisalign aligners are replaced every two weeks with the next in the series of aligners. This means the straightening process continues without regular dental visits to have wires adjusted.

They are removable – Of all the advantages of Invisalign clear aligners, the fact that they are removable is possibly the most helpful aspect you can enjoy while having your teeth straightened.

You can remove your aligners to eat snacks and meals – unlike other methods of teeth alignment, your food choices are limitless. Simply remove, eat, and replace.

You can take care of your daily oral maintenance of brushing and flossing without any encumbrance. Take aligners out, brush and floss, and replace. Your dental provider will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth every six months without having to clean around braces.

Invisalign orthodontics can align an overbite, underbite, or crossbite using a series of aligners that are fabricated with the use of photographs, dental x-rays, and impressions … digital 3D technology is employed to provide the aligners the patient will use to gradually shift their teeth to the correct occlusion.

With each new aligner, the patient is correcting their bite and straightening their teeth with the convenience of clear and comfortable braces. Invisalign offers a unique approach to teeth straightening that is a welcome improvement from the traditional methods that have been used for years.

To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today.