Posts for category: Preventative Dentistry
Keeping your gums healthy is crucial for a healthy smile.
With the millions of Americans out there dealing with gum disease it’s now more important than ever to understand how to properly care for your gums. The last thing our family dentist Dr. Carl Murano wants to see are patients coming in with severe gum disease. After all, this is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Since we know that every patient out there wants to keep their natural smiles, here are some helpful tips for keeping your periodontal health in tip-top shape.
Flossing is truly one of the best things you can do for your smile. Not only will it remove food and plaque from building up between teeth to cause decay, but also it can remove plaque from along the gumline where it can harden into tartar and lead to gum disease. Flossing is the number one way to keep your gums healthy and to prevent gum disease.
Eat a Smile-Friendly Diet
As you might imagine, what you eat not only impacts your overall health but also your oral health. So, are you maintaining a diet that’s healthy for your teeth and gums? Your diet should be comprised of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some low-fat dairy. Avoid sugar and sports drinks, processed foods and sugar, which can increase plaque buildup and put you at risk for decay and gum disease.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
How you care for your smile is so very important; however, nothing is as important as visiting your Honeoye Falls and Mendon family dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. After all, decay and gum disease don’t often cause symptoms until they are more advanced.
So the only way to detect and treat these issues early is by coming in every six months for checkups. Remember, gum disease is known as a “silent killer”, so even if your gums feel great they may still be dealing with gum disease. Luckily, if gum disease is caught early enough it can be treated.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
It’s important that if you do experience symptoms of gum disease that you schedule an appointment with us. Call us if you notice:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Puffy, swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily, particularly when flossing or brushing
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that pull away from the teeth (teeth will appear longer than usual)
Do you have questions about caring for your gums? Are you dealing with early warning signs of gum disease? If so, don’t hesitate to call HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY and serving Mendon, NY, today to find out how we can help you.
Committing to seeing your dentist the American Dental Association-recommended twice a year has many benefits. However, not everyone takes their preventative dental care so seriously, especially with a busy family to care for. Seeing a family dentist can help you keep your family’s dental appointments in check and ensure that every member gets the preventative dental care they need. Find out more about what family dentistry could mean for you with Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY.
What is a family dentist?
A family dentist sees patients of all ages. This means that your entire family, from children to grandparents, can see the same dentist at the same practice.
How can family dentistry benefit me and my family?
Family dentistry has a variety of benefits, including:
- Keeping your whole family’s dental records in one place
- Saving you a trip by consolidating dental appointments
- Allowing your children to see the same dentist as they grow up, and even continue seeing them as adults
Family Dentistry Honeoye Falls, NY
The American Dental Association recommends that all patients, regardless of age or dental condition, should have a dental examination and professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. For a busy family, this recommendation can be difficult to keep up with. However, preventative dental care is a crucial part of you and your family’s oral health. Family dentistry can help you consolidate your family’s schedule and make it easier to get everyone to the dentist on time, greatly reducing the risk of teeth decay and gum disease and the complications associated with them.
For more information on family dentistry or regular dental check-ups, please contact Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY and serving Mendon, NY. Call 585-624-1917 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Murano today!
How periodontal care from your Honeoye Falls and Mendon dentist can help you
Everyone knows teeth are important, but your gums are important too! Your gums and supporting bone are what hold your teeth in place. Without adequate support, your teeth can become loose, and even fall out. Your gums, the ligaments around your teeth, and the supporting bone are known as the periodontium. Periodontal care refers to what you need to do to take care of the support for your teeth.
Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY wants to share the facts about periodontal care. He proudly serves the residents of Honeoye Falls and Mendon and he can help you too.
Periodontal disease typically starts out as gum disease. There are a few important differences between gum disease and periodontal disease. Gum disease only affects your gums, and it is reversible by regular brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist for an exam, x-rays and professional cleaning once or twice each year.
Periodontal disease affects your gums, but it also affects your supporting bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Unlike gum disease, periodontal disease cannot be reversed; it can only be managed.
Both gum and periodontal disease are caused by harmful bacteria in the plaque attached to your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that inflame and infect the hard and soft tissues in your mouth. That’s why thorough plaque removal with regular brushing and flossing are so important in preventing gum and periodontal disease.
When you visit Dr. Murano, he will perform a thorough periodontal examination as part of your dental exam. Using x-rays, he will be able to assess if you have lost any bone due to periodontal disease. He will also measure the level of soft tissue attachment to your teeth. Both of these diagnostic tools will help determine what level of periodontal care you need.
Typically, patients with periodontal disease will need more extensive dental cleanings, due to the presence of deep pocket areas of soft tissue surrounding your teeth. These deep pockets are full of harmful bacteria and toxins. You may also have hard deposits, called calculus or tartar, attached to your teeth.
You may begin periodontal treatment with root planing, a process to remove hard and soft deposits and smooth the roots of your teeth. After root planing is complete, Dr. Murano may suggest more frequent cleaning intervals of every three months to every four months, depending on the level of disease.
To find out if you need periodontal care, call Dr. Murano, at HFL Dental, serving residents of Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY. Don’t wait, call today!
Are you wondering if your daily routine is giving you the healthy smile you deserve?
Caring for your smile really shouldn’t be difficult and yet there are so many people that neglect their oral health. Just the fact that you are reading this post, leads our Mendon, NY, family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano, to believe that you do care about your oral health and want to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep your smile healthy. Here are some smile-friendly rules to live by:
Brush and Floss Regularly
While this may seem like a no-brainer, it bears repeating since many people don’t brush and floss regularly or thoroughly enough to maintain good oral health. Remember that these two habits are some of the best ways to prevent gum disease and decay and they can be done right in your very own home. Follow these easy tips:
- Opt for an ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will be safe on enamel.
- Replace your toothbrush about every three to four months (or after illness).
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. If you wear braces or are prone to decay you may want to brush your teeth after every meal.
You may just love having that sugary pick-me-up treat during the lull of the mid-afternoon. It can be easy to just sit there and snack at your desk throughout the day, but if you value your oral health you may want to nix this habit. This is because most of the snacks that people turn to during the day are high in sugar or are highly processed, which can damage tooth enamel and lead to decay.
Say “Yes” to Preventive Dentistry
While we know that people lead busy lives, you should never be too busy to see your dentist. Even if your teeth and gums feel great and look good this doesn’t mean that there aren’t underlying issues just bubbling under the surface. These are problems you won’t notice but we will.
By coming in every six months, we can prevent decay from getting worse and even reverse early signs of gum disease. During these visits, also talk to us about whether fluoride treatment or dental sealants could protect your oral health.
If you must have a treat, opt for healthy choices like hard cheeses or crisp fruits like pears or apples. These fruits act as natural dental cleaners and also stimulate salivary production to remove food and bacteria from teeth.
HFL Dental in Mendon, NY, is here for you and your dental needs, whatever they may be. Do you need a routine cleaning? Do you want to talk about your cosmetic dentistry options? We can help.