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It’s 2020, It’s Time To Take Oral Care Seriously!

Filed under: Dental Care Brittany Speed @ 3:55 pm

New Year’s resolutions don’t diminish as the year moves along. When you vow to make your upcoming year your best yet, do not forget your promises to yourself once January 1st has come and gone. You have the strength and stamina to make those rewarding resolutions last, and taking oral care (and your overall health) seriously should be your top priority.

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Oral care is a big concern. If you have not thought about your overall oral health as you tackle 2020, it’s time to get down to business. Your oral health and hygiene is crucial when it comes to your entire body’s benefit. It is essentially up to you to be proactive and persistent, from regular at-home hygiene practices to scheduling dental cleanings twice-yearly. Naturally, the team at Cornerstone Dental Arts is always on your side, supporting your mission to have optimal oral health, not only in 2020 but for the years to come as well.

Here are some simple, yet smart ways to stick to a satisfactory oral care routine that will result in a healthy and happy smile, as well as prevent you from suffering from more pressing health problems down the road. This is not going to be a major adjustment to your already-busy schedule, as oral care can be easy if you work it into your everyday to-dos. With your fresh breath, sparkling smile, and pain-free teeth and gums, you will be glad you’ve decided to step-up your oral care routine and give yourself a boost for the betterment of your whole body. 

Brush And Floss Often And Well 

By now we all know that brushing and flossing is a must-do. We have been told this since we were sitting in the dentist’s chair as young kids. But how much, how often, and does it all really matter that much? At least twice per day is ideal. If you feel the need to brush mid-day after a particularly gooey snack or flavorsome meal, by all means, do so. And if you’ve got something wedged between your teeth, for heaven’s sake, don’t leave it stuck there. Bacteria can grow and lead to painful and problematic gum disease. Whip out some floss and remove that rubbish before something starts to swell…or spread. 

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Use a good toothpaste as recommended by your dentist. You do not have to spend a fortune to find a decent brand that is ADA-approved. Use the amount as directed on the tube and brush all areas of your teeth and tongue. Spend a few minutes each time being mindful of every nook and cranny, rinse your mouth out well, and redo it if you don’t feel quite fresh enough. As for flossing, get in between all your teeth, move the floss back and forth tenderly and carefully. Toss away the used piece of floss and use a fresh piece the next time around. If you are unsure how to floss your teeth correctly, we can go through the process the next time you are in for a cleaning. It is simple and nothing to be scared of. You may need a little time to get used to the unusual sensation, but the feeling will become just fine after some practice.

Book Your Dental Cleanings Twice A Year

You may look and feel great, but your dental checkups are a must. A thorough evaluation will give you the peace of mind that everything is perfect, and we will find issues that are just at the cusp of becoming a concern. It is better to be safe than sorry, so book that appointment and know you are doing all you can for your oral health.

When you come in for your dental checkup, we will do a deep cleaning and flossing, plaque removal, take X-rays, and more. Expect a head and neck exam for cavity detection and as an oral cancer screening. We go above and beyond to be sure your oral health is up to par, and if there is anything we are concerned about, we will address it immediately. If treatment is necessary, we will discuss your options and proceed accordingly. Hopefully, everything is going just fine, and in that case, you’ll leave our office with a squeaky clean smile and a clean bill of health. 

We recommend two general exams yearly unless otherwise specified based on your circumstances. To book your next appointment with Cornerstone Dental Arts, give us a call at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you.

Make 2020 your year to be overly-cautious about your oral health. It’s so vital to do so, as gum disease can spread and cause heart problems, stroke, and other health issues that could have been nipped in the bud had you been more mindful. There is no time like the present to treat yourself better. Start with your smile!

The Importance of A Check-up and Cleaning

Filed under: Dental Care Brittany Speed @ 8:00 am

You brush and floss regularly and your teeth look and feel great. That means you don’t need to go to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning, right? Wrong! No matter how well you take care of your oral hygiene on your own, there is simply no replacement for a professional exam and cleaning. And if you aren’t particularly terrific about your daily dental care, then check-ups and cleanings are even more essential. 

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Remember, the caring and professional team at Cornerstone Dental Arts isn’t only here in case of emergencies and other dental issues that pop up from time to time. Check-ups and cleanings are just as important as part of a proactive plan to keep your teeth in tip-top shape and your oral health in check. 

We generally recommend two regular check-ups and cleanings per year. This schedule allows us to keep track of your oral health, address any concerns you may have, see how your teeth, gums, and mouth compare to your last appointment, and give you a super deep cleaning that you just can’t achieve at home on your own. We take X-rays, look for cavities, check for signs of oral cancer, and more. Twice a year is all it takes to manage your dental care; you can commit to that, can’t you? 

Here is more you should know about the importance of regular check-ups and cleanings here at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Once you are aware of what we do and why it impacts your dental health, you’ll be more inclined to remain committed to coming in for your twice-yearly appointments. And when your oral health is great year after year, the rewards will speak for themselves.

I Have No Pain Or Any Other Dental/Oral Issues To Speak Of. Can I Skip My Appointment Just This Once?

The world won’t come to an end if you miss an appointment. But waiting an entire year (or longer) to see us could leave you vulnerable to developing a problem that may be quite far along by the next time we see you. You may not feel anything yet, but for all you know, a cavity may be quietly forming. By the time the pain sets in, the issue will be far worse than it would have been if we caught it at the start and dealt with it head-on from its first signs of formation. 

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Perhaps you think your gums are healthy, but then a few months later they are red and puffy. Had you kept your scheduled appointment, we may have noticed signs of early periodontal (gum) disease, something we could have turned around before it got worse. There are many reasons why coming in even when you feel OK is useful. Our trained staff paired with today’s high-tech tools can spot issues that you don’t even see or feel yourself. Early detection can prevent pain and suffering down the road. Being proactive is a positive thing, so do not skip even if you think you are doing fine in the dental department.

Will A Check-Up And Cleaning Help Ward Off Cavities? 

Absolutely. By coming in for a dental check-up and cleaning, we can assess your teeth for signs of cavities and help repair them right away. We will also protect your teeth from getting cavities in the first place. By deep cleaning, we will remove bacteria that can lead to cavity formation. We can also use a protective sealant over the molars that are most susceptible to getting cavities. Our advanced equipment paired with our dental expertise allows us to find even the faintest sign of a cavity beginning to emerge. And when your teeth are already cavity-free, we work hard to keep them that way.

Will You Take X-Rays During My Check-Up And Cleaning?

You may not require X-rays with every appointment, but we do take X-rays regularly to see what’s happening within the teeth, beneath the gum line, and wherever the naked eye can’t see. X-rays allow for a deeper look into the structure of the teeth and jaw, alerting us to potential issues that we can get to immediately for repair and correction if necessary. Don’t worry, X-rays are painless and we will keep you as comfortable as possible, something we consider no matter the procedure. And with digital imaging, the radiation factor is far less than the X-rays you may have experienced in the past. They’re faster too.

Now it is up to you to practice self-care. Let us be part of your overall oral health plans by promising to get regular check-ups and cleanings at Cornerstone Dental Arts. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth, so let’s see that smile shine! To schedule your next appointment, please give us a call at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you.