Why Regular Dental Visits Are So Important

Have you been getting your teeth checked up on a regular schedule? If you’ve been a little lax in seeing your dentist, you may be putting your smile at serious risk! Regular dental checkups at your trusted family dentistry service near Bala Cynwyd, PA helps you to catch dental issues before they can do irreparable damage to both your teeth and your health. Though not many people look forward to going to the dentist every six months, this is one appointment that you just don’t want to skip.
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Follow These at Home Tips for a Happy, Healthy Smile

It’s essential to visit your dentist regularly, which for most people is twice a year. Equally as important is how you take care of your teeth outside of the dentist chair. Not only should we be caring for our teeth for aesthetic purposes, but it’s critical to our overall health and to avoid serious health risks.

Wynnewood Dental Arts, a family dentistry near Bala Cynwyd, PA, recommends a consistent oral care routine in between trips to the dentist. In fact, these at home tips will keep your smile happy and healthy all year long.

Use the Right Tools – Good oral hygiene goes beyond brushing your teeth twice a day. Consider purchasing a dental care kit that comes with a toothpick, mouth mirror, tartar scraper, and plaque remover. Utilizing these tools will not only remove trapped food from between teeth, but it will also aid in removing plaque buildup.

Floss Floss Floss – Floss, just like a toothpick and plaque scraper, will remove germs and food particles from between the teeth, dramatically reducing the likelihood of cavities. There is also a risk of gum disease without properly flossing on a daily basis. You will need around 18 inches of floss to effectively floss up and down each tooth, as well as around the base.

Avoid Sugary Drinks – Not only does consuming soda, alcohol, and sugary drinks discolor your teeth, but it also runs the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Swap these beverages for water, or fruit infused water. Milk is also a good choice because it helps strengthen the teeth and their enamel.

Fight Bruxism with a Mouth guard – Bruxism is a serious condition. An individual continually grinds his or her teeth throughout the night causing headaches, muscle soreness, and possibly broken teeth. Without a mouth guard, the grinding of teeth will result in total tooth restoration. Purchasing a mouth guard is extremely affordable and saves you from costly dental bills involving broken teeth.

When you follow a strict dental care plan at home, our job at Wynnewood becomes easier and saves our patients from cavities and other painful dental issues. However, some pains cannot be avoided and Wynnewood Dental Arts offers emergency dentistry services in Philadelphia for toothaches, broken teeth, jaw injuries, amongst many more dental ailments.
To make an appointment or if you have a dental emergency, please give us a call 610-228-4452.

Why You Should Never Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth: Part 2 of 2

Have you read our last blog? Well, this is the continuation of it! Before, we discussed the importance of your enamel and how the waste from leftover bacteria can break it down. We can understand the need to go to sleep after a long day instead of taking the extra effort to brush before bed, but doing so can cause irrevocable harm to your teeth’s health, leading to the need for emergency dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA. We don’t want that!

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Why You Should Never Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth Part 1 of 2

We’ve all been here, it’s true. Sometimes it is way easier to crawl under the covers and sleep instead of trudge alllll the way to the bathroom just for an elbow work out. Believe us, we are well aware. It takes effort to do, especially in a half-conscious state. Still, it is just as essential as those ten extra minutes you would have had sleeping!

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The Tooth Fairy Is Real! (Kind Of)

Waking up without a tooth can be scary, until you notice the five dollar bill under your pillow. (Thanks, Tooth Fairy!)

If incentivizing a child’s dental care can drastically improve their experience, why do we only do it to baby teeth? Although implementing a pay-per-brush structure in your home is highly impractical, there are ways to encourage better oral hygiene. Rewards are not always monetary; they can be emotional too. This is why Wynnewood Dental Arts has revolutionized the stigma attached to visiting a dentist. Improving a patient’s experience leads to less resistance well scheduling future appointments.
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Wynnewood Dentist Explains How to Avoid Cavities

woman smiling brightly1If you’re among the 90% or more of adults who’ve had at least one cavity, than you probably know how important treating tooth decay early is. As a progressive disease, tooth decay continues to eat away your tooth as time goes by. While early detection is the best treatment, preventing tooth decay offers your best chance of saving your tooth. To help you protect your smile, Wynnewood dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, explains the most common risk factors for tooth decay and how you can avoid them.
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Medications that Threaten Oral Health: Philadelphia Dentist Fills Us In

Since November is National Osteoporosis Month, articles have been appearing in dental circles about the dangers of taking a drug often prescribed for treatment. Bisphosphonate medication can cause an oral health condition called BRONJ, an osteonecrosis of the jawbone that causes destruction of the jaw. Reading about this serious oral health issue caused by medication brings to mind a question: What other medications can lead to oral health problems? Philadelphia dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, describes some medications for commonly known conditions and their threat to oral health.Read More

Wynnewood Dental Arts Offers Top 10 Toothache Causes

Top 10 lists have become a popular way to rank information: top 10 college football rankings, top 10 books on the bestsellers’ list, and top 10 travel destinations, for example. Why not have a top 10 list for toothache causes? Toothaches are not fun to think about, but if you know the causes, you can learn some ways to prevent them. Your Wynnewood dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, offers you a list of ten toothache causes.

The Top Ten List of Toothache Makers

We will flip the Top 10 list in the style of a famous late night talk show host, starting with number ten:

10. Bodily Health Conditions –  Examples of health conditions that can create tooth pain include: atypical angina, tension headache, and sinusitis

9. Injuries –  Chipped teeth, hurt gums, and jaw fractures represent several dental injuries that may lead to toothaches.

8. Tooth Fracture –  A tooth fracture,  or broken tooth, can affect the dentin or pulp, causing tooth pain.Read More

For People Who Hate Wearing Dentures- Philadelphia Implant Dentist to help

Which is worse: living without teeth or wearing dentures? If you hate wearing dentures, that question may make you think twice. Before you answer, consider the new dentures – implant retained dentures.

Problems with Dentures

In the past, people who lost all or most of their teeth had only one option for replacement, and that was dentures. Because dentures are made to fit on top of the gums, they can slip and slide. Furthermore, the longer a person wears dentures, the smoother his gums become. This only makes slippage more of a problem. Another common complaint is that dentures require extensive care. They must be removed, cleaned, rinsed, soaked, and relined. Real teeth don’t require that much care!

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