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Posts for: October, 2014

By Golden Dental
October 27, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
HowtoCleanYourOralAppliance

Question: What oral health issue do teenagers who wear orthodontic retainers and older folks who wear dentures have in common?

Answer: Both need to pay particular attention to cleaning their oral appliances.

The same goes for anyone who wears a nightguard to control tooth grinding, a mouthguard to protect teeth while playing sports, or a clear aligner for orthodontic treatment. Yet many people aren’t sure how to properly clean their appliances — so here are a few handy tips:

DON’T:

  • Use toothpaste on your appliance — the ingredients in toothpaste, which are designed to polish the hard enamel of your teeth, are too abrasive for the soft plastic of oral appliances, and will cause scratches.
  • Boil your appliance, or use bleach to clean it — both will end up breaking down and destroying the appliance. Don’t even use very hot water, as it can deform the plastic and make the appliance useless.
  • Leave your appliance out on the nightstand, or anywhere else — pets and small children have been known to find (and destroy) oral appliances left lying around. Instead, store it properly in its special case.

DO:

  • Use liquid dish detergent or hand soap to clean your appliance. A little mild soap plus warm water will do a great cleaning job. While you’re at it, get a brush just for the appliance — because, while it’s fine for plastic, you don’t want to brush your teeth with soap!
  • Put a towel in the sink basin when you clean your appliance. Soapy appliances (especially dentures) can be slippery, and can be damaged by dropping — and that’s an expensive mishap.
  • Consider investing in an ultrasonic cleaner. These inexpensive countertop devices are an excellent way to get the tiny ridges and crevices of your appliance really clean.

Whether you rely on dentures for everyday use, or just need to wear a retainer for a period of time, your oral appliance serves an important function. It may also represent a significant investment. That’s why it’s worthwhile to spend a few minutes each day giving these important items the care they need.

If you have questions about oral appliance care, please contact us or schedule an appointment.


By Golden Dental
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  
InvisalignOne of the bonuses of being an Invisalign user in the Lancaster area is that you can easily remove these clear aligners every time you want to sit down and enjoy a meal. However, you still need to ensure that these trays stay clean during your treatment. Proper oral hygiene is a must if you want your clean aligners to remain invisible and free from odor. Many of the issues that arise are due to not cleaning your trays after meals, which results in bacteria buildup.
 

Proper Way to Clean Clear Aligners 

So how do you properly clean your clear aligners? We offer the “do’s” and “don’ts” to keeping your Invisalign as invisible as the day you got them.
  • Saliva and plaque: They can cause some pretty nasty build up of bacteria, so it’s important to rinse your aligners whenever you take them off.
  • Brushing and Flossing: We mentioned that good oral hygiene is necessary, especially when you’re wearing Invisalign. Therefore, we recommend brushing and flossing before putting your aligners back on. Since Invisalign is custom-made to fit you just right, if you do leave food particles in your teeth, they can become trapped in your Invisalign and put you at risk for dental problems.
  • Soak aligners: Give your Invisalign a nice soak. You can opt for the official Invisalign cleaning crystals or you can use some good ole fashion denture cleaner to really give your retainers a deep-down sanitizing. Also, feel free to use a soft, clear antibacterial soap to help clean and remove bacteria.
  • Be gentle: Make sure that when you do brush your clear aligners, that you do so gently. If you brush too hard you could visibly scratch them. No one wants that! Take your time when it comes to handling your Invisalign.
Now that you know how to properly clean and care for your clear aligners, there are some major don’ts that we would like to add. While you may already know some of these, it’s important that you follow all of these rules if you want to make your Invisalign experience easy.
 
  • Don’t eat or drink (except water, of course) while wearing Invisalign, as many items in your diet could discolor your aligners.
  • Stay away from any soaps that have color. Why? Colors can also change the shade of your aligners.
  • Don’t use regular toothpaste. Most toothpaste, especially whitening ones, are too abrasive to use on aligners. Therefore, it’s best to stick with antibacterial soaps and denture cleaners.
  • Don’t leave Invisalign lying around. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria. When eating or drinking, rinse them and soak them until you’re done. Then make sure to brush and floss, and rinse out your aligners again before putting them back on.
 
If you have any questions about caring for your Invisalign in Lancaster, then pick up the phone and give us a call. We are always here to help make your orthodontic experience an easy one.
 

By Golden Dental
October 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TaylorHicksIShouldHaveWornaMouthguard

Some train intensively for months ahead of time, so they can achieve peak performance during the season; others simply enjoy occasional pick-up games with friends. But here’s something all athletes, both amateurs and professionals, should know: Dental accidents in sports can happen at any time, and the consequences of not wearing the proper protective equipment can be serious.

Don’t believe us? Just ask American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. Before his singing career took off, Hicks was a high-school basketball star; he lost his two front teeth during a championship game.

“It was just one of those collisions that happen in sports,” Hicks recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “I never wore a mouthguard in basketball. Obviously I should have.”

We agree. And we want to remind you that basketball isn’t the only game that poses a risk to your teeth (although statistics show it’s the leading cause of sports-related dental injuries). Soccer, bike riding, and equestrian sports — along with some two dozen other games and physical activities — are all on the American Dental Association’s list of sports in which participants should wear a mouthguard.

What’s the best kind of mouthguard? The answer is: the one you actually wear. For the maximum comfort and protection, there’s nothing like a custom-fitted mouthguard provided by our office. This is a piece of protective equipment that’s individually crafted just for you — in fact, it’s made from a model of you own teeth! Not only will it fit your mouth perfectly, but it’s also strong, lightweight and easy to wear.

It’s true that off-the-shelf mouthguards are available from big-box retailers in limited sizes (like small, medium and large); also available are the so-called “boil and bite” types, which you soften in hot water before molding them into shape with the pressure of your fingers, teeth and tongue. Either one of these options is probably better than nothing — but neither provides the level of protection and comfort that a custom-made mouthguard offers.

When you consider the potential cost of tooth replacement — not just its hefty price tag, but also the lost time, trouble and inconvenience it can cause — we think you’ll agree that a perfectly fitted mouthguard, made by our office, is a piece of sports equipment you really can’t afford to do without. Best of all, its cost is quite reasonable.

So if you’re the active type, come in to ask us about fitting you with a custom mouthguard. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”




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