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Here are a few tips about taking care of your teeth and your gums while you’re pregnant:

Tip #1 Prevention

It means that before getting pregnant if you can visit your dentist and your hygienist. Your dentist – to get a full checkup for your gums, your teeth, and jaw bone.

If you have any hidden cavities and your large cavities that could possibly give you a problem while you’re pregnant, pain or otherwise, it should be treated as soon as you can before getting pregnant.

Visit your hygienist to remove any of the calculus or debris that’s on the teeth that could be causing gum disease. Gum disease is crucial, especially if you’re pregnant because it could go through your bloodstream and into your baby’s bloodstream, which could cause premature labor. It’s important to get a cleaning done before and during pregnancy.

Tip #2 Keep up with the hygiene

You want to come in every six months for the cleaning. It’s so important, especially during your pregnancy, because the gums may be very inflamed from the hormones. There could also be swelling, redness, or bleeding, and the cleanings really help reduce that as much as we can.

You want to make sure that you brush with fluoridated toothpaste. Sometimes with nausea, especially in the first trimester, many patients complain that they can’t brush because the fluoride makes them sick. But you should try as best as you can to brush for two minutes each time in the morning and at night all the surfaces really well.

If you do experience nausea or vomiting, just give yourself a half-hour break to let the saliva neutralize, and then the pH level can become a little bit more alkaline, so you can brush better. You don’t want to brush straight after vomiting because an acidic environment can be damaging to the teeth.

Flossing is going to help save your gums and teeth and remove all harmful bacterias so it doesn’t go through your bloodstream and into your baby’s bloodstream.

Tip #3 Diet

What you eat is very important during pregnancy for you and your baby’s health.

You should eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, nuts, and you want to make sure that you lessen the amount of sugar or acidic foods that come from juices and soda.

And make sure you drink lots and lots of water. Water is always washing your mouth, debris, and bacteria on the teeth. That helps to neutralize the pH level in your saliva. So, drink lots and lots of water throughout your pregnancy. You can even use sugar-free gum and xylitol-containing chewing gum, which helps as well.

Tip #4 Professional oral care

We get a lot of questions from pregnant mothers and breastfeeding mothers about what’s safe to get done and what’s not safe in the dental office.

Dental treatments can be done at any time throughout the pregnancy, but we still limit it to doing it during the second trimester, mostly because in the first trimester, you could be nauseous or feeling just uncomfortable in the chair, so we kind of avoid it unless it’s needed.

Then in the third trimester, you could be feeling big and heavy, sense pressure in the back, so you want to avoid long treatments and long appointments in the dental chair. So, we recommend you do it in the second trimester if the pregnancy is going well and everything is smooth.

Having said that, if there is an emergency and severe pain, we need to address that pain as soon as possible. We do have an aesthetic that is completely safe for pregnancy and for breastfeeding.

There is also a widespread question about x-rays, which can actually be taken during pregnancy, but we still try to avoid it only for emergency cases.

Another question that a lot of patients ask about is whitening. We prefer to do a whitening after the pregnancy and after breastfeeding.

In general, after saying all these tips, the most important thing that we want you to keep in mind is to keep up with your dental checkups and your dental hygiene every six months as best as you can.

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  • Dec 28, 2021

Most patients come to the dentist or dental hygienist and have concerns regarding the color of their teeth. It’s one of the most common aesthetic wishes of our patients.

Coming for a Zoom whitening session means that the dental hygienist will prepare the patient for the actual treatment of whitening the teeth. We know that with aged teeth, become yellower. One of the reasons is that the enamel tends out.

The procedure starts with moisturizing the lips in order to place a retractor. The patient is provided with protective eyewear. This is because the light source should not damage the eyes.

The retractor holds the lips in place, so they do not come in contact with the teeth anymore. The area around the retractor is also protected because when the gels are applied, you don’t want it on any patient’s facial tissue.

The first part of the preparation is to isolate the soft tissue of the gums from the teeth because, in order for teeth to be whitened, a specific gel is applied on the enamel surface.

This protective layer that protects the gums is in order for the gums not to become irritated later. This protective layer is, of course, light-cured, so it becomes hard and stays in place during the course of the treatment.

The papillae are protected properly so that the enamel surface of the teeth is the only thing that is exposed for the whitening procedure. The gel is applied across the outside surface of all the upper and lower teeth.

The application is done carefully with a small brush. The gel itself is only about half to one millimeter thick on the outer surface of the teeth.

This procedure takes a couple of minutes to cover all the front sides of the teeth. In order to activate the whitening procedure, a light source is added on which activate the gel.

The light cycles are about 15 minutes each in which the gel is replaced. Most patients prefer to listen to their own favorite music with an iPod during their whitening sessions.

This makes them relaxed and think about something else while whitening their teeth. Zoom whitening is one of the most advanced systems available in the market today.

It does have some competitive companies, but it’s an excellent American product that helps change the shade of the teeth between three to seven shades. Between the 15-minute cycles, the gel is first removed, and a new application is made on the outside of the teeth surfaces.

Once all three cycles are complete, the protective layers on the incisal edges of the teeth and along the gum line are removed. It is specifically important to also isolate these incisive edges because that, if not done properly, can cause hypersensitivity.

Removing the isolating gels is a pretty simple procedure done with a curette. The younger the patient and the younger the teeth and the enamel, when it’s more intact, you can get higher desired results.

With age going from 45-55-65 years old, enamel may be quite thin, and the whitening procedure may not give the desired results. Having a good whitening procedure means having quite healthy enamel on your teeth in the beginning, even though it may be yellow.

The dental hygienist will make sure that no excess materials lie anywhere on the outside or inside the teeth, or in between. You will probably examine all the soft tissue to make sure that no irritable damage has been done to them while doing the procedure.

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  • Dec 27, 2021

Six Month Smiles are similar to traditional train track braces with one exception – they are clear. The brackets stuck to the teeth are transparent and the wires used are tooth-colored.

They make use of proven techniques and materials to straighten the teeth in an average of six months. At our clinic, we are one of few practices to invest in digital scanning technology, meaning we can take a digital image of your mouth without the need for conventional molds, which are a mouthful and can make you gag.

The braces are fitted a few weeks later. We usually have to create some space to allow the teeth to slip past each other. This is known as interproximal recontouring or IPR. This is precisely calculated and performed by the dentist by flossing with dental sandpaper.

It is safe and is not detrimental to the teeth as it’s kept well within the outer layer of enamel, which has no nerves. You must return every four weeks or so for the wires to be changed and tightened, and most cases are finished in an average of six months.

Some milder cases can be done in less like four months, and the longer cases, in my experience, go up to about nine months.

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  • Dec 27, 2021