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Fluoride Treatments: Beneficial at Any Age

Fluoride TreatmentsAn essential way of help prevent tooth decay is including fluoride in your diet. Fluoride is a mineral element that is naturally occurring and present in nearly all food and water supplies in the U.S. This element can help fortify teeth, working to prevent cavities and even helping to reverse early signs of tooth decay.

There are two common forms of fluoride – topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is most commonly found in toothpastes and mouth rinses, while systemic fluoride is most commonly found in foods and tap water we drink, though this can be boosted in children and adults with fluoride drops, tablets or other supplements.

Fluoride is very important to our overall dental health, and even as adults, dentists generally recommend the use of fluoride. During your visit, your dentist may recommend a topical fluoride treatment, especially for children with developing teeth. Let’s take a look at the full list of benefits for fluoride.

Helps Combat Wear from Gum Disease

Fluoride offers a great benefit in preventing your teeth from the damage of gum disease. While brushing your teeth twice or more per day is extremely important in helping to clean your teeth and gums, consistent use of fluoride can help strengthen your teeth and make them more resistant to the bacteria that can erode your teeth and tooth roots.

Helps Strengthen Weak Teeth

If you wear braces or have worn them before, they can cause concerns where the device comes into contact with the tooth. Over time, this can strain and even wear away some of the tooth’s enamel, which is critical to keeping teeth strong and durable. Fluoride can help to naturally strengthen enamel over time and can help to fortify teeth from acid erosion from sugars and bacteria in the mouth.

Helps Combat Cavities

Fluoride will not remove a cavity, bit can benefit in helping make teeth more resistant to wear from bacteria, acids and sugars in the mouth. Both before and after a cavity filling, fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to decay, and if you are someone who gets semi-annual cavities, you should speak with your dentist and see if fluoride treatments might be a good option for you.

Fluoride treatments are an essential part of keeping teeth strong at any age, and the team at Genesee Dental can help proper oral hygiene, and can with professional topical fluoride treatments during your regular visit. Discuss fluoride with your dentist during your next cleaning and find out more. To schedule your next visit, call the dental professionals at Genesee Dental at 585-343-1113 today or request your next appointment online now.

 

Three Fall Foods that Are Good for Your Teeth

Autumn is a special time of year. Selecting a pumpkin, going apple picking or visiting a corn maze are all activities that make the fall a wonderful experience. There are also many different types of foods that are specific to this time of year, and even just a taste or smell of seasonal foods and drinks like apple cider can elicit that cozy fall feeling.

There are many autumn foods, however, that can be very damaging to your teeth. Halloween is well-known for its overabundance of candy, while Thanksgiving brings turkey, pies and other sweets a-plenty – and don’t even get us started on Christmas, Hanukkah and the other December holidays. At Genesee Dental, we have some tips to help you savor the taste of autumn while helping to keep your smile stay bright.

As we mentioned before, apples are a great fall treat. They keep the doctor away for a reason. Not only are they incredibly healthy, their crunch factor helps disturb pre-existing plaque and bacteria before they can continue their damage.

Black and green teas are dental-smart beverages. Curl up with a hot cup of tea this fall, get cozy and do your teeth some good! That’s right, black and green tea contain polyphenols, says Live Science, which are compounds that stall the growth and reproduction of cavity-causing bacteria.

Cranberries are another seasonal snack that also contains polyphenols. It is important to check the sugar content of cranberry juice or sauce, however, because many cranberry products contain added sweetener that can negate some of the benefits. Cranberries are naturally very tart, so many manufactures feel the need to sweeten things up. Check the label and see how your preferred cranberries stack up.

Celebrate the truly festive autumn season the smart way. As long as you are aware of which fall time snacks are beneficial to your dental health, you can make smart choices throughout the season and pick the best treats that autumn has to offer. To learn more, chat with your dentist during your next visit to Genesee Dental. Schedule your next appointment online now, or call us at 585-343-1113.

Fillings and Flying: Is there a Risk of Air Travel After Dental Work?

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and that means Thanksgiving dinners, time off from work, and quite possibly flying around the country to visit your friends and family. Just because the holidays are here, however, doesn’t mean that the needs for dental care will come to an end. Cavities still need to be filled, and check-ups still need to be performed. This brings us to today’s myth busting session.

There is an idea out there that flying in an airplane after recently getting fillings means big trouble for your mouth. The thought is that the high altitude mixed with your recent dental work could result in incredible pain. Is this actually the case? Let’s look at the facts.

Fact No. 1: You Could Absolutely Feel Pain, Especially in Certain Cases

It is indeed a myth that if you recently had a filling that you will absolutely experience excruciating pain for the duration of your trip, but sometimes this pain might be inevitable. If your dental work was done near a nerve or your teeth are just generally sensitive, then you might feel some dull pain, whether you are on a plane or not.

If you do feel this pain, simply take a light painkiller before the flight and you should be as right as rain.

Fact No. 2: Air Between Your Teeth Could Result in Increased Pain

If you haven’t already guessed, it is usually the changes in altitude that are the main culprit, and if you have air between your teeth, it could result in some pain, notes The Huffington Post. There are a couple of reasons why you might have some air between your teeth. Decay in your teeth could create tiny openings, or recent filings could also have caused air to become trapped. When the altitude changes, the air has nowhere to go, and possible pain develops.

Fact No. 3: There Are Ways to Help Quell This Pain

Although some of this pain may be inevitable, there are a few things you could do to try to keep the pain at a minimum. Sucking on a sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum can help to get your sinuses working, so you are better equipped for the changes in altitude, suggests the American Student Dental Association in a recent blog.

Of course, if you can help it, you can also be proactive and not get dental work done directly before a long flight. Try getting any needed fillings done at least two weeks before a trip to have the best chance of avoiding these situations.

If you are in need of any dental work, visit the professionals at Genesee Dental. We handle everything from simple fillings to complex cosmetic dentistry. We have many happy customers and are always welcoming new patients. So don’t delay, schedule an appointment online now or call us today at 585-343-1113.

Coffee Stains and Your Teeth

Autumn is upon us – a beautiful time, filled with hot apple cider, pumpkin carving and, of course, pumpkin spiced lattes and other fall-flavored coffee. With the days getting shorter, many of us turn to coffee to keep our bodies awake and alert. One of the drawbacks of all this coffee, though, is that it can cause stains on your teeth.

Coffee stains the teeth in a fairly noticeable way. Your teeth are not smooth and flat like they look like in the mirror. Rather, your teeth contain a ton of tiny little pits or divots. As you consume coffee, the dark coffee particles find a home in these pits and cracks between teeth. Failure to properly brush and clean your teeth could potentially result in long-term stains. But there are several options to prevent these stains! Here are a couple of tips to prevent coffee stains in your teeth:

Brush

First and foremost, after you consume a cup of coffee or two, go brush your teeth. As you Brushing will prevent the stains from building up and sitting for any length of time, which can prevent them from forming in the first place.

Whitening

Second, consider having your teeth whitened at your next dental appointment. Whitening your teeth is a great way to keep them looking bright and clean while protecting your enamel, which helps to block various stains. For a qualified Dentist Tucker Georgia, we have your answer!

Talk to Your Dentist

Third – and most important – talk to your dental professional. We’ve seen many different cases and issues with coffee stains and other discoloration of teeth before, and we can recommend a proper course of action.

If you are looking for a solution for your coffee-stained teeth, contact Genesee Dental. Ask us about our tooth whitening and other cosmetic dental services, including free whitening for life! Call us today at 585-343-1113 or schedule your next appointment online now.

 

Don’t Get Tricked: Treat Your Teeth this Halloween

October means pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, changing of the leaves and Halloween candy-induced cavities. That last one did not sound too fun, now did it? There are ways to enjoy some tasty sweets this Halloween without causing major damage to your teeth. This goes for kids and adults alike. We all enjoy candy, but knowing which treats to avoid, and which treats are OK helps keep your moth happy and healthy. We love and appreciate your business, but the last thing we want to do is deliver the bad news that you’re in need of having cavities filled because of your Halloween candy.

It is important to steer clear of chewy candies such as caramels. Caramel sticks to your teeth for a long time and is difficult to remove. This allows bacteria to feed off of these areas, which eventually leads to tooth decay.

Hard candies that you suck on for a long time, such as jaw breakers, should be avoided too. This long-lasting treat actually ends up creating a sugar bath in your mouth, bathing your teeth to create an ideal breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. It is also important to go easy on sour candies. They have a high acidity and can be very corrosive to your teeth, as well.

Now that we have discussed the don’ts, let’s focus on the positive. There are still ways to enjoy sweet treats while staying healthy. Sugar-free lollipops are a great alternative to hard candies. They satisfy the same craving but won’t allow bacteria to grow and thrive in your mouth. Look for sugar-free candies with xylitol, which prevent oral bacteria growth.

Chocolate-covered raisins are also a healthy alternative. Raisins actually have chemical compounds that fight oral bacteria. And speaking of chocolate, dark chocolate is generally a healthier choice and may even offer some limited health benefits. For example, dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants which can also be found in blueberries.

For more tips to keeping a healthy smile this Halloween, call Genesee Dental today at 585-343-1113 or book your next appointment online now.

Waterpiks, Tongue Cleaners and Other Dental Aids

Dental Aids When it comes to dental care, you should have more tools in your arsenal than just a simple toothbrush, but when you’re choosing other options to add to your medicine cabinet, make sure to choose wisely.

You probably have floss in your bathroom, but do you also have a waterpik? Most experts say that waterpiks aren’t a substitute for flossing, but can sometimes offer a better option for some people who have sensitive gums or active gum disease.

Waterpiks, also known as oral irrigators and dental water jets, are devices that aim a high-pressure stream of water out of a thin opening to clean food particles from between your teeth. If flossing causes bleeding in areas where your gums are sensitive, waterpiks might be a better choice for you, says Livestrong. Plus, for people with active gum disease, waterpiks are able to flush food particles from deep pockets in the gums that floss is unable to reach.

Waterpiks, however, are really only able to rinse teeth, so if there is a build-up of plaque and other materials between your teeth, flossing could be the better option. The best method? A combination of both tools.

Tongue Scrapers

What about a tongue scraper? Many people who suffer from severe halitosis, or bad breath, might benefit from this tool. Scraping your tongue basically involves dragging this tool from the back of your tongue to the front a couple of times on a daily basis, which removes the build-up of bacteria and other toxins that can sit on the tongue and are oftentimes ignored, notes The Huffington Post. Sure, we clean on and around our teeth, but we often forget about our tongues! Many people who find they have awful breath will notice a significant difference once they’ve been using a tongue scraper for a few days.

There are tons of other oral hygiene aids and dental cleaning products for you to try, from rinses to stimulators to interdental cleaners.

For more information on how to keep your pearly whites – and the rest of your mouth – happy and healthy, make an appointment for your next cleaning at Genesee Dental today online or call us at 585-343-1113!

 

How to Help Your Child Get Used to Braces

BracesAlong with school, braces are another word no child ever wants to hear. However, sometimes they are unavoidable, leaving your kid dreading going to school and interacting with friends. To make the transition smoother, here are a couple helpful tips to help your young one get past the negative stigma of having braces.

Explain

When you or your dentist tells your child they are going to need braces, they may think you’re trying to ruin their life. This is obviously not the case. To lower their fears, have you or the dentist should clearly explain why they are going to need them as well as the benefits of having them. We see this all the time at Genesee Dental, and we understand that your son or daughter may be anxious about braces. If they clearly understand why they need them, though, they may understand the long-term benefits and gains.

Make Them Comfortable

Braces can be very uncomfortable for a child. To make sure they don’t experience any discomfort, arm yourself with the proper tools so they can easily care for their teeth. This means stocking up on supplies like orthodontic wax, topical pain relievers and soft foods for the days after adjustments or especially painful days. Don’t forget to have over-the-counter pain medication available for when the pain is particularly unbearable.

Keep It Fun

Don’t let braces bring your child down. There are some ways to try and make them fun, like having colored rubber bands or even glow-in-the-dark material used in the braces. This can make your child think of it more as a fun addition to their smile instead of an inconvenience.

Celebrate

When it comes time to take off the braces, make it a point to celebrate it. Wearing braces can be stressful, uncomfortable and sometimes painful, so having them removed should be a day to celebrate! Plan out what to do in advance and make it something your son or daughter can look forward to and make the date a goal to help make getting through the tough days easier.

Genesee Dental offers high-quality, affordable dental care, including braces, teeth cleanings and other dental services to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you would like more information on our services or about braces for your child, call our Batavia office today at 585-343-1113 or schedule an appointment online now!

What Really Is a Root Canal?

Ouch!

We all know that tooth pain is excruciating. Sometimes it goes away and sometimes it doesn’t. Unfortunately, when it doesn’t, you can become very uncomfortable. But what does this mean?

It may be that you need something called a root canal. We know that the phrase “root canal” is scary in itself, but it shouldn’t be! A root canal is a procedure designed to bring your tooth back to its full functionality. Just because the inside of the tooth has a flaw that doesn’t mean that it needs to be pulled. In fact, a root canal can be a great alternative and in fact, pulling a tooth could lead to more problems in the future in some instances. If the outside of the tooth is still in good shape, there is no reason why there should be an extraction.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

How can you tell if you may need a root canal? Symptoms may include:

  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Abscess on the gum

Your dentist, however, is much better trained and can determine the exact nature of your issue. He or she will also decide whether or not you need a root canal.

What can cause you to be in need of root canal? A root canal often is needed for one of these three reasons:

  • Injury or tooth trauma
  • Infection or abscess
  • Decay

Injury and trauma are, of course, largely unavoidable. There is no good way to protect against accidental trauma. However, infection and decay can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing can prevent oral issues, ensuring that your teeth and overall mouth health are the best they can be.

Root Canal DiagramWhat Does a Root Canal Entail?

A root canal involved opening up the tooth and removing all of the nerve tissues that are causing you pain. A root canal is normally conducted by a dentist or an endodontist, or a root canal specialist, and the procedure may involve more than one appointment, depending on the tooth and the severity of the issue. Each tooth is unique and can have its own healing process.

The doctor will first numb your mouth. People say that root canals are painful, however you should not feel any pain during this procedure. The doctor will then place a plastic sheet around the tooth in question, which prevents saliva from getting in the tooth and causing an infection while the root canal is being performed. The specialist will then open your tooth and slowly clean out the root area of the tooth. This involves removing nerve tissue, pulp and any bacteria or decay that may exist inside.

Once the tooth is cleaned, a filling will be placed into the tooth with either a permanent or temporary filling. The tooth will also need to be covered to prevent any future infection. In some instances, you may also need a crown (or cap) placed on the top of the tooth.

Your pain may not go away right after the procedure. It will often take time for the swelling to reside and for you to chew normally. Your tooth will still be sensitive, and we often recommend sticking to softer foods until you feel you can chew normally. Your doctor will give you specific instructions at the end of your appointment for aftercare, and you may or not need an antibiotic or a follow-up visit scheduled following a root canal.

Are you experiencing tooth pain? Call us today at 585 343-1113 or request an appointment online now and let us help determine the best course of action for your tooth.

Knowing the Risk Factors for Gum Disease

As you get older, you are more likely to hear about gum disease from your dentist. But, do you really know what gum disease is? Or, what causes it?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the inflammation of the tissues surrounding your teeth and, if left untreated, can progressively worsen, damaging your gums and promoting tooth loss. Your first step in preventing gum disease is knowing the causes, so let’s take a closer look at the behaviors that can put you at a greater risk.

Poor Dental Hygiene

The easiest way to prevent gum disease is to keep up with healthy oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing at home to remove bacteria and tartar that can lead to gum disease, in addition to scheduling regular dental visits for cleanings and X-rays. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and keeping up with healthy habits can ensure you keep a healthy mouth throughout your life.

Tobacco Use

You know by now that smoking is associated with many illnesses, and gum disease is one of them. Research has shown that tobacco use is one of the most significant factors in developing gum disease. Luckily, this is a habit you can never start or change if you currently smoke.

Age

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, more than 70 percent of Americans 65 and older have gum disease. Although you can’t change your age, you can stay on top of your gum health by visiting the dentist at least twice a year.

Genetics

Unfortunately, some people are just more likely to develop gum disease based on their genetics. If you think you might be someone with a high risk of gum disease in your family, speak to your dentist about genetic testing early to begin intervention treatment.

Medical Conditions

There are many diseases and bodily changes that affect your body’s inflammatory system or your body’s ability to fight off infection. Gum disease can worsen if you have chronic stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. You may also be more susceptible to gum disease if you are experiencing hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause.

Poor Diet

Following a healthy diet and staying within a healthy weight range is key to helping your body’s ability to fight off infections – including gum disease. Research has also shown that obesity may increase your chances of getting gum disease, so keeping a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help keep you healthy.

Medications

There are many medications that can increase your risk of gum disease, including oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, heart medications and steroids. Speak to your doctor and dentist to learn more about which medications may affect your chances of getting gum disease and to make sure that there are no potential drug interactions between your routine medications and any dental health treatments or medicines.

Grinding Teeth

If you clench or grind your teeth, you are putting force on your gums which can exacerbate the early stages of gum disease. This can be difficult to overcome – especially if it is an activity that occurs while you are sleeping – but there are options. Speak with your dentist to discuss ways to help prevent teeth grinding.

To prevent or treat gum disease, it is important to see a professional dentist at least twice a year. Genesee Dental can handle all of your routine dental health care and can offer advice and treatment options to help stop gum disease in its tracks. Schedule your next visit today by calling 585-343-1113 or request an appointment online now.

 

Back to School? What About Back to the Dentist?

Back to School Season It’s getting to be about that time. Commercials on TV, sales going on everywhere – it’s back-to-school season, a time when kids and adults alike prepare for the upcoming start of another year of education. Despite all of this work to get ready, many kids and adults are neglecting something in the process – their teeth.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 80.3 percent of children ages 2-17 hadn’t gone to the dentist in the past year. Adults weren’t much better, with 62 percent of adults ages 18-64 forgoing their annual visits as well.

The study also reported that from 2011-2012, 17.5 percent of children 5-19 and 27.4 percent of adults 20-44 had untreated dental caries. This means that such conditions as gum disease and other dental ailments had time to worsen and threaten their teeth – afflictions that only get worse with each passing day if left undiagnosed and managed.

If you’re past due for a visit to the dentist, stop into Genesee Dental today. On your first visit, we will give you a complete exam that includes checking your soft tissues, your teeth, your bite and other aspects to determine if there is any specific issue that needs immediate attention.

After that, we will take X-rays of your teeth to examine the hard tissues around your teeth to make sure everything is in good health. If an issue is found with anything we look at, we will work with you and your insurance to determine the best possible course of action. When your visit is complete, we will either schedule a follow-up appointment for any needed treatment or plan your next routine cleaning in a few months.

We also have new patient forms for those who are coming in for the first time. Download and complete them in advance to help streamline your visit to our office!

At Genesee Dental in Batavia, we’re committed to providing high-quality and affordable dental care. For more information on our full range of services, call us today at 585-343-1113 or schedule your appointment online now!

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