Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Why Is Flossing So Important Anyway? | Dallas Dentist

We all know we’re supposed to floss daily but let’s be honest – most of us don’t. Brushing is cleaning our teeth, so that should be enough is generally the notion felt by most. Flossing just seems like a step that feels unnecessary. That is until our dental checkups and hear, ‘How often do you floss?’ And now we are scrambling as we calculate how long it has been since we even thought about floss. Before you make up a lie about how often you really floss, let’s take a look at why it’s so important to floss daily. It may have you change your mind about ignoring dental floss.

More effective than brushing alone. A toothbrush works to removing plaque but brushing alone has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums. Flossing gets in those tiny spaces between your teeth to get everything your toothbrush can’t reach.

Protects your gums. The main role of dental floss is to get in where your gums and teeth meet. Particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden over time to form tartar. The bad news is that plaque can only be removed with a scraper at your next dental appointment. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis.

Helps prevent other diseases. Gum disease can have effects that go beyond discolored teeth, discomfort and bad breath. Research has shown that bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of the body, and lead to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.

To learn more about flossing, please contact Dr Alhadef  at 214-368-2434 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS proudly serves Dallas and all surrounding areas.

It’s More than Having Minty Fresh Breath | Dallas Dentist

We may not be the most diligent with our dental hygiene practices, but there is one thing we can be sure of – we all love that fresh feeling you get after rinsing with mouthwash. Fresh breath is great, but did you know your mouthwash is doing more than just giving your breath a boost? It’s true. Rinsing daily with certain mouthwashes can whiten your teeth, prevent gum disease and fight plaque. Still not convinced? Here is a breakdown of its benefits:

Freshens breath. Mouthwash kills bacteria associated with causing bad breath leaving you with minty fresh breath.

Removes particles. Most people use mouthwash only after brushing but rinsing BEFORE brushing will make the brushing and flossing more effective.

Prevents plaque build-up. There are plenty of mouthwashes that pull double-duty by helping to prevent plaque, so remember to always brush and floss before plaque becomes a problem.

Stop cavities from forming. Regular use of mouthwash before and after you brush and floss, you can reduce the chances of cavities forming. Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Be sure to check the label on your mouthwash before purchasing.

Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing and should be used in conjunction with good oral health habits. It only takes a moment to rinse but the positive impact on your oral health is much greater. With rinsing daily, you can successfully navigate around dental problems. If you have certain dental issues, it is best to speak to your dental professional about the style that works best for you.

To learn more about dental hygiene, please contact Dr Alhadef  at 214-368-2434 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS proudly serves Dallas and all surrounding areas.

Seal It wish a Kiss | Dallas Dentist

If there’s ever a time we should talk about mouthwash, making it during the month of February should be a given. After all, this is the month of lovers and having kissable breath is definitely a must-have. Not only for our partners, but that ultra-fresh feeling you get after rinsing with mouthwash is now of the highlights of the dental hygiene process. Rinsing daily with certain mouthwashes can also whiten your teeth, help prevent gum disease and fight plaque.

Freshens breath. First and most obviously, mouthwash temporarily reduces bad breath. Mouthwash kills bacteria associated with bad breath, leaving you with minty fresh breath.

Removes particles. While we are taught to use mouthwash after brushing, using it before brushing will rinse out loose particles in your mouth, making brushing and flossing more effective.

Prevents plaque build-up. Various mouthwashes help prevent plaque build-up on your gums and in and around your teeth. It prevents plaque build-up but cannot reduce existing plaque on your teeth. Brush and floss on a daily before plaque becomes a problem.

Stop cavities from forming. Mouthwashes that contain fluoride can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Remember, not all mouthwashes contain fluoride. Be sure to check the label on your mouthwash before purchasing.

Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing and should be used in conjunction with good oral health habits. It only takes a moment to rinse but the positive impact on your oral health is much greater. With rinsing daily, you can successfully navigate around dental problems and make future dental visits a breeze.

To learn more about dental hygiene, please contact Dr Alhadef  at 214-368-2434 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS proudly serves Dallas and all surrounding areas.

The How-tos of Dental Hygiene | Dallas Dentist

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In honor of October being National Dental Hygiene Month, let’s take a look at the proper way to keep our teeth as healthy as possible. After all, there is lots of Halloween candy to eat! Most dentists will tell patients that the two most important things they can do at home are to brush and to floss regularly, but there are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to brush your teeth, and it’s important to understand the difference.

You should brush at least two times a day, but three is even better, and it should take about 2 minutes each time. Brush lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush, being careful not to damage the gums. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and move the brush in an up and down motion, using short strokes. Avoid long, wide, side to side sweeping strokes that can cause scrapes along your gums.

Avoid acidic drinks that can weaken enamel – coffee, soda, orange juice, and energy drinks all will contribute to weakened enamel. Because of this, avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming them (in fact, you can avoid brushing immediately after a meal). If you wait a half hour after eating or drinking before brushing, your saliva will have an opportunity to bring your mouth back to its normal form, allowing your enamel to re-harden and make it less likely to be damaged during brushing.

Finally, take care of your toothbrush. Rinse it after each use, keep it in a clean area, and change it regularly, every 3 to 4 months. Doing so will keep the brush clean, so that you’re less likely to contaminate your mouth while trying to clean it.

To learn more about dental hygiene, please contact Dr Alhadef  at 214-368-2434 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS proudly serves Dallas and all surrounding areas.

The ABCs of Dental Emergencies | Dallas Dentist

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We all should visit the dentist twice a year, but there are often times your teeth don’t want to wait that long. These are what we call dental emergencies. Some require immediate treatment – others can wait for a scheduled appointment. Here’s some guidelines to help you know the difference:

If a tooth is knocked out completely, immediate care is required to save it. It’s possible that the tooth can be re-implanted if you get to the dentist within an hour or so. Rinse the tooth with water, and don’t touch the root.

If you chip or break a tooth, call your dentist – they’ll likely ask you to visit the office in the coming days for inspection. It’s difficult to know the extent of the damage without x-rays and proper checkup, so even if you feel it’s minor, be sure to call your dentist for advice.

If the tooth is pushed inward or outward, GENTLY try to straighten it but do not try to force it into its socket, and call your dentist. If possible, stabilize the tooth with gauze or tissue on your way to the dentist.

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, brush your teeth, and then rinse with warm salt water. If you’re experiencing swelling, you may have relief with a cold compress, and a pain reliever. It’s likely not an emergency, but you should have the tooth checked as soon as possible.

We can’t always avoid physical injury, but your dentist can help treat injuries as they happen. Try to stay calm, call the dentist – they’ll provide the best possible care.

To learn more about dental emergencies, please contact Dr Alhadef  at 214-368-2434 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at www.dallascosmeticdental.com.

Dr. Gary Alhadef, DDS proudly serves Dallas and all surrounding areas.