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Could Your Migraine or Headache be TMJ?

Could Your Migraine or Headache be TMJ?

The Link between TMJ and Headaches.

It’s happening again.

Your face feels tighter than ever, your jaw is locking, and your head is absolutely pounding. The tension you feel between your eyes is clouding your judgment, is causing you pain, and worst of all, is totally ruining your day. You’ve never felt a pain like this in your jaw before…or have you? You then remember two things: 1) that the last time you had a headache this bad, you also experienced jaw pain; and, 2) that, unfortunately, those episodes with simultaneous head and jaw pain are happening much more frequently.

This aching feeling could potentially be a TMJ headache. The good news is these headaches can be remedied, and we know how to help you do just that. Let’s dive into the subject a little bit deeper so you can better understand both TMJ and the symptoms of TMJ-related headaches.

What Exactly is TMJ?

For starters, TMJ is just the acronym for your temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. When someone suffers from temporomandibular disorders (known as TMD), that means they are having difficulties with their temporomandibular joint.

This hinging joint is both super functional and quite complex, leaving the door open for several issues that could affect your overall TMJ health, including difficulties talking, laughing, and chewing and… even severe headaches.

TMJ-related headaches are actually a very common occurrence. According to the American Migraine Foundation, about one in every ten people in the United States has reported TMJ pain.

Why Does This Affect My Head?

It might seem a bit confusing that the TMJ hinge is the cause of your pain—especially since that hinge is located in your jaw! But, let’s think about that for a minute.

The TMJ actually runs along your jaws and your cheeks, and when these muscles tense-up, that pain can also be felt in other nearby muscles and joints, causing your head to tighten-up and ache as well. It’s hard to distinguish between a regular headache and a TMJ headache, but if most of your headaches typically include jaw and facial pain, horrible tightness in your jaw that restricts you from opening your mouth, or even popping noises from your jaw, then it’s likely you’re suffering from TMJ headaches. These headaches will feel like tension headaches and can affect several different regions of your face, including the areas behind your eyes, your lower skull and neck areas, and even the sides of your head. Unfortunately, TMJ headaches are often quite difficult to identify and are frequently misdiagnosed.

How Can I Get Relief?

We’ve been describing some pretty gloomy symptoms, but there’s hope.

Dr. Gary Alhadef at Dallas Cosmetic Dental is well-versed in the concerns associated with TMJ and TMJ headaches. Because TMJ problems can be caused by tooth and jaw alignment issues, Dr. Gary Alhadef can provide several different treatment options, such as realignment, surgery, or custom appliances to soothe your headaches and to entirely correct your TMJ issues rather than just treating the pain.

With our dental expertise, we can help you forget about your TMJ-related headaches, ending your pain and making it possible for you to live a healthier, happier life.

Spend More Time Smiling and Less Time at the Dentist with Innovative New Ortho

Spend More Time Smiling and Less Time at the Dentist with Innovative New Ortho

Enhance Your Smile with Comfort and Ease!

Many orthodontic clients’ say the worst part of having braces is the preparation. Sure, you have to give up some of your favorite foods, like sticky candies or crunchy popcorn, but that’s manageable! The goopy molds, on the other hand, can make anyone think twice before taking the plunge. Some people even say they taste funny.

Dallas Cosmetic Dental in Dallas, TX is bringing in an innovative new approach to how we do braces! Instead of traditional x-rays, cement molds, and uncomfortable photographs of your mouth, we use the iTero Intraoral Element Scanner. With its simple design and powerful technology, we can phase out the old-school methods, making the process faster, easier, and more comfortable for everyone involved!

Are Braces Right For You?

Many patients are unsure if they need orthodontic treatment to correct their dental troubles. In some cases, you can correct misaligned teeth with veneers or crowns. However, for patients with more extreme forms of malocclusion (crooked teeth), orthodontic treatment may help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

Here are some hints you might be a good candidate for braces or similar appliances:

  • Your mouth is overcrowded, causing the teeth to overlap or grow in crooked.
  • You have an overbite that causes your front teeth to press into your gums or cause discomfort.
  • Your upper jaw protrudes out over your bottom teeth, causing an over-jet. This positioning can affect your speech and chewing abilities.
  • There is spacing between your teeth, sometimes due to smaller or missing teeth.
  • Your two front teeth are spaced further apart than average, causing diastema.
  • A cross-bite or an underbite, which can both cause your lower teeth to sit incorrectly on your bottom row.

The only way to be sure is to schedule an appointment with a qualified orthodontist!

How the iTero Element Scanner Is Beneficial To Your Treatment

The software allows patients and dentists to get a more accurate reading of your teeth and gums, plus we can send all of this information directly to an orthodontic lab to create your braces. Considering Invisalign braces instead of traditional metal wires? The iTero connects to Invisalign’s labs in just a few seconds. Plus, everything is stored digitally on our servers. This change helps to not only reduces our carbon footprints, making us more eco-friendly but also makes it easier for us to access your information.

The iTero Intraoral Scanner is time-saving, convenient, and portable. Its vibrant, full-color screen and intuitive technology allow you to see what your dentist sees, keeping you in the loop during every step of your orthodontic treatment.

Spend Less Time at the Dentist and More Time Smiling!

Before the introduction of our iTero Element Scanner, there was a string of appointments with dental patients preparing for braces, with the previously mentioned molds. The process could take weeks for the construction of your braces.

Today at Dallas Cosmetic Dental, we put a small wand that fits comfortably into your mouth and it delivers a 360-degree-view. Most of the process can be completed in one appointment. After taking the scans, we send your information wirelessly to the orthodontic lab. They use the scans to make a stereolithographic mold, which is 3D printed and used to create the final set of braces. Dr. Alhadef and patients alike have noticed this technology leads to better fitting applications that deliver better results than ever before!

The scanner allows an experienced dental assistant to take up to 6,000 digital scans of your teeth and gums per second – and in real time. This speed means that the images are available almost immediately after the scanning process, which, by the way, only takes around 10 – 15 minutes to complete. Compared to the hours long, back-to-back appointments usually required for braces, this is an incredible upgrade!

Explore Cutting-Edge Orthodontic Options

Obviously, you don’t always have to have the latest and greatest in technology to receive the treatment you need. But when it comes to our patients comfort precision in care, we will go to all lengths to achieve that. The iTero Digital Scanner delivers an incredible, in-depth look at your dental structure, helping us reach the most comprehensive, precision orthodontic treatments possible today. In addition to braces and Invisalign, we can use this technology to help you with other services, such as crowns or dental implants. Contact us at (214) 817-0647 to learn more about our iTero Scanner and schedule your consultation today!

ACCELERATED ORTHODONTICS – DALLAS COSMETIC DENTISTRY

ACCELERATED ORTHODONTICS – DALLAS COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Better Dentistry, Faster Results

At Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry, we are proud to deliver the best oral healthcare to our patients, while also providing progressive dental services to the entire Dallas area. An important feature of our mission is to be mindful of break-throughs in medical technology – studying fresh and emerging wellness solutions that are most useful to our patients, ensuring that you receive the most effective, least invasive, dental care possible.

If you are living with crooked teeth or an uncomfortable bite – you may think that old-fashioned braces, or major surgery, are the only options to restore your smile. While wire braces and dental surgery are each effective treatments in their own right, we believe that we can offer more.

As Dallas, Texas’ leading Family and Cosmetic Dental practice, Dr. Alhadef has refined treatment alternatives for patients who want better, quicker results, with a fraction of the discomfort. We meet our patients needs with – what we like to call – “Accelerated Orthodontics”.

What is Accelerated Orthodontics?

Accelerated Orthodontics is the practice of using (very) minor surgical procedures in order to get faster results from corrective dental treatments. In addition, accelerated orthodontics also relies on ground-breaking advances such as clear aligner trays (IE Invisalign) to maximize results.

When performing accelerated orthodontics, your doctor will first surgically clear room around your teeth, so they are able to move to a proper position quicker and less painfully. Then, the dentist will fit you with their choice of a clear aligner tray program, that will gradually and safely move your teeth until they are a uniform row of glistening perfection.

What are dental aligners?

Dental aligner trays are – in essence – transparent “mouth guards” which apply a gentle amount of pressure to your teeth, correcting their orientation over time.

Clear dental aligners (like Invisalign) are the most well-liked alternative to metal braces. Your doctor will use them in order to correct problems like …

  • Issues arising from a misaligned jaw:
    • Over bite
    • Under bite
    • Open bite
    • Cross bite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth, and more!

Are aligner-trays different from traditional braces?

Distinctive from conventional wire braces, aligners are transparent and removable. And, after twenty years of observing the result clear trays can achieve, doctors have noticed that the  treatments are able to solve problems that might’ve required more complicated procedures..

How does accelerated orthodontics (with aligners) work?

First, your doctor will perform minor surgery in and/or around your gums and jaw. This is to trim bone, and clear organic debris, which would otherwise block the movement of your teeth, or make other corrective procedures more uncomfortable. This practice allows for quicker results, and less discomfort. After this is completed, the doctor will fit you for dental aligner trays.

Clear dental aligners achieve their outstanding outcomes by using a progression of mouth-fitted trays that will gently hug your teeth, guiding them to their correct orientation. Custom-made by your dentist using state-f-the-art 3-D crafting/printing, your dental trays will support a secure – yet comfortable – fit the first time you try them on. After wearing your first tray for two weeks, you will be issued a fresh tray to accommodate for the progress you’ve experience, while also encourage more improvement.

Conventionally, this process repeats itself every couple of weeks for about one to three years. However, with accelerated orthodontics, you can be done resetting your teeth in as little as three to eight months!

What does accelerated orthodontics cost?

The cost of the surgery in the beginning will fluctuate from region to region and patient to patient – we recommend consulting with a dentist before making a price estimate. However, it may shock you to learn that the cost of Invisalign treatments are very similar to their outdated partner – braces.

Dental aligners treatments are almost indistinguishable in price to metal braces even though they offer comparable results. Most traditional braces cost between $3,000 and $7,000; while aligner-trays can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,400. For perspective, “high-end” ceramic braces can cost almost 10 Grand!

Accelerated Orthodontics Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How can I get accelerated orthodontics?

It’s likely that you are already an excellent applicant for accelerated orthodontics. We recommend consulting with a member of the Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry to find out for sure.

2. Can I switch to aligner-trays if I already have braces?

Many times, you can switch from traditional brace to Invisalign in order to complete your realignment. However, you should double check with your doctor.

3. Do aligners require “after care”?

We typically advise our patients to use some sort of dental aligner as part of your smile maintenance after treatment.

Let’s get started!

The Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry is ready to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamt of. Call us at (214) 368-2434 or visit us at DallasCosmeticDental.com to schedule a no-pressure consultation today!

Sources:

https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/braces/how-much-do-braces-cost

INVISALIGN

INVISALIGN

Giving you something to smile about

At Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry, we take pride in our talent to provide the best oral healthcare, while also delivering deluxe dental services to our patients. An important element of our work is being attentive to medical innovations – studying new and budding health methods that safeguard our patients – so you can receive the most effect cosmetic treatments possible.

Like many of us who struggle with misaligned teeth – you may think that unpleasant traditional braces are the sole solution to crooked teeth or an uneven bite. While conventional wire braces (as the “tried and true” method for many doctors) are fairly successful in their own right, we believe that they can often be ugly and uncomfortable.

As Dallas, Texas’ premier Cosmetic and Family Dental practice, Dr. Alhadef has refined alternative treatments for patients who think that they’re teeth could be straighter. With clear Invisalign dental aligners, you don’t need to suffer through the humiliation of having the old “bars and brackets” in order to have the smile of your dreams.

What do Invisalign aligners do?

Clear Invisalign dental aligners are the most popular alternative to conventional braces. Your dentist uses them to correct oral health issues such as…

  • Issues arising from a misaligned jaw:
    • Over bite
    • Under bite
    • Open bite
    • Cross bite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • And much more

Invisalign is already one of the most in demand – and effective – dental treatments on the market today.

Is Invisalign different from traditional braces?

Different from traditional wire braces, Invisalign dental aligners are completely translucent and detachable. Also, after over twenty years of watching Invisalign “in action” dentists have noted that Invisalign treatments are just as helpful at solving problems that could have otherwise needed more complicated procedures.

How does Invisalign work?

Clear Invisalign dental aligners reach their remarkable results by employing a succession of aligner trays that softly hug your teeth, directing them to their appropriate location and orientation. Made to order by your dentist using cutting-edge 3-D crafting/printing, you will know that your customized trays maintain a secure – yet comfortable – fit the moment you first try them on. Two weeks after you get your first tray, you will be given a new tray to account for the improvements you’ve experience, while also encourage further progress.

Most likely, you will begin to see improvements within the first week of treatment! However, about one to one and half years of continued care by your doctor is required for most cases. But, individual experiences differ from mouth to mouth.

What does Invisalign cost?

The total cost of Invisalign fluctuates from region to region and person to person. However, it may surprise you to learn that Invisalign costs are very similar to their outdated partner – braces.

Invisalign treatments are almost identical in price to metal braces even though they offer similar benefits. Most traditional braces can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000; while Invisalign can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,400. For example, ceramic braces can cost almost 10 Grand!

Obviously, Invisalign clear dental aligners are easier on your check book, and state of mind.

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I get Invisalign?

It’s likely that you are already an excellent applicant for Invisalign. To know for sure, we recommend consulting with a member of the Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry team.

Can I switch to Invisalign if I already have braces?

Many times, you can switch from traditional brace to Invisalign in order to complete your realignment. However, you should double check with your doctor.

How do I maintain my Invisalign aligners?

Brush them inside and out with your toothbrush and toothpaste under lukewarm water. We also recommend brushing and flossing your teeth as normal during treatment.

Does Invisalign require “after care”?

We typically advise our patients to use some sort of dental aligner as part of your smile maintenance after treatment.

Let’s get started!

The Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry team is ready to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamt of. Call us at (214) 368-2434 or visit us at DallasCosmeticDental.com to schedule a pressure-free consultation today!

Myths About Teeth Whitening

Myths About Teeth Whitening

The Perfect Smile

Who is your style icon? Most people can rattle off the names of a few celebrities who’s “look” they like, and try to emulate. From clothes, to makeup and hair, people use celebrities as their model for what is “attractive”. However, few people ever notice that the one thing most fashion mavens and ‘A’ list celeb’s have in common … A flawless smile. That is because our stars of stage and screen know that having pearly white teeth speaks volumes about your health and personality.

A glistening grin makes a celebrity approachable (yet sexy) from the moment they step onto the red carpet … You deserve to have the same ability in your everyday life – even if you don’t have the budget of a glitzy Hollywood star.

In fact, just making your teeth a couple of shades brighter makes a huge difference. That is the reason why you can now find hundreds of options for “at home teeth whitening” kits at your local grocery store.

Because of all of the choices that are available to you, we wanted to clear-up a few myths surrounding cosmetic dentistry’s most popular treatment, teeth whitening …

1) DIY Teeth Whitening Kits are a low-cost, high-quality, option

Although most at-home teeth whitening kits boast about their low prices (compared to in-office treatments), many DIY options end up costing you more money in the end because their effects do not last long. Also, many at-home treatments utilize harmful abrasives in their formulas to scrub away stains. This wears at the tooth’s enamel, which will increase your sensitivity and make you more prone to staining later on.

2) Teeth whitening hurts sensitive teeth

This one is ½ true … Many at-home kits will aggravate sensitive teeth. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with treatments provided by a qualified dentist. With a seemingly inexhaustible amount of whitening options at their disposal, your doctor can work with you to find a solution that works – regardless how sensitive your teeth are.

Also, many of these options are extremely simple. For example, your doctor may simply recommend a toothpaste that is engineered with oral sensitivity in mind (like Sensodyne) to prepare your teeth for the whitening treatment.

3) Whitening treatments strip teeth of their enamel

Although at-home options may include abrasive ingredients that can do lasting damage to your enamel, in-office teeth whitening treatments are designed with your oral health in mind.

Instead of using a formula designed to chemically strip your teeth of stains, in-office whitening treatments operate by opening up the teeth’s microscopic pores. This allows their low-impact cleaning/whitening solutions to whiten the tooth from the inside-out, without affecting the enamel.

4) Laser tooth whitening is unsafe

The “laser” used by your doctor is actually a fancy LED or UV light – which is used to trigger the whitening compounds and allows for deeper penetration of cleaning solutions. Despite being called a laser, the light emitted during your whitening treatment is completely safe.

5) Teeth whitening will make your teeth look fake

We constantly hear jokes about teeth glowing in the dark after a whitening, like Ross’s smile from Friends. Let us assure you that after your treatment, your teeth will continue to look as natural as ever … Just a little whiter. If you are concerned about the final shade that your smile will have, ask your doctor if they have any color samples that you can compare before the procedure.

6) Whitening lasts forever.

Much like getting you hair dyed, teeth whitening does require some maintenance. Realistically, you should be going back to your dentists for a “touch-up” every 3 to 6 months in order to keep up your new glow. However, in many cases a single in-office whitening treatment will have a maximum lifespan of up to 2 years.

ORAL CANCER: PREVENTION, DETECTION, AND TREATMENT

ORAL CANCER: PREVENTION, DETECTION, AND TREATMENT

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

It may shock you to learn that Oral Cancer is the 11th most common form of cancer world-wide. Affecting men, women, and even children – this disease is a terrible burden for everyone it touches. While individual cases of oral cancer are becoming less frequent in many parts of the world, it is still a huge problem that – too many – people still have to face.

Since there is still no definitive “cure for cancer”, we here at Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry believe that early detection, and education, are the best tools that our patients can have in order to avoid this lethal disease. It is with that thought in mind that we hope to teach you a little bit more about this “silent killer”.

What is Oral Cancer?

Malignant forms of cancer are defined as an abnormal growth of cells within the body, which propagate and invade other surrounding cells – setting off a chain reaction throughout the entire body. Cancer can appear at any time and can progress either extremely slowly, taking years to fully destroy the host, or a matter of weeks. It is Cancer’s unpredictable nature that make it one of the most terrifying ailments imaginable.

Oral Cancer is – of course – a cancer that begins in the mouth. Most commonly, oral cancer appears on the soft tissues of the tongue, lips, interior cheeks, sinuses, and throat. While there are no cures for cancer in any form, it has been found that early detection – and treatment – vastly increases your chances of survival.

How do you Prevent Oral Cancer?

While your genetics may play a role in the development of cancer, there are also many lifestyle factors to consider. By addressing the three areas below, you can reduce your cancer risk by as much as 50%!

  1. Smoking:

By now, you must know that smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer – this is especially true in Oral Cancer. If you are a smoker, you must quit immediately to help your chances of avoiding this lethal condition.

  1. Alcohol:

There has been mounting evidence that shows a correlation between heavy alcohol consumption and the development of cancer. Although, this does not apply to mouthwash containing alcohol. Please consume responsibly; if at all.

  1. Diet:

It has been shown that people who consume high amounts of fruits and vegetables regularly also have a much a lower rate of cancerous growths. While this avenue is still being investigated, the pool of evidence continues to grow. So, an apple a day truly might keep the doctor away.

Sadly, there is no clear-cut road to preventing cancer. However, making these slight lifestyle adjustments can boost your chances.

How do you Detect Oral Cancer?

Fortunately, Oral Cancer has a long “preclinical” phase – meaning, your doctor will have more of an opportunity to notice the symptoms before they advance to a potentially fatal stage. But, that only matters if you are making regular trips to your dentist and receiving some sort of a cancer screenings during your visit.

In most cases, a visual examination of your mouth is all that is required in order to detect a suspicious growth in your mouth, throat, or on your tongue. But, further testing (including biopsies and blood panels) may be required if your dentist notices something out of place.

During this visual inspection, your doctor will be on the lookout for lumps, lesions, inflammation, and discoloration – to name only a few cancerous “give a ways”. If you are noticing a few of these irregularities during your usual oral health maintenance, we recommend consulting with your Dentist as soon as you are able. We also use Velscope technology to check for oral cancer.

How is Oral Cancer Treated?

The standard methods for treating oral cancer are the same as most other forms of the disease – but can vary greatly from patient to patient depending on the location and severity of the growth. Most commonly, cancer treatments include: surgery (removing growths that have yet to invade surrounding cells/systems), radiology/radiotherapy (blasting the growth with targeted radiation in order to break up the mass) and chemotherapy (a treatment schedule including cancer-fighting drugs).

Yet, it seems that the best offense, is a great defense. Therefore we recommend incorporating some of the health-boosting lifestyle changes mentioned at the beginning of this post, while also visiting your doctor for a visual screening at least once every six months.

To learn about all of the ways that Dallas Cosmetic Dentistry can help to safeguard your health, please call (214) 368-2434 or visit DallasCosmeticDental.com today.

SOURCES

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK343649/
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-cancer#1
https://www.dallascosmeticdental.com/

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.