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By Nashua Smile Makers
April 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene   Flossing  
NotCrazyaboutFlossingTryaWaterFlosser

The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.

Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.

Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.

While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.

But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.

If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.

If you would like more information on water flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”


By Nashua Smile Makers
April 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canal therapy has helped countless patients avoid having to resort to tooth extraction. This therapy is best explored at the first signsroot canal of a tooth problem. So, how do you know that you may need a root canal? Ask yourself these questions to find out if you may need treatment and contact a dentist at Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, for help.

How Do Your Teeth Feel?

A stinging or throbbing pain on one or more of your teeth is usually the most pressing sign that you may need a root canal. The pain can gradually get worse, or in some cases it seems to arrive suddenly. Some tooth discomfort is fleeting and goes away after a day or so, but when it is chronic or lasts for long periods of time, that is a possible sign of advanced tooth decay that needs immediate treatment. Also, consult your Nashua, NH, dentist if you suddenly have problems with tooth sensitivity.

Any Visible Changes to a Tooth or the Gums?

When bad bacteria erode the dental enamel, a dark or black colored mark is often left behind. Open your mouth wide in the mirror to take a close look at the surfaces of all of your teeth for any unusual spots. In some cases, the whole tooth will begin to change color if the nerves are damaged. Also, check for sores that develop around one area of the gum line as this could be a sign of a dental abscess.

How Does Your Breath Smell Lately?

Bad breath is usually something that will go away after you brush, rinse with mouthwash, or eat a mint. But if you still smell a funny odor after cleaning your mouth, that could be a sign of dental decay. Until that decayed tissue is removed and cleaned with root canal therapy, the smell will likely persist.

Call for Root Canal Treatment

If you notice any of these signs of dental decay, act fast—contact your dentist for an examination. Call Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, at (603) 882-3727 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salvatore Guerriero or Dr. Salvatore Colletta.


WhyYouShouldConsideraProfessionalProcedureforYourTeethWhitening

If you're ready to put the "pizzazz" back into your smile, your dentist may be able to help. It's possible your dull, dingy smile could be transformed with teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening or bleaching is a technique that applies a solution with a bleaching agent (usually up to 35% hydrogen peroxide in an office setting) to the teeth to whiten them. Although there are Do-It-Yourself home whitening kits you can use, there are a few good reasons why you should first consider a whitening procedure in a dental office setting.

To begin with, you should first have your teeth examined by a dentist to determine why they're discolored. Certain foods and beverages we consume or tobacco habits are the usual culprits causing stains on the enamel, the outermost tooth layer. These are the kinds of stains targeted by most whitening solutions.

But the interior of a tooth can also become discolored for reasons like trauma, past dental work or tetracycline use at an early age. If your staining is internal (intrinsic) rather than external (extrinsic) reducing that discoloration will require an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform—a home kit won't be able to do the job.

Another reason for having your teeth whitened by your dentist (even extrinsic staining) involves your time and the degree of brightness you'd like. Because dentists use stronger bleaching solutions (home kits usually use a weaker solution of 10% carbamide peroxide) it takes fewer sessions than home kits to achieve results—and they may last longer. In addition, dentists have more control over the level of brightness to match your expectations of a more subdued, natural look or a dazzling "Hollywood" smile.

A dentist can also help you navigate special circumstances like matching and managing natural teeth whiteness with dental restorations (which don't bleach) or special whitening situations like a single discolored tooth.

Even if you eventually decide to go the home kit route, consulting with a dentist first can still prove helpful. You'll get expert advice on products, tips on how to apply them and how to prolong the whitening effect. Whichever way you go, home kit or dentist, you can gain a brighter, more confident smile with teeth whitening.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!