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Why Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth Is Actually Pretty Darn Gross

teethThe question: Just how gross is it really if I forget to brush my teeth before bed every once in a while?

The answer: Bad news: It’s pretty gross. You probably already know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day. You also probably know that brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to avoid scaring off your date.

But brushing is important for reasons beyond fresh breath. Skip a session, and you’re on your way to encouraging the growth of bacterial buildup in the form of plaque, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.

“In the middle of the day, [run your tongue] across your teeth right around the gum line. You’ll find something sticky or fuzzy,” Deepinder “Ruchi” Sahota, DDS, a dentist in Fremont, California, and a spokesperson for the ADA, tells The Huffington Post. “That’s plaque.”

Brushing, thankfully, “disrupt[s] that bacteria so it doesn’t stay in place,” she says, because if left in place, it starts to attack your teeth. Plus, the longer that plaque sits in one place, the more likely it is to become tartar, “that hard, yellow, rough material you sometimes feel in between your teeth” that can cause inflammation and bleeding in the gums, she says. Leave that untreated for too long, and you could risk losing teeth.

While there’s not exactly a precise timeline of when plaque becomes risky, “you can start the process of a cavity by not brushing once, absolutely,” says Sahota, especially if your occasional forgetfulness is more frequent than you’d like to admit. (We won’t tell.)

However, doing a so-so job brushing can be just as bad, Sahota warns. That twice-a-day routine is no joke, preferably with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Each brushing session should last about two minutes and cover all surfaces of the teeth, not just the parts we see when we smile, she says. The ADA also recommends flossing once a day and seeing a dentist regularly to take care of the rest (like that tartar, which only a dentist can truly clean, she says).

Also, no cheating: Gum, mints and mouthwash are no brushing replacements. All three can give your mouth a fresher feel, says Sahota, but “brushing and flossing are the only ways to effectively, physically remove the plaque.”

source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/forgot-to-brush-teeth-gross_n_5800102.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Let us help you keep those pearly whites clean!

Dental conditions gone untreated can contribute to a multitude of other, more serious medical conditions. Plaque buildup and periodontal disease, are linked to heart disease, diabetes and high blood sugar.

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Did you know?….

Did you know that as many as 78% of people directly link a good smile to a better social life and surprisingly better job prospects? A good smile is a definite asset when it comes to your own self-esteem! At the Burgess Center we can design and transform the smile you are looking for.

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Dental Fun Fact

Did you know, your mouth produces more than 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. Some sources say this is enough to fill two swimming pools! Your body makes this saliva to assist with digestion and to protect your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.

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Six Month Power Braces

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Most people don’t enjoy the thought of having braces. Using the latest technology combined with time tested orthodontic techniques, Six-Month Braces (or power braces as we call them) move your teeth quickly and safely.

Just as the name implies, the treatment is completed in approximately six months to while some cases can be completed in as little as 3 months. Call us today for a consultation!

Maybe This is a Hint

According to a recent study done by Time magazine, 59 percent of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone! What do you think?


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HEALTH MATTERS: Be on the lookout for gum disease

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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults older than 30, yet many people are unaware of its signs and symptoms. If the disease is caught and treated in its early stages, the damage can be stopped or reversed.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis, an infection of the gums and soft tissues that surround the teeth, is the first sign of gum disease. Gingivitis is reversible, but if it remains untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis, which is more severe, spreads below the gums and damages the tissue and bone that support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

Half of Americans 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our mouths are full of bacteria. This bacteria mixes with our saliva and the food we eat or drink to form plaque. Gum disease is primarily caused by the growth of plaque that builds up on your teeth and gums. Plaque produces harmful toxins and the body’s response to those toxins can destroy the gums and bone that surround your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed on a daily basis, it hardens on teeth to form tartar, which cannot be removed by a toothbrush or floss. Tartar also contributes to gum disease.

Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, usually isn’t painful, so you may not notice the signs and seek treatment to prevent the condition from worsening. Bleeding when you brush or floss is one of the first signs of gum disease. Other signs include bad breath, red and swollen gums, tartar buildup and tenderness when you are brushing, flossing or chewing.

As gum disease progresses, additional signs may appear, including increased inflammation, receding gums, teeth that seem loose or that shift position and changes in your bite. Teeth may become more sensitive and it may be painful for you to bite or chew food. Even if you don’t notice any signs, you may still have some degree of gum disease that can be spotted during a routine dental visit.

If you notice signs of gum disease, take action right away. Gum disease is frequently caused by neglecting to brush your teeth or improperly cleaning teeth and gums each day. Making it a habit to brush your teeth two to three times a day and floss at least once a day are crucial for daily plaque removal. If you smoke, work on quitting, since smoking is another major risk factor in gum disease.

Visit the dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. If you have gum disease, you can take care of it by caring for your teeth and gums every day.

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Fact or Myth?

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Myth: “No need to take care my infant’s teeth – they’re all going to fall out anyway.”

Fact: Good dental hygiene isn’t just about the teeth. It’s also about the gums. Failing to properly care for your baby’s teeth can set them up for problems with their permanent teeth or their bite. Plus, getting little ones in the habit of good dental care early on sets an important example that will serve them well all their lives.

Hard Candy and Tooth Health

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Though you probably know that sugar in candy is a not good for teeth, hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer. Also be aware that cough drops are often made with sugar, so make sure to brush after eating these.