At Home & From Your Dentist
Everyone has the potential to enjoy great dental health. Regular preventative care and at-home dental hygiene are the two pillars that build your oral health future. You should schedule an appointment for you and your children to see your local dentist for cleanings and checkups every six months. Preventative care from iCare Dentistry office is an essential part of making sure that children’s oral health is as great as can be.
Preventative Care Especially For Children
The cleanings and checkups that children receive in their youth have a positive impact on the dental health they will enjoy for the rest of their life. Parents can help make certain that kids grow up with great dental health by making preventative care a priority in youth. These appointments accomplish numerous things, including:
- Searching for cavities and instances of tooth decay
- Checking for gum disease
- Verifying that teeth are erupting at the right time
- Addressing emerging oral health concerns
- Talking to parents about optimal at-home care
- Recommending treatment by an orthodontist or other dental health specialist
Parents can speak with our team about questions or concerns during their child’s appointment. This is a good opportunity to discover new solutions to complaints, such as canker sores or baby teeth loss.
Caring For Teeth At Home
Nothing compares to the professional care a dentist can provide, as your teeth cleaning is an extremely important care service. Brush together as a family to encourage kids to spend a full two minutes on teeth cleaning twice a day. Toothbrushes with soft or medium bristles are ideal for everyone. Be sure to also select toothbrushes sized for kids’ mouths. Adults can be introduced to flossing and using mouthwash as well. These tasks can be done once a day to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in the small spaces between teeth.
Schedule An Appointment With Us Today!
We look forward to serving the dental care needs of your children. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling 770.840.9500. One of our helpful, friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in any way they can. We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing your smile in our office!
Teeth for Life
Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your smile by visiting our office regularly and taking care of your teeth and gums between checkups. Our practice wants to make sure you get the most out of your office visits, and your teeth stay healthy for life!
We’ll work with you to provide complete dental care, and show you how to maintain your smile at home with the right dental products for yourself and your family.
Dental Cleanings and Regular Checkups
Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular checkup, your hygienist will:
- Check for any problems you may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Perform a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
Visiting iCare Dentistry Office every six months gives you the chance to ask any questions you may have about your oral health. Checkups are also a great way for you to find out about new treatments that may benefit your smile.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste and Toothbrush
From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it’s important to choose the right products for your smile. Keep in mind that when you’re looking for a new toothpaste or toothbrush, you’ll want to choose one that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). We can also help by recommending certain dental products for use at home.
Did you know that at birth, people already have 20 primary (baby) teeth that begin erupting after six months; and that by age 21, there are no more primary teeth, and all 32 permanent teeth have erupted?
Getting to know your teeth can be fun and educational!
2 charts (showing the anatomy of the tooth)
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing iCare Dentistry Office for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in our office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, we will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. We may also want to take X-rays to see what’s happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help our office identify dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
A dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then he or she will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride.
Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let us know. We can offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If we find tooth decay or gum disease, we will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits.
In severe cases, our office may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will probably recommend you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
Brushing & Flossing
Proper Oral Hygiene For You
Good oral hygiene is important for dental patients of all ages, but especially so for children. We want to provide information and reminders of how to keep teeth and smiles as healthy as possible.
Brushing Tips & Techniques
Proper brushing begins with the right brush. With the correct toothbrush held at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, brushing should be done in a gentle, circular motion. All sides of the teeth should be brushed, including the inner side and the chewing surface. Using just the tip of the toothbrush is the best way to reach the back side of the front teeth. Teeth should be brushed at least two times a day, but after every meal is ideal.
Flossing Tips & Techniques
Flossing on a daily basis is essential for getting rid of the food particles and buildup that brushing may be unable to reach. Starting with a piece of floss about 18 inches in length, wind it around one finger on each hand. Grasping the floss with the forefinger and thumb of each hand and holding it tightly, slip it between each tooth using a C-shape, and move it up and down, making sure to get under and around the gums.
Schedule Your Next Checkup Today!
Incorporating good oral hygiene into you and your child’s routine, along with our professional teeth cleaning services, is the best prevention against tooth decay and cavities. You can schedule your appointment today by calling our office at 770-840-9500. One of our helpful, friendly staff members will assist you in any way they can. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Sealants for children
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after their permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and we will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealants come off, let us know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be resealed.
Using Fluoride to Protect Your Teeth
You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit the dentist every six months, but did you know that rinsing with fluoride — a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay — also helps keep your teeth healthy and strong?
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.
Fluoride comes in two varieties, systemic and topical
- Systemic fluorideis ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, and makes it stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- Fluoride can also be applied topicallyto help prevent caries (cavities) on teeth present in the mouth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications.
Receiving a fluoride treatment from your dentist
A fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
Depending on your oral health, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months. We may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, gel, or antibacterial rinse.
How to choose the right fluoride treatment
When choosing your at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth and smile bright with dental fluoride treatments!
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes.
Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Types of Mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is important. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard.
When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use.
If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard. We can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:
- Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Store it in a protective case.
- Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water; it may melt or become deformed.
- Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace it if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
- Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, we will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
- Do not chew on or cut pieces off your mouthguard.
- Bring it to each dental checkup, and we can check to make sure it’s still in good shape.
Our goal is to minimize your chances of a sports-related injury. Be sure to ask us about mouthguards at your next dental checkup … and GO TEAM!