Friday, December 30, 2016

Preventing Tooth Decay and Keeping the Cavity Creeps Away

Preventing Tooth Decay and Keeping the Cavity Creeps Away
Cavities can be painful, unsightly and expensive to treat. Preventing tooth decay and keeping the cavity creeps away should be high on your list of priorities. At Bertagnolli Dental in Westminster, we treat numerous patients every month for cavities and other issues related to tooth decay. Many of our patients feel like kicking themselves when they realize how easy it is to prevent tooth decay in the first place. Keep reading to find out how to avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of cavities in your teeth.

Cavities occur when the outer layer of enamel on your tooth gets eaten away by bacteria that feed on sugar. This usually presents as a hole in the tooth, often on the chewing surface of molars or on the inner surface of your teeth. The bacteria can dissolve the hard enamel and the layer of dentin beneath it. If the decay reaches beyond this layer, you will be left with exposed nerve endings that can cause considerable pain. Many people don't realize they have a cavity until they feel this pain.

The easiest way to prevent tooth decay is to pay attention to your eating habits and make sure you have a good dental hygiene routine. Some people are more susceptible to cavities than others. If you have thin enamel or have already suffered from one or more cavities, be extra cautious.

Bacteria on your teeth feed on sugar and produce an acid that dissolves your enamel. To keep your teeth strong and healthy, it is best not to allow sugar or acid sit on the surface of your teeth for too long. This means brushing your teeth regularly, at least once in the morning and once at night. If you are eating sweet or sticky foods, eat them in one sitting and brush your teeth afterward. Do not snack on sweets throughout the day.

In addition to brushing your teeth, also remove the food particles that get stuck between your teeth each day. This can be done with floss or interdental cleaners. Removing food particles is particularly important, as carbohydrates that remain in the crevices between teeth will provide a welcome place for bacteria to thrive and cause damage where you cannot easily see it. If you are unsure how to clean your teeth correctly using these tools, your dentist or hygienist can help you.

According to the AmericanDental Association, regular exposure to fluoride keeps your enamel strong and helps prevent decay. Use fluoridated toothpaste, a mouthwash containing fluoride, and drink fluoridated water. Check with your dentist about the appropriate amount of supplemental fluoride for children.

Yes, preventing tooth decay and keeping the cavity creeps away is that easy. And don’t forget regular visits to Bertagnolli Dental in Westminster for oral exams and professional cleanings. Of course, if you find yourself with tooth decay, cavities or any other issues, we offer affordable and permanent solutions to restore your health and your smile. Get in touch for an appointment or to learn more about dental seals and restorative dental services such as fillings and crowns.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to Find a Good Dentist in Your City

How to Find a Good Dentist in Your City
If you decide to change your current dental professional for any reason or have just moved to a new location like the Denver metro area, it can be difficult to know where to start. At Bertagnolli Dental in Westminster, we’ve been in business since 1973 and make it our priority to share useful information with our patients. Today, we have a few tips on how to find a good dentist in your city.
Personal recommendations are some of the most valuable factors in the decision-making process. Ask your family and friends about their dental practitioners and their experiences. If you are moving to a new town, ask your current dentist for recommendations in the area. Once you make a move, ask your new neighbors and work colleagues for their opinions.

The American Dental Association is another great resource to use, wherever your location. Check their website for a list of accredited dental practitioners in your area. Once you have a list of potential new dentists, you can start comparing them. First, analyze their suitability for your situation by looking at their website or calling. Check their office hours, compatibility with your dental insurance plan, emergency availability, and protocols. Is their location easily accessible from your home or workplace?

Once you have a shortlist, make a personal visit to each dental practitioner's office. While there, talk to the dentist about your particular needs. If you have children, see if they practice pediatric dentistry.  Ask if they can work on any specific dental conditions you have. Inquire about fees for standard procedures such as full mouth x-rays, fillings, and root canals. Remember to write these down to compare to other practitioners on your list.

You can gather other information on your visits, such as the qualifications and continued education of the primary dentist. Ask about the facilities and technology used at the clinic, including anesthesia if you usually require this. Be on the lookout for clean and orderly workspace and proper hygiene procedures. Staff should be friendly, respectful and interested in helping you. Around the waiting area and reception, look out for any awards, plaques or evidence of community involvement.

After visiting and collecting this information, you should have a good idea of the suitability of some different dentists for your needs. If you require further insight into their customer satisfaction ratings, check the Better Business Bureau for their accreditation and reviews. It may seem time-consuming to go to all this trouble, however, having the details of a reliable and trustworthy dentist on hand is priceless, especially in the case of an emergency.

Now that you know how to find a good dentist in your city, feel free to look into Bertagnolli Dental in Westminster as one of your options. We have happy, healthy patients, and you’re more than welcome to call or drop by our dental office on Bradburn Boulevard for more information. One of our friendly team members will go over our services and prices, as well as answer any questions you might have.

We hope to see you soon!