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Is Your Toothbrush Contaminated?

Be Aware of the Germs and Bacteria on your Toothbrush

If you share a bathroom with other people, you may need to watch out for your toothbrush. According to a study presented at this year’s meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, your chance for finding human feces on your toothbrush is roughly 60%.

Further, brushes stored in a room used by multiple people had an 80% chance of featuring waste coming from a person other than the brush’s user, which represents a greater health risk than contaminants that come strictly from yourself.

This contamination occurs when a toilet is flushed. Every flush sends up a barely perceptible spray of toilet water, which often contains particles of human waste. If your brush is stored openly near the toilet, this water can land upon the bristles and the tiny particles of waste can build up.

Ideally, you should store your brush in a container that covers or can close, but still exposed to air so that it can more easily dry out between brushing. Contact our Lynnwood dentist for further information on proper toothbrush maintenance.

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Does Honey Rot Your Teeth?

Is honey healthier?

Honey has a number of benefits as a sweetener, compared to conventional refined sugars. Knowing this, some people make the mistake of thinking that these benefits extend to your oral health. They’ll use honey as an alternative sweetener, hoping that it will add up to less tooth decay, sometimes even going so far as to coat a baby’s pacifier in honey. This is an unfortunate mistake.

The fact is that honey has just as much potential to rot your teeth as cane sugar. Approximately 82% of honey is made up of sugars, which amounts to about seventeen grams of sugar per tablespoon. Though these are natural glucose and fructose, they still provide your oral bacteria with the food they need to produce the acid that eats away at your enamel.

As sticky as it is, there is even some additional risk that honey will linger in your mouth longer than most sweeteners, inviting further decay.

When eating honey, be sure to treat it much the same way you would treat any sugary snack. Enjoy it sparingly, and consider rinsing out with water afterward. Consult our dentist, Dr. Song, for more help fostering good oral health.

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Lemons vs. Your Teeth

Using Lemons to Whiten your Teeth

There has been a lot of articles about using lemon to whiten your teeth. What you may not know is that acidic food always has the potential to weaken your enamel and allow your teeth to decay. Unfortunately, even foods that are otherwise very healthy for you, like citrus fruits, have this potential.

Lemons are a particularly strong offender in this sense; lemon juice is responsible for the most dental damage of any citrus fruit in a scientific study. When you add the copious amounts of sugar that is generally paired with lemonade and similar lemon-related treats, you’ve got a very potent tooth-rotter.

When you enjoy lemonade or fruity drinks, consider following your drink by rinsing out with a drink of water. Don’t brush right away, as your enamel needs at least twenty minutes to remineralize. Keep this up, and get your regular cleanings with our Lynnwood dentist, and you’ll be able to stave off tooth decay without having to give up citrus.

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Green Tea Protects Your Teeth

Matcha Green Tea Benefits

There are many good reasons to drink green tea, one of which has to do with your dental health. According to researchers, such tea contains antimicrobial molecules that serve to protect your teeth from harm. Subjects between the ages of forty and sixty-four who drank one cup of green tea every day were found to be 19% less likely to lose teeth as they aged.

Oolong tea was found to contain a lesser amount of the catechins responsible for this effect. Green teas sweetened with sugar, meanwhile, were far less beneficial.

Part of the benefit of tea may be attributed to the lukewarm fluid washing out your mouth. However, similarly warm coffees seem to lack the same benefits. Regular coffee has demonstrated no ability to keep your teeth healthy, while sweetened coffees are actually quite detrimental to your oral health. Coffee may also stain your teeth because of the dark coloration.

Drinking fluids that are too hot is also harmful to your delicate oral tissues and be aware that drinking hot tea may cause teeth sensitivity. It’s best to drink beverages that are closer to room temperature. With this in mind, do not hesitate to drink your tea cool.

For more tips on maintaining a clean, healthy mouth, contact our Lynnwood dentist, Dr. Song today!

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Does Tooth Whitening Harm My Teeth?

Tooth Whitening

A lot has been said about the use of bleaching agents on the enamel of your teeth. Some people are afraid that a tooth whitening treatment, like those offered by our Lynnwood dentistry clinic, might be breaking down the fragile minerals that protect you from cavities. Fortunately, a recent scientific study has shed some light on this issue that should serve to put your worries to rest.

According to researchers from the São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center in Brazil, in-office tooth whitening procedures do not have any effect on the concentration of calcium and phosphorus on the surface of a patient’s tooth enamel. These conclusions were drawn from a study wherein a number of people were subjected to different levels of bleaching gels, which showed no significant difference between those who had undergone bleaching and those who had not.

Consult with our Lynnwood Dentist

This only applies to professional whitening procedures, though, as certain home-whitening products proved to be a little more harmful. Further study is required on the topic but, until such study can be conducted, come to Song Dental Center for all of your whitening needs.

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Should I Stop Flossing if it Hurts My Gums?

Pain from Flossing

Some people experience pain when they floss. In many cases, the simple act of flossing can quickly draw blood from your gums. Should this be your experience, don’t make the mistake of using it as an excuse to stop flossing; counterintuitive as it may be, you’ll be better off muscling through the pain.

Some patients may also experience swollen gums and minor throbbing in addition to bleeding gums. Effects may differ with each patient.

Also, check with Dr. Song to see if you are flossing correctly. It may help if you learn the correct techniques of flossing.

The pain and bleeding that occurs during flossing is not going to go away if you stop flossing. If you keep up a regular, once-a-day flossing schedule, you should find that the pain and bleeding diminishes over time while your sensitive tissues become stronger. However, if your gums have already begun to succumb to gingivitis, you may need more help to overcome your problem.

Contact our Lynnwood dentist, Dr. Song, for additional information and get your dental check-up and cleaning.

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Dental Emergencies: What Should I Do?

Dental Emergency Lynnwood

Even if you take the best of care with your teeth, accidents can always happen. A dental emergency can come in the form of a cracked tooth, a broken jaw, or even a severe toothache. If any of these befalls you, call our office immediately. Do not put any aspirin or other painkillers on the gums, as this can burn gum tissues. Clean out your mouth with warm water and put a cold compress on anything that appears to be broken or swelling.

If a permanent tooth has come out, quick action may save the tooth. When you pick it up, handle it only by the crown, and never by the roots. Rinse it off gently if necessary, but do not scrub or disinfect it as this can strip away living tissue. If you can, put it back in the socket. If this isn’t possible, store the tooth in water, milk, or even just saliva until you can get to a dentist.

Depending on the severity of your emergency, you may wish to visit your hospital’s emergency room.

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Handling Dental Trauma in Lynnwood Dentistry

What to do in Cases of Dental Trauma

Most trauma injuries to teeth occur during normal daily activities, often are circumstances difficult to prevent. From children to adults, traumatic injuries are common. Infants and toddlers, during playtime or even when learning to walk, meet with accidents that tend to knock out their front primary teeth.

Older children to adults, especially those engaged in sports and other active encounters, or get into brawls, or meet with vehicular accidents, suffer trauma to the face, jaws and teeth. Safety measures are not always in place. In these situations where loss of teeth are involved, a dentist expertise is sought immediately. So, what can you do?

If a baby or your toddler’s tooth or teeth get knocked off, take care that you do not implant the displaced tooth back into its socket. Let your dentist do it for you are likely to damage the developing permanent tooth that is just behind the dislodged primary tooth. If this happens to a permanent tooth, it should be carefully picked up by its crown, not by its root, for the root part may still contain vital attachments necessary for a successful transplant.

You can very briefly wash it (in seconds only) in milk or saline solution if it is dirty. If it is possible to replant the tooth, hold it then in place by biting on a clean cloth to keep it in place. Or otherwise, if it can’t be re-implanted immediately, the tooth can be placed in the patient’s mouth, between the teeth and the inside cheek. This is an emergency, and dental attention should be prompt.

Emergency Dental Care at Lynwood Dentistry

We at Song Dental Center provide same day emergency appointments for existing and new patients. If you have a dental emergency, like trauma, do give us a call so can expect you and be ready. Or, you can just walk-in and be assured we will serve you promptly.

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Unclenching Bruxism in Lynnwood Dentistry

The Unconscious Sleep Disorder called Bruxism

Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder more common in children. Bruxism can happen both in the day and night time, but it is at night that the sliding or grinding of tooth surfaces are at its height. Though adults may also clench or grind their teeth during sleep, they are likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea.

Mild forms of bruxism may not need treatment, but severe bruxism can lead to teeth damage, headaches and disorders of the jaw. You may not know it, feel pain at all while you’re unconsciously grinding, but waking up to a sore jaw is not uncommon.

So why does it happen?
Stress seems to cause bruxism but causes vary from person to person. Some experts point to the level of anxiety, ability to relax, sleep posture, sleeping habits, eating disorders, and misaligned teeth. Signs of the condition are found evident on the teeth, like worn, flattened surfaces and sometimes a chipped or broken tooth, exposure of the deeper layers of teeth that may be sensitive or not. You can have an earache and jaw ache or a headache at the temple areas, have soreness or tightness of facial and jaw muscles, marks on the insides of your cheek as well as on your tongue. A locked jaw can be a possibility.

What must you do then?
See your dentist right away. He can help determine the extent and severity or find a psychological component that a sleep specialist can manage. Otherwise, the dental approach may ease the effects of bruxism – like splints and mouth guards and correction of misaligned and damaged teeth. These aim to reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to teeth, and reduce clenching as can be possible.

Dental Help for Bruxism in Lynnwood

Bruxism need not get serious. With early intervention, you can diminish potential damage to teeth and jaws. Visit Song Dental in Lynnwood and know more about how to manage this condition in a variety of ways.

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Modern Technology in Lynnwood Dentistry

Dental Benefits of the Laser

Delivering energy in the form of light, lasers act as adjunct in surgical and dental procedures serving as cutting instruments or as vaporizers on tissues the light comes in contact with. Easily and precisely, lasers remove decay from tooth enamel and is also used to prepare the cavity that will receive the dental filling material that seals it. Likewise, during root canal procedures, lasers take out diseased pulp tissue and cleans up the root chambers.

The technology also cuts unwanted or diseased gum tissue, reshaping it in place or where grafting is necessary. Where a piece of tissue has to be taken out for biopsy purposes or a mouth lesion needs to be vaporized, the laser is a helpful instrument. And did you know that it can also be used in teeth-whitening procedures, activating bleaching solutions placed on teeth to speed up the process?

Patients appreciate the speed and convenience this modern technology offers. There is less need for anesthetics or sedation as it is a no-pain procedure in many cases. Patients’ anxiety over the use of the dental drill is lessened with lasers, as well as lesser bleeding and swelling of soft tissue can be expected. It also saves more normal tooth structure in procedures like cavity-removal.
While there may be conditions where lasers are not indicated and that this modern technology is additionally more pricey than conventional means, laser benefits are quite hard to overlook.

Precision Dentistry at Lynnwood Song Dental

In the hands of certified and experienced professionals such as Dr. Song, laser technology provides the speed, safety and precision of modern dental practice in today’s world. If you’re ready to experience this, do come by for an appointment at Song Dental. Find out if laser dentistry is for you, here in Lynnwood.

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