Dental Hygiene: What You Need to Know | Snohomish Dentist

October is National Dental Hygiene Month – and while we should always try to keep our smiles healthy and bright, this month is a great time to focus on your dental hygiene routines. There may be habits you have that aren’t exactly the best for your dental health.

How often are you brushing your teeth?

It is no secret that you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and for at least two minutes – in the morning to start the day with fresh clean breath, and before bedtime to prevent any remaining cavity-causing bacteria from settling in your mouth while you sleep. If you happen to have a toothbrush handy, brushing between meals is always a great idea as well.

What do you brush your teeth with?

It can be a bit overwhelming task, trying to choose the right toothbrush for your smile. After all, there is generally an entire aisle at the store dedicated to toothbrushes. How does one even begin to choose? It is a good idea to choose a soft-bristled one, so that it is gentle on your gums. Hard-bristled versions can wear at your gums, slowly causing future periodontal issues.

Is flossing important?

One of the more neglected dental tasks has to be flossing. But in actuality, flossing plays a very important part in our dental routines. Not only does it get stuff stuck deep between each tooth, but it also keeps your gums healthy by preventing bacteria from getting inside and causing infection.

If you are seeking help to improve your saliva production, call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer | Snohomish Dentist

Did you know that close to 50,000 patients are diagnosed with oral cancer every year? And that’s just in the U.S. If caught quickly, there is a good chance it can be taken care of, but prevention is key. Because April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a quick look at how we can stay on top of our health.

First there are risk factors to keep in mind. Excessive use of tobacco products is already bad for you, but if you have this particular habit, paying close attention to any sores or patches in your mouth. Alcohol use and poor diet also play into oral cancer signs. Physical trauma and exposure to infectious disease are also ways you may develop symptoms.

The best way to stay on top of your oral health is to give yourself a quick exam every month. With a bright light and a mirror, follow these guidelines:

  • If you wear dentures, remove them.
  • Look and feel the insides of your lips and front of your gums
  • Tilt your head and check out the roof of your mouth
  • Tug your cheek so you can analyze the surfaces and back of your mouth
  • Inspect all areas of your tongue
  • And feel your lymph nodes to make sure they aren’t getting enlarged and there are no lumps

You are trying to find any type of persistent sores or growths that may cause you to have issues eating, speaking. If you feel you may have symptoms of oral cancer, make an oral cancer screening appointment with your dental professional.

To find out more about oral cancer screenings, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

February 9th Is National Toothache Day | Snohomish Dentist

In honor of National Toothache Day, it seems only fitting to take a moment to talk about these painful oral issues. After all, toothaches are some of the worst pains because we use our teeth on such a regular basis. When one of them is in pain, it’s hard to ignore. But what exactly is a toothache?

First things first, there are triggers that let you know you have a toothache – and they are just normal everyday things we all do. Biting down on something hard, sweets and/or hot and cold drinks are likely to send a shooting pain through you, signaling you may need to make a dentist appointment.

Not only will pain be involved in your achy tooth, but there are a few physical symptoms your mouth will use to let you know that your tooth is not doing so hot. A throbbing pain in your mouth, swollen painful gums, a headache or even a fever are all symptoms that something is wrong in your mouth and should get checked asap. It may not always be a toothache; but leaving it untreated will not only increase the issue, but may make things much worse.

Because the tooth pain is an issue within the soft center of the tooth, inflammation can be caused by various dental issues. Cavities, infected tooth roots and gums, broken teeth and damaged fillings are all issues that need to be taken care of in a dental office during your regular checkups in order to prevent a toothache from developing.

For more information regarding toothaches, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

How to Prevent Gums from Receding | Snohomish Dentist

periodontal smallAccording to the New York Times, more than 75% of adults in America will have some sort of gum disease in their lifetime. Gingivitis is the early stages of periodontal disease, caused by plaque formed along the gum line. Periodontal disease, like gingivitis, can cause your gums to become red, sore and inflamed. It could also cause your gums to bleed.

Thankfully, gingivitis is easily remedied. By continuing to brush, floss and rinse daily, you are going to be reversing the effects the gingivitis has on your gums. Visiting your dentist for a good office cleaning is also going to help heal any sort of gingivitis you may be developing. Because if left untreated, it will lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis will cause the inner layer of gum and bone to pull away. If left untreated, the spaces allow debris to collect, causing the gums to become infected.

We all know we need to keep a daily dental regime if we want our teeth to remain healthy. Visiting the dentist twice a year also takes proactive steps to keeping your smile bright. But if you do happen to develop some form of gum disease, worry not. There are ways you can heal those sore gums with regular everyday items.

Baking Soda. According to the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, baking soda toothpaste is great on your teeth because it helps loosen plaque in those areas harder to reach. For a DIY version, just mix a little bit of baking soda with some water and apply it to your gum line to help aid in keeping the area from getting infected.

Turmeric. Believe it or not, turmeric is the a natural aid for inflammation, which makes it ideal for treating gum disease. Just mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric to ½ teaspoon salt and mustard oil into a paste, and apply it to your infected gums twice a day.

Aloe Vera. Not only does aloe vera soothe a sunburn and aid in healing wounds, but you can also use the organic, food-grade gel to relieve the swelling and pain in your gums. It’s anti-bacterial properties is an all-around soothing agent for your inflamed gums.

Tea Tree Oil. When it comes to antiseptics, tea tree oil is one of the best we have. Just a couple of drops rubbed along the affected area will help ease the symptoms you’re feeling. In fact, it isn’t just limited to gum disease. Tea tree oil also works great on other oral infections, like thrush.

Clove Oil. When it comes to toothaches, nothing beats a little clove oil. But when you have gum disease, applying a little on your gums will help soothe the pain you feel along your gum line. However, using an all-natural clove toothpaste every few days is more beneficial as regular use of clove oil may cause damage to your teeth and gums from overuse.

Coconut Oil. Oil pulling is an ancient process that has tons of health benefits. Lauric acid is one of its components, which helps disinfect and reduce gum inflammation. A tablespoon every morning will naturally hydrate and protect your gums, making gum disease development difficult.

It is important to take care of our teeth by following a regular dental routine and regular dental visits. But when something unfortunate does arise, it’s nice to know there is something we can do to naturally help heal gum disease.

For more information regarding receding gums, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.