dental hygiene

June 9th, 2020

Are you hiding more than germs under your mask?

Have you heard the new term "mask breath"?

Now that you're wearing a face mask, if you have noticed an unpleasant odor, it's likely caused by your own bad breath. This could have been something happening for quite some time but you never noticed because you weren't forced to notice. Now that your breath is "in your face" you can't ignore it.

How Can I Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

  • Get on a solid oral hygiene routine:
    • Brush at least twice a day
    • Brush your tongue (especially toward the back)
    • Gargle with antibacterial mouthwash (especially at night before bed)
    • Floss daily
  • Have your teeth and gums evaluated by Dr. Bryan and his hygienist. During your annual periodontal (gum) evaluation by your hygienist, they will check your gums for pocketing which can be the culprit of odor-causing build up in between the tooth and gum tissue.
    • If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, treat it immediately to rid your mouth of smelly bacteria and germs. Periodontal disease treatment cannot be performed at home.

What If the above doesn't help? Sometimes bad breath (chronic halitosis) has many possible causes, including:

  • Diseases of the teeth, gum, or tonsils
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung issues
  • Smoking Regurgitating food
  • Zenker diverticulum. A pocket in your espoghagus where food can embed and bacteria grow
  • Tonsil stone: A crevice in your tonsils where debris can collect and harden, and bacteria can grow.

If you notice bad breath that doesn't go away with good oral hygiene, including a visit to the dentist...the next stop would be to see your primary care physician. Remember to keep all of your preventive care appointments with Dr. Bryan and his team to keep the bad breath bacteria away!

April 21st, 2020

How to Make Dentistry Affordable

Getting “cheap” dentistry isn’t always what it’s cut out to be, but there are realistic steps you can take to minimize your oral health expenses and how much you spend on dental treatments in the future.

  • Treat problems AS SOON AS THEY ARISE. Chances are if you get your problem checked right away, the resolution will cost you less than if you wait.
  • Focus on PREVENTIVE care. Always schedule for your next appointment at the end of your current appointment. Life has a way of keeping us busy, so busy in fact, that we may not even realize a year or two has passed since our last dental visit.
  • DON'T LET YOUR DENTAL PLAN DICTATE your treatment. Most dental plans focus their benefits on providing assistance to the hygiene visit. Also, most plans provide a flat benefit for services and have a clauses in the packages that don't allow for many procedures (whether you need them or not).
  • Choose an office with the BEST TECHNOLOGY. An office like ours offers the newest in digital technology. Digital dentistry saves you time and your time is valuable.
  • Along the same lines as technology is QUALITY PRODUCTS. Dr. Bryan and his team use top of the line products to provide you with a quality experience. Using higher quality products gives longevity to the service.
  • FINANCING TREATMENT IS AN OPTION. Although, paying for services when they are completed is ideal, sometimes it isn't possible. We work with CareCredit, a third party company that assists patients in stretching out the payments over a period of time. CareCredit offers plans with no interest and extended plans for up to 5 years.

We are here to discuss your financial concerns. Dr. Bryan always provides a written treatment plan indicating the priorities of your dental care recommendations. We will work with you to come up with a solution for your treatment plan. Please reach our to our office for further information.

Email: office@griffithdental.com        Call or Text: 717-861-5575

April 14th, 2020

Do you disinfect your toothbrush?

One of the first things we grab when we wake each morning is our toothbrush. It's our tool for removing bacteria, bad breath and germs. But where do those bacteria go? Some bacteria go down the drain and some are left behind on your toothbrush. The routine of frequently disinfecting your toothbrush may help prevent you from getting a virus or flu!

5 ways to Disinfect Your Toothbrush:

  • Soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash (like Listerine). Rinse thoroughly before using again.
  • Store your toothbrush in a small cup of hydrogen peroxide. When you brush your teeth, change out the hydrogen peroxide.
  • Boil your toothbrush for about 3 minutes.
  • Put your toothbrush into the silverware compartment of the dishwasher to be sanitized. Run your toothbrush through on the hot cycle without soap.
  • Purchase a UV toothbrush sanitizer.

Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria so cleaning your toothbrush every week makes sense if you want to prevent illness! Also remember to change your toothbrush every 3 months regardless of your disinfecting routine. The bristles wear and become less effective over time. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental hygiene visit where you will always receive your goody bag of dental hygiene tools to keep you healthy between visits. If you are not scheduled for your hygiene visit, please contact us via email, text or phone. We will get you back on track as soon as possible.

Email: office@griffithdental.com     Call or Text: 727-861-5575

March 4th, 2020

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

Do you have yellow teeth? Are you looking for a smile makeover? According to Crest, it’s best to start by evaluating your whitening needs and goals by looking at the color of your teeth and your habits or other factors that may have caused discoloration:

  • Diet: Certain foods that are high in tannins, such as red wine, are potential causes of yellow teeth. Some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration include drinking beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine. These substances get into the enamel of your teeth and can cause long-term discoloration.
  • Smoking: Smoking is one of the top causes of yellow teeth, and stains from smoking can be stubborn. But smokers can improve their yellow teeth by quitting smoking, following a complete oral care routine of twice-daily toothbrushing and daily flossing, and using the right teeth-whitening products.
  • Illness: Certain medical conditions or medications are also causes of yellow teeth. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy for head or neck cancers may develop yellow or stained teeth. Also, certain types of prescription medications including medications for asthma and high blood pressure are causes of yellow teeth.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene is one of the causes of yellow teeth, but even the most diligent brushers and flossers can develop the discolored teeth that occur simply with age.
  • Fluoride: Excessive fluoride exposure is also among the causes of yellow teeth, especially in children.

If any of the causes of yellow teeth have left you unsatisfied with your smile, you have many choices of whitening products. Please be sure to check with Dr. Bryan and his hygiene department for their recommendations.

October 28th, 2019

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends you should change your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. It is also recommended that you change your toothbrush after you have had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection or a sore throat. People with gum problems or weakened immune systems should change their toothbrush every 6 weeks.

Stick with soft bristles, hard bristles can damage the protective enamel on your teeth. Consider an electric toothbrush, many people find that these products are worth the extra expense both in terms of brushing experience and the results gained.

Contact our office today to take advantage of our Fall Oral-B electric toothbrush special. Our office now stocks the WaterPik too.

October 8th, 2019

Buying an electric toothbrush from your dentist has its P.E.R.K.S.

Curious about the difference between a manual and an electric toothbrush?

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To keep your mouth clean and healthy, did you know you should be changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months? Waterpik tips should be changed every 6 months.

When you purchase your electric toothbrush or Waterpik through our office, we throw in a free brush head or tip at every hygiene visit. October is National Dental Hygiene Month so we are running a limited time offer on our Oral-B electric toothbrushes and Waterpiks.

When you give someone a gift that involves their health, the gift’s impact runs deeper. It means you took some time out of your day, thought deeply about the person, and wanted to help them. Why? Because you care about them.

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month from YOUR Registered Dental Hygienists:

~April and Tammy~

September 17th, 2019

Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth...and Clear Aligners are a win win!

Malocclusion or misaligned teeth affect 74% of American adults. Malocclusion may affect your periodontal health because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned.  Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis, or bad breath.  If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

A recent systematic review of 57 articles revealed that clear aligners have an advantage over fixed appliances (brackets bonded to the teeth) for oral hygiene and periodontal health. Some advantages of Invisalign, clear removable aligners:

  • Easier plaque control with less risk of periodontal disease and gum irritation.
  • The removable aligners make it easier to clean at home with less decalcified areas after treatment meaning less decay after orthodontic therapy.
  • Preventive maintenance appointments are easier because the aligners can come out to have your teeth cleaned at the dentist office.
  • Comfort, they are more comfortable to wear on a daily basis
  • Esthetics, you can’t tell you are wearing them
  • Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy
  • Office visits only every four to six weeks
  • Allows you to remove when you want

Invisalign orthodontic treatment is a great option to change your smile and correct your bite, which helps keep your gums healthy.  With this option you are less prone to get periodontal disease even during the treatment process.

Over 2.7 million patients have been treated with Invisalign clear aligners. Ask Dr. Bryan about straightening your teeth using Invisalign and start on the road to a healthy mouth today!

June 5th, 2019

AGING AND DENTAL HEALTH

Oral hygiene is important at every age, especially as you get older.  Many people believe that tooth decay and gum disease can be due to aging.  That is simply not true.  Following a few simple steps below can lower your risk at decay and gum disease.

Tips for Great Oral Health

Prevention is the key to maintaining a healthy mouth.  Regular visits to your Hygienist is important.  They will help you maintain happy healthy teeth and gums.  What can I do at home?  Great question!!!     Brushing twice a day, cleaning in between your teeth twice a day, and thoroughly cleaning dentures and partials daily will also help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Dry Mouth

As people age some medication are needed to control other health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.  Some of these medications can cause your mouth to become very dry.  Age related health problems can also cause dry mouth.  If you are experiencing dry mouth make sure you discuss this with your Dentist or Hygienist at your next visit.  They will be able to recommend some products that will help you.  Remember always drink plenty of water too!!!!!

For more tips and tricks give our office a call today to schedule your next hygiene appointment!!!

February 19th, 2019

IT’S NOT JUST A “CLEANING”

Take it from April, Registered Dental Hygienist at Dr. Bryan Griffith's office:

Some people feel that their visit with the Hygienist is not that important.  “It’s just a cleaning” is the most common thing said.  When in fact, your hygiene visit is the most important appointment to have and keep in the dental office.

As a part of your routine hygiene visits, hygienists are looking for cavities, oral cancer, periodontal disease and much more.

Here at Griffith Dental our Hygienists do more than just clean your teeth!  At each visit your hygienist will update your medical history, check your blood pressure, see if you have any current concerns about your mouth, do a head, neck, and oral cancer screening, check teeth, gums, and existing restoration for health.  We then remove soft and hard deposit by polishing, scaling and flossing.  We also provide a fluoride treatment to repair the damage sugar does to your enamel along with preventing decay and sensitivity.   When needed hygienists will take digital radiograph (x-rays) to check for any signs of cavities or infections below the gum line.

There are two types of Hygiene recall visits, or what we like to call, Maintenance Appointments

Preventive Maintenance appointments are for patients with no signs of bone loss and healthy tissue.  During this visit all the things mentioned above will be done.  Our goal is to maintain a healthy mouth.

Perio Maintenance appointments are for our patient with periodontal disease.  They have radiographic bone loss and have deeper periodontal pockets.  Again we do everything as mentioned above but we also go into these deeper pockets to remove build up and medicate the pockets.  Our goal for these visits are to prevent anymore bone loss and maintain your periodontal disease.

Is it time or past time for your Maintenance Appointment? If so, please reach out to our office for an appointment and remember, healthy mouth = healthy body.

January 29th, 2019

Half of American Adults suffer from Periodontal Disease!  Why we do pre-procedural rinses...

This week's blog is brought to by one of Dr. Bryan's hygienists, Tammy.

About 64.7 million adults age 30 and older have periodontal disease! Dr. Bryan Griffith and his staff always have your health and safety as our number one concern.  In our office, prior to beginning dental procedures, we have our patients do a pre-procedural mouth rinse to reduce the number of oral micro-organisms in the mouth.  This greatly reduces the bacteria that go into the air through direct contact or aerosols.  The reduction of most organisms are sustained up to 60 minutes. This procedure protects you, our staff, and the next patient.

Dr. Griffith wants to give his patient's choices, and have you be a partner in your dental care.  We now offer two choices for our pre-rinses. OraCare and Tooth and Gums Tonic.  Both are very effective. The OraCare Product line utilizes activated Chlorine Dioxide and Xylitol.  This rinse combats bacteria, viruses, fungi, biofilm and volatile compounds.  The effective rate of this mouth rinse is 98% and starts killing pathogens within three minutes.

Tooth and Gums Tonic is alcohol free.  The active ingredients are: Deionized Water, extracts of echinacea, angustofolia, gotu kola, pure essential oils, oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus globulus, plant saponins and lavender.  The tonic is more natural and has a 96% clinical effective rating.

The products we use in our office are clinically proven to fight gum disease and inflammation and bad breath.  Both products can be used long term with no staining of the teeth.  We keep these rinses in stock and you may purchase them at our office. Our goal is to keep you healthy, not only in flu season, but all year round.

If you are interested in incorporating a rinse into your daily dental hygiene routine, our hygienists will be happy to provide you with the product and protocol designed just for your periodontal needs.

December 11th, 2018

Give the gift of oral health this holiday season! 

Today's blog is brought to you by: Brandi

When you give someone a gift that involves their health, the gift's impact runs deeper.  It means you took some time out of your day, thought deeply about the person, and wanted to help them because you care about them.

5 Reasons giving the electric toothbrush is a great idea!

  • Electric toothbrushes can remove more plaque, stimulate the gums and remove bacteria from those hard to reach places.
  • A toothbrush is something the recipient will use on a daily basis.
  • Maintaining oral health becomes easier with 3 simple steps.
  • Toothbrushing maintains the tooth's enamel and helps freshen breath.
  • Electric toothbrushes can help prevent most oral health complications like gum disease and cavities.

Follow these 3 simple steps to achieve plaque removal and gingivitis reduction with an electric toothbrush that utilizes oscillating-rotating technology - studies prove electric toothbrushes do a better job than manual toothbrushes.

  1. Hold the brush parallel to the floor, against the side of your teeth.
  2. Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, following the curve of the teeth and gum. It isn't necessary to press hard or scrub.  Simply let the electric toothbrush do all the work. Hold the brush head in place for a few seconds before moving on to the next tooth.
  3. Don't forget to reach all all areas, including the insides, outsides, chewing surfaces, and behind your back teeth.

Griffith Dental keeps electric toothbrushes in stock, if you are in the market for a new toothbrush either for yourself or that special someone, please contact us today!

November 5th, 2018

How to keep gums healthy

Some news from one of Dr. Bryan's hygienists, April:

So when it comes to taking care of your mouth many people forget about their gums.  Excessive buildup of bacterial plaque can lead to gum disease.  When you clean your teeth, you should also clean your gums. Floss is the best way to clean your gums.  Floss gets to where the bristles of your toothbrush cannot.

THE DANGERS OF GUM DISEASE Gum disease begins as Gingivitis (infection in the gums).  The gums can become red, swollen and may even bleed when touched.

  • If not attended to, it can lead to a more advanced gum disease called Periodontal Disease. With Periodontal Disease the gums will pull away from the teeth allowing bacteria to go into pockets and cause infection below the gum line.
  • If left untreated, eventually, the fibers and bone supporting the teeth are destroyed and can lead to tooth loss.

KEEPING YOUR GUMS HEALTHY At home you should brush two times a day to remove bacterial plaque from your gums, teeth, and yes your tongue.    Also clean in between your teeth at least one time a day with floss, floss picks or proxy brushes.  Also you should visit your dental hygienist on your recommended frequency.  The hygienist will evaluate the health of your gums.

If you are due for your hygiene visit and dental examination, please call us as soon as possible to get on the books!

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