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Flossing 101


Flossing 101 Only 5% – 10% of Americans are regular flossers? According to studies done at Emory University by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis (an inflammation and/or infection of the Read more

Preventative Dental Care: Beyond the Basics


https://vimeo.com/118348802 You know to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly. Learn what else you can do to keep your teeth and gums looking their best. Come in to St. Mary Dental in Whittier CA to learn Read more

Diet and Your Dental Health


https://vimeo.com/118348441 There are good foods and bad foods but timing can make all the difference in maintaining your dental health. Come and see us at St. Mary Dental in Whittier for a checkup and dental Read more

How Long Should I Wait to Eat After Getting My Teeth Cleaned?

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Getting your teeth professionally cleaned in Whittier CA is something you should do at least twice each year. Not only does this ensure that any problems with your teeth are detected and stopped, but it also gives you a remarkably fresh and clean feeling that can last for many hours or even days afterward.

However, you do have to put your teeth to work again in order to eat and remain healthy, and many people wonder how long they must wait after a cleaning before they can safely eat again. The answer varies from person to person because the following items have to be taken into consideration:

Was fluoride placed on the teeth? If not, you can eat as soon as you need to after the cleaning is done. If you did get fluoride treatments, you should wait at least 30 minutes or more after the cleaning before you eat or drink. This ensures that the treatment takes full effect and that the teeth have been able to absorb this beneficial and helpful compound.

What do you plan on eating or drinking? If you had fluoride treatment you need to avoid acidic and abrasive foods that might cause the fluoride to be removed due to scraping or stickiness. Also note that many people experience tooth sensitivity immediately after a cleaning and extremely hot or cold food may cause a very uncomfortable sensation. The gums may also be sensitive (and in some cases they may bleed a bit) and food could cause irritation.

How long do you want that fresh feeling? It may sound silly, but a lot of people hold off on eating for a bit of time (a few hours or so) because they love how unbelievably clean their teeth and gums feel. However, don’t wait too long as it is unhealthy to skip meals.

Getting your teeth cleaned by a dental professional comes with a long list of benefits. They can address some problems, catch things you may not even have detected yet (such as some early decay or gum disease), get the teeth back in good shape, and leave you with a fresh and sparkling mouth. Getting fluoride treatment is also a good idea as it improves the health of the teeth at a time when they need it the most.


How to Brush Your Teeth

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What Is the Right Way to Brush from a Dentist in Whittier?

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that’s right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too
  • Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
  • Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
  • Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use in Whittier?

Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. To find the right Colgate toothbrush for you, click here.

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?

It is important that you use a toothpaste that’s right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you. To find the right

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.


Your Whitening Options

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Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your whitening options.

Start by speaking with your dentist. He or she can tell you whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow-ish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth the whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. You may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.

If you are a candidate for whitening there are several ways to whiten your smile:

  • In-office bleaching. This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used. Lasers have been used during tooth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.
  • At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.
  • Whitening toothpastes. All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.