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How your family dentists in Orlando, Florida can help you have a healthy smile
Did you know that maintaining great oral health helps to keep your body healthy too? It’s true! In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, endocarditis, diabetes, stroke, memory problems, and other serious health conditions. Luckily, family dentists Drs. Doug and Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, Florida, offer a full range of services to help you maintain great oral health!
More about Proper Oral Care
Most oral health problems including tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease are caused by harmful bacteria in the plaque clinging to your teeth. When you don’t brush or floss, it gives the bacteria an opportunity to release disease-causing toxins. That’s why removing plaque frequently and thoroughly should be a high priority.
So, if you want to maintain great oral health, there are some important steps to take. Remember to:
- Brush Properly: Brush your teeth after you eat and before you go to bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush in a circular motion to clean all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. You should also gently brush your tongue, which is a common place for bacteria to hide.
- Don't Forget to Floss: Floss your teeth every day, using either a small amount of waxed or unwaxed floss to clean between each of your teeth. Remember to also wrap around the curved parts of your teeth as you clean down to the gumline, for this allows for a more thorough cleaning.
- See Your Dentist Regularly: Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a thorough dental examination and cleaning. Your dentist can detect and diagnose dental issues before they grow into large, hard-to-treat dental problems. Visiting your dentist regularly can save you time, money, and stress by keeping your mouth healthy.
You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile, and while practicing excellent oral hygiene habits can certainly help, you can’t do it all alone—you need the expert services of your family dentists. To find out more about keeping your smile healthy, call Drs. Doug and Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL, today!
Family dentistry is an important facet of general dentistry which allows you and your family to see the same dentist, regardless of age, dental condition, or the procedure they require. But what is family dentistry and how can it benefit you and your family members? Find out more about family dentistry and what it can do for you with Dr. Doug Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL.
What is family dentistry?
Some dentists choose to specialize in seeing only a particular set of patients, whether based on age, treatment requirements, or type of dentistry. A family dentist sees patients of all ages with various dental needs of varying severity. Though some dentists choose to focus only on cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry, a family dentist performs all types of procedures.
How can family dentistry help me?
Family dentistry allows a busy parent to consolidate their children’s appointments into a single trip, saving time off work and school, gas, and time. A family dentist keeps all your family members’ dental records in one place, allowing for easy access should you require them. A family dentist also allows your child to grow up seeing the same dentist, building a valuable relationship between dentist and patient, decreasing the chances of dental anxiety.
Common Dental Procedures at Huhn Family Dental in Orlando, FL
Whether you need a simple dental filling or a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, Huhn Dental has you covered. Porcelain dental restorations like veneers, crowns, or bridges help you improve the look or function of your teeth. Teeth whitening also helps improve the appearance of your smile and gives you fast, dramatic results in just a single appointment. Sealants help prevent cavities in your or your child’s teeth.
For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. Doug Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 422-6281 to schedule your appointment with your family dentist today!
Your mouth is the gateway to your body when it comes to food and drink. However, while many people are well aware of what it takes to care for their body, they may not understand just what it takes to care for their mouth. Find out more about the importance of preventative dental care and how it can benefit you with Dr. Doug Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL.
What is preventative dental care?
Preventative dental care is an important part of your overall oral health. Individuals at average risk for dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease should see their dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings. By removing the plaque and bacteria from the teeth during a cleaning, the risk of decay decreases significantly and helps dentists find and treat issues in their earliest, most treatable stages.
Why is preventative dental care important?
Even the most thorough of brushers or flossers miss a spot sometimes. Preventative examinations and cleanings help keep your teeth free of tooth decay and gum disease by removing plaque and bacteria from places in your mouth, places your toothbrush or floss may not reach. Seeing your dentist every six months also gives them a chance to inspect your mouth for the beginning stages of dental problems such as cavities or tooth fractures. Finding these conditions early on helps decrease the chances of requiring a more complex procedure if left untreated.
At Home Preventative Dental Care in Orlando, FL
Seeing your dentist twice a year is only one part of a healthy oral care routine. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once works to decrease the chances of developing dental conditions like cavities and helps keep your teeth healthy and clean. For more information on preventive dental care, please contact Dr. Doug Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 422-6281 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
According to the American Sleep Association, bruxism or teeth grinding, occurs in about 1 out of 10 people and, if left untreated, can cause serious damage to your teeth and result in other conditions. Your dentist can help you get to the bottom of your teeth grinding to find relief. Find out more with Dr. Douglas Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL.
What causes teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding occurs mostly at night and many sufferers are unaware that they suffer from the condition. Stress and anxiety contribute greatly to teeth grinding habits. Though these factors are more well known, there are other reasons behind teeth grinding. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can cause the teeth to line up abnormally and cause teeth grinding. Problems with and untreated disorders affecting sleep, such as sleep apnea, also cause teeth grinding.
Do I grind my teeth?
While many teeth grinders do not recognize their condition due to being asleep while its main symptoms occur, there are some daytime symptoms that can tell you that you grind your teeth, including:
- a dull headache which lasts all morning or day
- sore jaw muscles
- your bed partner tells you they hear you grind your teeth
- worn, flattened teeth
- tooth sensitivity
Teeth Grinding Treatments in Orlando, FL
Teeth grinding treatments often begin conservatively with some simple lifestyle or sleeping changes. Reducing the amount of stress in your life, avoiding chewing gum or simply getting enough water throughout the day can help reduce the symptoms of teeth grinding. However, you may require some help from your dentist if these methods fail to provide adequate results. Your dentist may suggest physical therapy or visiting a chiropractor to retrain your muscles and realign your bones. Alongside these treatments, wearing a custom night guard prescribed by your dentist while you sleep helps realign your jaw and protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding.
Repairing Teeth Grinding’s Effects
If your teeth are worn or damaged due to teeth grinding, your dentist can help you repair them with cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers and dental crowns. Depending on the severity of your damage, your treatment may be different from others suffering from the same condition. For more information on teeth grinding, please contact Dr. Douglas Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 422-6281 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Nothing lasts forever, including your toothbrush. Know when it’s time to ditch it for a new one!
In between visits to see our Orlando, FL family dentists, Dr. Douglas and Dr. Clete Huhn, you should be doing your best to keep your smile healthy from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about caring for your smile to prevent decay and other issues down the road.
The Telltale Signs that a Toothbrush Should be Thrown Out
It’s fairly easy to know whether or not it’s time to toss your toothbrush and get a new one. Everyone, no matter what their age, should replace their toothbrush about every three to four months. However, if you notice that the bristles are starting to splay out earlier than 3-4 months then you’ll need to replace your toothbrush even sooner.
If you happen to travel with your toothbrush you will also want to replace the brush head or toothbrush once you get back from your travels. The toothbrush often gets shoved into a suitcase and sits out in a hotel bathroom, where it can collect germs and dirt that could make you sick. So play it safe and spring for a new toothbrush once you are back from your vacation.
The same rule also applies for illness. Think about it: Why would you want to place the same toothbrush in your mouth that you used while you were ill? That toothbrush is covered in nasty little germs that could easily reinfect you. Once you have fought and won the battle over an illness it’s best to say goodbye to your old toothbrush and replace it with a clean new one. Trust us; you’ll be thankful that you did this!
If you have questions about whether a manual or electric toothbrush would work better for you our Orlando general dentist can help weigh in on which toothbrush might work best. While the choice is ultimately up to you, we can help provide suggestions for the best ADA-approved toothbrushes that will work with your lifestyle, dexterity and any existing dental conditions you may have.
Need to schedule you or your child’s next dental cleaning? Then it’s time you called our Orlando, FL dental office. We are ready to help you book your next visit!