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Image result for braces careBraces are a long-term orthodontic dentistry treatment, but that must not become an excuse for complacency in maintain dental hygiene. Following a few simple tips can keep teeth and gums in excellent shape even during the braces treatment.

Dr. Rob Strain’s dental office is equipped to provide advanced orthodontic treatments to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.

Do not Skip Dental Appointments

The patient with braces should maintain regular follow-up visits with the orthodontist as directed. Appointments for dental exams and periodic cleanings should simultaneously be maintained. Cleaning may be performed with or without the removal of wires.

Diligent and timely professional oral monitoring and care will help the patient to protect the teeth from staining, decay and gum disease while they are undergoing the braces treatment.

Brush the Teeth Carefully

While standard oral care requires brushing twice a day, a patient with braces should brush after every meal or snack. No food should be allowed to remain trapped in the braces. A soft-bristled brush can remove the debris from the brackets and wires.

A special orthodontic toothbrush may be used for the purpose. These toothbrushes have V-shaped bristles that are designed to fit around the braces. Brushing should be carried in between the brackets to clean spaces between the teeth and braces wires. It is also important to brush each tooth at the gum line, both above and under the brackets. The gum line should be brushed first, and then the brackets should be cleaned.

Floss Once a Day

The patient with braces should floss at least once a day, while ensuring that flossing is done not just between the braces but also under the wires. A floss threader or an orthodontic flosser may be used to floss more easily under the wires. A waxed floss would be easier to slide between the teeth with less chances of snagging on the braces.

Patients with gaps between the teeth may use an interdental or interproximal toothbrush that goes between the teeth. This may work better than flossing for such patients. An oral irrigator may also be used for hard to reach areas.

Eat with Discretion

While wearing braces, the patient should be more conscious about what they eat. Excessive starchy or sugary foods should be avoided to minimize the risk of plaque buildup around the brackets, which can create teeth staining, cavities or gum disease.

Sticky and chewy food items should be avoided because they can get stuck and be difficult to remove from the braces. Hard foods should be strictly avoided because these can break the wires of the braces or loosen the brackets. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for braces and other treatments.

Other Tips

If the wires or braces chafe the inside of the lips, a special wax can be used to prevent this occurrence. Fluoride mouthwash after brushing and flossing can be used to help prevent cavities. The patient may also use mouthguard while playing sports.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

4 Reasons to get an Oral Cancer Screening | Rancho Mirage DentistOral cancer has a relatively lower survival rate at 60 percent, but the good part is that it is one of the easiest cancers to identify and diagnose. If treated early, it is mostly curable. Preventative dentistry is dedicated to the cause of mitigating the impact of oral cancer through periodic screening and early detection.

Dr. Rob Strain is a committed general and cosmetic dentist providing cutting edge oral health solutions, including preventative procedures such as oral cancer screening. Dr. Strain provides dental treatments to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.

 

Why go the Oral Cancer Screening Route?

Here are four reasons why it is a sagacious idea to choose oral cancer screening:

 

It is Simple

During a regular visit to the dental office for a periodic oral health check-up, the patient can ask the dentist to screen for the signs of oral cancer. The screening is quick, simple, and painless, and will be completed only in a few minutes. Patients with dentures or partials will be asked to remove them, and the dentist will examine the mouth, lips, face and neck for any signs of cancer.

The dentist will feel the area below the jaw and the side of the neck for any lumps that may indicate cancer. Thereafter, they will look at and feel the insides of the cheeks and lips to identify any red or white patches. The tongue will be examined for any abnormal color, texture, or swelling. The floor and roof of the mouth as well as the back of the throat will also be checked.

 

It can be a Life Saver

When oral cancer is detected early, it can increase the patient’s chances of survival by at least 20 percent. Advanced treatments to treat oral cancer have evolved over the decades, but the statistics on survival remain discouraging because as many as 60 percent of the cases are diagnosed at a late stage.

Some dentists have now started using screening devices in addition to the traditional visual examination as a first line of defense against oral cancer. Experts increasingly believe that oral cancer screening can reduce mortality, considering the fact the disease is often diagnosed late.

 

It is Affordable

If the patient includes an oral cancer screening into their regular dental exam, it may not entail any significant extra costs unless follow-up procedures are required. Compliance with oral cancer screenings is potentially easier because unlike many other cancer screening procedures, it does not involve any invasive techniques.

These techniques are usually more uncomfortable and expensive. Dr. Strain provides state of the art dentistry services to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas.

 

Better to be Safe than Sorry

Most people will not have oral cancer, but it is still better to be safe than to be sorry. According to the American Dental Association, six out of 10 Americans see a dentist every year for an oral health condition.

Therefore, simply conducting ‘opportunistic’ oral cancer screenings of the existing patient population would yield millions of additional opportunities every year to detect oral cancer early and improve the overall survival rates.

 

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

Tips for a Healthy Mouth | Palm Springs Dentistry | Rancho MirageSix out of 10 Americans visit a dentist every year for some oral health concern. It is easy to minimize oral health issues by simply maintaining decent dental hygiene and following a few basic guidelines. Dr. Rob Strain is an experienced general and cosmetic dentist providing solid, supreme, and appropriate dental health solutions to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and other areas in this region.  

Here are a few simple tips to maintain a healthy mouth:

 

Replace the Old Toothbrush

The toothbrush should be changed every two to three months. The toothbrush will not clean the small crevices once its bristles wear down. An old toothbrush also increases the risk of bacterial or viral infections because germs can multiply among the bristles. Therefore, after a bout of cold, it is better to replace the toothbrush.

 

Do not Use Expired Mouthwash

The expiration date of the mouthwash should be mentioned on the bottle. It is easy to miss the date and use an expired mouth, but it will not only affect the taste, but also the effectiveness of the mouthwash.

 

Stock up on Floss Supply

Daily flossing is an important part of oral hygiene. The length of floss should ideally be 18 inches per flossing session. That means a large supply of floss is required on a monthly basis. Therefore, it is a sagacious idea to stock up in order to avoid running out of floss.

 

Make Periodic Dental Visits

Periodic cleanings are a key component of preventative dentistry. It is recommended to visit the dentist twice a year for dental cleanings. That is the surest way to identify an oral health problem and treat it before it comes complicated and damaging. But the challenge is that nearly half the adults in the US do not want to see a dentist yearly due to dental phobia or just plain neglect.

The American Dental Association recommends two dental appointments a year for early detection and timely treatment of tooth decay, gum disease, trauma or oral cancer. Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and other communities in this county and nearby counties.   

 

Focus on Oral Health of Toddlers and Senior Citizens

Toddlers and older adults need to maintain a healthy mouth like young adults. When a child turns one, it is time to see a dentist. Children need help to clean their teeth until they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoelaces.

Older people have unique challenges such as ill health or arthritis, which can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Saliva product decreases with age, which means more tooth decay.

 

Minimize Soda Consumption

Soda drinks with a fizz can be tempting, but the fizz can contribute to poor dental health. Soda drinks include citric acid and phosphoric acid, which will eat away at the tooth surface.
Daily consumption of soda drinks can weaken the tooth enamel and make the mouth more susceptible to cavities. Sugary foods and drinks should also be consumed minimally to prevent plaque buildup and to maintain a healthy mouth.

If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.

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