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By John Chu, D.M.D.
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Care

Dental VisitsMany people find it difficult to pencil their dentist into their busy schedule. However, visiting the dentist for regular examinations and cleanings is crucial to your oral health and help you keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay. Do you visit your dentist enough? Is your oral care routine enough to keep your teeth healthy? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA.

How often should I see my dentist? 
According to the American Dental Association’s recommendation, you should have a dental examination and cleaning every six months. This is a blanket recommendation, meant for every dental patient regardless of their dental needs or history. Some patients, such as those who are more susceptible to gum disease or teeth decay or have a history of severe dental problems, may need to see their dentist even more frequently. Some people, who have a very strong at-home oral care routine and history of good dental health may be able to get away with only one visit a year. Work with your dentist to determine the best examination schedule for your particular needs.

How should I care for my teeth? 
Caring for your teeth is a daily two-step process. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and ensuring that each brushing session lasts at least two minutes. Use good technique, including brushing the fronts and backs of every tooth, including the backside of the back molars, and using short, back-and-forth motions to clean each tooth. Floss between each tooth at least once a day. Use a long strand of floss wrapped tautly around your two forefingers to floss between each tooth and extend the floss all the way up and under the gums to help remove bacteria build up in those areas. If you have special circumstances like very crowded or overlapping teeth or a dental restoration like a bridge, you may need to use specialized tools like threading floss or a water pick to ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean.

Preventative Dental Care in South Pasadena, CA
Preventing teeth decay and gum disease is an ongoing fight which requires daily attention. Your dentist simply picks up your slack and ensures you have a clean slate to work with between visits. Work together with your dentist to ensure that you have the best oral care routine and dental examination schedule for you and your smile.

For more information on visiting your dentist, please contact Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment for a with your dentist today!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
February 27, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Your dental health impacts how you feel and look. Your smile a personal asset that people notice, and as such, you want to keep it as oral hygienehealthy and vibrant as possible. Your South Pasadena, CA dentists, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, ask their patients, "Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits?" If you're not sure what makes for a daily tooth-friendly routine and overall healthy lifestyle, find out at your next dental appointment, and read more here.

Oral hygiene at home

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes with a soft brush and ADA-approved toothpaste. Also, the ADA says children through senior adults should floss daily. Besides keeping tooth surfaces bright and eliminating bad breath, why should we be diligent about flossing and brushing?

Simply put, what you eat stays between your teeth and at the gum line. These food residues form soft, sticky plaque which quickly turns into hard tartar.

Left alone, these biofilms, and their associated bacteria, eat away at tooth enamel and cause gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults, says the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum disease also affects overall health in the way of diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more.

The role of diet

Most of us know that too much sugar leads to tooth decay. So limit it, say dental and medical experts. If you do consume it, rinse your mouth with water right away and brush as soon as possible.

Of course, that's the negative side of oral hygiene. Besides downplaying sugar, what positive dietary changes can you make to your oral hygiene routine? Here are some recommendations from the ADA:

  • Drink several glasses of water daily to rinse teeth, hydrate soft oral tissues and increase beneficial saliva.
  • Eat high fiber foods, including several servings of fruits and vegetables. Fiber cleanses teeth.
  • Consume high-calcium dairy every day, and look for ways to add low-fat proteins to your diet.

In-office hygiene

See Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin every six months for a check-up and hygienic cleaning. Yes, professional cleaning by a skilled hygienist is one of your best defenses against harmful plaque and tartar.

Cleaning includes a gentle scraping (scaling) with handheld tools and ultrasonic instruments. Also, your hygienist partners with your South Pasadena dentist in spotting existing or potential problems associated with your teeth and gums. This skilled professional gives great advice on how to keep your mouth clean and on what floss, toothpaste and brushes may suit your unique needs.

Have a sparkling smile

You can when you're diligent about oral hygiene. If it's time for your six-month cleaning and exam, please call Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin's office team for a convenient appointment in South Pasadena, CA: (626) 799-0852.

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