Posts for category: Oral Health

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
July 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing   oral hygiene  

Flossing daily removes dental plaque that brushing cannot reach. By flossing your teeth on a daily basis, you increase the chances of flossingkeeping your natural teeth for a lifetime. Silver Oaks Dentistry, which is located in San Antonio, TX, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. Emanuel Dehelean recommends daily flossing as part of a regular oral hygiene routine. Here are four reasons why you should floss on a daily basis.

1. Prevent dental cavities- Flossing reduces your risk of tooth decay by preventing the build-up of dental plaque. Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that forms on our teeth. These bacteria eventually start to break down the surfaces of the teeth, leading to cavities that need fillings.

2. Prevent gum disease- Routine oral care, which includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, is the best way to prevent gum disease. Plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth can lead to inflammation called gingivitis. If left unchecked, the plaque and tartar can spread below the gum line, causing periodontitis. 

3. Keep your teeth strong- Daily flossing will keep your natural teeth strong for years to come. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can cause cavities and harm enamel. Remove bacteria in those hard-to-reach places, and you will save yourself the pain of going under the drill.

4. Floss away your bad breath- Bad breath? The best way to control bad breath is by developing a thorough oral hygiene routine. However, you cannot count on brushing alone to remove the food and plaque from your teeth. Flossing helps to remove the particles of food that get stuck around your gums and between your teeth—those tricky places where some brushes can’t reach.

It's also important to see your San Antonio, TX dentist regularly to maintain good oral health. Don't wait another minute! Call Silver Oaks Dentistry at 210-656-4699 right now to schedule your next dental appointment in San Antonio, TX. Everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
November 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: soda  

At Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Emanuel Dehelean often sees patients who have developed cavities or other forms of tooth decay as a result of drinking soda. Though the variety of flavors can be enticing, soda consumption can wreak havoc on your sodasmile. Here's why you should skip the soft drinks.

Sugar is suspect and diet is dangerous

Sugared soda is high in carbohydrates, which, when combined with bacteria, creates the acids in plaque that work to destroy your enamel with every sip. It may seem like diet soft drinks, therefore, are a better alternative because they don't contain any natural sugars. However, these drinks are extremely acidic, providing a more direct path toward tooth decay. Although enamel damage from acids can happen to anyone, younger people are more at risk for tooth decay because their tooth enamel is still developing.

Water is wonderful

Unfortunately, sports drinks and juices that claim to be healthy often contain just as much, if not more sugar than sodas. For this reason, your San Antonio dentist suggests making water your primary beverage of choice. It not only hydrates your body; drinking water also helps to dilute the substances in your mouth that could potentially cause plaque and rinses them away. If you're not quite ready to give up soft drinks, dental professionals like your San Antonio dentist suggest drinking water after finishing a soda, and try to limit soda intake to no more than 12 ounces and only at meal times.

Besides accelerating tooth decay, consistently drinking sodas has been linked to other problems like diabetes and osteoporosis. Stopping the soda habit is beneficial to your entire body. If you'd like more information on soda and tooth decay, or for an evaluation of your dental health, give Silver Oaks Dentistry in San Antonio a call today!

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
March 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bad Breath  

Bad BreathFind out what could be causing your bad breath and what it might mean for your smile.

While it might be rather embarrassing to admit, at some point in our lives we will all have to deal with bad breath. Most of the time this happens when we first wake up. We jump out of bed and can’t wait to brush that bad breath right out of our mouths; however, there are some people who deal with chronic and severe bad breath, also known as halitosis. Besides being downright embarrassing, having bad breath could also signal other issues for your smile. Find out what could be the cause of your little problem and when you should see your San Antonio dentist.

Smoking

This is a pretty obvious reason why someone may be dealing with halitosis. After all, the chemicals within cigarettes can linger on the tongue and lungs for hours, leaving that stale, bad taste in your mouth. Furthermore, smoking promotes the growth of bacteria on your teeth, which can lead to decay and even gum disease.

Poor Oral Hygiene

No one wants to admit that they aren’t doing a good job taking care of their smiles; however, when you are dealing with serious or persistent bad breath, then it’s only natural to examine your oral care routine. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How many times a day do I brush my teeth?
  • How often do I floss?
  • How long do I brush my teeth?
  • How often do I replace my toothbrush?

Want to know how your oral hygiene measures up? You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. You should be flossing at least once a day, preferably before you brush your teeth. You should brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush and you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months (or when the bristles begin to fray). If you aren’t following these hard-and-fast rules, then your poor hygiene could be causing your bad breath.

Dental Infections

If you’ve just had dental surgery then your surgical wounds may be the cause of your bad breath. If you are concerned about how well your mouth is healing after surgery then schedule a follow-up appointment with your San Antonio dentist. However, bad breath can also signify that there is an infection in your mouth, whether it’s gum disease, an abscess or an infected dental pulp. If you are also noticing dental pain or discomfort, then it’s time to see your dentist.

Bad breath can also be the result of dry mouth, respiratory infections and certain medications. If you’re concerned about your unpleasant breath, then it’s time to get to the bottom of it. Contact your San Antonio dentist, Dr. Emanuel F. Dehelean, DMD at Silver Oaks Dentistry today and nix bad breath for good!

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
January 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gums  

Find out the best ways to protect your gums against the early signs of gum disease.

While it might seem obvious to say that no one likes the idea of being diagnosed with gum disease, this condition is anything but rare. In fact, it is believed that almost half of the American population has some form of this disorder. Gum disease, however, can be prevented through proper oral care and other measures. If you want to protect your smile from gingivitis, a milder form of gum Gumsdisease, your San Antonio dentist offers up this advice.

Brush Your Teeth

This might seem rather obvious but you would be surprised to know how many people aren’t brushing effectively. Ask yourself these questions: Do you brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes? Do you replace your toothbrush every couple months or when the bristles start to fray? If you said no to any of these questions then you need to change your brushing habits. Even if you think you are brushing long enough, you may be shocked to see that you actually don't! Next time, set a timer for two minutes to ensure that you are brushing as effectively as possible.

Floss Each Day

On top of brushing your teeth you should also be flossing. Even the most conscientious brushers miss spots between their teeth. Sometimes your toothbrush just can’t get into those tiny crevices, which is why you should also be flossing. Use a generous amount of floss each time and use a new section of the floss for each tooth to guarantee that you don’t put food particles and plaque back onto your gums and teeth.

Rinse After Eating

The last component after brushing and flossing is to rinse your mouth out with an antibacterial rinse. This will help remove the last of the plaque and bacteria that you may have missed. You should be rinsing your mouth every time you eat anything to decrease plaque buildup.

However, one of the best ways to keep your gums healthy is to see Silver Oaks Dentistry every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Our professional staff can remove plaque and other buildup that even the most meticulous brushers might miss. If you need to schedule an upcoming appointment with us, don’t put it off. It’s never too late to see your San Antonio dentist.

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
September 25, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bad Breath   Halitosis  
Woman With Bad Breath ImageIf you have halitosis, don’t just cover up your smile. Fix the problem!
 
Bad breath can certainly cramp our social life—making work, dates and social gatherings rather embarrassing. If you’re experiencing chronic or offensively bad breath, there are several reasons why this might be happening to you. Your San Antonio dentist is here to give you the lowdown on this social setback.
 

Why does bad breath happen?

Bad breath results from the excretion of anaerobic bacteria within your mouth. These bacteria release sulfur compounds, which are the smelly culprits for bad breath. Unfortunately, some people produce more sulfur compounds than others. Some of these people may even be the ones with the best oral care around.
However, some people are just lucky enough to produce less anaerobic bacteria than others. However, here are some things that can indicate if you’re ready to send people running when you open your mouth.
 

Bad habits=bad breath

There are certain habits and naturally occurring reactions that might indicate whether you have bad breath or not. Some of these include drinking alcohol, smoking, snoring, taking prescription medications or sleeping with your mouth open. Why are these problems? Because they decrease saliva, which keeps your mouth fresh and clean.
 

How’s your tongue?

While your tongue might often be overlooked when it comes to your dental health, it’s just as important as the rest of your mouth. In fact, if you are constantly dealing with a white tongue, this may be a sign of offensive breath. That’s because this white coating is made up of those same sulfur compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria.
 

You are what you eat

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you tend to add onions and garlic to just about everything? Maybe acidic or sugary foods are your weakness. If you said yes to any of these, then you may have found the main source of your bad breath. Eliminate these foods to find out if it also eliminates the problem.
 

Is bad breath a sign of something more serious?

While bad breath every now and again is pretty normal—but certainly not pretty—there are times when bad breath is more than just that. Here are some instances when you might want to see your doctor:
  • If you also notice tooth pain or inflamed gums you could be dealing with tooth decay or gum disease. If so, it’s time to book an appointment with your San Antonio dentist.
  • If your bad breath is accompanied by postnasal drip you may have a sinus infection, which can easily be treated.
  • If you’re also experiencing heartburn or gastrointestinal problems along with offensive breath, you could have gastric reflux. If so, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about how to best control your condition.
If bad breath has you cancelling social functions, then it’s time to stop the problem once and for all. If you need help getting to the root of the problem, make an appointment with our San Antonio dental practice today.
 
Do you suffer from bad breath? Do you have any tips that may help other people that are suffering from this condition? We would be very interested in hearing what tips you have so that we can share them with others!


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