Painless Wisdom Teeth Removal. At what age should I remove them?

Painless Wisdom Teeth Removal. At what age should I remove them

Before clarifying how a painless wisdom teeth removal can be achieved, let’s understand these types of teeth. Wisdom teeth (also called third molars), are the last teeth that come out in a person. They are called wisdom teeth since they generally come out around the ages of 18 and 22, once a person becomes “wise” by age. However, sometimes wisdom teeth can bring problems and complications to a person’s health. These problems can be diagnosed with the use of X-rays by the dental surgeon or the maxillofacial doctor who handles the case. In this article we will talk about wisdom teeth, when to remove them, and the benefits of removing your wisdom teeth for a special price of only $999 in Somos Dental.

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Do all people have wisdom teeth?

No. Not all people develop wisdom teeth. An X-ray diagnosis can help diagnose cases of people without wisdom teeth. In Somos Dental you can get free X-ray tests to verify if you need to extract your wisdom teeth.

When is wisdom teeth removal recommended?

It is better to remove wisdom teeth before the age of 21, as the procedure and recovery is easier for the patient. It is also recommended to extract them at that age to avoid any future problems that can be caused by unattended wisdom teeth, such as the following:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation and irritation of the gums
  • Infection of the area (periodontitis)
  • Crowding of teeth

Does it hurt to extract wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth removal is a surgical procedure that is carried out under anesthesia. That is why the procedure does not generate any pain. Once the wisdom teeth are removed, pain relievers and other medications will be prescribed to help combat pain and any other complications arising from the procedure. Therefore, if the patient follows the recovery indications, there will be no noticeable pain during the procedure nor the recovery time.

Is wisdom teeth extraction expensive?

Since it is a surgical procedure, wisdom teeth extraction can be expensive in some places. However, in Somos Dental we have a special promotion for the diagnosis, planning and extraction of all four wisdom teeth for only $ 999 in patients under 21 years of age. Avoid future dental problems and remove your wisdom teeth before it’s too late.

Where to remove wisdom teeth in the Metro Phoenix area?

Removing wisdom teeth in time can help prevent future dental problems. Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure that can only be performed by dental surgeons and maxillofacial doctors. In Somos Dental we have dental surgeons specialized in wisdom teeth extraction surgery. You can contact us through text messages (SMS), Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, or by our phone number 623-232-0089. You can also fill out our online form for a free first diagnostic appointment. In Somos Dental we have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area: Mesa, Desert Sky, Camelback and Downtown. In Somos Dental we also care about the health of our clients, that’s why we have taken strict sanitation and disinfection measures for surfaces and environments as prevention against the new Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

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How to clean dental retainers?

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How to clean dental retainers?

A frequent question that we are asked in the dental office has to do about dental retainers, focusing on their cleaning process.

There are several dental treatments that its use involves: the retention stage after the braces are removed, orthodontics with invisaling, or even the use of dental guards in cases of bruxism or significant dental wear. So, how do you clean dental retainers? Here are ways to properly clean your retainers.

Why do I need to clean the retainers?

During the retention stage, transparent retainers are used to keep the teeth in the correct position after the brackets are taken off. A retainer must be worn daily, which makes it susceptible to plaque build-up and bacteria growth. If not cleaned, retainers can cause additional problems, such as bad breath or tooth decay.

First method

Materials:

• Soft bristle toothbrush

• Neutral liquid soap

Steps:

Step 1. Rinse your retainer with lukewarm water for 10 seconds.

Step 2. Add a drop of liquid soap to the head of the toothbrush.

Step 3. Here you start brushing the dental retainer. Start from the inside, using no extra force to avoid damaging the retainers.

Step 4. Begin cleaning the outside of the retainers.

Step 5. Once both parts are clean begin rinsing your retainers. Rinse with the clean toothbrush until foaming stops.

Advantages:

  • It is the most appropriate way to clean dental retainers, since no abrasive substances are used.
  • You can get the ingredients at any supermarket.
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Second method

Materials:

• Soft bristle toothbrush

• White vinegar

• Water

Steps:

Step 1. Soak the retainers in a solution containing half parts of white vinegar and half parts of water for 15 minutes. They can be left soaking in their protective case.

Step 2. Remove the retainers from the container and briefly rinse for a few seconds.

Step 3. Brush your retainers with the soft bristle brush, first on the inside and then on the outside.

Step 4. Rinse your retainers with plenty of water, they should keep being rinsed until there is no vinegar smell.

Advantages:

The ingredients are easy to find at home.

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Third method

Materials:

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Steps:

Step 1. Remove the pill from its container and follow the package instructions. Each pill has its own time of action.

Step 2. Rinse the retainers with plenty of water.

Advantages:

They offer a complete care with specific products for cleaning retainers

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When should I clean my retainers?

Dental retainers should be cleaned at least once a day. However, it is also a good idea to brush them briefly after each meal.

These were some tips compiled by our dentists and orthodontists from Somos Dental.

In Somos Dental we offer conventional dental braces and invisalign treatments. Also, we manufacture night guards for Bruxism problems. We have taken strict hygiene measures in the face of the crisis due to the new Coronavirus (Covid-19). You can contact us by filling our online form, and you will get your first appointment for free. You can also contact us through the options of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email or by calling at 623-232-0089.

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Did you lose a tooth? Dental bridges: Advantages and disadvantages

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If you lost a tooth, chances are you’ve already looked for dental bridges or other options to replace it, such as implants. In this article, we will focus on the latter. We will talk about the differences, advantages, and disadvantages that exist between these options for the replacement of one or more dental pieces.

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What happens when I lose a tooth? Is there a problem?

You may think that there is no rush when you lose a tooth, that it will be fixed once you have enough time and money to do so, which is not a major problem. So is there a rush once you have lost a tooth? The answer is yes, and in the next paragraphs, we will explain why.

  1. Movement of the other teeth
    The denture begins to change position when a tooth is missing. This happens since the space that results when the part is lost tends to be filled by the surrounding teeth.
  2. Digestive problems
    When losing a tooth all the chewing is affected, this may be the cause of digestive and gum problems in a future.
  3. Bone loss
    Once the tooth is lost, it also begins to lose the bone where this tooth used to be, since it is no longer needed. This can complicate future treatments. If the problem is not treated in time, the bone can be lost permanently, making dental implant and bridge treatments impossible in the future.

What alternatives are there to replace a missing tooth?

In modern dentistry, we have two popular options: dental bridges and implants. In this article, we will talk about dental bridges.

Dental bridges

There are two main types of dental bridges, fixed and removable. Both carry their advantages and disadvantages, for which, we explain what each procedure consists of and their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Fixed: a fixed bridge will replace one tooth by carving two other healthy neighboring teeth to install a bridge that will consist of the equivalent of 3 (or more) teeth. 

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• Since it is fixed, it can’t be lost.

• They are custom made; they blend with the natural color of your teeth.


• It is a fast treatment (around 2 weeks).

• It is cheaper than a dental implant.
• You need to wear down other teeth.

• It is a permanent dental procedure.

• You can lose some bone on the filling pieces’ place.

Removable: They are attached to the other teeth to support themselves. They are normally used to replace one or more dental pieces. 

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• More economical than a fixed bridge or an implant.

• Quick to make, in two weeks you get your removable bridge.

• It is not a permanent option

• It can serve as a provisional dental 
treatment in search of a more long-term treatment (implant or fixed bridge).

• No need to wear teeth.

• They are easy to clean.
• Being removable, they are easy to lose and get out of place.

• The hooks are somewhat visible, so they are not the best option in the aesthetic area.

Where can I find a replacement for my lost tooth?

If you are looking to replace a lost dental piece with dental bridges (fixed or removable), or with dental implants, you can go to Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we take into account the advantages and disadvantages in each particular case. In addition, at Somos Dental we have taken strict precautionary measures against Coronavirus (Covid-19) to keep you safe. You can contact us through various options, such as Facebook Messenger, SMS, or by filling out our Online form, which includes a free assessment appointment. You can find us at our 5 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback with the phone 623-232-0089.

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Should I floss? Benefits from frequent brushing and flossing

Should I floss? Benefits from frequent brushing and flossing

Many people don’t floss frequently. According to a representative analysis, only 30% of the population uses dental floss daily. Dentists recommend flossing once a day before bedtime, in order to remove any food debris, bacteria clusters, or tartar from between the teeth.

Should I floss

In other blog posts we have discussed the importance of flossing and daily brushing, since they represent a large part of oral hygiene. Although the tongue and the insides of the cheeks help remove food debris from the teeth (this is called autolysis or self-cleaning), they do not reach the spaces between the teeth. So, what are the advantages of flossing?

Helps prevent bad breath

By leaving food remains between your teeth, they begin to decompose until generating an unpleasant odor, now multiply this by 30, which are the interdental spaces where food remains can be left and you can imagine the results. This is why flossing often fixes bad breath problems.

Helps preserve tooth enamel

Tooth enamel protects the internal structure of the teeth. However, in the interdental spaces, the enamel is much thinner, making it a potential spot for dental caries and infections. By flossing we protect our tooth enamel from possible cavities.

Helps maintain the white color of teeth

Since the use of dental floss removes food remains between the teeth, our dental enamel will stay healthy for much longer, maintaining the white color of our teeth.

So, how to floss?

We have already shared the National Institute of Aging guide a few times, however this comprehensive guide shows the steps to take to achieve proper flossing.

So, how to floss?

Is dental floss Coronavirus safe?

Yes. The dental floss is sold in sealed packaging and it comes in another hermetically sealed package. You should close the floss case after you are done using it and avoid reusing used floss.

Where can I look for dental treatment in the phoenix area?

If you are looking to get dental treatment in the phoenix Metro Area, you can contact us at Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we offer emergency care and elective treatments during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. In Somos Dental we clean and disinfect all the surfaces, machines and tools so you can come to our dental offices without any risk of contracting the virus. Here we can offer an initial assessment for free by filling our online application form. You can also contact us through our different contact options: such as Facebook, phone call, Whatsapp, or E-mail. We are located in 5 different points: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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How to keep a good dental care routine while in quarantine

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The new Coronavirus crisis has lasted longer than expected. Several cities have been under lockdown for almost half a year, and since the spike in new cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), it seems that we will need to wait longer for things to go back to normal. We have noticed that there are people who want to know how to keep an appropriate dental care routine, since they cannot or do not want to visit their dental office until things calm down. That is why in this article we will post an adequate dental care routine you can stick to so you can rest in your house until an actual dental emergency takes you to the dentist.

Brush your teeth three times a day

This is a piece of basic advice that has always been given. However, a lot of people have changed habits since being in lockdown, and they do not take the time to brush three times a day as before the quarantine. Use your preferred toothpaste and toothbrush and brush your teeth after every main food in your day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Brushing helps by removing food debris and bacteria from your mouth. If you leave your teeth without brushing, the food residues will create bacteria that will eat your tooth enamel, resulting in cavities and bad breath.

Floss at least once a day

There are places where the traditional toothbrush can’t reach. These places can be cleaned by flossing. Once that someone finished flossing, they should rinse the mouth and check for any food debris leftovers.

How to floss

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In a past Blog entry we already shared this information. However, the National Institute of Aging shared this guide on how to floss correctly:

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Try to reduce stress

A lot of the damage that our teeth take is due to bad stress coping strategies. These can be such as clenching teeth, biting objects (such as pen caps, clips, etc.), and so on.

This is why if you have been having difficulties with stress during this quarantine, you should try to look for alternative ways of relieving stress, such as meditation, electronic counseling, electronic psychotherapy, and so on.

Where can I go if I have dental problems in the Phoenix Metro Area?

you have a dental emergency, or you are looking for an affordable a good quality elective procedure, you can call us at Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we are offering emergency care and elective treatment during the Coronavirus crisis. We continuously clean, sterilize, and disinfect every corner, surface, machine, and tool in our dental offices while we only see one client at the time. In Somos Dental we want to do everything in our hands to control the Coronavirus Crisis. If you are looking for an affordable and high-quality dental service in the Phoenix Metro Area you can contact us through our different options, such as Facebook Messenger, phone call, Whatsapp, or e-mail. We are located in 5 different points: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Emergency dentist in Phoenix, Arizona

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Dental emergencies have risen. Since the start of the lockdown, there have been accidents that need emergency dentist attention. These accidents need to be seen in the dental office immediately, since any waiting can lead to permanent damage or further complications, such as future fillings, and even tooth loss. 

Some of the restrictions to see the dentist have been lifted, but there are still some people who want to wait for safer times. These people would like to restrict their dental appointments to emergency visits only. That is why in Somos Dental we take care of emergencies during the Coronavirus lockdown times. We are taking emergency patients, but we as well have been providing elective treatment as of May 1st, so you can continue your pending dental treatments.

What is a dental emergency?

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This has been already discussed in other blogs, but according to the American Dental Association, the following conditions are considered as dental emergencies and can seek immediate treatment:

  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop
  • Painful swelling in or around your mouth
  • Pain in a tooth, teeth or jawbone
  • Gum infection with pain or swelling
  • After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
  • Broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
  • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

If I do not have an emergency, can I go to the dental office?

Yes, some of the strict restrictions have been lifted so now people can seek elective treatment. This treatment includes some of the following procedures:

  • Dentures
  • Braces
  • Fillings
  • Implants
  • Deep cleanings
  • Rooth canals
  • Extractions

And more!

Give us a call or contact us through Facebook or Whatsapp so you know every precaution to take before scheduling an appointment.

Where can I look for an open dental office?

If you are looking for a dental office during the COVID-19 times, or if you have a dental emergency in the Phoenix area, you can contact us in Somos Dental; we have taken special precautions with the Coronavirus pandemic. We clean, sterilize, and disinfect every surface, and also, we only see one client at a time. 

We can help you with elective treatment and an emergency dentist. In conclusion, in Somos Dental we want to do everything in our hands to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world, that is why you should call or message us to know your case and to know if your case is considered an emergency. 

If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, phone or email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Dental Emergency and Coronavirus

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The U.S. has become the new global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. As of April 22, 2020, the United States has already broken the 800,000’s mark of COVID-19 cases. Regulations have been imposed for weeks now, however; they have been changing continuously as the virus has continued to spread across the country. Generally, restrictions have become stricter as new cases and deaths are being confirmed daily.

The whole country has been locked down in an attempt to slow the propagation of the virus. The State of Arizona has not been exempted since it has also been hit by the virus and many non-essential tasks, services, and errands will be postponed until further notice. These include non-urgent dental appointments, such as routine checkups and cleanings. Now here is some pertinent information to answer this important question:

Is it safe to visit the dentist?

That is the question that a lot of people with pending dental work and procedures are asking. The federal and state governments have mandated that dental offices can only see patients that have a dental emergency. This means that braces, cleanings, aesthetical implants, and most other cases are not to be seen until further notice.

Even though dental tools and machines are disinfected and sterilized, there is a problem with the COVID-19 virus. The coronavirus goes into the air after a dental procedure that uses a drill or a scaler, which leaves live viruses in the air for up to 3 hours. This can be dangerous for both the dental health practitioner and the patient. That is why the federal and state governments have restricted dental appointments to solely dental emergencies. This is a way to slow down the mass infections that have been taking place in the last weeks.

What is considered a dental emergency?

According to the American Dental Association, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the following guideline specifies what can be considered a dental emergency case, which will require immediate attention:

  • Bleeding that does not stop
  • Painful swelling in or around your mouth
  • Pain in a tooth, teeth or jawbone
  • Gum infection with pain or swelling
  • After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
  • Broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
  • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

The full list of what is and what is not considered an emergency can be found in the following image.

Guidelines according to the American Dental Association

At Somos Dental we want to do everything possible to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world, that is why you should call or message us to find out if your case is considered an emergency. At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, by phone or by email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for only limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Should I go to the dentist while coronavirus is going around?

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

As of April 4, 2020 at 11:32 pm (MST), the United States of America is the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 (also known as ‘Coronavirus‘) in the world. This has led the president of the U.S. to declare a state of emergency for the entire country. Furthermore, several states have mandated social distancing and quarantines. Since we, Somos Dental, are located in Arizona (which has also been declared in a state of emergency) we have decided to comply with the American Dental Association and stop all elective dental treatment (such as, braces, cleanings, fillings, crowns, etc.) and only attend patients for dental emergencies. Right now, most health care providers have taken the same measures and precautions.

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So, Should I go to the dentist when there are coronavirus cases everywhere?

The short answer is no, unless you are in pain. You should not seek dental treatment unless there is a dental emergency. If you had an important dental appointment scheduled with us or with any dental health professional, please contact us, or try contacting your dentist through phone, email and social media is also a great way to get a faster response. Do not go out during these critical times, since you can put your overall health in danger, and others that fall under the category of at-risk individuals. Follow all instructions given by your state and do not visit any dental office.

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

  1. Keep up your regular dental health routine. A healthy dental health routine includes brushing 3 times daily and flossing at least once a day.
  2. Do not use tools that can build up bacteria or viruses such as tongue scrapers.
  3. Avoid doing activities that can lead to dental damage.
  4. Avoid abusing foods and substances that can damage or corrode your teeth such as:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Sweets
  • Etc.

In conclusion, pay close attention to your dental health. Any accident could leave you with damaged teeth for some time until social distancing is lifted, and you can get proper dental assistance.

Other general tips for the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are the following

  • Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
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  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider: Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

For any further information regarding Coronavirus updates, you can refer to the CDC webpage which is constantly being updated with helpful tips and important news. You can click here to be redirected to the CDC webpage.

At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, phone or email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-869-1091 if you have any questions.

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8 tips to eliminate bad breath

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Bad breath is not only an uncomfortable hygiene condition, but bad breath can actually be an indication of a much more severe problem in relation to your health. It can mean that something is not quite right with your body. Bad breath is not only generated in your mouth but originates from your stomach and throat as well. “How to eliminate bad breath” is one of the most searched topics regarding dental health and it is also a topic that generates a lot of misinformation. That is why we are discussing 8 tips to eliminate bad breath quickly and easily.

  1. Visit your dentist.

Although we do give you some tips to eliminate bad breath from home, visiting your dentist is always the best option. Your dentist can indicate the cause of your bad breath and can help eliminate the issue. At Somos dental, we have dentists in Mesa, Phoenix and other AZ locations. We have a dentist near you. Check out all our locations.

  • Do not damage your stomach.

Some say that their bad breath is just, because of their stomach. Yet, this is not always the case. A large part of bad breath that people think is caused by digestive problems, is actually due to poor diet, eating at inappropriate times and not staying hydrated. Although it is true that people suffering from gastritis, heartburn and reflux can also have trouble with bad breath. That is why you should try your best to eat at appropriate times, stay hydrated and seek the assessment of a doctor to see if bad breath is due to intestinal problems.

  • Drink water.

If a doctor already diagnosed stomach or intestinal issues as the origin of your bad breath then, we recommend drinking water frequently to avoid dehydration. This will help with the acidity levels in your stomach that cause bad breath.

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  • Eat properly.

This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating certain foods altogether but limiting some foods can help. We know that a busy routine may not always give you the time to eat properly. If this is the case, you can always try to have a healthy snack in order to avoid excessive buildup of acids that cause bad breath.

  • Use antacids

As previously mentioned, bad breath can sometimes originate in the stomach. Using antacids can help control heartburn and improve bad breath.

Avoid eating very acidic foods.

If you suffer from heartburn, and this is the cause of your bad breath, you should stop consuming acidic foods and drinks. Among these are the following:

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  • Cold Tea
  • Soft Drinks (Sodas)
  • Coffee
  • Dressings and Vinaigrettes

Consume more fibers.

Bad breath can also be due to nutritional issues. Consuming more fiber can help remove excess calcium in tonsils and level out acidity that adds to bad breath.

Use baking soda

This is a good tip if your bad breath originates in your mouth. Baking soda helps eliminate bacteria that produce acids and sulfur, which causes bad smells. You should add a small spoonful of baking soda with half a glass of water and rinse your mouth.

These were some tips on how to eliminate bad breath. If you have any further questions visit us at Somos Dental, we have 4 different locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Schedule an appointment at 623-869-1091.

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Tips for brushing teeth with braces

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One of the first questions people ask once they get braces is: “How do I brush my teeth with braces?”

Usually, an orthodontist will give you detailed instructions, but you may still have some doubts about how to brush your teeth with braces.

Braces are a type of orthodontic intervention, that helps correct alignment and occlusion issues. Once someone undergoes this type of orthodontic procedure, the brushing process will become more difficult than usual. Although, the difficulties of cleaning your teeth with orthodontic appliances can be challenging at the beginning, the benefits of braces far outweigh those difficulties.

There are plenty of instruments and brushes on the market for people who have braces. Of course, you can always sufficiently clean your teeth with a traditional toothbrush, but many of the products and instruments available can help make cleaning a bit easier. These products tend to save you time and effort. The only downside is the additional expense. In this blog post we will discuss hygiene techniques, with various instruments, that will help you achieve proper cleaning of your teeth and braces.

Traditional toothbrush

To clean your braces properly your toothbrush must have a small head and soft bristles. It is important that your toothbrush meets these characteristics, because you must be able to reach all areas without damaging the dental braking mechanisms and/or your gums.

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Interdental brush

Interdental brushes are specifically designed to reach difficult areas that most traditional toothbrushes cannot. These brushes come in different sizes, depending on the size of your braces or the size of your teeth. They can be carried with you for any occasion, where you may need to remove food scraps from between your teeth or braces.

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Floss

One of best habits when you have braces is, flossing. If you’ve never used dental floss to clean your teeth, you may find it difficult at first. Follow this link to see the proper way to clean your teeth with dental floss.

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Sonic toothbrush

This type of toothbrush is relatively new to the market. It is a toothbrush that vibrates at a speed of 40,000 times per minute. This is a very practical way to brush your teeth when you have braces.

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Oral irrigator

An oral irrigator is also an excellent option for someone with braces. As previously mentioned, flossing with braces can be difficult, this is an alternative to that issue. The oral irrigator covers both the functions of the interdental brush and dental floss, because it cleans both the back and the front of your teeth.

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These dental care tips and instruments can help significantly while wearing braces. At Somos Dental our experts can help you with your dental health care as well.  Come visit us at any of our 4 locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. You can also schedule an appointment by calling us at 623-869-1091. Don’t risk your health, call today!