Posts for category: Dental Health

By Allure Dental Group
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentist in Bridgeport wants you to knoworal hygiene

Tooth decay and gum disease can affect the way your smile looks and how your teeth and gums work. You’ve probably seen people with dark spots or holes in their teeth and swollen, red gums. You don’t need to be one of them. You can do a lot to protect yourself against tooth decay and gum disease by keeping good oral hygiene habits. The good news is it shouldn’t take a lot of time out of your busy schedule.

Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT wants to help you discover how a few simple steps can keep your smile in excellent shape.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits involves removing the bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth as completely as you can, as often as you can. You want to remove the plaque because it contains millions of bad bacteria that produce poisons, which can destroy your teeth and infect your gums. You can remove plaque effectively if you:

Brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to sleep. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush because medium and hard toothbrushes can cause gum recession and tooth wear. Use toothpaste which contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association stamp of approval. This means the product has been rigorously tested and is safe for use.

Hint: You can also use an electric or sonic toothbrush, which often removes plaque better than a manual toothbrush. Many people find sonic and electric toothbrushes easier to use than a manual toothbrush.

Floss daily, using either waxed or unwaxed floss depending on your preference. Guide the floss down in between your teeth, and wrap the floss around the round part of each tooth. The wrapping action ensures you are touching the tooth surface and cleaning it effectively.

Hint: You can also use floss picks or floss holders if you have dexterity issues, arthritis, or other painful medical conditions.

Protect your smile by visiting Dr. Torena every year for a dental exam and x-rays, and the hygienist twice each year for professional cleanings. Your beautiful smile starts with good oral hygiene habits so get some help by calling Dr. Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT today!

By Allure Dental Group
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Don’t let decay and gum disease impact your oral health.oral hygiene

No one likes the idea of finding out that they have cavities or gum disease. Our Bridgeport, CT, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Adriana Torena, hates being the bearer of bad news. Luckily, there is some good news we are happy to share: some helpful tidbits to prevent these issues from happening to you.

Brushing: You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste (look for a toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval). Every time you brush you should brush for about 2-3 minutes. Set a timer if you don’t have an electronic toothbrush that will time your brushing session for you.

Flossing: Everyone should floss their teeth, as this is the most effective way to clean gums and between teeth. Your toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those crevices between teeth, but floss can. By flossing every night before bedtime (preferably before you brush your teeth) you can remove plaque and food from between teeth and prevent decay or gum disease.

Dental Products: The products you use can also determine how clean you get your teeth and gums. Once the toothbrush head’s bristles start to fray, it’s time to replace it (this usually happens every 3 months). However, you should also replace your toothbrush head after sickness to prevent harmful bacteria from re-entering your body.

Electronic vs. Manual: The type of toothbrush you choose to use really depends on your personal preference. If you are someone who brushes too hard you could be damaging healthy enamel. In this case, using an electronic toothbrush, which already provides the proper amount of force needed to clean teeth, might be a better option. Those who have dexterity issues such as arthritis may also find electronic toothbrushes to be easier to handle.

Preventive Care: While at-home dental care is so very important this should never take the place of professional cleanings. Even the healthiest-looking smiles still need routine care to make sure that teeth and gums are free of disease or decay. A lot of these dental problems don’t present with any symptoms, so if you want to protect your smile and prevent issues from happening to you then you need to see us every six months.

Don’t let problems befall your beautiful smile. By coming in every six months you can prevent these issues from getting worse. Turn to Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT, for the preventive care you need to keep teeth and gums dazzling and healthy.

By Allure Dental Group
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: bad breath  

Unfortunately, many people suffer from bad breath, a condition known medically as halitosis. Bad breath can make you feel bad breathembarrassed or make social interactions awkward. However, you can overcome your bad breath and take action to prevent it in the future with help from your Bridgeport, CT dentist. Find out more about bad breath with Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group.

What is halitosis? 
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. This condition is almost always caused by poor or improper dental hygiene. However, halitosis can also come from a case of gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis. In some cases, food particles trapped in the teeth or mouth can also cause bad breath. Medical infections, kidney or liver problems, radiation therapy, stress snoring or even age are also contributing factors to this condition.

How can I prevent bad breath? 
Your body naturally prevents bad breath with saliva production. The saliva washes away food particles and bacteria trapped in the mouth and helps fight halitosis. Some people, such as those who snore or breathe through their mouth, produce less saliva, resulting in bad breath. Preventing bad breath is as easy as committing to a strong dental hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once. Be sure to brush your tongue and behind the back molars. Chewing sugar-free gum can help increase saliva production and freshen breath.

Bad Breath in Bridgeport, CT
A person at average risk for tooth decay or gum disease should see their dentist once every six months for a regular examination and cleaning. These regular dental visits help your dentist find and treat tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to bad breath. Additionally, your regular cleanings alongside your at-home oral care routine will keep bacteria, plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth to further reduce the chances of halitosis.

For more information on bad breath, please contact Dr. Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT. Call (203) 368-9016 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Torena today!

By Allure Dental Group
May 06, 2016
Category: Dental Health
Tags: dental emergencies  

Dental emergencies don't always happen during business hours - in fact, it seems that if such an emergency is going to happen, it will dental emergencyinevitably be in the evening or during the weekend when your dentist isn't in the office. That's why Dr. Adriana Torena of Allure Dentistry in Bridgeport, CT has offered some tips for dealing with dental emergencies, both at home and otherwise.

Cracked, chipped or broken tooth

These common dental injuries can happen from any number of things, from sports accidents to biting down too hard on a piece of candy. Treat any trauma to the face, and rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area around the damaged tooth. If the tooth is not painful, call your Bridgeport dentist's office to leave a message with our staff to be returned later. For pain, you can try an over-the-counter pain reliever and avoid eating or drinking very hot or cold foods to keep the sensitivity under control. You should also be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked-out tooth

This unfortunate event, called tooth avulsion, is a true dental emergency. You should be seen by a dentist or a hospital's emergency department within an hour of the accident. If it's possible, your Bridgeport dentist suggests rinsing the tooth in milk or saliva and attempting to place it back in the socket (without touching the root), gently holding it in place on the way to a medical facility. If this isn't possible, or the tooth is a baby tooth, it should be placed in a glass of milk or tooth preservation fluid (available for purchase at your local pharmacy) within 15 minutes of the accident.

Broken jaw

This is another emergency that should be treated immediately. Hold cold compresses against the face to help with pain and swelling, and make a trip to the local hospital's emergency department.

The staff at Allure Dentistry in Bridgeport, CT encourage our patients to always call us with any questions they may have about accidents or other dental-related questions. We will do everything we can to treat you in a timely manner!