In order to maintain a healthy smile over a lifetime, it is crucial that you combine professional dental treatments with a thorough at-home dental hygiene routine. While most people already know that they should be brushing their teeth every day, few dental patients have truly optimized their oral hygiene routines. That’s why our San Francisco dentists are here to help! Keep reading to learn more about things that you can do to get the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Let’s start by talking about brushing; the American Dental Association recommends that patients brush twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. This routine is appropriate and effective for most people—your dentist will let you know if you need to brush differently.

In order to get the most out of your dental brushing routine, you want to make sure that you’re using the correct tools. Make sure that the toothbrush head is small enough to fit into those hard-to-reach back corners of your smile. Also, talk to your dentist about what type of bristle strength you should be using. You may be surprised to know that soft bristled toothbrushes are the best bet for most adults—this type of bristle cleans effectively without being too abrasive.

Along with brushing, you want to make sure that you’re flossing your smile every day. In this case, timing really matters. The most effective time to floss your smile is at night directly before you brush your teeth. By flossing at this time, you are able to manually dislodge dental debris and plaque before you promptly brush it away.

Our San Francisco dentists are here to help you optimize your at-home dental hygiene routine. Please give us a call if you’d like more information, or you want to schedule a consultation with our team. We are here for you!

We all want to maintain strong and healthy smiles for years to come. However, sometimes unexpected dental issues can put our smiles at risk. Tooth loss can be devastating for a patient—both aesthetically and in terms of the health and functionality of the patient’s smile. It is so important for dental patients to seek prompt treatment for tooth loss; the sooner that you’re able to replace a tooth, the less likely you are to suffer from additional secondary dental damage.

Our San Francisco dental implant dentists are here to give you more information about the benefits of these stand-alone replacement teeth. Keep reading to learn more!

Dental implants are unique in the world of restorative dentistry in that they do not simply replace the visible crown of the patient’s missing tooth; dental implant replace the tooth root as well. Every dental implant has a titanium screw or post that extends into the patient’s jawbone. Because this titanium root fills the space where the natural tooth root used to sit, it helps to prevent your natural teeth from shifting, and it lessens your risk of suffering from jawbone deterioration.

Once your titanium implant root is in place, it will start to bond with the patient’s natural jawbone tissue. As you would imagine, this helps to ensure a stable and secure replacement tooth for the patient.

The implant root is capped with connector piece called an abutment, and then a customized restoration. The restoration is shaped, sized, and shaded to look natural for the individual patient. The result is a replacement tooth that is truly indistinguishable from the patient’s natural smile.

With dental implants, you can regain a whole, healthy, and attractive smile. The permanent results that dental implants deliver are truly second to none. Give our San Francisco dental implant dentists a call to learn more about all of your tooth replacement treatments, including individual implants. We look forward to speaking with you!

By the time that we get our permanent teeth, most of us consider our smiles to be complete. However, there are a final few teeth—your third set of molars—that do not emerge until early adulthood. These teeth are more commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, and they often come along with some inconvenient problems.

Timely wisdom tooth removal can help you maintain a healthy smile and avoid discomfort and infection. Keep reading to learn more from our San Francisco wisdom teeth dentists.

Because your wisdom teeth are located in the back corners of your smile, you likely will not be able to see these teeth as they start to emerge. Additionally, many wisdom teeth come in at odd angles—horizontally or diagonally—because there is not enough room along the patient’s jawline for the teeth to comfortably erupt.

When wisdom teeth are able to emerge normally, our dental team can pull them as we would any other tooth. Often, however, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to come in, and they become impacted in the jawbone tissue. In these cases, our dentist surgically removes the teeth in order to relieve pressure in the back of the patient’s mouth, and protect the patient’s smile from infection.

In our office, we schedule and perform wisdom tooth extraction in such a way as to minimize discomfort and inconvenience. This means that, at most, we extract two wisdom teeth at once, and we only work on one side of the mouth at a time. This ensures that you’re always able to speak and eat, so you won’t require a lengthy post-treatment recovery period.

Wisdom tooth removal does not have to be a painful or stressful proposition. Our San Francisco wisdom teeth dentists provide care that is designed to fit into your daily life. Give our team a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation.

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