5/13/2016 12:00:00 PM | Linna Golodriga

The key to a healthy, lasting smile is preventive care. However, protecting your smile from the effect of decay as well as routine wear requires more than an effective oral hygiene regimen or regular dental checkups. Diet also plays a significant, often underestimated role in an individual’s oral health. In particular, the unmonitored consumption of sugary sodas, sweets, and other high-sugar foods can quickly translate into the development of cavities. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the impact of these tasty treats of your smile.

Invest in Electric
Unlike traditional toothbrushes which can be hard to manipulate, electric toothbrushes are specifically designed to brush away plaque and debris from every corner of the smile. By using small, circular motions to clean the teeth, electric toothbrushes provide patients with a cleaner smile.

Floss Daily
40% of teeth surface area is between the teeth. As a result when you only brush and skip out on flossing, patients are missing crucial areas where bacteria and debris can easily become trapped, opening the door for cavities to develop uninterrupted. Flossing at least once a day can help protect your smile from cavities and other oral health conditions including periodontal disease. If you find traditional floss to be difficult to maneuver, consider using child flossers or investing in air floss. Similar to a water pik, this handheld device pushes air between the teeth, dislodging food or plaque trapped between the teeth.

Stay Hydrated
Sugar has a way of accelerating plaque production which saliva may not be able to thoroughly wash away. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and following the consumption of sugary foods helps prevent plaque from sticking to the teeth while also stimulating saliva production.

Avoid Sugary Snacks
Often, patients are unaware of how much sugar they are actually consuming. Keeping a food log and replacing sugary snacks with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein can help you better manage sugar consumption and provide you with energy to get through the day without the unpleasant sugar high and crash.

Visit the Dentist
Regularly visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and check-ups at least twice a year can help prevent cavities from developing or worsening. Additionally, professional cleanings are an opportunity to go over at-home oral hygiene techniques, ensuring that you are properly caring for your smile at home.

In Burlingame, Dr. Linna Golodriga and her team prioritize patient education. From proper brushing technique to discussing restorative dental treatment options, our team is committed to providing each patient with the support needed to obtain a beautiful, healthy, lasting smile. For more information about preventive dental care in Burlingame, contact Dr. Golodrigatoday. 

5/9/2016 12:00:00 PM | Linna Golodriga

Compared to traditional orthodontia, Invisalign® offers a more convenient, aesthetic, and comfortable treatment option for patients looking to improve the alignment of their smile. If you are considering Invisalign® as a way to straighten your smile, you can expect the following steps throughout the course of care:

Evaluation – During this first stage, your smile will be extensively evaluated in order to determine the cause of misalignment, identify any other parts of the smile that have been affected by malocclusion, and verify that Invisalign® is the best solution for treating bite misalignment. Digital x-rays will also be taken of your smile to help your dentist better understand your needs and create a treatment plan tailored to your health needs.

Impressions - Once Invisalign® has been selected as the best treatment option for your smile, impressions of your dentition are taken. Not only do these impressions serve as models for your aligning trays, but they also help structure your entire Invisalign® treatment plan by determining the number of trays needed to straighten your smile.

Treatment Overview – Once the aligning trays have been created, patients return to their dentists’ office to get their aligners, check their fit, and receive their treatment instructions. As the aligning trays are removable, patients receive several trays at once with explicit instructions as to when they need to change them, how to clean them, and when to return for the next set of trays.

At-Home Treatment – As Invisalign® eliminates the need for monthly visits to the dentist for tightening, most of the treatment process is completed at home. With this in mind, patients are responsible for closely following their designated treatment plan and wear them for the recommended 22 hours per day. Failure to follow this plan closely may inadvertently extend the length of treatment.

Dental Visits During Treatment - Invisalign® patients typically visit their dentist every 5-8 weeks, depending on their unique treatment plan. During these visits, your dentist will evaluate ongoing treatment and make adjustments as needed to your treatment plan. Patients also receive their next sets of aligning trays during this appointment as well as instructions as to when they should return for their next follow-up.

Post-Invisalign® Treatment – After the completion of the treatment, patients receive a retainer to wear in order to solidify the new position of the smile. Patients may also opt to undergo cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening or veneer placement to complete their smile transformation.

At the dental practice of Dr. Linna Golodriga, Invisalign® is just one more way our Burlingame dentist helps patients improve their smiles. For more information about this treatment, contact Linna Golodriga, DDS today to schedule your Invisalign® consultation.

2/5/2016 12:00:00 PM | Linna Golodriga

Your tooth’s first line of protection is dental enamel. This thin covering of the tooth plays an important role in protecting the teeth from daily activities such as chewing, crunching and biting as well as preventing tooth exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures. However, routine wear and tear can damage to the enamel, leading to eventual enamel erosion.

In particular, bruxism, or the grinding of the teeth can accelerate enamel erosion in addition to triggering a number of related dental and joint issues. To protect your smile from enamel loss due to bruxism, try incorporating the following tips into your routine.

Find a Stress Reliever: The clenching and grinding of the teeth is often triggered by stress or anxiety. Rather than taking out your stress on your smile, try integrating stress relieving activities such as stress counseling, yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises. If your stress is anxiety-related, consider scheduling a visit with a counselor to develop anxiety-relief techniques.

Visit an Orthodontist: Inadvertent bruxism may also be the result of a poor bite. Consider visiting the dentist for an evaluation to determine the best method of correcting your bite. In addition to preventing grinding, orthodontics can also improve the aesthetics, health, and overall function of a patients smile. In Burlingame, Dr. Linna Golodriga offers Invisalign® as a comprehensive solution for correcting bite misalignment.

Invest in a Night Guard: While some patients may experience daytime bruxism, others may find themselves grinding their teeth only at night. For these individuals, nightguards are specifically designed to prevent the arches from touching, protecting the enamel from the consequences of bruxism. While the outside of a night guard is made of fairly resilient acrylic, the inside is soft, ensuring a comfortable, solid fit.

Watch Your Diet: In addition to opting for more calcium and potassium rich food to prevent muscle spasms that can cause grinding and clenching, patients experiencing bruxism should also try to limit caffeine and alcohol intake. Both stimulants and depressants can intensify teeth grinding.

Visit Our Burlingame Dentist Today
At Linna Golodriga DDS, we believe that comprehensive dentistry includes all parts of your smile. At our Burlingame dental practice, we offer night guards and other bruxism relief treatments for our patients. To learn more about protecting your smile with this oral device, contact our dentist today. 

12/7/2015 11:32:00 AM | Linna Golodriga

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