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Great dental hygiene tips for healthy teeth from Pasadena, CA dentist

Great Dental Hygiene Tips for Healthy Teeth in Pasadena CA area

Taking care of your teeth and gums has important health benefits not just for your smile, but for your overall well-being. Studies have linked issues such as gum disease to a host of serious and potentially deadly health issues, such as strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. Below, Dr. Christopher Marchack, dentist in Pasadena, CA, provides great dental hygiene tips for healthy teeth.

Dental hygiene at home

Your greatest tools to prevent tooth decay and oral disease are sitting right in your bathroom cabinet—your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. While we can help keep your smile bright and clean with regular hygiene visits at Pasadena Prosthodontics, those only fall on two days out of 365. That’s why good home habits are essential to the health of your mouth.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride, ideally, one that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance
  • When you are brushing, clean all surfaces of every tooth and brush for a full two minutes
  • Floss at least once per day with traditional string floss or any other type of interdental cleaner you prefer, which cleans the area between your teeth and gums where sugars and bacteria love to hide
  • If you choose, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to flush away any remaining debris and bacteria that brushing and flossing didn’t eliminate

A healthy diet is good for your teeth, too

Brushing and flossing can help remove the sugars, bacteria, and their by-products from your teeth, but a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is by avoiding foods that feed bacteria, to begin with. Sugary foods and beverages, such as desserts, candy, soda, and juice all leave deposits on your teeth, and even starchy foods like bread and pretzels can help contribute to tooth decay. Instead, we encourage patients to choose healthy, crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots. These foods nourish your body with important nutrients and help clean your teeth at the same time!

The importance of regular check-ups

Even the most diligent of brushers and flossers have spots that they miss on their teeth, which leads to the development of plaque and tartar (also called calculus) on the surfaces of the teeth and at the gum line over time. That’s where your regular hygiene visits to Pasadena Prosthodontics come in.

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The first portion of your check-up is a professional dental cleaning by one of our skilled dental hygienists. Using specialized dental tools, they will first gently scrape any built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. This is an important step of the cleaning because calculus contributes to the formation of cavities, deeper decay, and gum disease, and once it has formed on your teeth, it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing at home. Then, we polish your teeth. This serves two purposes: it helps give your teeth a pearly white shine by removing surface stains and smooths the tooth surface to reduce the surface area that bacteria have to grow and multiply. After your teeth have been polished, we thoroughly floss your teeth and rinse your mouth from any remaining debris and polish.

The second part of your check-up is the examination by Dr. Christopher Marchack. He will use a variety of tools and methods to examine your teeth, which may include digital x-rays to view the inner portions of your teeth and jaw that are invisible to the naked eye. We understand that patients may have concerns about exposure to radiation, which is why we have equipped Pasadena Prosthodontics office with the latest low-dose digital x-ray technology, which is more comfortable than traditional film x-rays and minimizes your radiation exposure. If Dr. Marchack detects any issues during the examination, he will take the time to discuss which treatment options he recommends for you and will answer any questions you have so you can make an informed decision about how to restore your mouth to health. By regularly visiting the dentist twice per year, dental issues are often spotted early enough that they can be easily treated rather than requiring extensive time and costs.

Schedule your dental hygiene visit today

Whether you are a new patient seeking dental care or are an existing patient who is simply due for a check-up, we encourage you to call Pasadena Prosthodontics today at 855.770.3737 to schedule your visit. We love welcoming new patients and their beautiful smiles to our dental family!

 

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Baldwin Marchack, DDS, MBA

A graduate from USC School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Baldwin Marchack is renowned for his focus, keen passion for knowledge and passion for serving his community. His areas of special interest are restorative, esthetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Marchack updates himself regularly with new methods and techniques that evolve over time. Dr. Marchack is the Founding Member of the Academy for Excellence in Dentistry based in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has held notable positions of authority as the past president of the American Prosthodontic Society, Osseointegration Study Club of Southern California, the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

Christopher Marchack, DDS

An alumnus of the prestigious Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco Dr. Christopher Marchack is well-known for his passion to serve his patients to the best of his ability which involves educating and imparting methods of good dental hygiene. Whilst maintaining a position on the editorial review board for the Journal of Prosthodontic Dentistry and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, he is also an Associate Clinical Professor at USC School of Dentistry, an Associate Clinical Instructor at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and lectures on related dental subjects both on domestic and international platforms.

Eugenia Chan, DDS, MMSc

A graduate of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California and a Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Eugenia Chan is an established professional in her field and takes a special interest in the restoration of damaged teeth. Some of the projects she worked on include her active participation in the project led by Lucy Taylor Hobbs Society to empower female dental students and reinforce the contribution made by women to the professional dental industry. She has undertaken a voluntary role to teach dental health which includes the proper technique of brushing, flossing and implications of consuming a healthy diet to underprivileged children whose access to health care is little to none.

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