March 25, 2020
To our patients,
In keeping with Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-10, our office will be closed until June 15th, 2020.
We are working this week on getting patient appointments rescheduled. If you have not already received a call from someone at our office you should receive one shortly.
Both Dr. Jessica and Dr. Stevenson will be available for dental emergencies for any patients that exhibit no signs or symptoms of illness and have not traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call Dr. Stevenson at 801-885-7639 or Dr. Jessica at 541-232-0398. If you are sent to their voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, and a brief description of your emergency. They will return your call as soon as possible.
We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 nationally and within our community. Please visit us at smithjacksondental.com for links to the latest updates. Thank you for your understanding.
We miss seeing each of you and hope you and your family are well in this uncertain time.
Dr Jessica Jackson & Dr Stevenson Smith
Tooth decay is the most frequent childhood disease, but it’s also very preventable. The most common cause of tooth decay in young children is frequent, prolonged exposure of the teeth to sugary drinks. Here are some tips to avoid tooth decay:
- Put only, formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling bottles with liquids such as sweetened water, fruit juice or soft drinks.
- Never put your baby to bed with a bottle.
- Use clean pacifiers
- Do not share saliva with the baby by using the same spoon or licking a pacifier to clean it. Tooth decay can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being passed from others to the baby.
- Keep your baby’s gums and teeth clean.
The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth daily with an interdental cleaner (like floss). Cleaning between your teeth may help prevent cavities and gum disease. Cleaning between your teeth helps remove a sticky film called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that feeds on leftover food or sugar in your mouth. When that happens, it releases an acid that can eat away at the outer shell of your teeth and cause cavities.
Plaque that is not removed by brushing and cleaning between your teeth can eventually harden into a rough substance called tartar (or calculus). Tartar collects along your gum line and can lead to gum disease. Once tartar forms, only your dentist can remove it.
What Is The Best Time to Clean Between Your Teeth—Before or After Brushing?
The most important thing about cleaning between your teeth is to do it. As long as you do a thorough job, it doesn’t matter when. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care.
Cleaning between your teeth should not be painful. If you do it too hard, you could damage the tissue between your teeth. If you’re too gentle, you might not be getting the food out. It’s normal to feel some discomfort when you first start, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, feel free to come talk to Dr. Jessica or Dr. Stevenson.
Brush and Floss Daily
Brushing and flossing your teeth is still very important. Risk of cavities increases with age, one of the reasons is dry mouth—a common side effect of many prescription medications.
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head to get to those hard to reach areas.
Clean Dentures Daily
Bacteria stick to your teeth and also to full or partial dentures. If you wear dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis with cleaners made specifically for dentures. Do not use toothpastes for natural teeth or household cleaners, which are too abrasive and can damage dentures that can be expensive to replace. Take your dentures out of your mouth for a least four hours every 24 hours to keep the soft and gingival tissues of your mouth healthy.
Visit a Dentist Regularly
Get regular dental checkups at least once a year – do not wait until you have pain. As you age, the nerves inside your teeth constrict and
can decrease in sensitivity. By the time you feel pain from a cavity, it may be too late and you may need root canal therapy or lose your tooth. There are also more serious conditions that your dentist will look for, like oral cancer and gum disease, which do not always cause pain until the advanced stages of the disease. By then, it’s more difficult and costly to treat.
Drink Water with Fluoride
No matter what age you are, drinking water with fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter. Many community water systems contain added fluoride, but if you prefer bottled water, check the label because some do not contain fluoride. And, some home water filters remove fluoride from the tap water.
It’s never too late to quit smoking. Smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. It also slows down healing after dental procedures and can decrease the success rate of dental implants.
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