How to Store a Toothbrush

As your dentist in Wesley Chapel FL, r. Hwang wants to ensure that your oral hygiene is at its’ best. It is extremely important to brush your teeth and floss daily, but more importantly, you need to store your toothbrush properly. It’s hard to clean the teeth using something dirty! A clean toothbrush not only helps to clean the teeth, but it can freshen your breath and remove bad bacteria as well.

How do you clean a toothbrush?

You should clean your toothbrush before and after each use by rinsing it off under hot water. This will help to kill and bacteria and germs as well as remove them from the bristles. Run your thumb along the bristles underneath hot running water.

Every so often you can even sanitize your toothbrush using an antibacterial solution. These can be found in drug stores, and typically the toothbrush remains in an antibacterial solution for at least 10 minutes. After it is cleaned off, it is important to place your toothbrush somewhere to dry.

How to store your toothbrush:

Storing your toothbrush is just as important as cleaning it. It is important to store your toothbrush at an upright position (bristles as the top), separate from all other toothbrushes, and at least 2-3 feet away from the toilet. Storing the toothbrush at an upright position ensures that any trapped bacteria and water will drip down.

It is important that your toothbrush be held in an open container with proper ventilation. Storing your toothbrush in a closed container is not clean or sanitary. Your toothbrush needs proper air flow in order for it to dry.

How often should you replace your toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends that you get a new toothbrush at least once every 3 to 4 months. It may even need to be replaced sooner than that. If you notice that the bristles on your toothbrush have begun to fray, it’s about that time to get a new one.

Just as important as properly storing a toothbrush is, properly brushing is even more detrimental to your oral health. Visit your Wesley Chapel FL dentist and ensure that your teeth are as healthy as possible. Ask your doctor if you’ve been flossing and brushing properly. Call (813) 528-8900 to schedule an appointment today!

Better Dental Implants in Wesley Chapel, FL

If you are in need of dental implants in Wesley Chapel, FL, you will be happy to know that they have come a long way. Originally, in the 1980’s, dental implants were made solely out of a titanium material. Now, however, dental implant technology has highly advanced and a new, ceramic material is being used instead.

The abutment is the part of the dental implant that rises above the gums. In the past, this part of the dental implant was made out of titanium, but now, it is made from ceramic materials, which are more tissue-friendly.

In 2005, a new dental implant was introduced. This type of implant is made entirely out of ceramics—the abutment as well as the body. This is extremely beneficial because it means that there are no prosthetic connections. Prosthetic connections can be dangerous because often bacteria will grow there. These types of implants, the one-piece Ceraroot implant, were first approved by the FDA to be used in the United States in 2011.

Since they are fused to your jaw bone, it is better to have a non-metal material to avoid corrosion. This is beneficial to our patients because the new dental implants are white and have no prosthetic connections. Due to the white coloring they blend in better and more naturally, and they do not show through the gums as metal implants sometimes used to.

Another added benefit of these new dental implants in Wesley Chapel, FL is that wearers do not have to worry about corrosion as they would with the old, titanium dental implants. Their restorative margin is also at a gum level, which is another added benefit, because this makes them easier to clean using a toothbrush and dental floss.

Bleeding and swelling are less prevalent around ceramic implants as opposed to titanium implants. To find out if the new and imporved ceramic implans are for you, call (813) 528-8900 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Learn About Dental Implants

Learn About Smile Restoration and Smile Makeovers in Wesley Chapel FL

If you have missing teeth, or even a cracked tooth, Dr. Daniel Hwang at the Dental Implant Center of Florida can help you restore your smile. If you are in need of dental implants in Wesley Chapel, FL, it is important to understand all of your options.

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or many! There are two types of implants, an depending on your unique situation, one may be better for you than the other. Dental implants are very successful and can benefit you greatly.

Missing teeth can cause a lot of issues. The remaining teeth, for example, may shift as a result of he spaces. This can cause a painful bite, speech impediments, and difficulty talking and chewing. It is important to ask Dr. Hwang about dental implants if you are missing a tooth (or teeth!).

What are the different types of implants?

There are two types of dental implants that are used: Endosteal implants and Subperiosteal implants. For Endosteal implants, the metal screw is placed into the jaw bone. This is the most common type of dental implant used.

For Subperiosteal implants, the implant bas is place under the gum line, however, it is usually placed on or above the jaw bone as opposed to inside.

Both types of implants come in different sizes and heights to fit each patient’s unique mouth structure. Usually, regardless of which type of implant your receive, more than one visit to Dr. Hwang is required. One completed and healed, however, your teeth will be as good as they were before!

If you are interested in learning more about how you can restore your smile with dental implants in Wesley Chapel FL, call (813) 528-8900 to contact Dr. Daniel Hwang at the Dental Implant Center of Florida!

5 Explanations for Bleeding Gums

If your gums start to bleed while you brush your teeth, you may think the worst. The reasons why your gums can bleed are varied, but not all of them are bad and almost all are fixable. Many of the reasons can relate to our daily lifestyles and personal hygiene.

                One of the main reasons why gums bleed while being brushed is simply because of having poor dental hygiene. Not brushing and flossing regularly can lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and gums. A simple way to rectify this is start! Dr. Hwang recommends brushing and flossing at least twice a day. On your next visit, our Wesley Chapel, FL dental team will demonstrate the proper techniques to brushing and flossing effectively.

Another reason your gums may bleed could be because of gingivitis. One of the main reasons people get gingivitis is from having inflamed gums. This inflammation in the gums is caused by a buildup of tartar, plaque, food particles, and bacteria on the gum line over an extended period of time. A way to help stop this buildup and inflammation is to maintain a normal dental visit schedule with Dr. Hwang at his Wesley Chapel, FL office. At your appointment, they use specialized cleaning tools to help remove the buildup on your gums that can’t be removed by a normal toothbrush.

                Should gingivitis be left untreated it can lead to periodontal disease, a more serious dental ailment.  Periodontal disease is when gums become seriously inflamed and start to pull away from the teeth. You may notice pus forming between the teeth as well. If it remains untreated, tooth loss may occur.

                For more information and explanations on why your gums could bleed, visit: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/5-explanations-for-bleeding-gums.htm?utm_content=5+Explanations+for+Bleeding+Gums+from+Discovery+Health&utm_campaign=&utm_source=5879&utm_term=&utm_medium=Facebook%3A+Greenway+Center+Denti4.htm

 The easiest way to avoid any dental ailments or diseases is to maintain good oral hygiene and a healthy, balanced diet. Routine checkups and cleanings with Dr. Daniel Hwang to remove hard to reach bacteria is a sure way to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. To make an appointment with Dr. Daniel Hwang and his dental team in Wesley Chapel, FL, visit his websites: http://www.pascodental.net/ and http://www.dicof.com/

What Your Teeth and Gums Reveal About Your Health

When you have bad breath or a canker sore you may, think that these are strictly oral health issues, but there is now proof that these ailments can have a direct link to your overall health.

Bad breath can be more than just embarrassing; it can be a direct indicator of underlying health issues. If your breath has a sweet odor it could be an indicator of diabetic ketoacidosis. Another underlying health issue may be post-nasal drip or a sinus infection as these may cause breath odor.

Bleeding gums mean more than just that you are brushing too hard! They can also be a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when there is a build-up of plaque and tarter on the teeth and gums. It can also be a symptom of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) or even a vitamin K deficiency.

To learn more about oral health issues and what they can mean for your health click the link: http://blog.naturalgumption.com/2013/11/oral-health-problems/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NaturalGumption+%28Natural+Gumption%29 Also, be sure to visit your dentist Dr. Daniel Hwang at Wesley Chapel, FL practice for your regular cleanings and check-ups.  To make an appointment with Dr. Hwang please visit his website: www.dicof.com

The Real Reason Your Teeth Are Hurting

At the first sign of tooth pain people often think the worst, “Oh no, I have a cavity!” Surprisingly this may not be the case at all. Many people mistake toothache for cavities when it could really be tooth sensitivity. Many of the things we eat and drink are more harmful for our teeth then we really think.

If you have tooth pain, but it’s not cavity, there are a few things you can do to find some relief. The first step is to analyze what you’re drinking. If you’re drinking high acidic fluids like coffee or soda it could have an effect on your teeth. The acids in these drinks can start to wear down the enamel on your teeth. This can heighten your sensitivity since the nerve endings are becoming exposed. Simply reducing your intake could help your teeth in the long run.

Surprisingly, the kind of tooth paste that you use could be affecting the sensitivity of your teeth. If you use a brand that promises teeth whitening, tartar control, or has baking soda as an ingredient it could be eroding your enamel as well. These chemicals tend to be more aggressive on teeth causing the enamel to wear down and expose the nerve endings.

These along with some other surprising factors could be the reason why your teeth are hurting. Fixing these problems now could save you more toothache later on. To read more about how you can fix your tooth issues click here: http://news.menshealth.com/the-real-reason-your-teeth-are-hurting/2013/03/11/

The Importance of a Healthy Smile

Did you know that your smile can link to your confidence level? Having a beautiful white smile means that you have healthy teeth and gums; it also can give your self-esteem a boost. When you have a smile that you love it means that you smile more often. This not only improves your mood but makes you appear more confident in what you are doing and also more approachable and friendly. When you smile, people are more likely to view you as being more sociable and trustworthy.

When you are unhappy with your smile, it can give you the look of not being sincere or genuine. Some people may lose their confidence because they are unhappy with their smile. There are many reasons that people are unhappy with their smile, one of the most common reasons is the color of their teeth. Many people feel that their teeth are not white enough, or that they do not look like they used to. Fortunately, there are many fixes to make your smile the best it can be.  To learn more about why having a healthy smile is a great confidence builder visit here http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/838185/a-healthy-smile-means-healthy-self-esteem

The first step to a healthy smile is talking to your dentist. Dr. Hwang and his Florida practice can offer the best in site into what would be the best steps to begin the process towards a more confident smile. Call our office at (813) 528-8900 or visit http://www.dicof.com/ to set up an appointment with us. We look forward to helping you start the journey to a beautiful and healthy smile!