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How to Brush Your Teeth

It may sound silly “how to brush your teeth” but there is an effective technique for a bright clean smile. First thing’s first, make sure you are using the proper equipment. It doesn’t matter if you are using a manual or electronic brush, if your brush is not the...

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New Tech Is In!

We have taken another step into the digital age and technology. This new time saving and highly detailed 3D iCat Cone Beam X-Ray will change dentistry for the better. We are moving away from flat film. Everything is digital but this new scanner goes above and beyond...

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Strengthen Your Teeth

Are you prone to chipped teeth or simply want to put your teeth in good standing for when you are older? First a look inside what teeth are made of. Teeth are made of enamel and dentin. Enamel is the hardest, white outer part of the tooth. It is mostly made of calcium...

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How to Drink Soda

As much as we advise you to quit drinking soda or decrease the amount, we know it isn’t going to happen overnight. In the mean time there are ways you can decrease the effect soda puts on your teeth. Many have heard of pH level and acidity but what does it really...

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We Always Welcome New Patients

Keeping Our Doors Open Finding a medical professional that you feel comfortable with can be such a relief. Knowing you have a a reliable dentist, doctor, or therapist can provide a wonderful peace of mind. Going to the dentist is no longer an intimidating task once...

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Your Mouth, The Gateway to Your Body

Your Mouth, The Gateway to Your Body

Daily brushing and flossing are more important than you think.

In recent years there has been an increased interested in possible links between mouth health and overall health. Periodontitis has been linked to various body health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and possibly stroke and heart attack.

Gum disease, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. The gum will begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that collect debris and bacteria later causing infection.

Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Gum disease and heart disease often go hand in hand. Studies have shown that there is a high increase in numbers of patients with heart disease have periodontitis, compared to those with no heart disease. Inflammation in the mouth causes inflammation in the blood vessels. This causes blood vessels to travel less between the heart and the rest of the body, raising blood pressure.

Heart Attack and Stroke

The bacteria from inflammation can travel to the arteries in the heart and cause them to harden. Once the arteries have hardened this decreases or prevents blood flow, increasing chances of heart attack or stroke.

Continue good oral hygiene and with our help we will catch gum disease before it becomes a major health problem.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
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How to Brush Your Teeth

How to Brush Your Teeth

It may sound silly “how to brush your teeth” but there is an effective technique for a bright clean smile.

First thing’s first, make sure you are using the proper equipment. It doesn’t matter if you are using a manual or electronic brush, if your brush is not the right size cleaning won’t be as affective. If your brush is too big you may not be able to get to those hard to reach places. If your brush is too small you may not be brushing the entire tooth like you think you are, it’s important to find the right brush size for your mouth and tooth size. Now that you have found a comfortable brush head size:

  • Place toothbrush along the gum line and brush with a back and forth motion to clean the outer surface (front) of your top and bottom row teeth.
  • Repeat Step 1 for the inner surface (back) of your teeth.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth, these are the uneven surfaces of your teeth. Substances stick to these surfaces more than smooth surfaces, be sure to show these areas some attention.
  • Once your teeth are plaque free move onto the tongue. The tongue carries a lot of build up of bacteria causing unflattering bad breath.
  • Repeat this entire process twice a day, morning and night, for proper oral hygiene.

While you are brushing your teeth be sure not to brush too hard or aggressively. Brushing too hard may cause your gums to bleed as well as wear down the enamel over time. If you have any additional questions and brushing techinuqes and frequency refer to your dentist.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
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New Tech Is In!

New Tech Is In!

We have taken another step into the digital age and technology.

This new time saving and highly detailed 3D iCat Cone Beam X-Ray will change dentistry for the better. We are moving away from flat film. Everything is digital but this new scanner goes above and beyond digital by making a digital 3D image. It’s the clearest image at this time.

By taking advantage of current tech we are able to create a more precise individualized diagnosis and effective treatment. It allows us to find the treatment more quickly while being safer for our patients by giving off less radiation. The new iCat Cone Beam X-Ray is astonishingly fast. There is no longer a long process of taking multiple images. This new tech is a one and done deal.

 

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Merle Saldivar

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