Saltwater Rinses | Riverside, Ca Dentist

177406608Most people have a standard oral care routine – brushing, flossing, and fluoride mouthwash. That combination is both common and effective – brushing helps remove plaque and food particles on the surfaces of teeth, flossing helps remove plaque and food between teeth, and mouthwash helps kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. Beyond these three common practices, adults and children alike can occasionally benefit from another simple procedure: the saltwater rinse.

Saltwater mouth rinses are easily made at home using a combination of warm water and salt. The salt increases the pH of your mouth, creating an alkaline environment that is hostile towards bacteria. While saltwater mouthwashes can be employed any time, dentists typically recommend saltwater mouth rinses immediately after dental procedures. Saltwater rinses are preferred over medical mouthwashes because the salt content provides minerals and antibacterial properties without the drying nature of commercial, medicated mouthwashes.

Making a saltwater rinse is easy – add one half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water, and rinse your mouth every two to three hours after surgery. The water should be warm to help dissolve the salt, but not hot – it should be considerably cooler than you would use for a cup of hot coffee or tea. The salt will help treat both dental related issues (such as damaged tissue following tooth extraction) and non-dental issues, such as sore throat caused by the common cold.

While there are benefits to using a saltwater rinse, many dentists typically recommend antibacterial commercial mouthwashes for every day use. While saltwater is great for treating mouths with injuries, medicated commercial mouthwashes are better at killing bacteria, though they’re slightly more harsh on the mouth.

For more information on your oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.

Visiting the Dentist when Expecting? | Quality Dentist, Riverside Ca

179318040Most dentists recommend you brush and floss daily, and have routine professional checkups and cleanings every 6 months. During those checkups, dentists will typically use X-Rays, and cleaning can involve breaking the skin and disturbing bacterial colonies, so pregnant women often ask if the normal recommended routine still applies during pregnancy.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now advises that Ob-gyns conduct basic routine oral health assessments during pre-natal visits, and recommends that pregnant women see a dentist during pregnancy. Routine cleaning, X-Rays, and local anesthesia have been determined to be safe during pregnancy, so standard dental procedures such as treating cavities with fillings and even root canals can be handled properly during pregnancy.

Pregnant women are particularly prone to periodontal disease due to hormonal changes. Research has shown that women with periodontal disease are at higher risk of delivering pre-term, low-birth-weight infants. For that reason, pregnant mothers with sore, swollen, or bleeding gums should be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning, as treating gingivitis early is significantly easier than treating it once it advances to full periodontal disease.

It has also been discovered that decay causing bacteria can be transmitted from mother to baby, so proper cleaning can help minimize the presence of bacterial colonies in the baby after birth. This, in turn, helps decrease the likelihood of decay in the child.

Beyond routine cleaning, typical dental advice still applies: minimize sugary foods and drinks, brush with fluoridated toothpaste, floss once a day, and visit a dentist every 6 months for a professional checkup. If you have any questions, contact either your Ob-gyn or Dr. Middleton – they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more information on your oral health call Riverside dentist Dr. Gerald Middleton at 951-688-3442. Visit our website for special offers, updates and to make an appointment, www.gmdental.com

Accepting patients from Riverside, Norco, Ontario,  Murrieta, Fontana and surrounding communities.