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By Dr. Jill Markos
August 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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What your dentist in Vancouver wants you to knoworal hygiene

If you’ve grown up keeping good oral hygiene habits, you’re lucky. Many adults grew up during a time when good oral hygiene wasn’t part of their daily routines. That’s why many adults have a mouth full of fillings and crowns. Thankfully, times have changed! Children, teens and young adults are now growing up with the skills necessary for a beautiful, strong smile.

If you or your children haven’t begun practicing good oral hygiene habits, it’s not too late! Dr. Jill Markos in Vancouver, WA, wants to help you develop the skills necessary so you can enjoy a great smile for life.

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits because it’s the best way to remove plaque. It’s important to remove plaque thoroughly and regularly because plaque contains millions of tiny bacteria that can destroy your smile. The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins strong enough to eat away at tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. The toxins can also infect your gums, causing gum disease, and destroy the supporting bone, causing periodontal disease.

You can do a lot to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal problems by following these simple steps:

Brush your teeth after meals and before you go to sleep. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion. You don’t need to press down hard; it’s the movement, not the pressure that cleans your teeth. Brush along the gumline, at an angle between the teeth and gums.

Floss at least once each day to get in between your teeth, where the toothbrush can’t reach. Using a small piece of floss or floss picks, wrap around each tooth as you floss. This technique helps the floss adhere to the shape of the tooth so you are able to floss the roots and deep down in between teeth.

You can also add a fluoride mouthrinse before you go to sleep. Allow the mouthrinse residue to remain on your teeth so that it may remineralize your tooth enamel.

Good oral hygiene habits are simple and don’t require much time out of your day, but the benefits are great. For more information about good oral hygiene habits and other dental issues, call Dr. Markos in Vancouver, WA. She can partner with you to make your smile great, so call today!

By Dr. Jill Markos
December 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Like getting enough exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet, most of us are aware that good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and oral hygieneflossing every day, are necessary for an attractive and healthy smile. But even with an avalanche of information and the best intentions in the world, millions of Americans still suffer from some degree of periodontal (gum) disease every year, according to the American Dental Association.

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, Dr. Jill Markos, a Vancouver, WA based dentist, recommends scheduling a dental check up and professional cleaning every six months to monitor the ongoing health of your teeth and gums. Making regular dentist appointments a regular part of an oral healthcare routine is important for several reasons. Even with consistent brushing and flossing, traces of gum disease causing bacteria can still collect and solidify between the teeth and gums. Regular dental cleanings pick up where a toothbrush and floss leave off.

Preventive Dental Care in Vancouver, WA

The goal of a good oral hygiene routine is to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. No matter where you are on your oral health and general wellness journey, a visit to the dentist is a great place to start. Regular dental visits can also help us get back on track with our oral hygiene when we inevitably fall off every now and then. A busy schedule can make it easy to fall into bed too exhausted to brush and floss at the end of the day, or to overindulge on sugary drinks and snacks around the holidays. Visiting the dentist every six months will help to catch potential problems before they can advance and cause lasting damage.

Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy Between the Next Dentist Appointment

  • Carry a travel toothbrush or keep one in your desk at work to brush after lunch or afternoon snacks
  • Flossing can be done at any point in the day, as long as you do it once every 16-24 hours
  • Overconsumption of sugar can sabotage oral health as well as waistlines
  • Smoking and tobacco use increase the risk of gum disease and tooth loss - just say no

Find a Dentist in Vancouver, WA

It is always a good time to invest in oral health. For more information on how to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking their best, contact the office of Dr. Markos by calling (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning today.

By Jill Markos, DDS
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Stained TeethWhen it comes to teeth, not all stains treated by Vancouver, WA dentist Dr. Jill Markos, DDS are created equal. Not only can stains be caused by a number of different factors, but the actual way that the teeth stain can vary as well. This information is not only useful for preventing stains, but it is also crucial for properly and effectively treating stains as well. Here are a few different types of stains you may encounter.

1. Food and Drink

Regularly consuming certain foods and drinks, including dark berries, coffee and soda, can stain your teeth over time. Thankfully, these stains are surface stains, and they are easy to remove if caught and treated early.

2. Poor Oral Hygiene

Forgetting to brush and floss doesn't just lead to cavities; it can also lead to stains. Not only can your teeth begin to turn yellow when you don't brush, but they can begin to turn dark as cavities form as well.

3. Genetic Factors

While everyone can benefit from routine oral care and avoiding foods and drinks that stain, genetics also determines who naturally has teeth that are whiter and who naturally has teeth that are darker. Just like our skin, our teeth come in a variety of shades.

4. Medications and Antibiotics

Certain medications and antibiotics also have the tendency to stain teeth. The medication tetracycline has been found to cause staining when teeth are forming in children. While staining may be unavoidable if you need a particular medication, you will definitely want to read the list of potential side effects on any medication or antibiotic you are prescribed and ask your dentist in Vancouver, WA if you have any concerns.

5. Fluoride

While fluoride is effective at strengthening teeth and preventing decay in people of all ages, if too much of it is consumed, particularly by children, teeth staining can result. Consumption of fluoridated water will not result in staining, only over fluoridation, such as from rinses and additives.  The effect of over fluoridation is patchy or splotchy white spots on the teeth.

6. Age

Lastly, our teeth also naturally change shade as we age. This happens as the result of the foods and beverages we consume over a lifetime, as well as the thinning and weakening of the enamel.

Call Jil Markos, DDS Today!

No matter what has caused your tooth staining, your dentist in Vancouver, WA is ready to help you fix it. Call Dr. Markos and set up an appointment for teeth whitening today. You'll love seeing that bright, white, youthful, healthy smile once again!

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