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5 Ways You Can Reclaim Your Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Sep 6, 2018 11:50:07 AM

When you talk, laugh or smile, other people’s eyes are immediately drawn to your mouth. The overall condition of your teeth and gums is immediately noticeable. This includes the color and shape of your teeth, how straight or misaligned they are and more. 

Reclaim your smile at Davis & Dingle

A perfectly beautiful smile can improve the overall impression that you make on other people, and this can have a great impact on your personal and professional life. On the other hand, if your smile is unattractive, others may view you differently. For example, you may be perceived as someone who has poor personal hygiene practices. You may also feel self-conscious about the way that you look, and this can also impact the way that you present yourself to others.

 

Oral health issues are often more than cosmetic. Issues with crooked, misshapen or misaligned teeth can also affect the way that you speak and eat. You may also have trouble properly cleaning and caring for your teeth. At Davis and Dingle, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services can that can be used to give you a smile that you are proud to show off.


PROFESSIONAL WHITENING

If your primary concern is the color of your teeth, rest assured that there is an easy and effective treatment available. Staining, yellowing or general discoloration of your teeth can be bothersome for you to look at, and it can also impact how others view you when you smile or talk. Discoloration may be caused by lifestyle factors, such as smoking or drinking dark-colored beverages. It can also be caused by age and many other factors. Regardless of the cause of your discolored teeth, you can improve their appearance easily with professional whitening services completed in our office.

 

While there are at-home whitening treatments, you may discover that these home kits require regular efforts and still only produce minimal results. Our professional whitening treatment can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in only a couple of fast appointments. If the color of your teeth is your primary concern, rest assured that we can remove any signs of discoloration quickly to give your the pristine smile that you desire.

 

TOOTH REPLACEMENT

In order to have the beautiful smile that you want, you need all of your teeth in place. However, tooth loss is unfortunately common. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene, a sports injury, a car accident and many other issues. Regardless of what has caused your tooth loss situation, you understandably want to find an effective way to address this issue and to fill your smile with lovely, healthy teeth.

 

We offer several cosmetic dentistry solutions to effectively resolve this situation. For example, we can create full or partial dentures that look like your actual teeth. A bridge is another solution that is available if you are missing three or more teeth in a row. This is an excellent solution that improves your cosmetic appearance and that also can maintain facial and oral health. Tooth replacement can also be completed through an implant. With a dental implant, a new tooth that looks precisely like the lost tooth is surgically installed in your tooth to give you a permanent replacement.

 


VENEERS

Some people are self-conscious about the shape or placement of their teeth. For example, you may have a chipped or jagged tooth, and you may be looking for a smart and simple way to improve the look of this teeth. You may even have multiple teeth that are damaged or unattractive in some way. At Davis and Dingle, we have an effective solution for this common problem through veneers.

Porcelain veneers are specifically crafted to take on the shape, size and color of a beautiful tooth. It creates a natural look in your mouth. This solution is ideal for addressing discoloration, chips and other irregularities.



INVISALIGN

If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may think that the only way to improve this issue is with metallic braces. Metallic braces are common, and they can produce straight, aligned teeth. This can improve your cosmetic appearance, and it can also make it easier to properly clean your teeth regularly. However, many people are turned off by the thought of wearing metal braces for a year or two. A great alternative that produces effective results is Invisalign.

 

Invisalign uses customized plastic trays to gradually move your teeth. You typically will replace your tray weekly, and each tray makes a subtle change in your teeth’s location in comparison to the previous tray. The end result is beautiful, straight teeth, and this is achieved without the need to wear metal braces.

 

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION

Some people have a specific issue that they are concerned with, such as discoloration or a chipped tooth. Others have more extensive issues with their teeth. Regardless of the current condition of your teeth, it is possible to improve the look, health and function of your teeth through mouth restoration work.

 

Full mouth restoration services are customized to fit your needs. This can improve filling cavities, descaling services, the use of Invisalign or veneers and more. While this type of treatment may take months to complete, you will see a gradual improvement in your teeth throughout the treatment period. More than that, you will love the end result when you see a bright, beautiful smile in the mirror.

 

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, you do not have to walk through the rest of your life feeling self-conscious about or displeased with the way that you look. At Davis and Dingle, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile to your satisfaction. The first step to take is to contact our office for a consultation. Through a consultation with our team, you can learn more about the specific treatment plan that we recommend for you. This is the first step to take to get the beautiful smile that you want, so contact our office today.

 

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Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Family dentistry, Emergency Dentist

Start Your Year With a New Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 3, 2018 12:43:50 PM

At Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry, you and your family can have dazzling smiles to start out the new year. Whitening, Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers and Full Mouth Restorations can bring back a confident and happy smile to your face.


ZOOM WHITENING
Instead of a box of sugary candy for Valentine's Day, why not give her the gift of brilliant white teeth? With the Zoom Whitening System used at Davis and Dingle Family Denistry, you can give her a dazzling smile and loads of confidence. That's a much better Valentine's Day gift that she will love. In one hour, teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter. Coffee, tea, smoking - all of the things that stain teeth, will be erased, leaving only a great smile behind.

INVISALIGN
Sometimes, people try to hide their smile because teeth are uneven or gaps are noticeable. You can be on your way to a straight and happy smile with Invisalign aligners. Custom-molded clear aligners allow customers to straighten teeth without bulky, noticeable braces. Take out the aligners to brush and floss or eat. Change the aligners every few weeks as your teeth straighten. Soon, a great, straight smile will shine through.

 

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PORCELAIN VENEERS
There are times when your teeth need a little more than just whitening. Maybe the teeth are damaged, cracked or chipped. Front teeth are especially noticeable, especially when you make a first impression. Make sure your front teeth look their absolute best with porcelain veneers or by bonding. Thin veneers are permanently placed directly on top of your existing teeth. Beautiful, white teeth will now cover those chips or discoloration.

FULL MOUTH RESTORATION
Maybe dental care wasn't available to you when you were younger. Maybe you were in an accident. Now, as an adult, your teeth need extensive work. It's not to late to have a happy, healthy smile. A dental team, which may include periodontists, can clean teeth, create Invisaligns to straighten your teeth, fill cavities and even heal gum diseases. Bridges can be placed where teeth are missing. Veneers can give dazzle to your smile. You can look (and feel) completely new and confident.

 

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Make an appointment with Davis and Dingle today. Let us help you to have your best smile. For your career, your wedding, or just for your confidence - a great smile is the best way to make a first impression.

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentist in Columbia, SC, Family dentistry, Emergency Dentist

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Your 2017 Dental Benefits Before You Lose Them

Posted by Darren Martin on Dec 12, 2017 5:33:01 PM

The end of the year is coming up fast! While it may seen like only weeks ago that you were ringing in the new year and enjoying the spring and summer, it's coming up on year end. And the end of the year doesn't just mean that it's time for colder weather and family holiday celebrations. 

Your dental benefits expire each year as well. Whether you use an HMO, PPO or another type of dental insurance, your benefits renew each year in January. If you have funds remaining available to you in your dental insurance plan, they will be completely lost if not used before December 31.

When you have dental insurance, it's important to get the full value of your benefits before the end of the year. Don't miss out on the great advantages to using your dental insurance benefits before the New Year.

Your Deductible Renews Every Year



If you've used your dental insurance this year, you may have had to pay some of your deductible. Just like your benefits, your deductible renews each year on January 1 as well. This means that you'll need to start over from $0. 

If you make sure to use your dental insurance before the end of the year with your local South Carolina dentist, you'll continue to be credited for everything you've already paid against your deductible. And if you've paid down your deductible entirely, your dental work will be fully covered, within the limits of your plan.
 
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Don't miss out on your Flexible Spending benefits!



Your health care flexible spending plan will lose any unused funds as of December 31. This is your money that you've dedicated to health care expenses - you don't want to see it go to waste. You can use your plan to cover any kind of uncovered expenses, from your annual deductible to types of dental work that are only partially covered by your dental benefits.

Each year, you put money into your flexible spending plan so that you'll have tax-exempt money on hand to meet your health care needs. You can act now before the end of the year to put your benefits toward the dental work that will improve your health and your life. There's no need to put it off; take advantage of the year-end rollover to access the benefits you've paid for.
 
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Take Care of your Teeth To Save in the Future



You've heard the saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" It's true also for dental treatment. If you have any concerns, taking proactive treatment steps now can help to save you pain and expenses down the line. 

Instead, contact your local South Carolina dentist to address your dental concerns and get your teeth into great oral health. You can get a head start on any emerging dental issues and stop hundreds or thousands of dollars from being abandoned to your insurance company.

Free Preventive Care is Usually Included!



If you haven't seen us for a cleaning or basic checkup in over six months, you are likely to be due for a free checkup under most major dental insurance plans.

Nearly all dental insurance providers, such as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Delta and Humana, cover free annual or biannual cleanings, exams and x-rays. If you don't use that benefit before December 31, you'll have to wait to make use of next year's benefit.

Dental exams are important to find out the state of your teeth and keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. They are important preventive care that helps to avoid gum disease and dental problems, and the expensive treatment that can accompany them.

As the year comes to a close, don't miss out on taking full advantage of your dental benefits. From using your flexible spending plan to its full extent to ensuring your preventive care needs are met, your South Carolina dentist at Davis and Dingle can help you care for your oral health. Give us a call today to set up an appointment and make a consultation for your dental care plan.
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Topics: Dental Benefits, Columbia SC, Emergency Dentist

4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

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Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

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Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

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Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

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Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

Here at Davis and Dingle, we pride ourselves on offering you excellent information and excellent service if you think you may have gum disease, don't fret! Let us do a quick and efficient exam and start you on your path to wellness.

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum.

 

If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures to get rid of bad breath that go beyond brushing and flossing the teeth.

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Not sure you have the problem?

Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People's odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The scientific way is to use a bad breath meter which measures the quantity of sulfides in your breath.

At home, one way to find out if your breath smells is to take a piece of gauze and wipe it on your tongue. If the gauze comes out with a yellow color or with a smell, it is an indicator of high levels of sulfides in your body. Sulfides are the cause of bad breath. Another way is to lick the back of your hand and smell it after 10 minutes. If they are present, sulfur salts will remain and they will smell. A third way is to floss your teeth at the back and smell the floss.

 

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath 

Having established that there is a problem, do the following to get fresh breath;

  1. Don't slack off about brushing and flossing your teeth. Do so after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work if you have to so you can brush your teeth after lunch. Getting dental check-ups twice a year is also important. Sometimes, bad breath is an indicator of a serious problem like unclean dentures, an abscess, gum disease or a tooth that is decaying.
  2. Clean your tongue as you clean your teeth. The top of the tongue is a place that bacteria love to lodge, especially at the back of the mouth.  If the mouth is not cleaned after eating, a lot of remains are left here which bacteria start working on and causing odor. Swirling water around the mouth after eating can take care of this such as after having a snack when the teeth won't be brushed. Using a tongue scraper every time along with brushing the teeth is also advisable.
  3. What you eat also matters in you are trying to get rid of bad breath. Crisp, fresh foods naturally clean the teeth. This includes fruits and vegetables like apples, lettuce, carrots, pears and raw cucumber. Such foods also add antioxidants that boost health, including dental health.
  4. Another way to use what Mother Nature provides to get rid of bad breath is to use herbs. Chewing raw parsley naturally cleans the palates and gets rid of odors. Cardamom is also effective in fighting bad breath when used to cook meals. Sipping on black and green tea as well as herbal tea like peppermint tea also works
  5. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates to lose or maintain weight can also result in bad breath. Such a diet makes the body release ketones. These are foul-smelling chemicals that are released from the body through the breath.
  6. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria are washed away. The key is to ensure that the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar should be avoided because sugar ferments bacteria which will worsen the problem. Apart from sugarless gum, try and drastically cut down or completely avoid sugary foods and drinks and minimize the amount you add to your tea and coffee.
  7. Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.
  8. If the problem of a smelly mouth comes on suddenly, the culprit might be medication you have started taking. Some drugs given for high-blood pressure, allergies and depression may make your mouth dry which can cause it to smell. Talk to your doctor or take extra water and chew sugarless gum.
  9. Using mouth washes also helps to get rid of bad breath. Just avoid the type with alcohol as they make the mouth dry and worsen the problem.
  10. If all fails, visit Davis and Dingle. We've got you covered. 

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, missing teeth, childrens teeth, dentures, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, Insurance

What Really Causes Bad Breath?

Posted by Darren Martin on May 14, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Most people take the time to groom themselves and make themselves presentable including by brushing their teeth. However, some people have the problem of bad breath. This may be unknown to them but it is very apparent and disturbing to people around them.

Also known as halitosis, the problem is short lived in some but in others it is a constant problem. The odor that those who have this issue emit varies depending on the underlying cause of the problem.  Also, there may be additional symptoms other than the bad smell. There may also be a kind of coating on the tongue, a mouth that is dry and a bad taste that may change from time to time.

Causes of bad breath

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The problem may be caused by a number of different things. For it to be eliminated completely, the treatment that is administered must be given according to the cause.

Diet
Diet can cause bad breath if you do not brush the teeth thoroughly and floss as well. This is the way to remove even the tiny food particles that tend to get lodged in between teeth. If they are not removed, the particles can cause tooth decay as well as leave the mouth with a bad smell as bacteria start to grow on them. Foods that have strong odors can also leave the mouth smelling bad. This includes foods like garlic, onion, spices like curry, some kinds of cheese, fish and beverages that are acidic such as coffee.

When foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and then moved to the lungs, odors are notable when you exhale. Such foods can also bring on an upset tummy and cause you to belch during which a bad smell is released.  A person on a diet that is low on carbohydrates can also have a mouth that smells. This kind of bad breath is known as ketone breath.  On such a diet, the body burns the fats it has for energy. The final product of this is ketones which leave an odor similar to that of acetone when one exhales.

Dry Mouth

A mouth that is dry because of decreased saliva flow can also leave your mouth smelling. Saliva is essential for digestion and it also removes food particles that would remain in the mouth and start smelling. Medically known as xerostomia, a dry mouth can be caused by some kinds of medication, problems with the salivary gland and drawing breath through the mouth.
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Consumption of tobacco products

Apart from leaving the teeth stained, irritating the gum tissues and causing and worsening tooth decay, smoking cigarettes or chewing products made with tobacco can also cause bad breath.

Illnesses
There are illnesses that can leave the mouth with a foul odor.  Some of these are diabetes,  intolerance to lactose,  gum diseases or periodontal infection,  local infection of the respiratory tract and  infections of the throat such as tonsillitis and pharyngitis.  Others are Sjogren's syndrome which leaves the mouth dry, disease of the liver or kidney, chronic bronchitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and chronic sinusitis which may be aggravated  by a post-nasal drip.

Use of dentures and dental appliances
When devices are used in the mouth to correct different dental anomalies, they can cause bad breath. This usually develops from the food particles that are not properly cleaned from the appliances. They then start forming bacteria and causing the teeth to rot as well as emitting a foul smell.

The same problem can also develop when dentures are loosely fitted in the mouth. They can keep grazing against the gums and leave sores and sometimes infections which can start giving off a bad smell.

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Morning breath

When you sleep, bacteria accumulates in the mouth which is why people wake up with a smelly mouth in the morning. When you are awake, saliva is continuously being produced and it cleanses the mouth of food particles thus odor-causing bacteria do not accumulate.

Also, some people tend to breath through the mouth when they are sleeping which incidentally also causes problems with snoring.  Breathing through the mouth leaves it dry which can make morning breath that much worse.

Curing bad breath

Fortunately, bad breath is a problem that can effectively be cured.  For starters, examine your diet if you find  some foods leave you with a smelly mouth. Eliminate them, consume them less frequently or reduce how much of them you use such as ginger and garlic. Also, examine your dental habits. Do floss as well brush and do replace a toothbrush with worn down bristles.

Morning breath can be tackled with mouth washes that are specially meant for use at night when saliva flow is reduced. Using mouthwash after brushing the teeth in the morning, sucking on breath mints and chewing sugarless gum also helps keep odors at bay after a spicy meal.

 

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Topics: bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist

Let Your Smile Shine With Dental Implants

Posted by Darren Martin on Mar 5, 2013 1:18:00 PM

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of that badly chipped or missing tooth? Did you lose a tooth in a fall or a brawl and now can’t find that special someone because of the gap in your smile? Consider a dental implant.implants

 

Back in the day, dental implants used to be quite painful and laborious, sometimes taking almost a year to complete, and all the while burning a hole in your pocket. But today, you can receive a full dental implant in just a few months and at a fraction of what it used to cost

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and function as artificial roots for false teeth. A dentist or periodontist, working with a gum and bone specialist, surgically inserts the implant into the jaw bone. In a short amount of time, you have a durable, strong, stable, realistic looking new tooth or set of teeth.

 

A second type of dental implant functions as an anchor for dentures that can replace multiple teeth and be removed at will.

Dental implants are great for filling in that missing tooth and for replacing multiple missing teeth. They look and feel just like your real teeth and can greatly increase your chewing and flirting capacity.

A few other reasons to consider dental implants include:

 

 

  • Implants don’t slip like dentures or bridges.
  • Dental implants look more natural than dentures because the imitation tooth is directly attached to the implant in your jaw bone.
  • Implants require no annual or bi-annual maintenance and they last your whole life.
  • Implants create healthy, happy gums and bones since the anchor is not filled with bacteria from a sickly root or tooth.

The way it works is fairly straight forward, with the amount of time varying depending on the individual needs of each patient. It starts at your dentist’s office.

After the initial examination and consultation, you will receive a temporary cosmetic device to wear until your permanent dental implant is secured.

 

A team of dentists and specialist develop a surgical plant, which usually involves inserting a root replacement through the gum and into the jaw bone. Time is needed after the initial surgery for the implant to fuse to the bone before attaching the tooth. You feel no pain during this process as the anesthetic delivery is very sophisticated and effective.

The fusing of the bone and implant is a process called osseointegration. During this time, the gums also heal and become strong enough for the permanent tooth to be inserted by attaching the tooth to the implant. A custom designed crown can be attached to the post until the implant and gums are ready for the actual prosthetic tooth attachment. When the whole procedure is complete, the implant will be your new tooth or set of teeth for the remainder of your life – unless you find yourself in another brawl or fall.

 

So take care of your teeth.  They can make or break your smile and your smile can make or break that important interview, or that romantic date you’ve been trying to make happen.

How great will it feel to be able to smile without having to feel stressed out about your missing teeth? In fact, smiling is known to actually relieve stress. You deserve a smile that makes you feel good, not stressed. Consider a dental implant – talk with your dentist today and take your smile and your self seriously – and don’t forget to laugh too.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, oral health, missing teeth, childrens teeth, dentures, teeth implants, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, dental implants

The 10 Dental Mistakes That May Require An Emergency Dentist

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 16, 2013 11:18:00 PM

If you have ever had to find an emergency dentist because you had excruciating pain, chances are that there are dental mistakes you have been making that led to such a situation.  Emergency trips  to the dentist  can be avoided if some dental mistakes are avoided.Dental Mistakes

1. Brushing too fast and too hard

Brushing too hard and too fast is actually scrubbing rather than brushing. This causes the enamel to erode so that with time, the teeth may become sensitive.  Gums can also start receding. It is enough to brush with firm strokes and not with a hard toothbrush.

2. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks
Acid is another thing that wears out the enamel. Brush your teeth at least half an hour after consuming something acidic or else you will be brushing the acid in and weakening the enamel.

3. Not brushing the teeth regularly
Ideally the teeth should be brushed after every meal so that the plaque does not get a chance to start causing havoc. This may be impractical but at the very least  teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

4. Not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth
Another common mistake people make that could lead to a trip to an emergency dentist is not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth. A lot of people concentrate on the front surfaces and neglect the back of the teeth and the upper surfaces. With time, the plaque will start to eat into the teeth and cause cavities and loosen teeth as well as causing gum disease.

5. Not flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing. The fine thread gets in where brush bristles do not and it removes the fine scraps that will cause tooth decay as over time as plaque accumulates.
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6. Ignoring problems like bleeding gums
Signs like gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed should not be ignored. They are signs of a deeper underlying problem like gum disease. Some people just ignore this and other signs like bad breath that persists even soon after brushing.  It is not until there is excruciating pain or other symptom that a dentist is seen and most likely it will be an emergency dentist.

7. Not having regular check ups
This is something most of us dread right from childhood. This is mainly because we were taken to see the dentist for a aching tooth which has to be filled because there was a cavity. Dental visits were therefore associated with pain so even as grown-ups we tend to avoid the dentist. This is ironical because with frequent check-ups, problems can be caught early and addressed with no long or painful procedures.

8. Going for the least expensive and not necessarily the best dentist
Many people give priority to health insurance and many do not have adequate cover.  Standard health care policies don't include dental insurance so dental care visits have to be paid for out of pocket. Most people therefore opt for the cheapest dentist and don't bother to verify their credentials.

9. Not changing your toothbrush often which makes brushing ineffective
For a toothbrush to clean teeth well, the bristles have to be straight and firm. Toothbrushes should therefore be changed periodically because soft and bent bristles don't clean well. Even better, get an electric toothbrush that  cleans thoroughly every time.

10.  Excessive consumption of sugary and spicy foods and drinks

Diet and other lifestyle habits affect the state and appearance of the teeth. Those with an affinity for chocolates, candy, soda and other sugary things can expect cavities and frequent trips to an emergency dentist.  Smokers and  fans of spicy food can expect pronounced staining.

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