Radiance Dental

Brushing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

June 12th, 2019

It’s great that you’re enthusiastic about your dental health! Here are some tips from Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team to make sure you are getting the most out of your brushing by avoiding common mistakes.

Choose the right brush

In almost every case, a soft brush provides the right amount of bristle-strength to clean your teeth and gums effectively. Hard bristles can damage sensitive enamel and gum tissue, so treat yourself kindly. Also, choose a brush head that’s the right size for your mouth, since a toothbrush that’s too large can be uncomfortable and unable to reach all the areas you need to brush.

Don’t keep your brush too long

Three months is about the average life of a toothbrush. Over time, bristles become frayed or worn and lose their effectiveness. It’s also a good idea to replace your brush after an illness.

Be gentle

Even with a soft brush, it’s possible to brush so hard that your enamel and gums are affected. Think of yourself as massaging your teeth and gums rather than scrubbing them.

Use proper technique

Using a “sawing” back-and-forth motion is hard on your enamel and misses plaque and debris between the teeth. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, especially at the gumline, to gently remove plaque. Use short strokes or a circular motion to clean as much of the surface and between the teeth as possible. Make sure you cover all the surfaces of your teeth: outside, inside, and chewing. And don’t forget your tongue!

Take your time

Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time is the standard. Most people brush much less; try using the stopwatch on your phone or a two-minute timer to make sure you are spending enough time brushing. On the other hand, if you brush too hard or too often, remember that over-brushing can lead to problems for your gums and enamel.

Your daily routine might be fast and furious, but your dental routine requires a gentle, methodical approach. Ask at your next visit to our Camas office, and we will be happy to help you design the perfect brushing practices for your busy life.

10 things you should know about your dental exam

June 3rd, 2019

Everyone knows regular dental appointments are important to dental health. But perhaps you haven’t really considered the many benefits to routine dental appointments, or the things you can do between checkups to help maintain good oral and dental health.

Let’s go over the top 10 things you should know about your dental exams!

  1. Change your toothbrush more regularly – as often as every 3 months. Most regular toothbrushes get worn out after 3 months of daily use and as a result, don’t work as well as they did when they were new. If you have gum disease like gingivitis, you should change your toothbrush out every 4 to 6 weeks! The bristles on your toothbrush can harbor the bacteria that cause gum disease. Other things to keep in mind about maintaining your toothbrush are to wash it out with hot water after using it and to always replace it after you have been sick.
  2. Root canal treatments are not actually painful. Many people seem to think that root canals are a very painful experience, but this isn’t the case with current root canal procedures. Thanks to the advances in dental care technology and tools, root canals are as painless as having a cavity filled, which is also a pain-free experience. When you get a root canal or a dental filling, your dentist will generally numb the area completely with a local anesthetic, which lasts until after the pain has subsided.
  3. Maintaining dental health between appointments is easier than you think. It is common for people to think that maintaining good dental health is hard and requires a lot of effort. However, if you brush twice daily, floss your teeth once a day, and are eating a healthy diet, you’ll have healthier teeth and gums. Be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings too!
  4. Dental problems don’t resolve themselves, so it’s important to see your dentist. Once your dentist has diagnosed a tooth, gum, or oral health problem, you will want to get it addressed as soon as possible, as tooth decay and cavities do not heal on their own and need medical treatment. This means that it’s essential to come up with a plan with your dentist to treat the issue.
  5. Good nutrition between appointments helps keep teeth healthy. If your regular diet contains a lot of sweet snacks, candy, or sweetened beverages like soda, your teeth are more likely to develop decay between dental appointments. Sugar sticks to your teeth and provides a breeding ground for harmful tooth decay-causing bacteria. For this reason, it is best to avoid sugary drinks and sodas when possible and to always rinse your mouth with water afterwards to decrease/dilute the amount of sugar. Brushing immediately may cause those acidic to break down your enamel even more.
  6. If you have bad breath, a dental issue may be to blame. If you have bad breath on a regular basis, there’s an 85% chance that it’s because of a dental health issue. If your bad breath is caused by a dental condition, you may be tempted to treat it with mouthwash. While mouthwash may help mask the odor for a while as a temporary fix. However, underlying the issue will need a more permeate fix. So give your dentist a call to address a solution for you.
  7. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial. One of the best things you can do for your dental health is to get regular oral health checkups and cleanings at your dentist’s office. These regularly scheduled checkups can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, root canals, oral cancer, gum diseases, and other dental health conditions. Preventive care is important to maintain your oral health. So be sure to show up for those regular dental appointments with your preferred dentist.
  8. Gum disease affects your overall health, not just your dental health. In addition to being linked as the number one leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease has also been linked to other seemingly unrelated health problems such as heart disease and strokes. If gum disease is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it can be successfully treated and reversed. If you don’t get gum disease treated properly and promptly, it could progress into the more serious stage of gum disease known as Periodontists, which can include bone loss. As with most other dental health issues, getting regular checkups, cleanings, and treatments can help prevent gum disease.
  9. Dental exams also include oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is one of the most deadly diseases in the United States, causing the death of one person every hour of every day! When you get a dental exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will check for the signs of oral cancer and can help diagnose it early on. Oral cancer is highly treatable if diagnosed and treated early on, so going in for routine dental exams can be beneficial in many ways.
  10. Brushing every day is the best thing you can do between dental exams. When you brush your teeth twice a day, every day, and do so properly, you are eliminating plaque which contains the bacteria that cause cavities and other tooth decay. Plaque is that soft and sticky white substance on your teeth that accumulates on the teeth from food remnants and bacteria buildup. If you floss daily, it’ll help remove the plaque from between your teeth, in the areas your toothbrush is unable to reach properly. Brushing daily can also help remove the bacteria that lead to gingivitis.

There you have it – 10 things you should know about the importance of routine dental exams! Be sure to schedule your regular dental appointments, as well as brush and floss every day to prevent cavities and gum disease. Make an appointment at our E. Vancouver and Camas, WA location to have Dr.Bharathi complete a full exam or for your regular check-up. We're conveniently located off of 192nd on 34th St next to QFC Camas.

Are Primary, "Baby", Teeth Important?

April 29th, 2019

Encouraging kids to care for their oral hygiene is a tricky situation, and we totally understand if it’s something that doesn’t happen daily in your household. Sometimes even the adults forgets. It wont be the end of the world. Although, taking steps towards the right direction will last a life time. Young minds are developing brains which soak everything up like sponges. They take everything in. It’s amazing the amount of guidance and role we play into children’s lives. It’s a big reason we want to set a good example. Good oral hygiene is one of those. Our office in Camas, Washington had the special privilege to show and tell Grass Valley elementary school the importance of getting proper oral health care for their growing and moving teeth. During our visit Radiance Dental had ranges or age groups from kindergarten through 4th graders. As well as their awesome staff members. We had students, and even staff, excited to engage in games, readings, and hands-on learning during our time together. We also brought with us our special friends, happy and sad tooth, and the tooth fairy to help capture the attention of learning, as well as visualizing the fun of good oral hygiene. Our amazing staff went over proper nutrition and diet, habits to stay away from, and good oral hygiene instructions to ensure every spot in their little and big mouths are left sparkly clean.

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignright" width="584"] Dr.Bharathi showing hands-on how to brush our teeth clean[/caption]

In separating our ways we had the students make a peculiar vow while raising their right hand to say, “I will try my very best to brush twice a day, and floss once a day, every day, for the rest of my life.” The children were ecstatic to each receive their own individual goodie pouch filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and coupon for a free exam, cleaning and x-rays to our outstanding office, Radiance Dental.
Our awesome office, Radiance Dental in Camas, WA had such a blast preparing for this. And we had even more fun doing this memorable experience. Our office looks forward to doing it again next year too.

 

Things to know:

Oral health has been closely tied to the overall health of our entire body, so making sure that our children have the best oral health care can not only ensure that they have great smiles, but they are protected from the negative effects of poor oral health as well.
Oral health care should begin with the very first tooth that grows in your baby’s mouth. Even though these teeth will fall out within a few years, baby teeth hold a space for your child’s permanent ones, and it’s important that your child has a healthy mouth when those permanent teeth arrive. Without proper care, even baby teeth can decay and cause a host of problems, including:

• Painful teeth and gums
• Difficulty chewing, eating, and sleeping
• Gum disease and inflammation
• Embarrassment when talking and smiling

As a parent, you can teach your child the right way to care for teeth and make sure he or she visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Like we mentioned earlier kids learn by example. So go ahead and make a checkup for the both of you.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 50 percent of children under 12 have some form of tooth decay, and it is one of the most common childhood diseases. A report by the National Institutes of Health, Oral Health in America, found that almost six out of ten children have cavities or other tooth decay (also called “caries”).

There are many things you can do to help your child maintain a healthy mouth with strong teeth and gums.
Brush your children’s teeth twice a day when they are babies, then teach them to do it on their own when they get older. Make it a tooth brushing party. Set the timer and dance together while you both brush and floss everything clean. Make it something your kids will never forget. Small moments like these will impact the most.
Be sure your child gets enough fluoride too —you can find out whether it is already in your drinking water, and provide supplements if it is not. If you are unsure how to get more fluoride, ask your primary doctor or Dr.Bharathi the next time you’re in for a prescription. In addition, make sure your child is brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
Feed your child a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugars. We especially recommend you avoid sugary drinks.
Helping children develop healthy habits to care for teeth while they are young is important. These habits can set the stage for good oral health care throughout their entire life. They can avoid many of the problems that result from poor oral health, including gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. Start encouraging those habits now and help your children reap the benefits through the rest of their lives.

[caption id="attachment_85" align="alignright" width="584"] Children's Oral Hygiene @ Grass Valley elementary school Camas, WA[/caption]

KaVo OP 3D imaging

April 22nd, 2019

Introducing to our office the new KAVO OP 3D imaging. We’re thrilled to have this technology apart of our office. Kavokerr.com describes the OP 3D unit as a range of dental imaging needs. “It is a complete X-ray platform that makes the imaging workflow more efficient with intuitive and easy-to-use programs.” This will allow us to take both panoramic and 3D imaging options for a variety of uses from general dental diagnose to craniofacial/maxillofacial surgeons, and airway specialists. It will also allow us to optimize the patient dose with the ability to select the best resolution for fields of view size, and the region of interest as needed.

Right from, the source itself, kavo.com elaborates on the KaVo OP 3D; cone beam 3D imaging, as the gateway to 3D. The unit is designed for advance dental imaging needs. It’s a complete digital x-ray platform which provides easy-to-use features throughout the entire dental imaging workflow. These are some, but definitely not all the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH™ OP 3D can do, find, and/or show us.

 

Overview

Clinical Applications

3D images provide valuable information vital to diagnosis and optimal treatment planning. Evaluation of different morphologies is easy as the region of interest can be viewed from all directions.

  • Implantology
  • Endodontics
  • Impactions
  • TMJ
  • Airway
  • Trauma
  • Periodontics

Designed for Efficiency

Every feature of the OP 3D is designed to increase practice efficiency. Preparing the unit for a scan is fast with an intuitive patient positioning system and graphical user-interface. Imaging protocols are optimized for practice workflows.

Variety of Resolutions

  • Low Dose TechnologyTM scan (LDT) can be utilized in dose-sensitive cases and in control and follow-up scans where patient dose is to be minimized or lower resolution is acceptable.
  • Standard resolution scan with optimized patient dose can be used for general diagnostics.
  • High resolution scan offers extremely sharp images for more detailed diagnosis.
  • Endo resolution scan with 80 μm voxel size specially designed for endodontic applications. Endo resolution is available for the 5 x 5 FOV.

Features

Sustainable Green Solution

The OP 3D replaces lead typically used for tube head radiation shielding designs with a more ecological and environmentally friendly alternative that provides equivalent radiation attenuation. Plus, the power save feature of this system reduces overall energy consumption of the practice.

ORTHOselect™ for Optimized Workflow

The desired imaging area can be selected intuitively with the ORTHOselect user interface. Selections can be made as individual teeth, an entire upper or lower jaw, or TMJ. The optimum field-of-view (FOV) is set automatically based on the selection.

Customized FOVs with SMARTVIEW™ 2.0

With OP 3D, the number of FOV sizes is practically unlimited. SMARTVIEW 2.0 user interface enables choosing the most optimum FOV size for the clinical need as the FOV height and width can be freely adjusted from the taken scout image.

ORTHOfocus™ Sharp Images Automatically

With the ORTHOfocus feature, the optimum panoramic image layer is automatically obtained enabling forgiving patient positioning. The result is consistent image quality every time.

QUICKcompose™ for Fast Image Review

QUICKcompose, available for both panoramic and 3D modalities, offers a quick preview of the captured image allowing for timely evaluation.

For this information and more you can read about the full material, and find photos/videos of this technology on their website, click here.

In the last few weeks our office here in East Vancouver/Camas had successfully taken 2D panoramic images, focused vertical and horizontal bite wings, 3D full and sectional images for a variety of procedures like root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, airways, and  referrals as needed as well as scans/images for other dental offices as requested.