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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
May 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Preventative CareWant your teeth to be in top-notch condition? Your Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Selena Marchan, offers preventative care tips to help you improve your oral health care.

Oral Hygiene

There are basic things everyone should do to keep healthy:

  • You should have an oral and dental examination every six months.
  • In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential.
  • Flossing your teeth before bed will also help preserve your teeth and reduce the buildup of plaque.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Spend two full minutes brushing your teeth and tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible.

Oral hygiene isn't the only way to care for your teeth:

  • Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
  • Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water, which can wash away food particles.

Preventative Care Procedures in Jacksonville

Bondings and fillings are a great way to protect your teeth.

  • They can be accomplished in one visit; the procedure may take about 30 minutes to an hour
  • Composite strengthens your teeth, so don't worry about applying too much pressure
  • The composite also fixes issues like chips and cracks, fractures, decay, discolored or stained teeth, and short teeth

Fillings and dental bonding help preserve your teeth for more years to come. They, however, require the same care as all your teeth.

Your family dentist will clean your teeth to ensure they're plaque-free. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel that will open pores on the surface of your teeth. They'll rinse off any etching material with composite resin that matches the color of your teeth and harden the composite in place with a curing light before shaping your teeth into the right form.

For more information about preventative care, call our Jacksonville, FL, dentist, Dr. Marchan, at (904) 221-5678 today to schedule an appointment!

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Jacksonville wants you to know

You want to do everything you can to ensure your children grow up to be healthy adults. An important part of caring for your children is pediatric dentistry teaching them good hygiene habits. Teaching your children how to care for their teeth is a vital piece of training they need. Dr. Selena Marchan in Jacksonville, FL wants to help you teach your children good oral hygiene habits.

A healthy smile is a beautiful smile, and your children deserve a great smile. It’s important to remember no child is too young to get tooth decay. The minute your child’s first primary tooth erupts, decay is a possibility. Your child’s mouth is full of harmful bacteria, millions of them. The bacteria form a plaque that sits on teeth. If left alone, the plaque produces an acid, strong enough to eat through tooth enamel and cause decay. Teaching brushing habits early can help disrupt and remove plaque, reducing the possibility of decay.

Dr. Marchan would like you to:

  • Put a small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a pea, on a soft-bristled toothbrush. Tell your child not to swallow the toothpaste. Stand behind your child, with both of you facing a mirror. Using a circular motion, gently brush your child’s teeth and along the gumline, until you have cleaned all of the teeth. Have your child demonstrate tooth brushing back to you. Sonic or electric toothbrushes are often helpful and come in child-friendly models, making it easy and enjoyable for your child to brush.
  • Flossing requires a fair amount of dexterity and is best taught when your child is around four years old. Have your child watch you floss your teeth, wrapping around each tooth as you go. Have your child demonstrate flossing back to you. By the age of eight, your child should be able to floss without your help. Many children like to use floss picks, which come in animal shapes and makes flossing enjoyable.

Teaching your children good oral hygiene habits is fun and rewarding for you and your kids. Good oral hygiene habits can help your children enjoy pain-free, healthy smiles into adulthood. For more information about pediatric and adult dentistry, call Dr. Marchan in Jacksonville, FL. Help safeguard your child’s smile by calling today!