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Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and Dental Work

Most pregnant women wonder if they can go to the dentist while being pregnant. Like any other checkup, it is completely safe to go to the dentist while being pregnant. Just be sure to inform your dentist about your pregnancy. In fact, you must see a dentist while pregnant because the changes in your hormones are likely to cause your gums to swell and bleed. Your dentist can help you take preventative measures to ensure that it doesn’t lead to any serious gum problems.

Can You Get Regular Dental Work Done While Pregnant?

Pregnancy should not prevent you from getting dental work done. It is, however, ideal that you try to get dental work such as fillings and crowns done before your third trimester. The reason for that is because you will find it hard to lay on your back for a long period of time during the procedure. Otherwise, there is no other risk involved with getting dental work done. 

So don’t panic if you have a dental emergency during pregnancy. The dentists at Green Dental Care in Parker, CO can help you get the treatment you need. But Dr. Green does recommend you try and avoid getting elective cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening done during pregnancy. While there are no direct links to it being a risk, such procedures introduce different agents to the body which may have an impact on the pregnancy. It is better to just avoid it. 

Can You Take Dental Medications While Pregnant?

It is important to inform your dentist about your pregnancy especially if you are getting a procedure done. More and more people are opting for anesthesia to avoid pain. When pregnant, you want to expose yourself to as little anesthesia as possible. Your dentist will take the right measure to ensure you don’t get exposed to too much of it, which can impact the baby. 

At the same time, your dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics to help with the pain after major procedures. Knowing that you are pregnant will help the dentist rule out medicines that would be a risk and prescribe the basics such as penicillin and clindamycin which are not harmful to babies. 

Can You Get An X-ray While Pregnant?

Unless it is an emergency, it is generally recommended that you avoid x-rays while pregnant says Dr. Cody Boals, an emergency dentist in Colorado Springs, CO. While the x-ray machine used for dental checkups don’t have enough radiation to be a major threat to the unborn baby, it is still recommended that you try and avoid it. In case of emergency, your dentist will take the measures to shield the womb from the x-rays. For non-emergency cases, they will likely suggest you wait until after the birth.

How To Go About Maintaining Oral Health When Pregnant?

The experts at Green Dental Care share what pregnant women should do when it comes to oral health during pregnancy:

  • Visit your dentist for a checkup and tell your dentist you are pregnant
  • Maintain good oral regimen, brush twice a day and floss
  • Postpone any dental work that is not urgent
  • Try to avoid cosmetic procedures altogether while pregnant
  • Make sure you take a pillow or something to comfort you while you visit the dentist

For questions regarding oral health and pregnancy or if you’re in need of dental services in Parker, CO, be sure to contact Green Dental Care today!

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Celebrating Oral Health Month

Oral Health Month with Parker, CO Dentist

In honor of Oral Health Month this June, we wanted to take the time to highlight some of Dr. Green’s oral health habits. We understand that the dental office isn’t for everyone, but we hope this interview with your favorite Parker, CO dentist motivates you to take better care of your oral health. 

Dr. Christopher Green’s Journey

Dr. Green developed a robust ethical foundation at a young age by following in the footsteps of two well-respected dentists in the Chicago area, his father, and grandfather. 

Dr. Green obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University School of Dentistry. There, he earned the graduating status of Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Green has always enjoyed working with his team and helping patients to regain confidence in their smile.

His Medicine Cabinet

When opening Dr. Green’s medicine cabinet, you may be surprised to find not one, but two toothbrushes. Here’s a look at Dr. Green’s medicine cabinet:

  • Sonicare Toothbrush
  • Soft Bristle Manual Toothbrush
  • Glide Floss
  • Alcohol-Free Listerine 

Dr. Green is very particular about maintaining good oral health. His friend Dr. Beth Herko, a general dentist in New Providence, NJ, also loves her Sonicare toothbrush. Out of all these products and tools, what do you think is his absolute favorite? Yep, you guessed it – floss! Like many dental professionals, Dr. Green believes that flossing is an essential part of any oral health care regimen. 

Oral Health Advice to Patients

Did you know that gum disease and cavities are 100% preventable? When we asked Dr. Green his number one advice he could give a patient about their oral health, he said that you could follow these simple steps to avoid cavities: 

  1. Watch sugar intake 
  2. Brush immediately after surgery, meal, or beverage
  3. Brush & Floss Daily

Common Myths About Oral Health

At Green Dental Care, Dr. Green and Dr. Andrei Ionescu sometimes get questions and concerns about oral health myths. One common myth patients believe is that WaterPiks replace flossing. This is not true! WaterPiks should be used in addition to flossing. Don’t forget this essential part of your oral health routine!

In need of dental services or have questions about your oral health? Contact Green Dental Care today! Our professionals are here to help. 

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The Best Dental Tools for Seniors

After age 50, your dental care needs change and the tools you used during your younger years may no longer cut it. For this reason, the doctors at Green Dental Care in Parker CO have come up with the following recommendations of appropriate dental-care tools to use once you enter your fifties.

Teeth Whitening Products

The passage of time takes its toll on your teeth leading you to notice that they aren’t as bright as they once were. Whether it is those cups of coffee you sipped on the daily or the wearing down of your tooth enamel, discoloration is likely going to occur. However, the right whitening products can help you to have a brighter smile.

Dr. Andrei Ionescu, a dentist in Parker CO, suggests that you get toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide. This toothpaste will gradually whiten your teeth. Alternatively, you can opt for a mouthwash whose ingredients list includes hydrogen peroxide. This mouthwash will also slowly whiten your teeth and prevent new stains from setting.

Your Manual Toothbrush

You should never use a toothbrush for more than three months. More than replacing it quarterly, pay attention to two key attributes of any manual toothbrush that you buy. First, Dr. Christopher Green recommends that you only buy a toothbrush if its bristles are soft or extra soft. These will do a good job of cleaning your teeth without harming your gums and enamel. Secondly, select a toothbrush whose bristles are angled or multileveled. These do a better job of removing plaque when compared to flat bristles.

Electric Toothbrushes

Various clinical studies have confirmed that electric toothbrushes are better than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque. Green Dental Care also recommends that you select an electric toothbrush that has an oscillating head rather than one with a vibrating head. The oscillating version does a superior job of preventing gingivitis and getting rid of plaque.

Mouthwash

Selecting the best mouthwash from the huge variety available can be daunting. To ease this task, Dr. Beth Herko, an experienced dentist in New Providence NJ, recommends that you pick a mouthwash that has chlorine dioxide, chlorhexidine, menthol, essential oils, and thymol among its ingredients. These ingredients will help kill oral bacteria decrease the chance of bad breath.

If plaque and gingivitis have been giving you the runaround, then Dr. Andrea Ionescu recommends that you select a mouthwash having chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride among its ingredients. Fluoride also increases the germ-killing power of the mouthwash.

Toothpaste

Not any toothpaste will do if you are a senior, says Dr. Christopher Green. He recommends that if you have noticed bleeding from your gums, then a toothpaste with stannous fluoride is the best for you. If your main concern is tooth sensitivity, then a toothpaste having potassium nitrate will ease your symptoms over time.

You may have heard about charcoal toothpaste or different forms of natural toothpaste. The experts at Green Dental Care warn against these products since they may be either too abrasive or ineffective at removing plaque from your teeth.

Dental Floss

Dental floss sticks have become increasingly common, but Dr. Andrei Ionescu warns against them saying that they are less effective than traditional string floss. This is because the sticks don’t wrap around your teeth well. Additionally, the floss sticks aren’t eco-friendly because they increase the amount of plastic discarded in the environment.

When shopping, select thicker floss strings rather than thinner ones. The thin ones can easily slip between your teeth, but they don’t do a good job of removing the plaque and food particles trapped in those gaps.

If you would like to use a water flosser, find one that can deliver water at a pressure between 50 and 90 psi. This amount of pressure is sufficient to clean between your teeth without putting undue stress on your gum tissue.

With those six tips for selecting the basic dental hygiene products, most of your bases will be covered. All that is left is for you to pay Green Dental Care a visit. One of our exceptional Parker CO dentists will assess your oral health periodically so that timely treatment can be provided should anything go wrong. Like fine wine that gets better with age, you too can enjoy superb dental health for a lifetime!

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Oral Care for Dentures

The importance of keeping your mouth healthy doesn’t reduce once you lose some or all of your natural teeth and replace them with dentures (partial or full dentures). This article discusses some of the care suggestions made by the dental health professionals at Green Dental Care in Parker CO if you wear dentures.

Give the Dentures a Break

It is advisable for you to remove your dentures before you go to bed. This step is important because it allows your gums to recover and breathe while you sleep. Dr. Christopher Green, a dentist in Parker CO, cautions that people who don’t take out their dentures periodically experience a number of problems, like sore and irritated gums.

If you are unable to remove the dentures at night, for example, if you work at night, find an uninterrupted stretch of at least six hours to take a break from your dentures. Dr. Andrei Ionescu, a Parker CO dentist, explains that this time allows your gums to get a break and recover from any stress they may have suffered while the dentures were in place.

Soak Your Dentures

This may be surprising to someone inexperienced, but germs and plaque accumulate on dentures. The hours that you spend when you have taken out your dentures provide an excellent opportunity for you to soak those dentures in a cleaning solution. This will help kill any bacteria present. The doctors at Green Dental Care in Parker CO normally recommend that you use lukewarm (not hot) water and an effervescent tablet to clean your dentures. The effervescent tablet will get rid of any stains or food particles on the dentures and the water will keep the dentures pliable and ready to use when you need them.

As you clean your dentures, refrain from using toothpaste and your regular brush. Instead, use the cleaning products recommended by your Parker CO dentist since regular toothpaste and a normal toothbrush may be too abrasive for the material from which your dentures are made. If in doubt about the right products to use, contact Green Dental Care and you will be guided on what to use to keep the dentures clean. 

Clean Your Gums and Mouth

Once you have removed the dentures, Dr. Andrei Ionescu recommends that you clean any remaining teeth with the gums and mouth. If you wear partial dentures, brush your natural teeth as usual. Thereafter, take some gauze or a wet washcloth and use it to wipe your gums clean. You may also use an alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse your mouth to keep it smelling fresh.

Handle Your Dentures With Care

Dentures don’t come cheap, so you should do everything possible to protect them from damage. Parker CO dentists recommend that you fill your sink with water before you start cleaning the dentures. This is so if they drop, the impact is reduced since they will fall into the water in the sink.

Another option is to fold a towel and place it in the sink to cushion any fall. A bowl of water can also suffice if you aren’t using the sink while cleaning the dentures.

It is not advisable to use toothpicks and other such devices to clean your dentures because they may be damaged. Dr. Kristina Neda, a dentist in Georgetown KY, also recommends that you never let your dentures dry out. Keep them in cool water each time you take them out.

See Your Dentist

Whether you have complete or partial dentures, you need to visit Green Dental Care once every six months or as frequently as Dr. Christopher Green recommends. During those visits, the Parker CO dentist will check the dentures to confirm that they are free from damage and are fitting properly. He will also examine your gums and overall oral health in order to catch any problems early. With the Green Dental Care team on your side, you will always step out with a confident smile each day!

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Tooth-Friendly Holiday Treats

The amount of sugar that you and your family consume plays a key role in dental health problems. The amount of sugar consumed on a daily basis often shoots up dramatically over the holiday season, and that in turn triggers a range of dental problems, such as cavities and gum infections. This year, Green Dental Care in Parker, CO, would like you and your family to enjoy the holidays, but we strongly encourage you to eat healthy snacks and meals. Here are some tooth-friendly holiday treats that you can be on the lookout this holiday season.

Gingerbread

Most sugar cookies have a huge load of added sugar, but you can opt for gingerbread. Typically, gingerbread requires less than half a cup of sugar. Dr. Christopher Green, the best dentist in Parker, CO, explains that gingerbread cookies have a lot of fiber, which is good for your overall health.

Almond Cookies

The dental care experts at Green Dental Care point out that almonds are great for your health. For this reason, you should consider trying out cookie recipes that contain almonds. Almond-based cookies are great for your health and contain a lot less sugar than other cookies.

Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pies, a common treat during the holidays, can be one of the healthiest snacks that your family can enjoy! Only as long as you set aside the whipped cream. Pumpkin pies contain lots of fiber. To make sure you’re sticking to tooth-friendly holiday treats, the dental health professionals at Green Dental Care recommend that you make your own pumpkin pies at home. That way, you can decide how much sugar you add. 

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Our friend, Dr. Tim Lyons, an orthodontist in Fair Oaks, CA, recommends chocolate-covered holidays because what would the holidays be without the color red? Hard to imagine! Well, your family can get all the red they need in strawberries. These berries have a huge load of nutrients, especially vitamins. Strawberries are the perfect healthy snack for the whole family! If you want something sweeter, try dipping your strawberries in dark chocolate! Dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants.

Tweak the Holiday Meals Too

Let’s not forget that choosing healthy meals are just as important. It’s difficult during the holidays because so many of our favorite dishes contain high sodium and sugar. For example, Dr. Christopher Green singles out sweet potato recipes as typically containing marshmallows and caramelized brown sugar. To make such recipes more tooth-friendly, avoid adding the marshmallows or the caramelized brown sugar to keep the meal tasty but having less sugar.

Cranberry sauce can also be a good ingredient to use in your holiday meals, especially if you use it in a low-sugar recipe. Cranberries are good for the teeth because they kill oral bacteria, thereby keeping cavities and periodontal disease at bay.

Moderation is Key

Dr. Christopher Green, a Parker CO dentist, wants you to keep one more thing in mind during the holidays. Moderation is necessary. Since the consumption of large amounts of low-sugar treats can also have a detrimental effect on your dental and overall health. Once the holidays are over, visit Green Dental Care. Dr. Christopher Green will assess your dental health and fix any dental problems that developed during the holidays.

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Foods to Avoid with Veneers

You may need dental veneers if your natural teeth have gaps, have become discolored, are chipped, worn down, or have an awkward shape. Dr. Christopher Green, the best dentist in Parker CO, has ample experience in providing veneers to patients. So, visit Green Dental Care in Parker, CO, if you would like to improve the appearance of your smile or protect mildly damaged teeth from further deterioration. As a way of preparing you to transform your smile using dental veneers, we have compiled the following information about the dietary choices that you are advised to keep in mind so that your veneers can last for as long as possible.

Temporary Veneers

In most cases, permanent veneers are made at an external dental lab. Since this process takes approximately 2-3 weeks, Dr. Green cannot allow you to leave without giving you protection while you wait for the permanent veneers to be made. In the interim, you will leave the Green Dental Care office in Parker, CO, with temporary veneers.

Foods to Avoid If You Have Temporary Veneers

Temporary veneers are made to last for only a short while until you can get your permanent veneers. For this reason, Dr. Christopher Green, the best dentist in Parker CO, will attach these temporaries to your teeth using temporary cement. When this temporary cement is exposed to high levels of stress, it can give way, and the veneers may drop off. So, we recommend that you refrain from eating the following foods during the time when these temporary veneers are in place:

  • Tough meats
  • Toasted or crusty bread
  • Hard foods, such as raw vegetables, candy, popcorn, ice, etc.
  • Pigmented drinks, such as coffee, ketchup, berries, red wine, colas, tomatoes, tea, etc.
  • Sticky foods, such as caramels and taffy

Foods You Can Eat If You Have Temporary Veneers

You don’t have to be on tenterhooks each time you are eating or drinking with temporary veneers on your teeth because there are foods that are perfectly safe to eat with temporary veneers. The Parker CO dentist recommends foods that are soft and won’t stain the veneers. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Eggs
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Soft bread
  • Bananas
  • Chicken
  • Soft canned food

Permanent Veneers

While temporary veneers aren’t built to last, permanent veneers are made from carefully selected materials that will last for long. For example, high-grade porcelain can last for up to two decades, and it resists staining quite well. Permanent veneers aren’t easily damaged, so your dietary options will widen once the temporaries are removed and replaced with the permanent veneers. However, permanent veneers aren’t indestructible, so care needs to be taken to avoid the foods that could damage these veneers. Those foods and habits include:

  • Dark liquids, such as red wine and coffee, should only be taken in moderation since they have the potential to stain your permanent veneers eventually.
  • Extremely hard foods, such as popcorn kernels and hard nuts
  • Alcoholic beverages can gradually damage the cement used to attach the veneers onto your teeth, so Parker CO’s best dentist recommends that you limit your alcohol intake.
  • Tobacco products can deliver a double whammy to your teeth and dental veneers. For example, tobacco has chemicals that can react with and loosen the bonding material used to affix your veneers. Secondly, tobacco (whether in cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, or any other related product) will cause your veneers to become discolored. Staying away from tobacco products is, therefore, your best bet to long-lasting and esthetically appealing veneers.

Taking Care of Your Dental Veneers

It goes without saying that the above are only recommendations, and the degree to which each patient implements them will vary — for example, many people like drinking pigmented drinks, such as coffee or red wine. To limit the detrimental effects of these drinks, our friend Dr. Brian Leeson, a dentist in St. Petersburg, Fl, recommends that you rinse your mouth with plain water immediately after consuming dark liquids or berries. You can then wait for half an hour and brush your teeth. The point in taking these steps is that you will reduce the amount of time that those pigmented substances remain in contact with your teeth, so the likelihood of staining will reduce. Taking these drinks with a straw can also reduce how much contact happens between the drink and your teeth or veneers.

It is also a good habit to cut all your food into small pieces and chew it slowly. This will reduce the amount of stress to which your teeth and veneers are exposed. If you can’t resist eating particularly hard food, such as tough meat, cut it into small pieces as recommended earlier. You can chew it using your back teeth since these are designed for that task, and most veneers are placed on the front teeth (for aesthetic purposes).

If you are careful, your dental veneers will last a long time. Contact us at Green Dental Care if you have any questions about getting dental veneers. Our experienced team will give you all the answers that you need to make an informed decision.

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Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Helping your child form dental care habits at an early age will ensure strong healthy teeth that will last a lifetime. Experts at Green Dental Care in Parker, CO share the following tips for taking care of your child’s teeth.

Don’t Wait for Teeth to Erupt Before Commencing Oral Care

Oral care begins as soon as a baby is born. Don’t wait until you see the first teeth erupting in order to start taking care of your child’s oral health. Instead, Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker CO, recommends that you use a damp cloth to wipe the gums of the baby after every feeding session. This will remove any food residues which may have fed bacteria and triggered oral health issues, such as infections.

Regulate Feeding Schedules

It is also unwise to leave your baby with his or her feeding bottle throughout the night or day while the baby is in the crib. Unregulated feeding increases the likelihood that oral bacteria will thrive in the mouth of your baby since there is unlimited access to sugary substances. Dentists in Parker, CO recommend that you take away the feeding bottle as soon as the baby is full. Follow this with wiping the gums using a damp cloth as suggested earlier.

Start Brushing Once Your Child’s Teeth Erupt

Dr. Chris Green explains that two front teeth in the lower jaw are normally the first to erupt in a baby’s mouth. Once these teeth appear, start brushing them without using any toothpaste. A baby toothbrush and plain water are sufficient at this stage. Why wouldn’t you use toothpaste at this stage? Our friend, Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist in Greeley CO explains that the ingredients of toothpaste may be very harsh for your young child at this point in their lives. Brush the teeth each morning and night for maximum benefit from this habit.

Know When to Introduce Toothpaste

Toothpaste contains compounds which kill bacteria, fight bad odor and strengthen teeth. It is therefore important for you to introduce toothpaste to the oral care routine of your child as soon as possible. This should happen once your child learns how to spit when instructed. When this milestone is reached, introduce fluoride-free toothpaste and use it to brush your child’s baby teeth.

Instruct the child to spit the toothpaste out. Don’t worry if the baby swallows some of this toothpaste. Fluoride-free toothpaste isn’t harmful when swallowed, so the idea of using it is to get the child used to spitting out all the contents of their mouth as you brush their teeth. Once the child can spit out everything, start using fluoride toothpaste. Use only a pea-sized portion until Dr. Chris Green recommends otherwise.

Introduce Flossing at Age 3

As soon as your child turns 3, introduce him or her to the habit of flossing. This will ensure that the dental plaque forming between teeth is removed together with any food particles. This will keep those areas of the teeth and gums clean even when a toothbrush cannot reach those sections to clean them properly.

Watch Your Child’s Diet

Green Dental Care also recommends that you pay close attention to your child’s diet as a way of supporting good oral health. Limit the intake of sugary and acidic foods. Soda, gummy bears, and citrus fruits and juices should be consumed in moderation to prevent cavities. Remember to brush the child’s teeth each time they consume sticky substances so that oral bacteria doesn’t get a feast. Sugar-free gum can be a good way to extract food remnants from teeth after a meal. Drinking water also helps in this regard.

Take the Child for Their First Dental Visit

Dr. Chris Green recommends that you take your child to Green Dental Care for their first dental visit once they celebrate their first birthday. The pediatric dentist will examine your baby’s teeth and oral structures in order to identify any issues of concern at this point in time. The dentist in Parker, CO will also advise you about what you need to do to enhance the oral care of your child at home. This is also the time for you to ask any questions you may have about taking care of your child’s oral health. The common questions which Dr. Chris Green encounters include questions on what type of toothbrush is ideal for the child, whether the child can use mouthwash as well as concerns about pediatric dental x-rays.

Like any other person, your child also needs to see the dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings and checkups. Schedule these visits accordingly so that any developing issue can be identified and addressed early.

How to Make Oral Care Fun for Your Child

As already mentioned, your kids need to get into the habit of taking proper care of their teeth as early as possible. However, you should not try to reason with your baby as a way of convincing him or her to embrace good dental care habits; the child is too young to appreciate logical arguments at that age! Dr. Green suggests that you instead use other means to make oral care fun for the child so that they participate willingly in the different routines.

The helpful ways to make oral care fun include letting the child select a toothbrush for themselves (such as one in their favorite color or with their favorite cartoon character), selecting their preferred toothpaste flavor, playing their favorite song and telling them to brush until the song comes to an end (this ensures they will brush for at least two minutes) and planning a fun activity after making dental visits.

Remember to contact Dr. Chris Green at Green Dental Care if anything unusual, such as tooth pain or an oral infection, develops in your child. Prompt action will address the issue and prevent your child from losing a tooth at this early stage in their life. Call Green Dental Care anytime you have a question regarding your child’s oral health.

 

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