Can Sedation Help With Dental Anxiety? The Answer Is “Yes!”

Dental anxiety is extremely common. A recent systematic review of available research indicated that up to 36% of people have dental anxiety. Lots of people don’t like going to the dentist because they’re embarrassed about their teeth, have had bad experiences in the past, or are just nervous about the idea of any kind of dental surgery or treatment. 

So, what should you do if you need dental care but are nervous about seeing the dentist? You should look into sedation dentistry at Southington Dentistry. We offer sedation to help you relax during any appointment, even teeth cleanings! Learn more about sedation dentistry and how it helps with anxiety below.

Sedation Is A Proven Method Of Reducing Fear & Anxiety At The Dentist

Dental sedation is one of the best ways to control your fear and anxiety at the dentist, and has been used for more than a century. There are a lot of different types of sedation available, but they all do the same basic thing. 

Dental sedation reduces your level of awareness, helps you feel more comfortable, and fights back against feelings of pain and anxiety throughout your appointment.

This makes it ideal for reducing your fear of the dentist. Sedation also can help if you have a low pain tolerance, you have a strong gag reflex, or if you’re afraid of needles, such as the numbing needles that are often required for dental procedures.

Along with local numbing treatment, sedation can eliminate any feelings of pain, and help you feel relaxed, safe, and comfortable at Southington Dentistry while you get the dental care you need from Dr. Neil Salesky

We Offer Both Nitrous Oxide & Pill-Based Oral Conscious Sedation

The two most widely-used methods of sedation are nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and pill-based oral conscious sedation. We offer both at our office.

  • Nitrous oxide – This sedation method uses a face mask that provides a flow of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen to your lungs. As you breathe in, you’ll feel happy, less anxious, and less aware of what’s happening during your appointment. Best of all, the effects of this method of sedation wear off within 5 minutes, so you can drive home or go back to work afterward.

  • Oral conscious sedation – This method of sedation uses pill-based medicine to deliver a deeper level of sedation. You will feel groggy and may fall asleep or forget your appointment. You also can’t drive yourself home or go back to work, since its after-effects persist for at least 4-6 hours and your ability to operate heavy machinery may be impaired for up to 24 hours. 

Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Next Appointment In Southington!

Whether you’re in Southington, Plantsville, or Wolcott, the team at Southington Dentistry is here to help you get the dental care you need, even if you’re scared of seeing the dentist. We offer sedation, a patient-focused approach to dental care, and modern technology like drill-less dentistry to help make your visits easier.

So don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (860) 628-5029 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salesky today, discuss your fears and anxiety, and learn more about your sedation options at our office. We’re always accepting new patients!

4 Things You Should Know About Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is an excellent choice if you’d like to be sedated during your appointment at Southington Dentistry. With laughing gas sedation, Dr. Salesky can make sure that you feel safe and comfortable when you get a filling, have a tooth extracted, or even get a routine teeth cleaning.

Got questions about laughing gas? In this blog, we’ll discuss the top 4 things you should know about how it works and what to expect if you’re sedated with laughing gas at our office in Southington, Plantsville and Wolcott. 

  1. The Technical Name For Laughing Gas Is Nitrous Oxide

Laughing gas is a common term for nitrous oxide. In some cases, laughing gas sedation may also be called “inhaled sedation” or “minimal inhaled sedation.” These are all the same thing.

Nitrous oxide works by blocking certain receptors in the brain, preventing feelings of anxiety. It also causes the brain to release an endorphin called “norepinephrine”, which inhibits pain signaling and stimulates the brain pathways responsible for dopamine release. 

In more simple terms, this means that when you start to breathe in nitrous oxide, you’ll feel much less anxious, you won’t feel as much pain, and you will feel happy and euphoric. Combined, these effects make it ideal for dental sedation. 

  1. The Laughing Gas Sedation Process Is Extremely Simple

You don’t need to take any special steps to prepare for sedation, although we recommend that you avoid eating for an hour or two before your appointment, as this makes it less likely that you’ll experience nausea or vomiting after your treatment.

Dr. Salesky will simply place a comfortable mask on your nose, and you’ll breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. As soon as the nitrous oxide reaches your lungs, it will be absorbed into your bloodstream.

  1. Laughing Gas Has A Lot Of Great Benefits

Beyond the anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, and euphoric benefits mentioned above, nitrous oxide can also help with fear of needles, which can be troublesome if you need to have your mouth numbed for a dental procedure.

It even helps impair your gag reflex, which is also very useful if you need to have a rear tooth treated but have a very strong gag reflex. Nitrous oxide will reduce this reflex and keep you more comfortable. 

  1. Laughing Gas Wears Off Really Quickly

When your treatment is over, Dr. Salesky will adjust your mask to send a stream of 100% pure oxygen into your lungs. You’ll keep breathing in for a few minutes, then take the mask off.

This helps flush out nitrous oxide from your system, and helps minimize any side effects. Nitrous oxide will usually be completely eliminated from your body within 5-10 minutes after your appointment.

You may feel a bit nauseated, dizzy, or confused, but you’ll feel totally normal after a little while, and your motor skills and decision-making won’t be impaired, so you can even drive yourself home or go back to work.

Interested In Sedation? Get The Care You Need In Southington From Dr. Neil Saleksy!

At Southington Dentistry, we offer caring, gentle dentistry in a judgment-free zone. Whether you have severe dental anxiety or you’re feeling nervous before a procedure like a tooth extraction or crown preparation, we’re here to help with sedation dentistry in Southington, Plantsville, and Wolcott.

We offer laughing gas for just about every treatment at our office, so if you’d like more information and want to get started, just call us at (860) 628-5029 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Salesky Named Connecticut Magazine Top Dentist Of 2020

Dr. Neil Salesky is proud to be named one of Connecticut Magazine’s top dentists of 2020. Out of over 3,000 dental professionals, the list features 411 of the state’s best dentists across seven specialties, as chosen by their peers. 

What’s The List, And How Were The Dentists Chosen?

The list of top dentists was featured in the July 2020 issue of Connecticut Magazine, and the results came from their annual poll of dental professionals. The magazine reached out to all of Connecticut’s licensed dentists, sending them a questionnaire that asked them to name the dentists they would receive treatment from themselves, and who they would recommend to their own family members. The dentists were allowed to nominate their peers from the field’s most prominent specialties, including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

What Makes Dr. Salesky A Top Dentist?

Dr. Neil Salesky’s dedication to his craft, his patients, and his community is what really makes him stand out among his peers. At Southington Dentistry, he has made sure that the comfort and safety of his patients are at the top of the priority list. In fact, he specializes in treating those with dental phobia, making them comfortable enough to forget their bad experiences or fear of the dentist’s chair. There’s nothing he likes more than hearing a patient who was nervous at first say, “That wasn’t so bad!” after their treatment.

Outside of the office, Dr. Salesky keeps himself busy by giving his time to others. On more than one occasion, he has been a part of mission trips to South America, where he has provided treatment to indiginous patients who are otherwise unable to access dental care. He also mentors UConn dental students, providing guidance for the next generation of dentists. In addition to his commitment to people, he’s also a lover of animals. Because of this, he donates 10% of his dental hygiene profits to local animal rescue groups. 

For Dr. Salesky, it’s about making people smile, whether that’s through dentistry, community service, and sometimes, a little bit of both. 

Commitment To Patient Safety In Unprecedented Times

Dr. Salesky and the rest of the Southington Dentistry team have truly gone above and beyond this year, as dentists everywhere have had to jump to make changes to fight the COVID-19 virus. For the health of our patients, we have remained at the forefront of sanitation practices, ready to do whatever it takes to provide the dental treatment our community deserves, so they can get the care they need, safely. 

In a continued effort to keep our environment clean and virus-free, we have installed state-of-the-art air purification and aerosol removal systems at our Plantsville office. The combination of these systems purify and re-energize the air six times an hour. This sophisticated technology traps and removes 99.998% of particles at a size of 0.1 microns. For some context, the virus that causes COVID-19 is about 0.12 microns, making it large enough to be filtered out by our purifying systems. 

For us, investing in the latest technology is an investment in our patients, so when they visit Southington Dentistry, they can do so without worry, like a breath of fresh air. That’s just one of the things that makes Dr. Salesky a Top Dentist of 2020.

5 Tips For Handling Dental Anxiety – Stay Comfortable In The Dentist’s Chair!

Millions of people in the US suffer from dental anxiety, so if you’re nervous or anxious before an appointment at Southington Dentistry, you’re not alone. In this guide, we’ll discuss a few simple tips and strategies you can use to mitigate dental anxiety and get the dental care you need from Dr. Neil Salesky.

  1. Discuss Your Anxiety With Your Dentist

If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Neil Salesky, and discussing your anxiety with him. Dr. Salesky specializes in treating patients who are anxious or nervous about dentistry, and he will listen to you and understand your fears, anxiety, and discomfort, and take steps to help you overcome them.

For example, if you are anxious because you feel like you’re not in control during your dental appointment, Dr. Salesky and our dental team can ask for your permission and approval before each step of your treatment, ensuring you remain in control and feel more comfortable. 

  1. Distract Yourself During Your Appointment

One of the best ways to feel more comfortable at the dentist is to take your mind off of your treatment. If you want, you can bring in your phone or tablet and a pair of headphones, and watch Netflix, listen to music, or turn on an audiobook or podcast during your treatment. 

  1. Focus On Your Breathing During Treatment

This may seem like a simple tip, but it really works. If you’re feeling anxious, you’ll tend to take shallow breaths, which can make you feel even more panicked because you won’t be getting enough oxygen. 

So focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out as deeply as you can, and make sure you’re totally filling and emptying your lungs. This helps you feel calmer, and focusing on your breathing can be a welcome distraction from your dental procedure at our office.

  1. Consider Sedation Dentistry

We offer both nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, as well as pill-based oral conscious sedation. Laughing gas is the most minimal type of sedation, so it’s a good choice if you have to go back to work or your day-to-day routine after your appointment.

Pill-based sedation provides a deeper level of sedation, so you may fall asleep or forget most of what happens during your procedure. It’s a great choice if you have more serious anxiety, but its after-effects do last a lot longer.

  1. Bring Someone With You To The Dentist

It can be helpful to bring a partner, friend, or loved one with you to the dentist. Typically, your companion won’t be allowed into the operatory during your treatment, but they can keep you company while you wait for your treatment and after your procedure is completed at Southington Dentistry.

In fact, if you plan on being sedated with pill-based oral conscious sedation, you will be required to bring someone with you, since you will not be allowed to drive home due to the after-effects of dental sedation. This is not necessary if you choose nitrous oxide sedation, however.

Get The Treatment You Need From Southington Dentistry Today!

At our office, Dr. Neil Salesky will always take every step he can to make you comfortable as you get the dental treatment you need, especially if you have dental anxiety. So don’t wait. Contact us online or call at (860) 628-5029 to get the care you need in Southington, Plantsville, and Wolcott right away.

Composite Vs. Amalgam Dental Fillings – What’s The Difference?

If you have a cavity in Southington, Plantsville, or Wolcott, you may be wondering what type of filling is the best option for restoring your smile. At Southington Dentistry, we offer both composite and amalgam dental fillings. Each one has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look at them now and discuss everything you need to know.  

The Basics Of Composite Dental Fillings

Composite fillings use a special type of glass that’s mixed with dental resin. The result is a pliable and strong composite mixture that hardens once it’s contacted by UV light. The composite filling material is applied to the tooth layer-by-layer, then hardened and sculpted to ensure it fits into the cavity perfectly.

The biggest benefit of composite fillings is that they look and feel just like a part of your natural tooth. Different blends of resin with a wide variety of colors are available, so Dr. Neil Salesky can easily choose the resin that will match your existing teeth properly. Once your tooth has been restored, it will be almost indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.

Composite fillings also typically require the removal of less natural enamel during the preparation process, and bond tightly to strengthen the tooth. However, they are somewhat more brittle than amalgam dental fillings, so they are not quite as durable or long-lasting. They usually last between 5-10 years.

The Basics of Amalgam Dental Fillings

Dental amalgam has been used in dentistry for more than a century, and it’s a time-tested, reliable way to restore decayed teeth. Amalgam consists of multiple metals, usually including silver, mercury, tin, and copper. Together, these metals create a very strong yet pliable restoration that is not brittle and can withstand high pressure.

This means that amalgam fillings are better used in the rear molars and premolars, where the pressure of chewing is much higher than in the front teeth. Amalgam fillings also usually last longer than composite dental fillings. Their lifespan can be up to 10-15 years.

However, the main drawback is that amalgam fillings have a silver appearance that discolors the tooth. Again, this makes them more suitable for the rear teeth, where aesthetics are not as important. Some patients also do not like that amalgam fillings have mercury in them, because it’s a toxic substance. Mercury has not been shown to have any negative effects in amalgam fillings, but this is still something to keep in mind.

Composite Or Amalgam Fillings Can Both Be A Good Choice!

So, what’s better? It really depends on your needs. Amalgam fillings are better for treating rear teeth, and offer a longer lifespan, but discolor the tooth somewhat. Composite fillings don’t last as long, but provide far superior aesthetic results, making them better for front teeth.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you, we recommend getting in touch with Southington Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Neil Salesky. He can provide you with more information about both procedures, and help you make the right decision. Contact us online or give us a call at (860) 628-5029 to get the help you need.

Can I Get Sedation For A Dental Cleaning? What You Need To Know

If you have serious dental anxiety, even the idea of a basic dental cleaning may make you feel nervous, scared, and anxious. And at Southington Dentistry, we understand that anxiety can make it hard to get the dental care you need. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry in Southington, Plantsville, and Wolcott. 

But can you be sedated for a dental cleaning at our office? Find out in this blog post, and learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry from Dr. Neil Salesky. 

We Offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation For Dental Cleanings

Wondering if you can get sedation for a dental cleaning? The answer is “yes.” At our office, we offer sedation dentistry to all of our patients. If you want to be sedated during your dental cleaning, we recommend nitrous oxide sedation.

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is ideal for minimally-invasive treatments like a dental cleaning. You’ll just put on a comfortable nose mask, breathe through your nose when instructed to do so by Dr. Salesky, and relax. 

The gas will enter your bloodstream through your lungs and help eliminate feelings of pain, anxiety, and discomfort, while allowing you to remain completely alert and responsive to commands. 

With nitrous oxide sedation, you’ll feel “floaty” and a bit disconnected from what’s happening around you, but you will be fully conscious. This treatment also can help with a strong gag reflex, which can be a problem during a dental cleaning.

Do You Really Need Sedation For A Dental Cleaning? Steps For Dealing With Anxiety

Sedation is a good option if you have serious anxiety. However, it does add some more complexity and cost to your appointment. If you have mild anxiety, you may not need to be sedated during your dental cleaning if you follow a few steps to help with your fear of the dentist.

  • Consult with Dr. Salesky before your appointment – You can have an open, honest conversation with Dr. Salesky about your fear and anxiety, triggers that make your fear worse, and the experiences you’ve had at dentists in the past. This ensures that Dr. Salesky can customize your care, and minimize your fear and anxiety.
     
  • Bring something to distract you during your treatment – Listening to a podcast, playing your favorite music, or watching something on your phone, for example, can distract you from the process of your dental cleaning and help with anxiety. 
  • Try breathing exercises – Focusing on deep, controlled breathing is a great way to distract yourself from your treatment, and make sure you mitigate feelings of stress and anxiety.

Get The Help You Need With Dental Anxiety At Southington Dentistry!

Whether you’d like to try a few non-sedative techniques during your dental cleaning, or you’d prefer to be sedated during your appointment, Dr. Neil Salesky is here to help. At Southington Dentistry, we specialize in treating patients with dental anxiety. We’ll provide you with the care you need in a safe, relaxed, and understanding environment. Contact us online or give us a call at (860) 628-5029 to get the help you need.

Do Cavities Need To Be Filled Even If I Don’t Feel Pain?

You may suspect that you have a cavity in Southington, Plantsville, or Wolcott. But maybe you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. Is it really necessary to come to Southington Dentistry for an appointment with Dr. Salesky, and to have your cavity filled? Continue reading this blog to find out the answer, and to see why filling cavities early is so important.

You Need To Get A Filling Even If You Don’t Feel Pain Or Discomfort

The answer is “yes.” If you have a cavity, you need to have it filled as soon as possible, even if you don’t feel pain or discomfort. In most cases, cavities do not cause any pain until they’re very deep and large.

But that doesn’t mean your cavity isn’t a big deal. The longer you leave it untreated, the more likely you are to experience pain and discomfort in the future, and you could even face further complications like a tooth infection. 

How Will I Know If I Have A Cavity If I Don’t Experience Pain?

Even if you don’t have a toothache, cavities can cause tooth sensitivity, so pay attention to how your tooth feels when you eat hot and cold foods, or very sugary foods. If you feel sensitivity, you may have a cavity. 

You may even notice visual signs of a cavity, in some cases. If you see a dark brown or black stain on a tooth, it’s likely decayed. You may also notice a visible hole or pit in the tooth’s surface.

However, some cavities may not have any symptoms at all, so you won’t be able to determine if you have a cavity on your own. That’s why frequent visits to a dentist like Dr. Neil Salesky are essential for your oral health.

During your six month cleaning and oral exam, Dr. Salesky will be able to examine your teeth, recognize the signs of a potential cavity, and even take x-rays to look for hidden signs of decay. Seeing a dentist every six months is the best way to recognize and treat cavities early.

What Happens If I Don’t Get A Filling For A Cavity?

The cavity will get worse, and your tooth may eventually become infected and require treatment with root canal therapy and a dental crown. These treatments are more invasive, complex, and expensive, compared to a simple dental filling.

Once a cavity has formed, it won’t go away on its own, and you shouldn’t ignore it, even if it’s not causing you pain and discomfort at the moment. 

In fact, because cavities trap food debris and bacteria that would normally be cleaned away from your teeth when you brush, they can continue to become deeper and more severe, even if you are maintaining good overall oral hygiene.

Need A Filling? Looking For A Checkup? Contact Us Today!

At Southington Dentistry, we can restore your tooth if you have a cavity, or provide you with an oral exam to look for potential signs of decayed teeth. If you think you have a cavity or are overdue for a teeth cleaning in Southington, don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (860) 628-5029 to get the care you need.

How Can Sedation Help With My Dental Anxiety?

If you have dental anxiety, it may seem difficult or impossible for you to get the dental care you need in Southington, Wolcott, or Plantsville. But at Southington Dentistry, Dr. Neil Salesky is here to help. Read on to learn more about how sedation dentistry helps with dental anxiety,  and how our team can help you get the care you need. 

  1. Reduces Feelings Of Fear & Anxiety At The Dentist

Sedation dentistry helps you feel more comfortable and safe at the dentist. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) helps boost your mood and reduces feelings of anxiety, easing your mind and making you feel more comfortable.

Oral conscious sedation also helps with feelings of anxiety, and it makes you feel groggy and sleepy, so you may fall asleep and forget most of what happens during your appointment. This can be very helpful if you have severe dental anxiety. 

  1. Minimizes Pain And Discomfort

We always use numbing to ensure that the nerves around your treatment site are numb to pain and discomfort, but sedation dentistry can help further reduce any possibility of discomfort or pain during your operation. If you have dental anxiety because you think your treatment may hurt, sedation dentistry is a great way to reduce this fear and get the dental care you need in Southington. 

  1. Makes You Less Sensitive To Common Anxiety “Triggers”

Most people with dental anxiety have specific “triggers,” such as certain smells, the sound of a dental drill, or feelings of loss of control while in the dentist’s chair. When these “triggers,” are activated, this can lead to panic and feelings of fear.

Dental sedation helps ease these responses, and makes you less sensitive to common triggers of dental anxiety. In turn, this helps you get the dental care you need without feelings of panic, fear, and anxiety. 

  1. Helps With Fear Of Needles, Gag Reflex & More

Even if you’re not afraid of dentistry, you may be nervous about an upcoming appointment if you need your mouth to be numbed with a needle. Sedation dentistry can help with fear of needles, too, and ensure that you do not feel scared while your mouth is numbed and prepared for treatment.

It even can help reduce the severity of your gag reflex, which is important if you have a strong gag reflex and need a filling or other dental work in one of your rear teeth. 

  1. Feel Comfortable During Long Appointments

Finally, sedation dentistry can help patients with anxiety (or even patients without anxiety) feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair during longer appointments. 

For example, if you need to spend 2 hours in the dentist’s chair to get multiple fillings or crowns, sedation can help you feel more relaxed, and help the time go by more quickly so that you can remain comfortable during treatment.

Get The Treatment You Need Without Fear at Southington Dentistry!

Thanks to our sedation options, advanced technology like drill-less dentistry, and our caring, patient-focused approach to dentistry, Southington Dentistry is the best choice if you need dental care in Plantsville, Southington, or Wolcott, but suffer from feelings of fear or anxiety about dentistry. To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Salesky, just give us a call at (860) 628-5029 or contact us online.

Safety & Sanitation at Southington Dentistry

As always, the safety of our patients and staff at Southington Dentistry is at the forefront of our practice. We are beyond excited to re-open our doors to all of our patients in Plantsville and to make that possible, we have made a few changes to our office and procedures. We have always been diligent about sanitation and sterilization, but recently, we have increased our safety measures to do our part in helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and keep our community safe. You can feel confident about getting back to your dental healthcare routine, knowing that our office is one of the safest places you can visit!

Our Sanitation Measures – We Care About You

When you come back to our office for your next checkup and cleaning, you might notice we’ve implemented a few new measures and technologies including: 

  • Increased PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)– Our staff will now be wearing level 3 surgical masks, N95 masks, face shields, and gowns. While we may be covered up, we’re still the same friendly team you know and love!
  • The Purevac High Volume Evacuation Mirror Tip– This technology enables a one-handed approach to evacuating fluid and debris while facilitating retraction, visibility, and illumination during dental hygiene procedures. This means it’s easier for us to perform the procedures we need to do with better visibility and less close contact! 
  • Air Purification System– We have implemented the Jade SCA5000C Air Purification System which is one of the most advanced and effective air purification systems on the market. With touch-free activation, it can clean and purify all the air in the room within minutes. One will be placed in each operatory and in the waiting room to ensure every inch of the office is contamination-free. 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Rinses– Before each dental procedure, we will have our patients rinse with hydrogen peroxide as this has been shown to reduce the virus in the mouth. 
  • Dry Shield– This tool reduces aerosols by 95-99% in the operatory, meaning that there is a significant reduction in possible contamination. 
  • Handheld Disinfectant Sprayer– We will be using the EPIX360 handheld disinfectant sprayer to cover larger surfaces more easily and thoroughly. It is a cordless electrostatic sprayer that is eco-friendly, safe on skin, and non-irritating. 

We Can’t Wait to See You- Schedule Your Next Visit Today!

After coming through these closures, we are very excited to see all of our patients smiling faces once again. We know it has probably been a while since your last cleaning and exam, so be sure to schedule your next checkup as soon as possible. It is important to stay on top of your dental healthcare routine, and we are here to encourage you to stay on track and help keep your smile healthy and brilliant. To schedule a visit, give us a call at (860) 628-5029, or if you’re in the Plantsville area, feel free to stop by our office at 15 Cornerstone Ct. #3a, Plantsville, CT 06479 and book your visit in person.

Dental Health & Hygiene Tips To Follow When You Can’t See The Dentist

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, many dental offices around the US have closed, and are now only seeing emergency patients and those with critical care needs. At Southington Dentistry, we’re doing our part, so we are no longer offering regular preventive care treatments until further notice.

Wondering how you should keep your mouth healthy until you can see your dentist for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam? Here are some tips from Dr. Neil Salesky and the team at Southington Dentistry.

  1. Make Sure You’re Brushing At Least Twice Per Day

At a minimum, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes. Ideally, you should do this once in the morning and once at night. Be thorough, and spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your teeth, cleaning the front and back surfaces and the tops of each tooth. 

  1. Start A Flossing Routine

If you don’t already floss once per day, this is a great time to get started. Flossing once per day will help remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria that regular brushing simply can’t reach. In turn, this reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease.

For even better results, we recommend adding an antibacterial mouthwash into your teeth cleaning routine. Simply rinse with mouthwash whenever you’re done flossing. This will kill bacteria, and rinsing with mouthwash will help you get rid of the particles in your mouth that have been loosened by flossing.

  1. Eat Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth

Avoid eating too many sugary or starchy foods like pretzels, chips, candy, and cookies. Foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates encourage the formation of plaque and bacteria.

Opt for a diet that’s high in fiber-rich foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy dairy like yogurt, lean meats, and whole-grain products. As a rule of thumb, foods that are good for your body are also great for your teeth! 

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water

Staying hydrated helps keep saliva flowing in your mouth properly. Saliva naturally rinses away bacteria and food particles. Dehydration can thicken your saliva and dry out your mouth, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

  1. Avoid Doing Things That Could Damage Your Teeth & Dental Work

Don’t chew non-food objects like pens and pencils, and even your fingernails. This can wear down and damage your teeth. Additionally, don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages, tear tape, or do anything else that doesn’t involve chewing food.

Finally, be careful when you eat. Don’t eat extremely hard foods (ice, almonds, etc.) with your front teeth, and use your molars instead. If you have multiple fillings or crowns, don’t chew extremely sticky foods like toffee and caramel with them, as they could be pulled out of your tooth. 

Follow These Tips & Advice To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Even if you can’t see Dr. Neil Salesky for a teeth cleaning, you can still keep your mouth healthy until normal operations resume at Southington Dentistry. Wondering when you can get an appointment? Contact us online to get the latest updates! And remember, we’re still seeing patients with dental emergencies. If you have an emergency, give us a call at (860) 263-0401.