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By John Stockdale, D.D.S
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

Treasure your oral health by taking care of your teeth and gums. At Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, your dentist, Dr. John Stockdale receives numerous questions about proper oral hygiene. You can develop and maintain a good routine with his help.

What's the most important aspect of oral hygiene?

It's day-to-day care--brushing, flossing, diet, and just plain looking at your teeth and gums to observe any changes. The American Dental Association (ADA) urges children through senior adults to brush twice a day and floss daily to remove harmful plaque.

Be sure to use a quality, fluoride toothpaste and flossing product you prefer. Take your time when you brush and floss--at least two minutes when you brush and as long as necessary when you floss. Your diligence will be obvious to your hygienist at your next routine appointment at Renaissance Dental Care, and as years go on, you'll experience far fewer cavities and problems with your gums.

Also, six-month check-ups and hygienic cleanings take your at-home habits a step further, putting professional eyes and hands on your preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental needs and goals. Together, you and your Rancho Cucamonga dentist can protect your oral health for years to come.

What else can you add to your routine?

Here are several things you may not even think of, but Dr. Stockdale knows how critical they are to your oral health:

  • Look at your teeth and gums. Note any changes in gum or tooth color or if a filling appears damaged in any way. Report a sore which does not heal quickly or any kind of dental pain to your dentist right away. The quicker you receive treatment, the less complicated it will be.
  • Replace your toothbrush every two to three months or any time it looks frayed or worn. You need the right tools for effective oral care. Also, change the brush after having the flu, cold or sinus infection.
  • Consume several glasses of fluoridated water every day. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, and the water is a natural tooth washer and stimulates saliva, too.
  • Drink alcohol responsibly.
  • Stop smoking. It's a difficult habit to break, but your primary care physician can help you succeed.

Maximize your oral health

It's in your power to do so. Common sense and partnership with your friends at Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, are keys to a healthy smile and a healthy you. Call for your routine cleaning and exam with Dr. John Stockdale: (909) 987-0040.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S
April 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Improper at-home oral care can lead to problems like gingivitis, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Fortunately, you can prevent all of these issues by maintaining a proper at-home oral care routine. You’ll find Dr. John Stockdale at Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and he and his team can help you remain in top oral health.

Tips for Proper At-Home Oral Care

By using the following practices, you can ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy:

  • Brush at least twice a day: Don’t forget to brush before you go to bed. This will remove the bacteria and plaque and preventing from building up while you sleep.
  • Brush correctly: Brushing should take two full minutes, and to properly perform this action, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush with small circular motions.
  • Clean your tongue: Use a tongue scraper or the bristles of your brush to gently remove the bacteria from your tongue. This will help freshen your breath and keep bacteria at bay.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste: Using a toothpaste with fluoride will strengthen your teeth’s defense against tooth decay by eliminating bacteria and strengthening the surface of your teeth.
  • Floss daily: Even though you brush twice each day, you still need to floss daily. This removes particles of food that are trapped between your teeth and helps reduce plaque build-up. Flossing once a day will do the trick.
  • Rinse with mouthwash: Mouthwash doesn’t only make your breath fresh, it also reduces the amount of acid in your mouth and kills bacteria. Your dentist can recommend the best mouthwash for your needs.
  • Visit your dentist: Even if you’re using best practices at home, you still need to visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning.

If you’re looking for a Rancho Cucamonga dentist, call Dr. Stockdale at (909) 987-0040 to book an appointment.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
May 22, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Do you pay attention to your gums? You should—periodontal disease (i.e. gum disease) is the biggest reason for tooth loss in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read on to learn the signs of periodontal disease and how it's treated by your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist Dr. John Stockdale!

What is periodontal disease?

Also called gum disease, gingivitis (in its mildest form), and periodontitis, periodontal disease inflames and infects gum tissue, destroyingGum Disease the supporting bone structure and adversely affecting systemic health. Although it plagues about half of the adult population in the United States by the age of 30, periodontitis can be controlled with the help of proper oral hygiene.

The key to this control is eradicating the bacteria that causes plaque and tartar. When allowed to grow, these two materials cause distressing symptoms such as:

  • Reddened, tender gums
  • Bleeding
  • Pus along the gum line
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Swelling of gum tissue
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in dental bite and alignment or in the fit of a denture

Detection and treatment by your dentist in Rancho Cucamonga

During routine dental visits, Dr. Stockdale and his team check the health status of your gums. They do this by measuring your gum pockets, the spaces between your teeth and the adjoining gum tissue. Measurements greater than three millimeters cause concern and require treatment.

Most periodontitis can be arrested and managed with a thorough tooth scaling to remove deposits of tartar and plaque. More advanced cases may require advanced services such as gum grafting. Your dentist may instill antibiotics into gum pockets as needed.

Prevention of periodontal disease

While there can be a hereditary component to gum disease, everyone can enjoy healthier gums by following these recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA):

  • Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent tartar.
  • See your dentist every six months for a check-up and hygienic cleaning (some patients require more frequent cleanings.)
  • Consume a diet low in carbohydrates and processed sugars. Up your intake of fibrous vegetables and fruits.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. Water increases saliva and antibacterial action.
  • Avoid tobacco—both cigarettes and smokeless forms.
  • Limit how much alcohol you can consume, for these drinks dry out the mouth and encourage bacterial growth.

Healthy gums, healthy smile, healthy you

Yes, your gums play a vital role in your overall well-being. Is it time for your semi-annual check-up and cleaning with Dr. Stockdale? If so, contact Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 987-0400.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
September 07, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Find out why dental pain should never go ignored.

 

You suddenly woke up with a terrible nagging pain in your tooth that doesn’t seem to quit. Or perhaps you notice that your tooth starts to Woman's Toothachebother you whenever you chew or bite down. It’s important to know that a toothache is a warning sign that something is going on. This symptom is also considered a dental emergency, which is why you should visit our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist Dr. John Stockdale if you are dealing with dental pain of any kind. Here’s why:

It Could Be Decay

This is one of the most common reasons someone experiences a toothache, which is why this symptom shouldn’t go ignored. After all, decay won’t just go away on its own or heal itself. Once decay has damaged the enamel of your teeth the only option is to remove the decay to prevent it from spreading. The sooner you treat the issue the better. After the decay has been removed, our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, general dentist will place a dental filling.

You May Have a Fracture

There are many ways teeth can incur injuries, from biting down on something hard to being hit in the mouth while playing a contact sport. You may even notice the chip or crack, but not always; however, if your pain is the result of a fracture this usually means that the damage has affected the inside of the tooth. This kind of pain is usually pretty severe and persistent since the nerves of the teeth are now being impacted.

You Could Suffer from Sensitive Teeth

No, we don’t mean that your tooth has emotions, but tooth sensitivity means that you may experience lingering pain or discomfort after consuming something that is cold or hot. Temperature extremes are most likely to bring about tooth sensitivity; however, this could mean that your tooth has been worn down and the dentin layer (where the nerves of tooth are found) is exposed.

You Might Grind Your Teeth

This is a terrible habit that a lot of people have. Maybe you don’t even know you grind your teeth. This is because this usually happens at night. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can put excessive wear and tear on the tooth. On top of achy teeth, you may also notice a sore or stiff jawbone or frequent morning headaches.

Are you dealing with a toothache or other symptoms that are causing you concern for the health of your smile? If so, turn to the emergency dental team here at Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We will provide you with the immediate care your smile needs.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
April 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Cavities don't have to be unavoidable. When you make oral hygiene a priority, you'll be less likely to experience painful tooth decay. Our oral hygieneRancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, shares a few hygiene tips that will help you maintain a healthy smile.

Increase your brushing time

Thorough toothbrushing takes time. In fact, if you don't devote a full two minutes to the task, you may not be removing all of the plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a colorless, sticky substance that is responsible for tooth decay. Plaque buildup doesn't just increase your cavity risk, but may also make it more likely that you'll develop gum disease. When you fail to remove plaque regularly, it gradually turns into tartar, a hard deposit that won't budge no matter how well you brush your teeth. Fortunately, tartar can be removed during your cleanings in our Rancho Cucamonga office.

Consistency is key

Do you brush your teeth in the morning and evening, at least most of the time? Missing an occasional morning or evening brushing session may not seem like a major issue, but it can raise your tooth decay risk. The longer plaque remains on the teeth, the greater your chance that you'll develop a cavity. The trouble starts when you eat sugary foods or beverages or carbohydrate-heavy foods that are converted into sugars. The combination of plaque and sugar creates acids that weaken your tooth enamel and causes cavities.

Brushing every morning and evening without fail and flossing once each day is a must if you want to enjoy excellent oral health. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush. The mineral rebuilds weakened areas of tooth enamel, preventing cavities from occurring.

Follow brushing with mouthwash

Mouthwash freshens your breath and can reduce your cavity risk if you choose the right product. Look for mouthwashes that contain "anti-cavity" or "anti-bacterial" ingredients. Those products kill bacteria in plaque and offer a little-added protection.

Protect your smile with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups. Call our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. Stockdale, at (909) 987-0040 to schedule your appointment.



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