Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

How to Make Brushing Routine for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

All parents of young children know the struggle related to their kid’s routine dental hygiene. Brushing teeth comes either too early (or too late) for some parents to deal with it. We get that…we’ve been there too. But twice a day brushing is just as critical to kids as it is for adults.

The following tips can help kids develop a habit of brushing teeth twice daily:

  • Make toothbrushing a bonding time - Toothbrushing together will make the experience fun and exciting every time. Make it a routine in the morning and at nighttime so every day they will look forward to brushing with you.
  • Offer rewards - This works every time when training kids with any tasks and that includes toothbrushing. The reward will encourage them to perform the proper toothbrushing technique and doing it routinely.
  • Set a two-minute timer - This will challenge your kid to brush their teeth for the whole 2 minutes continuously.
  • Use dental hygiene products that are made specially for kids. Providing them with kiddy toothbrush that has fun designs or with their favorite cartoon characters on it plus a fruity mouthwash will see brushing as an enjoyable daily activity.

For more dental tips for kids, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Oyster Point Dentistry's Covid-19 Update

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

Although there is still no evidence which suggests that maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent Covid-19 from infecting our body, it's affirmative that keeping our oral health at its optimal state can minimize cavities and periodontal diseases which are potential threats to general health. When you have good oral hygiene, you will less likely need to visit your dentist frequently or get invasive dental procedures at these difficult times.

While the CDC provided some recommendations on how to prevent contracting the disease and does not specifically involve maintaining dental hygiene as a protective measure, it is a no-brainer that keeping your family's dental health in good condition can benefit your overall health. It is observed that those patients with severe cases of COVID-19 have pre-existing diseases. They deteriorate more as their immune systems are already compromised. Thus, the CDC stresses that as we continue to practice social distancing despite the extensive community quarantine has been lifted, let stay healthy to prevent the disease from attacking our system and as a way to prevent it from spreading further.

At this time we have resumed our normal hours and services.

We want to lend our sympathy to those affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus. Our office has and always will strive to keep our patients and staff healthy. We want to assure you that we are taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.

All of our staff members are being screened for increased body temperatures daily.

We will also be screening every patient for fever/increased temperatures.

When to reschedule:

In an effort to remain open during normal hours, and to keep our staff healthy and do our part in helping to stall the spread of COVID-19, we kindly ask any patients who are currently experiencing the following symptoms to call and reschedule their appointments with NO PENALTY.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Has been exposed to the flu, cold, or COVID-19
  • Have traveled outside of the United States within the last 2 months.

Emergencies:

If you are experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms, and need emergency dental care, please visit your local ER as they are better equipped to serve you while also helping to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Updates:

We are closely monitoring updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to ensure we’re prepared and taking necessary precautions to address this evolving situation as the health and safety of our patients and our staff is our top priority.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more information.


Preventative Dental Care: The Power Care That Starts From You

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - dentist in Newport News, VA

Practicing dental care is very important as it maintains a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. Proper dental care will inevitably help your appearance and quality of life. Giving importance to preventive dental care can prevent future dental problems, higher dental expenses, and potential medical complications. Gum disease, cavities, and crooked or missing teeth can affect speech, make chewing food difficult, and will ultimately lead to expensive corrective procedures. Your dental health professional can help explain to you proper dental care at home. If you missed your regularly scheduled appointment or were unable to scheudle a dental appointment due to stay at home orders, do so now. Missing your regular check up can be more costly and painful in the long-run.

With modern dental technology, treating tooth decay especially in the early stage is often only mildly uncomfortable. Medications that numb the area of the decay eliminate the pain of filling a cavity for most people. Cavities are painful places on your teeth where decay has eaten through the enamel and exposed a tooth's root. Hot or cold food or liquids will send a painful signal that something is wrong. Cavities often have no symptoms until they gone too far. This is one reason why regular visits and regular dental xrays are so important. Early preventive dental measures are important for your teeth and for saving you from the more expensive cost of treatment. Early signs of tooth decay are easier to treat than advanced cases.

Gum disease is another health issue which is mild in the initial stage but can lead to more severe problems if untreated. Gum disease will cause loss of teeth, infections and other complications. Additionally, studies claim that gum disease can often lead to heart complications, strokes and other respiratory issues. Good dental health care is necessary and essential. A combination of proper daily maintenance along with regular visits to your dentist will ease the burden of pain and cost. Your utmost power care of yourself is taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums throughout the course of your life.

For more tips on preventive dental care, or to schedule or reschedule your regular dental appointment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Cosmetic Dentistry Veneers: A Fast and Lasting Smile Restoration Solution

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 07, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Cosmetic dentistry veneers address common dental aesthetic issues such as discoloration, misalignment, chipped, or irregularly-shaped teeth. Getting a dental veneer treatment can dramatically improve your smile as it can precisely restore the look of your teeth. Find out why they are worth the cost.

1. Instantly restore the whiteness of your Teeth

Porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates are paper-thin shells that are custom-molded in order to cover the surface of discolored or defective teeth. While professional teeth whitening is fast and effective as well, some patients opt for veneers because they are more resistant to stain than the natural teeth. Thus, they can maintain the whiteness of their teeth for a long time without spending much on teeth whitening treatments yearly. In addition, veneers protect the delicate tooth enamel from stains.

2. Lets you customize your smile

Since dental veneers are custom-made, the patient can choose the color and form of the veneer that best matches their natural teeth. Depending on their budget, they can request a complete set or just a few veneers to correct only those poorly defective teeth.

3. It can mend the shape, size, and staining of teeth

Whether your teeth look unattractive due to stain and form defects, your dentist in Newport News, VA can swiftly correct these issues so you can have a better smile.

4. It can bridge the gaps between teeth

Cosmetic porcelain veneers can close the gap between these teeth by filling it.

5. It can last for several years

Like I mentioned above, dental veneers are can last for more than 14 years. Although they are a bit pricey than other treatment options they present a wiser investment. Besides, your dentist will offer you different payment options to make the treatment more affordable for you.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dental veneers.


Dental Implants Are Ideal For All Ages

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Dental implants serve as an artificial tooth root embedded into the jaw as a replacement for missing teeth. Many prefer this solution than dentures since they work like natural teeth. They maintain the form of the jaw by preventing the gum to recede which usually happens when there is bone loss.

Dental implants are options for almost all dental patients. Older adults choose this tooth-replacement process so they can improve their dental health, appearance, and quality of life. As a matter of fact, many older patients who went through the procedure are observed to have a good healing process. With advancing dental technology, those who weren't qualified for dental implants before can now get dental implants with bone grafting advances.

A lot of people prefer dental implants than dentures because the latter are rather uncomfortable to wear. Many encounter difficulties while eating and talking with dentures but since it’s the only teeth-replacement solution available in the past, people tend to endure using them. However, when dental offices start to offer them to patients with missing tooth problems, many switched to dental implants. Dental implants can help restore dental health and its function. While dental implants cost considerably higher than dentures, the beauty and comfort you experience from a dental implant are very much worth the cost.

If you think a dental implant is a right treatment for you but the cost is a concern, speak with your dentist and they can arrange dental packages or accept dental insurances for you to reduce the cost. If you are interested in getting a dental implant in Newport News, VA, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Can Halitosis Be Cured

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Halitosis Treatment, Newport, News, VA

Suffering from chronic bad breath? Having a chronic bad breath is something to take seriously. It not only lowers self-esteem but it often signals a more serious oral condition exists. About 50% of the U.S. population, mostly middle-aged to elderly, suffer the condition.

Halitosis typically starts in the mouth over an untreated periodontal disease and from proteins stuck on the tongue. Oral bacteria process these proteins and the by-products are sulfur compounds that cause oral odor. However, halitosis could also imply more serious systemic disease. Thus, it's imperative to seek dental treatment as soon as possible. The good news is your dentist can help you address the problem before more severe conditions will take place.

Your dental professional will first figure out the cause of your halitosis. They will need to assess you holistically in order to provide the right treatment for your condition. If you are looking for a trusted dental practice in Newport News, VA, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Manual Toothbrush Vs. Electric Toothbrush

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care in Newport News, VA

Toothbrushes play a critical role in our daily health care routine. It is important to establish and maintain effective daily oral care. Toothbrushes now come in two forms - the traditional manual toothbrushes and the electric toothbrushes. If you are wondering which type is best to use, lets discuss the pros and cons of both.

Pros of the Electric Toothbrush
  • Convenient to use.
  • Renders thorough tooth cleaning with minimal work
  • It is equipped with a timer function to make sure you follow the 2-minute brushing rule.
  • Fun to use, even kids have fun using them.

Cons of the Electric Toothbrush
  • Battery needs to be charged or replaced.
  • More expensive than a manual toothbrush.
  • They are bulky.
  • They are fragile so they are at risk during travel.

Pros of the Manual Toothbrush

  • Following a proper brushing technique it can definitely clean your teeth thoroughly.
  • Various options for style, color and bristle type.
  • No need to charge or use batteries.
  • Easy to bring when you travel.
  • Affordable

Cons of the Manual Toothbrush

  • It requires user to manually work on brushing the teeth.
  • If brushing technique is not properly performed, the cleaning can be ineffective.
  • Since it has no timer, you need to manually time your brushing.

Ultimately it does not matter which style of toothbrush to use. What matters is how you use it. Make sure to follow the proper brushing technique and the 2-minute brushing rule. Then, brush at least twice a day to ensure overall oral hygiene. Decide what toothbrush you want to use based on the above-mentioned advantages and disadvantages of each type.

For more oral care tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Proper Brushing Recommendations For Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care in Newport News, VA

Parents of children here at Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News often wonder when to switch their child's fluoride-free toothpaste to regular toothpaste for adults. It actually depends on the ability of the child to spit out all the toothpaste and when they stop swallowing.

Although there isn't a particular age or strict deadline set to change, a lot of children become ready as they reach age six. You may talk about this concern to your pediatric dentist for specific recommendations for your child. They may able to provide tips to ensure your kid starts a good oral health habit.

Brushing without using toothpaste is practically fine from age one or when the first tooth emerges, this will help prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Pediatric dentists usually advise parents to not let their child sleep with a bottle, and as much as possible parents should minimize using pacifiers or bottles.

When the child reaches 2-5 years old, he or she can start using a small amount of fluoride-free toothpaste. As a parent, it is important to guide them during brushing and teach them the proper technique. Also, remind them to spit out the product. Early training can contribute a lot in preventing cavities at tender age. Have them brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.

Furthermore, bring them to their dentist regularly at least twice a year to monitor the development of their teeth and overall oral health.

For more preventative dental care tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


The Not so Well-Known Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

Maintaining good oral hygiene offers countless health benefits, some of which are not as widely understood as one would think. It’s much more than white teeth and fresh breath. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will helps prevent gum disease, a condition that is linked to more serious diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Apart from that, the following are other great benefits of having a good oral hygiene:

  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Minimizes tooth sensitivity
  • Prevents cavities, and the need for fillings
  • Preventative dental care is less costly than urgent treatments
  • Preserves natural teeth and lessens the likelihood of needing crowns or dentures
  • Constantly having fresher breath
  • Prevents the need for root canals and oral surgery
  • Excellent gum health
  • Lowers the risk of developing serious diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart disease
  • Healthier pregnancy
  • In general, it promotes healthier mouth and body!

How To Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Drink water in between meals
  • Regular visit to your dentist

For more dental health tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Oral/Dental Health Care During These COVID Trying Times

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

1. Oral Hygiene for COVID-19 Patients

Patients with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is compelled to keep the rest of the family members safe as much as possible through being informed about the risk of contamination of objects and areas the patient is using. The primary mode of transmission of the virus is through aerosol or droplets, thus, contagious through direct surface contact when it lingers on surfaces.

Bacteria, saliva, and blood can potentially buildup on toothbrushes. Since droplets with the virus are present in saliva, it's very important to separate a patient's toothbrush to prevent the spread of the virus to other dental brushes around. Sharing of a toothbrush is sternly discouraged, and separate toothpaste must be used. When you recovered from the disease, properly dispose of your toothbrush because it may carry the virus.

2. Self-isolation Oral Care Routine

Do usual brushing and flossing of teeth on daily basis. Brush your teeth gently at least twice a day. Brush gently towards the gum line in a circular motion. You may use an electric brush to maximize your brushing technique. It is best to use toothpaste with chloride. Scrape off excess food debris, plaque and bacteria in the tongue using a tongue cleaner. Lastly, rinse with a mouthwash for 30 seconds. Alcohol-based products can destroy the protective layer of the virus and eventually, deteriorates.

Keep in mind the bi-annual dental checkup and professional cleaning. In case your appointment has been re-scheduled due to social distancing order, make sure to prioritize it.

3. Diet and Lifestyle

Perhaps most people are spending all day on their couch watching Netflix and binging with snacks. Don't fall into this trap! Avoid consuming soft drinks, juices and drink coffee or tea at minimum. opt for healthy food options particularly a meal that is rich in calcium. Finally, quit smoking if possible.

4. Keep Hydrated

It is important to keep hydrated. It is best not only for your oral health but general health as well.

If you have an infection, you are susceptible of losing fluids and getting dehydrated. Apart from that, your saliva production will be reduced making your teeth prone to cavities and gingivitis. Saliva is an essential element that keeps oral bacteria under control.

For more preventative dental care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.