Taking Care of Your Smiles During a Pandemic | Wilmington Dentist

Taking Care of Your Smiles During a Pandemic

It’s a scary time in our world right now, but it doesn’t need to be a time to lose control of our everyday lives. There are still some things that we have some control over and keeping these things in our daily routines will not only reduce some stress but will also give us a sense of control in an out-of-control world. Here are some quick tips to keeping you, and your smile, healthy:

Brush twice a day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. If you’d like a more thorough cleaning, consider an electric version. Brush for at least 2 minutes, in gentle circular motions so as not to irritate your gums.

Floss daily. Use 18” worth of floss and make sure that you are using a clean area between teeth to prevent the spreading of any infections you may already have. Check your floss between teeth for any blood, or scent that may indicate a more serious issue.

Choose a natural mouthwash. Mouthwash loosens any debris, making your mouth cleaner than by merely brushing. Instead of using a mouthwash that contains alcohol, which dehydrates your mouth, preventing saliva production, choose a more natural variety.

Avoid tobacco products. We all know tobacco of any sort is bad for us, but it is especially bad for our mouths. Ingesting tobacco products can further irritate any infection you may have, making you more susceptible to further issues.

Sugar doesn’t help. It may taste sweet but having too much sugar in your diet will cause lots of dental issues if you don’t look after your teeth. Limit it as much as possible and be sure to brush after you indulge.

For further information regarding dental hygiene, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

A Clean Smile Is a Stroke of Genius | Wilmington Dentist

When we think of having a stroke, we don’t connect it to our smile, but it is definitely linked. Stroke is the leading cause of death in Americans, with patients suffering from a stroke every 45 seconds. So, when we are taking the steps to avoid having one, we need to think about our dental hygiene.

CAD is a condition in which one more of the heart’s arteries is narrowed or blocked by cholesterol plaque called “atherosclerosis” in which decreases the blood flow to the heart muscle. Chest discomfort or pain called angina can occur when the heart muscle does not receive adequate blood and oxygen, such as during exertion, strong emotions or extreme temperatures. The discomfort typically lasts less than ten minutes.

Recent studies have shown that gum disease increases the risks of having a stroke. The American Stroke Association released studies in 2004 that showed patients with moderate to severe gum disease have a 4.3 times higher risk of having a stroke. But worry not – gum disease is completely treatable.

In order to prevent gum disease from occurring and/or getting worse, it is time to reconsider your daily dental hygiene routine. After all, prevention starts at home. Each day, you need to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Do this in the morning and before bedtime for the best results. Flossing is also imperative because floss can get in between teeth where a brush cannot. Rinsing with a mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association will also improve your dental health. Twice a year, check in with your dental professional to make sure you’re doing a proper job.

For further information regarding gum disease prevention, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

How to Keep Your Grin Glowing | Wilmington Dentist

Because the holiday season is a busy time of year, it is easy to let typical routines fall by the wayside. Our focus is on shopping and festive events with family and friends. But it is important to keep your smile healthy while celebrating the tastiest season of the year. Here are some simple things for you to keep in mind while attending these special events. After all, it’s photo op central this time of year – don’t you want to have a smashing smile?

Cheese. Some researchers believe that casein, a protein found in cheese, may have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth and could help with cavity prevention.

Chewing gum. Chewing sugar-free gum has long been recommended to avoid cavities. And sugar-free gum made with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, seems to be even more of a winner.

Wine. It may cause stains on your teeth, but one study suggests that many of the individual chemical components in both red and white wine can actively fight the bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Raisins. Scientists have found that some of the chemicals present in raisins, including polyphenols and flavonoids, may actively fight oral bacteria that lead to cavities.

Using a straw. A study at Temple University in Philadelphia discovered that you minimize damage to healthy teeth by sipping that soda through a straw.

Dental sealants. To prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend dental sealants, a protective coating that’s applied to the surface of the back teeth.

Good oral and dental hygiene can help you avoid cavities and tooth decay, but these six cavity fighters will also make sure your mouth is as clean and healthy as possible in between dental checkups.

For further information regarding holiday dental care, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

Getting Through It: IV Sedation | Wilmington Dentist

Whether we like it or not, we all need to see the dentist if we want our smiles to remain healthy and bright. The problem is, many of us have an actual fear of the dentist. It may be the sounds, or the fear or the pain, but to the patient, the fear is legitimate and enough to dodge the visit any chance they can. Fortunately, the industry understands these fears and have made vast improvements to put these fears at ease. Fear the dentist no longer – there is now sleep dentistry, or IV sedation.

IV sedation is a method of choice if patients don’t want to be aware of the procedure due to dental fear or dental phobia. The alternative is a traditional oral sedation, but oral sedation is not as effective as IV sedation. The onset effects of IV sedation are very rapid, and the drug dosage and level can be altered to meet the individual patient’s needs. This is what makes it a huge advantage compared to alternative sedation methods. IV sedation is both highly effective and highly reliable.

But that’s not all. Because IV sedation works so effectively, some treatments can be performed at a much faster pace and with less appointments with the help of IV sedation. It provides a conscious state for the patient, while also helping them relax, meaning the patient will be able to cooperate with instructions and feel relaxed at the same time.

We need to keep our regular dental appointments to keep their smile healthy. Don’t let fear keep you from achieving your best smile. Talk to your dental professional about any fears or concerns you may have.

For further information regarding IV sedation, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

Brighten Your Smile with Autumnal Foods | Wilmington Dentist

Now that we are filling our bellies with Halloween candy, it is important to be know that dental hygiene is necessary in order to keep our smiles bright and healthy. The problem is, Halloween candy isn’t the only culprit to our dental issues. Loads of foods can give us dental issues if we fail to keep up our dental health. So, after you’ve had your fill of Halloween sweets, enjoy some of these nutritious and smile-friendly foods:

Nothing quite says Autumn like a red delicious apple. Apples are known to play a huge role in good health, so are we really surprised they also help whiten up our teeth too? The crispiness of the apple is what is doing most of the work; every time you bite into an apple, it helps strengthen your gums. And the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, which clears out all of the cavity-forming bacteria.

Broccoli is another veggie you wouldn’t exactly guess as teeth-friendly, but broccoli is probably Mother Nature’s most blatant toothbrush. Munching on these little “brushes” will not only supply your body with iron but give your teeth a quick scrub. Carrots and celery are the next in this line of veggies. All great vitamins packed inside, and the high-water content is great for saliva production. And if you think about it, celery is like nature’s floss. It’s dental hygiene in your fridge!

Chockful of calcium, dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the whiter & healthier they become. Drinking your milk as a kid wasn’t just some ploy mom used to torture you. She actually knows best so drink up!

For further information regarding smile-friendly foods, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

End of Summer Celebration Tips | Wilmington Dentist

As we wrap up the summer, many families are getting away on Labor Day for that final weekend of memories. Whether you are staying close to home or off on a road trip adventure, it is important that you are prepared for any holiday mishap that could happen during the long weekend. And you may not always think of your dental health when planning your end of summer shenanigans, but you also don’t want to walk into autumn with dental issues. Here are a few quick tips to help the weekend go off without a hitch:

Sugar overloads. Because summer is definitely a time for us to throw caution to the wind and devour anything that tickles our fancy, it’s important that you are cognizant of the amount of sugars you consume to prevent any surprises at your next checkup.

Hydration is key. Drink lots of water to make sure you and yours stay hydrated and keep saliva production active. The more saliva production, the more protection you’re giving your mouth from cavity-forming bacteria and bad breath.

Don’t forget to brush. Practicing oral hygiene daily should be a priority when you have all of these delicious goodies at your disposal. Who wants to come home and deal with a mouth full of cavities after a wonderful time away?

Pucker up. Your lips are even more sensitive to the sun’s rays than our skin, so if you have an active family, keep some type of lip balm handy. In fact, having a dental first aid kit is a smart idea if you are planning to spend time outdoors.

For further information regarding holiday dental tips, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

Let’s Start 2019 Without Gum Disease | Wilmington Dentist

As we embark on the new year, we have all taken a moment to take stock on what we have done in the past year and how we can improve it for this one. One of the dental issues that can hinder our 2019 success is gum disease. If left untreated, could lead to tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Don’t worry – most adults will encounter some type of gum disease in their lifetime.

The problem is, only a dentist or a periodontist can recognize and determine the progression of gum disease, so if you find that your gums have begun to bleed or bad breath is becoming an issue, it’s time for a dental checkup. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, but other factors can contribute to periodontal disease as well, such as smoking, poor dental hygiene, diabetes and pregnancy. In order to catch gum disease at the first stages, here are some signs to look for:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures

Keeping your gums healthy requires a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day, using a mouthwash, flossing and maintaining a healthy diet. So, as you reconsider keeping your new year resolutions, make sure you think about your dental health. Prevention is your key to oral health success.

For further information regarding gum disease, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

Straws Can Save Your Smile | Wilmington Dentist

During the holiday season it is tough to keep all of our typical routines in check. With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it is easy to forget about making sure our smiles are healthy. Avoiding sugary sweets and regular brushing and flossing top the list of steps to take to avoid tooth decay, but other lifestyle habits, and even some foods and beverages, play a role in cavity prevention, too. Here are just a few secret tricks you can work into your daily routines, in addition to your daily dental hygiene practices:

Cheese. Some researchers believe that casein, a protein found in cheese, may have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth and could help with cavity prevention.

Chewing gum. Chewing sugar-free gum has long been recommended to avoid cavities. And sugar-free gum made with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, seems to be even more of a winner.

Wine. It may cause stains on your teeth, but one study suggests that many of the individual chemical components in both red and white wine can actively fight the bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Raisins. Scientists have found that some of the chemicals present in raisins, including polyphenols and flavonoids, may actively fight oral bacteria that lead to cavities.

Using a straw. A study at Temple University in Philadelphia discovered that you can minimize damage to healthy teeth by sipping that soda through a straw.

Dental sealants. To prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend dental sealants, a protective coating that’s applied to the surface of the back teeth.

For further information regarding dental hygiene tips, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

How to Eat After Dental Surgery | Wilmington Dentist

It happens to the best of us. It can happen over time or completely by accident. Regardless of the circumstances, we haven’t been our best with looking after our teeth and now we need to have dental surgery. It could be anything from dentures to root canals, but dental surgery will usually mean that there will be a bit of pain or discomfort following. It may just be a day or two, it may take a while to adjust, but if you have a tender mouth, it is best to follow a soft diet.

A soft diet is just that – foods and drinks softened in order to make chewing easier on your dental work. Hard, sticky, crunchy or spicy are best left alone until you have healed or adjusted to your dental work. If you follow the instructions given by your dental professional and keep your diet nice and soft, your healing process will also go smoothly and possibly quicker.

There are plenty of foods out there that are naturally soft to chew. Bananas, pastas, eggs, yogurt and ice cream are all great options, while foods like crackers, apples and steak should be kept off your plate. If you don’t have naturally soft foods handy, you can make them softer with a little kitchen effort. Cut food into small pieces. Grind or puree foods into a healthy smoothie. Foods like soups or stews are also great because tougher foods will break down as it cooks, making their chew much easier on tender spots. The point is to make your eating experience as easy as possible until your mouth as back to normal.

For further information regarding a soft food diet, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Let Them Say I Told You So | Wilmington Dentist

You’ve done it – you’ve finally made it to college. No more parental nagging in your ear because you are one step closer to be a full-fledged adult. Yes, it is a great time to be alive. Being a college student means you’re busy with sports, studying, classes, clubs and social functions. And while you time begins to become consumed with schoolwork, finding the time to think about oral hygiene or visit your dentist may be forgotten. After all, wasn’t mom the one that did that stuff for you all these years? Unfortunately, there is the problem – some of the most damaging things you can do to their oral health happen to be extremely common among college students, so this is the time you need to really make an effort to keep your oral health in mind. Drinking energy drinks to pull an all-nighter, late night snacking, drinking alcohol and forgetting to brush your teeth are all typical activities in the life of a college student. So, what is a college student to do?

Start the year off right and schedule a dental appointment now. Not only will you set yourself up nicely with a deep cleaning for the year ahead, you can also get some tips from your dentist in order to keep things healthy in between checkups.

It may sound like a lecture, but student health is important now that you are on your own. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy now will help to ensure you have healthy teeth when you are old and grey.

For further information regarding dental health, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.

Dr. Leo J. Kituskie proudly serves Wilmington and all surrounding areas.