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.

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.

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.

The Three Types of Gum Disease | Wilmington Dentist

You just found out that you have gum disease. Bummer, right? Nearly 75 percent of people in the United States are right there with you. Though typically caused by not practicing proper oral hygiene, some cases are caused by certain medications, hormonal changes, etc.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums caused primarily by the bacteria found in plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed by practicing proper oral hygiene, the bacteria can end up severely infecting a tooth enough to need extraction. There are three different stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis. This early stage of gum disease is mainly due to plaque buildup and can cause the gums to bleed. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible, but only through dental care and by practicing proper oral hygiene at home.

Periodontitis. Typically irreversible, your gums start to form pockets below the gum line, where food and plaque can get trapped, making the condition worse.

Advanced Periodontitis. This is very final stage of gum disease where the bacterial infection has not only affected your teeth, but has also destroyed the fibers and bone supporting your teeth. This can lead to your teeth shifting or loosening, which affects your bite.

As mentioned before, bleeding and inflamed gums are some of the first signs of gum disease. Bad breath is also commonly associated with gum disease. If you notice any symptoms, visit your dentist as soon as possible.

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.

How to Maintain a Healthy Mouth | Wilmington Dentist

When we have a dental emergency, we know exactly where to go. But if it doesn’t hurt, chances are we aren’t bothering with a dental visit. Unfortunately, when it comes to our dental health, it is our job to take care of things. We schedule dental appointments to make sure things are going smoothly, but it’s honestly our duty to make the effort to maintain our smiles. So, if you find out that you have dental issues, it’s time to think about how well you are taking care of your teeth. Here are some quick tips to avoid a bad dental report card:

Brush. 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. 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.

Mouthwash. Mouthwash loosens any debris, making your mouth cleaner than by merely brushing.

Tobacco. 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. 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 issues, 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.

Today Is National Tooth Fairy Day! | Wilmington Dentist

Losing your first tooth is one of a child’s first memories. Not only is it fun to wiggle it around, but sometimes a child can get scared about the idea. Regardless of the opinion at the time, losing your tooth means you are officially a “big kid”. Then you find out about the bonus: monetary compensation. The reaction generally goes:

“Wait. So, I get money for my baby tooth? From a fairy? While I sleep? Nice!”

But where did the Tooth Fairy come from? What is the folklore behind this magical creature that seems to be obsessed with tiny teeth? Turns out, the Tooth Fairy has been around for centuries. February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day, so let’s take a look at the mythical creature that is the Tooth Fairy…

Before she was a tiny mystical creature, the Tooth Fairy was more of a superstition. People believed that burying a baby tooth will eventually grow into a new “permanent” tooth. People also believed that a witch could place a curse on a child if she got hold of the missing tooth, so the tooth was buried in the ground where they couldn’t find it. And while this all sounds absurd, you can see that hiding the tooth somewhere is the part of the ritual that ended up sticking.

As folks began to populate cities and less rural areas, there wasn’t as much unused land to bury these teeth. So begins the use flower pots and other smaller planters located in the home, eventually evolving into the ritual of hiding it under the child’s pillow. And the myth of the Tooth Fairy was born.

For further information regarding the Tooth Fairy, 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.

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.

Do You Have Gum Disease? | Wilmington Dentist

At some point in our lives, the chances of us developing some type of gum disease is pretty high. While we are doing well at keeping up with our daily dental hygiene routine, there is still a chance gum disease can develop, including:

  • Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, make gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop.
  • Diseases such as cancer or HIV, because they interfere with the immune system. Diabetes’ effects on the body’s ability to use blood sugar makes patients at a higher risk of developing infections, including dental ones.
  • Medications can disrupt the flow of saliva, which helps to cleanse our teeth and gums naturally.
  • Bad habits such as smoking make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
  • Family history of dental disease can be a contributing factor for the development of gingivitis.

The problem is, gum disease may progress without producing obvious signs, making it even more important to keep all of your dental appointments. Gum disease may affect only certain teeth, such as the molars. Only a dentist or a periodontist can recognize and determine the progression of gum disease. Here are common warning signs:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

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.

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.