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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Oral Health and Well-Being

Dear Readers,
I created this dental blog in 2009 to be helpful with many dental issues that may concern you. Those of you who have read most of my articles or have seen the headlines know that my main idea is and has always been to help you enjoy a healthy life filled with Brilliant smiles and avoid complications. And the key to this is PREVENTION
Prevention at all levels with all efforts.

Please take a look at my post- Preventive Dentistry- The Priceless Way
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2010/03/preventive-dentistry-priceless-way.html



So, that was the first and most important thing for me since I started work more than 20 years ago-  PREVENTION.  And I will not stop advising and saying that as long as it reaches as many people as possible. Please understand - PREVENTION - this is the way to enjoy the benefits of having not only good oral health but good overall health. More importantly- a cheerful, peaceful and happy life. 

Probably most of you have realized that one of the most important thing in life is HEALTH.
I will quote a saying : Health is not everything, but everything is nothing without health!

really hope that my posts will reach as many people as possible and will touch your hearts. My great reward will be to know that you have taken my advices for prevention, good oral hygiene, foods and additional tips for chewing gum, flossing and others, and will do everything possible to enjoy a healthy and happy life. I would like kindly to ask you to share this information with as many people as possible - your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours with this idea to help all people realize and do their best to enjoy both good oral and overall health. 

Because, Dear Readers, Oral Health and General Health lead to well-being that each of us deserves! 

Let us all unite around this idea of good health for all people everywhere. So keep going..............Thank you.

Sincerely yours- 
Dr. Trenkova, DDM

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Teeth Whitening Pen

Dear Readers,

Many people ask me about Teeth Whitening Pen.

In fact, this pen is very easy to use, it is so compact and can be taken anywhere- as you can see, it is very suitable for busy people and for quick use.


In my opinion, this is a way to keep your teeth at home after they have been already professionally whitened.My experience shows that you can not expect a stunning effect if your teeth have not been whitened professionally, but maintenance after bleaching is good. Many people, who did not bleach their teeth, like it because it reduces pigmentation in teeth. But if you want a Brilliant smile, professional whitening is preferable (or another kind of aesthetic procedure that your dentist will suggest).


Teeth Whitening - Why Choose Professional Whitening?



How can you use the Whitening Pen?

Firstly, clean teeth by flossing & brushing, preferably with a whitening toothpaste.
Shake pen, remove brush cover and twist clockwise until gel is released and covers brush head.
Apply a thin layer of gel directly onto the front surfaces of the upper teeth, avoiding gums or lips, and allow to dry for 30-60 seconds.
Repeat process on lower teeth.
For best results, do not eat or drink for 15 minutes after the application.

 Important:

1. Please be aware that Results may vary.

2. Please comply with contraindications

Please take a look at my post- Teeth Whitening – Contraindications

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/07/professional-teeth-whitening.html



3. Do not use if there is an allergy to any ingredient. If irritation, swelling or sensitivity develop, stop using it and consult your dentist immediately.

4. If significant amount is swallowed, please call a doctor.

Dear Readers, Please pay attention that you should use this product as a part of a proper daily hygiene program

You can take a look at my post -  Advices To My Patients For Good Oral Hygiene



Enjoy your charming smile and do not stop smiling!


Make the world more beautiful with this wonderful gift- The Smile!

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/07/smile-smile-is-one-of-most-beautiful.html


Sincerely yours,

Dr. Trenkova

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tooth Decay and Sugar

Dear Readers and Patients,

As I explained in my previous posts -

Caries- Tooth Decay- Which Foods Cause Dental Decay Easy?
and

The Way You Eat Reflects Your Dental Health

Sugar is very harmful to the development of cavities and subsequent complications.

Anyone who consumes large amounts of sugar is prone to developing both oral and general disorders - obesity, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, cancer, depression, allergies, liver problems, faster aging.

What happens in the mouth?

Bacteria convert sugars into acids that begin to dissolve tooth enamel. This leads to the development of cavities. And not only this. 
What happens if oral hygiene is not good?

You can pay attention to the previous post. Why Perfect Hygiene is so Important

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2019/04/blog-post.html

(Dr. Trenkova' s records)

Today people consume sugar throughout the year and in large quantities, not to mention the children. As I said in my previous post – Caries- Tooth Decay- Which Foods Cause Dental Decay Easy-  The reason for this is the immaturity of the dental structures. 
We all have to be very responsible for the teeth and the health of children, because it can help them or lead to terrible consequences in the future.
Sugar is practically in almost everything we consume. There is no way to avoid it completely. But we can limit it. 

My advice is to read the labels and calculate the daily amount of sugar you consume.

I will give an example.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:
    Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
    Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)


Dear Readers, Please be responsible for your oral and general health as well as for the health of your children and everyone else.

Of course I get to the most important thing again - Perfect Oral Hygiene!

You can look at my post -  Advices To My Patients For Good Oral Hygiene

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/07/advices-to-my-patients-for-good-oral.html



Sincerely yours,
Dr. Trenkova

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Oral Hygiene- Why Perfect Oral Hygiene Is So Important

Dear Readers,

When the patient comes to my dental office I assess the degree of hygiene by checking if any surface of the tooth is clean and the situation is the same in the front and back of the mouth.

I have to admit that for so many years I had several patients who really knew how to brush their teeth properly, to observe the required brushing time and not to damage their teeth and gums.


The sad truth is that most people do not know how to brush their teeth correctly.  I have always said that not good oral hygiene but the perfect oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, as well as the health of surrounding tissues in the mouth and, of course, good overall health and a beautiful smile.


Please look at my post- Preventive Dentistry- The Priceless Way


https://www.drtrenkova.com/2010/03/preventive-dentistry-priceless-way.html


Therefore, I always explain a lot about oral hygiene and give instructions on how patients can improve their dental health and to preserve the results after professional cleaning. 

My goal is to show the patient the existing problems in his mouth and to do my best to convince him not to repeat or deepen them. The patient is required to make appointments for regular check-ups. 


I am very glad when I see the patient at regular reviews and I find that the problems have disappeared and the patients themselves have become more attentive and interested in maintaining a perfect oral hygiene. 

Regular reviews allow me to compare patients' dental status as well as the opportunity to recommend new tools and medications that have been announced in the meantime and will be beneficial to their health.

I always ask my patients the following question: 

When you forget to brush your teeth, especially at night, do you see in the morning that they are covered with a white or yellow substance and when you touch your teeth with your tongue, do you think they are rough? "


The answer each is "YES". 

So this substance is called dental plaque.


Anyone can see it and feel it. Everyone knows about it, but does everyone realize what it can cause? 



Please look at my post- Tooth Decay- Which Foods Cause Dental Decay Easy?


https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/07/what-foods-cause-dental-decay-easily.html


Now I will show you a picture of my patient and what plaque has caused. 






















(Dr. Trenkova' s database- Patient with many caries and irritated gums)



As you can see in the picture, bad oral hygiene leads to many problems in our mouths.

First, the plaque accumulates on our teeth after each meal. If you do not brush your teeth regularly, its amount increases. It can harden in tartar if it is not removed daily.

What is the result? As plaque and tartar cause irritation of the gums. 
So, the first result is irritation of the gums. 

Secondly, plaque accumulation results in the formation of multiple cavities in the dental surfaces (many times for other complications - for example inflammation of the dental nerve, even further nerve complication called periodontitis. 


Dental plaque is the main cause of cavities and gum disease.

Third, poor oral hygiene is the cause of bad breath.
Fourth, poor oral hygiene can cause irritation to the oral mucosa.
Further undesirable effects can be expected. 

That is why I appeal to you to pay more attention to your oral hygiene in order to enjoy healthy teeth and gums and a lovely smile.


Please look at my post- Oral Hygiene- Advices To My Patients For Good Oral Hygiene


https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/07/advices-to-my-patients-for-good-oral.html


Sincerely yours,

Dr. Trenkova, DDM

Friday, April 26, 2019

Xylitol for teeth- why is it useful for the strength of the teeth?

Dear Readers and Patients,


What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener and is found in some berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. The body even produces it naturally in small amounts.


Why is it useful for the strength of teeth?

Besides being used for sweetening, xylitol helps in the prevention of cavities. Xylitol helps inhibit cavity-causing bacteria. The bacteria living on our teeth cannot digest Xylitol. As a result, less enamel damaging acids are produced. It is assumed that with frequent use, the composition of micro-organisms in the mouth is changing over time - less bacteria leading to carious processes survive on the surface of the teeth. The visible result is that it reduces the plaque.
You can look at my previous post- Dental cavity- Factors that cause it


Where to look for xylitol?

It has already become one of the main ingredients used in chewing gums and some candy to refresh your breath.

When to us it?

It can be very useful after eating or drinking when it is not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Chewing gum on its own helps promote oral health, helps clean teeth and helps freshen breath.

Please see my other post- Chewing gum good for teeth- after eating or drinking


What is the recommended daily dosage?

To act against caries, it should be ensured that about 5 grams of xylitol is delivered daily. In high doses, more than about 15 grams a day, xylitol can cause stomach and other problems. In order to take advantage of the chewing gum, however, it should be chewed for 5 minutes. Longer chewing is not recommended because can lead to the opposite effect - to demineralize the teeth and reduce their strength.


Research has shown that Xylitol is also a prebiotic. That means it feeds good bacteria in our GI tracts that are anti-inflammatory.

Xylitol gum can also help remineralize teeth and help relieve dry mouth.


And let's not forget, however, chewing gum does not replace the need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. I also recommend cleaning the inter-dental surfaces (between the teeth) with inter- dental brushes or floss each time before brushing.

Please have a look at my previous post: Preventive dentistry- the Priceless way

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2010/03/preventive-dentistry-priceless-way.html 



Sincerely yours,
Dr. Trenkova

Chewing gum good for teeth- after eating or drinking


Dear Readers and Patients,

Chewing gum can be very useful after eating or drinking when it is not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Chewing gum on its own helps promote oral health, helps clean teeth and helps freshen breath.

What happens after eating or drinking?

After meal our teeth are at risk of acid attack. The acid is produced by plaque bacteria and the sugars in our food and drinks. Our goal is to reduce this acid attack by brushing our teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and many unpleasant complications associated with them. 

Please have a look at my previous post: Tooth Decay and Sugar
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2019/05/sugar-and-tooth-decay.html

When it is not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste the chewing gum is a good option.

Why?

Because it helps protect your teeth and gums.

How?

It helps the mouth to produce more saliva. The saliva is our natural defence against the acids and helps protecting our teeth and gums. More saliva means a faster way to neutralize the drop in pH that occurs after eating.

You can look at my previous post about the role of saliva- Dental caries Causes
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/08/dental-caries-factors.html

How long is chewing recommended?

It is recommended chewing for up to twenty minutes after meal or drink. Frequent and continuous chewing also creates a risk of "loosening" of the mandibular joint and the occurrence of subluxations.

Something very important…..

To achieve the effect, chewing gums must be sugar- free.

You can see my post- Xylitol for teeth- why is it useful for the strength of the teeth?

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2019/04/xylitol-why-is-it-useful-for-strength.html

And let's not forget, however, chewing gum does not replace the need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. I also recommend cleaning the inter-dental surfaces (between the teeth) with inter-dental brushes or floss each time before brushing. 

Please have a look at my previous post: Preventive dentistry- the Priceless way
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2010/03/preventive-dentistry-priceless-way.html

Faithfully yours,
Dr. Trenkova

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Do not neglect caring for the children's' milk teeth

Dear Readers,


If you think that milk teeth do not deserve important attention because sooner or later they will be changed, you are not right. 


Tooth cleansing from an early age creates habits important for the proper maintenance of oral hygiene in adulthood. In addition, milk teeth should not be underestimated as they have a key role in speech, communication, shaping the facial structure and self-confidence of each child. 


Dentists recommend that after each meal, especially when taking carbohydrates, the teeth should be cleaned and brushing should last for three to four minutes. 


Dental sealants are dental treatments designed to prevent tooth decay. They are placed by the dentist in the in areas that are most vulnerable to caries- the grooves of the teeth, creating a smooth surface that is easy to clean. This is a prophylactic procedure against the development of caries in these areas. 


You can look at my post- Primary Teeth
Dear Readers, Please pay close attention to the baby's teeth and do everything possible to create a good diet and good oral hygiene for children as soon as possible. Regular dental checkups are also very important.

Please see my post-  Why Perfect Oral Hygiene Is So Important

I truly believe that PREVENTION is the first and most important step to enjoy excellent oral and overall health, healthy teeth and gums and smile with a PERFECT smile.

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2010/03/preventive-dentistry-priceless-way.html

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Trenkova

Oral Health and Well-Being

Dear Readers, I created this dental blog in 2009 to be helpful with many dental issues that may concern you. Those of you who have read...