Keep up with Preventative Cleaning

The easiest way to avoid too many trips to the dentist is to keep up with preventative cleaning so your teeth and gums remain healthy and vibrant. We all know we have to brush and floss regularly, but there are some lesser known habits that are highly beneficial in the long run, too. Here are some friendly tips that you can perform outside of your routine checkups to ensure optimal dental health.

  • Avoid bad foods for your teeth: includes anything sugary, sticky, and acidic (examples: soda, dried fruit, and citrus fruits).
  • Give up smoking or tobacco.
  • Use mouth wash (and use it properly).
  • Visit the dentist: While you don’t want to sit in the dentist office all the time, going regularly for checkups will guarantee thorough cleanings and inspection of your mouth to check for potential issues.
  • Clean your tongue: cleaning the surface will remove bacteria that can contribute to bad breath and can negatively affect your dental health.
  • Whitening toothpastes are a viable option to remove surface stains on teeth.
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How To Whiten Your Smile!

There are three ways you can whiten your smile!

In-Office Bleaching, sometimes called chair bleaching, the dentist will apply a gel to protect your gums and a rubber shield to protect the soft tissue of your gums. Then, they will apply a bleaching agent and a special light to activate the agent.

Many people go like to maintain their tooth whitening when they come home from the dentist. When you’re out shopping, you’ll notice a few things on the self promoting whiter teeth.

At-Home Bleaching White-strips or whitening trays can be found on many of the store’s shelves. You can experience gum sensitivity or gum irritation.

Whitening Toothpastes Although toothpaste does not whiten the tooth enamel, it does remove surface stains. You might not notice a large difference in comparison to bleaching in the dentist office or at home.

Tips For Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is an important aspect of oral hygiene.

It is recommended you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. You want to make sure the toothbrush is not too big or too small for your mouth and will reach all of the areas easily. Once your toothbrush’s bristles have started to fray, it is time for you to replace your toothbrush (about every three or four months).

How to brush your teeth:

  • Your toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle to your gums. (See a diagram from the ADA.)
  • Strokes should be short, back and forth.
  • Be sure you have brushed the outside, inside and the chewing surfaces.
  • The insides and the surfaces of your front teeth should be brushed in up and down strokes.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue! This will remove any bacteria and give you fresh breath.

Since brushing your teeth is only part of the oral hygiene process, be sure to floss to remove any bacteria or food particles your toothbrush cannot reach. Make sure you have also scheduled your next dentist appointment for an annual cleaning!

Toothpaste For Children

The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) has updated their recommendation on children’s dental care. A recent report states parents and caregivers can use fluoride as soon as the first tooth comes in.

For children younger than 3 years old, you can use a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. For children ages 3 to 6, parents can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Children should spit the toothpaste out when they are old enough to do so. The CSA previously recommended only using water to brush the teeth of children younger than 2 years old; and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children ages 2 to 6.

It is also recommended that parents take their children to the dentist as soon as the first tooth has come in and their first dentist appointment should be before their first birthday.

Do You Want a Dazzling Smile?

Everyone wants that perfect smile, and there are various ways to obtain it. One of Dr. Costoya’s abilities, maxillofacial prosthodontics, is what is essentially restoring teeth to their natural form, color, and function. Recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association), prosthodontics is the oral rehabilitation, including restoration and replacement (such as bridges, veneers, inlays, and dentures). When people want to improve the esthetics, or visual look of their smiles, this is the medical category that it falls under.

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Here at Pinecrest, we offer smile makeovers, adding to our stellar reputation and highly diverse skill set. No one should be afraid to grin or show their teeth, especially when Dr. Costoya and the Pinecrest Family Dental team are well-trained and determined to brighten everyone’s day with a dazzling smile.

Another reason to consider Pinecrest? Prosthodontics requires advanced education and training, along with high levels of care. Not everyone can handle that standard, but thankfully Dr. Costoya did! With that kind of experience, you know you can trust a team that has to stay consistently sharp.

How Important is Flossing?


A lot of patients hate answering the routine question, “Have you been flossing regularly?” from their hygienist. The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day and brushing twice a day, but why is this so important for dental hygiene?

When just brushing your teeth, you’re only getting the surface clean. By using floss you’re able to get in the small spaces the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing plays a huge role around your gums; as food builds up, plaque and tartar forms which will have to be removed by a dental hygienist. What about mouthwash? Mouthwash can kill bacteria but it won’t be able to remove pieces of food that gets stuck.

Check our special offers, which includes a New Patient Cleaning for just $85! Give us a call, (305) 235-0020, to set an appointment!

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