Oral Hygiene Habits to Start Implementing Today

Oral Hygiene Habits to Start Implementing Today

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Good oral hygiene starts with keeping your teeth and gums healthy by practicing good dental habits. Taking a little time each day to follow some of these healthy habits is key in preventing problems down the line, such as gum disease, cavities, and more. Maintaining good oral hygiene is also the first step in ensuring that you’re in good health overall. Following these healthy dental habit tips daily and having regular checkups with your dentist are two of the best practices to keep your smile healthy and happy.


Brush Twice a Day

For most people, it’s a given that brushing your teeth is the key to good dental health. However, there are many factors involved when it comes to proper brushing techniques. First, be sure to have the correct toothbrush. Always choose toothbrushes that have been certified by the American Dental Association (ADA) and try to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. When brushing, do so twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Use circular motions and remember to brush all sides of your teeth, as well as your tongue and inside of your mouth.


Floss Each Time You Brush

Flossing should be done every time you brush your teeth. It helps to remove any plaque or bacteria, especially in areas where your toothbrush may not reach. Flossing also reduces inflammation at the gum line and can help prevent gum disease. 


Drink Plenty of Water and Follow a Healthy Diet

What you eat and drink has a big impact on your oral and dental health. Limit the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume, as these can lead to cavities and are harmful to the enamel of your teeth. Drinking plenty of water can help rinse some of the acids from these sugary foods and drinks out of your mouth as well. 


Check-In with Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are necessary even for those who take the best care of their teeth. Dentists can perform thorough cleanings of your teeth to remove all possible plaque. They’ll also be able to check for any potential problems such as cavities or gum disease. Most insurance companies cover two dental checkups per year, so be sure to take advantage of this and schedule your dental appointment accordingly. 

At Cakmes Dental Studio, our number one goal is keeping patients feeling confident by ensuring that they are maintaining the best oral health possible. If you have any concerns about your teeth or gums, give our office a call to set up an appointment. In between dental checkups, be sure to follow these daily habits to promote a lifetime of good dental health!

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Why Daily Brushing and Flossing is So Important

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Maintaining proper dental hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth in great condition and free from disease. Oftentimes, we may underestimate how much of a role our oral health plays in contributing to our body’s overall health. One of the best ways to promote good dental hygiene is through daily brushing and flossing. These two relatively quick tasks can make a lifetime of difference in keeping your oral health in the best possible shape.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all adults brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. The first step to correct brushing is using the right toothbrush and being sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles become frayed. Brushing your teeth removes plaque from your teeth which, if not removed, can quickly lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Proper brushing also prevents any cavities from forming which can cause significant damage if ignored. From a more social perspective, failing to brush your teeth will lead to bad breath in no time, making you less confident interacting and talking with others.

While flossing plays just as important of a role in maintaining proper dental hygiene as brushing, the ADA estimates that only 32% of adults floss every day. Working the floss in between each of your teeth allows you to reach areas where food is more likely to get stuck and areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing helps prevent bacteria growth, especially at the gum line where there is a greater possibility for infection and irritation. 

Preventative dental hygiene is the best way to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. Not to mention, it also saves time, money, and any pain that you may experience as a result of putting off those key daily healthy oral habits, like brushing and flossing. 

In conjunction with daily brushing and flossing, routine dental checkups help keep your oral health on the right track. Cakmes Dental Studio is here for all of your dental needs and can catch any potential issues before they become too serious. Call our office today to schedule an appointment or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer!

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National Dental Hygiene Month

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Every October, dentists, dental hygienists, and orthodontists come together to celebrate Dental Hygiene Month. This month is dedicated to promoting healthy mouths and celebrating all those devoted to keeping your teeth clean and sparkling. Here’s some history of dental hygiene in the United States and beyond.

In 1913, Fones School of Dental Hygiene opened as the first dental hygiene school in the country. A few decades later, in 1948, China was the first to bring bristle toothbrushes to the market and change society and dental hygiene forever. In 2009, National Dental Hygiene Month was born thanks to the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and Wrigley. One of the most famous dentists in American history is Doc Holliday, most famous for his gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Although he isn’t remembered for his dental practices, ultimately his day job was that of a dentist, and it is worth noting during National Dental Hygiene Month.

This month is a great time to really commit yourself to some dental habits you may not have started yet. A great habit is to floss every day. Flossing is immensely important because it cleans places your ordinary toothbrush can’t get to. It is vital for gum health as well as good hygiene, in general. 

Another important habit is to make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes. Not only does brushing your teeth twice a day help you eliminate morning breath, but it also helps prevent gum disease. A great way to make sure you get a full two minutes in is to purchase an electric toothbrush that times your brushing for you. 

One more habit that you should start this month is gargling mouthwash. Many people think mouthwash is optional, but dental hygienists are here to tell you it’s not! The antimicrobial rinse will keep your mouth clean, prevent cavities and gum disease, as well as make your breath minty fresh.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we are so excited to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with all of our incredible patients. Make sure to drop in this month for that teeth cleaning you’ve been putting off. Visit our website for more information!

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National Ice Cream Day Means It’s Time for a Cleaning

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan decreed a day for ice cream and his proclamation for the dairy industry in America. Every third Sunday in July is when all Americans celebrate their love for ice cream on National Ice Cream Day. At Cakmes Dental, we love our ice cream, don’t get us wrong, although we must warn you what happens if you don’t keep your teeth clean when you indulge in the frosty treat. Cavities are the number one disease in your teeth that comes from sugar. Cavities are preventable, so here are a few ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy from the sugars in your favorite dessert.

Space out the Sweets

When you eat sweets, such as ice cream, the pH level in your mouth drops, making it more acidic. Acid is not suitable for your tooth enamel, and the bacteria associated with cavity formation thrive in acidic conditions. A healthy mouth is overwhelmed if it has to defend against acid attack multiple times a day, which is why you should limit the number of times you eat sweets throughout the day. At Cakmes Dental, we fully support eating ice cream during a designated time of the day: Dessert Time! 

Swish Your Teeth With Water

Establishing healthy habits after consuming lots of sugar will help your teeth significantly. If you swish water in your mouth after eating sugar, it will help clean your teeth, but do not scrub your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth immediately after eating sugar can weaken your enamel from the acid attacks.

Don’t Eat Your Ice Cream in Bed

Nights of sleep and sweets do not mix. Late-night eating before bed poses its threat to tooth enamel. If you eat sweets right before bed, you increase a risk that your saliva won’t adequately rebalance your mouth, and cavities can be created from bacteria. Make sure you eat your ice cream before falling asleep and do not brush your teeth too soon after eating your ice cream! Timing is everything.

For National Ice Cream Day, check out if there are any specials at your local ice cream parlor, or try to make your own ice cream. Make sure to schedule teeth cleaning with us at Cakmes Dental to ensure you don’t have any cavities. Head to our website for more information.

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Negative Effects of Being a Coffee Addict – A Dental POV

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Coffee is essential to most peoples’ lives. It has become a part of the adult culture that you cannot survive the day without coffee. Coffee is listed to have many positive health effects, like boosting energy and improving physical performance. Dentists love coffee too, do not mistake that, but they have some concerns to tell their patients about the hot beverage’s effects on your teeth.

Coffee Stains your Teeth

Coffee is known to be one of the most prominent teeth stainers out there, as far as drinks are concerned, at least. Coffee contains dark pigments that stick to the enamel of your teeth, and over time this pigment can cause teeth to turn yellow and darker when you smile. How can you protect yourself from coffee stains? Drinking water directly after your coffee washes away the dark pigments and will protect your teeth from stains. 

Weakens Tooth Enamel

Coffee is acidic. When the pH of your teeth drops to around 5.5, your teeth begin to demineralize, creating the perfect conditions for cavities to develop. Coffee is a five on the pH scale, which means the acid lightly wears away at the enamel in your teeth and can aid in tooth decay. A way to prevent this from happening is to avoid your cup of coffee’s contact with your teeth. Drinking through a straw will limit the contact with your teeth, so maybe it’s time to become an iced coffee lover! Additionally, by drinking your coffee quickly instead of sipping for hours, you can avoid prolonged exposure of acid to your teeth.

Caffeine Causes Teeth to Clench

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. Bruxism can cause headaches, earaches, sleep disruption, tooth wear, and tooth breakage. The moral of the story is clenching, and grinding your teeth does not end well. Sadly, caffeine is a cause of bruxism, and coffee contains high amounts of caffeine. The solution here is to know your body and understand the intake of caffeine in a day that gives you energy but does not cause you to grind your teeth.

At Cakmes Dental Studios, we do everything we can to give our patients the healthiest and whitest smiles. If having a coffee addiction has hurt your teeth, call and inquire about teeth whitening or teeth cleaning to make sure your teeth are up to par. We hope the information we provide can help your oral health in the future, and if you ever have any questions, please contact us!

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What are the 3 Main Types of Teeth?

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Sometimes, it can be intimidating when you are lying flat in the dentist’s chair, and you hear murmurs about issues in your incisors or that your molars have a cavity. Of course, you can always ask your dentist to explain what’s going on, but it is still essential to know the basics of your teeth. This short guide will break down the three main types of teeth, so you are never out of the loop in that dentist’s chair.


Usually, incisors are the first adult teeth to grow in after our baby teeth fall out as kids. Incisors make up most of your smile since they are the front four teeth in the top-center and bottom-center. These teeth are much thinner and help when we take an initial bite of food. These teeth are the most prevalent when you smile or talk. They are categorized by central and lateral. Central incisors are the two front teeth, and lateral incisors are adjacent to the central teeth. 


Also known as Cuspids, canines are the sharp, pointed teeth on either side of our incisors. These teeth are used to tear and rip food apart. You have four cuspids in your mouth. Two on top and two on the bottom. These are the longest and sharpest teeth, with a pointed end, and some people even refer to it as our “vampire teeth.” These teeth are used as guides for the best biting position.


Molars are the primary teeth for chewing, and there are different types of molars to distinguish. Molars are positioned further back in your mouth and have a flat surface used to eat food into small pieces. There are 12 molars, which include your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come into the mouth, and many get their wisdom teeth removed because they can cause issues in the jaw. Premolars sit next to your canine teeth and are the first molar teeth to come in. There are eight premolars, and they are also called bicuspids. 

Now that you are more familiar with the function of your teeth, you might feel more comfortable when you head to the dentist and are actually able to understand what your dentist is saying to you. Make sure to come to visit us at Cakmes Dental Studio, where we will clean your teeth, make sure each and every tooth is working correctly, and ensure that your smile is sparkling!

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The Real Effect Soda has on Your Teeth

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Soda. It’s a popular beverage among so many men and women of all ages, but do you know the real effect it has on your teeth? Of course, we have all heard “it’s bad” and causes cavities, but what else is there to it that makes soda so detrimental to your dental health? Let’s take a deeper look to find out. 

Many people believe that the acid on the ingredients list on a soda bottle is the only acid that dental professionals warn about when discussing acid-induced decay from drinking too much soda. However, there is actually much more to that. When soda reaches your mouth, it reacts to certain chemicals and bacteria that reside there and actually produce acid that harms your teeth even more. So, not only are your teeth being harmed by the acids already in the soda, but they are also being harmed by acid created in this chemical reaction right inside your mouth. It’s a double whammy. 

The two main concerns with drinking soda and maintaining dental health are cavities and erosion. Cavities are much more likely to be prevalent in people who consume a lot of soda because the sugars and acids in soda break down dentin in your teeth which is essentially what protects your teeth from cavities and other issues. However, soft drink damage always starts at the enamel, and this is where erosion begins. Once your enamel is broken down too significantly from the acids and sugars in soda, it is very difficult to rebuild it, and your teeth will be much more susceptible to future problematic dental issues like decay.

The evident solution here is to not drink soda, but we understand that sometimes a pizza, burger and fries, or popcorn just isn’t the same without your favorite soda. Our advice to you is to consume soda in a moderate manner if you are going to drink it. Being careful and drinking soda in moderation won’t be detrimental to your dental health. So, here are some tips to help preserve your pearly whites if you have to have a soda every now and then.

    1. Rinse your mouth with water after you drink a soda to wash away excess sugars and acids that are sitting on your teeth.
    2. Don’t drink soda before going to sleep, but if you do, be sure to brush your teeth after.
    3. Drink soda through a straw to eliminate a lot of the contact it has with your teeth. 

Whether you are a soda drinker or not, you need to have your teeth cleaned regularly! If it has been a while, contact Cakmes Dental Studio today to get your appointment set up. We look forward to seeing you.

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Importance of Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months

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Getting your teeth cleaned by a professional every 6 months is very important to your oral health. The benefits extend beyond catching cavities and polishing your smile. Check out the reasons why we think a dental checkup every 6 months is crucial for everyone. 

Stain Removal

The process of professional cleaning removes the build-up on teeth that holds and causes stains. Plus, with the use of our advanced technology, old existing stains you thought were permanent can be removed during the polishing process. Keep in mind, however, the younger stains are, the closer they are to the surface of your teeth. Therefore, it is easier for stains to be removed during the cleaning process if you see a dentist twice a year.   

Preventative Measures

Waiting to go to the dentist when your tooth pain or gum inflammation is unbearable can be very risky to your health. When you get in the routine of visiting your dentist every 6 months, it is much more likely that issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities can be taken care of before they pose a serious threat to your oral health. 

Plaque and Tartar Removal

During a routine cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove excess plaque and tartar that have built up around your teeth over time. Did you know that plaque and tartar can actually lead to tooth decay if not properly and thoroughly removed? It is very important to visit your dentist’s office for this step of the cleaning process, as it can only be done by a professional.

A Check-Up On Other Health Problems

Consider your 6-month visit to the dentist a portion of your annual checkup with your primary physician. Your dentist can discover other issues related to your overall health based on the effect it has on your oral health. Some conditions your dentist can detect are diabetes, oral cancer, heart problems, acid reflux, osteoporosis, dry mouth, and eating disorders.

It’s Included in Your Insurance

If you have dental insurance, your dental coverage typically includes 2 visits to the dentist every year for a checkup and cleaning. Don’t let your insurance go to waste – take advantage of what you already pay for! 

If you are overdue for a routine cleaning and check-up, contact Cakmes Dental Studio at (865) 584-6163 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to request an appointment. We look forward to meeting you, and we can’t wait to get your teeth in tip-top shape!

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