The Answers to Questions About Mouthwash

Are you someone who has questions about mouthwash? If so, our dentists, Dr. Damon Thompson and associates, are happy to help you find the answers you’re looking for. The more you know about mouthwash, the better. In fact, it can help you find the mouthwash that is right for you and your smile. To help you, he would like to provide the answers to these commonly asked mouthwash questions:

Q: What mouthwash should I use?
A: For the best oral health possible, you should use antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash that has been approved by the American Dental Association. This seal of approval proves that the product is safe and effective.

Q: How often should I use mouthwash?
A: It’s best to use mouthwash daily, like in the morning before you start your day or at night before you go to bed.

Q: What does mouthwash do for me?
A: Mouthwash can help you and your smile by strengthening the tooth enamel, killing the bacteria in the mouth (like plaque), freshening the breath and preventing dental issues, like cavities and periodontal disease.

For more information and details about mouthwash in Blacksburg, Virginia, please contact Real Life Dental at your earliest convenience. When you dial 540-552-5433, our dental team will be thrilled to help you in any way we can. We look forward to your phone call!

Oral Hygiene Improvements: Dental Erosion Prevention

One of the biggest risks to your oral health arises due to dental damage in the form of dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion. It results when the layer of your teeth call the tooth enamel slowly wears away. This process is typically the result of harmful acids that can eat through your tooth enamel. To combat dental erosion, it is important to understand its causes and apply the necessary treatments and prevention techniques.

Dental erosion often arises due to conditions involving dry mouth or dry mouth-related symptoms. Dry mouth arises when saliva in your mouth is hindered. This is seriously damaging to your smile because saliva is essential for washing away harmful acids that contribute to dental erosion. Exercise caution with any medications you are taking as they can often lead to dry mouth. Other common causes of dental erosion include heartburn, acid reflux disease, genetic and environmental factors and your diet.

Real Life Dental to help you with whichever oral health care treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Damon Thompson and our team at our dentist office in Blacksburg, Virginia, simply give us a call at 540-552-5433. Drs. Damon Thompson, Nick Bottorff, Andrew Denardo, and Natasha Rizk are here for your smile!

Visit Your Dentist About Gum Disease  Risk Factor Prevention

With each passing year, your oral health is more at risk for oral ailments they can gradually wear down your teeth and gums. Your gums especially tend to be extremely vulnerable as you age due to numerous risk factors including periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. In order to protect your gums against any infections that can arise, it is important to know about its risk factors.

If you’re involved with any unhealthy habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco or using drugs, you’ll be at a much higher risk for gum disease. Always make sure you are implementing ideal lifestyle choices and avoiding unhealthy habits that can severely damage your teeth and gums. If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit these habits immediately.

Some risk factors for gum disease you have very little control over. If you have suffered from diabetes, you will be at an increased risk for numerous infectious diseases such as gum disease. In addition, hormonal changes, genetic predispositions, as well as pregnancy, can increase your risk for gum disease. Genetics can make an individual six times more likely to suffer from the disease.

If you have poor dental health and routinely skip out on dental visits, you may be more likely to develop gum disease. In addition, if you have a poor diet and you’re not cleaning your mouth properly, the odds of poor oral hygiene will increase the risk for gum disease.

Achieve a better smile with optimum oral health care success courtesy of gum disease prevention. If you would like to set up gum disease prevention at Real Life Dental, you are welcome to call our dentist office in Blacksburg, Virginia, at our number 540-552-5433. Dr. Damon Thompson and our entire team look forward to upgrading your smile. We look forward to helping you with your oral health care soon!


Severe Tooth Loss Can Be Resolved With a Partial Denture

If you receive significant oral trauma as a result of a car accident or severe sports injury, you may have several damaged or knocked-out teeth in one area of your mouth. In this case, treating the soft tissue wounds is often prioritized over restoring any tooth remnants, which can result in losing the dental roots. If the teeth are in a traumatic enough condition, they may need to be removed from the gums.

Following the healing of your oral tissues, Dr. Damon Thompson and our team can provide you with a wide range of treatment options to restore the overall function and look of the teeth. One of your tooth replacement options for severe tooth damage is a partial denture, which can secure and stabilize your smile.

If replacing missing teeth through oral surgery and dental implants or an implant-supported bridge doesn’t seem to be your preferred option, our dentist can recommend a removable partial denture.

Receiving a partial denture is typically faster than the process to place a dental implant. A partial denture is a miniature version of traditional dentures that is designed to fit to the shape and location of a large area of missing teeth, and it can be removed and reinstalled easily to restore your mouth to full function.

To create your partial denture, a dental lab sets artificial teeth into a material similar in appearance to gum tissue that acts as a foundation to secure the teeth tightly.

If you have had multiple teeth knocked out and would like to explore your tooth restoration options at Real Life Dental, please call 540-552-5433 today to learn more about partial dentures in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The History of Plaque Removal by Toothbrushing

Calcified tartar, evidence of plaque, has been found on Neanderthal tooth fossils from 50,000 years ago. While we don’t know if the first cavemen did anything about it at that time, the evolution of the toothbrush starts here. Presupposing that early man eventually determined that it was to his advantage attracting a mate to remove the ugly film from his teeth, the first method was to chew on and scrub them with a stick.

The type of brushing/chewing stick used from different plants varies from culture to culture around the world. Many of them contain antimicrobial properties which furthered the benefits. Then, as the hypothesis goes, seeing and feeling an improvement in oral comfort, early man continues the habit and tooth brushing technology advances with the addition of an abrasive material. Possibly by accident, some sand grit got into the brush and there was a noticeable improvement.

Eventually, people used wine crystals and crushed bone particles to clean their teeth. Even today’s toothpaste contains such fine abrasives as silica, chalk, and sand.

Toothpastes continued to progress with the addition of soaps and detergents–still an important ingredient today and the reason why nearly every kind of toothpaste foams. The modern age of toothpaste production, starting in the 1900s, gave us chemicals such as fluoride in various iterations. The 1970s brought in a desensitizer, and the latest major additive from the 90s is an antimicrobial.

While other additions can be found in specialty toothpastes, most all of them have these same ingredients in common. Years after the first man and woman started brushing the film off of their teeth, we still see that brushing is the best way to remove plaque.

Dr. Damon Thompson would be delighted to be your dentist. If we can help you in any way, please contact Real Life Dental at: 540-552-5433, or drop by in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: An Overview

If you don’t care for your child’s teeth while they still have them, you could end up spending a lot more time in our office when your child grows into a teenager. Baby teeth, while temporary, are critical to the overall oral health of a child, and they set the stage for good hygiene in adulthood. Here are a few bits of info you should be aware of about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, the foremost cause of oral decay in children under the age of 6.

The teeth most frequently affected by Baby Bottle Tooth Decay are the upper incisors, so keep an especially close watch on these teeth to take note of how your child’s oral health is; but tooth breakdown can occur in any teeth, so watch their other teeth as well.

The most common cause of worn-down teeth is a surplus ingestion of sugar, so try to stuff your child’s meals with healthy vegetables and whole grains rather than sugary foods like juices and bakes goods. If your child does eat something sugary, make sure they drink some water with it, and don’t forget to brush and floss their teeth.

Finally, it’s imperative to bring your child into our office for cleanings each six months. Even if your child is little, their teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay diseases, including Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Make sure you bring your child in for a visit by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes through the gumline.

The Real Life Dental team in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Dr. Damon Thompson can aid you. Call them at 540-552-5433 now to schedule your next checkup.

If You Have Gum Disease, These May Be the Reasons Why

When it comes to a healthy smile, healthy gums are essential. In fact, dental procedures such as orthodontics, dental implants, bridges, and partials, teeth whitening and dental veneers depend on having healthy gums. However, half of the adults in the U.S. over the age of 30 have gum disease. If you struggle with gum disease, some of the following might apply to you.

Dental Plaque: if you are not removing this thick bacterial film every day, you are more likely to incur gum disease. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, and flossing once a day is vital. Seeing your dentist every six months (or more) is also essential to remove hardened plaque around the gumline.

Balanced Diet: a balanced diet rich in vitamins can protect your oral tissue. Especially when it comes to vitamin C, your gums rely on nutrition to remain healthy.

Using Tobacco: regular tobacco use not only invites oral cancer, but it harms the gums as well by inhibiting the healthy function of gum tissue cells. Quitting this harmful habit will go a long way to improving your oral health!

Misaligned Teeth: when you have teeth which overlap or are crooked, it is much more difficult to clean the affected areas. This allows bacteria to thrive and plaque to proliferate. You need to clean those areas carefully daily, and if you can engage in orthodontic treatment to align those teeth, your gum health may benefit.

Medications: often medications list dry mouth as a side effect. This means insufficient saliva levels may develop, which then allow plaque-causing bacteria to thrive. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medication, but you can also stay well hydrated and remain diligent with your daily oral habits.

Along with daily oral hygiene and a healthy diet and habits, you can help your gums by seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings. To schedule your next visit with Dr. Damon Thompson, please call Real Life Dental in Blacksburg, Virginia, at 540-552-5433 today.

Help Your Oral Health With These Foods

You’re probably aware of some of the foods that can be bad for your oral health. Have you ever wondered what foods can aid your smile? Our dentist and team are more than happy to give you some pointers on foods to add to your diet to improve your dental health.

If you adore cheese, you’re in luck! Studies have found that eating cheese raises the pH in the mouth, thus lowering the risk of tooth decay. In addition, cheese contain calcium and protein, which can strengthen tooth enamel. The chewing that is required to eat cheese also increases the production of saliva in the mouth.

Leafy Vegetables
Leafy, green vegetables like kale and spinach can help improve oral health. These greens are high in calcium, which can aid the health of the enamel. If you find adding these greens to your diet, try adding a handful of spinach to a salad or putting some kale on a pizza.

Apples are high in water and fiber, which is very good for the teeth. Since apples are crunchy, they can increase saliva production in the mouth. The saliva rinses away bacteria and food particles, thus aiding your smile. The fiber in apples stimulates the gums, thus helping them stay healthy.

Like carrots and apples, celery can scrub food particles and bacteria away from the teeth. Celery is also high in vitamins A and C, which can aid the health of your gum tissues.

Contact Real Life Dental today at 540-552-5433 to learn more and to schedule a visit with Dr. Damon Thompson. Our dentist in Blacksburg, Virginia, looks forward to serving you!

Saliva and Your Health

Saliva production aids in good oral hygiene and your overall health. So, it’s crucial your salivary glands make this important potion in the proper quantities. If your mouth is not making enough, called dry mouth, you’re in for a host of unhealthy issues that you may not even be aware of.

Healthy Mouth and Teeth:

In terms of dental health, saliva defends against tooth decay and gum disease:

– Saliva decimates bacteria because of its antimicrobial properties.
– A thin film of saliva on the teeth is like a force field defending enamel from acids and bacteria.
– Saliva carries away food particles that cause tooth decay.
– Minerals in saliva rebuild enamel surfaces on teeth.
– Enzymes in saliva aid digestion and make it easier to swallow.
– Saliva creates the lubrication critical for speech.
– Saliva helps to keep breath fresh.

Sufficient Saliva:

The dental terminology for insufficient saliva is xerostomia, also called or “dry mouth”. Several health problems and some types of medications can cause xerostomia and when you are not salivating properly the below problems arise:

– Feeling of thirst and bothersome parched feeling in the mouth.
– Many forms of gum disease.
– Tooth decay
– Bacterial infections, yeast and fungus.
– Digestion issues
– Swallowing problems

Now What Do I Do?

– Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
– See your doctor to review which medications may be the problem.
– Use hard candy and chewing gum to motivate your saliva glands
– Daily brushing and flossing.
– Find foods that do not dry out your mouth. Avoid anything spicy, salty, or acidic.
– Your dentist can prescribe medications and/or artificial saliva spray.

If you believe you have poor saliva production, Dr. Damon Thompson would be happy to discuss it with you. Please contact Real Life Dental to make an appointment at: 540-552-5433, or come by our office in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Here at Real Life Dental, we endeavor to use our new blog as a regular means for publishing valuable content for our community through monthly blog posts. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we’re able to further explore some of the most important topics pertaining to our industry and area of expertise here on our website through these articles.

Each profession tends to be its own little niche, which is a good thing because it creates a unique space for our services and a place for you to learn and implement helpful ideas that can benefit you and the people you care about.

We’re excited to share this ongoing knowledge base of blog articles with this online community. These blogs provide timely and relevant information that’s conveniently accessible online. Indeed, we hope that this community will use the valuable information found in our regular blog posts, because they are an effective way for us to reach out to you on a monthly basis, while you still enjoy the comforts of your own home.

If you have any questions or want more information, we invite you to call our team at Real Life Dental in Blacksburg, Virginia, today at 540-552-5433. We look forward to helping you in any way we can, and we thank you for the opportunity!