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Five Tips for Better Dental Hygiene

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

dental careGood dental hygiene is all about keeping your mouth as healthy and as free from bacteria as possible. Everyone’s mouth has bacteria, but if they are allowed to get out of control, or to remain on the teeth and gums for extended periods of time, then they’re likely to cause gum disease or tooth decay.

Five easy tips for better dental hygiene

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning removes the bacteria that have accumulated overnight. This is important because your mouth produces less saliva to wash away the bacteria while you are asleep. Brushing last thing at night removes excess food particles and bacteria that have built up throughout the day.
  • Pay attention to the way you brush your teeth, and use small circular motions, ensuring you cover all the surfaces of your teeth.
  • Floss once a day, preferably last thing at night. Did you know the contact areas in between your teeth account for up approximately one third of all your tooth surfaces? If you’re not sure how to floss then ask your dentist or hygienist for advice and a quick demonstration.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months, or more frequently if the bristles appear frayed and worn. Choose a brush that is small enough to reach right to the back of your mouth, and make sure the bristles aren’t too hard as otherwise they could damage your teeth and gums.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional dental cleanings. Your dentist can check for early signs of disease, while your hygienist will scale and polish your teeth, and can offer advice and practical help on how to have better dental hygiene.


Diligent daily dental hygiene does work. When combined with regular professional dental care, it will help give you a healthy smile you can be proud of.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Visiting our office regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.

We are trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next appointment. Take care of your teeth!

When Was Your Last Dental Cleaning? From Valley Village Dental

Monday, March 26th, 2012

You water the garden three times a week, you change your car’s oil every three months, and you replace the batteries in your smoke detectors once a year. Your teeth need to see your dentist on a regular schedule, too.

While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at our office ensure your teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning. We recommend for most of our patients to have a checkup at least every six months. In addition to a thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

If you are predisposed to oral diseases, you may need to visit your dentist office more often than every six months. Factors at play in these diseases include age, pregnancy, tobacco use, medical conditions (such as diabetes, dry mouth, or HIV infection), along with how well you take care of your teeth on a daily basis.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve – If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, check with our Valley Village, CA office to schedule an appointment!

Bad Breath is No Good

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Bad breath, also called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. You may not even be aware of your own bad breath, so if you’re concerned you may be suffering from it, talk to Drs. Michelle Grosleib and James Grosleib and team.  We can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to treat it.

There are many reasons for bad breath:

  • What you eat can also affect the way your breath smells. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, can have a very strong and lasting odor.
  • If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath, not to mention tooth decay and gingivitis.
  • Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor.
  • Tobacco products cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, ask us for tips on kicking the habit.
  • Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If this is the case, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause.

The good news is there are many ways to help eliminate bad breath from your life. Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, so schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque, and don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!

Ask Drs. Michelle Grosleib and James Grosleib: If I have braces, do I still need a dental checkup every 6 months?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Thanks for the question! Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit our office regularly. When you’re wearing braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush normally can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis and even gum disease. Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care. Our dental team at Valley Village Dental will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

If it has been more than six months since your last visit to our Valley Village office, please give us a call! We look forward to your next visit!

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