5 Ways to Improve Your Oral Health at Home 

  • By lemaster
  • 06 Dec, 2016
When it comes to protecting your smile, regular visits to the dentist’s office every six months for routine cleanings are incredibly important for identifying potential problems in your dentition. However, maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine at home play an equally important role in ensuring lifelong oral health. Here are ways to ensure you are doing the most for your smile from the comfort of your home.

Invest in the Right Equipment : While it may seem that you are reaching all the nooks and crannies of your teeth, chances are that if you are using a standard toothbrush, you’re still leaving debris on your teeth. If left unremoved, these particles can spur plaque growth and build up, leaving you at an increased risk of cavities and periodontal disease. Rather than relying on a standard toothbrush, consider investing in an electric toothbrush. As this toothbrush uses a rotating and oscillating head, the bristles effectively remove bacteria and debris. If you are committed to your standard toothbrush, be sure to use small circular motions when brushing your teeth.

Get into a Routine : In addition brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you should also be flossing at least once a day. Much of your tooth’s surface area lies in gaps between the teeth- neglecting this crucial part of oral hygiene can leave individuals vulnerable to decay and infection caused by bacteria and plaque buildup. When flossing, be sure to gently work the floss towards the gums and “scrub” the teeth with the thread rather than just popping it in between the teeth. Rinse with mouthwash to get rid of any loosened bacteria.

Watch Your Diet : Your daily intake also plays a role in your oral health. Eating too many sugary foods increases the exposure of your dentition to sugar which can increase the likelihood of developing cavities. To create a mouth-friendly diet, try substituting sugar with healthful snacks such as grains, vegetables, fruits, cheese, and peanuts. Not only will these help remove harmful sugars, but they can also contribute to healthier gums and protect your teeth against plaque.

Avoid Risky Behavior : In particular, smoking and chewing tobacco products can have a detrimental effect on your smile. In addition to compromising your overall health, tobacco can make recovering from oral surgery or extraction difficult as well as cause bad breath and deep tooth staining. Tobacco also increases the likelihood of developing oral cancer or periodontal disease, conditions which carry long-term overall health consequences.

Observe Your Smile : Knowing what “normal” looks like for your smile is an important step in identifying potential problems early, particularly if you aren’t due for another dental appointment for some time. Additionally, knowing the warning signs of potential issues such as tooth infection and periodontal disease can help patients seek care before the condition progresses too far and requires extensive restorative care.


In addition to these steps, keeping scheduled visits to your dentist’s office can help ensure lifelong oral health and dental function. For more information about keeping your smile healthy, contact Batavia Family Dental today to schedule your next dental appointment.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
Beginning in early childhood and extending through late adolescence, your smile goes through a number of developmental changes. Maintaining good oral health through these numerous transitions is important in ensuring lifelong oral health. Instilling effective oral hygiene habits and promoting positive dental experiences early on is a critical step to achieving a healthy smile well into the future.

Consider the following tips for helping your child to learn the right skills for keeping their smiles healthy.

Start Early : Contrary to popular belief, implementing an oral hygiene routine can and should begin as soon as possible in infancy. Using a clean wet cloth or gauze, parents should wipe the baby’s gums after meals. Once the first tooth emerges, parents can use a soft bristled brush to gently clean the tooth.

Use demonstrations : Children often learn best by watching others complete a task. Brush and floss your teeth with your child, showing them the right way to hold the brush as well as proper brushing and flossing technique. Once completed, be sure to check your child’s work, go over any missed spots, and have your child do the same for you. Not only will this help to reinforce effective habits, but this hands-on approach shows children what to look for when cleaning their own smiles.

Make Oral Care Fun : Whether this involves using a special toothbrush and fun toothpaste, or developing a story involving the defeat of plaque monsters, making dental care a fun experience can help encourage children to enthusiastically take part in their own oral hygiene. Other tools such as oral hygiene-specific books and videos can help children understand the importance of daily dental care by using age-appropriate language and visual demonstrations.

Reinforce Effective Hygiene : Implementing a rewards system is another excellent way to reinforce positive hygiene habits. Rather than using sweets or ice cream, as this may contradict effective oral health, try offering an extra 15 minutes of TV time for every week that your child brushes without being asked.

Regularly Visit the Dentist : According to the ADA, routine dental cleanings should begin around six months, or once the first tooth has emerged. While this may seem early, maintaining these regular appointments is especially important for a number of reasons. Not only does an early introduction to dental appointments help children become accustomed to professional cleanings, but it also serves as an important opportunity for your child’s dentist to monitor their smiles for changes or issues as the child loses their baby teeth and begins to develop their permanent teeth. Your dentist can also identify whether more extensive treatment, such as orthodontics, will be needed in the future.

At Batavia Family Dental, we strive to help parents and children learn the right skills for keeping young smiles healthy through each phase of development. For more information about scheduling your child’s next dental appointment and to learn more about the importance of childhood preventive dentistry, contact our Batavia family dentists today.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
Improving the alignment of your smile improves much more than the aesthetic aspects of your smile. Correcting overcrowding, tooth rotation, and other alignment issues often yields improved oral health as orthodontic therapy often removes nooks and crannies where food and bacteria can become trapped. Similarly, improving the alignment of the bite encourages better oral functionality, improving the efficiency of the smile when it comes to chewing and biting.

However, with many treatment options available for achieving the ideal bite, it is no wonder that patients may feel overwhelmed when it comes time to choose between traditional orthodontia and Invisalign®. If you are weighing your orthodontic treatment options, consider the following factors:

Cause of Misalignment
Regardless of the type of orthodontia you decide on, your treatment plan should be tailored to comprehensively address the cause of your misalignment. Failure to do so paves the way for eventual relapse and the need for future treatment. For individuals experiencing minor to moderate alignment problems such as overcrowding and tooth rotation, Invisalign® is often enough to reposition the teeth. For patients suffering from overbites, underbites, or jaw-related misalignment, more extensive orthodontia therapy may be needed to effectively address the cause of misalignment.

Patient Involvement
Compared to other treatment options, Invisalign® is an incredibly convenient alternative. As this option uses removable clear aligners rather than metal brackets and wires to move the teeth, Invisalign® is often much more comfortable and easy to add into a hectic schedule. However, as the results are highly dependent on patient compliance with the pre-determined treatment plan, some individuals may have difficulty in sticking to their plan. For these patients, traditional orthodontia may be a better option as it requires minimal patient participation.

Treatment Aesthetics
For many adults, treatment selection is based on the ability to improve the smile discreetly. While traditional metal braces have become much less bulky in recent years, many adults may be deterred by the idea of having a mouth full of metal throughout the treatment time. As Invisalign® uses virtually invisible aligners to reposition the teeth, adult patients are able to maintain a professional appearance throughout treatment.

Invisalign® in Batavia
At Batavia Family Dental, our dentists work with patients to develop a personalized orthodontia plan that meets their needs. For many adults facing orthodontic treatment for the first time or individuals hoping to correct relapsed smiles, the dentists at Batavia Family Dental recommend Invisalign® as a minimally invasive yet highly effective method of achieving a beautiful, straight smile. For more information about this alternative to traditional metal braces, please contact our Batavia dentists today.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
For many patients, a routine cleaning is a relatively innocuous procedure. However, for patients that have not been to the dentist in a while or individuals suffering from dental fear or phobia, visiting the dentist can be an overwhelming prospect. To help patients overcome anxieties associated with dental visits, dental sedation may present an excellent medical solution.

While often misnamed as sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry refers to the use of various medications to induce relaxation during a dental appointment. With sedation, nervous patients as well as individuals that have a hard time sitting still are often able to remain calm throughout their appointment.

Types of Dental Sedation
There are several different sedation options, each of which are recommended based on the patient’s level of comfort, the procedure they are undergoing, as well as their age. These factors are weighed to determine the appropriate level of sedation. Some of the more common sedation options include:

Nitrous Oxide : Inhaled through a mask, “laughing gas” has minimal side effects, often wearing off quickly after your procedure. As nitrous is considered a mild sedative, patients are often able to drive themselves home after their procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation : This moderate version of dental sedation is administered via pill taken prior to the appointment. Depending on the patient’s level of comfort, the dosage administered may vary. Regardless, it is recommended that patients receiving this form of sedation find a friend or family member to drive them home after their appointment.

Moderate IV Sedation : As the medication is administered intravenously, these side effects are felt more immediately than with oral conscious sedation. Throughout treatment enhanced by intravenous sedation, the medication is continuously being administered yet is controlled by the dentist. Similar to oral conscious sedation, this form of relaxation medication can induce feelings of drowsiness in patients and it is required that patients enlist the help of a friend or family member to return them home.

Deep Sedation: Also administered intravenously, deep sedation is the highest strength of sedation dentistry. Recommended for patients undergoing more extensive procedures or those with severe anxiety, this version of IV sedation causes patients to enter a state of minimal consciousness where, while patients are still awake and responsive, they are often feel as though they are asleep. Unlike other sedation options, deep sedation must be performed by a certified medical or dental anesthesiologist or an oral surgeon.

Sedation Dentistry in Batavia
At Batavia Family Dental, we believe that achieving lifelong oral health requires that patients feel comfortable throughout their procedures. At our family dental practice, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help enhance our patient’s treatment experience. For more information about this relaxation method, contact our Batavia dentists to learn more today.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, routine preventive dentistry beginning at an early age is a critical part of maintaining a high standard of oral health. However, many individuals fail to recognize the important role the health of your smile plays on your overall health. Known as the oral-systemic connection, the relationship between your smile and body is often underrated yet incredibly important.
Often, preventive dentistry is the best way to protect an individual’s overall health.

In recent years, studies have emerged emphasizing the link between the health of your smile and your overall health. One of the best examples can be seen in the emergence of indicators that periodontal disease may put patients at a higher risk of developing secondary complications such as stroke, heart disease, and respiratory issues. For expectant mothers, studies have also pointed to the greater likelihood of a high-risk pregnancy and premature delivery.

Gum disease isn’t the only oral condition to have an impact on a patient’s overall health. When a tooth becomes abscessed, the bacteria can enter the blood stream and quickly spread to other parts of your body, compromising your overall health. In severe cases, the infection can spread to vital organs such as the brain and heart, putting the patient at risk of organ failure and even death.

How Do I Practice Preventive Dentistry?
While these scenarios are extremely rare, it is important to note that routine dental care via biannual visits to the dentist and the implementation of an effective at-home oral hygiene routine go a long way in preventing these dental conditions. In particular, frequent visits to the dentist are incredibly important as they provide your dentist with the opportunity to evaluate your smile and monitor any changes to the dentition. In the event there is a change to the teeth, gums, or jaw between visits, your dentist can create effective treatment plans that address these issues before they cause long-term problems.

These routine visits are also incredibly important from an educational standpoint. Regular dentist appointments provide patients with the opportunity to ask the dentist questions about the dentition as well as learn the right way to maintain effective oral hygiene between dental appointments. As dentists frequently use advanced technology to take photos of the dentition during these visits, patients can often enjoy an in-depth look at their dentition. Not only does this help them better understand their dental needs, but when these images are used to describe different treatment options, patients are also able to
better visualize the long term implications of these treatments.

At Batavia Family Dental, we are proud to offer comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages. From protecting young smiles with fluoride and sealants to restoring missing teeth with dental implants, Dr. Sokolovskiy and his associates provide patients with comfortable, effective dental care that improves their overall health. To schedule your next dental appointment contact our Batavia family dentist today.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
Over time, routine wear and tear as well as exposure to staining liquids and foods can cause your smile to lose its natural radiance. With teeth bleaching, patients can enjoy a brighter, whiter smile without having to undergo extensive cosmetic dentistry. To ensure lasting results, consider implementing the following habits into your regular oral hygiene routine.

Avoid Dark Liquids : Coffee, tea, and red wine can all cause staining to your smile. If you do consume any dark, staining beverages, consider using a straw to avoid tooth contact as well as brush your teeth once you’ve finished.

Have a Snack : Hard fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, or celery help to “scrub” away plaque and help to eliminate stain-causing bacteria. Additionally, these natural abrasive foods are a great, healthy substitute to sugary, sticky foods that can accelerate bacteria production and increase the likelihood of cavity development.

Stay Hydrated : Not only does drinking water help keep your health, but it also helps to flush away stain causing plaque from your teeth, keeping your smile bright. Drinking water frequently also helps to prevent your mouth from drying out, which can lead to excess bacteria growth.

Floss Daily : By removing leftover debris from between your teeth after you eat, you can lessen the likelihood that the debris will cause long-term staining to your smile as well as reduce your risk of developing cavities.

Enhance Your Hygiene: In addition to brushing and flossing daily, start rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash each day. This can kill off stain-causing bacteria as well as protect your smile from decay or infection. Additionally, try implementing a whitening toothpaste to remove surface level staining. Investing in an electric toothbrush can also help clean hard-to-reach spots in your smile, thereby improving the health and look of your teeth.

Consider Professional Whitening : While over-the-counter whitening strips may seem like a fast fix, if applied incorrectly this at-home remedy can cause more harm than good to your smile. Seeking professional bleaching can help ensure that you obtain natural looking results safely.


At Batavia Family Dental, Dr. Sokolovskiy and his dental team are proud to help patients achieve their ideal smile by offering a number of comprehensive treatments that enhance the natural beauty of their smile. For more information about cosmetic dentistry in Batavia, contact Dr. Sokolovskiy today.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
When it comes to protecting your smile, regular visits to the dentist’s office every six months for routine cleanings are incredibly important for identifying potential problems in your dentition. However, maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine at home play an equally important role in ensuring lifelong oral health. Here are ways to ensure you are doing the most for your smile from the comfort of your home.

Invest in the Right Equipment : While it may seem that you are reaching all the nooks and crannies of your teeth, chances are that if you are using a standard toothbrush, you’re still leaving debris on your teeth. If left unremoved, these particles can spur plaque growth and build up, leaving you at an increased risk of cavities and periodontal disease. Rather than relying on a standard toothbrush, consider investing in an electric toothbrush. As this toothbrush uses a rotating and oscillating head, the bristles effectively remove bacteria and debris. If you are committed to your standard toothbrush, be sure to use small circular motions when brushing your teeth.

Get into a Routine : In addition brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you should also be flossing at least once a day. Much of your tooth’s surface area lies in gaps between the teeth- neglecting this crucial part of oral hygiene can leave individuals vulnerable to decay and infection caused by bacteria and plaque buildup. When flossing, be sure to gently work the floss towards the gums and “scrub” the teeth with the thread rather than just popping it in between the teeth. Rinse with mouthwash to get rid of any loosened bacteria.

Watch Your Diet : Your daily intake also plays a role in your oral health. Eating too many sugary foods increases the exposure of your dentition to sugar which can increase the likelihood of developing cavities. To create a mouth-friendly diet, try substituting sugar with healthful snacks such as grains, vegetables, fruits, cheese, and peanuts. Not only will these help remove harmful sugars, but they can also contribute to healthier gums and protect your teeth against plaque.

Avoid Risky Behavior : In particular, smoking and chewing tobacco products can have a detrimental effect on your smile. In addition to compromising your overall health, tobacco can make recovering from oral surgery or extraction difficult as well as cause bad breath and deep tooth staining. Tobacco also increases the likelihood of developing oral cancer or periodontal disease, conditions which carry long-term overall health consequences.

Observe Your Smile : Knowing what “normal” looks like for your smile is an important step in identifying potential problems early, particularly if you aren’t due for another dental appointment for some time. Additionally, knowing the warning signs of potential issues such as tooth infection and periodontal disease can help patients seek care before the condition progresses too far and requires extensive restorative care.


In addition to these steps, keeping scheduled visits to your dentist’s office can help ensure lifelong oral health and dental function. For more information about keeping your smile healthy, contact Batavia Family Dental today to schedule your next dental appointment.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
Compared to other restorative treatments, dental implants offer patients the longest lasting, most comprehensive solution to replacing missing or extracted teeth. However, with so many variations of available implant treatment, it is no wonder that patients may feel overwhelmed when considering their dental implant options.

To help better understand your restorative treatment options, below are the most common forms of implant restorations.

Single Tooth Replacement
Single unit implant restorations consist of an implant post, and abutment, and a single crown restoration. This form of dental implants is often recommended when patients are missing a tooth that was surrounded by healthy teeth.

Multi-Tooth Restorations
This implant-supported restoration often utilizes several implant posts to support a bridge of replacement teeth. The number of implant supports varies based on the patient’s needs, ranging from a bridge of three teeth supported by two implants up to a full arch restoration held in place by four to eight implants. The All-on-4 dental implant technique is a variation of multi-tooth restoration that is frequently recommended for patients considering comprehensive full mouth rehabilitation.

Mini Implants
Similar to traditional dental implants, mini implants offer a permanent support for future restorations. However, mini dental implants utilize a smaller implant post, making them a viable option for patients with jaw bones that may not effectively support traditional implants. Often, mini implant candidates are individuals looking to stabilize their existing tooth restoration.

Implant-Supported Dentures
Unlike traditional multi-tooth restorations, implant-supported dentures utilize a removable overdenture rather than a bridge to replace missing teeth. Often, implant-supported dentures are recommended for patients that have lost all of their teeth yet have sufficient jaw bone density to support traditional implant posts.

Hybrid Dentures
Confusion often arises when determining the difference between implant-supported dentures, multi-tooth restorations, and hybrid dentures. While hybrid dentures are also supported by implants, they differ in that they are fixed to the supporting implants. Unlike implant-supported dentures, hybrid dentures are just the teeth, leaving the palate unobstructed. In contrast to traditional multi-tooth restorations that replace a limited number of missing teeth, hybrid dentures replace all the teeth in the arch. As a result, this treatment is only recommended when patients with healthy jaw bones and gums are considering full mouth rehabilitation.

Dental Implants in Batavia

At Batavia Family Dental, Dr. Steve Sokolovskiy and his associates are committed to helping all patients find the right restoration treatment for improving their dental health and function. Contact our Batavia dental office today to learn more about our available implant treatments.
By lemaster 06 Dec, 2016
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