Taking Care of Your Braces When It Comes To Food

Have you been wearing braces? If yes, how do you ensure you always provide exceptional care to your teeth? The following are some of the essential things that you’ll need to know.

Avoid Consuming Hard Foods

Hard foods like carrots, pretzels, apples,  and candies can be problematic for your braces. They have the potential to cause bands or wires to snap. When it comes to some of the harder healthier foods, we don’t want you to abstain just because of your braces. Try chopping them into small pieces before eating. Cooking or steaming can also help soften them in texture.

Regularly Brush your Teeth

With braces, you need to brush your teeth more than twice a day. Food particles are easily trapped within the wiring. If they are not properly cleaned it could lead to cavities or even destroy your braces. To avoid this scenario, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal.

Rinse your Mouth with Clean Water

Swishing water inside your mouth is an extremely effective way of removing any food particles that may be stuck. It is advisable you perform this procedure before and after brushing just in case anything is left over that could erode the enamel.

Remember, it is your job to ensure your teeth clean and in good shape while out of the office. If you need further assistance or help cleaning with braces, contact us!

How Soda Affects Your Teeth

Most Americans drink soda or some kind of sugary beverage at least once a day. Why? Because they taste good! Foods and drinks that taste good are not always good for your diet, and soda happens to be one of them. Not only does is soda associated with obesity and other common health problems, it’s also bad for your teeth! Depending on the type of soda, various oral complications can arise from use of these sugary drinks.

Teeth Staining

Dark colored soft drinks can leave a semi-permanent stain on the teeth that cannot be removed without a deep cleaning, whitening, or professional help. This discoloration occurs when the soda becomes embedded in the natural structures of the enamel, or outer layer of the tooth.


Soda is high in sugar, and sugar erodes the teeth’s enamel by reducing its hardness. When cavities occur, often times the damage is going deeper than the enamel and hitting the dentin underneath.

Bacteria Growth

The sugars in soda combines with the natural bacteria of your mouth, forming an unwanted acid. This damages the teeth by attacking them. Think again before you take that next sip, because with each one your mouth is under attack!

Even with continuous dental check ups and keeping up with your oral hygiene, it is not recommended to have a high intake of soda. You can help your mouth and your body by choosing alternate beverage options!

If you have questions of concerns on how soda affects your teeth, teeth whitening, stain removal, and more, contact Fairfield Dental Arts today!

The Process of a Root Canal: Problems and Treatments

Experiencing a toothache? Can’t bite or chew normally? Unable to smile due to pain? All of these symptoms can be characteristic of a root canal problem.

Before we begin, a brief understanding of the anatomy of the tooth will be helpful. Inside the tooth—after passing both the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin—exists a pulp chamber, which houses the root canal system and pulp. The pulp, a soft tissue, consisting of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues, is needed during tooth development; however, after maturation, a tooth can survive without the pulp. Root canal, or endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected; left untreated, it can cause abscess and further damage to the surrounding tissues and bone.

Endodontic treatment may take a day or two, depending on the condition and severity of the symptoms. Briefly, here are the steps of a root canal treatment:

1. The very first step is to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum area, so the patient doesn’t feel any pain.

2. A dental dam is applied to isolate the tooth being treated. This avoids contamination from bacteria present in the rest of the mouth, including those in saliva; in this sterile environment, a hole is drilled to access the pulp chamber and root canals.

3. The unwarranted pulp tissues are removed; the root canals are cleaned and disinfected with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions.

4. A rubber-like material called gutta-percha is filled into the canals. Since gutta-percha is prepared with adhesives, it essentially seals the canals, preventing further access points for bacteria.

5. A filling is inserted to seal the access hole. Occasionally, a post (metal or extremely sturdy plastic) may be placed in the canals to hold the filling in place for a weaker tooth.

6. Finally, a crown or filling is placed to completely restore and seal the top of the tooth.

A few weeks after the procedure, pain should be non-existent, and tooth restored completely. If pain persists, please see us for a follow up visit immediately!

Can Brushing Your Teeth Too Much Be Bad?

Many of us brush our teeth several times a day. This begs the question of whether or not that may be too much. Is there such a thing as brushing too often? The answer may surprise you.

When you brush your teeth, you should always do so with a fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and all kinds of other dental issues. At Fairfield Dental Arts, we recommend you brush for two minutes, three times a day.

Should you brush your teeth less, it could lead to plaque buildup. Although you may have heard this term before,  plaque is a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. This build-up creates a thin, sticky film on the teeth and having too much of it can eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities. Gum disease can also occur by not brushing your teeth enough.

Brushing too often can also cause trouble. A common misconception is that teeth get cleaner the harder you brush. The opposite is true as the amount of pressure applied has no effect on how clean your teeth get. This could potentially lead to damaging the enamel on your teeth. This protective covering plays an important role in keeping teeth from becoming too sensitive and exposing the nerve. Existing dental work such as fillings and root canals can become damaged due to over brushing. 

The staff of Fairfield Dental Arts is happy to bring you this information and remind you that regular dental checkups will help keep your smile looking youthful and vibrant. For more information, you can visit our website and be on your way to a bright, beautiful smile.

Which Toothbrush Is Right For You?

We all have a preference on feel when it comes to oral hygiene and how we take care of ourselves. With toothbrushes, there are so many shapes, sizes, brands, bristle strength, and more, so how do we know which one is right for us? Here’s what you should look for:


The smaller the head, the farther a toothbrush can reach and the more plaque/debris it can remove. The back teeth are the ones doing the most work when it comes to chewing your food, so make sure you can give them enough attention for a clean mouth!



A toothbrush handle can vary from non-slip or smooth grips, arched or straight necks, and skinny to wide in shape. This really depends on what feels right to you. Everyone’s mouth is different, so choose a brush that gives you the ability to easily provide your teeth a thorough cleaning.


Try an Electric Brush

Manual brushes might seem like your #1 choice, but with electric toothbrushes, we tend to brush more thoroughly and for longer periods of time. This is especially true with an electric toothbrush that has a quadrant timer. Another plus to electric toothbrushes is ease for children or the elderly allowing an easier brush overall.


If you have more questions on toothbrushes and which one is right for you, contact us.

How to Brighten Your Smile this Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holiday season is officially here! Are you ready for all of those parties, gatherings, and photos? If you’re looking to bump up the brightness of your teeth (without a phone app), then we have you covered! Without further ado, here are some helpful teeth whitening tips you’ll be sure to love:

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  • Teeth Whitening Toothpaste – There are several different teeth whitening toothpaste brands out there. While these will not provide immediate or dramatic results, they can help prevent buildup.
  • Drink Plenty of Water – Remember to stay hydrated! Drinking water will help keep your teeth bright and healthy.
  • ZOOM® Whitening – We offer in-office whitening treatments! This treatment is safe, effective and fast. Unlike with other teeth whitening methods — you leave the office with a brighter smile, right away!
  • At-Home Whitening – If you prefer to brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home, we can create customer teeth whitening trays that are designed to fit your unique smile. You can fill these trays with whitening gel and wear them for 2 hours each day, for 1-2 weeks. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have a noticeably brighter smile!

Is it time to schedule your dental cleaning or looking into our teeth whitening options? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today! In addition: we’ll be glad to answer any dental floss related questions you may have!

3 Important Thanksgiving Dental Tips You Should Know

Thanksgiving will be here sooner than you think! That can only mean one thing: eating all the goodies your relatives make! Not so fast, though. Many of your favorite holiday fixings might be detrimental to your overall dental health (sadly). Here are some tips that will keep you smiling from ear to ear this holiday season:


1) Pack Your Toothbrush and Floss
Many people travel to a family member’s home for Thanksgiving. When you are packing for Turkey Day, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and floss. Forgetting to do so will result in a last minute detour to the nearest convenience store.

2) Suppress Your Sweet Tooth
For some, the holidays provide an opportunity to overindulge in sweets. Overloading on sugar can increase plaque build up on your teeth. This Thanksgiving, take it easy on the sugar. After all, it’s not Halloween!

3) Eat Your Vegetables
Despite it being a cheat meal day for most, it’s important to stock up on vegetables! When you’re creating a plate, load up on green veggies — since they’ll help make your teeth stronger (thanks, calcium)!

From everyone here at Fairfield Dental Arts, have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you are in need of dental services in Connecticut, give us a call at 203-254-3780 to schedule an appointment.

What to Do If You Have Chapped Lips

Cold weather is upon us and that only means one thing: chapped lips. Known to be quite the uncomfortable feeling, chapped lips can be quite painful if you happen to have braces or any other dental work. Although you should use lip balm (and other lip ointments) in moderation, here are some better ways to cure those chapped lips: 

Use a Humidifier

One of the simplest tricks to curing dry lips is to use a humidifier. Known to put moisture back into the air, these water-based device will be the perfect way to keep your lips (and skin) from drying out in the winter — especially if you sleep with the heat on, or take hot showers.

Stay Hydrated

Another trick to keeping your lips moisturized is to stay hydrated with water. Many times, those with dry lips and skin tend not to drink water frequently — which ceases moisture production. If you’re looking to cease the dryness, put down the soda and pick up a bottle of water. Not only will this be better for your teeth, but it will also help keep you (and your skin) hydrated!

Use a Natural Balm

Still feel the need to use lip balm? Before you purchase another tube, give coconut oil a try! This natural remedy is the perfect alternative because it not only moisturize your lips, but it won’t build a dependency like traditional lip balm! Additionally, coconut oil will leave your lips feeling soft and moisturized for a while — it’s the perfect product!

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!


3 Types of Dental Floss You Should Use

Fact: there is more than one type of dental floss on the market. That’s right — one of the biggest staples of oral hygiene comes in a variety of different materials/finishes to give you the healthiest, brightest smile on the planet! If you’re looking to floss your teeth and don’t know which type to use, here are a few options we recommend:

Fairfield - October 27, 2017Floss 1: Waxed Floss

Known as the most traditional dental floss, this oral hygiene staple has been around since the earliest days of dentistry. Unlike its cousin (unwaxed floss), this waxy counterpart makes for the strongest bond floss — and will be less likely to break or slip when you’re using it. In addition: waxed floss is quite simple to use, since the wax creates a grip-like texture when you’re holding it.

Floss 2: Unwaxed Floss

Holding a reputation for being the most famous of the flosses, unwaxed floss is composed of nylon yarn and is known to get into every tight space between teeth. Although waxed floss is the stronger version of this floss — the string is bulkier and not as thing as unwaxed floss. If you’re looking to get into every nook and cranny, then this will be the perfect floss for your pearly whites!

Floss 3: Super Floss

Have you recently acquired braces or dental implants? If so, super floss will be the perfect choice for you! Unlike traditional dental floss, this majestic dental floss is stiffer and can easily adapt to any surface it encounters. In addition to being quite durable, super floss also comes in a waxed and unwaxed portion, if you have a dental floss preference! Super floss really is super — and will be very beneficial to use!

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today! In addition: we’ll be glad to answer any dental floss related questions you may have!

What Happens When You Don’t Floss?

fairfield dental artsFlossing is one of the most important (and most often overlooked) things you can do for your smile health. In fact, about half of Americans don’t floss every day, but you may want to reconsider. Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing is essential to preventing cavities and bad breath. Here are a few of the reasons why you’ll want to make sure that you add flossing into your daily oral health care routine.

What Happens When You Don’t Floss:

  • Your Gums May Bleed – Healthy gum tissue shouldn’t bleed when you brush, floss or eat. If you notice any bleeding, there is a chance that you have some gingivitis (it’s a sign of gum disease).
  • Tartar Builds Up – It’s very common for tartar to build up in between your teeth. This hard substance must be removed by your dentist because, if it is left untreated, it can damage your teeth.
  • Bad Breath – If you haven’t flossed in a while, there is likely buildup in between your teeth. This can cause halitosis.
  • Tooth Discoloration – Neglecting oral health care can make it more difficult to maintain a bright, white smile.
  • Gum Disease – Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from your teeth. This leaves pockets of space for bacteria to grow, weakening your tooth structure. Eventually, gum disease leads to premature tooth loss.

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Reach out to our office to schedule an appointment today!