Brushing teeth: at dinner or at bedtime

The simple gesture of brushing your teeth at night is often overlooked, both in form and at the moment, and that can lead to dental health problems, which costs nothing to prevent and it is worth spending a minimum of time on it.

We are aware of dental hygiene, so we will never neglect it, since one of our goals is that patients can always wear the best of their healthy and beautiful smiles.


More than 500 types of bacteria reside in our mouths, and with the absence of saliva during the night, they usually camp at ease, that is, at that time the mouth is much more vulnerable to bacterial attacks, because saliva is an agent antibacterial that protects the oral flora of the harmful elements, and while it is asleep it remains still, without being able to exert its cleaning function.

For this same reason, brushing your teeth at night should be a mandatory task, with the aim of minimizing bacteria, and cannot proliferate in the dry mouth, which decreases the pH regulation of saliva, and in this way, acid aggression on dental enamel cannot be avoided.

In this same sense, just as we have bacteria that help maintain the balance of the oral flora, there are others that, on the contrary, get the energy to advance in the mouth, from the foods that are ingested, in the form of carbohydrates and sugars, so if immediately to the fact of eating that type of food, they are not brushed, they will have more chances of developing caries, periodontitis or gingivitis.

In a natural way, bacteria produce acid throughout the day, in more quantity when eating, so the only way to get rid of that bacterial film is by brushing the teeth, and thus the damage to the enamel and the damage will be controlled. That arise below it, like cavities.

For all this, and for the problem of halitosis that can be generated, the most important brushing of the day is the nocturnal, that in which the saliva does not act effectively for at least 6 or 8 hours.


It is usually recommended that the last brushing of the day be immediately managed after finishing dinner, as the amount of fluoride that is immersed in the toothpaste, remain for a longer time on the teeth, protecting and strengthening during the night the denture in full.

Although it can also be delayed brushing between 20 and 30 minutes after having finished dinner, in any case, it will also depend on the type of dinner that has been consumed, since acidic foods, such as citrus, vinegar or tomatoes, act as a sweeping bacterial plaque, and you can proceed to the brushing until an hour after having finished dinner.

In any case, and according to each particular case, the teeth should be brushed at the moment before the bacterial plaque begins to take effect, so that if even the saliva is active after having eaten, you can wait a little brushing, everything will depend on the type of food that has been ingested, and the type of enamel that the patient has, which may be more or less resistant to bacteria.

Sometimes it happens that the brushing of the night is forgotten, and it does not suppose greater problem than a hardening of the bacterial plaque, but that it can be arranged with the rest of brushed during the day that they are made.

We bet on white and healthy teeth, and that is why we defend the importance of brushing the night as one of the main ones of the day, and it is also a constant challenge, which should be instilled from the earliest childhood.

Economic dental insurance

Suffering from a terrible tooth ache for not having enough money to pay for dental insurance is a sad reality for many. Preventive care often reduces the need for complicated procedures, but regular exams and regular cleanings often cost a lot if you do not have affordable dental insurance. Fortunately, dental insurance today is less expensive and easier to obtain than people think.

There are two types of coverage. You can get your plan individually or through an employer.

Employer group policies

If you are entitled to receive health insurance benefits, also sign up to receive a dental plan. It is generally available independently of medical insurance and at a lower cost. Many companies even offer dental insurance to their part-time employees. The selection varies depending on each employer. Some offer the benefits immediately, while others have a waiting period of up to a year.

Individual plans

Individual policies are generally more expensive than those offered by employers, because you must pay the full cost. However, they are often worth it. Generally, routine cleanings and exams do not carry a copayment or deductible. If you need to perform an important procedure, such as a root canal (endodontic), the savings will be worth it, despite the monthly premiums you must pay.

There are several ways to find an individual plan. Ask for a quote online. Many websites allow you to compare the policies offered by various providers. If you find it difficult to find a policy yourself, contact a health insurance agent to conduct the search. Dental offices are another excellent resource for finding dental insurance options.

Sometimes, inexpensive dental insurance is not available, especially if your employer does not offer it as a benefit. Discount plans, dental schools, community clinics, and government health care plans are also interesting options.

Consulting the dentist periodically allows you to save money. Preventive care keeps teeth healthy and allows dentists to find problems when they are still mild (and less expensive to correct). This is easily achieved if you have insurance.

What is a corking?

From small dental term that we hear is “corking” and always associate with the presence of dental caries. The name used in dental surgeries to refer to this procedure is “shutter”, which is necessary to apply for more than one cause. Here we will explain what a corking, how long it lasts, and why could motivate require.

What is a corking?

A corking simply is filler that dentists put on or in the teeth to restore it when it has a hole, to restore a decayed tooth or chipping its normal shape.

The fillings can be made based on three materials. Two of these materials that are white and try to imitate the color of the tooth, one is the composite, and the other glass ionomer; the third material, which is best known, is plated, and is called amalgam.

How long does a corking?

The time duration of a corking depend on a number of factors, some of the material with which it is made. In principle or one made of glass ionomer composite should last on average 8 years; while an amalgam around 12 years. The main factors that determine the duration of fillings correspond to:

Size because smaller, generally, fillings last longer (this is one reason so early detection is important).

Beware; it is important to follow the directions given by the dentist to increase the duration of corking.

Why might need a corking?

Caries: The most common reason that we need a corking is due to dental caries .Since we often miss part of the tooth due to the presence of this bacteria, so it is very important to watch what they eat and have habits of oral hygiene .

Tooth wear (sensitivity): Sometimes tooth wear may require a corking. Whatever the cause of tooth wear, corking function is protective, so that seals the exposed dentin, stopping, thus, the construction of the plate on irregular surfaces and reduces sensitivity.

Aesthetics: if you have chipped, cracked or broken tooth, a simple corking can restore, restoring its natural appearance and functionality. On the other hand, if you have a discolored area on a tooth or exposed root, can help improve the appearance by covering the area.

The “Bling-Bling” and smiles of the stars of Hip-Hop

Some years ago, having gold teeth did not mean exactly riches or style, but times have changed as fashions and just smiles of the most popular rappers of the world, which hold a large golden smile and very bright is fashion today.

“Decorative veneers” – decorative covers made of gold, silver or precious metals inlaid with jewels molded to fit your teeth – have become a new kind of jewelry to show the wealth for many celebrities

Top 5 rappers with the most expensive world smiles 

1. Paul Wall

This rapper and jeweler based in Houston, is a leader in the design grid. For $ 800 per piece, you can coat your teeth with diamonds in abundance.

2. Nelly

The famous rapper Nelly, loves both your veneers, who wrote a song about them.”Grillz” with Paul Wall, with which topped the charts of the best songs of hip-hop in 2006.

3. Kanye West

What could be better than a mouth full of diamonds? Nothing, according to the rapper, who first showed his beaming smile to viewers in the “Ellen Show”.

Does Kanye Rationale behind the veneer millionaire? … “There are only certain things that rock stars are supposed to do.”

 4. T-Pain

Known for making the most jarring occupied by the singers of today, the auto-tune, T-Pain has a 100% manufactured veneer yellow diamond.

5. Lil Wayne

With one of the most expensive Hollywood smiles, Lil Wayne says its veneer cost us $ 150,000.

Tea and Oral Hygiene

Tea is a product currently in Chile people prefer to shift the popular coffee but not everyone knows that contains compounds that interact with plaque and kill or inhibit some bacteria.

All types of tea come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, such as the black white green tea, blue and contain antioxidants, minerals and vitamins beneficial for various dental problems.

There is a legend of Mao Zedong, Chinese Communist leader who had the most stained teeth to be found throughout Asia but also one of the healthiest, with no caries, by chewing green tea. All this was proven by the American Society for Microbiology after studying for years the properties of the infusion, which effectively fights cavities, and eliminate bad breath and certain types of infections.

Depending on the type of water you use to prepare your tea, a cup of green tea contains natural fluoride therefore provides care oral hygiene; just remember not to add sugar.

Finally you can use green tea as a home remedy to prevent tooth sensitivity by rinses unsweetened, and can also place a wet bag in case of toothache.

Brandan Montserrat runs Deentistry in NY

A few weeks ago we learned that a close friend of Deenty goes to New York Marathon as a team we were interested in his desire to go and be there, and we ask that all our patients run by the social initiative as our ambassador smiles.

She is Montserrat Brandan, Chilean visual artist and cultural manager. Is 30 and takes 5 doing something he enjoys, run.

The running is one of today’s most popular sports, since the benefits are numerous, such as losing weight, increasing physical strength and significantly improve our mood what makes us smile more.

We talked to Monserrat and told us a little of your passion for running and his opinion regarding dental health.

Deenty : How did you get started in the running?

Montserrat: I lived for a period in Toronto. There, after work everyone went jogging, and I had to adapt somehow they did my classmates and was also an opportunity to meet new people. D: What do you like to run?

M: is rich to have a hobby, very different from my profession, that is sporty and not to fall into the competitive arena. I usually train in a running club and have good friends there. So for me running is also fun, share with friends, etc. Love on Saturdays jogging and then had breakfast or lunch together.

D: Can you tell us a bit about the NY Marathon.

M: The NY Marathon is a dream comes true. Since childhood he saw on TV and dreamed of running it. As the years passed, I slowly started to bring that dream. It is my second marathon and I think an important end in what is running long distances on asphalt. The knees and tendons are already very tired. And I think you also have to make room for other things. I think of running, it always will. However, marathon is much preparation time and feel that with the New York something important is closed staff too.
D: How do you see the outlook for this career?

M: Not in my head or my legs. My goals as time, not even think. I.e. “reached the goal and I had incredible.”
D: What do you think about the current situation in Chile in relation to people and little concern, and dental care?

M: I think there are options, but unfortunately access will never be the same for everyone but in quality. Apart from a dental concern, also begins with a food concerns and lack of habits in this matter, and obviously that means bad dental habits. Unfortunately health is a very unfair well in Chile and dental plans do not always access our, or are not in our plans social protection so it should be voluntary initiatives go to a dentist regularly. Unless there is a greater pain or discomfort.

D: How about joint financing program that is promoting Deenty?

M: I think its great. It is very innovative in terms of access to dental best price and excellent quality range career plans. I think that you should always support enterprises that bridge the gaps user and service, even in matters of health. Hopefully Deenty may soon reach all regions, not only to access the largest number of users, but on the other hand create jobs in areas where there are no jobs for dentists, dental technician, etc.
D: What do you do to protect your teeth?

M: I am a lucky woman habits. Reason you just wash my teeth at least 2 times a day and hopefully 3. Taking habits always the chance of tooth decay or other dental diseases is reduced.

Teeth problems

It is common to suffer blows to the teeth throughout our lives. These accidents can occur for a huge number of causes. This range from everyday accidents such as falling in the street, auto accidents, contact sports, and many more. While children are particularly likely to suffer strokes, because they usually walk away without paying much attention where to go, adults did not stay away from these accidents.

When dental injuries are suffered, the tooth may chip, or scroll shaft biting difficult to soft things. To limit the damage they could cause accidents, it is important to know what steps to take if you suffer a dental injury. And it’s also really important to prevent these accidents do not happen so easily.


The first step is to try to minimize the risk of dental injury. Obviously, like most dental injuries occur as a result of unexpected accidents, it may be difficult to avoid, since no one can predict the future. However, if you know you will be in a dangerous scenario, it would be prudent to take all appropriate steps to protect themselves.

For example, if you play a sport like rugby, boxing or anything else that involves rigorous physical contact and which in turn implies the risk of getting hit in the mouth, I always recommend using a mouth guard.

What to do if you suffer a blow to your teeth?

What you should do if you suffer a blow to your tooth, absolutely depend on how the injury. In fact in some cases, you may even have to do something, such as when a child loses a baby tooth due to a blow, in most cases, the dentist will not recommend replacing it, because it could clog the output of the final tooth, anyway, what is essential is that this decision is made in conjunction with a specialist. On the other hand, if the tooth in question is a definitive piece itself will need to act quickly.

The first thing to determine is the severity of the injury, for example, if the blow causes the person becomes unconscious or cause heavy bleeding, the first thing you should do is go to an emergency, and then deal with the teeth that they can be damaged.

Conversely, if the gravity is not so, and are only damaged one or more teeth, try to take an hour as soon as possible with a dentist, or resort to a dental clinic to treat emergencies, if the accident to have occurred week or a holiday.

If the tooth has fallen, but is integer, the first thing to do is “replantation” where he was; but before doing this you should make sure it is clean, if not well you can clean it in milk or saline, in this procedure should only be rinse the tooth, do not rub it. If you could put the tooth in place, you can do a little bit of pressure biting a cotton swab or clean handkerchief, so that way it stays in place. If for some reason you cannot put the tooth in place, you could keep it in milk or inside the mouth between the gum and cheek, making sure I swallow.

If the tooth is broken, do not even try to put it back in your mouth, just put it in a cup of milk or saliva, and tries to go as soon as possible to the dentist. The consultation will surely seek specialist replant the tooth, and for that need dental splint or temporary bridle for the tooth stays in place while it heals.

It is likely that the dentist need an x-ray to see if the tooth fragments remain trapped in the gum, other teeth or lips. In some cases, a piece of tooth can reach the airways and can cause trouble breathing, if so, would have to go immediately to the hospital.

Chipped tooth

If the coup tooth is not removed but only chips, appropriate treatment will vary according to the severity of the damage. If it is only a small loss, chances are that the dentist fills a tooth-colored material, and it is ready. However, if the loss corresponds to a larger piece may impact the pulp that is at the center of the tooth, and is the probability that the tooth dies increases. If this happens, the tooth will have to be subjected to a root canal.

Root broken

The roots may be damaged after a stroke without us noticing at first sight of this, the only option using radiographs. If the pulp inside the tooth stays healthy and tooth remains strong, probably not necessary to do something, and only should be evaluated periodically to ensure that no adverse development. On the other hand, if the tooth is released, you must use the same procedure as described above.

These are the most common injuries after accidents that hit the teeth. However, there are times when the tooth cannot be saved and must resort to an implant to restore the lost harmony. On the other hand, after any dental injury is important to continue monitoring dyeing or bleaching of the damaged tooth, the pulp may die after the accident.