Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Proper Brushing and Flossing for Healthy Gums

For healthy gums, proper brushing and flossing is a requirement. Drs. Navid Rahimpour, DDS and Faranak Rahimpour, DDS of Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO want their patients to understand the importance of a good oral hygiene routine and the proper ways to go about it.

When plaque builds up, it can harden and begin to irritate the gums. If an infection arises, this can be very painful and eventually lead to the loss of a tooth.

To brush your teeth, the right sized toothbrush is the first place to start. The head should be small enough to reach every area in your mouth, including the far back teeth. Soft bristled brushes have been known to be the best for plaque removal.

Brushing should be done for two minutes, at least two times per day, three times being ideal. Strokes should be kept short and up and down or circular motions are the best way to clean the entire tooth. Make sure to brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

To floss, make sure to hit each in between section of teeth, remembering your molars. Use a fresh section of the floss for each section of your teeth. When you hit your gum line, make a scooping motion and continue scrubbing all the way back up.

Remember that visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is another important part of keeping healthy gums. To schedule a cleaning with Drs. Navid Rahimpour, DDS and Faranak Rahimpour, DDS of Southern Cross Dental, call us at (719) 471-1717 or visit our website,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Intraoral Camera at Southern Cross Dental

Here at Southern Cross Dental, we aim to use to most advanced technology for the most successful patient outcomes. This is why we have chosen to use an intraoral camera here at our Colorado Springs, CO dental practice.

Imagine being able to pick a spot on the mouth and zoom in on it. That is exactly what the intraoral camera allows us to do. The camera is a pen-like device that can go into the mouth and take close-up pictures and video. It can even reach those far back places that we had trouble viewing in the past. The images are displayed onto a monitor so we can instantly take a look and better diagnose any problems found. Using these pictures, we can refer back to them at future appointments, so keeping track of the condition of a patient’s mouth is more efficient.

Since these photos are digital, we can save, print, or email them as easy as ever. This makes patient care a whole lot easier, as they can take home copies to know what kind of changes to look for. We can also instantly send them to another doctor for second opinions and to insurance companies for acceptance.

Routine oral examinations by your dentist are part of a good oral hygiene routine. To schedule an appointment with our Colorado Springs, CO dental practice, Southern Cross Dental, call (719) 471-1717 or visit our website,

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

White Fillings

When teeth become decayed, they're often in need of a filling. Nowadays, most patients don’t want to have fillings that are obvious to others when talking, smiling or laughing. Here at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO we provide composite resin fillings, which are also known as white fillings.

These fillings are the same color as the patient’s tooth, so they aren’t obvious to anyone else. White fillings not only helps the patient protect their tooth from further decay, but feel more confident when they smile knowing no one knows it’s there.

White fillings have many benefits to patients that make them a great dental filling option:

  • They are the same white color of the tooth being filled.

  • White fillings can be blended to be any shade, regardless of the color of the tooth.

  • They are not significantly more expensive than other fillings.

  • White fillings are just as efficient in protecting teeth as alternatives.

It takes slightly longer for the process of white fillings than metal fillings because white fillings are blended to match our patient’s tooth. Otherwise, they look and feel like any other filling, allowing the patient to fill a cavity and protect their tooth from more serious problems.

If you have a cavity and are in need of a filling, call us today at (719) 471-1717to see if you are a candidate for white fillings. For more information about Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour and the services they offer at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO visit