Lots of people only visit the dentist when they have a noticeable problem. While it may feel like this saves money, the treatments to repair and restore their teeth and smiles actually cost more time and money than to visit the dentist at regular intervals. Routine dental visits ensure that you receive preventive care which allows us to stop problems in the earliest stages of development or even prevent them from developing in the first place! We can monitor your oral health and help you figure out the best ways to care for your teeth so that they remain healthy. You should visit our office at least twice each year.
Brushing your teeth cleans their surfaces but it can't reach the areas between the teeth or below your gumline. Flossing breaks up plaque and bacteria that get stuck in those tighter areas and removes them from your mouth before they can damage your teeth. It may be even more beneficial to your oral health than brushing!
Brush at least twice each day and floss daily. It is especially important that you brush your teeth before going to bed! We recommend using an ADA-approved soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. We also recommend that most people use a mouthrinse. Contact our office if you have questions!
Dental X-rays are extremely safe. You're actually exposed to more radiation from daily life in the sun than with dental X-rays. Continued advances in dentistry make dental X-rays safer through faster X-ray speeds and digital imaging. Federal law actually requires that X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every two years.
Please talk with our team! We take your fear seriously and will work with you to help you feel more comfortable during your time here. Coping and minimizing strategies for dental anxiety include in office aids like; medications to numb treated areas, administration of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), the use of lasers when possible instead of drills in your treatment, and pre-medication when warranted. Beyond this assistance, there are a variety of techniques to reduce anxiety and mind or body pain (guided imagery, deep breathing, biofeedback, acupuncture, etc.). There are also dentophobia clinics and support groups available.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. These appointments are designed to help ensure that your child is growing and developing correctly. We keep them short and simple but it's important for him or her to get familiar with this routine as well as comfortable with our team and the office.
Babies actually begin to develop teeth in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16 to 20 weeks.) Teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of age. You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two adjacent teeth.
Primary teeth are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child’s primary teeth facilitate:
- Proper speech production and development
- Proper chewing, nutrition and good digestion
- Straighter smiles — primary teeth hold the places of the adult teeth
- Excellent long-term oral health
We can't emphasize enough how important it is that you take good care of your child’s primary teeth. Please make an appointment with our team if you have questions.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth/smile so that you can navigate daily life with greater confidence. It includes preventive care in tandem with restorative treatments. Some common cosmetic dental treatments we provide include:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental veneers
- Composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings
- Dental bonding
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Dental implants
When you visit our office, our dentist will examine your mouth, discuss your oral health needs and smile goals with you, and review your treatment options. We'll then design a customized treatment plan together, to restore your tooth and your smile. Some of the tooth replacement options we may discuss include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Complete or partial dentures
A root canal is a procedure performed when injury, infection or decay reach the most inner tissues of the tooth. Your dentist will clean out the infected pulp tissue within your tooth roots, sterilize the canals, and then fill them with medicated material and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. While root canals have a reputation of being painful, advances in dentistry have made it possible to perform your treatment comfortably as well as effectively.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an oral condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. It begins as a bacterial infection of the gums and gradually progresses until it destroys your gums and bone structure. The milder stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, while the more severe form of the disease is known as periodontitis. You should be checked for periodontal disease each time you visit our dentist.
Periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. As plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), the disease becomes more established in your mouth. Gum attachments begin to separate from your teeth and create pockets that harbor these harmful bacteria. If gum disease is allowed to progress without treatment, the condition may become irreversible. There are both genetic and lifestyle components to the disease.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums, or other pain in your mouth
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of dentures or other removable appliances
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by any number of factors, including:
- Morning time
- Poor oral hygiene
- Periodontal disease
- Poorly fitted appliances
- Dry mouth
- Tobacco products
- Medical conditions or illnesses
- Dehydration, hunger or missed meals
- Certain foods
You can prevent bad breath by visiting our dentist regularly, staying hydrated, practicing good oral hygiene, using mouthrinses and by not using tobacco products. If your halitosis persists, we recommend that you consult a physician to determine if your bad breath is caused by a medical condition and receive appropriate treatment.
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