A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
We know that your oral health is not only about looking your best. It's about maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Do you know that the leading cause of tooth loss is not decay? It's gum disease. Recent studies have established a strong link between gum disease and your overall health. The good news is that gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery. We want all of our patients to have outstanding oral health. Our commitment to you includes paying meticulous attention to all of your dental needs so you look your best and have optimum health.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
One of the most vital reasons to visit the dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar build up on teeth over time. Plaque is soft and sticky, but regular brushing can usually remove most of it. But missed plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gum line as well as on the surface of your teeth. If you don’t remove plaque, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums down the road. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Filling Choices to Fit Every Need
For years, the silver-mercury amalgam has been the standard filling material used in dental practices. These fillings are effective, affordable, and covered by most insurance plans. Our practice also offers modern, state-of-the-art restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and can actually strengthen your teeth. The main reason many of our patients choose the white bonded fillings has to do with their appearance – nearly invisible, compared to the metal filling. They also adhere very tightly with the healthy part of the tooth to decrease the chance of future decay. We are proud to offer both alternatives, and will be glad to discuss which option is best for you.
Senior Dental Care is Different
Like our bodies, our teeth and gums change as we grow older. Years of plaque buildup, as well as the consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco, can make teeth turn dark. Ask us about procedures that can fight these problems. Saliva reduction is sometimes a side effect of medications, making it difficult to chew and swallow food and contributing to deterioration of your oral health. There are simple products that can help this condition. Your fillings are getting older, too. They can weaken or crack. Regular check-ups will allow us to monitor your existing fillings. Gum disease and root decay can be major problems in seniors. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. If your gums become red or begin to bleed or your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is commonly used to make dental procedures more comfortable. Inhaled through a mask, the gas allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be given in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain in most cases.
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Teeth with roots that have been damaged or infected used to require extraction, which can create a host of problems and should be avoided whenever possible. The good news is that we are well experienced in advanced root canal therapy. A root canal procedure fixes a tooth by removing the pulp chamber of the tooth and replacing it with a filling material. This is often necessary when dental decay extends to the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and a simple filling will not be acceptable. In the recent past, the situation mentioned above would have required the tooth to be extracted. When dentists began performing root canals, they were quite dreaded, and the root canal has received a reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are often manageable.
Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?
Do you know there is a link between your dental health and your ability to accurately control blood sugar levels? And do you know that not all dentists are equally prepared to assist diabetics with their dental health? In a vicious cycle, untreated gum disease makes your diabetes worse and diabetes makes your gum disease worse. You’ll be happy to know that we have received special training on dental care for diabetics. Call us today for a complimentary consultation. No one here will ever criticize you for having put off dental care. You can be assured of compassionate and completely non-judgmental care. We can help.
TMJ/TMD – Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Helps You Say 'Goodbye' to Headaches and Jaw Pain!
Do you know that dental occlusion (i.e. your bite) is sometimes the cause of frequent headaches, aching or popping jaws, shoulder pain, and neck pain? If your teeth have become worn down over the years or lost due to accident or dental disease, your jaw is unable to settle into a naturally relaxed position. This causes muscle tension in the jaw and can lead to a variety of pain with which you may have grown accustomed to living. By restoring your dental occlusion, the jaw can be returned to its naturally intended position. If you have been living with the pain and discomfort described above, we invite you to discover the benefits that this procedure may bring to your quality of life.
What is Xylitol and What Does it Have to Do With Reducing Cavities?
Over 25 years of clinical tests show that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth, garnering endorsements from dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Xylitol is a naturally produced carbohydrate that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material. In fact, our own bodies produce 5 to 10 grams per day. Xylitol can be taken in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. It’s extremely helpful for those suffering allergies and is available in a nasal spray. In our practice we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The results have been amazing. If you want fewer cavities and better upper respiratory health, ask us about xylitol!
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (815) 398-3900.