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What To Expect At Your Cleaning Appointment
It is important to us that all of our patients be comfortable, well informed, and healthy! Everyone should have routine appointments with their hygienist for supportive maintenance and dental cleanings. Prevention is the key to success!
After arriving in our waiting room, each patient is greeted at the front desk by our friendly staff. You may be asked to update your personal information. After you are checked in, you will be brought to an examination room with high-quality equipment and memory foam chairs.
At each appointment, you will be asked to review pertinent medical information including a list of your medications. We will perform an oral cancer screening, check the status of your periodontal (gum) health, and have an oral exam. If appropriate, we will take x-rays of your teeth to look for anything of significance. Next, your hygienist will perform your cleaning and offer a fluoride treatment.
Every patient leaves the office with a courtesy bag including a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Boys and girls who have a good check-up will get to dig through our treasure chest of prizes!
X-rays, Are They Important?
Dental x-rays are an invaluable diagnostic tool that your health care provider uses to ensure that you are receive the best and most appropriate care available. This is because x-rays allow us to see inside the tooth, revealing things that we could never se with just an examination. For example, while we can detect some types of tooth decay simply by looking into a patient's mouth, we cannot detect all types with this method. Also, x-rays provide us with an inside look at your bone structures supporting your teeth. This allows us a greater ability to detect bone loss, disease, and even cancer.
Forming Healthy Habits
Preventative dental care is important throughout your life, regardless of your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you an help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities.
~ Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque causing food particles and help keep your breath fresh.
~ Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. Floss by wrapping the thread around your fingers and using it in a C-shape.
~ Eat a balanced diet and try to avoid extra sugary treats and acidic items. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
~ Remember to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist. You should visit your dental office at least every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
~ Ask your dentist about dental sealants. A dental sealant is a material that provides a coating and can be applied to the chewing surface and deep groves of the back teeth where decay often starts. These are particular valuable on children or new adult teeth.
~ If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about a personalized special mouthguard designed to protect your teeth from damage.
We're Ready When They Are!
Children's preventative health care sets the habits that they will continue into their adult lives. Children should see their dentist as soon as their first little tooth pops through.
Common Dental Issues
Here are some common dental issues tat you may be experiencing. You an learn about what causes them, their symptoms and the types of treatment that can help solve them. In some cases you may need to seek help, but for other you'll learn some simple solutions
Halitosis, or bad breath, is the third most frequent reason for seeing a dentist, after tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Cause include infrequent brushing and flossing, gum disease, smoking, and diet. Strategies for combating halitosis include using a tongue scraper, chewing sugarless gum, gargling with mouthwash and drinking lots of water. ALWAYS follow good oral hygiene guidelines, which include regular brushing and flossing.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Cavities occur after decay has worn away tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities is to brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly. Eat healthy foods and avoid foods high in sugar.
Saliva is needed to help your mouth wash away food debris and control bacteria. Dry mouth is caused by the reduced flow of saliva. Symptoms of dry out include hoarseness, persistent sore throat, problems swallowing and dry nasal passages. Certain medications and diseases can cause dry mouth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can aggravate dry mouth conditions. If you suffer from dry mouth, give us a call today or come visit us to discuss treatment.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal disease, sometime called Gum disease, can cause your gums to bleed, become infected, swollen, or tender. Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is usually painless, which means that you may not be able to detect it on your own. At the root of gum disease is infection caused by bacteria. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call today or come visit us to schedule a dental exam. Early detection of gum disease can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in later years. The longer you wait, the worse it can get.
Many people are affected by TMJD. TMJD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder and is related to the joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the head. The joint is stabilized by muscles hat make it possible to open and close the mouth. Severe pain, discomfort or tenderness in or around these joins is referred to as a TMJ disorder. Common symptoms include: tenderness or pain in the face, jaw, and ear, chewing difficulty or discomfort, headaches, painful clicking of the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, locking jaw or teeth that don't come together properly while biting or chewing. If you think you may have TMJD, give us a call today or come visit us to discuss treatment options.
Tooth sensitivity is very common. It is frequently cause by hot or cold beverages and foods and sweets. Some people can also notice sensitivity from brushing or flossing. Fortunately, it is easily treated with fluoride treatments that can help strengthen the enamel and improve your sensitivity. Also, try using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth.
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. If erosion is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. To protect against tooth erosion, brush and floss daily, visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, and avoid sugary acidic foods. Also, try using a straw when drinking carbonated beverages or other sweet drinks, such as natural fruit juices which are very acidic.
Smoking has a negative impact n every facet of or health, and all forms of tobacco can cause dental problems. Smokers are tobacco users are at greater risk of developing oral cancer and periodontal disease. Tobacco products cause permanent stains which cannot be removed by brushing. Smoking can also cause a heavy build up of tartar, requiring more frequent dental cleanings.