DENTAL HEALTH CARE YOU CAN TRUST
One of the most important jobs as a dentist is to educate patients on how to have healthy teeth.
During your visit and check-up, we will provide proper oral hygiene tips to help you keep your teeth white and cavity-free. It is also a very important part of our treatment plans. By explaining why, we certain treatments are recommended, patients can make better personal decisions on their continued care.
Here are just a few tips that are recommended:
Use these tips to get the most out of your brushing:
• Brush in the morning and evening and, when possible, after meals
• Replace your toothbrush frequently. Once a month is recommended
• Gently brush your teeth using circular motions. Do not push too hard as that can damage your gums
• Don’t forget to ask you dentist for additional brushing tips
To floss effectively, these tips are recommended:
• You should use about 18” of floss so you have plenty of clean floss to use for each tooth
• Always remember that you have 2 sides to each tooth so floss both
• Floss gently beneath the gumline to remove debris and plaque
• Rinsing after flossing is important. Flossing knocks away plaque, but when it is not removed by rinsing it will fall right back onto your teeth
• Practice makes perfect! The more you do it the healthier your teeth will be, the whiter your smile will be, and you will have fresher breath
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING (HYGIENE THERAPY)
Scheduling and having professional cleanings at least twice a year are just as important as brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. This hygiene therapy will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove plaque and tartar buildup.
Periodontal disease is a bacteria found in plaque that produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. This causes them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. Prolonged irritation will cause the gums to separate from the teeth and cause spaces to form. Progression of the disease causes the gum tissue and gone that holds the teeth in place to deteriorate and ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Researchers are studying possible connections between gum disease and:
Atherosclerosis and heart disease — Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease, although the extent of this connection is unclear. Gum disease also is believed to worsen existing heart disease.
Stroke — Gum disease may increase the risk of the type of stroke that is caused by blocked arteries.
Diabetes — People with diabetes and periodontal disease may be more likely to have trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetics with healthy gums.
Respiratory disease— Gum disease may cause lung infections and worsen existing lung conditions when bacteria from the mouth reach the lungs.
WHAT IS AN ENDODONTIST
When you are referred to an endodontist it is to diagnose and treat diseases and destructive processes, including injuries and abnormalities of dental pulps and periapical tissues of the teeth.
You will be examined by the endodontist who will interpret radiographs and pulp tests to determine vitality and periapical tissue condition. A method of treatment will then be added to your treatment plan to prevent loss of teeth.
WHAT IS AN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentist that specialize in providing surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. They receive an additional four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training. This prepares them to do a wide range of procedures. This includes all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.
WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST
An orthodontist is trained to treat and prevent mouth, teeth and jaw problems. With the use of braces, retainers and other devices, the orthodontist can straighten your teeth and correct the way your jaw lines up.
WHAT IS A PEDIATRIC DENTIST
A pediatric dentist focuses on the management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry. They have completed at least two additional years of training beyond dental school and are specially trained to care for your children and to put them at ease. If your child does have special needs or anxiety in visiting the dentist, care from a pediatric dentist should be considered.
WHEN WILL YOU BE REFERRED TO A PERIODONIST
A recommendation to see a periodontist will be when your gums require special attention? Periodontists are dentists that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. By working together, the periodontist and your Dental Associates, PC dentist will provide the highest level of oral health care. They will recommend the best treatment available for you and keep each other informed as they progress through your treatment plan. This is just another example of how our dental staff shows our patients a commitment to your dental health.
WHAT IS A PROSTHODONTIST
A prosthodontist will examine and diagnose disabilities that have been caused by loss of teeth and other supporting structures.