Digital X-Rays: Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the us detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. We use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. DENTAL X-RAYS MAY REVEAL: -Abscesses or cysts. -Bone loss. -Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. -Decay between the teeth. -Developmental abnormalities. -Poor tooth and root positions. -Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Floride Treatment: Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations. Fluoride works in two ways: 1. Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. We generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups. 2. Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by us or your physician. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result. Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. We may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons: -Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth. -Exposed and sensitive root surfaces. -Fair to poor oral hygiene habits. -Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake. -Inadequate exposure to fluorides. -Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions,medical treatments or medications. -Recent history of dental decay. -Presence of extensive dental work (lots of crowns/fillings) Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice -a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Sealants: A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits. Reasons for Sealants: Children and teenagers - As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16. Adults - Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions. Baby teeth - Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
Home Care: A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Tooth Brushing - Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. 1. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums. 2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. 3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth. 4. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time. Flossing - Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. 1. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands. 2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion. 3. Curve the floss into a C shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth. Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss. Rinsing - It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, its a good idea to consult with us on its appropriateness for you. Use other dental aids as recommended by us: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc. All of these can play a role in good dental home care. Diet - Minimizing the amount of daily sugar intake can greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth feed on simple sugars and give off an acidic by-product when metabolizing those sugars. That acid causes the breakdown of healthy tooth structure and leads to tooth decay. Common sources of sugar in your diet may include, but are not limited to, soda (both diet and regular), sports drinks, energy drinks, coffee sweeteners, candy, antacids (such as tums and rolaids), and breath mints. When looking at a food label, sugar can be listed as glucose, sucrose, and fructose. Limiting your sugar intake can greatly reduce the amount of tooth decay present in your mouth. The combination of soda pop and potato chips is especially damaging to tooth enamel at the gumline.
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