We recognize that your oral health is not only about appearing your best. It's about preserving healthy teeth and gums. Do you know that the origin of most tooth loss is not decay? It's gum disease. And recent research has established a clear link between gum disease and your long-term health. The good news is that you can have the victory over gum disease, often without surgery. We want all of our patients to have phenomenal oral health. Our commitment to you includes considering all of your needs so you look great and achieve optimum health.
Having your teeth cleaned routinely, by a professional hygienist, is one of the most significant things you can do to stay healthy! Plaque is sticky, and even with proper brushing some of the tacky goo remains behind in the grooves and pockets of your teeth and gums. If it's not eliminated, plaque solidifies into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar forms below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth, posing a serious problem within your mouth, promoting decay and even gum disease. Recent research shows a clear link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which means having your teeth cleaned is one of the most meaningful reasons to visit your dentist!
Can you imagine going to the dentist and never again feeling a drill or the pinch of that dreaded needle? One of the most amazing improvements in modern dentistry is called air abrasion. Instead of a traditional drill, this device directs a stream of tiny particles and air at the area of decay and gently mists it away! During this process, most of our patients require little or no anesthesia. The sound and vibrations of the drill are gone – and so is most of the pain! For many procedures, it's good-bye needles, good-bye drill!
Don't become an avoidable statistic! Oral cancer causes one American death every hour. For the last 40 years, this mortality rate hasn't altered. But with early detection, there is a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That's why we do a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If our dentists or hygienist see anything that generates concern, they'll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could mean your life!
The standard filling material for many years has been an amalgam of metals, mostly silver-mercury. These are an acceptable, budget-minded repair. Advanced restorations are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and bond tightly with the healthy part of your tooth to reduce the risk of decay in the future. We offer both alternatives and will be happy to discuss which option is best for you.
Xylitol is a natural substance produced by fruits, berries, mushrooms and other vegetables. In fact, our own bodies generate from 5 to 10 grams every day. It is particularly useful in fighting tooth decay created by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Over 25 years of clinical research substantiates that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It has been endorsed by dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia and the Netherlands. Xylitol successfully sweetens chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, and even candy. It eases respiratory issues in those suffering from allergies and comes in a convenient nasal spray. In our practice, we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The outcomes have been astounding. If you desire 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 (520) 327-1205.