Monday, October 21, 2013

A Lifetime of Oral Health is Possible!

It is absolutely possible to have healthy teeth and gums for your entire life.  Cavities, periodontal disease, and other problems can be prevented.  Here are some ways to ensure that your mouth stays healthy:

  • Brush, floss, and use recommended dental aids correctly, at least once a day.  Use a fluoride-containing mouthrinse daily.
  • Come to the office for the recare hygiene appointments at the intervals we recommend to you specifically.  Let us provide a prescription-strength topical fluoride treatment at every recare appointment.
  • Let us take radiographs when we believe they are necessary.
  • Teeth age and wear, just like the rest of your body.  The outer covering of hard enamel can get thin, break off, or wear through and expose the softer dentin.  Dentin erodes very quickly.  When we see exposed dentin, let us get it covered and protected.
  • Have sealants placed on all teeth that can benefit from them.
  • Don't ask us to "patch" anything.  Patchwork dentistry is contrary to the concept of keeping your teeth trouble-free for a lifetime.  If small repairs are possible and appropriate, we will tell you.
  • Choose the procedure or restorative material that will last you the longest.  All dental materials have a life expectancy, after which time they fail and must be replaced.  Each time a tooth is redrilled, it gets weaker.  Only solid, yellow gold could last for your entire life.  Tooth-colored ceramics and porcelain may last as long.  It is your choice.
  • Bonded restorations require less drilling than silver fillings.  Less drilling is good.  The tooth retains more strength and the restoration lasts longer.  Let us use the good stuff.
  • Gum disease can start at any time.  Genetics, diet, oral self-care, medications, and general health can all have an influence.  Gum disease is both site-specific (most often starts in a localized area) and episodic (can begin any time).  It is also painless in its early stages.  We will tell you as soon as we spot gum disease.  It will need to be treated properly and immediately.
  • We have listened to what you want, examined your mouth, and know your dental needs.  Most patients can have all the best dentistry they want and deserve.  It just takes a little planning.  We can help with that, too.  If you want all of your teeth, all of your life, follow the above recommendations and do it right the first time.

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