Preventative Care Continued
Patients who grind and clench their teeth regularly are inadvertently also
grinding down tooth surface; often causing tooth sensitivity. These are
habits often done in our sleep, and wearing a custom fit Night Guard while
you sleep will prevent any future damage.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Good brushing and flossing habits are crucial to healthy teeth and gums.
All surfaces of the teeth should be brushed at least twice daily. A soft tooth
brush and tooth paste along with a good technique will keep your teeth plaque
and tarter free. Daily flossing is essential to healthy gums, and remember
healthy gums do NOT bleed.
Full or partial dentures should be brushed daily. A soft toothbrush or denture
brush should be used with denture powder, paste, or baking soda. Toxic or
abrasive household cleaners should not be used on dentures. Dentures
should be brushed inside and outside, and rinsed with cool water.
Remaining natural teeth and gums, especially those teeth supporting a partial
denture, should also be brushed twice a day.
When dentures are not in the mouth or at night, they should completely
submerged in water or a denture cleaning solution to prevent drying
For Your Child
Start your child on the road to a healthy smile. We recommend that children
generally have their first visit with us at age 2 1/2. Parents who practice good
oral hygiene at home will help their children adopt these good habits as well.
Your child’s first few dental visits will help them become comfortable for future
visits, and there is always a trip to the “Toy Treasure Chest!”
Diagnosis and treatment for periodontal (gum) disease is important to stop
the spread of the disease and to help maintain healthy gums and teeth. Services
include deep cleanings, management of pockets of the gums, more frequent
recall cleaning appointments, oral hygiene education, and medicated/ antibiotic
treatment if necessary.
There are several options for restoring or replacing a tooth, ranging from
conservative to esthetic treatments. Below are examples of different restorative
dental treatments that our office offers. Depending on each patient’s personal
needs, we would be more than happy to explain your options for treatment.
Silver Fillings and White Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings
These are both traditional ways to restore or fill in a cavity in a tooth. White
fillings blend in with the tooth color and are more esthetically pleasing. White
fillings can also be used to fix a chipped front tooth, this is called bonding.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a porcelain prosthetic that is placed over an existing tooth that can
not be filled with a normal filling. This is an option to restore a badly decayed
tooth. A bridge is a grouping of connected crowns to replace the empty spot of a