We know oral health is more than looking your best. It’s about sustaining healthy teeth and gums. Were you aware that the cause of most tooth loss is actually gum disease? Recent studies have confirmed a link between gum health and your overall health. The good news is that we can treat gum disease successfully, often using nonsurgical methods. We want our patients to have excellent oral health. Our promise to you includes paying close attention to all of your dental needs so you not only look good, but have optimum health.
Not only do our bodies change as we age, but our teeth and gums do too. Many years of plaque buildup, along with the consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco, can make teeth darken. Please ask our team about procedures that can combat these issues. Reduced saliva flow is sometimes a side effect of taking medications. We can recommend simple products that help this condition. Your fillings are aging as well. They can weaken or crack over time. Regular dental check-ups allow us to stay on top of existing fillings. Gum disease can be a serious problem with seniors. Daily cleaning and proper nutrition are critical for healthy gum maintenance. If gums have inflammation or bleeding or your teeth start feeling loose, contact us immediately.
With a breakthrough in design and fit, we can offer natural-looking dentures that won’t slip! This technique secures the denture plate so you no longer need to worry about the food you eat or that your dentures might shift. If you wear dentures, be sure to ask about this. It might just make your life a lot easier.
For ages, silver-mercury amalgams were the standard filling material. Many dental practices still use them. While they work for a restoration, amalgams have shortcomings. Metal doesn’t attach well to teeth, so decay can leak into teeth. But the main reason many of our patients choose white bonded fillings is because they match the color of your existing tooth structure. Many people just don’t want an unsightly metal plug in their teeth. We feature natural-looking white restorations that contain no metals and can actually strengthen your tooth structure. They also bond tightly with the healthy part of the tooth so there is substantially less chance for future decay.
Teeth with damaged or infected roots used to require extraction, which can lead to a lot of problems and should
be avoided when possible. The good news is that we are highly qualified in the treatment of advanced root canal
therapy. A root canal procedure repairs a tooth by removing its pulp chamber and replacing it with a filling
material. This is often necessary when decay reaches the tooth nerve (or the tooth has become infected), and a
simple filling won’t be suitable.
In the past, the situation mentioned above would have required a tooth extraction. When dentists began performing root canals to save teeth, they were dreaded by many, and the procedure received a reputation as something to avoid. However, with newer anesthetics and technologies, root canals are generally manageable for patients.
There is a link between dental health and the ability to control blood sugar levels. Did you know that not all dentists are equally prepared to care for diabetics and their dental health? Untreated gum disease can worsen diabetes, and diabetes worsens gum disease. It’s a vicious cycle to break. You’ll be happy to know we have received unique training on dental care for diabetics. Give us a call for a complimentary consultation about dentistry for diabetics. We will not criticize you for having put off dental care. You can look forward to compassionate and completely non-judgmental care. We are happy to help.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance found in fruit, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Even our bodies
produce from 5 to 10 grams daily. It is effective in fighting tooth decay caused by foods that are high in sugars and
starches. More than 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is an excellent sweetener for teeth. It has
even been endorsed by dental associations from Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia, and the Netherlands.
Xylitol is often found in chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, and candy. It’s also useful for anyone suffering allergies and comes in a nasal spray. At our practice we offer and encourage the use of xylitol products. We have found the results to be amazing. If you strive for fewer cavities and improved upper respiratory health, ask our team 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 (703) 444-5111.