The Importance of Hygiene Visits
One of the more vital reasons to
make a dental appointment is to have your teeth cleaned by a
professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar develop on teeth over time.
Plaque is gooey, but regular brushing typically removes most of it. But
unremoved plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the reach of your
average toothbrush and floss. Tartar deposits grow below the gumline as
well as on the surface of your teeth. If you don't get rid of the
plaque, you risk more worrisome issues with your teeth and gums later
on. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease
and other life-altering conditions like heart disease, stroke, and
diabetes. Having your teeth cleaned routinely is one of the easiest
things you can do to stay healthy!
Senior Dental Care is
Just as our bodies transition as we advance in age, our
teeth and gums do also. Decades of plaque buildup, as well as drinking
coffee, tea, or using tobacco, can make teeth become dark. Ask us about
procedures that can treat these issues. Reduced saliva flow is sometimes
a side effect of certain medications. There are products that can ease
this condition. Your fillings are aging, too, which can lead to
weakening or cracking. Regular check-ups will allow us to stay on top of
your existing fillings. Gum disease and root decay can be prevalent in
seniors. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are vital for healthy gums.
If your gums become red, begin to bleed, or your teeth start to feel
loose, contact us immediately.
We Care About Kids!
We aim to
make children of all ages feel at ease and enjoy themselves, so bring
the whole family along! You can know that your child will receive the
newest advancements in modern children's dentistry, delivered with
caring, thoughtfulness, and empathy. We encourage proper dental care
habits in children and delight in teaching them how to keep their teeth
healthy for a lifetime. We hope to see them for their first dental visit
when they're three years old and aspire to watch them grow year after
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
that children (and adults) often don't do the best job of brushing their
teeth. And in truth, even meticulous brushing may not always reach the
deep grooves in the back teeth. This allows the development of bacteria,
acids, and plaque, which will lead to decay. And once the tooth has
decay, it is damaged forever and will need a filling or a crown.
Fortunately, the application of dental sealants can help. The tooth (or
teeth) is cleaned and sterilized. A thin white or clear plastic coating
is applied. Then, a curing light is directed at the sealant to bond it
into place. The whole procedure takes just a few minutes. There are no
shots, drills, or removal of any tooth structure. Applying dental
sealants is one of the best preventive items that both children and
adolescents can have done to preserve their natural teeth!
Third molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth,
develop later than other adult teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and
25. These teeth are located in the very back of the mouth, often
becoming impacted if they don't fit in the arch of the upper or lower
jaw. Impaction means the tooth doesn't grow straight up; instead, it
becomes encased in the jaw bone. This can create a host of problems, as
it can push and crowd other teeth, making those teeth grow in
improperly. Cavities can easily occur because wisdom teeth are hard to
keep clean. Infection can even develop in the jaw bone. The best
solution is to have them extracted as soon as they appear, before these
issues and the density of the jaw bone increases, making it harder to
remove them. Dr. Glass works with a board-certified oral surgeon so
extractions can be done right here in our office, without you having to
be referred elsewhere. IV sedation is available, administered by a
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 (281)376-1214.