There is a lot going on in your mouth, even when it is squeaky clean. There are things you can see, and things you cannot see. Dental X-rays, or radiographs as they are sometimes called, give your dentist the inside information on what is happening below the surface of your teeth and gums.
Did you know that dental plaque – a sticky substance made of bacteria, mucus, and food – is continually forming on our teeth? It’s that slimy coating that you can feel by running your tongue over the front of your teeth. If you don’t remove it with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, it can damage your teeth and gums.
Thanks to improvements in dental care, members of the baby boom generation have a much better chance of keeping their natural teeth than previous generations. Even though, as you age the daily wear and tear on your teeth does take a toll, there is plenty you can do to maintain your healthy smile.
Looking for a new dentist is a big deal. You’re not just searching for someone to clean your teeth. The right dental practice allows you to feel comfortable and safe, whether you’re going for a routine procedure or a dental emergency. Here’s what the American Dental Association suggests you do to find the best dental fit for you and your family.
In my lifetime dentistry has evolved from a narrow focus on teeth and gums to an awareness of how dental health connects to a patient’s total health and well-being. We know, for example, that several types of cardiovascular diseases may be related to oral health. And lifestyle choices like smoking and diet are linked to tooth decay and gum disease. In my practice, I promote a comprehensive approach to dentistry that addresses the overall health status of my patients.
A common question for dentists – Why do I have these cavities? Most people have one or two. Cavities are holes that develop on teeth as a result of decay. The truth is that while all of us are at risk, most tooth decay can be prevented. A healthy oral care routine and smart food choices can lower your risk.
With regular dental care, your teeth can stay healthy and last for your lifetime. That’s the best reason to commit to an at-home regimen of brushing and flossing AND regular dental checkups. If you neglect your teeth, you may not become aware of any dental problems until your teeth are already damaged. Regular visits to the dentist can save you time and money, and help you maintain an attractive and healthy smile.
Whenever I see a photo of a sports team or group of young athletes, I think about their teeth. We expect athletes to be healthy – careful about their diet and workout routines. That health and fitness regimen should include taking care of teeth and mouth every day. No matter what sport or level, athletes are at risk for injuries that often require dental treatments and surgeries. Here’s how to protect your healthy smile.
As a dentist and father of young children, I have had to admit that, from a child’s point of view, a dental visit can be a scary event. The dental office is full of unfamiliar things – people in masks, noises, and metal instruments. It’s not surprising that some children are afraid of the experience, but they don’t need to be. Here’s why:
Do you know what a dental hygienist does? Most people know that the hygienist cleans teeth. But fewer are aware of their frontline role in preventive care. Dental hygienists educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health practices that will help avoid serious health problems.