How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
Proper Flossing – Flossing is crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. When flossing, use an 18-inch strand of floss. Ease the floss between each tooth; then, sweep it up and down several times while curving around the tooth at the gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind your lat tooth and to floss bridges and artificial teeth with the aid of a floss threader.
Regular Dental Visits – At every regularly-scheduled dental appointment at at Dental Care Studios, Dr. Azarian will carefully check your teeth, gums, mouth and throat. Regular dental visits, along with a thorough home care regimen, are key to a lifetime of good oral health. General dentistry of this type can prevent the need for cosmetic or restorative dentistry late in life.
How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?
- Promoting Tooth Remineralization
Acids can demineralize a tooth – that is, create a weak spot that develops into a cavity. Fluoride helps promote the opposite process, called remineralization, which can reverse the very early stages of tooth decay.
2. Helping Teeth Become More Resistant to Tooth Decay
Fluoride actually strengthens teeth, giving them natural protection against future tooth decay.
3. Inhibiting Oral Bacteria’s Ability to Create Tooth-Attacking Acids
Fluoride disrupts bacteria’s ability to metabolize sugars, the process that leads to the attack of tooth enamel.
What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?
Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.
What causes sensitive teeth?
- a fractured or chipped tooth
- injured teeth from clenching or grinding
- receding gums caused by gum disease or improper brushing
How can sensitive teeth be managed?
There are many effective treatments for sensitive teeth, including:
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to prevent gum irritation
- Use toothpaste designed to insulate the nerve that registers pain
What are the causes of bruxism (teeth grinding)?
How can bruxism be treated?
- relaxation techniques if stress is the root of the problem
- physical therapy
- muscle relaxants
- a plastic tooth guard to wear at night during sleep
Bruxism can cause serious pain and headaches, as well as dangerous wear on the teth. In severe cases, restorative dentistry techniques such as inlays or porcelain crowns are needed to rebuild teeth damaged by bruxism. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment for bruxism early to avoid waking up with headaches or jaw pain.
How do I keep my child's teeth healthy?
- Start Oral Care Early
- Prevent Nursing-Bottle Mouth
- Take Your Child to the Dentist
- Take Advantage of Dental Sealants
What are dental sealants?
How are dental sealants applied?
How do dental sealants protect teeth?
My teeth are crooked! What are my options?
How does professional teeth whitening work? Is it safe?
In office teeth whitening procedures are performed with a specially formulated peroxide gel that allows oxygen to permeate your tooth enamel, lifting stains. The structure of your tooth enamel is not affected. The most common side effect is temporary tooth sensitivity.