The Importance of Hygiene Visits
It's not always possible to brush your teeth after every meal. Nor does even meticulous brushing
remove every bit of sticky plaque. Eventually, plaque missed by your toothbrush and floss will
harden into tartar, which is, perhaps, the most important reason to schedule a regular professional
cleaning with our hygienist. Tartar deposits not only form on the surface of teeth, they also
accumulate below the gumline. If not removed, tartar buildup can lead to gum disease, which in turn
can contribute to serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having an extra
set of eyes and hands inspecting and cleaning your mouth is one of the best things you can do for
your overall health.
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Previously, the solution to teeth with damaged roots or infection was extraction. Fortunately, these
teeth can now often be saved by a root canal. With modern anesthetics and technology, the procedure
of fixing a tooth by removing the pulp and replacing it with filling material is painless. The
once-dreaded root canal has lost its anxiety factor!
Senior Dental Care is Different
Just as our bodies slow and show the unmistakable signs of age, so do our teeth. Even your fillings,
crowns, and bridge work can weaken, crack, or show excessive wear. Fortunately, with regular checkups,
we can help you combat the more serious side effects. We offer treatments to reverse the dark staining
caused by years of consuming acidic beverages or tobacco or by the buildup of plaque. Simple products
are now available to alleviate the reduction of saliva caused by some medications. As we age, the
potential hazards of gum disease and root decay increase. Daily cleaning and good nutrition, to maintain
healthy gums, is even more critical for us as seniors. If you are experiencing red, irritated gums,
bleeding, or your teeth start to feel loose, please contact us.
Prevent Tooth Decay - the Easy Way!
The application of dental sealants can help prevent suffering from tooth decay, which means fewer damaged
teeth that could potentially result in a lifetime of fillings and crowns. We all know that brushing your
teeth properly is an acquired skill. Even with scrupulous brushing the deep grooves in the back of teeth
are often missed, even by adults. Sealants form a barrier between the back teeth and bacteria, food acids,
and plaque formation that can develop within our mouths.
TMJ/TMD - Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Helps You Say 'Goodbye' to Headaches and Jaw Pains!
Frequent headaches, aching or popping jaws, and neck and shoulder pain can all be signs you're suffering from
a TMJ disorder. When your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is out of alignment, your whole body can be affected.
Worn or missing teeth, dental disease, or a variety of other factors can cause your jaw to be unable to settle
into its appropriate relaxed position. This shifting of your jaw alters your
"bite" (dental occlusion) and a
host of other problems can result. Often, this can be treated with a dental appliance (night guard), which we
design just for you. Sometimes, a highly technical procedure known as full mouth rehabilitation is necessary,
which can help you restore your dental occlusion and return your jaw to the position nature intended. Stop
living with the pain and discomfort. Let us help you discover the benefits this treatment can bring to your
quality of life.
What Does Xylitol Have to Do With Reducing Cavities?
Your body produces 5 to 10 grams of xylitol daily. This natural substance is also produced in the fibrous portions
of fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. This natural sweetener is particularly effective in combating
the tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. It has been endorsed by dental associations
worldwide, including Finland, Norway, England, Ireland, and many others. Available in a number of forms, xylitol
not only reduces tooth decay but has proven beneficial to those suffering from allergies and other respiratory issues.
We offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. Ask us about it today!
Worried About Knocking Out a Tooth?
You play to win, and that means playing hard, which increases your risk of accidentally damaging a tooth. In fact,
within the United States an estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out or damaged every year. Wearing a mouthguard
can help, but the one-size-fits-all guards found in stores are a sloppy fit, offer very little protection, and can
make proper breathing during an active performance difficult. On the other hand, custom-made sports mouthguards fit
well, protect well, and can be worn for any sport. As an added bonus, a custom guard will properly align your jaw
and improve your breathing capacity during training. We offer custom mouthguards by PlaySafe™ and recommend them for
a multitude of sports from acrobatics to football - from martial arts to wrestling.
Oral Cancer - Minimize Your Risk
We conduct routine visual inspections for oral cancer. Why? Because for the last 40 years, oral cancer has caused one
American death every hour. But early detection leads to a 90% cure rate. If Dr. Dernick or our hygienist sees anything
that causes concern, they'll guide you through the proper steps for further evaluation. This screening could save your
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a consultation, call us at (281) 493-0061.