HAPPY, HEALTHY SMILES FOR A LIFE TIME.
We all know it’s important for our oral health to have routine dental care. Regular checkups and cleanings keep teeth and gums healthy . . . and help us keep our smiles for life.
But with recent studies linking oral health with systemic (whole body) health, regular dental care isn’t only important for teeth. It’s important for excellent health from head to toe. Good dental health is especially important in helping to manage diabetes, and helpful in preventing pulmonary and cardiovascular complications.
From preventive care such as sealants and fluoride treatments to regular exams, cleanings and periodontal treatment to restoring teeth to health, Dr. Sams and his team at Cypress Lake Dental do all they can to keep patients of all ages, healthy and strong.
Dental Cleaning Procedures
Next to daily brushing and flossing (including water flossing with devices like the Water-Pik), the most important step you can take to prevent dental disease is regular cleanings and exams at the dental office.
Tarter, plaque and stain will be removed from your teeth and your gums and teeth will be examined for signs of decay and periodontal disease. The most important thing is catching the signs of dental problems early. A cavity caught early can usually be restored with a filling. If the cavity is allowed to enlarge however, a crown and sometimes even a root canal might be required to address the problem.
Fluoride has proven to be a safe and effective cavity fighter for over 60 years. It is available in many forms: in the water supply, in tooth pastes, and at the dental office. Fluoride in the dental office historically has been administered to children, but in recent years it has become apparent that office administered fluoride treatments are even more important for our senior citizens.
Dry mouth, which can be caused my medications, is a significant cause of dental decay. Fluoride varnish is applied in the office help prevent this.
For patients with severe recurrent decay, custom fluoride trays can be made, which allows patients to give themselves a four minute fluoride treatment at home. This is the most effective treatment for runaway decay. Also, high potency fluoride toothpastes can be prescribed.
Sealants are used to prevent decay on the biting surfaces of molars and are usually used for children. The sealant consists of a flowable resin which is bonded to the molar. Usually no drilling is involved. Sealants are an excellent preventive measure.
Removing plaque through daily brushing and flossing and professional cleaning is the best way to minimize your risk.
Everyone knows to brush their teeth twice a day, but many people forget about their gums! The word disease sounds scary and it can be if you don’t take care of your gums. Here is some information about what gum disease is, what causes it, and how you can prevent it.
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Is work or school stressing you out? You may be taking it out on your teeth through a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by clenching of the jaw. Researchers classify bruxism as a habitual behavior as well as a sleep disorder. Untreated bruxism can lead to other health problems, damage to the teeth and gums, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Xerostomia (Dealing with Dry Mouth)
Xerostomia is a condition related to the salivary glands, which help keep the mouth moist, thus preventing decay and other oral health problems. When the salivary glands do not work properly, the amount of saliva in the mouth decreases, resulting in xerostomia—or, as it’s more commonly known, dry mouth.
Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of the surrounding tooth structure. This loss occurs when the hard part of your teeth—which is called the enamel—is worn away by acid. Over time, this erosion can leave your teeth sensitive, cracked, and discolored.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a common form of cancer, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, and the tissues in the lips, gums, and back of the tongue. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of oral function, irreparable facial and oral disfigurement following surgery, and even death. For this reason, it’s important to regularly visit your dentist so he or she can perform a thorough screening for oral cancer.