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What Do X-rays Really Show?

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Amy
If we order x-rays, you may wonder if you really need them. After all, you can see a lot about what's going on in a mouth with a visual exam. However, that is really not enough information. X-rays can show so much more than that. The following information provides reasons why x-rays are necessary during a dental exam. What Are X-rays? X-rays are images that are produced today digitally to find out more about the general health of the teeth and gums. If you are concerned about radiation, an x-ray does not transmit any more radioactivity than what you would receive if you rode an hour on a plane. Therefore, getting x-rays to assess your overall dental health is safe and effective. If you still feel a little nervous about the radiation, we can provide you with lead coverings or reduce the radiation setting. We want you to feel comfortable during your dental exam. What Can X-rays Reveal? When x-rays are taken, we can find out if there are any cavities between the teeth – something that cannot be seen on visual inspection. We can also check for any problems with misalignment – again, something that cannot be readily seen. We also use x-rays to check for problems with the tissues or bones. The images can give us a great deal of information that we would have to otherwise omit. Therefore, it is in your best interest to have x-rays taken at least yearly. Doing so can save you a good deal on your overall dental expenses. If you have not had x-rays taken lately, you need to schedule them now. Give us a call today to book an appointment for a cleaning, exam, and x-rays. Make sure that all your dental needs are met for you and your family. All members of your family should receive x-rays to support their dental goals and health....

Benefits of Using a Water Flosser Over Traditional Floss

Posted on 9/7/2020 by Amy
When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing alone is simply not enough. Toothbrush bristles are too large to get between the hard to reach areas of the teeth where small particles of food and bacteria can hide out and cause plaque. That's where flossing comes into play. But when it comes to choosing your method, using a water flosser instead of traditional string floss has many benefits as a safe, risk-free alternative. It's Overall Healthier and More Effective than String Floss Clinical studies have shown that patients who used a water flosser were able to remove more plaque than those who used string floss. Additionally, those same patients had less gingivitis and bacterial growth. Many people reported an overall 'deep clean' feeling after using a water flosser. Studies also show that using a water flosser prevents cavities, tooth loss, and decay. In patients with diabetes, whom are generally more prone to inflammation and periodontal disease, a water flosser is a much healthier option. It's also a must for patients with dental implants, braces, crowns, or non-removable bridgework. Water Flossers are Easy to Use! With adult supervision, even children as young as the age of six can use a water flosser. Unlike string floss, water flossers are much easier to maneuver as they require little manual dexterity. This can be especially important for patients who may suffer from arthritis. With a simple glide of the flosser along the teeth and gum line, those hard to reach areas as well as tightly spaced teeth are clean in no time and with absolutely no bleeding of the gums, which is another concern for many patients. Give our office a call to discuss any concerns you may have. Let us help you discover more of the benefits of water flossing....

Are There Any Foods That Stop Gum Recession?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Amy
Most people know the basic rules for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. The simple rules are to brush twice a day, floss regularly, and avoid sugary food and beverages. However, there is more you can do at home to keep good oral hygiene and prevent dental issues such as receding gums. What Is Gum Recession? Gum recession is when the roots and nerves of teeth are exposed, allowing space between the gum and teeth which can cause bacteria to build up. Some patients may not be aware that they are suffering with gum recession and therefore do not seek dental care. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should schedule a dental appointment immediately: sensitive teeth, inflamed gums, and bleeding with brushing. Foods That Promote Healthy Gums One of the most common foods to cause dental problems are those high in sugar. While sugar cannot directly cause gum recession, it can help its progression. Foods such as candy are best to be avoided, as they can often be the cause of dental problems and worsen gum diseases over time. But What About What You Can Eat? Maintaining a well-balanced diet is vital for good overall health, and that includes your gums. When you are not getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, your body is not getting enough supply to heal, prevent infections, and rebuild tissue. Foods that you should be eating plenty of are those high in vitamins, minerals, and protein. A great source of these are dark, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, meat, fish, tofu, and grains. By practicing good oral hygiene at home, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a healthy diet, you can help to prevent dental issues and therefore costly and timely treatment. If you are worried about receding gums, contact us today to schedule an appointment....

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