Preventive Dental Care

SOME COMMON PREVENTION TIPS:

When you come to us with dental problems, we ask ourselves, “How could that have been prevented?” and then add that answer to our Preventive Dentistry Protocol. An astounding amount of decay is caused by “Frequency of Exposure to Refined Carbohydrates.”

Sipping soda pop or any sugared drinks throughout the day creates a constant high acid situation that will cause Rampant Decay and wipe out vast areas of tooth structure in a short time. Even sugar free Diet Pop has Carbonic Acid and Phosphoric Acid which dissolves tooth structure on contact. Even Milk has fermentable sugars. Putting a baby to nap or bed with a bottle of Milk or Pop causes Baby Bottle Syndrome, in which a baby’s teeth can be dissolved down to the gum line in a short time. Each sip creates about 90 minutes of high acid, so you can easily create a continuous, long period of high acid exposure.

Hard Candies and Sugared Chewing Gum rank right next to Soda Pop in causing massive loss of otherwise healthy tooth structure. The problem is in how many hours a day a high sugar level is maintained. Each snack provides about 90 minutes of high acid, AFTER the candy is dissolved.

Snack Crackers, Bread, Pretzels, etc., can also keep a high acid level going. Each snack event creates 90 minutes of high acid exposure.

A gallon of Pop at each meal will cause less damage than sipping one glass of Pop throughout the day. You can have carbohydrates at meals if you want, but it is a big problem to spread the exposure over many hours.

DECAY PREVENTION PROCEDURES:

  • Supervise your child’s home brushing after meals, but most especially just before going to bed. Use Fluoride Toothpaste.
  • Have sealants put on your child’s permanent teeth at the dental office checkup appointment. The biting surface wrinkles are a favorite spot for decay to begin.
  • Only drink pop or eat fermentible foods at meals. Drink only water between meals, or Coffee and Tea with no sugar or cream (fermentible). What you eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner is not generally a problem.
  • If you or your child is experiencing a lot of etching or decay, ask us to prescribe a high-level fluoride toothpaste for use after brushing -before bedtime. Of course we’d not want to do this on top of other fluoride intake, so let us know about any other fluoride source.
  • We can put a Fluoride Varnish on your child’s teeth to reduce the damage from etching. This is especially good for children in Braces.
  • Have regular cleanings and checkups with x-rays taken as needed to catch decay early.

ORTHODONTIC PREVENTIVE MEASURES:

  • Have regular cleanings and exams.
  • Restore broken down teeth, whether permanent or baby teeth.
  • Remove over retained baby teeth to avoid pushing the permanent teeth out of position.
  • Have Space Maintainers placed to preserve missing tooth spaces for the expected permanent tooth.
  • Have an orthodontic evaluation done early to discuss all the available options available.
  • Watch your child for habits that could displace their teeth, such as thumb sucking, pencils, etc.

GUM DISEASE PREVENTION PROCEDURES:

  • Have regular 6-month cleanings and exams if you’ve never had gum disease. Get 3 to 4 month cleanings if you have ever had gum disease.
  • Have the gum pockets screened by measuring once a year and evaluated for signs of inflammation.
  • Get the Deep Scaling and initial Periodontal Control Program steps completed as soon as possible after hearing they are necessary.
  • Ask us to evaluate your home cleaning efficiency and to show you the latest products and techniques you can use at home.

PROACTIVE COMMUNICATION:

The more details you share with us during your visits, the better we’ll be able to help you avoid dental problems proactively. In particular, you should tell us about:

  • Hot or cold sensitive areas in your mouth. Try to identify the area when it occurs.
  • Pain or odd feelings upon chewing, clenching, yawning, etc. It may help us to catch a problem area early.
  • Medications and medical issues you are having. Many medications have dental side effects, as do health problems.
  • Heart conditions, knee or hip joint replacements, accidents, surgeries, etc.
  • Trauma from auto accidents or such. We can use a transmitting fiber light to check for tiny cracks in your teeth as well as evaluate any tooth or joint damage that may have occurred.
  • Teeth that feel loose, or high, or out of position.
  • Any bleeding or soreness in your mouth or in general.

There are many other preventive measures available for your specific situation. We’ll advise you as the need arises.

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