Preventive dental visits are vitally important for oral health. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months. At your preventive appointment, your dentist and hygienist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. This may require radiographs of your teeth to allow the dentist to diagnose any underlying problems that may not be evident during a visual exam. You will also receive an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, nutritional counseling and oral hygiene instruction at your preventive visit.
Other preventive services which may be recommended by the dentist are pit and fissure sealants and topical fluoride application.
Dental sealants are a resin material that is applied to the pits and fissures of the occlusal (biting) surfaces of molars and premolars. Pits and fissures are a natural part of tooth anatomy and can be very difficult to clean by brushing alone. The sealant provides a smooth surface and seals off these areas from plaque and bacteria that can settle into these areas and cause tooth decay.
Topical fluoride treatments can be applied in the office, helping prevent tooth decay by making your teeth more resistant to acids from dietary sugars as well as bacteria from the plaque in your mouth. Fluoride helps to speed up the process of rebuilding your tooth enamel in areas where you may have demineralization.
At Lincoln Dental Associates, we can provide the periodontal treatments you need to keep your gums nice and healthy. Your gums may seem like a small part of your mouth, but they’re an important part of your overall dental health.
Some studies claim that nearly 80% of Americans have experienced some form of gum disease. Some of these cases may not be serious, but if they don’t get the necessary treatment, it can lead to severe complications down the road.
When you come in for your regular checkups, we’ll always check the health of your gums and let you know if there is cause for concern.
Do You Need Treatment?
There are several signs that may suggest that it’s time for periodontal treatment. These signals include:
- Gums that bleed during regular brushing
- Constant bad breath
- Swollen and bright red gums
- Receding gums
- Shifting teeth
- Ongoing funny taste in the mouth
Give us a call if you begin to notice these symptoms. We’ll take a look at the situation and recommend the most effective treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
At Dalton Dental, we can provide deep cleanings, root planing, and scaling to remove any bacteria from above and below the gum line. We also make use of the latest technology, such as periodontal laser therapy, to treat a range of problems in a non-invasive way.
Why Your Gums Matter
A healthy set of gums is an important part of your beautiful smile, but it goes beyond just that. Scientists have found links between periodontal disease and other problems, such as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and more.
At Lincoln Dental Associates we provide a complete dental solution that includes quality periodontal treatments. Contact us today to set up your next appointment and keep your gums healthy.