Your Medications and the Dental Visit

The use of medications can affect your oral health and the way your dentist can treat you. Even over-the-counter drugs, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements can be the cause oral health issues. Among the oral problems resulting from the use of daily medications are dry mouth, gum inflammation, altered taste, sores and decay.

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 50% of adults in the USA take at least one medication a day. There are many different conditions and medical ailments that require medication to alleviate or control the effects of it in the body. A few of the most common are Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Anxiety, Depression and Asthma.

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Visiting your dentist and being honest about the use of medications is the first step to help take care of your mouth and your teeth. The use of fluoride gels, regular cleanings or increasing the frequency of it can help with keeping decay and gum inflammation under control. Saliva substitute products can help with dry mouth and perhaps a consult with your primary physician to discuss the side effects of your medicines can make your oral health better.

Now, we understand the need of medications and we can not help but take them if they are helping us to get better. And at the dental office is important we know what you are taking and the dosing. Many dental procedures can be affected by the medications you are taking. Some medications to prevent heart attacks can increase the bleeding risk during a dental surgery and not taking your blood sugar or high blood pressure control medications can alter the results of the dental procedure or even prevent the dentist to do the treatment as schedule.

When you visit your dentist it very important to take your medications as prescribed by your physician. The dentist will consult with him/her to determine if any changes need to be made or if additional medications such an antibiotic need to be added to your daily regimen. In case of doubt it is always recommended to call your physician and your dentist before your appointments. If you have any questions call us, we can help you get the dental visit you deserve.

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?

Visiting the Dentist

Forgoing the dentist is all too common, and millions of people put off visiting their local dental office each year. Unfortunately, putting off the care that you need only creates more dental problems and the need for invasive treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly can help to keep your teeth and gums in good health for the rest of your life.

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist?

Ideally, patients of all ages should be visiting the dentist twice a year. These bi-annual appointments gives us a chance to monitor your dental health and make notes of any changes we find. If there is a problem, it’ll be more minor and is easily treated during the visit or at an upcoming appointment. Bi-annual visits often involve a cleaning, which is done to remove tartar and stains from the teeth. Tartar alone can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so removing it professionally is key to maintaining optimal oral health.

 

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What Can You Expect During Your Dental Appointments?

Most routine bi-annual appointments involve a cleaning and examination. Oftentimes, x-rays are taken to identify any changes. The cleaning is done by a licensed hygienist who uses special tools to remove tartar and stains from your teeth. Your gums will be checked for any signs of periodontal disease. Next, an examination is performed to check for areas of tooth decay and problematic restorations. Checkup visits typically take less than an hour in our office. We can even pre-schedule your appointments so that you never have to remember to set a time and day to come in.

The importance of routine dental care

Routine care is critical to the health of your smile. If you continually forgo bi-annual checkup visits, the tartar on your teeth will continue to build up and cause problems with decay and gum disease. Likewise, smaller problems go ignored until they are much larger. Nearly half of all adults over age 30 have gum disease, and this is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene at home and not seeing the dentist often enough for cleanings and exams. You can save your teeth and smile with regular checkups done every six months. We offer preventative care to patients of all ages and regardless of health needs.
If you are ready to make an appointment to visit our office, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.

10 Benefits of Teeth Whitening

10 Benefits of Teeth Whitening

bENEFITS OF TEETH WHITENING

Whitening your teeth can easily be done in our office. The treatment helps to lift and even dissolve stains so that you can feel better about your appearance. Whitening can be done as-needed and touched up whenever you feel your teeth are becoming dulled and yellow.

Some of the benefits of teeth whitening include:

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1. Remove Discoloration
Discoloration of your teeth can happen with age or because of certain lifestyle and dietary habits. Whitening removes deep discoloration so that you can feel confident in the way your smile looks.

2. Remove Stains
Stains can occur because of the foods you may eat or because of improper brushing and flossing habits. The whitening products used are specifically designed to lighten and dissolve these stains so that they are no longer visible.

3. Improve Your Self-Esteem
Having a yellowed and dull-looking smile can interfere with your confidence. When you professionally whiten your teeth, you’ll feel better about the way that you look.

4. Smile More Often
Because of a whiter, brighter and healthier-looking smile, you’ll find that you smile more often. Not only does a bright white smile make you look friendlier, but it’s a sign of good health as well.

5. Reduce Bacteria
Many of the whitening products used are designed to kill bacteria that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. While you lighten your teeth, you’re taking a proactive approach to your dental health as well.

6. Look More Youthful
Whiter teeth can cause you to look younger than you actually are. This has a lot to do with the fact that teeth dull and darken as you age, so lightening them can give the appearance that you’re younger than you are.

7. Hide Imperfections
When your teeth are perfectly white, people are less likely to notice minor imperfections like cracks and chips. This eliminates the need for more invasive cosmetic work.

8. Be Prepared for that Big Event
If you’re going to be attending a wedding or class reunion, you’ll want to look your absolute best. Whitening can help to give a clean, bright appearance that’ll improve your overall appearance for that big event.

9. It’s Easy
Whitening is easy and typically involves custom-made trays that can be worn in the comfort of your own home. There are no invasive treatments or procedures needed to deliver the same results.

10. It’s Quick
Most whitening treatments take just a few weeks to provide optimal results. You can then touch-up your results throughout the year using the same treatment method.

If you are thinking of having your teeth professionally whitened, call us today and we can discuss the different options we offer.