Preventative Dental Care
Protecting Your Oral Health
At Roxborough Family Dental, our Roxborough dentistry team understands that for many patients, oral health only relates to teeth and gums. However, a growing amount of research has found surprising connections that link our oral health to our overall health.
Studies have found that patients dealing with tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss have a significantly higher risk for developing a range of chronic health problems that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and cancer. While researchers continue to look for what links these seemingly disparate conditions, one thing remains clear - your oral health matters.
Fortunately, you can help to protect your oral health by following the steps below.
3 Oral Health Tips!
Brush twice daily
Brushing works to remove plaque, a harmful bacteria most responsible for dental decay and disease, away from the surface of your teeth and gums. When plaque builds up it uses the foods we consume to produce acids that slowly erode away tooth enamel, leading to the development of cavities and decay. For maximum protection, you should brush once in the morning and again at night before bed.
Flossing helps to remove plaque from the areas of your mouth a toothbrush cannot reach - between your teeth and below the gum line. While the effectiveness of flossing has come under some questioning of late, our Roxborough dentistry team and the American Dental Association still recommend the habit. If you're not convinced of the effectiveness of flossing, consider this - the most common place for cavities to develop is between our teeth.
Regular preventative dental care
Regular exams provide our Roxborough dentistry team with the chance to spot the early signs of dental decay and disease early on while still easily treatable. Frequent cleanings provide our team of dental hygienists with the opportunity to remove tartar buildup from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. When combined with brushing and flossing, regular preventative dental care offers the best recipe for maintaining and improving your oral health.
Our teeth feature a lot of hard to clean crevices, such as the back molars. Keeping these areas clean is important, especially for younger patients who don't yet possess the manual dexterity or attention to detail required to practice quality oral hygiene on a daily basis.
A hard plastic, dental sealant effectively "seals" teeth, preventing the effects of tooth decay. Safe, comfortable and extremely durable, dental sealants offer the lasting protection necessary to help protect a child's long-term oral health now and into the future.
Cosmetic Dental Care
Just one look at the remarkable difference teeth whitening treatments can make to the color and complexion of a patient's smile and it's easy to understand why teeth whitening has become the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the U.S.
Teeth whitening offers patients a safe and affordable solution for reversing years of eating and drinking enamel staining items like red wine, coffee, tea and berries. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure your smile dazzles by contacting our office today to find out more about our teeth whitening options.
Tooth bonding offers an affordable and lasting solution for repairing cracked, chipped or broken teeth. Using a durable dental resin, our Roxborough cosmetic dentists can shape and polish a tooth to restore it back to health. We can also color-match the resin so it blends perfectly into the existing complexion of your smile.
In addition to repairing damaged teeth, bonding can also be used to eliminate gaps, make a tooth appear longer and also change the color of a tooth. To find out more about whether dental bonding can meet your oral health needs, contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.
Dental veneers are incredibly thin, custom-designed shells of tooth-colored porcelain designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve appearance. Our Roxborough cosmetic dentists can bond veneer shells directly to the front of your teeth to change the color, shape, size, or length.
Placement of veneers usually takes multiple visits to our Roxborough dentistry office.
During your first visit, our dentists will prepare your teeth for the placement of the veneers by taking a mold of your teeth and removing a minuscule amount of enamel to make the necessary room. The mold will then be sent off to a lab for the creation of your custom veneers.
Once your custom-made veneers have arrived from the lab, patients will come in for their final appointment to have their veneers placed. Veneers are bonded directly to the surface of a patient's teeth, and require the same kind of oral hygiene care - such as brushing and flossing daily - to maintain.
Restorative Dental Care
When a patient loses a tooth, their overall oral health becomes threatened. Fortunately, missing teeth can easily be replaced with the use of a dental bridge. The placement of a dental bridge provides the structure required to maintain the proper function of your mouth, while fitting seamlessly into the shape, color and style of surrounding teeth.
Fitting a dental bridge usually takes two appointments to complete. Our Roxborough dentists will first prepare the teeth on either side of the space prior to taking impressions of your teeth. The impression is then sent off to the lab where they will be used to create a custom-designed dental bridge. Between appointments, a temporary bridge will be provided to protect the health of your teeth.
Dental crowns act like a "cap" that our Roxborough dentists can place over a damaged tooth or dental implant. Our dentists may recommend a crown for patients needing to:
- Protect a weakened tooth from breaking
- Restore a tooth back to health
- Cover an implant
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a discolored tooth
- Cover a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
Dental implants are a more permanent option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically placed in your jaw bone, taking the place of other more temporary solutions such as roots and support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implant technology results in a comfortable, convenient and natural-looking smile.
Dental implants look and feel more natural than their removable counterparts and offer the same bite force as fixed dental bridges. Implants can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.
Implants require consistent and thorough daily oral hygiene in order to stay clean and healthy. It’s also important to regularly visit Dr. Martha Ha for routine follow-up appointments and cleanings to keep your new smile healthy and bright.