Preventative Dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings.
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Some people think the health of their teeth and gums is separate from the health of the rest of their body. That is false. The overall health of your mouth and teeth is a direct link to the rest of your body! Dr. Lenz reminds you that healthy gums and supporting tissues are critical to oral health and total wellness, and are the foundation for building every beautiful smile.
Gum disease can lead to the loss of otherwise healthy teeth, and has been linked to more serious medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, pancreatic cancer and diabetes. Please contact us to learn more about our preventive gum care and treatments!
Fluoride Treatment: When you talk about dental health & hygiene, you must have come across the term “fluoride”. It is a common fact that dentists recommend making use of fluoride-based toothpastes that help in strengthening your teeth and preventing it from potential tooth decay & gum diseases. Most of the commercial toothpastes & mouth rinses out there contain fluoride as their active ingredient.
Usually, the professional fluoride treatments are topically applied and offer physical strength to your teeth. The fluoride treatments are carried out only under the guided supervision of a professional dental expert and might offer additional benefits to the overall health of your teeth & gums. Here are some points to consider:
- Fluoride is a Natural Mineral: For those might not know about it, fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water, rocks, and soil. Fluoride is the 13th most abundant mineral or element on Earth’s crust. Fluoride appears in the natural groundwater in varying levels.
- Professional Fluoride Treatments are Worthwhile: Irrespective of the total amount that you pay for fluoride treatments, the overall cost is all worth it. Professional fluoride treatment serves to be less expensive significantly in comparison to the cost of repairing the tooth decay or damage prevented by it. Fluoride treatment is a preventive treatment that helps your body in fighting cavities and tooth decays naturally. When you prevent tooth decays, you are eventually saving money on frequent trips to your dental expert.
- Fluoride Prevents Cavities By Strengthening Tooth Enamel: Our tooth enamel is in a constant battle between demineralization & remineralization. Demineralization is the process in which the bacteria in your mouth consume carbohydrates to produce acid and decay the tooth enamel. On the other hand, remineralization is the process wherein the minerals present in the saliva work towards hardening & strengthening the enamel. Fluoride treatment helps in amplifying the process of remineralization.
- Fluoride Treatment is for All: As individuals of all ages are prone to tooth decay & cavity-formation, fluoride treatment is considered ideal for all and not just for kids.
Bad breath turns out to be an unpleasant experience. The disturbing point here is that those suffering from bad breath are mostly unaware of the fact and thus, end up gathering unpleasant responses & feedbacks from the people around them. There are several reasons that lead to bad breath –right from personal hygiene to serious dental issues or complications that you must be aware of. When left untreated, the issue of bad breath could only worsen making it more difficult for you to face people around. Therefore, it is important to get proper bad breath treatment as soon as possible.
Bad breath is also referred to as “halitosis” in dental terminology and might turn out to be an embarrassing situation for those suffering from it. Certain health conditions, food items, and lifestyle habits are usually the most common reasons for bad breaths in individuals. In most general cases, you can improve bad breath with certain dietary and hygiene modifications. However, if simple care tips & routine might not help, then it is high time that you should consult your dental specialist.
The odors of bad breath condition might vary significantly –based on the source of the underlying problem. As it is quite difficult to assess your own level of bad breath odors, you can consult your family member or close friend to analyze the situation for you.
For reducing bad breath and lowering your risks of dental issues, it is recommended that you should practice proper dental hygiene on a daily basis. Some of the additional dental measures might include:
- Toothpaste & Mouth Rinses: You must rinse your mouth thoroughly after consuming food. This will lessen the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth and thus, reduce the production of any bad odor.
- Treatment of Associated Dental Disease: If you tend to have any specific dental disease like a gum disease causing the bad breath, you must get it treated as soon as possible. Your dental expert might even suggest replacing faulty teeth restorations that serves to be a breeding ground for the bacteria causing the odor.
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