Posts for: December, 2016
Spreading Holiday cheer begins with Fresh Breath! Not only during the Holidays, but everyday of the year, keeping your teeth clean and your breath minty fresh, can be a struggle for many people! Although good oral hygiene is the first step, there are many other factors that can contribute to bad breath such as tobacco, a dry mouth, medications, sinus issues, foods and gum disease.
So if Buddy the Elf's famous quote about the box store fake Santa, "your breath smells like beef and cheese" is hindering you from spreading Christmas cheer, then remember that visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams can keep your holidays fresh and bright!
From regular visits to home care, there are actually "FIVE" things that can keep our dental team smiling at each of your visits!
- Regular Dental Visits
- The American Dental Association recommends that having twice a year cleanings and exams is the best way for our office to keep an eye out for any developing issues.
- Stay Fresh
- Replacing your toothbrush every three months will ensure the proper removal of the bacteria called plaque. As soon as yout toothbrush bristles start to fray, it's a good indication that they are no longer effective.
- Flossing is the most efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing plaque that accumulates between them, but is the only way to effectively remove the bacteria below the gum line.
- Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth happy! Two minutes, twice daily, are the minimum requirements for reducing the bacterial count that has been associated with tooth decay and gum disease.
- One way that you can help us improve the dental health of not only your family, friends, and our entire community, is by sharing our office with others. Your referrals are one of the highest compliments that you can ever give our office. We strive hard to provide a great dental experience and would be honored for you to share your experience with your co-workers, family and friends!
As the field of dentistry advances and the use of technology in the field increases, the concept of minimally invasive dentistry has emerged. Preservation of a healthy set of natural teeth for each patient should be the objective of every dentist. Minimally invasive dentistry is characterized by the following:
- Regard natural tooth structure as valuable
- Preserve, rather than replace, original natural tissue
- Focus on prevention
- Minimize invasive procedures during treatment
- Prevention begins with good oral hygiene
- Dental caries are considered an infectious disease
- Early detection of caries and other diseases can prevent the spread of infection
- Focus on remineralization of enamel as a preventive effort in treating decay
The goal of our entire team at Thomas Family Dentistry is to provide minimally invasive dental treatment that will preserve as much original tissue as possible. This method of providing dentistry is the most conservative approach that leaves the tooth stronger in structure than procedures that modify the tooth through more invasive measures.
When a restoration, like a filling, must be made to a tooth, a greater amount of healthy tooth tissue than actual decayed tissue is often removed. An estimated 50 to 71 percent of the work that a dentist completes involves the repair or replacement of previous restorations. The use of durable restorative materials can also decrease the need for later repair or restoration work.
The days of being required to "cut a bigger hole to fix the hole" has been greatly reduced by implementing new techniques and technologies. Tooth tissue can be preserved at a greater percentage through the use of innovative adhesive materials. Glass ionomer cements release minerals into the surrounding tooth tissue and help prevent future cavities. Resin-based composite and dentin bonding agents are designed to bond to the enamel and preserve it.
New technology and the invention of small, hand-held tools also allow for a less-invasive form of restorations. Using these new instruments allow the treatment of decay in its more superficial form, which not only preserves tooth structure, but can usually be done without the need for anesthetic.