It is a known fact that 2 out of 3 adults over the age of 50 have some form of gum disease. Known as the silent killer of teeth due to its non-painful, insidious progression in promoting tooth loss, many have no idea they have it. When infected teeth loosen to the point of failure due to gum disease and start to hurt, the battle is already lost. Choices are limited or non-existent with tooth removal as the only option.
The take home lesson is this: Never let gum disease get established in your mouth. The long term effect on your general health is potentially life threatening!
The Good News: Its containment and early treatment by a qualified dentist keeps you, the patient, from experiencing the health problems that are associated with periodontal (gum) disease. Healthcare has made great strides in extending lives. Prevention and early treatment of the inflammatory process of gum disease is one of the major advancements to that end!
In my practice 97% of patients enrolled wished for a better smile. More and more
people are realizing that your smile is tied to your self confidence and quality of life. A
great smile gives you opportunities socially, higher paying jobs and peace of mind that
you like the way you look.
I have found there are multiple reasons people have that have kept them from the
smile they really want.
Here are some of the top ones:
Consistent, regular dental teeth cleanings have a multitude of benefits. How often is regular? That’s a specific conversation with your dental hygienist.
Reading more below will give insight on why it isn’t just about teeth!
- Regular teeth cleanings keep your smile brighter – Get those stains removed that are so embarrassing!
Coffee, tea, wine, sodas and tobacco are all common culprits. Stains can look like cavities!
- Regular teeth cleanings can ensure early detection of dental problems – Dental problems become
extensive and increasingly expensive if they worsen. For patients on a budget it Is the way to go!
Absolutely Comfortable Dentistry- Is it Possible?
My 35 year career in dentistry has constantly been a search for the MOST comfortable ways to have dental procedures.
Here are some of the MOST important:
- First of all, prepare yourself, as the patient, to be as relaxed as possible. Do the following:
- A. Wear comfortable clothing
- No caffeine intake 6 hours prior the appointment. This helps tremendously with the efficiency of any numbing medications you may need.
- Bring an iPod or personal music player with relaxing music with headphones for use during your appointment.
- Be aware of the various ways you can have your dentistry done to be the most comfortable. It is important that the dentist be trained, experienced and most of all qualified by the dental board to administer the various ways to be comfortable.
- Use of the local numbing agent only
- Use of the local numbing agent and the relaxation gas, called nitrous oxide/oxygen
- Use of the local numbing agent, relaxation gas and sedation medications. The sedation medications are given at lowest, most efficient dose to give a comfortable effect. Many patients describe it as a “great nap during my dental appointment”