Management of Dental Phobia and Steps to Reverse Tooth Decay
The best way to prevent expensive treatments is to receive guidance on how to develop excellent oral hygiene at home. Routine check-ups, regular preventive care such as dental cleaning or periodontal maintenance visits with early diagnosis and treatment can help to avoid more costly dental problems that may develop or be worsened by lack of basic preventive care.
Why is oral hygiene so important? Adults over 35 lose more teeth due to periodontal disease (gum disease) than from tooth decay (cavities). 47% of adults are affected. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is created by bacterial colonies of whitish color that adhere to tooth surfaces and are constantly forming. Good oral hygiene will keep these bacteria at low levels so that you can prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.Read more about Oral Hygiene and Prevention in our Newsletter
Periodontal maintenance is a cleaning procedure performed at regular intervals in the dental office to thoroughly remove plaque (bacteria) from the teeth both above and below the gum line. Periodontal maintenance is an important treatment for slowing down the progression of periodontal disease. These bacterial colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation, which in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the body begins to systematically destroy gum and bone tissue, making the teeth shift, become unstable, or even to become lost completely. The pockets between the gums and teeth become deeper and house more bacteria, which may travel via the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body.
Periodontal Disease Self-Test
Tooth Decay Prevention
Preventative dental treatments are a cornerstone of our practice as tooth decay can be prevented, or if still in early stages, it can be arrested or healed. Cavities do not need to be a part of our lives. We educate patients on the best ways to prevent tooth decay, allowing them to live a long and happy life with a strong set of teeth. When basic preventative measures aren’t enough, we offer a number of minimally invasive treatments that will help ensure the long-term health of your teeth.Read more about Tooth Damage and All About Enamel in our Newsletter
Tooth Decay Risk Self Test
We are introducing a preventive program that is best suited for patients at high risk for developing decay or as a preventive measure for patients who are not at high risk to help them maintain their oral health.
Who is at risk for developing tooth decay? Answer simple questions:
|History of root caries||Yes||No|
|Cavity in last two years||Yes||No|
|Plaque on teeth||Yes||No|
|Gum recession and exposed root surfaces||Yes||No|
|Missing teeth – lost due to dental decay||Yes||No|
|Dry mouth – use of medications causing dry mouth||Yes||No|
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you are at risk for developing caries (tooth decay).
During your next visit, ask us how we can help you to improve your situation and help you to prevent tooth decay.
Our office performs Caries Risk Test for determining mutans streptococci and lactobacilli counts in saliva and plaque. High counts of mutans streptococci and/or lactobacilli indicate a high caries risk status. If protective factors cannot take effect, carious lesions will develop. This test provides us with fundamental information before any changes in the tooth structure can be detected. As a result, we have the possibility of introducing adequate counter measures at an early stage and implementing protective protocol for patient teeth to prevent decay and teeth destruction.
Root Canal Alternatives
Careful evaluation and diagnosis of the tooth is essential in a correct treatment decision. An alternative procedure to root canal therapy is pulp-capping procedure.Read more about Root Canals in our Newsletter
Teeth sensitivity can be caused by tooth decay, gum recession, tooth erosion or different types of tooth structure loss due to individual habits. Careful clinical examination can best determine the cause and the best treatment options.Read more about Sensitive Teeth in our Newsletter