Preventative Dental Care
Broadway Dental Care encourages preventive dental care throughout your life, no matter how old you are. Good oral hygiene practiced at home, combined with regular checkups at our office will keep your smile bright and your teeth healthy.
Following these simple tips will help to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from teeth. Don’t forget to brush the top of your tongue to remove any extra plaque-causing food particles. This also helps to maintain fresh breath.
- Floss at least once a day. Mouthwash is also a good way to kill bacteria and to freshen your breath. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach.
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- A balanced diet with few sugary treats is beneficial to oral hygiene. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit can keep your smile healthy.
- Regular checkups and professional teeth cleanings at our office should be scheduled every six months.
- Dental sealants can be applied to the top surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
- If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your teeth.
If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact Broadway Dental Care to schedule your next appointment.
Common Dental Procedures
Tooth bonding has become more popular than traditional silver amalgam for tooth fillings because silver is more noticeable in a person’s mouth. Bonding can be used on both front and back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
It is a less expensive option for cosmetic treatments and usually takes only one visit to complete. However, bonding can stain and is more fragile than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, you should call our office to schedule an appointment. The bonding is typically easily patched or repaired in one visit.
The success of a bridge is dependent on the health of the teeth, gums and bone that surrounds the bridge. Therefore, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing.
There are several advantages to using clear aligners. They are removable and easy to keep clean. They are comfortable and less likely to irritate gums and cheeks than braces. They also prevent wear on teeth that occurs when you grind them.
Clear aligners are not for everyone. Make an appointment with one of our dentists to find out more.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when the original tooth lacks strength to hold a filling. A crown is formed in a lab using your tooth’s unique impression. A dental laboratory technician will then inspect all aspects of your bite and jaw movements in order to build a crown that allows your bite and jaw movements to function normally.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two. At Broadway Dental Care we prefer porcelain crowns because they share the same translucency of natural teeth and are very durable.
Most patients find that dentures are comfortable and look very natural. However, they may not be a good fit for everyone.
When it comes to properly caring for dentures, it is just as important to brush and floss them as regularly as you would your natural teeth. You should also keep gums and tongue clean. Here are a couple of rules to live by:
Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures.
Keep dentures moist when not in use
Problem teeth can often be removed relatively quickly during a regular visit. However, in some instances, a separate appointment may be required. Due to the fact that the removal of a tooth may cause neighboring teeth to shift, which could cause problems with chewing or functioning of your jaw, we might recommend a tooth replacement procedure in order to prevent these complications. Be sure to share any sedation concerns or preferences that you may have with your dentist.
There are two options for fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings can be done in one visit. Indirect fillings are more complex and therefore typically require two or more visits. These fillings may include inlays and veneers made of ceramics or composites.
Implants are a viable option to replace missing teeth. An implant is a synthetic tooth made of metal and porcelain. They provide a natural looking solution that is rarely noticeable. They require daily brushing and flossing and do not compromise the health of normal teeth. If properly cared for, they will last a lifetime.
The best candidates for implant restoration are non-smokers who have good oral health, which includes healthy gums and a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw.
Wearing the appropriate mouthguard plays a big role in protecting your teeth from injury. There are three basic types of mouthguards that we recommend: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard and a custom-made mouthguard that you can obtain from your dentist.
Make sure that your mouthguard meets the following criteria:
Tear-resistant, comfortable and fits well in your mouth
Easy to clean
Does not inhibit proper breathing
The dentists at Broadway Dental Care can teach you how to choose the right mouthguard to prevent injury and how to wear a mouthguard properly.
Nightguards prevent the wear and damage that teeth grinding may cause over time. They can be custom-made by your dentist using soft material to fit your teeth. A nightguard is inserted over the top or bottom set of teeth and prevents contact with the opposing set.
Nightguards, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, are a preventive tool that promotes strong teeth and good oral health.
Oral Cancer Screening
There are a number of preventative measures that you can take against oral cancer. These include:
Drinking alcohol in moderation
Avoiding all tobacco products
Maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet
Limit your sun exposure with UV-A/B-blocking, sun-protective lotions on your skin and lips
Root canal treatment may be performed anywhere from one to three visits. We start by removing the infected tissue. Then we clean and seal the interior of the tooth. Finally, we fill the tooth with a dental composite.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking in the future. With proper brushing, flossing and regular check ups, the tooth may be protected for a lifetime.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact. So if your sealants come off, let your dentist know and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.
When veneers are recommended, your dentist will create a unique model of your teeth and send that to a dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your dentist may need to make minor adjustments to ensure that your tooth looks natural.
Wisdom teeth are usually extracted in the late teens to early twenties as there is a greater chance that the tooth’s roots have not fully developed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. This aids in speeding up the removal and recovery process.
We use a method called tray whitening. It’s a type of professional whitening that uses customized trays to whiten your teeth. While the products are only available through a dentist’s office, the process is easy to do from home.
Whitening gel is inserted into a tray that fits perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, the hydroxyradiacals begin to whiten stained teeth. The process can take 10 to 14 days, but some see results in as few as three to five days. As your dentist for details.
Common Dental Conditions
Cavities left untreated may lead to more serious oral health problems. Brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing between teeth at least once a day will help prevent cavities from forming.
An infection of the gums around your teeth is called gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease ranks as one of the top causes of tooth loss in adults. Because it is mostly pain-free, many patients do not know that they have the disease. During each regular visit to our office, your dentist will check the space between your teeth and gums in order to exam it for signs of periodontal disease.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease,or periodontal disease, is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Plaque must be removed by flossing, brushing and regular dental checkups. If it is not removed, it will continue to build, which may cause damage to the gums.
Gum disease forms right below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis — The early stage of gum disease when the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be healed by daily brushing and flossing.
Periodontitis — If untreated, gingivitis will develop into periodontitis. Severe damage can occur to the gums and bone that support the teeth. Infected gums can cause teeth to become loose, fall out or may need to be removed by a dentist.
Things That May Lead to Periodontal Disease:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Certain types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Treating Gum Disease
Severe cases of gum disease require more intense treatments depending on each individual case. Typical treatments include:
- Non-surgical treatments such as at-home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- Dental implants
Do you have chronic facial and neck pain in addition to frequent headaches? You may have Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
If you experience these symptoms, you should make an appointment to have a dentist at Broadway Dental Care check for TMD.
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
Use these tips at home and work to help prevent TMD or keep it from worsening.
- Relax your face — remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Avoid constant gum chewing
- Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver in your hand
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
- Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
- Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight and shoulders squared
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