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Early Diagnosis Is So Important

The treatment plan is at the heart of every dental evaluation.  The goal is to assess the overall oral health of the patient, pinpoint any issues and design a schedule for tending to each one in order of urgency.  Digital imagery has been a great help in explaining the plan so that the patient can understand the diagnosis clearly and see the need for attention.  A timeframe will be set up to accommodate the patient’s convenience and the office will prepare a cost estimate for his approval.  There is no pressure to adhere to the initial treatment plan.  Once the dentist has shared his findings and recommendations it is totally up to the patient as to when a procedure may be scheduled. Conditions may change of course, as time passes so it’s important to monitor closely in order to spot the difference and confront it asap.  The sooner treatment can be started the better the chances for good results.  Tooth decay that is spotted in the earliest stages, for examp ...

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Home And Professional Care

Prevention takes top billing when making a list of ways to avoid the discomfort and expense of having to deal with major oral health issues.  Home care begins with brushing twice a day and flossing at least once - flossing and rinsing after every meal or snack would be the ideal.  In addition, dental hygienists often recommend switching over from a manual toothbrush to an electric model and adding a water irrigator to your arsenal of home tools.  An antibacterial mouthwash can be beneficial in the fight against plaque buildup.  Talk to your dentist or hygienist about your particular needs and ask for recommendations for any dental products that may help to upgrade your home care regimen. Start your kids out early.  The American Dental Association advises that children begin seeing the family dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts.  These first appointments are mainly to educate the parents about the importance of a healthy diet and to provide them with a list of do&rsqu ...

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Your Dentist Will Follow Up

Have you ever been surprised by a call from your dentist inquiring how you’re doing after having had a procedure done earlier in the day or the previous day?  After care is very important after any dental treatment and your dentist will want to make sure you’re recovering well and following post procedure instructions to avoid the possibility of infection. Implant surgery has become a popular option for tooth replacement.  Since it is a surgical procedure, however, there will be some bleeding afterward.  It can be controlled using gauze pads to apply pressure to the area.  Your dentist will advise that you change the pack every half hour.  Saltwater rinses can begin a day after the surgery. Recovery requires rest.  Your dentist will suggest that you take the rest of the day to relax and recoup, activity can encourage bleeding and swelling.  You may notice increased swelling 2 or 3 days into your recovery.  Apply an ice pack off and on every half hour ...

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Why The Change?

Are you one of those dental patients that always has a good checkup, no cavities and pearly whites that you’ve always been proud to show off?  If that’s been the case up to now but things have begun to change there must be a reason why it isn’t just coincidence.   Tooth decay is caused by certain strains of bacteria that thrive in our mouths.  When a healthy balance of good and bad oral bacteria is disturbed increased tooth decay can be the result.  In order to prevent more incidents you have to find out what is causing the change, what are you doing differently? Any variation in diet can upset the harmony.  An increase in your consumption of sugar, for instance, can also increase your odds of getting a cavity.  If you’ve been nursing a sore throat by sucking on a sugary cough drop all day that could be the source of your problem.  The longer your teeth are exposed to sugar the more likely you are to develop a cavity.   Is something bo ...

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