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Treatment Is Particular To Age

Family dentists see patients of all ages and treatment plans are developed with that in mind, dentistry is not a “one size fits all” operation. Prevention is key no matter what the age group, we all want to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible.  The older you are the more dental work you have probably undergone and fillings and crowns can wear down after time.  Your dentist can evaluate the damage during a regular checkup so that restorations can be replaced or repaired asap.  When a filling, for instance, breaks away the tooth becomes more vulnerable to infectious bacteria. As people age, they are more likely to be taking an over the counter or a prescribed medication for some malady or another.  Certain of these medications can cause side effects, one of them being “dry mouth.”  Dry mouth is a common cause of cavities in older adults but there are several ways to combat it.  Your dentist may recommend that you concentrate on staying hy ...

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Diagnostic Technology Has Improved

X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool in dentistry because many diseases can’t be detected in the early stages simply by performing an oral exam no matter how thorough it may be.  Tooth decay and bone deterioration may be lurking below the surface.   If your medical and dental history is good and you have had a minimal amount of dental work done you may only need a full set of x-rays every few years but if you are at higher than average risk for disease your dentist may order them more often.  If you are scheduled for treatment your dentist may want to x-ray the tooth before he begins the procedure just to confirm the extent of the infection. Children are more prone to cavities because their tooth enamel is thinner.  Their teeth should be monitored at every stage of development which is why they may have x-rays taken more frequently than adults.  If you or your children have had recent x-rays taken you can have the results transferred to another dentist along with you ...

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Professional Evaluation Is Advised

Some of the over the counter tooth whitening systems are more effective than others.  Whitening strips for instance, seem to do a better job than toothpastes that claim to contain a bleaching agent, and the strips are perfect for people who want to whiten just their front teeth.   The strengths of the various tooth whitening formulas on the market today are all over the map.  Some are too weak to do any real good while there are those that go to the other extreme and are so highly concentrated that they pose a risk for permanent damage to the tooth enamel and can be harmful if ingested. When you consider all the options and even though retail products have improved over time, professional tooth whitening seems by far the safest and most effective choice.  Most dentists offer either an in office treatment or a custom made whitening solution along with trays that can be used in the privacy of your own home.  Both are effective, it’s just a matter of personal preference. ...

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Are You A Statistic?

The basic difference between a regular teeth cleaning and a deep cleaning is that the regular treatment is applied to the surface area of the teeth while a deep cleaning goes beneath the gum line.   A deep cleaning also known as scraping and root planing is done for patients who suffer from gum disease that has progressed past the early stage.  The purpose is to remove infectious bacteria that has gotten into the empty spaces between the teeth and the receding gum tissue.  Depending on the depth of these “pockets” the procedure may be done over one or more sessions using either a locally injected anesthetic or a topical gel.  It  is often followed up with a fluoride treatment for cavity prevention. Gum disease is a common disorder affecting close to 50% of the adult population of the US.  Well over half of those over the age of 65 are affected.  If you think that you might be a part of those statistics there are some symptoms that you may recognize. &nbs ...

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