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YOUR DENTAL QUESTIONS ANSWERS

Our dentist and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. To complement the general and cosmetic dentistry services offered at Dens in Dente dental surgery, we have prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions about dentistry and dental health. Please use our dental glossary to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.

Maintaining Dental Health

Maintaining dental health has two components —  dental hygiene and professional cleanings and examinations. Simple maintenance of your dental health can prevent complications such as tooth loss, as well as the need for restorative or cosmetic dentistry in the future.

How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?

Good oral hygiene starts at home, though it needs to be supplemented by regular visits to our cosmetic and general dentistry practice, Astoria Dental Group. Steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and gum disease include:

Thorough brushing

Brush at least twice daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for costly cosmetic or restorative dentistry in the future. Replace your brush every two to three months. Don’t forget to brush your teeth, your gums and your tongue gently and thoroughly.

Proper flossing

Flossing is crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. When flossing, use an 18-inch strand of floss. Ease the floss between each tooth; then, sweep it up and down several times while curving around the tooth at the gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind your last tooth and to floss under the bridges with the aid of a floss threader.

How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?

Acids can demineralize a tooth — that is, create a weak spot that develops into a cavity. Fluoride helps promote the opposite process, called remineralization, which can reverse the very early stages of tooth decay.

What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?

Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.

Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.

DENTIST’S RECOMMENDATIONS

General well-being requires having good oral and dental health

Good teeth result from a good foundation of healthy gums and oral tissues, strong bone support and healthy diet and lifestyle. Here are some recommendations on how you can be in charge of your dental health

  • Schedule regular check-up and scale every six months
  • Use soft-bristled tooth brush
  • Brush your teeth, your gums and your tongue gently and thoroughly, spending at least 2 minutes two times daily
  • First check-up for infants should begin when they start teething

A beautiful confident smile is acquired from knowing you have good oral and dental health

If you want to know more about your teeth and your gums or want to improve your smile, feel free to contact us. We are available to answer all your questions.

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