6 Lesser Known Ways Your Dentist Can Help Your Oral HealthTuesday, January 3rd, 2017
If we were betting, we would bet that you already know the basics of oral health — brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit a general dentist for routine cleanings and exams. Do you know what other ways your dentist can help you keep your mouth as healthy as it can be?
Dr. Fuesting and the team at our dentist office in Danville, IL, offer several general dental services that could help you. Today we want you to know more about what we can do (in addition to your routine cleanings).
You’ve probably heard Ben Franklin’s saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s what many of these six lesser-known services are: the preventive steps that keep you from needing the cure.
To make an appointment for any of these services, call 217-703-4536 or contact us online.
◼︎ 1. Athletic Mouthguards
If your son or daughter plays a physical sport, then he or she should be wearing a mouthguard any time he or she is playing or practicing. Many sports like football and wrestling require mouthguards as part of participating.
At the same time, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend wearing a mouthguard during any high-impact sport (think lots of running, jumping, and contact). More specifically, both organizations recommend a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard. These mouthguards offer greater protection although they are smaller. That means they are less likely to interfere with breathing or communication while they are being worn.
You can get a custom-fitted mouthguard at Advanced Smile Arts. Call 217-703-4536 today.
◼︎ 2. Dental Sealants
If you want to prevent cavities, then you need to keep bacteria away from your teeth. You can do this in part by brushing and flossing. That is a never-ending battle since bacteria that cause tooth decay live in your mouth.
Dental sealants are like a protective wall that can seal your most vulnerable teeth (your molars) against that bacteria. By putting a barrier between the bacteria and your teeth, you will be reducing your family’s risk of tooth decay.
When you make your next appointment at Advanced Smile Arts, be sure to ask about dental sealants as well.
◼︎ 3. Dry Mouth Treatment
Chronic dry mouth can be a problem in and of itself. Some side effects can be cracked lips and sores in your mouth.
Dry mouth also creates a good environment for the bacteria that cause gum disease. If you are having trouble producing saliva, it can be harder to wash away bacteria and plaque.
Please let one of our dental professionals know if you are experiencing dry mouth. We can provide xylitol-based products to help with this issue.
◼︎ 4. Fluoride Treatment
Like dental sealants, fluoride treatments are a nice complement to your routine dental care. Fluoride is good for your enamel in two ways.
Enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth. It’s also the hardest substance on the human body. Despite that, bacteria can eat into your enamel, which is how you develop cavities.
Fluoride is a mineral. When it is applied to your teeth as a rinse or a varnish, it can repair minor damage to your enamel. If you enamel is healthy, fluoride can make it stronger. Either way, it’s a good way to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Let us know that you are interested in fluoride treatment when you make your next appointment.
◼︎ 5. Halitosis Treatment
In some instances, this can be connected to dry mouth as well. Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, can be a symptom of gum disease. If bacteria builds up in your mouth, this can lead to a constant bad taste in your mouth.
This may be the result of bacterial growth under your gums or near the back of your tongue. Checking for bad breath is part of our gum disease check.
Treating halitosis may be related to gum disease treatment as well.
◼︎ 6. Nutritional Counseling
Most people know that too many sweets can increase your risk of tooth decay, but nutrition is about more than cavities.
By eating healthy, you can improve your overall health. This, in turn, can improve your oral health. If you have questions about a well-balanced diet, Dr. Fuesting can answer you questions.
Make The Most Of Your Dental Visits
If you only come to our dentist office in Danville, IL, for cleanings and examinations, then you aren’t taking advantage of all the general dentistry that we offer.
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