Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection in the bone and gum tissues that keep your teeth in place. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of periodontal disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and checkups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing periodontal disease.
Additionally, recent studies have proven a close relationship between medical problems such as heart attacks, strokes and complications with diabetes related to periodontal disease. Regularly scheduled recare appointments will allow your dentist and dental staff to help maintain your oral health.
The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces and are designed to prevent bacteria and other debris from infecting the deep crevices on the tops of teeth.
Sealants are tooth colored liquid coatings that fill in and harden in the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants have proven their effectiveness in preventing cavities - even on teeth where decay has begun. The application does not require anesthetic or a drill, and typically last for several years.
- Children and young adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay. Young children are great candidates for preventative measures like sealants, especially on molars.
A soft mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. Custom-made mouthguards are better than store-bought because they conform to your actual bite and are made of a more durable material.
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