Preventive Dental Care (Draft)

Preventive Dental Care (Draft)

A lifetime of quality oral health matters to more than just the state of your smile. As your dentist in Gresham, OR, our team at Gresham Smile Designs wants all of our patients to understand the important role their oral health plays in protecting their overall health.

A significant amount of recent research has found surprising links between common oral health conditions like tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss and a range of chronic disease. Studies have shown that patients who suffer from poor oral health have a significantly higher risk of developing a variety of illnesses that include heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and cancer. While researchers have yet to find a clear cause and effect relationship between our oral and overall health, these findings make it pretty clear that protecting the health of our teeth and gums can dramatically improve the health of our bodies.

Fortunately, you can significantly lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loos by following three simple steps:

  • Step 1 – Brush at least twice a day. Brushing helps to remove harmful oral bacteria and food that lingers after eating from the surface of our teeth and along the gum line. When allowed to remain in our mouth, these substances greatly increase our risk of the dental decay that causes cavities and the inflammation that leads to gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes once in the morning and again before bed.
  • Step 2 – Floss daily. Flossing plays just as an important role protecting our long-term oral health as brushing. That’s because flossing helps to remove food and harmful bacteria from between our teeth and below the gum line, areas of a mouth a toothbrush cannot reach. By failing to floss, you leave over 30 percent of your mouth uncleaned. It’s not surprising then that the most common place for cavities to develop is actually between our teeth. The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day, ideally before you brush at night.
  • Step 3 – Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. While brushing and flossing will go a long way towards protecting your long-term oral health, you still need to receive regular dental care from your dentist in Gresham, OR to enjoy the best oral health possible.

That’s it! Successfully follow these three preventative steps and you’ll enjoy a lifetime of healthier teeth and gums. Now that’s something to smile about.

 

xrays Dentist Gresham ORDental Exams and Digital X-Rays

Regular dental checkups and x-rays at Gresham Smile Designs are a necessity for patients who want to enjoy the best possible oral health. While you can remove most dental plaque and lingering food particles by brushing and flossing daily, your toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach certain places in the mouth, allowing plaque to cause tooth decay and gum disease.

A professional cleaning by our registered dental hygienists at Gresham Smile Designs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry will ensure the removal of plaque so your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong.

For those with specialized treatment needs, visits may be scheduled more frequently, as we will customize your cleaning frequency based on your individual health and periodontal needs.

bondingFluoride Treatment

Dr. Vogel may determine that fluoride should be part of your overall treatment. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.

Dr. Vogel may recommend fluoride treatments to patients who:

  • Take prescription medications that cause dry mouth. Certain types of commonly prescribed medications cause dry mouth as a side effect. Saliva acts as a natural defense mechanism against harmful oral bacteria. Without sufficient saliva flow, you have a higher risk of developing tooth decay and cavities.
  • Suffer from receding gums. Gum recession exposes the delicate roots of a tooth to decay.
  • Wear braces. Food and bacteria can easily become trapped under the wires and brackets of an orthodontic appliance if not properly cleaned. This type of buildup can significantly increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities.

sealantsTooth Sealants

Food particles and plaque collect in the grooves of our teeth, which are areas that don’t often receive a thorough enough cleaning during regular brushing and flossing. In these cases, Dr. Vogel can apply a tooth sealant to protect teeth from plaque and resulting decay. Tooth sealants effectively “seal” away these deep grooves to protect the tooth enamel underneath.

Dr. Vogel can perform this simple procedure in just a few minutes during a visit to our Gresham dental office. Tooth sealants are safe and effective for both children and adults, and this pain-free treatment makes a great choice for effectively protecting a child’s teeth as he or she continues to grow and develop. Sealants are very durable and can last for years before a reapplication is needed.

mouth_guard2Mouth Guards

A variety of dental problems are the result of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Symptoms can include sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches and ear or neck pain. Teeth grinding can cause serious long-term effects, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth. If you suspect that you grind your teeth during sleep, Dr. Vogel can help you discover whether or not an underlying medical condition may be contributing to this habit.

Once teeth grinding has been diagnosed, Dr. Vogel can provide a custom fitted mouth guard for your teeth from a simple impression of your top and bottom teeth. Dr. Vogel will take special care to ensure that your mouth guard is adjusted to your unique needs and fits securely for maximum protection.

sleep_apneaSleep Apnea

If you suspect you might suffer from sleep apnea, it’s essential to seek treatment which can be administered by Dr. Vogel and his team at Gresham Smile Designs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the throat collapses into the airway. The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat, which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs.

Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea can include severe early morning headaches, daytime drowsiness, and insomnia. Fortunately, Dr. Vogel has the necessary expertise and technology to treat sleep apnea in several different ways.

Dr. Vogel offers patients a variety of treatment options, depending largely on the exact diagnosis and your current health, and may advise halting some habits that aggravate sleep apnea. If you are looking for the best Dentist Gresham OR has or an expert on sleep apnea, please contact us today.

Sleeping masks were traditionally used to keep the patient’s airways open while they slept, but now patients have less intrusive options available. Dental devices that gently tease the lower jaw forward offer an effective means of  preventing the tongue from blocking the main air passage. These dental devices are gentle, easy to wear, and often help patients avoid unwanted surgeries.

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