Brushing and flossing daily are critical to maintaining your dental health, but routine preventive care gives you another layer of protection from dental health issues. Regular six-month appointments ensure that we treat cavities and other problems early before they become severe, and our deep cleanings keep even the smallest, hard-to-reach places free from harm. Whether it’s been six months or six years since your last dental appointment, call us today to get ahead of the game!
Almost half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease, but symptoms are very subtle during the early stages and it often goes unrecognized. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) has a few different stages, and once it progresses past a certain point, it cannot be reversed.
The disease occurs when bacteria and plaque build up underneath your gums and cause inflammation. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to gum recession and even tooth loss. More common signs during the early stages of the disease (known as gingivitis) include red, swollen, and inflamed gums as well as bleeding when you brush or floss. If you notice any of these signs, call us right away for diagnosis and treatment.
During routine preventive appointments, Dr. Munoz may suggest fluoride treatments because they can strengthen teeth and help prevent cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has the unique ability to “remineralize” damaged, softened enamel. The treatment only takes a few minutes, and it is completely safe and non-invasive. Dr. Munoz will “paint” a highly concentrated fluoride varnish onto your teeth, wait a few minutes, then wipe it away. The fluoride will remineralize damaged areas of your teeth and protect your smile from decay.
Dental sealants literally shield your teeth from bacteria. During treatment, Dr. Munoz paints the liquid sealant onto your teeth (typically the chewing surfaces of rear molars). When the liquid hardens, it forms a barrier. This barrier is meant to protect your teeth from sugars and acid that cause cavities and decay. Dental sealants can last up to 10 years, giving you peace of mind and teeth that are safe and sound.
Most often, dental sealants are suggested for pediatric patients, since they are more prone to cavities. However, any patient with a healthy mouth free from decay is a candidate for this treatment. Sealants can’t be used on patients with decay present, because the barrier would trap bacteria inside rather than shielding the tooth from harm. To see if you or your child are a candidate for dental sealants, schedule an appointment today!
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