The Importance of
One of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. Plaque is soft and sticky, but it hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of the teeth. If you don’t remove plaque, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums later on. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Filling Choices to Fit
For more than 100 years, silver-mercury amalgam has been the standard filling material used in dental practices. They are effective, affordable, and covered by insurance in most situations. Our practice also offers modern, state-of-the-art restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and can actually strengthen your teeth. We are proud to offer both alternatives and will be happy to discuss which option is best for you.
Xylitol Can Help
Xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. It is particularly effective in combating tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It can be taken in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. In our practice we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The results have been amazing.
Senior Dental Care
Our teeth and gums change as our bodies age. Years of plaque buildup or consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco can darken teeth. Ask us about procedures that can combat these problems. Reduced flow of saliva as a side effect of medications can be treated with simple products. Your fillings are getting older, too. They can weaken or crack. Regular check-ups will allow us to stay on top of your existing fillings. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical to prevent gum disease and root decay. If your gums become red or begin to bleed or your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call us now at 1-520-458-4334.
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