The health of your teeth can have a significant impact on your overall health and people’s perception of you. Your smile is one of the first features people notice. A healthy smile and fresh breath not only make you more approachable, but communicate to others that you place great importance on oral hygiene.
The entire body’s immune system and heart function depend on removing bacteria from your teeth. When bacteria remain, one of the first negative side effects is tooth decay. This typically manifests into cavities, small holes in the outer structure of the tooth. Unhealthy bacteria can also lead to gum disease, a serious bacterial infection that has both oral and physical ramifications. As the disease progresses, it can result in tooth loss, but it may also increase your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Preventative care is a priority for Dr. Novick and the team at Celebrity Dental. We desire to help our patients maintain good oral health so they can preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible. Below are just a few of the ways we can make that happen.
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
According to the American Dental Association, you should visit the dentist for a dental cleaning and examination every six months to maintain healthy teeth. This can help prevent cavities and other serious oral health conditions.
At the appointment, one of our friendly hygienists will take digital x-rays. This technology not only exhibits less radiation than traditional x-rays, but makes storing and recalling x-rays more convenient. Once completed, the hygienist will then begin removing plaque buildup with handheld instruments and an ultrasonic scaling device. He or she will also floss in between teeth to remove any trapped food and bacteria.
A high-powered toothbrush and abrasive paste will then be used to polish teeth and remove any remaining plaque. To complete the treatment, the hygienist will have you rinse with fluoride to help strengthen enamel. For children or adults more susceptible to tooth decay, dental sealants can be applied over teeth.
Once the teeth are cleaned and dried, Dr. Novick will examine your teeth and gums, and review the x-rays for any underlying issues. He may also use a revolutionary cavity detection device known as DIAGNOdent™ to identify tooth decay. This device can locate the very earliest signs of cavities, helping patients save time and money on costly restorative procedures. Cavities can generally be repaired with dental fillings. In more serious cases, a dental crown may be required. When gum disease is present, he will recommend scaling and root planing.
Bruxism and TMJ Treatment
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism) can damage molars and cause tooth sensitivity and severe jaw pain, known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Because bruxism often occurs unknowingly while patients sleep, we offer customized oral appliances known as mouth guards. This appliance fits comfortably over the top and bottom teeth and should be worn nightly to alleviate jaw pain and keep teeth from grinding against each other.
Tips for a Healthy Smile
Dr. Novick believes in partnering with his patients to help preserve healthy smiles. While attending routine examinations is important, implementing a proper oral hygiene regimen at home is also key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Some tips to remember include:
- Brush your teeth – This should be done morning and night, or after each meal if you have the beginning signs of gum disease.
- Use proper brushing techniques – Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush teeth for about two minutes. Be use and use a circular motion to avoid irritating gums.
- Floss daily – This will remove food and bacteria from in between teeth.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash – This helps prevent gum disease and keep breath fresh.
Schedule Your Dental Exam
At Celebrity Dental, we treat patients of all ages and are proud to provide dental care for the entire family. To schedule a consultation, please contact us online or give us a call at our Franklin Square, NY office by calling (516) 481-1446.