in Heath, Texas
Considered to be the first level of defense against dental problems and abnormalities, family dentistry is viewed primarily as preventive dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your family dentist for a checkup at least twice a year.
Regularly scheduled professional cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will examine your mouth and perform the following procedures:
- Remove plaque: Tooth decay (cavities) is caused by the buildup of plaque which is a sticky film containing bacteria that attack tooth enamel. The bacteria also produce toxins that inflame the gums, leading to periodontal disease. Preventative cleanings reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease.
- Remove tartar: Plaque left on teeth over time hardens and becomes calculus (tartar). It can only be removed with dental tools. Tartar builds up from the top - down pushing the gum tissue away from the tooth over time. This can cause gums to bleed, leading to periodontal disease and bone loss.
- Polish teeth: This final step removes minor stains and any remaining plaque, making teeth their whitest and brightest!
Most people will develop a cavity at some time in their lifetime. Modern dentistry offers many options that blend long-lasting strength and attractiveness. Dr. Bailey will first remove the decay and then fill the tooth using a tooth-colored composite resin. Resin fillings are durable long-term for most fillings and are virtually undetectable when you smile. Because they can be matched to your natural shade, they can also be used for filling cavities in areas on front teeth and near the gum line.
Research indicates fluoride can help prevent cavities in children and adults in at least two ways:
- Making the tooth enamel stronger against acids in the mouth formed by bacteria and sugar
- Helping to reduce the amount of bacteria on the tooth surface
Water fluoridation is a common practice in U.S. public water systems. However, bottled water, home treatment systems, and private well water may not be fluoridated. The lack of fluoride for infants and children during the crucial formative years may contribute to tooth decay.
“Topical” applications such as toothpaste and mouth rinses can supply that fluoride. If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth, Hummingbird Dental offers fluoride treatments in the office to make sure all teeth receive the benefits of fluoride.
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Contact Hummingbird Dental in Heath, TX, to learn more about our preventive services designed for long-term healthy smiles. Our team is committed to providing the exceptional care you deserve!
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