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Preventative Care

Preventative Care is an important part of any dental treatment. To avoid expensive dental treatments in the future, there are many treatment options that can be undertaken. Below you will find common answers to frequently asked questions about various Preventative Care treatment options.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps in preventing tooth decay in both children and adults. It does this by making the outer surface of the teeth, enamel, more resistant to acid attacks that cause tooth decay.

Fluoride is typically ingested through water supplies and is also found in many beverages such as soft drink and bottled water. It is also found in dietary supplements as well as many dental products we use such as toothpaste and mouth rinses. At the dental office, we offer fluoridated varnishes or prescriptions for high fluoride products for individuals at high risk of caries.

Safety Issues

Fluoride in water is safe and it is effective in helping prevent caries. 70 years of scientific research show that the optimal level of fluoride in community water is effective in preventing tooth decay.

For more information on the Safety Issues and Facts on Fluoridation please visit the ADA Page on Fluoridation here.

Night Guards

Night guards are hard acrylic appliances that are used to protect individuals who are Teeth Grinders and suffer from a condition known as Bruxism.Preventative Care

Reasons for Grinding

An exact reason for grinding would have to be diagnosed by a dental professional but there are a number of issues that are associated with Grinding:

  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Drug or Alcohol Abuse
  • Excessive use of Caffeine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Smoking

Symptoms of Bruxism

An individual that suffers from bruxism or teeth grinding may experience pain in the jaw, especially right after waking up. There may also be difficulty in opening or closing your mouth, headaches, and damage to teeth. This damage to teeth may also increase dental sensitivity. 

Treatment

Treatment for bruxism is palliative. This means that your dentist will treat all the symptoms or advise you on any habits that may be causing it but will not be able to directly treat it. A nightguard is used to protect your teeth and absorb the forces of grinding so it

A nightguard is used to protect your teeth and absorb the forces of grinding so it doesnt damage your teeth. At our office, we can create a night guard that custom fits your teeth and will give you relief from the symptoms of Bruxism.

In addition, your dentist can also advise treatment for teeth that have been damaged by grinding such as veneers, crowns, fillings and dental implants. 

 

 

 

Mouth Guard (Sports Guard)

Mouth guards are used to protect athletes from oral injuries when they engage in sports such as football, basketball, and hockey. It protects the teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks from injury. At our dental office, we can create custom mouth guards for you or your children.

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