Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in some foods and is added to many municipal water supplies. Fluoride is a necessary part of dental enamel and is added to the tooth every day. Acids from the sugars in the foods you eat and oral bacteria cause minerals such as calcium, phosphate, and fluoride to be lost each day, and if your teeth are not re-mineralized at the same rate they are demineralized, your teeth begin to decay.
Our dentist may recommend additional fluoride treatment to prevent decay. Fluoride strengthens the enamel on your teeth. In younger children, fluoride becomes a part of the tooth’s structure. In those older than six, fluoride is deposited into the tooth and speeds the remineralization process while disrupting bacterial processes. Treatments can include supplements in younger children and topical applications in older kids and adults.
You may benefit from additional fluoride applications if you have dry mouth, gum disease, a history of frequent cavities, or many restorations. You may also need treatment if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, which can leave you susceptible to decay.
Fluoride alone cannot stop decay, but it can be an invaluable part of your preventive plan. Call our office today to learn more about protecting your smile or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Santa Clara.
You may surprise you to learn that night guards fall within the realm of our dentist. These mouth pieces may look like something a football player would wear in order to tackle and not damage their teeth, but they are also very beneficial to wear when sleeping. Our mouths have a tendency to do things on their own while we are unconscious, so it can help to wear a guard to protect our teeth at night.
There are three main benefits of night guards:
1) TMJ (Temporomandibular disorder) – this complication with the jaw joints can create a lot of problems, including tenderness in the jaws and headaches in the morning. A night guard can prevent the teeth front grinding together and clenching while you sleep, which is a major cause of pain and tension. It can also help align the teeth, which also helps to alleviate jaw pain.
2) Grinding and clenching the teeth can still be a problem even if you do not suffer from TMJ. These unconscious actions can damage the teeth by scratching away at the enamel, damaging fillings, and causing chips. A night guard can block contact and prevent damage.
3) You may find that your sleeping patterns improve, as well, when wearing a night guard. They will position your jaw in such a way that will help your muscles relax.
Teeth are made of the strongest substance in the human body, and they are designed to last just as long as you do. Unfortunately, many people lose teeth as early as their thirties. With the right care and preventive dentistry, you can prevent dental problems and keep your smile healthy for life.
1- Brush, floss, rinse, and repeat – Healthy smiles start at home. Brushing and flossing are among the healthiest habits you can have. Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush for about two minutes each time. Floss or use an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth daily, and use an antimicrobial or fluoride cleaner mouthwash after you brush. By doing this every day, you can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
2- Eat a healthy diet – Starchy, sugary, and processed foods do not nourish your body or your teeth, and can instead feed the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. Instead, eat a smile-healthy diet full of nutritious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats.
3- Visit us regularly – Regular dental visits give us a chance to check your smile for signs of problems and recommend preventive treatments or ways to improve your dental routine. Most people can benefit from biannual checkups, but we may recommend more or less frequent visits based on your personal risk factors.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Torrance.
Preventive dentistry is a whole lot easier on everyone than restorative dentistry because preventing problems is much easier to handle than repairing problems. Obviously this means brushing your teeth twice a day or after every meal. And you should also be flossing your teeth at least once a day to remove bacteria caught between the teeth and gums. But part of your preventive dentistry plan should also include regular visit to our dentist in Beverly Hills because we have the tools to detect problems and treat them before they get out of hand.
The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination. Our expert in preventive dentistry in Beverly Hills will clean your teeth to remove any plaque and extrinsic stains. We will also need to take X-rays to examine your underlying oral structures to see if any problems are developing that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Our dentist also offers several techniques to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. We can give you a fluoride treatment to help remineralize your teeth and to strengthen the enamel. We can also apply dental sealants to your teeth, which make it much harder for cavities to develop. Talk to your dentist about your preventative options.