Dental Services Offered Include:
- Preventative Dentistry (Cleanings, Deep Cleanings)
- Digital X-rays
- Implant Crowns
- Professional Take Home Whitening
There are many important steps you can take at home to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. Flossing daily is also crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. While good oral hygiene starts at home, it needs to be supplemented by regular visits to Melrose Dental Care.
Yes, fluoride will strengthen your teeth, offering them protection against tooth decay. Fluoride promotes remineralization of the teeth, resistance to decay, and slows down the formation of acids that cause tooth decay. Drinking tap water that contains fluoride is also better than drinking non-fluoridated bottled water. Fluoride found in public water is regularly monitored to ensure that the fluoride remains at a safe level. Choose a fluoride mouthwash, rinse, and toothpaste that is labeled with the American Dental Associations “Seal of Approval”. Any product carrying this Seal means that the product has been tested and the fluoride content has been found to be at a safe and effective level.
According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Make sure that the toothbrush fits inside of your mouth so that you can easily reach all areas. When brushing, use gentle back and forth strokes, brushing all sides of the teeth in a circular fashion. Always brush your tongue to remove any bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
You should floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing removes food debris and plaque from in between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Another great reason to floss is that recent studies have shown that flossing helps to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
When flossing, be sure to gently insert the floss in between the teeth, without snapping, which could damage the gum tissue. Gently move the floss up and down into the spaces between the gum and teeth. Floss the sides of all your teeth. There are several dental products available that are designed to make flossing easier, such as disposable dental flossers.
Adults and children should change their toothbrush every 3 months because they become worn out and are not as effective as they once were. Exceptions to this would be if you were using an electric toothbrush, and the manufacturer states otherwise. Some electric rechargeable toothbrushes have very good brush heads that only need to be changed every 6 months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 – 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth which covers the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Dental X-Rays are important for your dental diagnosis because without it, some dental conditions can and will be missed. There are many microorganisms that hide deep between the teeth and gums. Without the utilization of X-Rays in dental diagnosis, many potential harmful conditions on your teeth and gums will go undetected which could later develop into diseases. For dentists to give you accurate and proper diagnoses, they need to know the exact conditions of your teeth and gums, and this is where the dental X-rays come into play.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. The signs and symptoms are red, swollen and puffy gums that bleed easily. If treatment is not received, gingivitis could progress into periodontitis, an advanced and more serious stage of gum disease which includes bone loss and is not reversible. Gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults and has also been linked to heart attacks and strokes. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, regular dental checkups and dental cleanings are the best preventions against gum disease.
Diet can be a vital factor in the health of your teeth. Brushing teeth well is a crucial step in removing bacteria from left-over food. For infants, use a clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water. Everyone should see the dentist twice a year. Have your doctor or dentist show you the right way to brush your child’s teeth.
Your child should visit the dentist every 6 months beginning from his/her first birthday as recommended by experts in pediatric dentistry. As your child grows, it is also recommended to have a routine visit to a dentist to maintain a lifetime of good dental health. Your child’s dentist may also recommend protective sealants or home fluoride treatments for your child. Sealants can be applied to your child’s molars to prevent decay on hard to clean surfaces.
The effects of smoking on human health are serious and in many cases, deadly. There are approximately 4000 chemicals in cigarettes, hundreds of which are toxic. The ingredients in cigarettes affect everything from the internal functioning of organs to the efficiency of the body’s immune system. The effects of cigarette smoking are destructive and widespread.
Toothache – wash and clean the affected area thoroughly. Use floss to remove any particle lodged between teeth. Take a pain relieving tablet. Apply benzocaine containing antiseptic, applying clove oil also might help. Do not place aspirin directly against the gums because might lead to burning of gum tissue.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek – Apply ice or cold compress to the affected area to minimize swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm and gentle pressure with a cloth. If bleeding does not stop or is still uncontrollable after 15 minutes, go to the hospital emergency room for proper medication and treatment.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth – Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.