You’ve been made to believe that you only start losing your permanent teeth when you get “old” and by old we usually think those over 65 years old. The truth is, if you don’t care for your teeth you can start losing them as early as 20 or 30 years old. In today’s beauty obsessed world we’re sure that you’d want to hold on to your natural teeth far much longer, right? Even though cosmetic dentistry has created artificial teeth that look like the real thing, you can’t deny the fact that you’ll feel more confident smiling with natural teeth. How do you care for your teeth and what is the role of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha in keeping your teeth and gums healthy?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you are advised to see your dentist twice a year but if you are suffering from oral diseases you’ll need to schedule more frequent visits like every 3 to 4 months. The reason is because your dentist is part of your journey in achieving and maintaining optimum dental health. How does your dentist care for your teeth? In what ways do dental health specialists contribute to your oral health? Here’s how:
Dental X-Rays – x-rays are usually taken when you visit your dentist to check for the presence of cavities and to evaluate the height of your jawbone. This is also done on children to check the position of their developing teeth.
Oral Examinations – during a dental examination your dentist will inspect your teeth for visible signs of decay and check to see if there are soft spots on your enamel. Soft areas indicate early stage of cavity development. Aside from checking for signs of cavities and tooth decay, your dentist will also measure the pockets that surround your teeth as this can indicate gum disease.
Screen for Oral Cancer – according to statistics nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year and around 10,000 die because of it. The good thing about oral cancer is that it can be treated and metastasis can be prevented if you see your dentist regularly. During a routine dental checkup your dentist will screen you for oral cancer that means he or she will inspect your lips, neck, mouth, tongue and head for signs and symptoms of the disease. Early detection means early treatment.
Professional Teeth Cleaning – do you know that even if you are the most diligent brusher and flosser plaque can still make its way in your mouth? The reason is because there are certain areas in your mouth that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach and these are the areas that are prone to plaque buildup. The only way to remove plaque is to have your teeth scaled and polished by your dentist, which is why it is advised that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months to keep plaque and tartar at bay. Your dentist has special tools to effectively remove plaque and tartar to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Just so you know, when plaque is left to linger on your teeth it will predispose you to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
Home Care Instructions – you were told to brush and floss your teeth at home but the question is, are you doing it right? There is a certain technique to effective brushing. Similarly, there is also a technique in flossing. If you do it right you won’t be able to remove food particles in your teeth an in between it. During a dental checkup, your dentist will show you how it’s done.
So you see, you can’t really maintain the health of your teeth and gums by yourself. You’ll need the help of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha.
When you were younger, you had no choice but to tag along with your parents to the dentist’s office for a checkup but now that you’re older no one is going to be there to remind you to book an appointment with Dr. Gerald Regni – dentist. You have absolute control over your life, which means you can choose whether or not to see your dentist. Unfortunately, most people never outgrow their fear of the dentist (or their fear of dental fees) and as a result, they deliberately avoid their dentist. While there are people who are lucky enough to be able to preserve the health of their teeth and gums despite the very rare occasions, they see their dentist if at all, there are those who end up with very bad and unhealthy teeth and gums. When is the best time to call your dentist? The following are dental health problems that require a trip to the dentist ASAP.
If you are experiencing tooth pain outside regular dental hours you can just simply take over-the-counter pain medication or gargle with warm water and floss to remove food debris in between your teeth while you wait for the office to open. However, if you start noticing pus surrounding your tooth accompanied by painful swelling and fever then you definitely need to see an emergency dentist ASAP as these signs indicate a serious dental health problem.
Do you cover your mouth with your hand when you talk? Do you purse your lips instead of flashing a smile when you see someone you know? You don’t have to tell us why; we pretty much know that it’s because of your severely yellowed and heavily stained teeth. There are many factors that contribute to discolored and stained teeth including aging, smoking, drinking dark colored beverages like coffee, tea and wine and certain medications. When your stained teeth are taking a toll on your self-esteem you need to see a dentist fast. Your dentist has the necessary tools and bleaching solutions to safely and effectively whiten your teeth.
Dental cavities can happen to anyone. Yes, even adults are prone to develop cavities. Cavities occur when plaque accumulates on the surface of your teeth and along the gumline. Unfortunately, if plaque isn’t removed it will eat away your enamel creating a cavity. To prevent the formation of cavities it is recommended that you brush and floss your teeth and see your dentist regularly at least twice a year for a checkup and for a professional teeth cleaning treatment. Your dentist has the necessary tools and instruments required to remove stubborn plaque and tartar from your teeth. When cavities are already evident you should see your dentist to have it treated.
When a permanent tooth does not move towards the surface of your gums it is considered impacted. If the impacted tooth doesn’t cause pain you can just leave it alone but if it starts to hurt it will create more problems in the future. The best course of action when a person suffers from an impacted tooth is to have it extracted.
When an accident or an injury results to a chipped tooth you must see a dentist. Usually, chipped teeth can be corrected through procedures like dental veneers and dental bonding. If the chip is large that it has affected the pulp, a root canal may be necessary before a dental crown or veneer is applied.
When you experience any of these dental issues don’t hesitate to call Dr. Gerald Regni – dentist for an appointment. Even a seemingly minor dental problem can worsen and complicate fast if you don’t have it treated.
Dr Gerald Regni, DMD, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He does general and cosmetic dentistry, but has a special interest and focus in biological and holistic dentistry. He can be contacted at:
Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD
937 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Taking care of your teeth is important for many different reasons. Your teeth help you eat and play a role in your appearance. Not only that, but your oral health can influence your overall health. There are things that you can do to help keep your mouth healthy. Brushing and flossing are important to do daily. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis is also important. When you visit your dentist, they will clean your teeth. Also, they are able to examine your teeth, tongue, and gums. This cleaning and examination can reveal any issues that you may be having with your mouth. That means that these issues can be addressed quickly before they turn into bigger problems.