How much emphasis does your family dentist put on preventive dentistry? At Blue Sky Family Dentistry, Dr. Corpron considers the holistic dentist approach to preventive dental care to be of utmost importance because this is the area of dentistry that can keep you out of the dental office for procedures that could have been avoided. What if we told you that most fillings, deep cleanings, extractions, implants and root canals were avoidable? It’s true, but it requires excellent habits and equally great diet.
What is preventive dentistry?
Teeth Cleanings remove plaque and calculus. This is critical for keeping not only your breath fresh but for preventing bone loss and cavities. Your dentist recommends cleanings every six months, but if you have ever had a deep cleaning then we may recommend teeth cleanings every three to four months. Flossing every day and brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day is an important supplement to teeth cleanings since this helps keep the teeth clean the other 363 days of the year when you’re not visiting your family dentist for a tooth cleaning.
Periodontal Maintenance is a term dentists use to describe more frequent cleanings after you have had a deep cleaning. They are meant to protect the bone, limit how much bacteria accumulates in your mouth, and keep your gums healthy. It’s also a way for your dentist and the hygienist to keep close tabs on the health of your teeth and gums. The longer the time between visits the more the bacteria accumulate, the more inflammation there is, and the more likely there has been damage to the tooth and bone.
Orthodontic care, such as Invisalign clear aligner therapy, is very important for maintaining good dental health. If teeth aren’t properly aligned they can damage each other by chipping or thinning the enamel, causing receding gum lines, or making themselves impossible to clean. As your family dentist this concerns us because it can lead to fillings or crowns if left unaddressed. Teeth that overlap require much more effort to clean. Teeth that don’t touch leave the work of chewing to the rest of the teeth which causes those teeth to break down faster. As in all things, the teeth are meant to be in balance and a bite out of balance leads to bigger problems down the line. Ask about Invisalign braces and how Dr. Corpron, your Austin Dentist in Circle C, can help you.
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Sleep apnea affects the entire body. There is a lot of evidence that a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintaining good mental and physical health. Studies show that sleep apnea can affect your body in every way from increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes, anxiety, acid reflux and more. That’s a lot that can be affected by a night’s sleep. Don’t overlook this. If you snore or if someone you love snores or stops breathing at night you need to let them know and you or a home sleep study should be done. This is something that Dr. Corpron, as your family dentist, provides if he suspects anyone of having sleep disordered breathing.
Fluoride treatments are a quick and easy way to reduce your risk for cavities, and it also helps with sensitivity. As your family dentist, Dr. Corpron wants nothing more than for you to have a cavity free smile free of uncomfortable sensitivity. The fluoride treatment is applied at the end of your cleaning appointment when the teeth are free of plaque and calculus. How does fluoride work to prevent cavities? When we eat carbohydrates the bacteria in our mouths ferment those carbohydrates, produce acids, and those acids slowly leach the calcium ions out of your enamel. The fluoride from your toothpaste or from our fluoride treatment diffuses into the tooth to replace the missing calcium ions. It’s remineralization at its best! If Dr. Corpron can help you remineralize more than you demineralize then that’s preventative dentistry!
Nutritional Assessment helps you and your dentist make better decisions about your dental health. Preventive dentistry is more than just tooth cleanings every six months and brushing and flossing every day. Eating healthy, unprocessed foods helps to improve not only your overall health but also your dental health. If you find that you brush and floss every day, but you’re still getting cavities then your family dentist will ask you questions about what you eat and when you eat it. Taking this approach as a holistic dentist, Dr. Corpron, can uncover other possible causes for the cavities and help you to better protect the health of your teeth.