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Fluoride is the most important ingredient to look for when choosing a toothpaste. The natural occurring mineral has been instrumental in the dramatic drop in tooth decay and cavity occurrence. Sugars and starches remain on teeth long after eating, and fluoride helps protect teeth from the acid that is released when this happens. Fluoride makes teeth stronger and less likely to suffer from acid damage. And fluoride can reverse the early stages of acid damage by solidifying decaying areas.
It is recommended by the American Dental Association to floss once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Plaque can eventually harden into calculus or tartar, which makes brushing and flossing important facets of at-home dental care.
Bad breath can be linked to numerous systemic diseases, but the majority of bad breath originates in the mouth. Dry mouth or low salivary can also influence bad breath. There are two ways to manage bad breath: control the bacteria that produces the sulphur compounds and neutralize the produced sulfur compounds.
It’s never too late to start routine check-ups and cleanings again. It’s recommended that most adults and children have a check-up and professional cleaning every six months.
Even those who brush and floss their teeth perfectly every single day can experience plaque buildup, which can solidify and turn into calculus or tartar. At each cleaning, a hygienist will remove the cement-like substance and polish your teeth to a shine. The six-month check-up not only keeps your mouth healthy and clean, but it allows potential problems to be discovered and diagnosed early.
Children should begin regular dental checkups after the first tooth emerges and before their first birthday.
We will assist you and your child with proper brushing techniques, how to handle habits that affect teeth such as thumb sucking and pacifier usage, teething, and how to prevent any problems your child is at risk for. We will clean, floss and inspect your child’s teeth at each visit.
During cleanings, we will check for cavities and gum disease, remove plaque and tarter and polish your teeth to remove stains. We will also check any restorations you already have such as bridges or crowns. An oral cancer screening will be completed and x-rays will be taken to check below and between the surface of the teeth.
Yes, many of our patients get custom-made mouth guards because they fit and feel better than the other options you can purchase from the store.
Yes, we offer in-office laser whitening, and we can also create custom trays that you wear at night with professional-strength whitening gel.
For the health and safety of our patients and providers, and for increased diagnostic capabilities, we use digital x-rays. If you have questions or concerns about x-rays, just ask.
Yes, our tooth-colored fillings are matched to the color of natural teeth.
Yes, although some patients prefer being referred to an oral surgeon. Please make an appointment to discuss your options with Dr. Bridges or Dr. Buckner.
Yes, we can fit you for full or partial dentures.
Yes, our dentists offer CEREC® Same-Day Crowns that are fabricated in our office while you wait comfortably in the chair.
Root canal procedures have come a long way, and they really don’t deserve the painful reputation they have. They are usually very effective and minimally evasive, so if you know you need one, don’t put it off. We’ll give you some local anesthetic, along with laughing gas if you need it, and you’ll be through it in no time with very little discomfort.
Yes, you may call our office and we will visit with Dr. Bridges or Dr. Buckner about prescribing an oral medication to help you relax and have worry-free appointments.