Last updated 11 months ago
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects about half of the adult population in the U.S. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two main types of this condition. Gingivitis can often be controlled with good oral hygiene, but your dentist must treat periodontitis. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, and the deterioration of jaw bone. Although treatment for gum disease is possible, prevention is still the best policy. Here are some ways you can control your risk of gum disease:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Your best weapon against gum disease is good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once per day to remove plaque and bacteria that could cause gum irritation. Talk to your dentist about any special measures you should take, such as a adding a rinse designed to protect your gums. See your dentist two times each year for cleanings and checkups. During these preventative care visits, your dentist can diagnose gum disease in its early stages, when it is easier to treat.
Control Your Blood Glucose
If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing gum disease. You can reduce that risk by maintaining good blood glucose control. High glucose levels can exacerbate gum infections, and gum infections can drive up glucose levels. Work closely with your endocrinologist to develop a control plan, and be sure to discuss your blood glucose levels with your dentist.
Smoking takes a hefty toll on your oral health. When it comes to gum disease, smoking is one of the leading risk factors. Not only does smoking cause gum disease, but it also makes treatment less effective. Your dentist or primary care doctor can recommend techniques you can use to kick the habit.
At Dental Care of Stamford, we perform periodontal screenings during regular checkups and have gum treatment specialists on-site for your convenience. Discover why we’ve been named the best dentist in Stamford every year since 2008 and make an appointment today. Contact us at (203) 803-1815 for appointment scheduling.
Last updated 12 months ago
Having straight, properly aligned teeth is not just important for your appearance. Correcting malocclusion, or crooked teeth, can make eating and speaking much easier. Braces are a common treatment option for combatting misaligned teeth. Your orthodontist can apply the right braces for correcting your bite and setting your teeth for a healthy future. Here’s a brief look at malocclusion and how braces can give you a straighter smile:
Improper Jaw Alignment
Your teeth can become crooked due to their alignment on the jawbone. If your teeth grow too closely together, they can crowd each other, affecting your bite and jaw alignment. Similarly, if your teeth grow too far apart, they’ll have more room to grow than is necessary, which can lead to unsightly spacing between your teeth and an improper jaw alignment.
Signs of Malocclusion
The most obvious sign of malocclusion is teeth that are either crooked or sticking out. As noted earlier, teeth that stick out too far can cause problems extending beyond appearance—including problems with speaking or eating normally. If you visit a dentist, he or she will quickly notice signs of malocclusion and refer you to an orthodontist.
Benefits of Braces
Braces are an effective way to correct a bite without surgery. Your orthodontist will bond braces to your teeth that gradually move them into the correct position. For children, braces can also correct jaw alignment. However, adult jaws are usually too strongly set to be corrected without surgery. In some cases, troublesome teeth will need to be removed before affixing braces. If your orthodontist is unable to work around out-of-place teeth, the teeth will be removed and replaced with dental implants after the braces have done their work.
Dental Care of Stamford has the experienced dentists, orthodontists, and surgeons you need for any level of malocclusion correction. We provide a number of other cosmetic dentistry services and products, including veneers, crowns, and Invisalign. Call us at (203) 803-1815 to schedule an appointment today.
Last updated 1 year ago
Even though going to the dentist is essential to your oral health, many people experience such fear and anxiety that they avoid making an appointment. If you are one of the many people who experiences dental phobia, there is good news. Dental Care of Stamford offers a number of solutions for dental anxiety including hypnosis and desensitization. Whether you had a traumatic past experience at the dentist or you are simply afraid of what procedures you might need, our techniques take away the power of those experiences so that you can relax in the dentist’s chair. We use modern techniques to make your fears and anxieties float away.
Don’t let your dental fear and anxiety prevent you from having a healthy mouth. Contact Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 803-1815 to discuss your unique needs and worries. You can rest assured that our dental team will take the time to make sure that you are completely comfortable and at ease at your next appointment.
Last updated 1 year ago
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have at least one missing permanent tooth. Tooth loss may be due to advanced decay, gum disease, or injury. Whatever the reason that you are missing a tooth, consult with your cosmetic dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you. Dental implants offer a permanent and durable solution for missing teeth. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from your dental implant procedure.
The first step in the dental implant procedure is a consultation with your dentist. During your appointment, your dentist will make sure that your oral health is good enough to support the implant post. You’ll discuss any existing medical conditions that you have, and together you can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Once you and your dentist have decided that dental implants are a good choice for you, you can move ahead with the procedure. You will be anesthetized during the minor surgery in which your dentist implants a titanium post into your jaw bone. The post is the replacement for your tooth root. After this procedure is complete, you’ll wait for everything to heal and for the post to integrate into your jaw bone. Soon, you’ll return to your dentist who will affix a crown that matches your teeth’s natural shape and color to complete the implant process. You’ll be left with a restored smile that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
In order to make your dental implant last a lifetime, it is essential to practice good oral care. You may need to visit your dentist more frequently after the implant is placed to make sure everything is healing normally. You should still maintain your at-home dental health routine of regular brushing and flossing. Initially, you may want avoid very hard foods as you adjust to your new dental implant.
If you are missing one or more teeth, call Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 803-1815. Our caring dentists will guide you through every step of the dental implant process. Call today to start your journey towards a better, healthier smile!