When we say that smiles are unique, we’re not referring to their appearances alone—in fact, appearances can be deceiving! You can’t see the bacteria living in your mouth unless it’s under a microscope, and you can’t see enamel erosion as it’s happening. However, you can see the consequences of bacteria and erosion in the form of gum disease and tooth decay. Your own genetic makeup, along with medical conditions and medications, can alter the effectiveness of your oral hygiene routines. Sometimes you need a boost in the form of products that help combat dry mouth, or a deep cleaning to remove inflammation-causing tartar. These things are hard to discover without your twice-yearly dental visits!
Most Americans know that teeth should be brushed twice each day for a minimum of two minutes, and flossing between our teeth and underneath our gumline should be done at least once a day, but it’s a habit a lot of us perform on autopilot. Besides helping you remove surface stains and the buildup of plaque, and giving you fresh breath, brushing and flossing disrupts the bad bacteria in your mouth that can spread throughout the rest of your body. At any given moment, your mouth can house up to 700 different types of bacteria—most of them are neutral or beneficial, but the few that aren’t can do serious damage to your smile and health, making the simple acts of brushing and flossing much more important than we sometimes realize!
Don’t make the mistake of thinking baby teeth aren’t important because there’s a permanent set to follow. Baby teeth set the stage for a lifetime of oral health.
Crown Dentistry is happy to see children ages five and up! Your child’s 20 baby teeth should all be revealed by the age of three. Helping them brush and floss the same way you do can prevent them from experiencing decay and gum disease, which may cause premature tooth loss. Other habits that can contribute to dental problems include:
Okay, it’s not technically a force field, but sealants are a clear layer of protection that can prevent acids and bacteria from eroding your child’s tooth enamel. Applying sealants is quick and painless, and can reduce the risk of decay in your child’s molars by nearly 80%. It’s important for your child to maintain their brushing and flossing regimens, as sealants can dissolve more quickly when they’re not cared for properly.
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One American per hour dies of oral cancer. This is an alarming statistic, especially when the research shows that 25% of diagnoses are given to people without the most common risk factors. The reason for the low survival rate is late stage diagnosis—something we want to prevent, which is why we conduct oral cancer screenings at each visit!
Wearing a mouthguard or nightguard can prevent injury to your smile, and the need for restorative dental work—it’s a win-win!
We can customize mouthguards and nightguards to fit your mouth (or your child’s) comfortably, whether it’s to protect your smile while you play contact sports, or to prevent the inflammation of your temporomandibular joint and the wear of your teeth from nighttime clenching and grinding. Having a mouthguard or nightguard made by Crown Dentistry ensures:
If you have any questions about our general dentistry services or are ready to grace us with your presence, contact your Arlington family dentist, Dr. Kasey Hawkins of Crown Dentistry, today!(817) 587-8803