Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Toothbrusher’s Dental is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Maintenance and prevention is important to the overall health of your mouth. We recommend a professional cleaning twice a year (unless your dentist recommends a different prototal if you have periodontal disease.) Your professional cleaning is performed by our dental hygienist. During this cleaning your hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposits), tartar or calculus (hard deposits), and stain from your teeth. We will also evaluate your gum tissue and keep record of current condition and monitor for any change at each cleaning. Your hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine to complete your cleaning.
Additionally, you will have all of your questions answered about your homecare procedures and products. If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or flossing effectively, your hygienist can help.
Oral Cancer Screening
As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% success rate after diagnosis. A trusted dentist like Dr. Guilford is truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. He and his team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. At every appointment your dental team visually inspects your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from Dr. Guilford. With the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.
If you or a loved one snores, you are likely aware that snoring often accompanies fitful sleep. Severe snoring may also be a sign of a more serious problem like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual stops breathing for an extended period of time during sleep. Snoring happens when the soft palate relaxes to the point of cutting off the airway. Snore appliances are designed to comfortably hold the airway open during sleep and there are a wide variety of snore appliances available to you. If you think you or your partner may have sleep apnea or suffer from snoring, let Dr. Guilford select the right appliance that fits your needs.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, likely damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your night guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a night guard custom created for you.
If you or your child plays sports or are involved in high impact activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect your teeth from potential injury. They are easy to clean, come in many color combinations and are custom made to fit comfortably in your child's mouth.
The American Dental Association recommends wearing mouthguards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling, baseball and softball. Mouthguards should be worn during practice and competitions.
Ask your Toothbrusher’s Dental team about mouth guards.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and completing your beautiful smile again.
1 Year Old Exam
Do you know when your child’s dental care should begin? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good sign. For most babies, this occurs when they are between 6 months and 1 year of age. A simpler way to remember for your child is: first dental visit by first birthday. It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked teeth.