Why Is National Dental Hygiene Month Important?
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and at Williams Dental & Orthodontics in Skiatook, Okla., we want you to understand the importance of caring for your teeth and gums. Numerous individuals have dental health problems because they fail to take proper care of their mouths, leading to deep cavities, severe gingivitis or a loss of teeth. In many cases, these problems were preventable, but when you wait too long to take care of your gums and teeth, you might need several procedures to improve your bite or to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Many Adults and Children Have Untreated Dental Cavities
Research reveals that approximately 65 million adults in the United States have mild to serious gum disease, and two out of eight adults have untreated cavities in their teeth. Children also have dental health issues caused by failing to brush or floss, and oral health problems with primary teeth can lead to additional problems with the secondary teeth. Today, dentists are finding that more children and teenagers already have gingivitis at young ages, putting their oral health in danger.
When you visit a dental facility, you are cared for by the dentist, dental hygienists and dental assistants. Make sure to bring along your dental insurance information and previous dental records. Our office staff can request your medical images and other information from previous dentists so that we understand your oral health history. We may need to collect new X-rays of your mouth, and our dentist will check your teeth to see if there are any problems with the soft tissues inside your mouth.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
One of the best services that we can provide for your teeth during National Dental Hygiene Month is professional cleaning. While you may brush and floss as recommended by a dentist, it is still possible to have a buildup of plaque on your teeth, especially near the gums or between the teeth. Fortunately, we can use special instruments such as dental picks, scrapers or polishers to remove hardened plaque that contains bacteria. These bacteria are what can erode your dental enamel along with causing gum disease. The buildup of plaque can also lead to having chronic halitosis or a foul taste in your mouth.
Professional plaque removal will improve the health and appearance of your teeth, but you may also want to eliminate deeper stains that are caused by food, tobacco or beverages. Teeth-whitening procedures can give you a brilliant smile that improves your self-esteem, and it requires approximately one hour. Our dentist can protect your dental restorations with brush-on substances. Each of your natural teeth is covered with a strong hydrogen peroxide solution that will bubble away stains when water is added to your mouth. After rinsing away the hydrogen peroxide, you will notice how clean your teeth look, and with the proper oral health care, you can maintain your smile.
Repairing Small Problems
If your teeth aren’t in perfect condition, then we have ways to repair the enamel, underlying materials or supportive tissues. When you have a tiny cavity, it is a good idea to have it filled right away with a color-matching resin. Our dentist can also apply bonding materials to teeth that have tiny scratches or chips. If the edge of a tooth is worn away with a rough edge, then our dentist can polish the enamel to create a smoother surface that won’t irritate your gums.
Root Canals and Dental Crowns
When a dentist finds a serious issue such as a larger cavity, you may need a customized dental crown to protect the tooth’s biting surface. In some cases, the infection from a cavity enters a tooth’s pulp to damage the nerves and roots, so you might require a root canal. This procedure requires anesthesia as the dentist removes the top portion of the tooth to remove the pulp, nerves and roots before filling the tooth’s shell with a waterproof resin.
In addition to dental crowns, there are other restorations available, including veneers that are applied to your front teeth to hide stains or to change the shape of a tooth. These thin porcelain covers can improve your smile, and if you follow our dentist’s advice, the restorations will last many years. If you have missing teeth, then there are several choices available to restore your bite and smile. You might need a fixed or removable bridge that is made from metal or plastic to hold full-size dental crowns in the proper location.
If you have missing teeth, then dental implants are an excellent option, and if you have healthy alveolar bones, then you can have an implant procedure right away. When you lack bone tissue, our dentist can provide medications that increase your growth of bone, and within a few months, you can have a dental implant procedure. First, a dentist will anesthetize you to insert a titanium post before adding a screw that will hold the special dental crown in place. It is possible to have multiple dental implant procedures in one day.
We Offer Denture Services
When you prefer wearing dentures, our dentist can collect molds of your mouth to have the devices made in a dental laboratory. Dentures have plastic resin supports that should fit on your gums correctly without causing discomfort from sores. Our dentist can adjust your new dentures, or you can have older dentures adjusted. We can also have your dentures repaired when the items have any type of damage, and this process can help the devices to last longer.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Remember that October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and it is the perfect time to replace an old toothbrush, buy new dental floss and switch to toothpaste that contains fluoride. Call us today at Williams Dental & Orthodontics at 918-396-3711 to schedule an appointment for your checkup to learn more about the health of your gums and teeth.