There are many different types of dentistry, such as cosmetic dentistry for improving the look of your smile, restorative dentistry for fixing damaged teeth, and pediatric for helping young children have great dental health. But general dentistry treatment is also useful because prevention and dealing with problems while they are small are the keys to long-term dental health — and saving both time and money.
Why Do I Need To Visit The Dentist If I Brush & Floss?
Brushing and flossing is very important, and both help a lot to protect yourself from tooth decay and gum disease. But unless you have the specialized tools and training like a dentist, you cannot get your teeth thoroughly clean. That’s why twice-yearly visits to our Alma, MI dental office are so important. Plus, Dr. McDonald and our team need a chance to examine your teeth and mouth. We can spot signs of oral cancer and use our DIAGNOdent laser system to catch cavities while they’re very small.
We are proud to say punctuality is very important to us here at Mid-Michigan Dental Excellence. Your general dentistry treatment appointment will begin on time!
What Is Gum Disease?
The bacteria that cause cavities can cause problems for your gums as well. This starts out as gingivitis, where bacteria from plaque and tartar irritate your gums. Given enough time, the bacteria can infect your gums — and once there, they cannot be fully removed. Signs of gum disease include gums that are tender or swollen or that bleed when brushing or probing with a dental tool. We have several treatments for gum disease, including a deep cleaning method called root planing and scaling.
Why Is My Mouth Dry So Often?
Most people occasionally have dry mouth, especially after a lot of exercise or drinking alcohol. But if your mouth is dry a lot of the time, this can be a problem. Saliva in your mouth helps keep your teeth and gums clean by continuously washing away tiny particles of food and drink. We have several treatments for dry mouth, including special rinses, gum with xylitol, and custom mouth trays with fluoride.
Do You Have Any Advice About The Food I Eat?
We know that your overall health impacts your dental health, and vice versa. That’s why we offer nutritional counseling at our Alma, MI dental office. Plus, there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion these days over what counts as healthy eating. Are sports drinks good or bad? Are carbs the same as sugar? Our team can discuss this and more to help you eat right.
How Can You Help Me Avoid Cavities?
Our dental cleanings help keep your teeth clean and healthy. But we do have other ways to help. Our dental sealants use a special tooth-colored material to fill in the nooks and grooves on your teeth where bacteria love to hide. Fluoride treatments and varnishes not only keep your teeth strong, but they can actually repair microscopic damage to your enamel. But if you do end up with a cavity (let’s face it, most of us will), we can make the repair completely comfortable and precise with our Waterlase laser.