Gum Care and Prevention | Southtowns Dental Services

Gum Care and Prevention

Keeping your mouth clean and infection free is the best way to prevent halitosis (bad breath), cavities, sensitive gums, and loose teeth. Also, the health of your mouth is very closely linked to your whole body wellness, with oral infections linked to such medical problems as increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and memory loss in seniors. Gum (or periodontal) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, so taking care of it is important not only for the foundation of your smile, but your overall health as well.

At Southtowns Dental Services, your oral and overall health is our top priority. Our team of docs and hygienists are all knowledgeable about cavity prevention and gum disease and experienced with preventing and managing it. We use preventative techniques, which includes regularly getting your teeth and gums cleaned and examined, low radiation digital X-rays, oral cancer screenings, sealants, and flouride treatments. We also use the ORACARE System, which kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, with the added benefits of neutralizing volatile sulfur compounds and controlling plaque accumulation.

We recommend that your child see a dentist by their first birthday, and get used to coming back every 6 months. These initial visits serve to make sure no problems are arising, and allow you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s teeth and what you can do to keep them healthy, while also allowing your child to slowly become accustomed to visiting the dentist. By their third birthday, your child will be able to sit in the chair all by themselves to get their teeth cleaned! We also offer sealants and flouride treatment for children and teens, which are important steps to keeping them cavity free.

By the time your teen is 16, they should be examined to see how their wisdom teeth are developing. If necessary, removal of wisdom teeth should be done promptly, to prevent any damage to orthodontic work, painful crowding of existing teeth, or other complications.

Your teeth should last your lifetime. At Southtowns Dental Services, we do everything possible to make that happen.

 

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