Maryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN
Here at Cedar Street Family Dentistry, we strive for our patients to achieve and maintain excellent oral health. We are proactive in teaching our patients effective cleaning techniques and educating our patients on proper diet to help prevent unwanted damage to their teeth. We strive to help our patients lay a strong foundation to obtain and maintain optimum dental health. Let us be your dental coach and cheer you on to dental success! Below are some of the Preventive services we offer:
Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. A professional dental cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. Removal of this mineralized plaque helps to promote healthy gums and can potentially help improve your overall health as well. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months. An examination by Knoxville family dentist Dr. Sentell is followed to make sure your teeth, gums, and mouth are healthy.
These patient-specific cleanings are designed to maintain healthy pocket depths for patients who have undergone Scaling and Root Planing to treat Periodontitis, a disease of the gums and bone causing bone loss and potential tooth loss. These cleanings go above and beyond a typical dental cleaning and target plaque, bacteria, and tartar buildup along the surfaces of teeth to ensure healthy gums and periodontal health. Periodontal maintenance cleanings scheduled at regular intervals are crucial to successfully managing and treating periodontal disease. Preventing the progression of Periodontitis is best maintained through cleanings every 3 to 4 months. Cleaning intervals are determined by each individual’s dental health and oral hygiene habits.
Brushing and Flossing
Proper brushing and flossing are essential to achieving excellent dental health. If you are having trouble keeping certain areas clean, we can show you different cleaning techniques to help improve your outcome and ultimately help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
In-office topical fluoride treatments have been proven to be safe in strengthening teeth and helping to prevent sensitivity along with decreasing the rate of dental decay. In some cases where there is a perceived increase of decay or extreme tooth sensitivity in a patient, we may also recommend the patient to use an at-home fluoride treatment. Fluoride strengthens teeth by the formation of harder enamel (hydroxyapatite crystals are converted to fluorapatite) that is less vulnerable to damage from plaque acids. Fluoride allows teeth damaged by acid to repair, or re-mineralize themselves. Fluoride cannot repair cavities, but it can reverse low levels of tooth decay and thus prevent new cavities from forming. When choosing your own at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA and approved based on safety and effectiveness. The use of fluoride in conjunction with brushing teeth, flossing, and regularly visiting the dentist is the most likely way to get your dentist to say what all patients love to hear, “No cavities, I’ll see you in six months!”
Most oral diseases, decay, and tooth loss are preventable conditions, and our goal is to provide as much prevention as possible. Things like diet, at-home oral hygiene, and regular visits to your Maryville dentist can affect your oral health. We provide professional dental counseling and information about the effects of nutrition and personal care of your teeth and gums. Communicating your current diet and eating patterns gives us the opportunity to help you protect your teeth from cavities and decay based on nutrition. Being able to understand how your teeth and gums are impacted by nutrition reduces your risk of cavities and decay, and helps you avoid more costly, complicated dental treatments in the future.
Many diseases of the teeth, surrounding tissues, and bone are not visible during a regular dental exam. Dental radiographs provide valuable information that can help the dentist make a decision about your oral health and treatment needs. These radiographs also help the dentist see areas of decay between the teeth or around existing restorations, bone destruction from a tooth infection, effects of trauma, the position of the unerupted adult teeth, and much more. For our patients’ safety, we use Digital dental radiographic exams which emit very low levels of radiation. The amount of radiation exposure a patient receives from a low-level source (digital radiographs) when receiving a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources such as being outside for a couple of hours. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.
Newly erupted permanent molars can have deep grooves that are hard to clean and therefore could become possible sites of decay. To help prevent loss of tooth structure due to decay we place a sealant over the freshly cleaned and dried grooves of the tooth. Sealants are a safe and non-invasive way to keep teeth strong and healthy.
Nightguards are great for the teeth of a patient who “bruxes” or “grinds” their teeth. Grinding is the act of sliding the upper and lower teeth together without any food or other substance in between, usually with excessive force that can be caused by stress, certain medications, and genetics. Years of grinding can cause massive tooth destruction leaving your teeth flat and susceptible to tooth decay. Excessive wear of teeth is irreversible; meaning, once the teeth are worn down, they do not grow back. The only way to build them up again is via full mouth reconstruction. Dental nightguards are mouthpieces which are typically worn at night to protect the teeth from excessive wear due to grinding and/or clenching. Nightguards can also help alleviate jaw, facial pain, and headaches.
Protecting the teeth with mouthguards is important for patients of all ages who are active in contact sports. Different types of contact sports like basketball, boxing, football, soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse, among many others, require great physical activity and rough contact, which is a recipe for injuries. This is why using a mouthguard while playing such active sports is important to avoid any injuries to the lips, soft tissue of the mouth, and the tongue, as well as to protect yourself from chipping or breaking your teeth. We can fabricate personalized mouthguards in a variety of colors to help you protect those pearly whites!
Preventive Dental Services in Maryville
If you would like to learn more about the preventive dental services that we offer, contact Cedar Street Family Dentistry by calling (865) 233-7640 to schedule a consultation.
Cedar Street Family Dentistry welcomes patients of Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville, Tennessee.