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Edmond Dental Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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Do you have questions about your dental health or the treatment that's been recommended for you? We sure hope you do! After all, we're your partners when it comes to helping you maintain your oral health, and we want you to be well informed.

We've gathered some common questions that we hear and provided answers. However, if you need more information or have other questions, we encourage you to contact our dental office at (405) 330-4630.

Preventive Dentistry

About 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.  Our dental team can help detect oral cancer with oral cancer screenings at your preventive care appointments.  Early detection and treatment of oral cancer leads to better outcomes and reduces the risk of death.  

You may not realize it, but even when your mouth is clean, it is full of bacteria. These are naturally occurring microorganisms that like to eat even the smallest bits of leftover food particles. After their meal, they deposit a sticky white substance called plaque, on your teeth. Plaque accumulates after you eat your meals, and it can build up, especially in places where your toothbrush can’t reach. If you don't remove plaque daily, the build-up can harden into a substance called tartar that irritates your gums and can trigger inflammation and gum disease.

With consistent and careful brushing and properly flossing every day, you can eliminate much of this plaque. However, your toothbrush reaches the tops and sides of the teeth, and you need to floss to clean between the teeth because you can actually get cavities in between your teeth! Flossing also helps to eliminate and control bad breath.

Flossing once a day is enough to remove the plaque from in between your teeth. Use about 18 inches of floss wrapped around your fingers on each hand and move up and down each side of your tooth in a c-shaped motion. Repeat these steps in between every tooth and on both sides.

 

Since no two people are alike, there is no standard answer to this question. That's why at Edmond Dental Center, we take time to get to know each patient, their past dental history, present condition, as well as future needs and goals. We then customize a treatment plan tailored for each unique individual.

For most healthy patients, Dr. Chandler will typically recommend a routine cleaning and examination every six months to help them maintain excellent dental health.

Studies show that approximately 50% of adults have some form of gum disease, requiring more frequent visits to their Edmond dentist to ensure dental health. With studies linking gum disease to chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, it has never been more important to keep your gums healthy.

Gum disease can be challenging to detect on your own since often it is not painful. While brushing and flossing daily at home can help you maintain a healthy mouth, it is also a good idea to check for tartar, which occurs when plaque hardens. Only your dental hygienist can remove tartar during a professional cleaning.

If you have questions about your dental health and when your next routine visit should be, contact Edmond Dental Center today at (405) 330-4630.

 Dr. Chandler and his team will determine how often you need to have preventive dental care based on the health of your teeth and gums, and taking into consideration how the health of your whole body may affect your mouth.  Some people need to be seen every 3 to 4 months, while others may be able to come in every 6 months.

The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Of greater importance are the links between gum disease and various serious conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and, for expectant mothers, babies with low birth weight. We now understand that the bacteria that causes gum disease can also contribute to these other health concerns and vice versa. 

It’s important to realize that healthy gums do not bleed with regular brushing and flossing. Bleeding is typically a sign of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). You can prevent gum disease since it is a progressive condition if we diagnose it and treat it early; however, more advanced stages can often cause irreversible damage and could even result in tooth loss.

The best way to protect yourself is to have your teeth and gums checked regularly to prevent problems from gum disease. Consistent routine visits with Dr. Chandler every six months will allow him to detect gum disease early, which gives you the best chance of treating it successfully.

Gums that are swollen, irritated or that bleed should be checked by your Edmond dentist as soon as possible. Call Edmond Dental Center at (405) 330-4630 to schedule your dental appointment. 

An estimated 30% of adult tooth decay is caused by having a dry mouth. People taking multiple medications, whether prescription or over the counter, are at a significantly higher risk of developing a dry mouth.  Common drugs that cause dry mouth are those used for cancer treatment, depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, colds, obesity, acne, epilepsy, high blood pressure, nausea, asthma and the list goes on. Our team can help you select the best dental products to use at home to lower your risk of tooth decay.

There are a variety of problems that can cause tooth sensitivity.  Your tooth sensitivity may be caused by receding gums, a cavity, a crack in the tooth, or acid erosion.  There are many treatments available for sensitivity, but the cause of the problem needs to be identified in order for it to be successfully addressed.  It may be as simple as switching toothpastes, or there may be dental disease that needs professional care.  Dr. Chandler can assess your oral condition and will let you know what the best option is for your situation.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that causes permanent damage to the bone that holds your teeth in.  It is usually a slow progressing disease, but is the #1 cause of tooth loss.  Gum disease also increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.  It cannot be cured, but it can be treated and stopped from getting worse with treatment your hygienist can provide.  More frequent cleanings are needed to keep gum disease stable.  Dr. Chandler and your hygienist will let you know if they recommend 3 or 4 cleanings per year.

Dental x-rays help your dental care team identify cavities and other diseases, such as gum disease, that may not be visible with the naked eye.  Areas in between the teeth and under the gums are hidden, but can have very serious conditions that need treatment.  By using x-rays, we are able to find dental disease in much earlier stages, instead of waiting for you to have pain.  This also allows us to do more conservative, less invasive treatment.

Bleeding gums are caused by infection called gingivitis.  Bacteria hide in the space between your gums and teeth and cause sores that bleed when the floss rubs up against them.  Flossing daily is the best remedy for bleeding gums.  After a week or two, your body can heal the sores if you are keeping the bacteria out.  Sometimes a more serious infection called gum disease may require professional treatment.  Our hygienists can tell you if you have gum disease.

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