How can we help you?
Patient education is an essential part of the services we provide at Bethlehem Town Family Dental. When you understand the impact that your oral health can have on your life, you’re more likely to be proactive about dental care.
Nobody expects you to know everything about dentistry, which is why we’re available to answer all your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes. All the answers below are written by our team instead of some template that is used by hundreds of other dental offices.
Periodontal Treatment and Prevention
Routine Check-Ups Are Vital
Gum disease is a serious oral health problem, and routine exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent it. If you do develop gum disease, we offer the customized solution you need to get your oral health back on track.
In its mildest stage, we refer to gum disease as gingivitis. We treat gingivitis with comprehensive professional dental cleaning and suggestions for improving your oral hygiene practices. Going forward, your hygienist will monitor the health of your gums to keep them healthy and disease-free.
If we don’t treat gingivitis, it will advance to periodontitis. You will notice symptoms like bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Advanced gum disease is a chronic condition that is treatable, but not curable.
Scaling and Root-Planing
To treat advanced gum disease, Dr. Huang will recommend a procedure called scaling and root-planing (SRP). During SRP, your hygienist scrapes away plaque and tartar that collects on your teeth and below the gum line. Then she smooths the root surfaces of your teeth to prevent bacteria buildup and to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
At Bethlehem Town Family Dentistry, we provide customized solutions for gum disease and educate you on how to avoid it in the future. Please call us to arrange your appointment so we can restore your beautiful smile.
A Thorough Examination
When we do an exam, we check everything in the mouth thoroughly to screen for dental decay (cavities), periodontal disease, oral cancer, and any other abnormalities. When we do a cleaning, we are removing plaque and tartar, also called calculus, on the teeth to reduce the amount of bad bacteria on the teeth that cause periodontal disease and dental decay.
Preventative Care Saves You Trouble Later On
At the interval of every 6 months, new issues such as new cavities can develop and become observable in our exam and new plaque and tartar build-up can accumulate and requires removal. It's always better to find problems early so they can be treated with a less invasive procedure. For example, a small cavity found early may only need a small filling while a big cavity found late could require a root canal therapy and crown. It's also better to keep the teeth tartar free as frequent as possible to avoid the bacterias that cause bad breath, inflamed gums, and bone loss. Some patients may require a cleaning interval of 3-4 months because of their periodontal condition.
Good Oral Health Affects Your Wellbeing
Good oral health is very important, not only does it affect your ability to eat, it also affects your general health. Poor oral health has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, premature birth, and respiratory diseases. Fortunately, most dental insurances allow an exam and cleaning and certain x-rays every 6 months. Let's work together to maintain your overall health. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
Having healthy teeth is not difficult, but it does require a commitment on your part. Basically, there are three things that contribute to your oral health – oral hygiene, diet, and genetics. You don’t really have any control over your genetics, so we will leave that out of our discussion for now.
Taking Daily Steps
To achieve good oral hygiene, you must brush twice a day for at least two to three minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. We also recommend the use of mouth rinse and, if needed, we may prescribe a prescription-only toothpaste that has a higher amount of fluoride to fight cavities.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
For diet, we recommend that you avoid prolonged and frequent exposure to sugar. For example, if you have a cup of coffee with sugar, finish it quickly rather than sipping it every 20 minutes. Each sip you take deposits sugar on your teeth, and it takes 30 minutes for your mouth to bring the acids back to a neutral level.
The same recommendation applies to sugar-filled snacks and beverages. Additionally, we recommend that you reduce your overall sugar intake and avoid eating sticky candies and sweets that slowly melt in the mouth.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you’d like more information about the steps you can take to improve your oral health, please give our Glenmont dental office a call. We’ll be happy to arrange an appointment for your next exam and cleaning.
Meet Dr. Huang
As a new patient, you will start by meeting the doctor. He’ll then prescribe the necessary x-rays and, with the help of our hygienist, determine the type of cleaning you need.
If your general gum health is good, a regular cleaning will be suggested, which will be done on the same day with our hygienist.
If we find that your gum health is not so great, we would first complete a regular cleaning, but in addition, we would also recommend that you consider a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planning. This procedure will allow us to clean beneath the gum and remove calculus build-up, bacteria, and toxins to return your gums back to health. Local anesthesia will be provided to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
Because it's a time-consuming process, we would most likely schedule this procedure on another day for a longer appointment. After the cleaning, the doctor will return, evaluate the x-rays, and do a comprehensive exam.
We Make A Treatment Plan for You
With a thorough exam, we can make a treatment plan and we will walk you through each step of the plan to make sure you understand every detail before we move forward. Afterward, we will schedule convenient appointments to complete your treatments.