April 28, 2016
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Since you are here, you must enjoy reading oral health blogs.That’s great! We love encountering patients (or potential patients) in our Marrero, Louisiana dental practice who thirst for knowledge.
Here’s a (not so) fun fact for you: tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the most rampant disease in America! But some folks have a laid-back attitude about cavities. We fight this all the time. Our team sees evidence of decay, and patients think, “I’m going to take care of it but only when it starts to bother me.”
That’s the wrong response! You see, when it starts to bother you, it’s too late. It likely means that the decay is now down to the nerve and you will need to have a root canal or an extraction done. Make no mistake: it is always more expensive to put off general preventive dentistry solutions than it is to take care of things now.
Because every mouth is different and cavity risk varies from patient to patient, we typically recommend a personalized preventive dentistry regimen for anyone already entrusted to our care.
Do Your Homework!
We can tell you that prevention, as it relates to your dental health, necessarily begins at home. What are you putting in your body? Are you consuming foods and beverages that are loaded with the sort of sugars that decay-causing bacteria thrives on?
Are you brushing every day? How many times a day? And for how long? The American Dental Association thinks that you should be doing this for two minutes, at least twice. It wouldn’t hurt to do it more than that, when you are able!
Are you flossing? Rinsing with mouthwash? Why wouldn’t you? Take note that these steps will go a long way towards keeping you out of trouble!
Beyond all that, having a good dentist in your life is going to be key.
At Lapalco Family Dental, we have things at our disposal that you don’t have access to in your medicine cabinet. Our high-powered teeth cleanings can eradicate all the tartar, plaque, food, and so forth, that is left behind in spite of your most diligent efforts to keep your mouth clean.
Just remember, as long as we are given the opportunity to regularly stay on top of your preventive dental needs, you won’t have much to worry about!
If we determine over the course of your checkup that you are at an increased risk of developing cavities, for whatever reason, we may recommend dental sealants, special toothpastes, mouth rinses, and brushes along with more frequent cleaning appointments.
The other thing that we might suggest is a fluoride treatment. Along with everything else you are doing, such a treatment can help keep decay at bay, rebuild damaged parts of your teeth, and strengthen your tooth enamel.
Besides offering fluoride treatment and dental sealants during the cavity-prone years, we can also create custom night guards to relieve pressure and prevent premature wear caused by teeth grinding.
See What Preventive Dentistry Can Do For You!
Call us at 504-264-6461 to get started!