What Causes Tooth Loss?
The most common causes of tooth loss are dental cavities, also known as tooth decay, and periodontal disease, which effects the gums and bone structure that supports the teeth. Dental cavities are the major cause of tooth loss in children, and periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults; however, periodontal disease can afflict youngsters.
How Does Plaque Attack the Gums?
Plaque produces harmful byproducts that irritate the gums, causing gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal diseases. If plaque isn’t removed daily, it builds up into a hard deposit called calculus. If plaque continues to form on top of the calculus, gums can become irritated and a pocket may develop between the teeth and gums. Plaque buildup eventually destroys the gums and bones that support the teeth.
How Do You Handle Children's First Visits?
We create a warm, gentle and friendly atmosphere for your child’s first dental visit. Setting the right tone impacts the way your child views “going to the dentist.” Our goal is to help your child enjoy visits to Dinka Dental.
How Can Cavities Be Prevented?
Tooth brushing and flossing are the two most important things to do for clean, healthy teeth. Twice daily brushing and daily flossing are imperative to cavity-free teeth. Sugar and gooey sweets also lead to decay, and it is important to keep sugar intake to a minimum. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D will also help maintain healthy teeth.
Can You Help My Snoring Problem?
As many as 18 million Americans suffer from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea, a condition in which the airway completely closes during sleep. This condition increases the risk of hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. As the first line of treatment, our office provides dental appliances for t for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- Bring a squeeze ball with you – it helps relieve tension.
- Don’t brush too hard – it can cause receding gums.
- Use a soft toothbrush and change your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Floss and use mouthwash daily.
- Brush twice a day, and preferably, between meals to remove plaque.
- Brush properly by holding the tooth brush at a slight angle against your teeth and to move the brush in a short back and forth motion. Make sure to brush all sides of the tooth – inside, outside and chewing surface.
- Most water supplies contain fluoride, which helps fight cavities.
- If you don’t have time to brush your teeth, swish around some water in your mouth.
- Contact Dinka Dental if the toothache pain lasts more than a day; don’t wait until the pain is unbearable.
- Keep your eyes open; the visual stimulus will distract you from discomfort or pain.
- Bring your iPod to block out the noise of the drill.
- Use a hand signal to alert the dentist when you’re in pain. A sudden movement or twitch may complicate matters.
- Take a written list of questions and concerns so you don’t forget them.