Preventive and Therapeutic Care
When it comes to your smile, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been more true. It’s extremely important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Otherwise, your entire body can be at risk. Poor dental health is linked with other health conditions.
Our dentists thoroughly examine all aspects of your oral health to determine whether or not intervention is necessary. In many cases, they can identify developing problems before they have an opportunity to deteriorate into more complex treatment situations. During your examination, we will assess risks of oral cancer, periodontal disease, and check the integrity of your existing restorations. Additionally, we will even screen for symptoms of problems like TMJ disorder or sleep apnea.
Most of our healthy patients benefit from having their teeth cleaned every six months. Our hygienists will work with you to provide essential information and the tools necessary to keep your gums healthy between checkups. If you have recently been treated for gum disease, we may recommend that you come in for a maintenance cleaning as frequently as every three months.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
Did you know that gum disease has been shown to have a direct correlation with health problems like:
- Sleep apnea
- Cardiovascular diseases (including stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack)
- Premature labor
Bacteria that are present in periodontal infections can spread directly into your circulatory system, lodging in other areas of your body. This triggers an inflammatory response, which can make it more difficult for your immune system to manage other types of health problems.
Fortunately, our dentists and hygienists can help you to successfully manage your gum disease through therapies that include deep cleanings or newer treatments like LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), to eliminate bacterial infections and stop tooth loss.
How do I Know if I Have Gum Disease?
Typically, the first sign of gum disease is to have gums that bleed when you brush or floss. People with certain types of medical conditions, or individuals who smoke, may not see any bleeding whatsoever. Other symptoms may include bad breath, receding gums, or tooth mobility.
Laser Gum Treatments
In addition to LANAP laser gum treatments, our dentists also use soft tissue lasers to provide frenectomies and gingival recontouring. No incisions are necessary, and patients can expect a faster recovery than traditional surgical treatments.
Bite Splints for Grinding, Athletics, and TMJ Disorder
Habits related to bruxism (grinding) or TMJ pain may be attributed to misaligned teeth or sleep apnea. If stress is the underlying factor, wearing a custom split or guard can help to prevent unwanted fractures or wear to your teeth.
Athletes are also encouraged to wear custom mouthguards to minimize their chance of dental trauma and concussion. A professionally fitted guard offers far more protection than the looser trays available over the counter.
New Patients Welcome
Are you looking for a new family dentist in Milford or West Haven? Shoreline Dental Care is open six days a week. Call today and be sure to ask about our new patient special.