We don’t know about you but we are loving the arrival of summer. There is so much to enjoy between the hot weather, longer days and nights, vacation plans, plans with family and friends, and the list can go on and on. No matter what plans you have this summer, we are sure there is going to be plenty of delicious food and drink to enjoy. Unfortunately, many of the delicious foods and drinks to enjoy at your festivities may not be the best for your oral health. We want to share some healthy foods that you should include in your diet that will help your oral health.
Do you remember the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If you can’t remember, we would be happy to help you if you contact the office. If it has been longer than six months since you and your family visited our office, it is time to schedule an appointment. We know that life gets busy and it seems like there is always a conflict getting in the way, but the summer is the perfect time to visit our office. Read on to learn more about the importance of regular dental visits.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we stress the importance of doing everything possible to prevent decay and other oral health complications. We know that most adults know they should be brushing and flossing their teeth daily, but we also know not everyone is properly following an oral hygiene routine as they should.
When patients mention visiting the dentist, the thought on most patients’ minds is about the state of their teeth and finding out whether they have decay and need a treatment, like a filling. It is very rare that we see a patient and their first question is about the state of their gums. From the time we are young, there is such an emphasis on how to properly care for our teeth that most of us don’t realize the importance of properly caring for our gums. You may be surprised to learn that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when harmful bacteria infect and inflame the gum tissue.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth. Unfortunately, even with our best efforts, it is not always possible. This is when a tooth extraction is required. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth — the structure and the tooth root — is removed from your mouth. A tooth extraction may be recommended due to decay or injury and may also be suggested to patients who may be starting a complicated medical treatment and optimal oral health is required, including patients who are starting certain chemotherapy treatments, a stem cell replacement or transplant, or organ transplant.
Did we recommend a dental crown during your last appointment and you have postponed scheduling the procedure? We know it can be a little nerve-racking if you have never received this treatment before, but we assure you there is no need to be concerned. The treatment to place a dental crown is a routine procedure that can restore the function of your mouth and eliminate the need for a more involved treatment. Read on to learn more about this common dental treatment and why we may have recommended this treatment method.
At Vargas Dental Associates, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, we may recommend a dental crown to save your tooth, and when your tooth root is severely damaged or infected we may recommend a root canal. Many patients are fearful of this treatment before learning about the benefits of the procedure. Movies and TV shows often depict root canals to be something they are not. We are here to ease your mind and tell you more about the root canal treatment and how it can save your tooth.
One of the first questions we are typically asked following the completion of a hygiene examination and cleaning is about cavities. Every patient wants to know if additional treatment is needed to remove cavities and tooth decay. Cavities form when areas of the outer covering of the tooth, the dental enamel, become damaged from decay. This can be caused by poor eating habits, lack of an oral hygiene routine and even family history. If you are looking for extra protection to help ward off cavities, we have the treatment for you. Continue reading to learn more.
Do you find yourself always reaching for mints or gum to mask your breath? Or are you self-conscious when speaking closely with people over fear of the smell of your breath? We all experience bad breath from time to time. Coffee breath is very real, and leaving a feast with garlic and onions involved always has us reaching for a mint or some mouthwash. However, those problems are soon remedied with a thorough brushing and the use of dental floss. If you find that you are noticing frequent bad breath, it is time to visit our office. Your breath is sending a warning.
Did we recommend a dental treatment the last time you visited our office? We know that life can be busy, especially around this time of year; however, it is important to make your oral health a priority. Delaying or avoiding necessary treatments can greatly impact both your oral and overall health. It also increases the odds for needing additional treatments, which means added discomfort and greater out of pocket costs. Continue reading to learn more about the harm in delaying dental treatments.