February is typically the month of love; love for your significant other, love for your friends and family, but do you show love to your teeth? Your teeth are pretty important! Teeth are not only required for eating, but a healthy set of teeth will keep you looking your very best for a lifetime if you take care of them.
How Do I Show Love to My teeth?
The first way to show love for your teeth is to make an appointment with Dr. Ashley Niles, of Niles Family Dentistry, for a free consultation. The consultation includes the examination of all hard (teeth) and soft tissues of the mouth. Dr. Niles will record all of her findings, and present an accurate treatment plan that will lay out any recommended steps for showing your teeth just how much you love them. Following are some common issues that need follow-through after the examination:
- Professional Cleaning and Digital X-Rays
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dental cleaning should be performed at least every six months to prevent plaque buildup. If left untreated, plaque can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. X-rays go hand in hand with cleaning in order to have a visual knowledge of your teeth, the roots below the gum line and your jaw bones. Dr. Niles uses digital x-rays that are much more precise than conventional x-rays. Displayed on a computer screen, Dr. Niles is able to zoom in on problem areas vs. conventional x-rays that are limited to a very small printed size.
- Do You Have Cavities?
If Dr. Niles discovers cavities during the exam, she has a state-of-the-art method of taking care of them. Remember the days of silver fillings? Modern dentistry offers tooth colored composite resin fillings, which are superior to silver fillings that contain 50 percent mercury. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split, leaving the tooth susceptible to additional decay. Are you feeling the love yet?
- Are You Missing One or More Teeth?
- You may not realize the essential role your teeth play in forming the sounds that make up our spoken language. If you have missing teeth, your speech could end up sounding slurred or lisped.
- The loss of a permanent tooth leads to a whole host of other problems if not replaced in a timely manner. For example, it leaves your other teeth vulnerable to gum disease, decay, and bone loss in the jaw, which will make it much harder to restore the mouth later.
- If you are missing one or more teeth, no matter where that missing tooth is, it can seriously impede your ability to bite and chew your food normally.
There are several ways to replace missing teeth to restore your beautiful smile. A couple of those restoration methods are found below. Follow this link for a full spectrum of the other methods Dr. Niles has of replacing missing teeth, including partial and full dentures, and implant retained dentures.
Implant Restoration: A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jaw to replace the root of the lost tooth. Once the bone surrounding the implant has healed, a crown, which serves as a replacement tooth, is attached to the implant post. Implants are actually stronger than natural teeth and, unlike a bridge, they don’t depend on neighboring teeth for support. Implants effectively keep a one tooth problem a one tooth problem, rather than involving additional teeth the way a bridge does. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Crown and Bridge: Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown strengthens the damaged tooth and dramatically improves the tooth’s appearance by entirely covering the damaged tooth.
A bridge is a method of filling the space of missing teeth with one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the remaining teeth on either side for support. A bridge not only replaces the missing teeth, but provides both functionality and an aesthetic appearance.
- Oral Hygiene – Daily Love for Your Teeth
The true test of showing your teeth some love is in the daily practice of proper brushing and caring for them in between dental visits. The following steps are essential for your oral health.
- Brush for two minutes twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
- Floss once a day, preferably at night
- Have your teeth examined every 6 months
For additional oral hygiene tips, follow this link.
Dr. Niles practices General Dentistry for the whole family, and is also proficient in Diagnostic, Preventative, Restorative and Cosmetic dentistry. Click on this link for more information on our office Niles Family Dentistry is located in Niwot, Colorado at 136 2nd Ave., Suite 101, serving patients in Boulder, Longmont and other areas of northern Colorado.
Everywhere you look you notice people with healthy, straight pearly white teeth that gleam when they smile. If nature didn’t bless you with attractive teeth, you probably hate your smile and feel inferior to others. You’re not alone. Most perfect smiles were not always that way and they are likely the result of cosmetic or restorative dentistry. Show your teeth some love and make an appointment with Dr. Niles today by calling our office at (720) 744-0001. She can help you achieve the kind of smile you’re hoping for so you can love your teeth again!