Lancaster Dental Associates, PC
There are many treatments to repair decayed, diseased or broken teeth. But the most effective treatment is to keep them healthy in the first place!
As your dental care professionals, we recommend that patients take the following steps to maintain good oral hygiene. The most important preventive measure we can recommend is that you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
It is also crucial that you clean between your teeth daily with floss or an inter-dental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque that contains these decay-causing bacteria and food particles that are trapped between the teeth and under the gum line.
Brushing and flossing are the mainstays for keeping teeth healthy and happy, but mouth rinses have been shown to add a percent of additional protection and health. Anti-microbial mouth rinses can reduce the bacteria count and inhibit bacteria activity in dental plaque and in your mouth.
Fluoride mouth rinses can help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Regular scalings and cleanings by your dental hygienist will eliminate calculus, stain and diseased tissue from around your teeth. Application of fluoride and other medicaments placed on teeth during regular cleanings help harden and heal some soft spots on your teeth.
Besides brushing and flossing your teeth, decisions on brands of floss, toothbrushes and mouthwash are important to maintain the optimal health of your mouth. The Registered Dental Hygienists at Lancaster Dental Associates are always happy to discuss what types of oral care products will be most effective for you. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting us regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile for your entire life!
People with osteoporosis know they’ve got to be extra careful about falls and possible bone damage. But did you know you’ve got to watch your mouth, too?
Osteoporosis is a serious skeletal disorder that weakens bones and increases the risk of developing fractures. It affects about ten million Americans, eight million of them women. Another 34 million are at risk. This disorder affects more women than cancer, heart disease and stroke combined.
Many patients are treated with a group of prescription drugs called “bisphosphonates.” They have many benefits and greatly reduce the risk of fracture; however, jaw complications linked to their use are a growing concern. If your physician prescribes any of these drugs for you, tell us immediately so your health history form can be updated.
We’ll take special care during your regular check-ups to look for any early indications of possible jaw problems. Some bisphosphonates taken over long periods of time can increase your risk of jaw bone infections during oral surgery, implant placement, periodontal treatment or routine dental work.
Because some dental procedures may also increase your risk of developing jaw problems, we take special precautions there, too. Your physician or dentist can’t completely eliminate potential oral complications from osteoporosis. But, close communication, regular dental visits, and maintaining excellent oral hygiene are essential to minimizing their effects.
The professionals at Lancaster Dental Associates have in-depth knowledge on all stages of oral health, from infants through seniors. By including us as part of your health care team, we can help keep your teeth as healthy as the rest of your body.