You mouth is just like the rest of your body. Taking good care of it will keep it healthy and strong for most of your life. However, whether through bad habits, accidents, or simple luck of the draw, problems can arise.
There are a vast array of afflictions and issues that can affect oral health, and modern dentistry has safe and effective treatments for all of them. Dentists can work with you to come up with a treatment plan that is customized to your unique needs.
Let’s look at some of the most common problems that dental patients face and how they are treated.
Our teeth are covered in a thin film of saliva and bacteria known as plaque. Plaque is highly acidic and capable of causing severe damage to the dental structure, eating through the enamel and settling into the softer dentin, where it eventually forms a cavity.
A diligent oral hygiene routine can prevent the buildup of plaque and cavities. By brushing twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, you can keep plaque buildup from ever making enough progress to be a significant threat.
If cavities are found, they are typically remedied with fillings, crowns, or in extreme cases, extraction.
Also known as periodontal disease, we’ve been warned of the dangers of this oral menace since childhood.
Gum disease comes in two distinct forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis, the more commonly known form, is the early stages of gum disease, categorized by inflammation and bleeding of the gums, especially while brushing. Gingivitis is curable with routine cleanings and proper at-home oral care.
Periodontitis, however, is a much more serious variant of the affliction. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is an incurable, chronic illness. The best treatment is vigilant at-home care combined with scaling and root planing procedures performed at your dentist’s office.
Stains and Discoloration
Our teeth, just like our skin, are porous, meaning they absorb small amounts of the substances in their environment. When you smoke cigarettes, drink coffee or tea, and eat beets and berries, they get soaked into the enamel, staining teeth over time.
Most stains can be treated with any of the numerous teeth whitening products available, either at your dentist’s office or at-home in your own time. More stubborn stains may be too ingrained for whitening to fully remove, though. In these cases, veneers are a reliable, minimally-invasive option to cosmetically perfect your smile.
If you are experiencing any of these dental issues, don’t hesitate to call Beischel Family Dental. We provide gentle and friendly treatment to patients in Paradise Valley and the surrounding communities. Schedule a consultation today!