Taking care of your mouth is important. Regular brushing and flossing are essential for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing a variety of serious oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease. While your daily oral hygiene routine is crucial, it is only one part of maintaining optimal oral health. At Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry, we can help you to further protect the health of your mouth with preventative services.
The American Dental Association recommends that you have your mouth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year, or once every 6 months. This might not seem like much, but these appointments are crucial for preventing serious oral health complications. During your cleanings, we can eliminate all buildup from all surfaces of your teeth. In addition to removing plaque, bacteria, and other debris, we are also able to effectively scrape away tartar, or hardened plaque, which cannot otherwise be removed with a toothbrush.
Exams are important for the detection of different oral health issues. During your exams, we look over your teeth and gums, checking for signs of tooth damage, decay, cavities, and gum disease. Many oral health issues do not exhibit symptoms in their earliest stages. By the time you do notice something, the issue has worsened. With early detection, we can provide you with the treatment you need to stop the progression of the issue and restore your oral health, preventing more serious complications from developing. Typically, the earlier the issue is detected, the easier, and less invasive, the treatment.
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Gum disease is a common oral health issue. It begins when bacteria in your mouth irritate your gums, triggering an inflammatory response. What starts with red, swollen gums can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and serious health complications. Gum disease therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment to stop the progression of gum disease and help your gums to heal. This treatment involves a deep cleaning of your teeth using scaling and root planing. These procedures clean your teeth above and below the gum line, eliminating all build up to alleviate irritation. In some cases, periodontal maintenance may also be necessary to help your gums continue healing.
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The chewing surfaces of your molars are particularly vulnerable to cavities. This is because these surfaces have deep grooves and crevices that can easily collect plaque, bacteria, and food particles. These surfaces can also be difficult to clean thoroughly no matter how often you brush. Sealants are a synthetic material that is applied to these surfaces. They function to cover over the deep crevices on your molars, preventing bacteria and other debris from getting trapped. Sealants also make your molars easier to keep clean. While sealants are a common treatment for children, who tend to be more prone to cavities, they can also be an effective preventative treatment for adults as well.
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Bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth, is a condition that causes excessive pressure on your teeth, your jaws, your facial muscles, and your temporomandibular joints. Grinding and clenching are most common at night when you have no control over the actions. Over time, it can cause dental issues and significant pain in your jaw. It can also interfere with the functions of your mouth and affect your quality of life. A night guard is a device worn over the teeth while you sleep. It functions to absorb the impact of grinding and clenching, keeping the pressure off of your teeth, the muscles in your jaw, and your joints. This helps to alleviate pain and protect your oral health.
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With preventative services, we can help you to prevent serious oral health issues. We can help you to protect the health of your mouth and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, contact Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry at (425) 270-1075 today.