Your mild gum disease (gingivitis) may lead to aggressive periodontitis, tooth loss and serious health problems. At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith provide periodontal treatments that really work. They can help you regain full oral health.
The symptoms of gum disease
Bleeding gums is the primary indicator, says the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). More quickly than you think, this mild sign of gingivitis progresses to:
- Puffy, tender, red gum tissue
- Receding gums
- Dental sensitivity (pain when biting down or consuming hot or cold foods)
- A long tooth appearance due to uncovered tooth roots
- Loose, gapped teeth
- A changed dental bite
- Sores on the gums and pus between teeth
- Bad breath which is consistently strong and unresponsive to mouth rinses or tooth brushing
Also, your dentist at Blue Ridge Dental observes gum disease during a routine exam, measuring gum pockets with a tiny probe. Pockets, or sulci, are diagnostic for periodontitis when they are deeper than three millimeters.
Periodontal treatments at our Mount Airy office
Recommendations to resolve gum problems vary according to patient need. Thankfully, they can achieve good results when you adhere to a maintenance plan at Blue Ridge Dental.
1. Deep cleaning and root planing removes extensive deposits of plaque and tartar between teeth and well below the gum line.
2. Antimicrobial medications speed healing and help gums re-attach to root surfaces.
3. Adjustment of your dental bite with a mouth guard, crowns or a periodontal splint. Typically, splints are thin strips of metal bonded to the backside of selected teeth to stabilize and support them.
4. Oral hygiene at home must include daily flossing and twice a day tooth brushing with a soft brush. Your dentist may advise an anti-plaque mouth rinse, too.
5. Stop tobacco usage.
6. Drink water to increase your saliva production and keep tooth surfaces and soft tissues clean and hydrated.
7. Begin a healthier diet to include fresh vegetables and fruit and high-fiber cereals and breads.
When patients suffer tooth loss due to periodontitis, our dentists evaluate them for dental implant placement. Grafting may precede implant procedures if tests show sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants.
Learn more about gum disease
You can get ahead of gum problems when you recognize and treat them. At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, our periodontal treatments work. Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith want all their patients to enjoy vibrant oral health. Call us today for a consultation: (336) 789-5306.
We've all heard the phrase, "putting your best foot forward." But, shouldn't your smile be your very best as well? At Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC. cosmetic dentistry services improve the appearance of teeth and gums. Versatile and creative, the treatments provided by Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith make smile dreams come true, whether you want just a little change or a full smile makeover.
What your dentist considers
During a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, Dr. Smith will consider many factors that influence your smile appearance. The first is your overall oral health. Any problems revealed during the exam and X-ray imaging must be addressed first.
Those being corrected, you and your dentist can look at how your smile may change so you look and feel your best. Think about these elements:
- How much gum tissue shows when you smile?
- What shape are your teeth, and do you like the shape?
- Are you incisors too pointed? Do you have crowded, gapped, tipped or crooked teeth?
- Are some teeth chipped, discolored or even missing?
Dr. Smith will give you input, too, suggesting treatments to correct your perceived and creating a natural look appropriate for your face, age, gender, smile longevity and oral health. These considerations are what the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) calls responsible aesthetics.
Our offered treatments
Your care plan may contain one, some or maybe several of the following services--all performed at our office in Mount Airy. They include:
- Composite resin bonding which repairs a variety of small defects with a durable putty which is shaped and cured to a natural and long-lasting finish.
- Professional teeth whitening, available as a take-home or in-office service which brightens stained enamel by as many as eight shades without any painful gingival or dental sensitivity.
- Dental implants, the premier tooth replacements which fill smile gaps from roots to crown and improve jaw bone and gum tissue quality and quantity.
- Porcelain crowns, realistic jackets of high-grade ceramic, custom-designed to protect and beautify a failing or misshapen tooth.
- Porcelain veneers, super-thin laminates which camouflage defects such as mild crowding, pits, cracks, dark stains and more.
- Inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, to treat decay or replace large fillings with bonded on porcelain to strengthen the chewing surfaces of large back teeth.
- Contouring removes minuscule amounts of tooth enamel to smooth rough edges, even tooth shape and create a polished, but natural, smile appearance.
Put that best smile forward with the help of Dr. G. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC. Their cosmetic dentistry services transform smiles and personal confidence. Call us for your in-office consultation: (336) 789-5306.
Are you aware that you are hosting an entire community of bacteria right there in your mouth? These bacteria feed on the bits and pieces of food that are left behind between your teeth after you eat, and are responsible for tooth decay and other dental problems.
Besides scheduled checkups and cleanings with one of the dentists here at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. Bennett Smith or Dr. Lynette Smith, here are the vital things you can do at home to protect your teeth and oral health.
What a Proper Oral Hygiene at Home Looks Like
A huge part of your oral hygiene routine occurs in your home. There, you are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of your mouth that your dentist initiated. Here’s what you need to do:
Brush Twice, Floss Once
Brushing is not just putting the toothbrush in your mouth and moving it around—there is a proper way of brushing to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. The toothbrush should be slanted about 45 degrees against your gums. You should likewise use short and gentle strokes to clean all of your tooth surfaces, including the chewing surfaces.
The tip of your toothbrush can be used for the inner surfaces of the front teeth with an up-and-down motion. Brush the tongue as well for fresher breath and bacteria removal. Additionally, flossing should be performed in a gentle gliding motion between your teeth. Curve it into a C shape upon reaching the gum line. Clean the sides of the tooth as well with a gentle up-and-down motion and always move the floss gently conforming to the shape of your tooth.
Watch Your Diet
We may not be aware of it, but most of the food we eat results in acid-producing bacteria that could harm our teeth. Sugar and starches are on the top of the list. These are responsible for dental plaque that could irritate the gums and lead to tooth loss.
The American Dental Association recommends appointments with at our Mount Airy office at least every six months. This, of course, is dependent on how healthy your teeth and gums are. If you have problems like gum disease, dental appointments should be more frequent.
For More Oral Health Advice, Call Us
Set up an appointment with one of the dentists here at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. Bennett Smith or Dr. Lynette Smith, by dialing (336) 789-5306.
Remember: the health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth.
What are you doing to ensure that you have healthy gums? If you aren’t even sure what habits keep gums healthy then it’s a good thing you’re here. Our Mount Airy, NC, dentists Drs. Bennett and Lynette Smith want patients to fully understand how important the health of their gums are not just to their oral health but also their general health.
Gums and Your Oral Health
Your gums fit firmly around the teeth, providing them with support. Unfortunately, when disease affects the gums it causes the tissue to recede. Receding gums aren’t able to provide teeth with the ample support they need, which results in loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. By investing in the health of your gums you are also investing in the health of your teeth. This includes practicing good oral hygiene including,
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Using fluoride toothpaste
- Using mouthwash
- Seeing your dentist for regular cleanings
- Quitting or avoiding smoking
- Limiting alcohol, sugar and starches
The Link Between Gum Health and Overall Health
Your gums also tell our dentists a lot about your overall health, which is why taking a trip to our Mount Airy, NC, office twice a year for professional dentist-supervised cleanings is necessary for everyone. Certain changes in your gums could be a sign of serious health problems.
If you notice any changes in your gums, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Problems that require immediate attention include,
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red and tender gums
- Receding gums
- Sudden tooth sensitivity
- Sudden tooth darkening
- Persistent bad breath
- An abscess on the gums
- Any wounds, sores or patches that don’t heal
- Loose teeth
Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, offers expert dentists, friendly staff and a welcoming environment for families looking to get everything from routine cleanings to restorative dentistry and braces. To schedule your next cleaning call our office at (336) 789-5306.
A white smile is a healthy smile, but it's not always achievable on your own. Stubborn discolorations develop daily from dark beverages like coffee, wine, and tea. They can also result from specific foods, poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and prescription medications. To remove these stains, our Mount Airy, NC, dentist may recommend professional teeth whitening to safely and efficiently rejuvenate your smile. At Blue Ridge Dental, Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Smith encourage patients to consider this method before purchasing over-the-counter strips. Schedule a consultation in our Mount Airy, NC, office today.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
This cosmetic dental service is most beneficial for removing persistent stains and brightening your smile. It's also a popular choice for our Mount Airy, NC, dental patients because it helps:
- Improve oral and immune health
- Causes fewer bouts of embarrassment
- Enhances confidence and self-esteem
- Encourages you to show off your smile
Professional teeth whitening also offers safer and more comfortable treatment, in addition to speed and reliability.
How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?
At Blue Ridge Dental, our Mount Airy, NC, dentist offers two different types of professional whitening methods. You can choose to complete the procedure in our office or the comfort of your home. The in-office procedure provides the quickest results and uses a powerful bleaching-agent to enhance the color of the enamel. During a session, you'll sit in a chair while a retractor device holds your mouth open. Hydrogen gel sits on the teeth for one hour as you relax. For at-home whitening, you'll use the same gel and apply it to custom trays created for your mouth only.
If you are frustrated by discolorations that aren't disappearing with rigorous brushing and flossing, consult with our dentist to discover if you are a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. G. Smith stay alongside the latest trends in the industry to deliver thorough treatment to patients. For more information about professional teeth whitening and other services provided in our Mount Airy, NC, office, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at Blue Ridge Dental, please call (336) 789-5306.
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