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Find out how turning to your dentist regularly could improve your oral health.
I think we can all agree that life gets pretty hectic; however, if you have found that life has taken over so much that you don’t remember the last time you visited the dentist, then we might have a problem. These routine checkups with our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, are important for everyone. Why? Let’s find out.
Cavities and gum disease are two of the most common dental issues to affect both children and adults. In fact, US adults between the ages of 20-64 had untreated cavities and about 96 percent had decay by the time they turned 65.
Approximately 20 percent of children between the ages of 5-11 and 13 percent of teens between the ages of 12-19 had at least one untreated cavity. And, as many as 50 percent of US adults have some form of gum disease.
While these statistics might freak you out, you’ll be happy to hear a little good news. Visiting your Sudbury general dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings can go a long way to preventing issues from happening and can even be instrumental in detecting problems early on when they are much easier to handle.
Most healthy individuals don’t need to come in more than twice a year (every six months) for preventive dental care. Since many of these problems don’t have symptoms, these routine checkups may be the only way to catch an issue. And, as you might imagine, the sooner you are able to pinpoint a cavity or gum disease the sooner you can treat it before more serious and lifelong complications occur.
There are certain factors that can increase your risk for decay and/or gum disease, which may mean that you could benefit from coming in every three or four months. While these more frequent cleanings and exams aren’t often required for the long-term, they may be ideal for certain high-risk individuals such as:
- Pregnant women
- Menopausal women
- Heavy alcohol drinkers
- Those with weakened immune systems
- Those with a personal history of cavities
Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, is dedicated to providing you and your family with the routine, cosmetic and even restorative dentistry you need to keep everyone smiling. If you need to schedule a routine cleaning for you or a member of your family, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
You can have one dentist in Sudbury for your whole family. Caring for children through senior adults, Dr. Reina Garcia provides the finest in preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments so you'll enjoy going to Millbrook Smiles. What can your family dentist in Sudbury, MA do for you today?
You brush and floss at home. You watch your diet and encourage your family in tooth-friendly eating. So why go to the family dentist?
Frankly, no matter what your age or walk of life, you need routine hygienic cleanings and dental exams every six months. Plaque and tartar target your teeth and gums with decay and gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in the US, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Your family dentist in Sudbury provides the extra vigilance and diagnostic skill needed to spot dental and gingival problems early on while they are treatable.
Additionally, Dr. Garcia:
- Checks condition of existing fillings, crowns and other restorations
- Recommends plastic sealants and fluoride treatments for teeth at risk for decay (these services are for adults, too)
- Performs oral cancer screening
- Takes digital X-rays to visualize bone structure and roots
- Checks dental bite and alignment
Yes, your family dentist takes your findings and formulates a treatment plan for each patient. The goal is healthy teeth and gums and a great smile.
Dr. Garcia and her team go beyond preventive care. They restore damaged smiles, too, with tooth-colored fillings, root canal therapy, crowns and bridgework, dentures, and dental implants.
Plus, your dentist delivers the best in emergency care--advice and quick treatment when you and yours need it most. Parents, you know you have a caring and competent friend at Millbrook Smiles if your child suffers an oral injury of any kind. The team is just a phone call away, and they'll also help you when a toothache or cracked filling happens to you or an older relative.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile can look as good as it feels. Today's aesthetic treatments deliver great smiles that boost self-confidence and are truly durable, too.
Dr. Garcia wants to know how you would like the appearance of your smile to change. Then, together you can work toward achieving those goals. She offers:
- Porcelain veneers, to disguise and strengthen chipped, cracked or stained teeth
- Professional teeth whitening to brighten dingy tooth enamel
- Composite resin bonding to repair small defects such as gaps and chips
- Invisalign clear aligners which help teens and adults improve tooth alignment and aesthetics without metal braces
It's all here
Why not bring your family to Millbrook Smiles? Everything you need for healthy smiles is under one roof. Contact us today for your convenient appointment times. You'll be greeted with a smile and leave the office with a healthier one of your own. Call (978) 443-5500.
Brushing is the most effective way in order to remove plaque from both the teeth and gums. Getting this off quickly helps to prevent bacteria from turning into acids that lead to cavities. A good oral hygiene routine helps keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime. Dr. Reina Garcia in Sudbury, MA, can offer helpful brushing and flossing tips to her patients.
About Good Oral Hygiene
Most dentists suggest brushing two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular brushing motion with the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the tongue too in order to remove harmful germs or bacteria that can stay trapped in the mouth. Replace the toothbrush every few months. Our family dentist in Sudbury can demonstrate to her patients the best way to brush.
With flossing, once daily is recommended. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and other things from places that the toothbrush can’t reach in the mouth. This is considered the best preventative technique against plaque. This helps prevent gum disease, cavities and other dental problems. It also improves blood circulation to the gums. Use the loop or spool method that can be learned at a visit with Dr. Garcia. Never snap the floss as that can damage the gums causing them to be tender and/or bleed.
Dr. Garcia, a family dentist in Sudbury, MA, can teach her patients the proper way to take care of their teeth and gums regularly. After a thorough dental examination and cleaning, she can learn of any dental issues that must be remedied in the mouth too. Preventative exams and cleanings, once every six months, helps reduce the chance of future dental problems. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia today, call our office at (978) 448-5500 today.
Knowing what gum disease symptoms to be on the look out for could help save you a lot of problems in the future.
With the CDC reporting that half of the adults in the US have gum disease, it’s so very important that you are on the lookout for any changes that warrant a trip to see our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia. From not flossing regularly to not brushing properly, there are many reasons why gum disease can manifest. Gum disease undergoes multiple stages. In the earlier stage it can be reversed, but once it has reached a more advanced stage it can lead to more serious health issues.
What are some early signs to be away of?
In the beginning stages, gum disease is very minor and you may not even know that anything is wrong. This is why those regular dental cleanings are an important part of your health. It’s during these visits that our Sudbury dentist will be able to detect subtle changes in your gums that could mean gum disease.
Classic early signs include having swollen, sore or red gums. You may also notice that your gums bleed, particularly when brushing or flossing your teeth. In some cases, you may even start to see that your gums are receding, which will make your teeth appear longer.
Fortunately, this early stage, known as gingivitis, is reversible. We will provide you with the best tips for caring for your smile at home to prevent it from turning into full-blown gum disease.
How will I know if I have a more advanced form of gum disease?
Those with more advanced stages of gum disease will notice the signs we mentioned above, as well as loose teeth or even tooth loss. You will also be more likely to deal with tooth sensitivity because as the gums recede they will also expose the roots of your teeth. You may notice chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If you notice an abscess, a pimple-like growth, forming on the gums these are all signs that require immediate dental care.
If you are experiencing any of these issues above it’s important that you turn to Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, right away. We can examine your smile and determine whether or not you have gum disease. From there we can create a treatment plan to help manage your condition effectively and improve the health of your gums.
Your family's health is extremely important to you; that goes without saying. But while you may be monitoring your children's growth and activity levels and staying current on doctor appointments, are you following the proper steps to keep everyone's teeth healthy? Dr. Reina Garcia, your family dentist at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, has provided a few tips for each family member to ensure everyone is receiving the proper dental care at home.
Guidelines for babies
It may seem strange to develop an oral hygiene routine for a child who doesn't have teeth yet, but your Sudbury family dentist highly encourages parents to help their children get in the habit early. Beginning just after birth, the gums should be wiped off after feedings with a clean, damp cloth. Once the first teeth begin to emerge - usually between six months and one year of age - use a finger brush or small toothbrush and a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste to gently clean these teeth. Dr. Garcia also cautions parents against letting a child go to sleep at night or during naps with a bottle of formula, milk or juice. The long exposure to the sugars contained in these drinks can cause severe tooth decay. If your child falls asleep better with a bottle, it can be filled with water.
Guidelines for kids
Children under three years old should still have their teeth brushed twice daily by a parent or caregiver using the same methods as above. Older kids may be able to maneuver a toothbrush more efficiently, but some still need supervision or instruction to make sure they're cleaning each tooth properly. As soon as a child has two teeth that touch each other, your Sudbury dentist suggests making flossing part of the oral hygiene routine. To make the experience more fun and personalized, allow your child to choose their own ADA-approved toothbrush, toothpaste and other accessories or products.
Guidelines for teens and adults
Dr. Garcia reminds her teenage and adult patients that they should make a habit of brushing twice and flossing once daily to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Sugary and starchy foods should be eaten in moderation; they disrupt the acidic balance in the mouth, giving bacteria the environment it needs to grow.
For all of our patients at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, we recommend twice-yearly visits for cleaning and evaluations. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia, call us today!