How to Maintain Dental Health

How to Maintain Dental HealthIt’s easy to learn how to maintain dental health, but not always so easy to follow through and do what’s necessary to maintain good strong teeth and gums. At Wimmer Dental in Centennial we consider healthy eating, good oral hygiene, and dental visits, and not smoking as some of the most important ways to help you maintain good dental health.

When you take care of your teeth and brush regularly, the germs and bacteria are killed before they can get into your system. This prevents illness and other very serious medical conditions.

Oral hygiene is usually most effective when you have a scheduled routine to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Brushing and flossing every day should always be a part of that routine. This will keep the bacteria and plaque that cause cavities, away from your teeth and gums. So, you should make brushing twice a day, a part of your routine.

You should also make sure you see your dentist twice a year for check-ups. Your dentist can clean your teeth, check for problems with your gums and give you suggestions and advice on the best ways to maintain dental health.

Another part of your oral health routine includes having a healthy diet. A diet of fast food does not promote good dental health and may be the first thing you can change to help improve your dental health. The less sugar you eat, the better for your teeth. If you chew gum, choose sugarless gum. It’s better for your teeth.

Also, beware of acidic food and drinks that wear down the dental enamel. The enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that maintains the tooth’s structure and shape. Basically, the acid in what you eat and drink can break down the tooth structure. Food and drinks that are high in acidity include fruit, soft drinks, fermented foods like yogurt, and grapes and wines.

At Wimmer Dental in Centennial, we also see a number of patients who are experiencing the unexpected results of smoking – tooth decay and gum loss. When you smoke it blocks the flow, and function of the saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps clean the lining of your mouth and teeth. The flow of saliva is important because it helps counteract mouth acids that cause decay and protects the teeth from wearing away.

Smoking can also cause gum disease, which in turn can lead to tooth loss. It reduces blood flow to the gums and cuts the nutrient supply. It can also cause a reduction in the vitamin C levels and cause receding gums. When this happens, the teeth become loose and can fall out.

Better oral hygiene, healthy eating habits and not smoking are the best ways to maintain optimal dental health. Changing your habits for good oral health can also improve your overall physical health. As a patient of Wimmer Dental in Centennial, you’ll get all the guidance you need to keep your teeth and gums in excellent shape. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

What Root Canal Therapy Is and How It Is Performed

What Root Canal Therapy Is and How It Is PerformedIf you need a root canal, you likely want to know what root canal therapy is and how it is performed. At Wimmer Dental in Centennial, we know that explaining the procedure can help make you feel more comfortable.

Many times cavities can be fixed with a simple dental procedure that can be completed in one visit to the dentist. But sometimes the tooth’s decay is so much that it causes a lot of pain because the infection and bacteria have worked their way into the tooth pulp.

Pulling the tooth can solve the problem, but trying to save the tooth is important to your smile and the integrity of the surrounding teeth. In those circumstances, root canal therapy may be your best option. Root canal therapy is often not too different from a regular cavity filling. It is a routine procedure, performed by dentists regularly and often in one visit.

Root canals referred to as endodontic treatment by your dentist, can help save the infected tooth’s structure and keep the surrounding teeth undamaged. Keeping the teeth intact and avoiding an extraction is the goal.

Let’s take a closer look. Underneath the enamel and dentin of the tooth, there is soft tissue that has connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. This is what dentists call the pulp. When you are a child, the pulp grows the roots of teeth. However, when your tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp because the surrounding tissues can now nourish and support it to keep it healthy.

Root canal therapy is used when the damaged tooth shows severe decay and signs that the tooth pulp is infected or inflamed. When there is inflammation, you will likely feel a lot of pain when you chew, talk or flex your jaw muscles. Inflammation can also be caused by bad crowns, tooth chips, and cracks, as well as other traumas or issues.

With root canal therapy, the tooth pulp is taken out and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. A rubber-like substance called gutta-percha seals the tooth. When it has set, then the repaired tooth is fitted with a crown, either metal or porcelain, which is the same color as your other teeth and blends in more naturally. The pain is gone, and your ability to chew and talk normally has been restored.

The benefits of root canal therapy are, saving the tooth, balancing bite forces so you can chew, and keeping the surrounding teeth strong and undamaged.

At Wimmer Dental in Centennial, we explain what root canal therapy is and how it is performed to every patient. Our goal is to put you at ease so that you will be confident that when the procedure is complete, your tooth will function the same as it did before, and the repair will hardly be noticed. Millions of root canals are done each year, and the procedure will allow you to keep your smile, eat your favorite foods with ease, and most repaired teeth will last a lifetime.