Taking good care of your mouth is essential for keeping it healthy. A big part of maintaining your oral health is your oral hygiene routine at home. The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. In addition to your home care routine, professional dental care is also integral. At State Street Dental, we can provide you with the dental care you need to maintain the health of your mouth as well as your quality of life.
Cleanings and ExamsThe ADA recommends that you have professional cleanings and exams twice a year, or once every 6 months. Dental cleanings are essential for removing all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, helping you to prevent serious oral health issues from developing. Your teeth are thoroughly scraped and polished, removing plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris.
Exams are important for detecting a variety of different oral health issues. We can detect the earliest warning signs of different issues before symptoms ever present themselves. With early detection, we can provide you with prompt treatment, preventing more serious complications from developing. Typically, the earlier treatment is provided, the less invasive it is.
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Dentistry for SeniorsEveryone requires dental care, from children to seniors. Seniors have different needs than younger adults. While aging alone does not have a negative impact on oral health, there are certain issues that come with aging that can impact your mouth. Arthritis can affect manual dexterity, impacting how you brush and floss your teeth. Certain medical conditions and certain medications can lead to dry mouth. Osteoporosis can contribute to a weak jawbone, which can impact the stability of your teeth. We can formulate an effective treatment plan to help you maintain the health of your mouth.
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OrthodonticsCrooked teeth affect more than just the quality of your smile. They can also impact your oral health, leading to grinding and clenching, tooth damage, and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Orthodontics involves correcting the alignment of your teeth and jaws, improving the quality of your smile, your oral health, and your overall quality of life. Orthodontics commonly involves the use of braces, or metal brackets and wires, to improve tooth alignment.
Today, tooth alignment can also be corrected using clear aligners. Treatment times vary from patient to patient based on the severity of your alignment issues. Once treatment is over, you are provided with a retainer to help you maintain your results.
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Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a condition that affects your quality of sleep. As you sleep, your body goes through two different sleep cycles. These cycles help your body to rest and repair itself. When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing for several seconds. This causes your body to wake up, although you are typically completely unaware that it is happening. This can occur several times during the course of the night.
Every time you wake up, your body has to start its sleep cycles all over again, preventing you from getting the restful sleep you need. This causes you to feel excessively tired when you wake up. You may also experience several other issues, such as falling asleep during the day, irritability, and even health-related complications.
If you have sleep apnea, treatment is necessary to help you get the sleep you need. We can help with a night guard. This is an intraoral device that helps to keep your jaw in proper alignment while you sleep. It prevents your lower jaw from sliding back, keeping your airway clear so that you can breathe normally and get the sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed.
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TMJTMJ is a term that refers to issues affecting your temporomandibular joints, causing pain and difficulty moving your mouth. There are several issues that can cause TMJ, including bruxism, facial trauma, and dislocation. These issues cause irritation and inflammation in your temporomandibular joints, causing significant pain, swelling, and difficulty performing basic functions like eating and speaking.
There are several treatments available for TMJ. The type of treatment you receive depends upon the severity of the condition and the root cause. Common treatments include stress relief, over the counter pain medication, a night guard, Botox injections, orthodontic treatment, and oral surgery.
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BruxismStress might be a big cause of tooth grinding and clenching, but it is not the only one. You might be dealing with bruxism because you have crooked teeth or other orthodontic issues.
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Night GuardsA night guard is a guard that is worn at night while you sleep. It is meant to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of grinding and clenching.
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Mouth GuardsAnyone who plays contact sports, or any sport that has a high risk for injuries, should be wearing a mouth guard. If you have a child who plays sports in school, there are certain sports that absolutely require that they have one and that they wear it.
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Tooth Extractionno matter how hard we try to protect our patients’ smiles, occasionally, a tooth does need to be extracted. This can be for a wide variety of reasons, but if we here at State Street Dental advise a tooth extraction, it is because the tooth could not be saved with any other interventions. Fortunately for you, we are extremely careful and gentle when performing a dental extraction on our patients. Not only do we want you to be comfortable, but we also want you to be educated and empowered about this procedure.
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Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of care to help you maintain the health of your mouth as well as your quality of life. For more information on our general dentistry services, and to schedule your appointment, call State Street Dental today at (503) 363-8625.