FAIRVIEW DENTAL SERVICES
If we were to compare your mouth and dental health to that of a vehicle or even an air conditioning system, you may think that we are a bit out there. But, it is true. Your dental health NEEDS maintenance too and if you do not get it the care that it needs, you will find that your teeth become decayed or you experience gum disease. If you simply wait until you have a toothache to seek out a Brentwood dentist, you only place yourself in harm’s way. It is vital that you receive a dental checkup every six months or as directed by Dr. Luu.
Dental problems that are allowed to persist will become worse and then they present a financial burden on you, especially if you find out that you need to have a lot of restorative procedures done to save your teeth. Just the thought of these extensive procedures may give you a headache.
When you come into Fairview Dental for your next dental checkup and teeth cleaning, Dr. Luu will conduct a thorough dental exam on your teeth and an even better dental cleaning. We will check ALL of your teeth to identify any problems that may exist. While you are here, Dr. Luu will also look for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, and make note of any areas that need to be monitored in the future.
The cleaning part of your dental checkup is not painful and involves a process where the calculus and plaque are removed from your teeth. Plaque is a think biofilm that becomes stuck on your teeth and is made up of different types of bacteria. This biofilm is usually yellow or white in color and it can be sticky or soft to the touch.
When you brush your teeth at home, plaque is removed and the remainder of it is taken off when you floss. You do need to make sure that you are brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day and going down in between and alongside of your teeth to remove old food particles and plaque that has built up.
Plaque is easy to remove in the beginning and it comes off when you brush your teeth, however, if you do not remove it, it will harden and turn into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed as easily and a special tool must be used to get it off of your teeth. Only a professional can remove it for you.
Tartar is the leading reason why patients end up with gum disease. In fact, tartar infects the gums and it causes them to become irritated and red.
You may notice that one day your gums are sore for no reason and this is often a sign the gum disease is starting to develop. If you have discovered blood on your toothbrush after brushing your teeth, you need to call Fairview Dental today.
When you visit our Brentwood office, Dr. Luu will perform a complete periodontal exam and measure the pockets between your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease. Depending on how far receded your gums are, you may need to have a deep cleaning performed.
If you would like to schedule a dental appointment, contact Fairview Dental now to setup a day and time that is convenient for you.
Signs You May Have Tooth Decay
One of the most important reasons to receive a regular dental cleaning is to prevent tooth decay from occurring. If dental decay is caught in its earliest stages, it can be reversed. After this point, damage has been done and the severity of the damage will depend on when you seek out treatment for it. Some of the most common signs of tooth decay include:
• Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
• Sensitivity to hot and cold on your tooth
• White, brown, black, or gray spots on the surface of your teeth
• Swelling near the tooth
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
Gum disease is a lot more common than most people realize and millions of Americans live with it every day. Often times, gum disease is not caught until you go into the dentist because the symptoms can lie dormant until the disease has progressed extensively. Some of the symptoms you may experience include:
• Bad breath
• Abscesses in your mouth
• Loose teeth
• Tooth loss
• Swollen, red, and tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gum line
Immediate attention is required when you have gum disease, so please do not wait to get your teeth looked at. In fact, you should come into our Brentwood office immediately.
/ Schedule Your Dental Checkup with Fairview Dental Today
Whether or not you think you may have gum disease or tooth decay, you still need to have a dental checkup performed and regular teeth cleanings to remove the buildup of plaque and prevent tartar. When you come into our Brentwood office for an exam, Dr. Luu will identify any issues that may be present and discuss them with you.
You will have digital x-rays taken while you are here to determine the extent of any tooth decay or gum disease that you may have. Dr. Luu will also look for any signs of oral cancer to ensure you are in good, complete dental health.
When you do arrive at Fairview Dental for your dental cleaning, we use the latest tools and equipment to get the job done. Dr. Luu will look over your teeth after the cleaning is performed to ensure no spots were missed and that everything looks good. If you have any dental conditions or problems that require treatment, Dr. Luu will discuss them with you at this time.
If you do need to have any work performed on your teeth, you will need to come back into our office to have the procedures completed. It is important that you do not wait to receive the dental care you need because your teeth are at risk. Call Fairview Dental to schedule your checkup.