In generations past, people saw their dentists when they had a toothache or swollen jaw. Fortunately, those days are gone, and more people take oral health seriously. Still, how often is often enough where dental visits are concerned? Learn more about routine dental care with Dr. William Bragdon, your dentist at Halton Road Family Dentistry in Greenville, SC.
Every six months
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the semi-annual dental visit for both children and adults. It's an important aspect of your overall health care because what happens in your mouth usually affects the rest of your body.
Additionally, vigilance with exams and cleanings detects decay, oral cancer, gum disease, jaw joint problems, and dental misalignments early on, helping future treatments be less complex and expensive. Hygienic cleanings eliminate harmful plaque and tartar, reducing your risk for cavities and periodontitis.
However, every six months is simply a guideline. Some individuals should come to Halton Road Family Dentistry in Greenville more frequently as outlined in their personal treatment plans. For instance, pregnant women are more susceptible to gum problems and benign pregnancy cysts. So they should see Dr. Bragdon once per trimester.
A cancer patient or someone who is diabetic may need more frequent care, too, because of their suppressed immune systems. Individuals who have multiple restorations or are prone to periodontal disease may need quarterly check-ups and cleanings. Smokers are at risk for dental abscess, heavy staining, tooth decay, oral cancer, and more. Again, your dentist will advise you as to what's best for your oral health needs.
Any time you have a question or pressing concern about your oral health, or that of a loved one, please contact Halton Road Family Dentistry right away. For instance, call if you:
- Break or lose a tooth
- Fracture a restoration or tooth replacement
- Have a throbbing toothache
- Get something caught between your teeth
- Have a mouth sore which will not heal
- Experience jaw pain or difficulty opening or closing your mouth
Dr. Bragdon and his staff assure you that whatever the need, they're available to help you quickly and competently.
We'd rather see you more often than less. Really, that's the hallmark of preventive dentistry: avoiding problems and keeping your teeth and gums strong for a lifetime. Time for your routine check-up and cleaning? Call the office in Greenville, SC, today, won't you? Phone (864) 289-9752.
Just like other parts of your physical body, teeth naturally wear as we get older. Just the effect from chewing during hundreds of thousands of meals in a lifetime can take its toll.
But there are some factors that can make tooth wear worse. By addressing them promptly should they arise, you can keep age-related tooth wear to a minimum.
Here are 3 areas to watch for to avoid excessive tooth wear.
Dental disease. Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease are most responsible for not only the loss of teeth but for compromising tooth health overall. But the good news is they’re largely preventable through proper oral hygiene practices to remove bacterial plaque, the main trigger for these diseases. Prompt treatment when they do occur can also minimize any damage and help your teeth and gums stay strong and healthy.
Your bite. Also known as occlusion, the bite refers to how the upper and lower teeth align with each other when you bite down. When they don’t align properly, regular chewing and biting can create abnormally high forces in the teeth and cause them to wear unevenly and more rapidly. Correcting the bite through orthodontic treatment won’t just improve your smile, it can improve bite function and decrease accelerated tooth wear.
Bruxism. This is a general term describing habits like teeth clenching and grinding in which the teeth forcefully contact each other beyond normal parameters. There are a number of causes for bruxism, but for adults it’s typically related to stress. Over time, bruxism can accelerate tooth wear and cause other problems like TMD. There are a number of ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of bruxism like relaxation techniques or a night guard worn during sleep that prevents the teeth from making forceful contact.
If you suspect you’re experiencing any of these factors, see us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to discuss your condition, the potential impact on tooth wear, and what we can do to protect your teeth.
If you would like more information on protecting your teeth as you age, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How and Why Teeth Wear.”
Let cosmetic dentistry help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
Do you want to feel confident in your smile? Do you want a smile that reflects your personality? If so, then you may be considering a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Our Greenville, SC, dentist Dr. William Bragdon prides himself on providing only the very best in cosmetic treatment to help meet your goals and help you feel more self-assured. Discover what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.
Have you noticed that your smile has started to dull and fade? Have years of drinking coffee suddenly made your smile a little yellow? Don’t worry; our Greenville, SC, cosmetic dentist has something for that. When it comes to teeth whitening you have options. If you are looking for a fast whitening treatment that gives you instant results then you can’t go wrong with professional in-office teeth whitening. We can get smiles multiple shades whiter in often just one in-office session.
Dealing with a small chip in your front tooth? Hate that small gap between your teeth? If you are dealing with minor cosmetic flaws that keep you just a touch out of reach of the perfect smile then you’re in luck. A simple procedure known as cosmetic bonding might be all you need. A moldable tooth-colored resin is applied to small chips, cracks, discolorations and other small flaws to cover them. The resin is shaped over these areas and then hardened into place. It’s completely non-invasive and can even be completed at your next dental cleaning.
If your cosmetic flaws are just a bit too much for dental bonding, don’t worry. These thin porcelain shells might just do the trick. When dental veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth they can hide a myriad of aesthetic problems to even out the shape, size or color of your smile. In some cases, veneers can even help you achieve a straighter smile without ever needing braces. While some tooth preparation is required prior to placing the veneers, tooth prep is very minimal compared to other options like dental crowns.
Thinking about getting a straighter smile but loathe the idea of wearing metal braces? We thought so. As you get older the last thing you want to think about is wearing metal braces. Now you don’t have to. You can fix minor-to-moderate alignment issues such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, crookedness, gaps between teeth and crowding with a simple, clear series of aligners that are made to fit over your teeth and gradually move them over the course of your treatment.
Are you ready to get cosmetic dentistry in Greenville, SC? Do you want to discuss what treatment will give you the smile you want? If so, call Halton Road Family Dentistry today and schedule your consultation. Let’s help you get a smile you can feel proud of.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive bacterial infection caused primarily by bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces not adequately removed by daily oral hygiene. In fact, nearly all of us will develop gingivitis (inflammation of the gum tissues) if we fail to clean our teeth and gums for an extended period of time.
Some people, however, have a greater susceptibility for developing gum disease because of other risk factors not related to hygiene. Patients with diabetes are at particular high risk for acute forms of gum disease.
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body can’t adequately regulate the bloodstream’s levels of glucose, the body’s primary energy source. Type 1 diabetes is caused by inadequate production in the pancreas of the hormone insulin, the body’s primary glucose regulator. In Type 2 diabetes the body develops a resistance to insulin’s effects on glucose, even if the insulin production is adequate. Type 1 patients require daily insulin injections to survive, while most Type 2 patients manage their condition with medications, dietary improvements, exercise and often insulin supplements.
Diabetes has a number of serious consequences, including a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Its connection with gum disease, though, is related to how the disease alters the body’s response to infection and trauma by increasing the occurrence of inflammation. While inflammation is a beneficial response of the body’s immune system to fight infection, prolonged inflammation destroys tissues. A similar process occurs with gum disease, as chronic inflammation leads to tissue damage and ultimately tooth loss.
Researchers have found that patients with diabetes and gum disease may lessen the effects of inflammation related to each condition by properly managing both. If you’ve been diagnosed with either type of diabetes, proper dental care is especially important for you to reduce your risk of gum disease. In addition to effective daily brushing and flossing and a professional cleaning and checkup every six months (more frequent is generally better), you should also monitor your gum health very closely, paying particular attention to any occurrence of bleeding, redness or swelling of the gums.
If you encounter any of these signs you should contact us as soon as possible for an examination. And be sure to inform any dental professional that cares for your teeth you’re diabetic — this could affect their treatment approach.
If you would like more information on dental care for patients with diabetes, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diabetes & Periodontal Disease.”
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