Conservative Dental Care

Conservative Dental Care is focused on preserving as much of your natural tooth and gum structure as possible. New minimumly invasive dental techniques enable us to skillfully and accurately perform the necessary work on teeth and gums while being less invasive and ultra conservative. Here are some examples: Laser Dentistry, uses state of the art water laced MD technology that can treat cavities, gums, abnormalities, and can perform a root canal. Durathin Veneers, are as thin as contact lenses and adhere directly to your teeth without any drilling, grinding, or shading. Bonding is the thin tooth-colored material that is applied to the surface of the tooth. It can cover discoloration, repair chips, and close gaps between teeth. Six Month Orthodontics are able to discreetly straighten crooked teeth in six months or less and are ideal for most adults.

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Fluoride

The greatest breakthrough in preventive dentistry during the last fifty years has been the use of fluoride.
About two-thirds of American cities add additional fluoride to their water supply for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, fluoridation of public water systems can reduce cavities in baby teeth by 60 per cent and those in permanent teeth by 35 per cent.
There are many benefits in the use of fluoride for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the enamel surface making it harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are just as great. Fluoride can help repair an early cavity, even before it’s visible in the mouth, by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth. Fluoride is also helpful in older adults, to help solve the problem of cavities in the tooth root or with root sensitivity.
Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program. When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, the number of cavities in children and adults can be dramatically reduced.
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Bad Breath

Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable. There are several causes of bad breath such as strong foods, like garlic and onions…smoking…periodontal disease…dry mouth…various medical conditions…and improper or inconsistent dental healthcare.
Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria. A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the sulfur-producing bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. If this is the case, your dentist will investigate the causes and suggest treatment options.
With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.

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Tooth Bonding

If you have cracked or chipped teeth, you may want to consider Direct Tooth Bonding.  Direct tooth bonding is a fairly quick and painless procedure in which a moldable substance, similar to putty, is applied to enhance the look of your teeth.  This is a popular treatment for dental cosmetic purposes to repair decayed teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape of teeth; with little or no tooth reduction.  Direct tooth bonding is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns – and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance. It has a realistic tooth color and is both comfortable and safe to wear.  After the procedure, teeth are polished and glazed to give a smooth, attractive appearance for a beautiful smile makeover.

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At Home Whitening

Over time your teeth darken as minerals penetrate their outer enamel layer. The darkening can be caused by food and beverages, tobacco products, and the natural aging process. Your dentist can prescribe the home whitening system that will safely lighten these stains, giving you a whiter, brighter smile. A specially formulated whitening gel designed to be highly effective yet safe, gently forces oxygen through the enamel of your teeth. The process virtually erases the stains and brightens up your teeth without damaging your tooth enamel or your gums. Some people experience sensitivity during or following the whitening process. Special toothpastes suggested by your dentist will alleviate any sensitivity. Typically you’ll begin to see results in two or three weeks. When the process is complete your smile will be noticeably whiter and brighter.

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Everyone knows that a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.   But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease?  While some foods DO benefit your dental health, many foods, especially snack foods do not.   Here are the top nine foods that can damage or harm your teeth:   Hard Candies… Ice… Too many Citrus drinks… Coffee with sugar. . . Sticky foods … Chips… Soda Drinks… Alcoholic drinks… Sports drinks with sugar.   In order to minimize any damage to your teeth from these foods, make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove any sugars and food particles from your mouth.

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Scuba Driving

Problems with dental work can affect you in many ways, besides the more obvious ailments associated with eating or chewing. SCUBA diving is one activity where dental problems can sometimes become an issue.
For example, if there is an unexpected air pocket within a tooth, a diver may experience a dental barotrauma. This occurs when the air in such a pocket expands as the diver comes to the surface, putting pressure on fillings or nerves.
Divers can also experience problems with muscles of the jaw, caused by biting down on the regulator mouthpiece. This may require a custom-fitted mouthpiece to maintain better alignment of your teeth.
For more information on diving-related medical problems, go to alert diver dot com. For general information about SCUBA diving, call the Tupelo Aquatic Center.

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