We want you to have the best dental health, and having your teeth professionally cleaned by our hygienist is an important part of healthy teeth and gums. Plaque forms on teeth even with meticulous brushing. When it hardens into tartar, cleaning with your toothbrush will not remove it. If it advances to the gums, you risk developing periodontal (gum) disease. Other, more serious health conditions have been linked to advanced or chronic gum infection. Recent research shows gum disease plays a role in the development of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. So please have your teeth cleaned regularly to stay healthy!
Our teeth show signs of age, just like the rest of our body. Stains appear
from caffeine and tobacco use. If regular professional cleanings have been
missed, plaque build-up eventually leads to decay and root or gum problems.
Some medications reduce the flow of saliva through the mouth, which we can
address. Fillings can loosen and allow decay to set in. Gum disease and root
decay are major concerns for seniors. We recommend regular check-ups to
reduce the chance of small problems turning into big problems. And as
always, we recommend the consumption of healthy foods and proper gum and
teeth hygiene for optimum oral health at every age.
If your gums are inflamed or bleed easily from flossing or brushing, or a tooth or teeth feel loose, contact us immediately.
A root canal will restore a tooth with infected or damaged roots to full
functionality. Our doctors are well experienced in this procedure, and with
modern techniques and anesthetics, patients find it very manageable.
In the past, teeth with root problems were extracted, but today it is known a tooth should be saved whenever possible. In most cases, having a root canal will take care of the problem. During the procedure, the pulp is removed from the interior of the tooth and then filled with a special material. Sometimes a crown is placed over the tooth for additional strength.
Falling asleep during the day, snoring loudly while sleeping, or occasional
halted breathing during sleep are signs you have the condition known as
sleep apnea. Perhaps you have been treated for this problem with the CPAP
device. It allows air to continue to flow through your lungs thanks to a
mask that is worn over the nose and mouth during sleep. It takes care of the
problem of interrupted breathing, but the mask is bulky and uncomfortable to
wear, so people often stop using it.
If you have become unhappy with this solution, we offer one that will let you get a good night's sleep comfortably. A small, acrylic device, similar to a retainer, fits over upper and lower teeth. It repositions your tongue and jaw to keep your air passage open, allowing consistent breathing. Patients who have tried this device have been very pleased with the results - 90 percent of users have had successful results. It is easily placed and removed and compact to take along when traveling. Let us show you how great it is to restore sound, restful sleep.
If it's time for your next cleaning or you have concerns about an issue,
call us now at at (601) 981-4746.
2475 Lakeland Drive, Suite G
Flowood, MS 39232