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What We Do During the Earliest Stages of Gum Disease Treatment
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Many of our patients wonder what we will need to do in order to treat their gum disease. Gum disease, as you know, is a progressive disease. This means it starts off relatively mild and increases in severity as it progresses. The good news is that it is highly treatable, especially if we catch it in the early stages. If you have early stage gum disease, it is important to come see us right away. We will treat it and help you get back on the road to a healthy mouth. Here are a few things we will do during the treatment. Thorough Cleaning of the Teeth Above and Below the Gumline The first and most important part of dealing with gum disease is to be sure the teeth are clean. Gum disease develops when bacteria and plaque deposits stick to the teeth and cause the gum tissue to pull away. So, to remove them, we will clean your teeth above the gumline as well as below it. Cleaning your teeth below the gumline involves a process known as scaling and planing. We will use a special tool to remove any plaque and bacteria, helping to facilitate a healthy environment for your gum tissue to heal. Close Supervision of Home Care Of course, having great care in the dentist's office is only one aspect of your treatment. You will need to regularly perform proper oral hygiene practices in your home. So, to help with this, we will sit down with you and show you how to properly clean your teeth. In particular, we will show you how to properly floss your teeth so that you are able to reach down below the gum line and help keep things clean. Between your improved technique in your home cleanings as well as what we do in the office, we'll have your gum disease eradicated in no time....

How Antioxidants Can Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
To answer how antioxidants can improve oral health care, we should first explain what antioxidants are. Without getting too scientific, your body is made up of various types of molecules. Sometimes these molecules become unstable and create stress on your tissues. In the case of your oral health, the tissues affected could be your gums, which could lead to gum disease. These unstable molecules are commonly referred to as free radicals. Antioxidants, on the other hand, are good molecules. They can be natural or man-made but their primary benefit is that they prevent or delay the cell damage that can be caused by free radicals. Simply put they are the free radicals' enemy. The even better news is that many of your favorite foods are rich in antioxidants. How Do I Know Which Foods to Eat? To start with, fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants. As with any other nutrient, some have more antioxidants than others. Rather than having to carry a list around, one way you can determine if a fruit or vegetable is an antioxidant is its color. A general rule is that the more brightly colored vegetables, roots, fruit, and berries are the ones that are highest I antioxidants. This also includes spices that you may cook with. To get you started on your antioxidant quest, here are a few suggestions from a variety of food categories. In the berry arena, you have blueberries, elderberries, cranberries, and blackberries. These are easy to eat, can be made into juices, smoothies or any other way you wish to create. The form of the berry is not important, the berry is. Vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, and artichokes have high antioxidant properties, but for fun, so does dark chocolate. Herbs and spices that are good for your oral health are turmeric, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, cumin, and ginger. Simply add these to the spices you put in your food as you cook. Some, like ginger and thyme, can also be made into teas to drink. ....

Do Cracks in My Teeth Need Treatment?
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you have a broken tooth or a chipped tooth, you will know about it. You could have pain when you chew, you could experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or you could have swelling near the gum depending on where the tooth is broken. Whatever the symptom, you will know your tooth is broken. You will probably see it. But what if your tooth is cracked? Will you suffer symptoms that will alert you and does it have to be fixed? First, you should know that there are several ways your teeth can crack. A cracked tooth starts at the biting surface and travels down towards the root. A cracked cusp happens on the pointed part of your tooth's biting surface. You can get a split tooth, which typically is the result of not treating a cracked tooth. In this case, the tooth splits into two parts. Lastly, you have craze lines. These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer portion of your tooth's enamel. The treatment depends on the type of crack. What Do I Do if I Have One? If you think you might have a cracked tooth the first thing you should do is make an appointment with us. We will carefully examine your teeth to determine if you have a crack, what type it is, and what treatment is needed if any. The reason we said we'd carefully examine your teeth is that cracks don't always show up on x-rays. Not all of the types of cracked teeth need treatment, but it is important to catch them early. If you have a small crack, we may be able to fill the crack with a bonding material. If it is chipped, and the chip is small, we may be able to smooth the rough edges and polish them to blend away the crack. Veneers and crowns are used when bonding can't fix it. The good news is that if you have craze lines you don't need treatment at all. Craze lines are common in all adult teeth. They don't interfere with eating and don't allow bacteria to be introduced into the inner layers of your tooth. Make an appointment if you think your tooth is cracked and let us have a look....

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