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Preventative Dentistry: What Does It Include

In some cases, preventative dentistry performed by a professional at Fairfield Dental Arts is necessary after at home preventatives were not a success. This is to prevent disease, decay, and possible rotten teeth. One of our dentists will perform several different procedures, but a few are more common than most. For instance, cleaning, filling cavities, and teeth whitening. In order to prevent cavities, you will receive a fluoride treatment that is not harmful to you or your teeth, and an x-ray will be performed to make sure there are no problems not visible to the eye. For missing teeth, implants, bridges or dentures may be suggested.

Let’s take a look at more in-depth problems that can be prevented, and sometimes reversed with preventative dentistry. If you are already practicing proper dental care, then you are already preventing or lessening many of problems listed below:

  • cavities
  • gingivitis
  • enamel loss
  • periodontitis

When it comes to preventive procedures, anyone and everyone can benefit. Children would be the ones to benefit the most because they have a chance to develop healthy adult teeth. Oral health is a direct correlation to our health within. When you develop a good dental hygiene routine, you are reducing future disease, aches, and surgeries. Poor oral health can also lead to more serious problems that involve your body’s system. Some of these problems are as follows:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • respiratory disease
  • cancer

Preventive care is extremely important, because having poor oral health can add up costing you more money in the long run. For more information on preventative care and what you can do at home, contact Fairfield Dental Arts today!

How Do Wisdom Teeth Work?

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Humans have three sets of molars. The last set that that form are often referred to as wisdom teeth. Most people have four wisdom teeth. In rare cases, some people have extra wisdom teeth. It is also possible to lack one or more wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth helped our ancestors eat hard to chew foods, but today they have no use. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed. In fact, wisdom teeth are the most commonly removed teeth because they can cause shifts or damage to the rest of the mouth.

Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth get their name because they are usually the last teeth that develop. For most people they do not come in until the person is a teenager or in their twenties. Of course, some people may get them sooner or later, but this is the most common age group.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are removed because our mouths are usually too small to allow room for them. Our mouths are smaller than our ancestors’ mouths, due to changed diets and evolving. Wisdom teeth can become impacted, unable to come in properly, or they can cause issues with other teeth. Wisdom teeth are far back in the mouth, so they are hard to keep clean. We recommend having an x-ray to check the location of your wisdom teeth, because a lack of space for the teeth can lead to tooth misalignment.

Will I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, we do recommend it as wisdom teeth can cause issues even when they come in properly causing a lot of problems. Wisdom teeth removal is not bad, and we will do everything we can do to make the procedure quick and easy.

For more information on wisdom teeth, removal, and scheduling an appointment, contact Fairfield Dental Arts today!

Can Brushing Your Teeth Too Much Be Bad?

Many of us brush our teeth several times a day. This begs the question of whether or not that may be too much. Is there such a thing as brushing too often? The answer may surprise you.

When you brush your teeth, you should always do so with a fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and all kinds of other dental issues. At Fairfield Dental Arts, we recommend you brush for two minutes, three times a day.

Should you brush your teeth less, it could lead to plaque buildup. Although you may have heard this term before,  plaque is a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. This build-up creates a thin, sticky film on the teeth and having too much of it can eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities. Gum disease can also occur by not brushing your teeth enough.

Brushing too often can also cause trouble. A common misconception is that teeth get cleaner the harder you brush. The opposite is true as the amount of pressure applied has no effect on how clean your teeth get. This could potentially lead to damaging the enamel on your teeth. This protective covering plays an important role in keeping teeth from becoming too sensitive and exposing the nerve. Existing dental work such as fillings and root canals can become damaged due to over brushing. 

The staff of Fairfield Dental Arts is happy to bring you this information and remind you that regular dental checkups will help keep your smile looking youthful and vibrant. For more information, you can visit our website and be on your way to a bright, beautiful smile.

Tips to Help You Remember to Floss

fairfield ct dentist | fairfield dentist | fairfield dental artsDid you remember to floss today?

We know that it can be tough to remember to floss. It’s not on everyone’s list of priorities — but it should be! Flossing is essential to keeping your smile bright, white and healthy.

These tips will help you remember to floss your pearly whites.

Tips to Help You Remember:

  • Make It a Habit – Easier said than done — but after you have been flossing for a few weeks, it will become an instinctive habit.
  • Keep It Visible – Out of sight is often out of mind. Put your floss in a place where you will see it and be reminded to use it every day. A good place to keep it is next to your toothbrush.
  • Set a Reminder – Hold yourself accountable! Set a reminder on your phone or have a friend or family member reach out to remind you to floss.

If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth healthy, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Call 203-254-3780 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information on the different treatments and services that we offer at Fairfield Dental Arts.

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