Our Bayside emergency dentist at Gentle Dental believes that the goal of an oral care practice should be to prevent tooth and gum disease and help preserve their patient’s dental health for a lifetime. Even with the most diligent adherence to good oral care practices an occasional problem can develop and our doctor must take steps to restore the tooth or gums to full health and functionality.
The most common complaints that our Bayside emergency dentist sees are emergencies such as toothaches. Pain in the teeth and jaws can be caused by a number of issues, some very small and simple to alleviate and others that can cause severe complications including tooth loss if not treated promptly. Common causes of toothaches are trapped food particles or debris around or between teeth or between teeth and gums, tooth decay or a cavity, cracked or chipped teeth or infected roots. Problems with the jaw muscles can also cause toothache-like symptoms. Toothaches can come with pain as well as sensitivity to hot or cold, the symptoms may be mild or severe. Our doctor gives a patient complaining of a toothache a complete evaluation of the affected tooth and the entire area. Sometimes a simple thorough rinsing of the mouth can dislodge trapped food particles and alleviate the problem. If decay is causing the toothache a more extensive restoration maybe needed such as drilling out the decay and filling a cavity or an endodontic treatment if the roots are infected.
Another type of dental crisis our Bayside emergency dentist responds to is traumatic injuries to the teeth. A tooth maybe pushed partially out of its socket due to a blow to the mouth, often our doctor can reposition the tooth without further treatment. If the tooth is knocked completely out keep it moist and call our office immediately because it is possible to replace the tooth inside its socket if care is given quickly. Our practice is available to deal with all your dental emergencies as well as helping you on a regular basis. Please call our office whenever an emergency arises or for a regular checkup appointment.
Don’t wait until cavities cause you toothaches and your gums are irritated or worse to seek out help. At Gentle Dental, preventive care is our highest goal. Stop problems with your oral well-being before they have the chance to develop. There’s a lot you can do on your own, and with the addition of visits to our Bayside dental office two times per year, you’ll be putting the odds in your favor to keep your teeth intact and your gums vibrant and pink, now and in the future.
There are two ways to engage in effective prevention. First is to avoid the problem situation entirely, and the second is to catch it early enough so that with the appropriate method of treatment, you will be likely to keep the worst consequences from occurring. Our Bayside dental office breaks down preventive care in terms of what you do every day and what you do every six months. Keep a close watch on how much sugar you consume, which includes starchy items, as well. It is sugar and starch that act as catalysts for the formation of dental plaque, the filmy bacterial substance that erodes tooth enamel and affects your gums. Obviously, the less plaque that grows, the less concern there is. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, first thing each morning and last thing each night. If you can manage, brush them after meals, too. And floss vigorously at bedtime every day. And at each six month interval, come to our Bayside dental office for a complete examination and teeth cleaning. Get cavities and early gum disease addressed in a timely manner, and avoid future cavities and gum disease by having tartar buildup removed.
Be sure to take care of your own preventive care on a daily basis. And while it’s on your mind, schedule an appointment for your next examination and cleaning.
35-30 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11358
The foundation of excellent dental health is in prevention. At the office of Gentle Dental, two visits per year for a complete exam and teeth cleaning is the ideal complement to your own efforts of brushing and flossing at home. It is the goal of our Bayside dental office to keep cavities and gum disease from being a common presence in your life.
Logically, it is more efficient to keep something from occurring in the first place than it is to deal with the effects of its occurrence afterward. And so it is with the impact of dental plaque, the film-like bacteria that is the source of both tooth decay and gum disease. It erodes enamel to form cavities, and irritates your gums, causing redness. Any that is not removed through brushing and flossing will turn to hardened tartar, which is essentially impossible for you to address on your own. Our Bayside dental office eliminates tartar buildup along with residual plaque as a consequence of our six month teeth cleanings. By doing so, the odds are distinctly in your favor for keeping your teeth intact and your gums pink and vibrant. Another feature of our teeth cleaning that is related to your oral health is the fact that if you have early stage gum disease, it will reverse the effects and stop it from progressing to the later stage. And that stage, periodontitis, is associated with symptoms such as receding gums, persistent bad breath, bleeding when you brush, loss of gum and bone tissue, and even loose teeth. Your twice-yearly checkup is also key in the early detection of cavities, which if filled promptly, will be far less likely to put you at risk for toothaches and infections.
Book an appointment for preventive care at our Bayside dental office. Call us today.