Family Dentistry: Protecting Your Dental Health

Maintaining good oral health is crucial to every member of your family. Studies have shown a direct link between dental health and overall general health.

Your family dentist offers a wide array of preventative care options to aid in the prevention of decay, disease and damage including:

  • Supplemental fluoride treatments that are easily applied in a flavored rinse form. Fluoride offers an additional layer of protection to teeth and helps them to stay healthy and strong.
  • Dental sealants that are painted onto teeth to fill the cracks and small areas that are difficult to clean thoroughly.
  • Custom-fit protective mouth guards for use when playing sports to protect the teeth, lips and tongue from trauma.
  • Computer monitoring of gum disease to identify and prevent the onset and progression of gum disease.
  • Night guards that can be custom made to protect teeth of patients who are prone to grinding their teeth at night.
  • Dental appliances that are designed to reposition the tongue and jaw to help reduce sleep apnea caused by obstructed airflow when sleeping.
  • X-rays and screenings to detect potential problems like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
  • Orthodontics to repair misaligned teeth that can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay.
  • Professional cleaning to keep your teeth free from plaque that causes a host of dental problems.

Poor dental health interferes with your quality of life. A healthy smile not only improves your appearance but also improves your confidence. Preventive dentistry options provided by your family dentist can save you time and money by helping you avoid more extensive restorative dental treatments. Schedule a visit to the family dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA to determine which preventive dental care treatments would best help your family improve their dental health and ensure them a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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Saying Yes to Teeth Whitening!

Are you noticing that your teeth are looking less than their best? Maybe they’re a little dingy, and not the bright, white teeth you used to love in the mirror and in photographs? If you are not enjoying what you see when you view your smile, maybe it’s time for a little pick-me-up. Maybe it’s time to say yes to whitening your teeth.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular, safe and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. It can be accomplished in as little as one dental appointment and can lighten your natural tooth color by several shades with professional and repeated use.

Over time, our teeth collect stains that build up, one on top of another. These stains can be the result of the foods we eat and the liquids we drink. Foods such as blackberries, blueberries and beets can be among the worst culprits. Liquids such as coffee, tea, red wine and even soda can darken teeth. Food ingredients like soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce can also leave their mark.

You can remove some of these types of stains at home with whitening toothpastes or other at-home products. These whitening products attempt to remove stains through gentle abrasion or low levels of hydrogen peroxide. They can be effective over long periods of time, but for the biggest change in the least amount of time, an appointment with a dental professional is the best bet.

Your dentist will custom fit you with trays that contain a bleaching agent. Often activated by a special light, these bleaching trays can completely remove stains and can brighten your smile noticeably. Your friends and family may wonder if you’ve had “work” done, but you’ll know it’s just your new, rejuvenated smile.

Don’t wait to start enjoying the benefits of a brighter, whiter smile. Call Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA today. You’ll love what you see in the mirror!

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Oral Health Advice

Why wait until you have a toothache, bleeding gums, bad breath, or other problems to decide it’s time to start focusing on your oral health? Your mouth and your whole body can benefit from maintaining good oral health.

Here is some simple advice that will help you along the path to a healthy smile.

Brushing and flossing
Tooth decay and gum disease are both preventable with proper brushing and flossing. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, using a circular motion. It’s best to brush after every meal, but twice a day should be the minimum. Gently floss your teeth daily to remove food particles and bacteria between your teeth.

Eating right
Focusing on eating foods from each food group will aid your oral health in addition to your overall health. Not getting essential nutrients in your diet increases your risk of gum disease, and also makes it more difficult for your body to resist infection. Eat low fat dairy items, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Look for foods low in sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Avoid snacking too much during the day when you aren’t going to brush your teeth afterwards, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Seeing your dentist
Visit Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport at least twice a year for checkups. During these appointments, your dentist will look for problems and professionally clean your teeth. Delays in treatment of some conditions can cause them to worsen to the point that treatment may be more painful, difficult, or costly. Your dentist will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy so that you can keep smiling as long as possible.

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Root Canal Therapy: What’s Next?

Once you have undergone root canal therapy, your tooth will require permanent dental restoration to allow it to return safely to full function. During a root canal treatment your dentist creates an access cavity in the tooth, which further weakens an already compromised tooth. Depending on the condition of your tooth, there are a several options to consider for restoring an endodontically treated tooth.

For a tooth that is relatively intact, with little damage to the overall structure of the tooth, your dentist may recommend a tooth-colored filling.  Teeth that did not require the creation of a large access cavity or were not excessively damaged prior to treatment would be candidates for restoration with a filling. This type of restoration is probably best suited to small cavities in front teeth that are not utilized for heavy chewing.

The most common type of permanent restoration for root canal treated teeth are dental crowns. Because the tooth may have been severely damaged by either trauma or decay, root canal therapy further weakens the structure. Dental crowns provide stability and protect the tooth from future damage. Crowns also effectively protect against bacteria entering and contaminating the treated tooth. Studies have shown the highest success rate for the life of a tooth restored with a dental crown.

Your dentist will place a temporary restoration at the time of your root canal therapy. A permanent restoration, either filling or crown, should be placed as soon as reasonably possible to protect the tooth from additional fracture or decay. Consult with Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport for additional information about which type of restoration would be best suited to seal and protect your tooth after root canal therapy.

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