Prevention, Dental Exams, Cleanings
When was your last visit to the dentist?
It is recommended for everyone to have regular dental visits to prevent minor issues from growing into major problems. At Avant Dentistry, our innovative technology allows Dr. Liang to detect conditions which may worsen with time. After your exam, she will carefully provide a consultation, explaining conditions and discuss treatment options. Her gentle touch and conservative approach will allow you to achieve and maintain excellent oral health.
Did you know that plaque collects on your teeth everyday an can calcify into calculus?
Plaque is a clear sticky film containing bacteria that sticks to your teeth and along the gum line. It is the primary cause of gingivitis. As the bacteria digest the sugars in your food, they produce acids which attack the teeth and cause it to breakdown, resulting in cavities. If plaque is not removed after 24 hours, it begins to harden and calcify, becoming “tartar” or “calculus.”
There are different types of cleaning options available. Dr. Liang will examine the health of your gums and oral cavity in order to recommend the type of cleaning that is most suitable for you.
A routine cleaning consists of using specialized instruments to remove calculus build-up and plaque collections. The presence of calculus underneath gums inhibits normal gum-to-tooth attachments, which can lead to bacterial invasion and bone loss. A deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, allows the dentist to remove tartar underneath gum tissue which is difficult to remove with regular cleanings.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral that helps to strengthen teeth, protect teeth from cavities, and promote remineralization of decalcified teeth. Clinical research has demonstrated that fluoride helps to prevent cavities by rebuilding, or remineralizing, teeth to resist and even reverse the early signs of cavities.
Fluoride treatment is beneficial to almost everyone, especially children when they have newly erupted permanent teeth and those who have high risks for cavities. There are many different forms of topical fluoride—foam, gel, paste or rinse. The easiest and safest way to be exposed to fluoride is to use fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses.
For an additional dosage of fluoride, we have offer in-office fluoride applications. Treatments received in the office contain higher fluoride concentration than what is typically found over-the-counter.
Did you know that your teeth have tiny deep grooves that even your toothbrush cannot reach?
Sugars in your food can stick to the deep grooves on the biting surfaces of your back teeth. Even with proper brushing and flossing techniques, the toothbrush bristles are thicker than the grooves, making it more difficult to remove plaque from the grooves. This is a common area for cavities to start.
A sealant is a thin, tooth-colored, plastic material that is applied to the deep grooves on the molars and pre-molars. Sealants are painless—they are painted on and directly bonded to the tooth. It acts as a barrier to “seal out” the plaque and bacteria. Sealants can withstand normal chewing forces and habits, but may suffer from normal “wear and tear” and need to be occasionally repaired or reapplied.
Do you play athletic sports?
Athletic mouthguards can help to prevent injuries to the face and jaw. Avant Dentistry can fabricate custom-fitted mouthguards that help protect your teeth and tissues from sports-related injuries.
Have you been told that you grind your teeth at night? Do you wake up with headaches or jaw soreness?
If so, you may have involuntary jaw movements while sleeping, which causes you to clench and grind your teeth. Over time, adverse effects may result. We can customize a night guard to protect your teeth from chips and wears.