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At Deerfoot Dental, we’re on a mission to keep our friends, families, neighbors, and community members happy and healthy – and smiling! Most people don’t realize just how important oral health is – not just for preventing cavities and gum disease, but for the health of your entire body. The mouth mimics the health of your body and is a direct link for bacteria and infections to travel through the gums into your bloodstream, to flow throughout your body and into your main lifelines. Keep your defenses strong by brushing, flossing, and seeing your Clay dentist regularly.
Oral hygiene is one of your best lines of defense against not only tooth decay and gum disease, but also against the serious health complications that can follow. We all know we should brush twice daily and floss every day, but few maintain that regimen–and even fewer of us do it effectively.
Deerfoot Dental will provide you with the knowledge, the techniques, and the tools to keep your smile clean and healthy between visits and give you a gentle yet thorough cleaning twice a year to take care of any plaque or tartar left behind.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. Left untreated, it may also contribute to development of at least 52 serious systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. If your gums bleed during regular brushing or flossing, the bad news is – you already have early-stage gum disease (also known as gingivitis). The good news is that gum disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible.
Treatment for gum disease varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of infection and extent of tissue damage. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with some simple improvements to your oral hygiene routine. Additional deep cleanings on a more regular basis may be prescribed for more moderate cases, and gum surgery may be necessary for more severe cases.
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because it typically goes undetected and undiagnosed until in its later stages. Oral cancer is only one of many reasons it’s important to see your Clay dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.
While tobacco and alcohol are still considered major risk factors for oral cancer, new research tells us there’s another risk factor that outweighs those two combined – human papillomavirus, or HPV. In an age where most sexually active adults will contract the infection at some point in their lives (79 million Americans are currently infected) – most of whom never even realize they are infected – the importance of regular oral cancer screenings cannot be overstated.
*Can be found on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, or any surface of the mouth.
At Deerfoot Dental, we believe your healthy smile is your greatest asset. If your little ones are active in contact sports or you grind your teeth during the night, we recommend you consider a custom mouthguard to protect the teeth and jaw.
While there are inexpensive stock mouthguards at local sporting goods stores, they tend to be ill-fitting and uncomfortable – and are therefore much less likely to be worn consistently. Only custom-designed mouthguards provide the best fit, highest comfort, and the most protection against oral injuries and potential tooth loss. A high-quality mouthguard from Deerfoot Dental may even minimize damage from concussions.
If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your Deerfoot Dental, Dr. Grovenstein at Deerfoot Dental, give us a call today at (205) 810-0844 or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to see you smile!