We all realize the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. Unfortunately, even with our best efforts some of the soft and sticky residue known as plaque is bound to be left behind. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which is almost impossible to remove without professional help. The bad thing about tarter is that it not only bonds to the surface of your teeth, but spreads and grows below the gum line, increasing your risk for serious bacterial inflammation. Failure to have your teeth regularly cleaned by a dental hygienist exponentially increases your chances of developing more serious tooth and gum issues. So schedule that professional dental cleaning and benefit from one of the easiest ways to improve your health!
Avoiding the removal of a tooth should always be top priority. Fortunately, modern dentistry has made the necessity of extractions
far less prevalent. However, for those times when a tooth becomes too infected, the dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth, or
a filling simply won't resolve the issue, know that we perform tooth-saving root canals without the anxiety.
Just the thought of a root canal is enough to make many people cringe. In times past, the invasive techniques required to remove the pulp chamber of a tooth and replace it with filling material caused a great deal of pain. But that is true no longer! We are very skilled in modern anesthetics and advanced root canal therapy. Now, not only can we save a tooth that used to require extraction, but it can be done with a minimum of discomfort.
Let's face it – growing older poses a new set of challenges almost daily. New aches and pains crop up out of nowhere, along with a host
of new medications (and their occasional side effects) to reduce the problems of age-related health issues. This is no less true for our
teeth and gums than it is for the rest of our bodies. We offer treatments to fight these challenges and improve the quality of your
senior years. Whether you are experiencing a reduction in saliva, issues from plaque buildup, or accumulated staining caused by ingesting
coffee, tea, or tobacco, we can help.
Don't forget that your dental work is aging too. Older fillings can weaken and crack. Existing dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Even the possibility of both gum disease and root decay becomes more prevalent as we age. With regular check-ups, we can help you overcome these issues before they become problems. And remember, daily dental hygiene and proper nutrition are still extremely important.
Full-mouth rehabilitation can correct your bite and restore your jaw into its naturally intended relaxed position, reducing muscle tension and easing a variety of aches and pains. Dental occlusion (your bite) can be altered in a variety of ways – disease, tooth loss, grinding of teeth, or accident – causing headaches, shoulder and neck pain, or aching and popping jaws. Our office specializes in the highly technical procedure known as full mouth rehabilitation. If you have been living with the pain and discomfort described above, we invite you to discover the benefits that this procedure may bring to your quality of life.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical disorder characterized by a collapse or blockage of your airway, resulting in shallow or paused breathing.
Usually, you will receive enough air to cause minimal harm to your body. However, apnea episodes can occur in excess of 30 times per hour, and
this reduction of oxygen can put a strain on your heart. While snoring may result from the vibration of throat tissues that relax during sleep,
it is also the main indicator of a sleep apnea condition. The body's struggle to obtain air around a blockage also causes the vibration we call
snoring. Whether by snoring or more serious sleep apnea, the deprivation of oxygen causes most people to feel exhausted. Spending most of the
night fighting for air disrupts their sleep patterns, increasing the likelihood of headaches and irritability.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are medical problems, requiring a medical assessment. After referral from a physician, Dr. Henkel or Dr. Braga will perform a complete examination and then discuss all the options, advantages, limitations, and consequences. Oral appliances can reduce the health risks common to sleep apnea, with a 90% success rate, without surgery or medication.
Clinical tests show that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth, garnering endorsements from dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden,
England, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Xylitol is a naturally produced carbohydrate that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material.
In fact, our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams every day. In addition to having about 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates when
compared to sugar, xylitol has also been proven to reduce the development of bacteria. Normal mouth bacteria feed on sugar, generating acids that
attack dental health. However, the bacteria are unable to properly metabolize xylitol, and therefore production of bacteria is curbed by as much
Xylitol is used to sweeten a variety of products, including chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and candy. Additionally, other xylitol products assist those suffering from allergies and respiratory infections. In our practice, we provide and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. For fewer cavities and improved upper respiratory health ask us about xylitol!
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no cost/no obligation consultation, call us now at (781) 241-4288.