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What Can I Expect to Happen to My Teeth and Gums as I Age?

dentist north AustinThe entire human body evolves over time. Just like changes to skin, hair, and physical attributes; teeth and gums are likely to change as we age as well. One of the things that can improve the chances of maintaining excellent oral health throughout life is to keep appointments with your dentist every six months.

At these bi-annual dental appointments, you are receiving:

Thorough cleaning – all plaque that has built-up since your previous dental visit is removed. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on teeth that can result in dental decay and/or gum disease.

Polishing – Your teeth will look their best because after plaque is removed, your dental provider will use a high speed instrument to polish teeth to remove stain and brighten your teeth’s appearance.

Exam – Your dentist is not just looking for cavities during your appointment. You are being checked for problems associated with oral cancer, gum disease, broken or cracked teeth, TMJ, worn enamel (from teeth grinding and jaw clenching), and gum recession … as well as decay.

Your dentist is not just looking for cavities during your appointment.

You can assist your dentist and improve your chances of maintaining great dental health by following a few rules:

Brush at least twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel. Use a soft bristle tooth brush and do not use excessive pressure when brushing. A heavy hand can lead to premature gum recession.

Floss daily especially at night to remove dental debris your tooth brush did not reach. Daily flossing not only helps keep plaque limited, but gum tissue is stimulated each time you floss.

Monitor your diet to limit sugary snacks and beverages. Too much sugar increases plaque which contributes to dental decay and gum disease. This will be good for your waistline as well.

Do not smoke or use tobacco in any form.

Research has proven there is a correlation between dental health and overall physical health. People dealing with diseases of the immune system and/or heart disease face a greater chance of developing gum disease. Gum disease can affect people of all ages, but the risk increases when coupled with poor overall health.

While genetics may play a role in our ultimate dental health, taking great care of our oral health throughout life may allow us to keep our biological teeth for a lifetime of smiles.

Call Balcones Family Dental today and set up an appointment with one of our caring dentists.

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Avoid Metal Wires and Brackets with Invisalign

Invisalign Cedar ParkHaving straight teeth is more important for your dental health than a beautiful smile. However, many teens and adults are often more concerned about appearance and functionality than health concerns. But there is a way to achieve a great smile and healthy teeth without sacrificing aesthetics during treatment. Invisalign clear aligners provide results without metal wires and brackets.

An over bite, under bite, or cross bite can result in creating areas in the mouth where crooked teeth harbor bacteria increasing plaque build-up. This excessive plaque increases the likelihood for dental decay or gum disease. When teeth are straight, your tooth brush and floss have a better chance to reach those areas.

The advantages of Invisalign clear aligners over metal bands and brackets are numerous. They include:

Removable – Metal braces are cemented in place. They aren’t going anywhere until treatment is completed. Invisalign aligners are simply popped out to eat meals and snacks. This means no limits on what you can eat. Just put back when done.

Since they are removable, the daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing is easily completed without any metal obstacles.

Transparent – No one wants a mouthful of metal, but you can smile freely because these teeth straighteners are virtually invisible. The aligners are made from a clear material making your teeth straightening treatment indiscernible.

Comfortable – Metal wires can break poking into soft oral tissues or the metal bands can rub creating abrasions. This can’t happen with Invisalign because there are no metal or wires involved.

A consultation with our dentist will provide all the information you need to transform your misshapen teeth into a beautiful smile. Once you have been qualified for Invisalign, our dentist will take dental impressions, photographs, and x-rays.

These are the tools used by the Invisalign lab to fabricate a series of aligners using 3-D digital technology. The aligners are replaced every couple of weeks with subtle changes allowing teeth to be gently repositioned to correct the bite.

Aligners are designed to be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to keep the straightening process on track.

At the conclusion of treatment, the patient will have a beautiful smile. But the ultimate reward is the potential for healthy teeth and gums improved to last a lifetime.

Call our team today at 512-200-7422 and set up a consultation with our skilled dental team.

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