Having your teeth cleaned regularly, by a professional hygienist, is one of the most vital things you can do to stay healthy! Plaque is sticky, and even with proper brushing some of the pliable goo gets left behind in the grooves and pockets of your teeth and gums. If it's not removed, plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar forms below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth, posing a serious problem within your mouth, promoting decay and even gum disease. Recent research shows an undeniable link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which means having your teeth cleaned is one of the most important reasons to visit your dentist!
Don't become a preventable statistic! Oral cancer causes one American death every hour. For the last 40 years, this mortality rate hasn't changed. But with early detection, there is a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That's why we conduct a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If Dr. McCormick or our hygienist sees anything that warrants concern, they'll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could mean your life!
Do you know that gum disease and root decay occurs more frequently in seniors? Our teeth age along with the rest of our bodies. Even our prior dental work grows brittle and may crack with age. Ask us about procedures that can combat all of these problems. In addition, aging typically means more medications, which often produce a side effect of reduced saliva flow. There is no reason to suffer with a dry mouth. There are simple products that can ease this condition. We can even help you reverse the effects of years of plaque buildup and the dark appearance of teeth subjected to consuming coffee, tea, or tobacco.
Don't forget, regular check-ups, daily cleaning, and good nutrition are all vital for maintaining healthy gums. In fact, if your gums have become red, irritated, or prone to bleeding, or if your teeth have started to feel loose, please contact us immediately.
Dr. McCormick can fit you with natural-looking, slip-proof dentures! Designed around a breakthrough in fit and comfort, we can securely anchor your new denture plate. Your dentures won't shift or slip, which means you no longer have to worry about the foods you eat. If you are a denture wearer, be sure to ask us about this. It will make your life so much easier.
More commonly known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide sedation is routinely used to make treatment more comfortable. Inhaled through a mask, this type of sedation allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic is then administered to eliminate pain in most cases.
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 (925) 685-3043.