How can you maintain the health of your smile?
- By visiting Dr. Perry every six months, or more
- Brushing and flossing your teeth every day
- Eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and grains
- Eliminating acidic drinks/food from your diet
- Replacing your toothbrush every 4-6 months
Teeth cleaning and polishing
Gentle cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup are the cornerstone of preventative maintenance. Polishing the teeth brings out the natural shine of the enamel and helps to reduce the appearance of stains. These visits are efficient and while we are examining and cleaning your teeth, we will inspect for any cavities or any other areas which may need additional attention.
A sealant is a thin layer of protective coating that is usually applied to the back molars to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Sealants protect the vulnerable areas in the mouth and can be appropriate for both children and adults, depending on the circumstances and level of tooth decay.
Jaw and tooth X-rays
Dr. Perry uses state of the art digital radiography which uses up to 50% less radiation than a regular X-ray. By taking X-ray pictures of your teeth and jaw, Dr. Perry can determine any additional care that may be invisible to the naked eye. For example, he can examine the root structure of your teeth and make sure they are strong and healthy.
Oral cancer screenings
Screenings for signs of oral cancer are quick and painless. Dr. Perry will inspect your face, lips, the roof of your mouth, under your tongue and the back of your throat for signs of oral cancer. If you have any areas in your mouth where you feel discomfort, or recurring sensitive tissue, please notify Dr. Perry. There are certain behaviors which can increase the risk of oral cancer, and Dr. Perry may review risk factors with you.
For individuals who experience symptoms of TMJ- disorder (“TMD”), i.e. jaw tension, or headaches from clenching and grinding of their teeth, etc, Dr. Perry can custom fit a nightguard for you to wear while sleeping. Nightguards are an ideal and lower-cost solution to help protect teeth from pressure and friction. They will help shift the tongue and jaw into proper position, relieving neuromuscular strain which can cause pain, headaches, trouble chewing or lock jaw.
An investment in your health
Proper nutrition goes beyond keeping your body in shape, it helps keep teeth and gums in ideal shape for many years to come. Good oral health has been shown to lower the risks of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and more. Oral health is especially important for pregnant women to prevent low birth weight and early delivery.
Because of the potential links to other health conditions, advise Dr. Perry of any changes in your health, including any medications you may be taking or recent illness or chronic condition. We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry or restorative dental options. For patients with dental anxiety, there are options and pain management techniques to ensure utmost comfort.