Regular Dental Visits
In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is vital to schedule an appointment with a dental hygienist twice a year (every six months). At each appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed dental treatment.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth and the sugars consumed in your diet. Our dentist can remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings or cover it with a tooth crown. You can avoid unnecessary decay with strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice each day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment.
The teeth, bones and soft tissues of your mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. Sugary and starchy foods should be limited, including candies, cookies, chips and crackers. Healthier foods, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, help promote stronger teeth.
The grooves that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Tooth sealant can protect these areas by sealing the grooves, preventing bacteria and food particles from accumulating. Tooth sealant is made of a resin material that is applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and any area prone to cavities. Tooth sealant lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and daily brushing and flossing ensures significantly fewer cavities. Our dentist can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements if necessary. There are also many kinds of toothpastes, mouthwashes and even some dental flosses that contain fluoride.
Patients come to us for preventive dentistry from Greenwood, Sallisaw, Van Buren, Alma and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Call us at (479) 785-1419 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.