Welcome to our oral health blog! If you live in the Houston area, we’d love to earn your trust. And we think you’ll be impressed by all that we can do for you!
The team here at Antoine Dental Center is excited to tackle all of your needs from basic preventative care to more complex cosmetic dentistry solutions. We make it our mission to keep your mouth fresh, clean, and healthy and your smile looking amazing.
But you have to come see us every 3-6 months to reap the real benefits. This is because, at Antoine Dental Center we have specialized knowledge, hands-on experience, and modern dental technology at our disposal. We can use these strengths to build on the good work you are already doing at home with a toothbrush, floss, and fluoride.
Plus, all these things will allow us to recognize potential threats to your oral health and general well being long before you would have any reason to notice.
We always tell our patients that when you wait too long between visits to the dentist, minor concerns can turn into major problems that involve more pain and expense in the end.
Tooth decay is actually one of the primary reasons that people turn to their dentists for help. Whatever you eat and drink takes its toll on your teeth over time. The abundance of sugars contained in the modern food supply feed the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Beyond that, the acids found in many of our popular foods and beverages can weaken your enamel, so that your teeth becomes even more susceptible to that bacteria.
Still, if you doing your part to brush and floss at home and you are coming in for regular cleanings and examinations, you will be in pretty good shape. Our Antoine Dental Center team can help you fight decay by regularly removing the plaque and tartar from all the spaces that are good at hiding bacteria.
We are also good at catch cavities in their early stages, before the situation escalates. A small cavity is easy enough to fill, and is more or less painless (did you see our earlier April post on tooth-colored fillings?).
But if the decay works its way through your enamel into the soft pulp of your tooth, you will likely require a root canal. If the tooth is too far gone, an extraction will be in order.
You can bet that none of these things are as pleasant or affordable as keeping regular preventative dental appointments!
Gum disease is an increasingly common issue in the United States, but its early symptoms are hard to self-diagnose. It turns out that gum disease is also caused by bacteria. It can manifest itself at first as a slight irritation of your soft tissues. There might be some redness and maybe a little bleeding.
During such an early stage, gum disease is relatively easy to treat and the damage can be reversed. But if it is not properly addressed it can mean real trouble for you not too far down the road.
When gum disease advances into full blown periodontal disease, your gums will recede away from your teeth, even to the point of exposing the roots. This is when teeth could start falling out.
To add to the madness, pockets of infection can form between your teeth, which can spread throughout your mouth, jeopardizing your teeth and your overall health if it makes it into your bloodstream. Again, regular cleanings are a better way to go!
These will help add another layer of protection against gum disease, and our thorough examinations will allow us to detect it (if it ever develops) while it is still in the earliest stages and easily reversible.
Let Us Help!
Now that you know all this, wouldn’t today be a good time to make your next appointment? If you are ready to change your life with our expert cosmetic, preventative, and restorative dentistry or orthodontics, contact us now!
We’re here to answer your questions about your visit, help you with financing, or set up a convenient appointment. We also offer same-day immediate care service if you need to get in right away. Just let us know.