Dentist Asheville NC
Asheville General Dentistry and Preventative Care
The health and happiness of our patients is just as important to us as a healthy smile. That’s why our dentist in Asheville and team take on a large view, looking for ways to keep our patients in good health through having impeccable oral health. With a healthy body and mind being integrally linked to a healthy smile, our general services bring the whole health concept full circle. From regular hygiene visits and crowns to veneers and tooth whitening and so much more, you can count on a healthier you if you continue with general care throughout the years. The best way to protect your smile and avoid costly treatment is through prevention.
Preventive Care & Oral Exams
Preventive care and oral assessments enable us to be in tune with your oral health status and ensure that you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Regular preventive dental visits with our Asheville dentist and hygienists give us the ability to identify problems in their early stage while they can be fixed easily and with less financial cost. Most people who are on routine preventive care with regular check ups are able to extend the life of their natural teeth, lessening the need for restorative procedures. Don’t wait until you have a problem to start preventive care. Start today and enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.
Our goal is for each patient to benefit from a comprehensive dental examination and oral health report at least once every two years. Since teeth and gums can change in a negative way over time, it is very important to have the detailed overview of your dental health to insure that you have optimal dental health.
Because we know your goal is NOT to need dental repairs, the following tips can help minimize your cavity risk:
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist. If you take medications that tend to dry your mouth, ask your doctor or pharmacist about alternative medications that do not cause this condition.
- Decrease your intake of alcohol or acidic beverages (which damage tooth enamel), caffeine (which stains your teeth) and sugary foods (which contribute to tooth decay).
- Stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk for periodontal (gum) disease and prevents optimal health of the oral tissues. It also has a significant negative impact on your overall health.
- Molars with deep grooves can be protected with sealants to cover those areas. For extended protection, replace fillings with inlays, onlays or crowns to shield the tooth.
- Watch what you eat and how often you eat. Keep in mind that anytime you consume food or beverage (other than water), your mouth produces acid, which attacks tooth enamel. The acid from refined sugar is most harmful.
- Be committed to your daily oral care regimen. Twice daily brushing and flossing improve your odds for healthy teeth and gums.
Cavity prevention is crucial for a healthy smile. Did you know there are a variety of topical fluoride treatments that can control and prevent tooth decay? These treatments, whether administered at home or in our office, aid in the remineralization of early pre-cavity lesions, reduce sensitivity, and reduce plaque accumulation. Patients who suffer from dry mouth (xerostoma), have orthodontics, or who have a less than adequate oral hygiene routine can benefit greatly from fluoride treatments. Topical fluorides, when used appropriately, are safe and protect tooth enamel and dental restorations. An in-office application includes use of a gel, varnish or foam. At home fluorides come in the form of prescription toothpaste, mouth rinse and/or the use of a gel tray. This preventive treatment goes a long way to preserve the beauty of your smile.
Dry mouth (in layman’s terms) is a primary side effect of many medications. Not as common are cases in which a medical condition reduces saliva production. Saliva is critical to the preservation and maintenance of oral health as it lubricates, buffers and provides antibacterial protection. Reduced salivary flow puts patients at high risk for cavities. We can detect signs of dry mouth and take proactive measures to maximize protection against cavities.