Dental Exam and X-Rays
Typically, we recommend that healthy dental patients should visit our office every six months for regular checkups and x-rays. For patients with special treatment needs, the recommended schedule for office visits may be more frequent to ensure optimal oral health.
Professional Dental Hygiene
Your regularly scheduled visits to Beadnell Family Dentistry are an important part of your dental health to prevent gum disease and keep your smile healthy!
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental plaque and calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning by our registered dental hygienist will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss may have missed.
At-Home Dental Hygiene
Adults over 35 years of age lose more teeth to gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their lives by periodontal disease.
The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good teeth brushing and flossing techniques performed daily and regular visits to our office for a thorough teeth cleaning.
As an important part of our dental practice, we believe that instructing patients in proper at-home dental hygiene is critical to maintaining optimal oral health and a healthy smile for life. Dr. Beadnell’s team will help guide you in all aspects of at-home dental hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing techniques.
As part of your overall care, you may benefit from a fluoride treatment, which helps prevent tooth decay by making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride will also re-mineralize teeth that have been affected by decay, stopping cavities from developing further.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Dr. Beadnell can perform this simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids to prevent decay.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth, and hold up well under the force of normal chewing. They tend to last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Periodontal Disease, Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease, also referred to as periodontitis or gum disease, occurs when the bone and gums around the teeth are compromised by localized infections. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progresses, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
Warning signs include reddening of the gums or bleeding from the gums when brushing your teeth. More serious symptoms include tender or swollen gums, spaces, or pus between teeth and the gum line, leading to eventual tooth loss.
Scaling and root planning of the compromised teeth is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal disease, allowing Dr. Beadnell and a registered dental hygienist to do a deeper cleaning between the teeth and gums to prevent the disease from progressing.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause a variety of dental problems. Symptoms related to teeth grinding include jaw pain, earaches, neck aches, headaches, and sensitive teeth. Teeth grinding can have serious effects, causing broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
If you become aware that you grind your teeth while asleep, Dr. Beadnell can help you find out if there’s another medical condition that may be contributing to this habit or construct a custom fitting night guard for your teeth.
A simple impression of your top and bottom teeth will be needed, and we will take special care to ensure that your night guard fits perfectly and is adjusted for maximum protection.