Importance Of Preventative Dental Care

Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone had excellent oral health and never had to worry about dental decay, gum disease, or any other problem? While this would be wonderful to experience, it is not realistic. However, there are certain things you can do for your current and future oral health. The best way to do this is with the help of preventive dental care. When teeth are cared for properly, you have a better chance of keeping your natural teeth for your lifetime. Preventative dentistry focuses on keeping your teeth and mouth free from decay and disease.

The Importance Of Treating TMD

Do you often experience unexplained headaches, or do you regularly have discomfort in your jaw and facial muscles? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a common condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, affects the face muscles and the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull, the temporomandibular joint. If you feel behind your earlobe near your neck and open your mouth, you can feel the joint in action.

Never Ignore A Cracked Tooth

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, our goal is to help our patients achieve optimal oral health. We encourage our patients to be mindful of their oral health between visits to our office by visually checking their teeth and using their tongue to feel the teeth and gums for any changes or signs of a problem. One particular problem that may be visible to the naked eye is a crack in the tooth enamel. A cracked tooth can result from a number of circumstances, such as:

Improve Your Smile Before The Holiday Season

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we want to do all we can to ensure you have a smile you love to show off. If you have been less than pleased with the appearance of your teeth, now is a great time to learn more about how we can help. Thanks to advancements in treatment and technology, we can make any change to your smile that you would love to see. With the holiday season around the corner, there is no better time to learn about the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer. While some treatments may not be completed in time for the holidays due to the length of treatment time, there are plenty that we will be able to complete long before the holidays arrive.

We Can Improve Your Smile – Hear More From A Patient Like You

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we love helping our patients restore their smiles. We truly feel that our patients are our family. We want them to be comfortable while in our care. Our goal is to work with our patients to create a treatment plan that will not only restore the function but the aesthetics of their teeth as well. Don’t want you to just take our word for it. You can hear it firsthand from a patient like you. Click here to watch a video where our patient, Lori, explains her experience while receiving dental implants in our office.

Are Bleeding Gums A Problem?

One of our goals is to help our patients have excellent oral health. It is important for patients to regularly check the state of their oral health and be mindful of any changes. One issue that you may notice on occasion is bleeding gums. This is typically seen when you are brushing and rinsing your mouth. It is not unusual for bleeding gums to occur from time to time; however, if you notice this being a frequent issue, it is best to visit our office to be sure no problems have developed. Some possible causes of bleeding gums can include:

Is Your Lifestyle Negatively Affecting Your Oral Health?

One of our top priorities is to ensure that you have optimal oral health. We do this by encouraging patients to maintain their routine hygiene examination appointments and receive treatment for any problem areas. Unfortunately, some patients have habits that can lead to complications and problems with their oral health, such as:

Is This Bad Habit Harming Your Oral Health?

Do you wake up in the morning and feel discomfort in your jaw and are having a hard time figuring out what could be the problem? If so, you may be suffering from problems related to a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is the term used to describe a condition where a patient repeatedly clenches and grinds their teeth unconsciously. If not treated in a timely fashion, bruxism can lead to serious oral health complications and the need for additional treatments. One of the biggest problems with this condition is that patients are often unaware of it until they are diagnosed by a dentist because bruxism commonly occurs during sleep.

Medication And The Effect On Oral Health

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we know we have a number of patients who take medication daily as a way to treat and prevent health problems. You may be surprised to learn that many medications that help your overall health can cause problems with your oral health. We want to share some of the common side effects and tips to help your oral health: