Gum disease and dental caries are the leading causes of tooth loss. Dental caries (dental cavities or decay) are areas of the tooth missing due to bacterial infection. Many times, there are multiple causes for cavities. The causes can include diet, home hygiene, bacteria present in the mouth, and saliva quality just to name a few. Dietary concerns will be reviewed during dental cleanings as a way to review teeth-healthy foods and drinks. Healthy foods and drinks for your teeth include fruits and vegetables along with water and milk. These all have one thing in common which is low amounts of man-made sugars. In addition, fluoridated “tap” water is wonderful for strengthening remaining enamel and also to help your body produce more high quality saliva. High quality saliva has minerals and buffers present to fight back against aggressive bacteria and acid that can be found in the mouth.
Eighty percent of cavities begin in the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. These areas are extremely important to clean during your home hygiene regimen. As suggested by the American Dental Association(hyperlink), brushing for two minutes twice daily and flossing before bed are absolute minimal standards in your oral hygiene routine. Your doctor and/or hygienist at Thoroughdent Smiles will help you evaluate your toothpaste, toothbrush, flossing technique and mouth rinse as necessary during your appointments at our office.
Gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease are all linked to bone loss and systemic inflammation. Periodontal disease is the presence of bacteria at or below the gum line which causes inflammation and bone loss around the teeth. This bone loss leads to tooth loss and has been linked to even more serious consequences such as heart attack and stroke.
The best way to detect gum disease and dental caries is through routine checkups, dental cleanings and plaque removal. At your appointment with Thoroughdent Smiles, we will evaluate the current health of your gums, bone levels, teeth and surrounding structures to ensure optimal oral health. Your gum disease and dental caries risk will be evaluated and the most proper type of dental cleaning will be customized for you. In the presence of healthy gums and bone, your dental prophylaxis will include plaque removal and polishing. In the presences of more severe bone loss or gum disease, a deeper scaling may need to take place with the use of anesthesia to assure complete removal of bacterial buildup below the gums. Of course, our patients are educated on their options in any scenario and these cleaning procedures only take place after permission from our patients that they are comfortable moving forward.
Dr. Neda is my permanent Dentist from day one when she just started her practice as a student at Dental college at the UK. Even so as a beginner in this field she showed that she will be an incredible Dentist. Her passions and dedication to this profession lead her to become a great Dentist who will do anything to satisfy you with the result. Her work always meets my expectations and do to my current work, I willing fly back to keep my appointment with her. Can't wait to see her again in her new office. I highly recommend this incredible lady as your dentist because you will never regret and disappointed with her work!
These dentists are absolutely wonderful. I’ve know both for many year and trust their work to be the highest standard of care. I can recall Dr. Neda telling me about a tooth that would break just before it did because if the way she evaluated fractures. Dr. Smith has treated me as well with a root canal and was an excellent clinician. Both doctors are incredible with outstanding bedside manner.
Nothing but the best. This team goes above and beyond to provide nothing but outstanding dental care in a comfortable environment at a convenient location. Looking forward to finishing my treatment plan with Dr. Neda in this new location. Lucky for Georgetown to have such a great dentist.
Dr. Neda has treated me for a toothache before and was very gentle and thorough. I really appreciate it how much time she took to explain what was going on. Looking forward to the grand opening!
I have always been terrified of dentist appointments because of pain and needles. However, Dr. Neda changed all of that. She is very understanding, professional and caring. She always lets me know what is going to be done and how. As well as being very gentle and helping to keep my mind off the needle while getting sedated. Highly recommend to everyone!