A preventative program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve your natural teeth, gums, and bone by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. Our dentists and hygienists help you maintain and restore your oral health by cleaning your teeth every 6 months.
Prevention includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventative treatments that help protect your teeth.
To avoid serious and costly dental problems, prevention is the key to having a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile.
Periodontics is the treatment and maintenance of the gums and bone that support your teeth.
Gingivitis is an early form of periodontitis, or gum disease. If you experience an occasional swelling of the gums, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, itchy gums, or bright red/purple gums, chances are you have gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated by having your teeth professionally cleaned, followed by a strict oral hygiene regimen that may include anti-bacterial rinses.
Left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. There are other factors that can contribute to periodontal disease, including smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes. The symptoms of periodontitis include those of gingivitis, as well as a metallic taste, receding gums, enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth, severe halitosis (bad breath), and loose teeth (from bone loss).
To rid your mouth of periodontitis, we remove the buildup of bacterial plaque and calculus through scaling or sonic vibration. Please make sure to schedule regular cleanings with one of our hygienist to combat this progressive disease.
Even with the advances in dentistry, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and fractures thus requiring a restoration. Because of our state of the art equipment, we are able to offer more options for restoring teeth to their natural shape, appearance, and function.
If your teeth ever require restorative treatment, we will discuss the available options. Our priority is providing you with excellent care at an affordable cost.
Brigham and Brigham Dental Center ~ 2281 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA 71111 ~ 318-742-9852