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The best way to maintain your oral health, in addition to visiting the dentist twice a year, is to have healthy hygiene habits at home. This involves brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and maintaining a healthy diet. At Springer Dental Care in Elkhart and Millersburg, IN, our dentists believe in empowering patients to make healthy decisions by providing them with the information they need.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea are not only disruptive to those around you, but they can be detrimental to your health. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you stop breathing for short periods of time while you sleep and then wake up many times throughout the night (you may not even remember doing so) to catch your breath. This usually results in a snoring sound. Because you are waking up so many times, you are unable to get a good night’s sleep, causing fatigue, memory difficulties and trouble focusing and concentrating. It can also cause irritability, morning headaches or high blood pressure.
By providing you with an oral device made to open your airways while you sleep, a dentist can help decrease the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea and allow you to get a better night’s rest. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, speak with your dentist to determine the best treatment plan.
Importance of Fluoride
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen your teeth. It also helps prevent cavities from forming. Fluoride is usually added to the water we drink, but sometimes this isn’t enough to give your teeth the amount they need to build up enamel. That’s why it is important to get a toothpaste that contains fluoride. How much fluoride you need varies from person to person, but if you are more exposed to tooth decay, for example because your diet includes a lot of sugary products, you will need more fluoride. However, you need to be careful to not have too much fluoride, which can also be harmful to your teeth. Speak to your dentist to determine how much fluoride you or your child should be receiving.
X-rays are important because they can help us discover developing dental issues that we are unable to see during a routine exam. Therefore, by allowing us to detect problems early, they create a better chance for success when we begin treatment.
Digital x-rays machines are made of state-of-the art equipment that are extremely safe to use, as they greatly reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation. Plus, they are quick and clear and can be stored on or sent via the computer.
Children should begin seeing the dentist for regular dental exams by the time they are one year old. Children are especially vulnerable to cavities and decay, as it can be hard for a parent to thoroughly brush their teeth, and children usually don’t brush as thoroughly as they should. Pediatric dentistry involves taking care of a child’s teeth while making them as relaxed and comfortable as possible. We want going to the dentist to be a fun experience! We can provide sealants to protect vulnerable teeth from decay as well as provide fluoride treatments to build up your child’s enamel. By bringing your child to the dentist at a young age, you are setting them up for a lifetime of oral health and healthy dental habits.