Spreading Good Oral Health at Your Johns Creek Dentist
June 7, 2018
For the people who can’t find a way to visit their dentist every six months for at least a dental cleaning and exam, Dentistry from the Heart is one way they can finally make their teeth and gums a priority. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry hosted another successful Dentistry from the Heart event in Johns Creek on May 5, offering attendees their choice of a teeth cleaning, tooth-colored filling, or tooth extraction. For the 2018 Dentistry from the Heart event, Dr. Patel, Dr. Smith, and the Family & Cosmetic Dentistry staff were on hand to welcome patients and provide essential dental care – for free.
Three Important Oral Health Solutions
One of the biggest reasons people don’t go to the dentist is because of cost. Allowing this to be a deterrent, however, leads to poor oral health, pain, and eventual tooth loss. Dental problems do not go away on their own. Without proper dental care, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease are inevitable.
Dentistry from the heart focuses on cleanings, fillings, and extractions because these are some of the biggest needs of people who don’t see their dentist regularly. It’s important to understand why these procedures are so important.
Getting your teeth cleaned and a dental exam every six months removes accumulated plaque and bacteria from your teeth that you’ll never reach with your toothbrush or dental floss. This dental checkup is also an opportunity for your dentist and hygienist to recognize any dental problems that may be brewing – gingivitis, a tooth crack, a cavity, or gum recession.
Preventive care may seem like a tedious chore, but it is essential so that you can avoid significant restorative dentistry treatments in the future.
When you know you have a cavity, or you have an old silver filling that is falling apart and damaging a tooth, a tooth-colored filling can repair the problem. This restoration is so subtle that your tooth looks natural after the filling is put in place. It blends right in with the rest of your enamel. Getting a filling can also help prevent other infections from taking hold.
White can be used to repair a tooth, not necessarily one that has a cavity, but a tooth that is damaged or broken or misshapen. The repair makes your tooth look normal and be completely functional again.
Gum disease is not the only thing that can cause loose teeth and the need for a tooth extraction. An accident or other trauma to a tooth can loosen it in its socket. Allowing this tooth to remain in your mouth is not only painful, but it allows bacteria to get around and under the tooth, which is more likely to lead to an abscess or other dental infection. A tooth extraction removes the entire tooth and its root system so that you no longer have pain or embarrassment about a loose tooth.
What’s also important is considering what you will put in place of that tooth. Dentistry from the Heart allows patients to get advice from their Johns Creek dentist about what can work with their budget and oral health needs, whether that’s a dental bridge, dental implant, or otherwise.
Making Dental Care Affordable
Even though dental care may not seem affordable, there is always a way to make your oral health a priority. Financing options like CareCredit make dental procedures affordable for everyone offering reasonable payments so you can tend to your teeth and gums with minimal impact to your monthly budget.
Dentistry the Heart will be back again next spring offering free dental work, but don’t wait until then for your next cleaning. Contact the dental office of Dr. Mitul Patel, Johns Creek family dentist, to schedule an appointment and learn more about how you can support your oral health now and in the future.