Traditional dentistry has treated oral diseases with a surgical, restorative approach. Modern dentistry has experienced a shift in the “drill and fill” paradigm. Today, dentistry focuses on prevention of oral disease by reducing risk factors and promoting healthy behaviors. At Dr. Sandberg’s office, we believe that the goal of a life free of oral disease is obtainable for every patient. We assist patients in achieving this objective by customizing a therapeutic and educational program centered on risk reduction and health promotion.
HOME CARE: BRUSHING
Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums. Dr. Sandberg’s office also recommends battery-operated toothbrushes. We particularly like the simplicity and effectiveness of the Arm & Hammer Spin-brush. These can be purchased at local pharmacies, grocery stores and discount stores for approximately $6-$15.
For more information:http://www.adha.org/oralhealth/brushing.htm
HOME CARE: FLOSSING
Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where periodontal disease often begins. If you find using floss awkward or difficult, we can help you find a variety of dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.
For more information visit: http://www.adha.org/oralhealth/flossing.htm
Good nutrition is an integral component of oral health. At any age, a complete oral health home program includes sound nutritional habits. Many of the foods that help your body build strong muscles and bones also help build strong, healthy teeth and gums. There are two oral diseases that are directly influenced by malnutrition; tooth decay and periodontal or gum disease. At Dr. Sandberg’s office we perform personalized nutritional assessments to promote optimal oral health for our patients.
For more information visit: http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8384&terms=oral+health
As you know, tooth decay is caused by acid attacks on the teeth. When there are more acid attacks than the teeth can cope with, tooth decay develops. Acid attacks are caused when plaque bacteria acts on the fermentable carbohydrates or sugars in our foods and drinks. These sugars can come from sweet foods like candy, dried fruit or soda pop, but also from easily digestible starches like bread, French fries or crackers. Almost every time we eat our teeth will be affected, but teeth can cope with acid attacks as long as there is enough time for recovery and repair between bouts of eating and drinking. At Dr. Sandberg’s office we recommend observing a 2 hour interval between any type of snacking or drinking (other than water).
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Repeated and prolonged exposure to sugars and acids can result in a demineralization of tooth enamel. This means that weak spots can be created in the tooth structure and can result in a cavity. Fluoride helps reverse this process by remineralizing the early stages of enamel breakdown. Fluoride strengthens teeth against future acid attacks. Fluoride also disrupts the oral bacteria’s ability to use the sugars, thereby decreasing the amount of demineralization. Fluoride is available in many forms such as toothpastes, mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels, foams and varnishes. At Dr. Sandberg’s office we customize our fluoride recommendations to meet the oral health needs of the individual patient.
For more information on recent changes to water fluoridation guidelines visit: http://www.ada.org/5194.aspx or: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/
Dental sealants are recognized as a safe and effective approach to preventing cavities in children and adults. Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that acts as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. Sealants are particularly effective in protecting children’s teeth. The first permanent molars erupt at around age 6 and the second permanent molars erupt around age 12. These ages are good opportunities to evaluate children for cavity risk and apply dental sealants. We also recommend sealants for adults who are at high risk for cavities.
For more information: http://www.ada.org/2644.aspx?currentTab=1
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs recognizes that dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports and recreational activities. Participants of all ages, genders and skill levels are at risk for sustaining dental injuries in sporting activities, including organized and unorganized sports at both recreational and competitive levels. The ADA Council encourages the use of a properly fitted mouthguard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries. At Dr. Sandberg’s office we want to protect all of our athletes, big or small, so we offer custom made athletic mouth guards.
For more information visit: http://www.ada.org/1875.aspx