Achieving and maintaining the best Oral Health!
Most of the conditions that negatively affect your health and your smile can be avoided with regular care. Our team is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Charting - Health of Gums and Supporting Bone
Our team will spend time gathering needed information prior to talking with you about your dental care needs.Â It is important for us to have a good base-line of information.Â We want to be able to track your successes.Â If you are periodontally healthy â that is where we want you to stay.Â Once diagnosed with periodontal disease, dealing with its effects in your mouth and teeth will be a continual battle throughout your lifetime.Â Monitoring will be done through thorough documentation whether you are periodontally healthy or in need of periodontal treatment.Â
Regular Preventive Care or Professional Dental Cleaning Appointments
This appointment is performed by a registered dental hygienist.Â In our practice, you can see the same hygienist at each cleaning visit so that you can develop a relationship.Â The hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposit), tartar or calculus (hard deposit), and stain from your teeth.Â The evaluation of the gum tissue and bone health by probing pockets and recording depths for future reference will be accomplished.Â After the cleaning, the hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.Â
You will have all of your questions answered that you may have about the home care procedures and products.Â If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or flossing effectively, your hygienist can help.Â Should you develop gum disease, which is extremely common; our hygienists will provide counsel and the doctor will diagnose and recommend treatment to control the condition.Â
Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink.Â It is natureâs way of helping prevent cavities, and it plays an important role in helping to keep your teeth for a lifetime.Â Professional (in-office) fluoride treatments make teeth stronger and even reverse damage from decay in the outer layers of enamel on the smooth surfaces of the teeth. Â Additional home fluoride treatments assist in this process.Â In the lifelong fight against cavities, Dr. Brown believes both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and home fluorides.Â
The benefits of fluoride include:
- Making teeth stronger
- Remineralization of weakened areas on teeth
- Some anti-microbial effects
- Increasing salivary action
- Enhancing rate of natural remineralization
Home Care or Co-Therapy
It will be important for you to work with the dental hygienist so that you can achieve the healthiest mouth possible.Â It will mean working together through co-therapy to keep your teeth for your lifetime.Â It is a commitment from you the patient to do your best at home and a commitment from your hygienist to do her best treatment possible during your hygiene appointments.Â
Mouth and Body Connection
Relation between Heart Disease / Stroke and the Health of your Mouth
Did you know there is a link between your oral health and cardiovascular disease?Â New research shows that certain people may be predisposed to periodontal disease.Â The bacteria associated with periodontal disease are also the same bacteria associated with heart disease.Â These bacteria cause plaque and tartar (soft and hard deposits) around teeth and can contribute to inflammation which can have systemic health implications. Â Take time to talk to the Dr. Brown team about the connection between your mouth health and your body health at your next appointment.Â
Do you have any of the following?
- History of periodontal/gum disease
- Family history of periodontal disease
- Bleeding or irritated gums
- Heavy plaque (soft deposit) or tartar buildup (hard deposit)
- Inflammation (swelling and redness) of the gums surrounding your teeth
- Family history of cardiovascular disease
- History of cardiovascular disease
- Diagnosis of periodontal disease
Evaluation by Dr. Brown
Dr. Brown and his team of experts will gather all of the information that they need to diagnose and treatment plan any needed and desired care.Â Comprehensive radiographs, images and charting will give Dr. Brown the information he needs so that he can explain your conditions and determine the right course of treatment for you.Â His goal is to take care of you in a comfortable and comprehensive fashion; answering all of your questions along the way.Â
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. Dr. Brown can assess the situation and give you the treatment options for removing the tooth, replacing that tooth and completing your beautiful smile again.
Tooth-Colored Fillings or Restorations
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with âfillingâ material. Beginning 15 years ago, Dr. Brown decided to only utilize tooth-colored fillings. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but donât remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break your teeth, your fillings or crowns. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding & clenching in your sleep.
Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a different type of appliance called a TMJ appliance may be more appropriate. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask about having a night-guard custom created for you.
Neuromuscular Dentistry-Muscle Deprogrammer
Do you experience pain in your head, shoulders, or neck area? Thereâs a chance this pain could be related to the muscles in your jaw. New developments in technology have revealed that a whole host of problems you may be experiencing, including TMJ, can be treated by focusing on dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry refers to a dental approach that focuses on the relationship between muscles and nerves of the face with the jaw and tooth position. Dr. Brown studied at the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute where many of the treatments to help alleviate the many painful effects of having a misaligned jaw were first studied and developed.
If youâre experiencing pain of this kind, talk to Dr. Brown or his team today. With neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Brown may be able to return your jaw to its form and function, and leave you pain-free.