Oral health is the foundation of a beautiful smile and your overall health. Oral health problems like tooth decay can damage teeth, threaten cosmetic dentistry, and even lead to lost teeth. Gum disease is not only a threat to your teeth, but to your life, since it’s been linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many other serious health conditions. At StarImage Dentistry, we want to make sure, first and foremost, that every one of our patients is healthy.
If you are in Wichita Falls, TX or surrounding areas and looking for a dentist to protect the health and beauty of your smile, please call 940-322-2252 today for an appointment at StarImage Dentistry.
Health and Beauty Linked
If you consider the aspects that are most valued in a beautiful smile, you will see that they are all related to the health of the smile as well.
White teeth are valued because they are visibly free from decay and have thick, healthy enamel.
Proportionate teeth show that they are not worn down from a bad bite, nor are they chipped, cracked, or broken because of trauma.
Straight teeth speak to a healthy bite and to teeth that are solidly fixed in the jaw and not mobile because of gum disease.
It’s an essential part of cosmetic dentistry to first ensure teeth are healthy before we recommend procedures to improve their appearance. Likewise, when we treat health conditions in your teeth using restorations, we strive to ensure that those restorations are as beautiful as your natural teeth.
Preventive dentistry is the best kind. If you take the time to perform preventive care on your teeth and gums, you will dramatically reduce your need for treatments of gum disease or reconstructive dentistry related to tooth decay.
There are three main components of preventive dentistry: diet, oral hygiene, and regular dental visits.
Our diet plays a major role in our tendency to develop tooth decay and gum infection. The high levels of sugar and refined carbohydrates in our food can fuel the growth of oral bacteria in our mouth. This bacteria secretes acid that damages teeth and gums. Our food also contains acid that can erode our teeth. Reducing the acid and sugar in your diet can help improve your oral health.
Your regular oral hygiene is perhaps the most important aspect of preventive dentistry. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth every day removes buildups of oral bacteria–called plaque–and food debris. This reduces the damage that oral bacteria will do to your teeth.
Regular dental visits allow us to help you clean your teeth. Small amounts of plaque that aren’t removed can harden, becoming tartar. Tartar shelters oral bacteria and allows it grow. Tartar can’t be removed by brushing or flossing, but we can remove it in our office. Your checkups allow us to give you advice for improving your home hygiene routine, and they let us detect damage to your teeth before it becomes serious. And we can use oral cancer screening to detect cancer when it is able to be treated more successfully.
If preventive dentistry doesn’t fully protect your teeth and gums, you may need reconstructive dentistry. This is when we repair your teeth from decay or trauma.
Tooth-colored fillings are used when small amounts of decay are detected. These fillings can be either composite (plastic with ceramic reinforcements) or fully ceramic.
If you have large amounts of decay that structurally damage your teeth, we may recommend a dental crown. In the past, many crowns were fully or partially metal. Today, advanced ceramics allows us to offer all-ceramic dental crowns even in high-pressure areas of your bite.
If your teeth are too damaged to be repaired with a dental crown, it may be necessary to remove a tooth and replace it with a denture, bridge, or implant.