GENERAL DENTISTRY BY
DR. THOMAS S. VINCE OF GREENSBURG, PA
The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups
The importance of regular dental checkups cannot be overstated. Allow our professional team to examine your teeth, gums, and oral mucosa twice a year for signs of accumulated food materials and their byproducts, disease, and dysfunction. Issues such as plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, misaligned teeth, and oral cancer should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent additional problems from developing. Most patients should have a regular checkup and cleaning every six months. Some individuals may require more frequent visits.
Professional Dental Hygiene
Professional dental hygiene and oral health care is vital to your overall health. In addition to helping prevent the formation of dental caries (cavities), regular professional hygiene treatments are an effective preventive measure against periodontal disease, tooth loss, chronic halitosis, and other unsightly, unpleasant, and unhealthy conditions. A firm scientific link has been shown to exist between poor oral care and health conditions such as heart infections and cardiovascular diseases, premature birth, diabetic complications, and other diseases and disorders that may contribute to a decreased life span. Let us help you maintain proper oral hygiene.
Fluoride Treatments and Tooth Integrity
Fluoride treatments are a cost-effective method of maintaining tooth integrity by strengthening and improving the resistance of the teeth to the naturally occurring acids that form as a result of the interaction between sugars and plaque in the mouth. A variety of oral and topical forms of fluoride treatment are available both in-office and for at-home use. Fluoride treatment is most critical during childhood. However, fluoride treatment benefits adult teeth, as well.
Dental Sealants to Prevent Tooth Decay
Dental sealants are most commonly applied to the chewing surfaces of newly erupted molars to help prevent decay from forming on these vulnerable teeth where sticky food residue tends to settle into the deep grooves of these tooth surfaces. However, dental sealants are appropriate for application to any tooth with deep fissures or pits that may be particularly vulnerable to acid attack. The application of sealants is a simple pain-free process whose benefits typically last for many years.
Professional Periodontal Therapy
The Thomas S. Vince Dental Office provides professional periodontal therapy. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease, our technicians will provide the proper therapeutic treatments to help heal and mitigate the damage associated with this potentially devastating disease.
Your particular treatment protocol will vary depending on the severity of the disease and the overall condition of your teeth, jaw, and oral cavity. Treatment methods typically involve a conscientious regimen of at-home care as well as regular professional treatment to minimize the size of the pockets between your teeth and gums, bleeding, irritation, infection, and tooth and bone loss.
Children’s Dental Care
Children’s dental care should begin at birth. After every feeding, the gums should be gently wiped with a warm, wet washcloth to minimize the growth of bacteria within the oral cavity. Bottles of milk and formula should not be taken to bed. Adult mouths harbor the bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Therefore, you should not use your mouth to “clean” pacifiers or other objects intended to be placed in your baby’s mouth. Instead, you should wash these items with warm, soapy water.
Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts and flossing should commence when two teeth first touch. Contact our office to make your child’s first dental appointment by age one or within six months of the eruption of the first tooth. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s mouth or teeth at any time, contact our office right away. Some conditions require immediate treatment and the earlier therapy begins, the better the outcome.
CONTACT THE DENTAL OFFICE OF THOMAS S. VINCE DMD
with any questions that you may have or to schedule an appt: (724) 836-2375