Oral Health Topics
For the most part, we all want to have beautiful and healthy teeth, right? If that’s true for you, we are here to help. Below, Dr. Segal and his caring staff briefly discuss nearly a dozen of the most important oral health topics.
Fluoride Use in Oral Health
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that strengthens tooth enamel. However, its use in toothpaste has been challenged at times, then defended. At your next appointment, ask Dr. Segal or Dr. Uzel for the current thinking on fluoride.
The Preventative Program
Follow this simple preventative program. It can help preserve sound teeth, maintain restored teeth, and help avoid (or treat) periodontal disease:
Most of us have at least one. And some of you might have questions about fillings, especially when it comes to those so-called “silver fillings” (dental amalgams) that were so popular for so long. Doctors Segal and Uzel will be happy to discuss fillings with you, and introduce some new alternative filling materials being used.
When visiting the dentist, some people remain concerned about infection control. Our infection control standards and practices are as consistent and stringent as anywhere else in the industry. If this is a concern to you, please ask about our personal protective equipment (PPE), instruments, sterilization process, water quality, biofilms, or any other topic.
Medication and Heart Disease
Some medications can have a negative effect -- not only on your teeth, but also on areas outside of the mouth, including the heart. Ask your family physician if any medications that he or she has prescribed are known to impact other areas of the body. And you can do your part by practicing sound oral hygiene, which will help minimize the risk of infections.
Some people are allergic to the naturally occurring latex found in such products as latex gloves (and also in many common items throughout the house.) Reactions can range from dry skin and nausea to the more-severe anaphylactic shock. If you have the latex allergy, or are simply vulnerable to it, please let us know in advance and we’ll accommodate.
Age and Oral Health
Did you know that your oral health can sometimes “predict” future health issues? It’s true, according to a survey commissioned by the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Segal and Dr. Uzel always look for signs and possible links whenever they perform an examination.
If you smoke, you will most likely experience one or more smoking-related problems. They can include, but are not limited to, oral tissue loss, oral bone loss, dental implant failure, periodontal disease, among other serious oral conditions including cancer. If you are a smoker we encourage you to have a serious conversation with Dr. Segal or Dr. Uzel.
Whether you’re a fan of oral piercings or not, you need to know that piercing the tongue, cheek, or other tissue in or around the mouth often causes medical issues related to bleeding, infection, accidental swallowing, impaired breathing, and more. Our doctors will help you avoid these issues.
TMD / TMJ
There are at least a dozen major symptoms of TMD (also referred to as TMJ), a disorder involving the joint in the jaw. Dr. Segal will be happy to help you determine if the symptom you are experiencing is, in fact, caused by TMD or TMJ. We suggest you make an appointment today.
General Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Below are the dental services that one frequently associates with a dental practice. Dr. Segal and his staff perform most general and cosmetic dentistry services, including: