Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. While caries might not endanger your life, they may negatively impact your quality of life. At Murphy's Corner Dental, we care about the quality of our patients' lives.
When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting. A thorough exam and cleaning at Murphy's Corner Dental will treat issues resulting from tooth decay and work to prevent it in future visits.
Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth. See Dr. Mark C. Stockwell for possible remedies to sensitive teeth such as special toothpastes and rinses.
Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. One indicator of gum disease is consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. See Dr. Stockwell if you suspect early signs of gum disease. It is very important that make an appointment with Murphy's Corner Dental regularly when signs of gum disease exist.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Daily brushing and flossing help to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem. Dr. Stockwell is trained to look beyond the bad breath to find more significant causes and treat them properly.
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. Dr. Stockwell can alleviate this pain if severe with a simple in office treatment.
A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions.
Dr. Stockwell is trained in all facets of othodontics and will discuss your concerns and work towards a beautiful remedy and a new smile.
Dr. Stockwell's long term and highly trained hygienist Kim, is shown here doing a thorough patient exam.