Everyone needs to have their teeth cleaned and someone keeping tabs on their dental condition. Dr. Morton and our skilled team are here to do that for you through general dentistry services in Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
What is general dentistry?
Over the last decade a lot of research has come out just demonstrating how health of the gums and and health of the teeth does have an impact on the health of the body and a lot of this comes from inflammation.
In essence, the body can only handle so much inflammation, regardless of where it originates. Once that inflammatory burden is passed a certain threshold this is where you start seeing breakdown in other systems of the body. This is where we believe things, such as cardio vascular disease, diabetes, even certain forms of cancer may be contributed to simply from the health of your mouth. This is why we are so adamant to help patients get healthy.
General dentistry encompasses basic services that everyone needs, no matter their current dental condition. This area of dentistry includes exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, nutritional counseling, and gum disease treatments. The continued health of your mouth depends on many of these treatments and exams. Dr. Morton will be able to keep your mouth free of infection, identify warning signs, and stay on top of any developing complications. Catching these problems early is key to successfully treating them.
What are the benefits of athletic mouthguards?
There are many benefits to wearing an athletic mouthguard. Many think that the benefits end at keeping you from getting a tooth dislodged during competitive sports, but they extend much further than that. Mouthguards protect your teeth from injuring themselves as well. They act as a barrier to keep them from grinding together and chipping. They are also useful for preventing injury to your TMJ (jaw joint) by distributing the biting force of your jaw across your whole dental arch. For those with braces, they are effective in keeping your lips safe from harm by shielding the inside of your lips from the metal edges of the braces. They have even been shown to help prevent concussions.
Are regular dental exams and cleanings really necessary?
With regards to adult dentistry or comprehensive care, we're able to provide pretty much all the services that a patient, an adult patient, would need. Whether that's diagnosing and treating cavities or broken teeth, periodontal disease, gingivitis disease, gum disease. We also provide Invisalign orthodontic treatments.
With general dentistry we provide comprehensive care, and often times the difference between our practice and our philosophy, compared to some others, is evident in the first examination that we provide patients. Most of our patients, most of the new patients almost always comment on how thorough an exam we've provided them.
Many of the things that we do are never checked in a standard dental practice, and that's because we are looking more comprehensively at the patient's needs, condition, and presentations. The benefit to the patient is that we have a much better understanding if we gather the information from day one as to their overall health and what we can do to help them maintain where they are or improve where they are. Just for their benefit.
They are absolutely necessary. Regular exams and cleanings are Dr. Morton’s opportunity to keep up with any developments regarding your dental condition. If you are starting to develop a cavity, this is when Dr. Morton will find it. If you are starting to develop oral cancer, this is when Dr. Morton can discover it. If you are starting to develop gum disease, Dr. Morton can identify that, too. It is vitally important to catch all of these conditions as early as possible. The earlier you catch them, the quicker you can get started with treatment, and the less damage they will do to your mouth. Additionally, these appointments allow us to prevent problems from ever occurring. For the best oral health possible, you should come in at Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA at least once every six months.
What causes dry mouth?
Dehydration is one of the most common reasons behind dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth is more likely to be caused by a side effect of medication or possibly a symptom of an illness. At Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA, we will help you determine what is causing your dry mouth and help develop a treatment plan to get you past it.
Can Dr. Morton help my bad breath?
Dr. Morton will help you determine the cause of your bad breath. This can be as simple as poor hygiene, or it could be the symptom of tooth decay or other issues in your mouth. Whatever the case, Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA will develop a treatment plan and get your bad breath squared away and smelling fresh again.
Is gum disease common?
Almost half of all adults in the United States will have some form of gum disease. The scary thing is that the symptoms of gum disease in the early stages are often overlooked. Dr. Morton will help you determine if you are suffering from gum disease and recommend effective treatment if you are.
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