Bradley C. Jones, D.D.S
                            Family Dental Practice
                      

                       


                        Come in as a new patient, and leave as a new friend.


                            We care about people... not just their teeth!

Patient Education

THE BASICS OF HOME CARE

BRUSHING

  • Removes plaque, a sticky bacterial film that's always forming in your mouth. Plaque is not only a direct cause of cavities, it's also a major contributor to gum disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • Keeps your teeth and mouth clean and bright, your breath fresh.
  •  Frequency: Twice a day.


FLOSSING

  • Does what brushing can't-cleans spaces between teeth that toothbrushes can't reach.
  • Kinds of floss: Waxed or unwaxed, extra-fine, regular, ribbon, flavored. With help from your dentist, you can choose the type that's best for you.
  • As brushing's partner, flossing helps prevent gum disease. You may even have some early signs of gum disease already. Do you ever notice that your gums bleed when you brush?  Do your gums ever feel tender or swollen? Flossing along with brushing can often reverse this condition called "gingivitis" or prevent it from getting worse.
  • Frequency: Daily


FLUORIDES

  • Always use fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on it. The Seal on a product means it has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
  • Fluoride prevents cavities by strengthening and protecting the tooth enamel from acid.
  • Fluoride can be found in toothpastes, community water supplies, over-the-counter mouthrinses, gels and solutions applied by a dentist, drops and dietary supplements available from a dentist.  (Discussion will hinge on fluoride level of your community's water supply.)

 

THE BASICS OF PROFESSIONAL CARE

VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY

  • Professional cleanings by a dentist or hygienist clean teeth more thoroughly than you can yourself.
  • A professional checkup also allows your dentist to examine your teeth, gums and mouth to make sure there are no problems or potential problems. The dentist will check for tooth decay and make sure any fillings you already have are in good condition. If the dentist thinks it's necessary, he or she might also take some x-rays of your mouth, which help in finding problems such as tooth decay. Dentists usually examine your neck and jaw as well to make sure all is in good working order.
  •  If you get nervous before or during a dental checkup, tell your dentist. Your dentist has a variety of techniques to help you relax.

 

SPORTS PROTECTION: ATLETIC MOUTHGUARDS

  • Wear some kind of mouthguard at all times while training and competing in sports, particularly contact sports such as football, basketball, hockey, wrestling or boxing.
  • Types of athletic mouth guards: Custom-fitted, mouth-formed, store-bought.

 

ORTHODONTICS OR BRACES

  • If your teeth are crooked, you may be curious about whether they can be straightened.
  • Braces can improve appearance: Straighter, more even looking teeth, look more pleasing.
  •  Braces can improve your dental health and your overall health. Some orthodontic problems make it hard to bite and chew and can interfere with eating. Other problems can promote cavities or gum disease by making it hard to clean teeth.
 Types of braces (describe each type)
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Transparent or tooth-colored plastic braces with thinner wires.
  •  Removable braces that need to be worn only a certain number of hours each day or night.

 

SMOKELESS TOBACCO

  •  Can cause gum disease and tooth loss.
  • Can cause mouth cancer.
  • Is addictive.

 

ORAL PIERCING

  • Gets in the way when talking and eating.
  • Can cause excessive drooling (something you won’t see in hip fashion magazines).
  • Can cause damage to dental fillings and scar tissue.
  • Can cause infection, pain and swelling.


*Brought to you today compliments of the American Dental Association


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