What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Most people are familiar with dental cleaning (also known as prophylaxis). If they follow their dentists’ instructions, then they should receive one at least once every six months. However, deep cleaning (or periodontal cleaning) is sometimes required for patients who exhibit signs of gingivitis or gum disease during their checkup. Also known as scaling and root planing, deep cleaning can help patients avoid the need for more extensive treatment if it is performed in the earliest stages of gingivitis. (more…)

Is Preventing Tooth Loss Simple?

is-preventing-tooth-loss-simpleModern dentistry offers a wide variety of choices for preserving your healthy, natural smile. Preventive measures are so effective that cases of chronic dental disease, like tooth decay and gum disease, are the lowest they’ve been in history. Still, dental diseases aren’t a thing of the past, and a vast majority of people still must deal with such issues, including tooth loss, to maintain their smiles. The good news is that good oral health, and especially preventing issues that can lead to tooth loss, is simpler than you may believe. (more…)

Tips for Temporary Toothache Relief

tips-for-temporary-toothache-reliefNot every toothache is sudden, and not every toothache is severe. But every toothache has the potential to be more if you give it time to grow. When the pain strikes, how you react will likely depend on how much your tooth hurts; in mild to moderate cases, you might find temporary toothache relief with these few tips. However, if your toothache is severe, or doesn’t dissipate with a home remedy, then we advise scheduling an emergency dental visit to seek immediate treatment. (more…)

3 Reasons to Choose a Tooth-Colored Filling

3-reasons-to-choose-a-tooth-colored-fillingIf you know that you have a cavity, then you probably know that you need a filling to treat it. But with so many options, you might wonder if it’s worth opting for the slightly more expensive tooth-colored version rather than the traditional metal filling. While there are several reasons to choose a tooth-colored filling, the most important reason is the final result of treating your cavity, relieving your toothache, and saving your tooth from further harm. (more…)

How Your Dentist Helps You Prevent Cavities

how-your-dentist-helps-you-prevent-cavitiesBrushing and flossing your teeth every day and refraining from too much sugar consumption seem about as much as you can do to prevent cavities. At home, that is. To truly prevent cavities and other chronic dental health issues, you also need to visit your dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings (typically no more than six months apart). Good hygiene is essential, but only your dentist has the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to keep your smile at its healthiest. Today, we explore some of the more common ways in which your dentist can help you prevent cavities, even if you’ve already experienced one or more of them in your permanent teeth. (more…)

2 Reasons Dental Implants Are Better

2-reasons-dental-implants-are-betterThere are several different things to consider when contemplating the replacement of one or more lost teeth. How well will your prosthesis improve your smile’s appearance? How well will it restore your bite’s function, and how long will your replacement tooth/teeth last? For many people, dental implants offer a better option than conventional dental bridges and dentures, and can improve your long-term oral health as well as your smile’s appearance. Best of all, implant posts can last for life with regular care and maintenance at home and at your dentist’s office. (more…)

3 Things You Need to Know About Invisalign®

3-things-you-need-to-know-about-invisalignFor many adults who experience crooked teeth, the desire to straighten them often rises from concerns over how their smiles look. Therefore, many adults hesitate or simply reject the idea of wearing braces to correct their tooth misalignment. The bad thing is that this hesitation can allow the condition to grow worse, leading to even more pronounced and profound visual and dental health effects. However, patients should know that Invisalign® clear braces can straighten crooked teeth without the conspicuousness of traditional metal braces. (more…)

Designing a Smile that You Can Be Proud Of

designing-a-smile-that-you-can-be-proud-ofSome people may have naturally beautiful smiles that need little or no cosmetic touchups, but keeping their smiles in tip-top shape still requires regular care from their dentist. However, many of us face one or more unique cosmetic blemishes or dental health concerns that require customized treatment to correct. At Oxford Dentistry, our experts can create a personalized treatment plan to design a smile that you can be proud of, complete customized cosmetic and restorative treatments that offer maximum results in a comfortable and conservative manner. (more…)

How Do I Get Rid of Gingivitis?

how-do-i-get-rid-of-gingivitisGingivitis is an infection that forms when plaque and tartar get underneath the gums, causing them to become inflamed and recede from the teeth. That infection can spread into the lower tissue and bones in your mouth. This can lead to loss of teeth and gum disease, which can increase risk of health issues. It’s urgent to catch gingivitis early and treat it as soon as possible before it can cause even more harm to your mouth and the rest of your body.  Fortunately, your dentist can help you get rid of gingivitis with scaling and root planing. (more…)

How to Fix a Chipped or Broken Tooth

how-to-fix-a-chipped-or-broken-toothDental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, though in many cases they involve damage to one or more teeth. The good news is that fixing a chipped or broken tooth may not be as challenging as you believe. With an array of cosmetic and restorative options, your dentist can restore your tooth’s strength, integrity, and beautiful appearance even if the chip, break, or fracture is relatively severe. (more…)