- May 3, 2016
Many of our patients are parents. If you are one of them, then you know the tremendous joy that children bring to your life.
You also know that it doesn’t take long for life to get complicated between working, caring for your children, and making time to spend with your spouse.
Sometimes, it would be nice to make things a little simpler. If you live in or near Williamsburg, VA, our dentist may be able to help by providing comprehensive dental care.
You already have enough places to go and enough things to do. Having one place you can count on to provide oral care for your whole family would be nice, right? You can find that at Historic Triangle Dental Care.
We want you to know that we can provide cosmetic and restorative services, but the foundation of our practice is family and general dentistry.
And the backbone of general dentistry is preventive care. This is a joint effort between you, your family, and the staff in our office.
We don’t want you or your children to have cavities or gum disease, and we feel pretty confident that you don’t either. This is why we encourage you to follow the American Dental Association recommendations to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss once daily.
The ADA also recommends visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations. What can you expect during these visits? What should you expect?
We believe that each patient should receive personal attention. We also believe you should be comfortable, which is why our friendly staff is happy to provide blankets, pillows, and other comfort options.
You will receive a professional cleaning to remove tartar and plaque buildup inside your mouth. You will also receive an examination. We will look for any signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, or oral cancer.
And most important, we will listen to you. If you have been having frequent headaches, we can check for signs of TMJ problems. If you are feeling fatigued or dealing with daytime sleepiness, it may be connected to sleep apnea.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask. Patient education is a key component of what we try to do.
Additional Preventive Steps
Your daily oral hygiene routine and regular visits to our office are the start of your preventive care. But what if you want to go beyond the basics? We can help you do that, too.
Fluoride treatments are an example of this. The internet has a lot of information about fluoride, but it’s not always accurate, unfortunately.
Here’s the truth. The enamel on the outside of your teeth is the strongest substance on your body. However, it’s far from indestructible. Everyday use (chewing and biting) can cause small damage to the enamel, and bacteria in your mouth are always trying to eat into your teeth.
Fluoride can help to fix this. Fluoride is a mineral, and when it is applied to your teeth, it can help repair and strengthen your enamel. This reduces your risk of developing tooth decay or cavities.
Another way to fight tooth decay is with dental sealants. Sealants are a plastic coating that can be applied to your teeth. They may be thin, but they serve as an extra barrier for bacteria to overcome before they can eat into your teeth.
Many parents get sealants for their children, but this treatment is effective for patients of any age.
Our staff also can provide nutritional counseling. We know as a parent that you want your children to eat healthy. We also have learned that children don’t always make those healthy choices. We can help explain the effects that too many sugary snacks and drinks (soft drinks, sports drinks, etc.) can have on teeth.
A Quick Word About Mouthguards
Many children participate in high-impact sports, such as basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. If your children play these or any other high-impact sport, then we strongly encourage you to have them wear mouthguards.
More specifically, we encourage you to have them wear custom-fitted mouthguards during practices and games. Custom-fitted mouthguards are more comfortable and provide a greater level of protection for your children’s teeth and jaw.
Please keep in mind that mouthguards are like seat belts. They may not prevent an accident from occurring, but they can greatly reduce the injury that results from that accident.
Many Dental Services Under One Roof
Our team at Historic Triangle Dental Care is proud that we are able to meet the oral care needs for you and your family.