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Extraordinary Experience for Your Family

Comprehensive Dental Exams Improve Overall Health

Extraordinary Experience for Your Family

Comprehensive Dental Exams Improve Overall Health

Dental Care for Your Family

As a family dentist office, our dental services and dental treatments are done in the comfort of our modern Metairie dental office. Our dental office features a chairside lab and the most advanced dental technology available. The most important feature is the relaxing and comfortable environment. The anxiety free welcoming environment is the perfect balance for adults, seniors, and children.

The recommendation from the oral health community is to visit your dentist twice a year. You may brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, having a comprehensive dental exam done every six months can help maintain good oral hygiene. Keeping good oral health can prevent many dental diseases from developing. Although twice per year is the dentists’ recommendation, some people may need cleanings more often. Communication with your dentist and dental hygienist would be a great start to know how often you should schedule dentist appointments.

Daily Steps to a Bright Smile

Keep your family healthy and reduce chances of oral health problems in the future with these simple steps.

  • Brush a minimum of twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste. Most importantly, brush after eating breakfast and before going to bed.
  • Floss properly every day.
  • Eat a balanced diet and fewer snacks.
  • Visit your dentist a minimum of twice per year.

Proper Brushing Technique

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 Proper Toothbrushing Technique Video Transcript

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your daily dental care routine, and when done properly, leads to a healthy mouth and smile. Proper brushing should take at least two minutes and be done twice a day. Using a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste are recommended for removing plaque from your teeth.

To follow the correct brushing technique, start by tilting the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline. Using short, back-and-forth strokes, gently brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. When cleaning the inside surfaces of your front teeth, make sure to tilt the brush vertically and move your toothbrush in up-and-down strokes.

Finally, make sure to gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and help freshen your breath. Remember to replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or every 3-4 months. You should also change your toothbrush after you have had an illness. Keeping a regular tooth brushing routine and using proper brushing technique is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth free of bacteria and reduce the likelihood of tooth decay.

TMJ

(Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and the muscles supporting it may become painful indicating the onset of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD). This can be caused by overuse such as teeth clenching, teeth grinding or trauma. This overuse is often the result of stress. If you are experiencing or have experienced symptoms related to jaw pain we highly recommend an evaluation to determine what treatment if any is needed.

Several appliances can be made to help relieve symptoms depending on what is necessary for each patient.

  • AP splints reposition the jaw to allow painful symptoms to subside, which is known as a short-term appliance.
  • NTI splints prevent the contact of the posterior teeth reducing clenching and grinding, which is also known as a short-term appliance.
  • CR splint or TMJ splint is custom fit dental lab fabricated splint, that is adjusted specifically to your bite to relieve symptoms of TMJ disorder. This custom splint is known as a long-term appliance.

Pediatric Dentist

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see their dentist after their first teeth erupt or by their first birthday. This is based on research that early detection of oral problems can impact children’s oral health and general health. If issues go undetected, extensive and preventable difficulties may occur which can be very costly. Cavities arise in children’s teeth much quicker and more easily than in adult teeth. The speed at which cavities develop happens because children tend to consume more sugar, and primary teeth have thinner shells of enamel for the acid to penetrate. Lastly, bringing your child to a dentist at an early age can help alleviate the future dental anxiety that may occur.

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Sleep Apnea

If you wake up frequently during the night, experience drowsiness throughout the day or other symptoms, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Some of these symptoms may seem minor, but if left untreated these symptoms can significantly affect your overall health. Patients with sleep apnea can stop breathing up to 100 times per night. Even more, your sleep can stop for a period that ranges from five seconds to over a minute. Green Gregson Family Dentistry can diagnose and treat sleep apnea and can coordinate with your primary care physician or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist to provide relief.

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