Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Preventative Dentistry

Have you ever heard the adage “Prevention is the best medicine.”? The same can be said when it comes to your oral health, as preventative dentistry is the most sensible, efficient and cost effective means of avoiding serious and expensive periodontal health problems.  Here at Greenville Family Dentistry, we’d much rather see you for preventative dental care-- including regular exams, cleanings and health screenings-- than we would for a complex and invasive procedure to correct a problem that could have been avoided.

While routine dental care is an essential part of preventative dentistry, your at-home oral care practices play a major role in prevention of gum disease, infection and other issues. At our practice, we work with you to help you take the right steps towards excellent oral health and proper preventative dental care.

For more information on the preventative dentistry services we provide here at Greenville Family Dentistry, please view our new website and contact us directly.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Night Guards

Night guards are one of those simple solutions that go a long way when it comes to protecting your teeth and avoiding the uncomfortable effects of bruxism.  We provide custom night guards to many of our patients here at Greenville Family Dentistry.  For those of you who experience headaches and migraines, TMJ, jaw pain, teeth clenching and grinding, a night guard can help minimize these issues and prevent bigger problems, including tooth chipping and cracking, enamel damage and jaw misalignment.

Night guards work by absorbing the force and stress that’s often exerted by the jaw muscles and results in unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism. Night guards are comfortable and discreet, and for many patients, highly effective in preventing headaches, jaw discomfort and tooth damage that often occurs if bruxism is left untreated.

If you think you may be affected by bruxism, if you regularly experience headaches and migraines, or if you notice any indications that you’re grinding your teeth at night or during the day, contact us here at Greenville Family Dentistry to determine if a custom night guard can work for you.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wisdom Teeth

Did you know that it’s possible to be born without wisdom teeth? While certainly possible, it is rather rare; so for the rest of us, we often need our wisdom teeth to be removed.  If you aren’t experiencing pain from your wisdom teeth or they appear to be emerging without issue you may wonder if it’s worthwhile to undergo a procedure to remove them, but in most cases, it’s sensible and necessary as a preventative measure.

When wisdom teeth are not addressed and removed if necessary, they can create a number of issues.  They may erupt crooked or only partially. They may become impacted and affect the gum, jaw bone and surrounding teeth.  They may continue to cause pain and tooth sensitivity.  They may even create conditions in which cyst and tumors can easily develop.

Since the procedure for removing wisdom teeth is typically straightforward and involves minimal and manageable discomfort, it’s a case of being better safe than sorry. If you are in need of wisdom tooth removal or an exam to address any erupted wisdom teeth, we invite you to visit us here at Greenville Family Dentistry. You can learn more about wisdom teeth and their removal right on our website. 

Pediatric Dentistry

Giving a young smile a good start is so important. Here at Greenville Family Dentistry, our pediatric patients are given crucial dental care, as well as the education and tools they need to help them care for their own oral health.  We work hard to make kids comfortable and enthused when visiting us for checkups, cleanings and all pediatric dental procedures.

The pediatric dentistry services we provide are meant to help kids defend against tooth decay, which can be especially prominent among toddlers and school aged kids.  We also provide comprehensive pediatric dentistry evaluations to address any issues that are easier to take care of as a child’s smile develops. 

To learn more about our pediatric dentistry services here at Greenville Family Dentistry and to arrange an appointment for your child, please contact us directly.