Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it healthy and preventing a variety of different oral health issues, such as cavities and gum disease. Keeping your mouth healthy requires a good oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. In addition to taking care of your mouth at home, professional care is also needed. At Bellevue's Best Smiles we can help to provide you with the care you need to keep your mouth healthy and happy.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your quality of sleep. It causes you to stop breathing at night, which triggers your body to wake up. This happens several times throughout the course of the night, making it impossible to get the restful sleep you need. This leaves you feeling exhausted. It can also affect your mental health, your emotional health, and your overall health.
We can treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, which involves the use of a specially made oral appliance that is worn in your mouth while you sleep. It works to hold your jaw in proper alignment, preventing it from falling back. This helps to keep your airway clear so you can get the restful sleep you need. Read more about Sleep Apnea.
TMJ is a term that refers to any condition that affects the health and functioning of your temporomandibular joints. TMJ can be caused by issues such as bruxism, facial trauma, and jaw dislocation. These issues cause the joints to become irritated and inflamed, which causes pain and makes it difficult for you to move or use your mouth at all. There are many treatments for TMJ, depending upon the cause of your condition and its severity. Common treatments include relaxation, over the counter medications, a night guard, Botox, and orthodontics. Read more about TMJ.
Conscious sedation dentistry allows patients to receive the dental care they need while remaining calm and relaxed with a sedative. Patients are awake throughout sedation dentistry, but feel sleepy and will have little memory of the procedure.. Read more about Sedation Dentistry.
TMJ is a term that refers to any condition that affects the health and functioning of your temporomandibular joints. TMJ can be caused by issues such as bruxism, facial trauma, and jaw dislocation. These issues cause the joints to become irritated and inflamed, which causes pain and makes it difficult for you to move or use your mouth at all. There are many treatments for TMJ, depending upon the cause of your condition and its severity. Common treatments include relaxation, over the counter medications, a night guard, Botox, and orthodontics. Read more about Holistic Dentistry.
Fillings are a common treatment for cavities. Cavities result from tooth decay, which occurs as a result of acid erosion. Fillings help to stop the progression of your cavity, preventing further harm and restoring your oral health. Traditionally, fillings have been done using amalgam, a material made up of a mixture of metals suspended in mercury. Today, we can fill many cavities using composite resin. This tooth-colored material not only restores your oral health but your smile as well. Read more about Fillings.
Cleanings and Exams
Even if you brush and floss your teeth every single day, the ADA recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every 6 months. Cleanings allow us to help eliminate any buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, including the most stubborn tartar. We can access all areas of your teeth, providing you with a thorough clean. This helps to keep your mouth healthy and prevent issues from developing.
Dental exams are performed to help detect the presence of any oral health issues. Often, oral health issues do not exhibit any noticeable symptoms in the early stages, leaving you to believe that everything is fine. By the time you do notice something wrong, the issue has worsened, requiring more invasive treatment. With exams, we can detect the earliest symptoms of different oral health issues, allowing you to get the treatment you need right away. Earlier treatment typically means less invasive, more affordable, treatment. Read more about Cleanings and Exams.
For more information on our general dentistry, and to schedule your next appointment, contact Bellevue's Best Smiles today at (425) 688-1345.