Brookline, MA dentist explains the importance of dental care
Everyone knows that having a beautiful smile enhances your appearance and makes you look younger, but not everyone understands the importance of regular dental care to keeping the mouth and body healthy. At Alpha Plus Dental Center in Brookline, MA our team is committed to providing comprehensive dental care for total wellness. Below, we’ll examine the importance of dental care and its role in keeping the mouth and body free from disease.
Why it’s important to visit the dentist
Your oral health is connected to the health in the rest of the body. There are several oral health conditions that have been linked to other serious health conditions that can impact your quality of life and your even your lifespan. In fact, gum disease has been linked to a higher risk of the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Heart Attack
- Breast Cancer
- Preterm labor
Receiving regular dental care from a dentist you trust allows monitoring the health of your teeth and gums. This has several benefits:
- You are more likely to practice good oral hygiene when you have a healthy, beautiful smile.
- If problems do occur, they are caught early when treatment can be more conservative.
- You can lower the risk of some major health issues.
I don’t have any pain; do I still need to visit the dentist every six months?
Many people wait until they are in pain from a toothache before making an appointment with the dentist. Even individuals with impeccable oral hygiene and no symptoms should be seeing the dentist every six months for a regular visit. During these visits, a professional cleaning is performed to remove plaque and tartar build up that cannot be removed by brushing alone. Additionally, x-rays are taken to see inside the teeth and below the surface of the gums, where problems may have begun to develop but aren’t yet apparent during a visual examination. By waiting until you are experiencing pain to visit the dentist, you will end up costing yourself more money and more time in the long run.
Dental Care Services available from Alpha Plus Dental in Brookline, MA
In addition to routine dental care services, which include exams & cleanings, x-rays, and education on preventing dental disease, we provide a full range of dental services, some of the most common are:
Mercury Free Dentistr – Dr. Kovtun and the team understand that the materials used in dental treatments have an impact on the body. At Alpha Plus Dental Center, we are a mercury-free practice, which means we do not place silver amalgam fillings, which can be comprised of 50 percent mercury. Instead, we use composite resin fillings and porcelain onlays as safe, natural-looking alternatives.
Ozone Therap – Medical ozone can be used in either gas or liquid form to kill pathogens and improve healing. We use ozone therapy in conjunction with several different treatments including gum disease treatment, tooth decay, root canal therapy, and remineralization treatment.
Cosmetic Dentistry – Did you know that some cosmetic treatments also improve the health of the smile? Having a beautiful smile is important to confidence and self-esteem, which is why we offer several different options for cosmetic dentistry. Patients may choose something as simple as teeth-whitening to give the smile a little boost or opt for a complete rejuvenation of the smile with porcelain veneers.
Orthodontics – Having straighter teeth improves oral health and the appearance of the smile. We offer two options to correct misaligned teeth – Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Six Month Smiles uses discreet, natural-looking brackets and wires placed to straighten the teeth that are most visible in the smile. Invisalign uses clear aligner trays worn over both arches to gradually reposition teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment – Gum disease is a common condition that can drastically impact oral health and overall health. For early gum disease, known as gingivitis, treatment typically consists of a professional deep cleaning to remove plaque and bacteria and encourage reattachment of gum tissue. Once gum disease has advanced, treatment can become more complex and may involve multiple procedures such as laser gum therapy and ozone therapy.
Schedule your routine dental care visit today
If you are in the Brookline, MA area, call Alpha Plus Dental at (617) 274-8494 to book your appointment.