Preventive Dentistry in Tulsa, OK
The primary focus of your dentist is to enable you to experience the best possible oral health, with teeth that are beautiful and strong. The way Dr. Angie helps our patients accomplish their goals is first through preventive care, as much as possible. In taking this proactive approach towards oral health, our patients are better able to avoid conditions that call for restorative care.
The American Dental Association's recommendation is that professional cleanings and examinations be performed twice a year. During these routine dental visits, we take digital x-rays of the mouth so that we may see what is going on inside of teeth and below the gum line. Dr. Angie examines the teeth and uses the DIAGNOdent tool for the early detection of cavities. This tool is gentle and precise, eliminating the need to poke at teeth with sharp dental tools. Gum tissue is also assessed during routine evaluations so that we may detect and treat any presence of gum disease as early as possible. After Dr. Angie has completed her examination, our hygienist cleans your teeth using an ultrasonic scaler. Teeth are then gently polished with an electric drill, which is painless yet effective.
Do you maintain a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing? Do your loved ones uphold healthy cleaning habits? As everyone knows, maintaining cleaning habits is imperative to achieve optimal oral health and hygiene. However, even those who do not slack off in their oral care can experience dental issues, as the hard-to-reach areas in the mouth can form pockets of bacteria and plaque, which can lead to tartar and gum disease. Visiting a dentist twice a year can ensure a clean, healthy mouth and prevent future oral issues. Glisten Dental, an incredible practice located in Tulsa, OK, provides comprehensive dental care for you and your family.
When you arrive at our office, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and escorted to one of our comfortable examination chairs. We will take X-rays of your mouth, perform an oral cancer screening, and thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. While cleaning, we will examine your mouth and check for potential future oral problems. If we spot anything, we will inform you and explain the next steps for treating the problem. Whether you need a simple cleaning, or if more serious procedures are needed, our family dentistry is tailored to the needs of you and your loved ones.
Roughly 10% of the population suffers from dry mouth. This condition, also known as xerostomia, can make it difficult for patients to eat, speak, or breathe. A less noticeable side effect of dry mouth is increased risk for tooth decay. As many people know, saliva is your mouth’s acid neutralizer preventing bacteria from converting sugars in our diet into decay-causing acid. Patients who suffer from dry mouth do not have an adequate amount of saliva to neutralize acidic bacteria and prevent tooth decay. Even with proper brushing and flossing each day, patients with dry mouth often experience tooth decay.
There are numerous ways to treat dry mouth including dietary changes, using throat lozenges or hard candies to produce saliva between meals, chewing gum, synthetic saliva, etc., but these remedies have some flaws. For instance, candies and lozenges often put more sugar into your mouth effectively negating the saliva production, prescription medications can cause their own side effects, and none of these alternatives help during sleep when dry mouth is most severe. At Glisten Dental, Dr. Angie Nauman and her team recommend Xylimelts for treating dry mouth and protecting and restoring tooth enamel. If you want to find out more about Xylimelts and other dry mouth treatment options, call to schedule a consultation at our Tulsa, OK practice today.