Preventive Dentistry - Tulsa, OK
Keeping Your Smile Beautiful for Life
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. If it’s been six months or longer since your last appointment, call Glisten Dental & Sleep Apnea to schedule an appointment in our Tulsa, OK dental office.
Your First Visit
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.
Dental Hygiene & Regular Cleanings
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.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer impacts thousands of people in the US each year. In fact, there’s one death every hour attributed to oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the best way to reduce the number of oral cancer-related deaths each year is to receive regular screenings for this disease. In many cases, our dental team will be your first line of defense against oral cancer, and we provide screenings for all of our patients at six month dental checkups. Oral cancer screening is quick and painless. Don’t be surprised if you don’t even notice it happened. We’ll simply examine your mouth, lips, and face for changes that may indicate oral cancer. If you notice any changes in the color or texture of soft tissue, you have new lumps or bumps, or sores that don’t heal, let one of our team members know. We’ll also ask some questions to determine whether or not you’re experiencing non-visual side effects like sore throat, cough, and hoarse voice.
Fluoride is an essential mineral that, when ingested, helps people to develop strong, healthy teeth. Once teeth erupt from the gum line, topical fluoride is necessary to help keep your smile strong and healthy for a lifetime. For many people, the daily use of fluoridated toothpaste is adequate to keep smiles healthy. For kids who are still learning to care for their teeth and adults who are prone to decay, professional grade topical fluoride treatments are necessary. We’re happy to offer these services during your six month dental exams.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw and the skull bone, allowing for painless motion. If the TMJ are damaged or strained, the result can be serious jaw pain and discomfort and an inability to fully open and close the mouth. In many cases, this strain to the TMJ occurs due to unconscious movements that overwork the joints. During your six month dental exams, we’ll screen for warning signs of TMJ, and we can provide treatment options to help renew your oral health and function. Please let us know if you experience any of the following warning signs of TMJ dysfunction:
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth or limited range of jaw movement
- Pain when opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or grinding sound when opening and closing the mouth
- Swelling around the jaw joints
Gum Disease Treatment
Apart from tooth decay, gum disease is the most common oral health condition. It occurs when bacteria produce plaque that builds up at the gum line. The acidic plaque irritates the soft tissue. Over time, the tissue that connects the teeth and gums breaks down, creating large soft tissue pockets. Plaque continues to accumulate within these pockets, leading to gum tissue recession. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to serious oral health issues and even tooth loss. Our team offers a variety of treatments to help people improve their condition and maintain the optimal level of oral health.
Dry Mouth Treatment with Xylimelts
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.