Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the diseases, disorders, and conditions of the mouth, gums, jaw, and teeth. Dentistry is essential for complete oral health, and your dental health can impact your entire body.
A dentist is a specialized doctor who works specifically to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health issues. 4 years of dental school are required to earn a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. A few dentists like Dr. Baer, go on to receive additional training to further their skills in a dental residency program. Dr. Baer has sucessfully completed one of the most prestigious dental residency programs in the country and can provide advanced dental services to patients of all ages. Other dental specializations include:
Your dentist and dental hygienist helps to keep your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. Your oral health also strongly correlates with your overall health. Dental care is important because it can help prevent tooth decay, protects against gum disease (periodontal disease), manage bad breath (halitosis), removes tooth stain, and ultimately make your smile more attractive!
Just because your teeth feel fine doesn’t mean there aren’t problems you don’t know about. Your dentist can analyze your xrays and screen for tooth decay and gum disease to help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. The advances of modern dentistry mean you no longer need to endure missing, misshaped, misaligned, or chipped teeth. Dentists today offer a comprehensive array of care options including:
Finding a dentist you’re comfortable with is important, and can take visiting several dentists before making a decision. Baer Dental works to give patients the most welcoming and thorough dental care experience possible. At the first visit with any dentist, you should consider the following:
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends your child have their first dental visit once their baby teeth have started to come in. This way, the dentist can examine your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.
Regular checkups should be scheduled base on your risk to gum disease and cavities— everyone is different. If you have a greater risk for dental issues like gum disease or oral cancer, you may need to visit the dentist more often. Your dentist and dental hygienist will determine how often you should be visiting.
Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay from plaque buildup. Plaque on your teeth mixes with sugars and starches in your food to form an acid that eats away the enamel on your teeth. The dangers of an untreated cavity should not be understated. Untreated cavities can become dental abscesses, which can be fatal.
A dental filling is made of synthetic material which fills in a cavity after all the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings won’t hurt because the dentist will use an anesthetic to numb your mouth. Fillings can be made from different materials: composite, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, Dr. Baer will go over your options carefully and determine the best course of action for you.
You should brush at least twice daily, for at least two minutes, thoroughly cleaning top, bottom, front, and back surfaces of your teeth. Always use toothpaste with fluoride, which helps to prevent cavities. Be sure to brush your tongue also, as it helps keep your breath smelling fresh!
Toothbrushes wear out, especially if you’re following a proper dental care routine. Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 2-3 months. Electric toothbrushes may have different guidelines – be sure to read the instructions. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent bacterial growth. Be sure to always rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep its bristles clean. If you were sick recently, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a condition of the gums that can lead to tooth, gum, and bone loss if untreated. It is caused by untreated plaque and bacteria buildup on the gums, tobacco use, teeth grinding, a variety of medications, and occasionally genetics. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease and is treatable. Untreated gingivitis often becomes gum disease. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups help to prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of gum disease. Common signs of gum disease include:
Yes, and it’s even more important to do so. Patients receiving orthodontic treatment must visit the dentist regularly. Braces can catch food in places that your toothbrush cannot reach. This causes excess plaque buildup and may lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Dr. Baer will work closely with your orthodontist to ensure your teeth and gums stay clean and healthy while you’re wearing braces.
Just give us a call at (303) 557-6453. The team at Baer Dental is looking forward to helping conveniently schedule your next dental checkup. If you’re a new patient, be sure to let us know and we’ll give you all the information you’ll need for your first visit.