Preventative Dental Care

Preventative Dental Care

When looking for a family dentist in Canon City, Colorado you need to feel comfortable knowing that your comfort and care always come first. At Main Street Dental, Dr. Sefcik and Dr. Bues provides patients with only the latest, most advanced dental care possible. Whether you need to schedule your child’s first pediatric dentist visit or require senior dental care, Dr. Sefcik, Dr Bues, and the rest of our caring and compassionate staff at Main Street Dental will provide the attention you deserve in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Preventative Dental Care

Canon City dentist Dental Exams & Cleanings

By now you probably know that to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums you need to prioritize regular brushing and flossing. What you might not realize, however, is the important role your oral health plays in protecting your overall health. Studies have found that individuals who suffer from tooth decay and gum disease have a higher risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases that include heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and even some forms of cancer. This makes improving your oral health one of the easiest and most effective ways of protecting your long-term health.

Practicing proper oral hygiene means making the commitment to brush and floss on a daily basis. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Combined, brushing and flossing help to eliminate harmful bacteria and lingering food particles from the surface of your teeth and gums before serious damage can be done. Failing to follow a daily oral hygiene regimen increases your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. Not only will your oral health suffer from not brushing and flossing, but so will your overall health as you increase your risk for the chronic diseases mentioned above.

Of course, brushing and flossing cannot always adequately clean the hard-to-reach places of your mouth, such as between teeth and below the gum line. By scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Sefcik and our staff of gentle dental hygienists, our team will remove bacteria from those areas while also checking for any early signs of gum disease or oral cancer. At Main Street Dental, we believe most patients should schedule a cleaning and exam once every six months. However, more frequent cleanings may be required depending on the current state of your oral health.

Don’t neglect your oral health by waiting until a problem develops before scheduling a visit to our Canon City family dentist office. Schedule your next dental cleaning and exam today!

fluoride Canon City dentistFluoride Treatment

Considering the stress and strain we subject our teeth to on a daily basis, it’s remarkable they remain so resilient. Enamel, the hard outer layer of our teeth that protects the delicate nerves at the center, provides our teeth with the durability needed to survive a lifetime of chewing, munching and crunching. Unfortunately, our mouths contain bacteria that works to undermine the strength of tooth enamel. When tooth enamel begins to break down, cracks can develop in the surface of your teeth that expose the delicate nerves at the root to bacteria. This bacteria eats away at the interior of your teeth, causing cavities and increasing your risk of gum disease.

A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride helps teeth resist the damage caused by harmful bacteria. Fluoride treatments work to strengthen tooth enamel and repair damage caused by harmful bacteria. Repeated exposure to fluoride helps to make your teeth more resilient to the effects of decay in the future, so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

sealantsDental Sealants

Your teeth contain a lot of cracks and crevices that even many adults find hard to adequately clean. For younger patients, failing to clean those hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, like the back molars, leads to the development of cavities and the need for dental fillings. Dental sealants offer parents a great way to help protect their kids’ teeth from the risk of decay and cavities. A transparent plastic coating, dental sealants “seal” away the back molars of your child’s teeth from food particles and bacteria that contribute to the effects of tooth decay. Dental sealants are easily applied in a single visit to our Canon City dentist office and are durable enough to last several years before a reapplication is needed.