Prevention

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At Maplewood Dental Associates in St. Paul, MN, our professional dentists and oral hygienists know just how important it is to maintain a clean smile! Quality time spent on flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash every day is crucial to preventing cavities from forming, as well as avoiding a wide array of conditions and diseases that are triggered by neglecting your teeth and gums!

Strict oral hygiene routines, sealants, fluoride treatments, and regularly visiting your St. Paul dental clinic at Maplewood Dental Associates are all integral elements to maintaining a sparkly-clean mouth, helping you keep the overall health of your body in tip-top shape for years to come!

Tooth Decay Prevention With Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth decay is a progressive disease that is caused by the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth with sugars from everyday foods. The sugar from these foods triggers a reaction with this natural bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down mineral in teeth, eventually forming a cavity. Our expert dentists at Maplewood Dental Associates can remove this decay and fill the tooth using a variety of composite fillings, restoring the area to a healthy state!


Aside from cavities, nerve damage can also result from severe decay, and may eventually require a crown! Avoiding unnecessary tooth decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen, including brushing and flossing twice-a-day, fluoride treatments, and regular dental checkups with your dentist. Practicing good oral hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment later down the road!


Sealants

The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of your back teeth are extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to completely wash away bacteria and food particles. As bacteria reacts with the food you eat, acids form and break down the tooth enamel. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way!


Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from resting on your tooth for too long. Sealant material is made of resin and is typically applied to the back teeth, molars, and premolars and areas prone to cavities. Sealants last for several years, but they need to be checked during your regular dental appointments at Maplewood Family Dental in St. Paul!


Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay! Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride, as well as brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, ensures a significantly lower rate of cavities. Our dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.


Non-Nutritive Oral Habits In Children

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers! Children usually stop this non-nutritive oral habit when their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt, typically between ages two-four. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the jaw and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, make sure to chat with one of our dentists at Maplewood Dental Associates!


Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:


  • Don’t scold your children when they exhibit thumb sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they don’t suck their thumb!
  • Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety – thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
  • Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
  • Place a bandage on the thumb, or a sock on their hand at night.

 

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist For Expert Dental Care Today!

With world-class dental technology and years of in-depth experience, our dentists and hygienists at Maplewood Dental Associates will provide you and your family with the best cosmetic dentistry around! Offering a wide variety of dental treatments to patients both young and old, we promise that our team can confidently diagnose your dental needs and find an accurate treatment plan!


Whether you’re due for a general cleaning, or your child has a few cavities that need to be filled, don’t hesitate to contact our office in St. Paul, MN today. From all of us at Maplewood Dental Associates, we look forward to providing you with expert dental care!  

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Maplewood Dental Associates

  • 1736 Cope Ave. E., Maplewood, MN 55109Phone: 651-770-3831Fax: 651-770-9645