You and your family want to have a good time this Halloween, but without the proper precautions, a good time can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Tripp – your New Orleans family dentist – has 5 tips for keeping your family’s smiles safe from sugary treats.
Tip #1: Routine Dental Cleanings And Dental Exams
You’re doing a great job with at-home dental care, if you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. But there are some places you just can’t get to with a toothbrush and floss.
This is where the helpful team at 7 O’Clock Dental comes in. Our dental hygienists have special tools to scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy.
During your dental exam, we’ll use our digital X-ray and intraoral camera to examine your mouth for signs of dental health issues. By using advanced technology, Dr. Tripp is able to spot issues sooner and treat them faster.
For effective preventive dentistry, you and your family should visit us every six months for dental cleanings and dental exams.
Tip #2: Fluoride Treatments & Dental Sealants
When sugar goes on the attack, you don’t want to leave your teeth defenseless. Toughen up your enamel with 7 O’Clock Dental fluoride treatments.
Fluoride is a mineral that builds up your tooth enamel. Fluoride treatment can even reverse the early signs of tooth decay. We can either treat your teeth with a long-acting fluoride varnish, where we’ll paint your teeth in fluoride to protect them from the bacteria that causes tooth decay, or use trays to saturate your teeth in fluoride gel.
Another way 7 O’Clock Dental can shield your teeth from cavities is with dental sealants. We’ll apply a thin coating of resin to the surface of your teeth to create a barrier between your teeth and the bad bacteria that wants to eat away at them.
Dental sealants are quick to apply. You don’t even need a separate appointment. We can apply them during your regular dental cleaning. Their protection can last for years at a time.
Let Dr. Tripp protect your teeth from painful, costly cavities with fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Tip #3: Nutritional Counseling
Halloween is just the first holiday in a series of holidays that wreak havoc on your family’s dental health, especially down here in New Orleans. During the holidays, we love to get our families together and celebrate over a big meal.
With nutritional counseling from Dr. Tripp, you can have your cake without the cavities. He’ll teach you all the ways your diet can improve or damage your smile and how to look after your family’s teeth at home. He’s your partner in dental care, so you don’t have to do it all alone.
Tip #4: Fillings And Dental Crowns
While Dr. Tripp and the team at 7 O’Clock Dental do all we can to protect your teeth, if you do develop a cavity, you need to treat it right away. A cavity left untreated will grow and could require root canal treatment or, worse, lead to the loss of your tooth.
A cavity can also make it painful for you to enjoy all of the delicious treats the season has to offer as your tooth will likely be sensitive to sweets, cause pain when chewing, or give you bad breath that could make you too embarrassed to socialize.
In most situations you can bypass the metal and Dr. Tripp can mend your tooth with a composite filling that will match the color of your tooth. If your cavity is larger, he’ll clear out the decay then fit a porcelain or ceramic dental crown over your tooth to defend it against further damage.
Tip #5: Follow The Holidays With Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening treatment by Dr. Tripp is an excellent post-holiday treat to return the brilliance to your smile. During the holidays, some of the indulgences we love the most, like lattes and red wine, can discolor our teeth. Or maybe your holiday schedule was so hectic you weren’t quite as diligent with your twice a day brushing as you usually are.
No worries, you don’t have to head into the new year with a dull smile. Dr. Tripp can lift those stains from your teeth with the KöR teeth whitening system. We offer chairside whitening or whitening trays you can take home for safe, reliable results.
Don’t let your family and their teeth enter the holiday season defenseless against treats! For more info on how to best care for your family’s dental health, Dr. Tripp conveniently takes appointments from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 7 O’Clock Dental now at 504-266-0664 or use our simple online form to schedule your appointment.