Our team at Delmarva Dental Services strives to provide comprehensive information for our patients and individuals considering their options for dental care. This information includes details on how to handle dental emergencies, treatments we offer for our senior patients, and more. We want our patients to have the opportunity to make informed decisions on lifestyle choices that will not sacrifice their oral health. Our commitment is to provide you with all of the necessary information and education before beginning any procedure. This can help ensure that you have a full understanding as to how and why the treatments we have suggested can help meet your dental needs.
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Oral Health Information
Good oral health is the foundation that teeth and gums need to create a beautiful smile. To achieve optimal oral health, you should begin by implementing a dental hygiene routine that consists of brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist at least twice per year. Integrating this kind of routine can help protect against biofilms, which are layers of organisms that can develop and grow while spreading bacteria. Biofilms are commonly found on the teeth and gums; therefore, extra care is essential to maintaining your oral health. Our practice offers oral probiotics to introduce good bacteria into your mouth and to protect your teeth from decay.
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Body and Oral Health Connection
In recent years there have been scientific studies linking the health conditions of one’s mouth to the overall health of one’s body. This means that if there is an infection in the mouth, a patient can be more at risk for serious health conditions, including stroke and high blood pressure. Given what we know about the body and oral health connection, it is incredibly important to maintain healthy teeth and gums for as long as possible.
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Dental emergencies can occur at any time and can be very intimidating if you are unsure how to handle them. These types of emergencies can consist of a broken tooth, severe toothache, bite pain, a tooth that has become loose, a missing filling, traumatic injury, or other concerns. Immediate treatment is typically needed to keep the issue from worsening or to limit further pain or damage. Delmarva Dental Services is happy to offer assistance in these scenarios by evaluating your needs and ensuring you receive treatment in a timely matter.
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Dental Products and Cavity Prevention
The experienced staff at our dental practice believe in the importance of preventative health measures. We sell oral probiotics to help protect against disease, cavities, and bad breath. The goal of using these products is to have positive results at each of your dental check-ups and professional cleanings.
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Misaligned teeth can begin at an early age and greatly affect your smile, facial appearance, and oral health. Based on the severity of your teeth misalignment, our staff can recommend treatments such as porcelain veneers, braces, or Invisalign®, depending on your unique needs and goals. After evaluating your teeth in a comprehensive exam, we can provide a more detailed treatment plan.
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If you are one of the millions of Americans that is affected by halitosis, commonly referred to as bad breath, the experienced staff at our dental practice can help. This condition is typically caused by particular foods in our diets, but inadequate dental hygiene can also be a key contributing component. Through our oral exams and professional cleanings, we can determine the cause of your halitosis and offer treatment advice.
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There are plenty of habits that we pick up through everyday life. Some habits can actually be very harmful, such as biting your nails, grinding your teeth, or chewing ice. Each of these can negatively impact the state of your dental health. We hope the educational content we have compiled will be beneficial in helping you to address habits that may be harming your teeth and gums.
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Taking your dental health seriously means brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash daily. Determining the best products for each of these dental hygiene steps can be overwhelming, as there are many options on the market. Research has shown that certain toothpastes can lead to permanent tooth destruction and that the consumption of energy drinks has led to the erosion of protective tooth layers.
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Senior Dental Care
The natural aging process typically has a negative effect on the oral health of our patients in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Years of wear and tear can commonly lead to dental issues such as advanced tooth decay, dark teeth, gum disease, tooth loss, or dentures that no longer fit properly or feel comfortable. At our practice, we offer various dental treatments to correct these common issues. We are committed to caring for our patients like family and do so by showing them compassion, treating them with respect, and working to find an appropriate solution to their dental problems.
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Many of our patients take medication to stay healthy or to keep harmful diseases at bay. It’s important to note that some medications can wreak havoc on the teeth and gums. Side effects from certain medications can include bleeding, dry mouth, excessive gum growth, mouth ulcers, and others. Patients should always let our staff know about any and all medications they are currently taking so that we can create an appropriate treatment plan.
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Surprisingly, oral cancer can kill more people every year than skin and cervical cancer. This is almost always because oral cancer goes undetected in its early stages. If caught early, the chances of survival are significantly increased. We take the potential for oral cancer very seriously at Delmarva Dental Services and offer oral cancer screenings for all of our patients.
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Unhealthy levels of oral bacteria can affect not only our oral health but our general health as well. We can provide saliva testing to measure harmful oral bacteria and recommend methods to correct these levels. We also can determine your susceptibility to certain diseases such as gum disease, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes with saliva genetic testing. Other saliva tests include fungal, HPV, and STDs.
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