Serving Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle
The best way to protect your oral health is to stop any potential problems before they start, or before they become serious. That is why The Esler Dental Group offers a comprehensive array of preventive services, designed to maintain oral health, while also providing early diagnosis and treatment of any issues as they arise.
Much of the responsibility for good preventive care lies with you. Make sure to brush your teeth twice per day, floss daily, and visit your dentist once every six months for a professional dental cleaning and a thorough examination of your oral health.
What to expect during a checkup
Regular checkups from your dentist are crucial to your oral health. A professional cleaning from a certified and experienced dental practice is the only way that all plaque and bacteria can be removed from your teeth. This plaque and bacteria are the building blocks for tooth decay, but we can remove all stains and deposits from your teeth, then polish and floss them, all in an effort to minimize your risk of tooth decay.
The examinations that take place as part of a check-up are just as important because they allow us to maintain a thorough record of your oral health and identify any changes. We often take X-rays using our digital X-ray technology as part of our documentation process. The X-rays also allow us to see abnormalities or concerns between teeth, under the gum tissue, or involving the jaw joints or bone.
The consequences of not receiving dental care
When you do not receive regular dental care, it increases the risk that a major oral health problem develops.
Serious oral health issues can increase your likelihood of developing other conditions that can be chronic and even life threatening.
- Individuals with gum disease have almost twice the risk of developing heart disease, as the plaque and bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream and accumulate in the arteries.
- Patients with gum disease also have a higher risk of becoming diabetics.
- Missing teeth, or the deterioration of supporting bone structure in the mouth, can increase your risk of stroke.
- Increases the chance of a preterm birth, or low birth weight in babies.
Research also has linked poor oral health to other chronic ailments such as kidney disease, anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Take care of yourself by maintaining a thorough regimen of oral hygiene, and encouraging these same good habits in your children. To learn more about our cleanings and examinations or to find out information on some of our specific preventive treatments, contact our office by calling (806) 358-8021.
The Esler Dental Group is proud to serve patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.