You’ve heard it time and time again that prevention is the best medicine – it’s true! It’s much easier to prevent serious problems than it is to try and treat and repair the damage afterward. That’s why general dentistry and preventive dentistry are so important. Your diet, lifestyle, and oral hygiene routine, as well as regular visits with your Houston dentist, are essential if you wish to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life. A healthy smile also plays a much larger role in your overall health than you may realize. Maintaining a healthy smile will keep your defense strong and help you avoid serious systemic health problems down the road. Prioritizing your oral health today is the first step in your journey toward overall health and wellness.
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When your Houston dentist asks you if you’ve been brushing and flossing regularly, it’s not just some conspiracy cooked up by the toothpaste companies. The truth is, oral hygiene really is the most important factor when it comes to oral health. Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis and seeing your Houston dentist twice a year is essential if you wish to maintain a healthy smile and a healthy body, and to avoid painful and costly complications down the road.
Here’s some advice straight from the oral health professionals at Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics on how to best keep your smile healthy at home:
Come see us at Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics and let our friendly hygiene team take care of you. Our hygienists are incredibly gentle so you don’t leave with sore gums, and impressively thorough to take care of any plaque or tartar you’ve left behind.
Now back to that silver lining – good oral hygiene and regular visits to your Houston dentist are your best line of defense against gum disease. If you do notice signs of gum disease – the most tell-tale sign is gums that bleed when brushed or flossed – we can help you get your gums healthy again.Your individual treatment plan will depend on the severity of your case. If you are still in the gingivitis stage, we may be able to reverse the progression of gum disease with more frequent deep cleanings or periodontal cleanings. We use a technique called scaling and root planing to get below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar that’s causing irritation.
If your gum disease has progressed into periodontitis, a more aggressive treatment plan may be necessary. We may need to perform a minor surgery or tissue graft to supplement the gum tissue that has been lost in order to save your teeth. We can also prescribe antibiotics to help get the infection under control.
If your gums bleed at all when brushing or flossing, unfortunately, you have gum disease. But don’t worry. Give us a call and schedule a visit with your Houston dentist and we’ll get you back on the right track.
Most of us have had a least one cavity when we were kids, and most adults will get at least one cavity afterward. We’re human. We love sugar. It happens. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. But with the metal fillings of the past, it’s hard to forget when there’s a glaring metallic reminder every time you open your mouth. Thankfully, today, we use a natural-looking tooth colored resin that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.Metal fillings are not only unsightly, but they also contain trace amounts of mercury, which we now know to be toxic to the human body. They also tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, causing them to crack and leave room for bacteria to enter and cavities to progress, as well as making the tooth more likely to crack over time.
Tooth colored fillings are completely safe for the human body, and won’t expand and contract with temperature changes, making them a more durable and longer-lasting than ever before.If you have an old metal filling that needs to be replaced, or you have a new cavity that needs to be filled, Dr. Ellison can help you with modern tooth colored fillings for a seamless, decay-free smile.
Oral cancer is unfortunately on the rise in the United States. One person dies every hour from this disease, and 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk factors. The good news is, early diagnosis can double your chance of survival. So how do you ensure early diagnosis? Simple – regular visits with your Houston dentist.
When you typically only see your regular doctor when a health problem arises, your dentist is in a unique position (inside your mouth!) to detect and diagnose oral cancer in its early stages for the best chance of survival and recovery. Dr. Ellison is always on the lookout for any changes or abnormalities in your mouth that may be potential signs of oral cancer, and you should be too.
Signs of oral cancer (can be found on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, or any surface of the mouth) include:
Risk factors for developing oral cancer include:
At Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics, we’ve invested in OralID™ oral cancer screening devices to give our patients peace of mind. OralID™ uses proven fluorescence technology to illuminate tissue abnormalities, pre-cancer, and oral cancer cells before they are visible to the naked eye, allowing for earlier diagnosis and saving lives. Unlike other oral cancer screening devices, OralID™ doesn’t require any rinses or dyes and has no per-patient cost during use because it is a simple, hand-held device that’s affordable and convenient. OralID™ oral cancer screening devices are a product of Forward Science® and are proudly assembled right here in Texas.
Come see us at Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics for an oral cancer screening today. It might just save your life.
If you are involved in any sort of contact sports or you are a patient who tends to clench and grind your teeth (bruxism), your Houston dentist is happy to provide custom mouth guards to help you protect your assets.
While, yes there are stock mouth guards you can buy at the local sporting goods store, only a custom mouth guard can provide the most comfortable fit and the highest level of protection against oral injuries and concussions.
Your smile is important for living a healthy, fulfilled life with confidence – and after your adult teeth come in, they’re the only set you’ve got! Protect your smile and invest in your future with a custom mouth guard from Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics.
If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your Houston general dentist, Dr. Susan Ellison at Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics, give us a call today or schedule a visit online! We have two convenient locations in the neighborhoods of Cypress and Memorial to serve you.
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