Enjoy The Summer & Visit Our Family Dentist
We hope your summer is filled with lots of fun. Whether you are watching your kids play baseball or softball, enjoying the outdoors, or attending a cookout with family and friends, you should have lots of reasons to smile.
You don’t need oral health problems spoiling the fun, which is why you should schedule a visit to our Chester, VA dental office soon. Family dentistry is the foundation of what we do. It also can prevent problems like cavities, toothaches, and broken teeth from spoiling your summer activities.
Call 804-717-2099 now to plan your visit to the office of Walter D. Felton, DDS.
Start With The Basics
If you have vacation plans in the months to come, the last thing you want during your time away from your daily stresses is to learn that you or one of your kids has a toothache. It’s not the kind of problem you can or should ignore. It can definitely spoil the fun for everyone. The last thing you want is a dental emergency when you have plans to visit an amusement park or just relax next to a lake.
Preventive care is the key to long-term oral health. Daily brushing and flossing are great for removing harmful bacteria and for preventing plaque buildup, which can lead to cavities and other problems. Professional dental cleanings are the next level of care. This is when we remove plaque and tartar that you may have missed.
Keep in mind that more than 90 percent of people will have at least one cavity. It’s much better to catch this problem in the early stages. Getting a dental filling is a much better solution compared to letting the decay cause a tooth infection, which may require a root canal.
Likewise, we would much rather find and take care of gum disease in the early stages, before it can put your teeth at risk.
If your family is like many, you are likely to spend much time following your kids around ballfields and courts in the months to come. You may even play sports yourself competitively or recreationally.
Every athlete in your family should be wearing an athletic mouthguard. The best protection comes from mouthguards that are custom-made for your teeth. We can make one for you at our office. According to the American Dental Association, athletes who wear mouthguards are 60 times less likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who don’t.
You also want to protect against harmful bacteria. Two ways to do that — above and beyond your normal cleanings — are dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Sealants are a protective coating that covers teeth so bacteria have a difficult time reaching your enamel. Fluoride is a mineral that can repair minor damage and make teeth more resistant to cavities.