Do you visit the dentist regularly? Are you concerned about your dental health or the appearance and comfort of your bite?
Routine dental care is the foundation of a beautiful and healthy smile for patients of all ages, including young children and seniors. No matter your age, dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can develop and, left untreated, lead to more complex concerns affecting your quality of life.
Your dentist in Greeley, CO at Thompson Advanced Dentistry is committed to helping patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. We provide personalized dental care in Greeley, taking into consideration any unique risk factors you may have and your concerns for the health of your smile. Taking care of your oral health will not only support a smile that feels and looks great but also supports your physical health and well-being.
General Dentistry in Greeley, CO
Dr. Thompson provides complete general dental services for maintaining healthy teeth and gums and addressing common dental concerns. Routine dental exams and tooth cleanings are the foundation of our preventative dental care and the keys to lifelong oral health. In addition, there are general dental services for treating a range of concerns, including:
- Dental fillings: for restoring tooth structure after the removal of decay, tooth fillings can be placed using various materials to suit your needs.
- Root canals: when a tooth is severely damaged or infected, a root canal can be performed to remove the damaged interior and stabilize your natural tooth.
- Laser dentistry: dental lasers can treat many concerns and conditions, including gum disease, cosmetic concerns, and tongue ties.
For anxious patients, we also offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Thompson is one of the few area dentists who offer IV sedation as an option, and we also provide conscious sedation. We can discuss your needs and health history to determine the best way to make you feel relaxed in the dentist’s chair, including the safe and effective use of sedation.
Thompson Advanced Dentistry’s general dental services include:
The Importance of Preventative Care
Preventative dental care is essential for maintaining the health of your smile. It takes place both at home and in visits to the dentist office. If you’re only doing one portion of the care, you can’t successfully take care of your smile and avoid more intensive, expensive care in the long run.
At home, brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily. If you can, brush and floss after every meal you eat. These things remove food debris and help avoid plaque and tartar buildup on the tooth’s surface. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria. Bacteria feed off food particles leftover from meals, emitting an acidic byproduct that erodes tooth enamel. This makes plaque and tartar the leading causes of tooth decay and gum disease.
But even if you brush and floss diligently at home, you must still visit the dentist regularly. There are areas in your smile that we can only reach with specialized dental instruments. Even if you’re brushing at home, plaque and tartar still build up in these areas. Even if you’re doing everything right at home, you’re at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease if you aren’t visiting the dentist regularly.
We don’t only clean your teeth at your regular dentist visits. You get a thorough oral exam as well. Conditions like oral cancer and gum disease have early warning signs that are difficult to notice when you’re not trained to spot them. We have specialized knowledge and diagnostic tools to help discover these problems before they become more serious. This allows us to practice conservative dentistry and save you money.
Eating a Balanced Diet
Your diet is extremely important for the health of your mouth. Sugar and acid are two of your teeth’s biggest enemies. Acid wears down your tooth enamel, making it easier for bacteria to eat through the layers and cause cavities. Sugar is one of the favorite foods of the bacteria in your mouth. When they digest it, the bacteria emit an acidic byproduct that cuts through your tooth enamel.
When you consume sugars and acidic foods, take care to rinse your mouth with water after you eat them. Water helps neutralize any acid in your mouth, limiting the damage it causes to your teeth. It also removes food debris from around your teeth and washes them away. This gives bacteria less ability to feast on the food debris left behind.
Vitamin D, phosphorus, and calcium are all important to oral health. Vitamin D assists in calcium absorption. Calcium helps to keep your bones and teeth strong. This vitamin is essential to ensuring that it’s properly absorbed by your body to benefit you. Phosphorus works alongside calcium to strengthen teeth, bones, and tissue. Dairy products provide both calcium and phosphorus. Fish is ideal for phosphorus and Vitamin D.
Fruits and vegetables are also important, especially fresh, fibrous ones. Apples, carrots, and celery are all ideal because they take much time to chew and break down. The texture is gently abrasive so that it scrubs your teeth a little and removes plaque as you chew. They also increase the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is what neutralizes acids in your mouth.
Schedule A Routine Dental Care Visit
If you want a personalized dental care experience in Greeley, we welcome you to join our dental family at Thompson Advanced Dentistry. Our family-friendly office welcomes new patients from many local communities, including Kersey, Windsor, Johnstown, Loveland, and Evans, CO. Please call 970.205.9614 or request one online to schedule an appointment.