Over the counter pain relievers for instance, are fine for the temporary symptoms that can be caused by a simple headache or the common cold, doctors often recommend them. Sometimes however, patients need the added strength of a prescription medication. The same holds true for oral health care.
Some dental patients are at higher risk for tooth decay than most. It may be a matter of genetics or it could be the lack of regular professional care. A long term diet of unhealthy foods and drinks can definitely add to the vulnerability. Whatever the reason, these patients will require a more intensive protective plan. A dentist can prescribe a toothpaste that will contain up to four times the amount of fluoride than a non-prescription one does. The extra strength formula will give the patient a much better shot at prevention.
When gum disease has advanced beyond the early stage of gingivitis a deep cleaning procedure known as “scaling and root planing” is normally advised. It is done to clean out any bacteria that has collected in the “pockets” that will form as the teeth recede from the gum tissue. If he sees the need a dentist will apply an antibiotic gel to the area following the procedure. He may also prescribe a pill to reduce inflammation and strengthen the bone structure.
Dr. Looze of Southlands Dental in Aurora pays attention to the individual needs of every patient that he sees. Call 720-886-0606 for your consultation.