Dental Risk Factors

Dental Risk Factors

What do I mean by dental risk factors? Simply put, these are the things that cause damage to your teeth and cause you to lose your teeth.

There are three basic risk factors. You probably know two of them very well, but the third you may never have heard of.
1. The first risk factor is cavities. Bacteria that live on the teeth eat holes in your teeth. We call these holes…cavities. The problem with a cavity is that it makes the tooth weak. A weak tooth can break. Cavities can grow into the nerve of the tooth causing extreme pain.
2. The second risk factor is gum disease also called periodontal disease. Those same bacteria that can cause cavities cause gum disease. These bacteria live at the base of the teeth next to the gums. If you don’t brush and floss properly, bacteria will thrive at the gum line. When this bacteria colonizes it destroys and eats away the bone. If the bone is destroyed, there is nothing to hold your tooth in your mouth. The result is your teeth will loosen and fall out just like baby teeth.
3. The third risk factor is bite disease. You don’t have to have crooked teeth to have a bad bite. You can have a bad bite with either straight or crooked teeth. A bad bite may be the worst of the three risk factors because it causes teeth to be weak (like cavities do) and it causes your bone to be destroyed (like gum disease does).
We provide a very comprehensive examination on all patients of our practice. We will thoroughly check each risk factor and help you develop your own personalized dental plan. This plan becomes your “roadmap” of how to get your mouth and teeth as healthy as you want them to be.

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OnMarch 6, 2012, posted in: Uncategorized by

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Do you suffer from headaches, even migraines, and are being treated with pain medication only? You may want to look into what a neuromuscular dentist, such as myself, can do for you.
Migraine headaches are a common symptom of TMD, sometimes described as a misalignment of the jaw that causes numerous pains and discomforts in the head and neck.
Neuromuscular dentistry utilizes a non invasive approach and state-of-the-art equipment to determine the proper alignment of the jaw. This in turn relieves the stress on the jaw joint, as well as the issues that misalignment causes on the surrounding structures. The jaw joint is returned to normal function, providing relief of TMD symptoms, including migraines.
If you suffer from migraine headaches, why not ask me how such treatment works. I’ll bet we can help.

Dr. Gina Deveaux

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OnJune 14, 2011, posted in: Education by

A couple of thoughts about why we do what we do

A couple of thoughts about why we do what we do

One of my favorite parts about being a cosmetic dentist is seeing people gain confidence almost immediately after the procedure. This is one of the amazing results of cosmetic dentistry and it is something we cosmetic dentists talk about all the time. I see this in my practice when people see their new smiles for the first time.
One of the last patients I treated looked at herself in the mirror and, after wiping a few tears exclaimed “I’ll never be self conscious about my smile again”.
Cosmetic dentistry can be life changing. People ask me why I do what I do; well this is a big reason why.
Maybe you are thinking about cosmetic dentistry for this reason. If you are, email me here and we can set up a consultation to discuss the possibilities for you.

Dr. Gina Deveaux DDS.

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OnDecember 15, 2010, posted in: Education, Tips by