We all learned growing up that our dental health is important since brushing your teeth helps prevent cavities, whitens your teeth, and keeps your breath fresh. But did you know bad oral bacteria are linked to many serious health conditions such as Alzheimers disease, gum disease, endocarditis, and cardiovascular disease? Check out the infographic below to see the health problems that bad oral health can lead to and the ways to prevent these health complications from occurring.
Early detection of cavities, or caries, is key to dental health.DIAGNOdent is a hand-held detection tool that scans your teeth with harmless laser light and searches out hidden decay at its earliest stages. The process of detecting caries (the earliest stages of caveities) is especially difficult with caries often being under the hard surface of otherwise healthy teeth. Locating hidden decay before it destroys your tooth from the inside out is crucial.Simple and Safe Early detectionX-rays have been part of the process for detecting cavities for decades, but they are limited in detecting subsurface decay or cavities in their early stages. Thats where the DIAGNOdent comes in.This breakthrough technology is completely safe and pain-free and provides instant feedback on the health of the tooth. It looks like a pen attached to a small box, and it simply glides over the tooth surface and generates a number and an alarm that the operator can interpret to reveal signs of hidden decay.Its quick and reliable, and can identify fissure caries, proximal caries, and even periodontitis. And its safe for use with children as well. (Children and adolescents have fissure caries in nearly 80% of all cases, and this caries can be detected more easily with the DIAGOdent pen).How does DIAGNOdent work?There are no chemicals or radiation involved. Instead, the DIAGNOdent uses laser fluorescence that actually makes even the earliest stages of tooth decay visible. Clean, healthy tooth structure shows little or no fluorescence and gives lower, safer readings on the display. However, even the beginnings of decay became obvious to the skilled and experienced operator, and countermeasures can be taken right away, and more effectively.Guerra Dental professionals have the experience and the expertise in this unique and powerful tool and you and your family are the beneficiary! Check in with Guerra Dental today, learn more about the DIAGNOdents potential for you and your family.
How does getting older affect your teeth and how do changes in your teeth and your bite affect your looks and your health? Dr. Guerra and Guerra Dental have the answers, and we are ready to help counteract those effects in a number of ways.How does age affect you?Its simply a matter of time. As the years pass, the stresses put on your teeth take their toll. Over time, your smile ages right along with the rest of your body. Your smile can lose vibrancy due to discoloration, tooth loss and excessive grinding. Lips begin to sag and lose their elasticity. Gravity and aging make our lower face shrink and sink, resulting in less of our upper teeth showing as we speak or smile. Loss of collagen and diminished muscle tone allow wrinkles to form around our mouth and lips.Night grindingTeeth clenchingDiscoloring foodsImproper bitePoor preventative care and so much more can have a major negative effect on your health and of course, it can get worse the longer it goes on.How does aging actually affect your appearance?Here are some of the actual effects on your face:A chance in your bite can result in wrinkles around the corner of your mouth.As you age, your jaw may become narrower. Your smile may seem less full, and spaces may appear on both sides of your teeth.Grinding, clenching and even regular eating over time can cause pain to your bite.Changes in the angles of your teeth can make your face asymmetrical and actually narrow the look of your lips and smile.What can be done? Consult with Dr. GuerraAnti-aging dentistry has become an important field of study and treatment at Guerra Dental, and today we can use various techniques and technologies to improve and even reverse the signs of aging. Anti-aging dentists address the issues of wrinkles, cheek support, lip fullness, dark corners, discoloration and asymmetry. It begins with a careful and thorough examination, including the latest in digital imaging to look at your entire facial structure, the extent of damage thats already occurred and may occur without treatment. Then we focus on the treatment that can actually repair age-related damage, improve your smile and features, and actually help you look younger.You dont have to wait for a problem to occur.The effects of aging are gradual and long-term, but you can address them immediately. Don't wait until you have a toothache, infection or fracture due to aging that has to be addressed. Make your appointment with Dr. Guerra today, so you can look forward to a new, youthful appearance tomorrow.