By Page Family Dentistry
September 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Protect your beautiful smile with the help of preventive dentistry.

Has it been a couple of days since you last flossed? Did you go to bed recently and forget to brush? Has your sweet tooth ruled your diet this week? All of these bad habits are the reason why cavities are the most common chronic dental disease that our Providence, RI, family dentists Drs. Marc and Lawrence Page see; however, when you take special care of your teeth you can prevent oral problems from happening in the first place.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is any habit or practice that you or your dentist undertakes in order to protect your teeth and gums. After all, it’s much easier to instill good oral habits now to protect your smile than it is to just deal with problems once they appear. Good oral health starts in childhood, so it’s important that you start bringing your child in to see our Providence, RI, family dentists around one year old.

What is involved in preventive dentistry?

Let’s first discuss the preventive dental measures that you and your family can tackle right now to maintain good oral health. These smile-friendly measures include,

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Limiting sugar, fruit juices and sports drinks
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Using an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet

Now, let’s talk about the preventive dentistry measures that you’ll need to turn to a family dentist for. These include,

  • Regular dental exams every six months
  • Professional dental cleanings
  • Annual dental X-rays
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dentist can also recommend additional ways to reduce your risk for cavities and other dental problems based on your specific needs. Some of these additional preventive measures include,

  • Creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for kids and teens who play sports
  • Crafting night guards for those who grind their teeth while they sleep
  • Placing dental sealants on your child’s molars to reduce cavities
  • Fluoride treatment for kids who don’t get enough fluoride in their diet (fluoride helps to mineralize tooth enamel and to prevent cavities from forming)

Here at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, our family dentists believe in providing patients with the knowledge and skills to properly care for their smiles and to protect against cavities and gum disease. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning call our office today at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns can improve your smile by strengthening and restoring damaged teeth. The appearance of teeth with stains or cosmetic concerns can also be improved with dental crowns. At Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, our experienced family dentists, Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page, can determine if certain teeth could benefit from dental crowns.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow covers that are placed over teeth that are damaged or have cosmetic imperfections. Once in place, the crown completely encapsulates the tooth and gives it a strong, new exterior. For example, teeth that are worn down and too weak to readily perform biting and chewing functions can be made strong again by placing dental crowns over them. With the dental crowns in place, the teeth are restored and can bite and chew food again.

Since a dental crown is placed over the affected tooth, it can also conceal a wide range of flaws. Teeth that are stained, discolored, misshapen, chipped, or cracked, for example, can be given a flawless new look by placing dental crowns over the top. Dental crowns look just like natural teeth and readily blend in with the rest of your smile once they are in place. The skilled family dentists at our office in Providence, RI, can help you decide if dental crowns are the right option for improving your smile.

How Dental Crowns Help

Dental crowns can help improve your smile in several ways. They can strengthen, restore, and protect damaged teeth, as well as enhance the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues. Some of the many ways dental crowns can improve your smile include:

  • Improving the appearance and shape of teeth that are oddly shaped
  • Improving the appearance of teeth with stains or discolorations
  • Preventing a cracked or chipped tooth from becoming worse
  • Strengthening and restoring teeth affected by extensive decay
  • Protecting a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Preventing loose dental fillings from falling out

Dental crowns are an effective way to strengthen, restore, and improve your smile. To learn more about dental crowns and how they can address your specific issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marc or Lawrence Page, our knowledgeable family dentists, by calling Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Your take good care of your teeth, but how are your gums doing? At Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page value your periodontal health. Your family dentist will show you ways to keep those soft oral tissues vibrant and infection-free.

What is gum disease?

Your oral health influences your overall health. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Gum disease begins when plaque and tartar collect in between teeth and in the spaces between the gums and root surfaces. These gum pockets have a normal depth of one to three millimeters, but when infiltrated by leftover food residues, they deepen, causing:

  • Bleeding
  • Puffiness
  • Tenderness
  • Fistulas on the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receded gum tissue
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Change in the fit of dentures and in dental bite
  • Loose and lost teeth

While patients do not notice gum disease symptoms right away, your family dentist can spot these issues during your regular dental visits. If you have mild gingivitis or even advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Page can help you return to full oral health.

Risk factors for gum disease

Some are unavoidable--heredity and age, as examples. However, other factors are within your control. Risk factors include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking and use of smokeless tobacco
  • Diet (high in sugar and low in fiber)
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Some prescriptions, such as birth control pills and some heart medications
  • Some health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, which impact the immune system

People over the age of 65 have a greater incidence of gum disease. So, age is a risk factor as well.

Preventing gum disease

At your routine check-up and cleaning at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, your dentist can recommend ways for you to keep your gums healthy. After all, prevention is the best cure for any health problem. Your tips may include:

1. Stop all tobacco usage.

2. Stay hydrated with several glasses of water daily.

3. Brush your teeth gently twice a day.

4. Floss daily to remove bacteria-filled plaque.

5. Consume a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables.

6. Wear a bite guard if you have the habit of clenching and grinding your teeth.

7. Ask your hygienist for ways to improve your oral health routine.

8. Get professional cleanings and check-ups at least every six months.

If you do have gum problems, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) or other in-office interventions to remove diseased tissue and help your gums heal.

Learn all you can

Your smile depends on your gum health. So, keep it strong with the help of Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page at Providence's own Page Family Dentistry. Call the office team for your routine appointment: (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Providence, Rhode Island can rebuild your smile

If you are missing teeth, you are missing your smile! Fortunately, you can revive the smile you’ve lost, thanks to dental implants. Read on to learn how Drs. Lawrence and Marc Page of Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, offer dental implants to rebuild your smile—read on to learn more.

What dental implants can do for you

Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement to having natural teeth. The dental implant screw is implanted in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. This screw will function as the “root” of your missing tooth. Following the implantation is a healing period, during which the bone will fill in around the implant screw, locking it in place. After the area has healed and your implant is fully embedded, it will be capped with a beautiful implant crown, giving you a new tooth!

There are many reasons why people prefer dental implants to rebuild their smiles. Consider that dental implants:

  • Look just like natural teeth, because the dental implant crown material is light reflective and is virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel
  • Are completely stable, because they are embedded in the bone, making it so that they will never move around
  • Provide convenience, because they are a permanent part of your smile and you never have to take them out
  • Are easy to maintain, because you simply brush and floss them along with your natural teeth

Dental implants are also highly successful because they are made of biocompatible materials that your body won’t reject. In fact, they are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Need dental work? Give us a call

If you are missing teeth and want to rebuild your smile, dental implants allow you to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. To learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, call Drs. Lawrence and Marc Page of Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, at (401) 421-9350. Call today!

By Page Family Dentistry
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile issues? Your cosmetic dentist can perform a variety of dental procedures to enhance your smile—from subtle changes to major repairs. Dentists have a wide array of techniques at their disposal for improving the appearance of your smile. Led by Drs. Marc & Lawrence Page, Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI offers a full range of dental services to the patients they serve. The following information can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you.

Dental Bonding - Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which tooth-colored material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Among the least expensive and easiest of cosmetic dental procedures, bonding can repair cracked or chipped teeth, change the shape of teeth, fix decayed teeth, make the teeth look longer, and close spaces between teeth. The bonding procedure takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Dental Crowns - Dental crowns can enhance the beauty of your smile. Dental crowns are restorations that completely cover the outside of the teeth. They're routinely used to restore teeth that are damaged, badly decayed, cracked, discolored, worn-down, or weakened. All-ceramic crowns can give you a naturally beautiful smile. All-ceramic crowns provide the best natural color match than other crown types.

Dental Implants - Dental implants are widely considered the best option for replacing lost teeth. An implant is a small metal post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to hold a fabricated tooth. Implants can be used to replace one or many lost teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants including improved appearance, durability, improved self-esteem, easier eating, improved comfort, and improved speech.

Dental Veneers - Porcelain veneers can make your smile more beautiful. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, porcelain shells that are cemented over the front of your teeth to improve your look. Porcelain veneers are routinely used to restore teeth that are unevenly spaced, cracked, chipped, stained, oddly shaped, or crooked. The durability of porcelain veneers allows them to resist wear and tear and remain resilient lasting up to 20 years or more.

Teeth Whitening - Smile brighter! Our Providence dentist can give you the brilliant smile you desire. In some cases, professional teeth whitening is performed in the office, using a light source to speed up the bleaching process. Still, another popular procedure is one that you complete from your home.

Experience the confidence a star-worthy smile can give you! Call Page Family Dentistry at (401) 421-9350 to schedule a dental consultation in Providence, RI and get the smile you deserve.





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