Posts for category: Oral Health

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 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Even with numerous advancements in dental technology, and a greater selection of cosmetic and oral hygiene care products than ever family dentistrybefore, the fundamentals of maintaining good oral health remain the same - brush and floss every day, and visit the dentist regularly for an oral exam and dental cleaning. Drs. Lawrence and Marc Page, of Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, recommend scheduling a checkup approximately every six months to keep your family's oral health on track, and to catch problems like tooth decay and gingivitis as early as possible. Page Family Dentistry offers cosmetic and general dental services for the entire family.

Family Dentistry in Providence, RI

Coordinating schedules and juggling activities can be challenging for busy families, which can sometimes lead to putting dental appointments on the back burner until something goes wrong. A family dentist offers all the services you need in one practice, for both adult and pediatric patients.

When Should You See a Family Dentist?

A dental exam and cleaning are a good place to start. During the dental exam, your dentist will identify any problem areas and recommend follow-up treatment if necessary. The most common general dentistry treatments include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Root canal treatment
  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning procedure to remove excessive bacterial and tartar build-up under the gum line)
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Sealants (placed over the surface of your child's teeth to smooth out ridges and make it easier to brush and prevent cavities
  • Dentures
  • Extractions
  • Dental emergencies

A family dentist can also take care of your cosmetic dental needs, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic bonding and contouring
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth (enamel) colored fillings

Find a Dentist in Providence, RI

Whether you need to have a cavity filled, or would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options to improve how your teeth look, contact Page Family Dentistry by calling (401) 421-9350 to schedule an appointment today.

By Page Family Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Isn’t it about time you gave your smile a little routine TLC to prevent dental problems in the future?

Did you know that most common oral health issues like decay and gum disease are completely preventable with the proper care? That’s preventative dentistryright! Most people can protect their smiles for the long run just by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting their Providence, RI family dentists, Drs. Lawrence and Marc Page, every six months.

Why are these dental visits so important?

While it seems like there is always a debate about how often someone should visit the dentist, it’s important to talk to us about when to come in for routine checkups. The average healthy adult should visit our Providence dentist every six months for cleanings. If you are at high risk for dental problems you may need to come in more frequently. Cleanings help us remove plaque and tartar, which are responsible for decay and gum disease.

Through a physical exam, cleaning and x-rays (performed once a year) we can easily spot issues or potential problems and take care of them right away when they are much simpler to treat. We can also monitor small spots of decay to make sure they don’t turn into cavities. That’s why coming in to see us regularly is so important to your oral health.

How should I care for my smile between visits?

Of course you shouldn’t neglect your smile between visits. There is so much you could be doing to protect your teeth and gums. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day (ideally, after every meal) for a minimum of 2-3 minutes each time. And it’s time to toss your toothbrush and buy a new one when the bristles become frayed.

You also don’t want to forget about flossing. If you floss daily you are on the perfect track to good oral health. When you floss doesn’t matter as long as you do it every day, but, ideally, you’ll want to floss at the end of the evening before you brush your teeth.

Did you know that eating a balanced diet is also part of having a healthy smile? By limiting sugar and simple carbs and turning to proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy and legumes (and don’t forget to drink enough water every day!) your smile will get all the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Don’t wait until problems have happened to get the proper dental treatment in Providence, RI. Turn to Page Family Dentistry today to get the preventive dental care you need.

Providence, RI Family Dentist

31 Elmgrove Ave.
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 421-9350
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