You know that dental care is important for your smile and your overall well-being, too. But, just how often should you visit your dentist at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT? Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani say you should receive in-office preventive care as often as will keep you and your smile healthy. Learn about what happens at dental visits and how they foster great dental health.
The six-month rule
Commonly, dentists set-up routine cleaning and exam visits every six months for children through senior adults. While this may work for some people, it may not be frequent enough for others, particularly those who struggle with:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A weakened immune system due to diabetes, cancer therapy or other ongoing health issue
- A cigarette or smokeless tobacco habit
In addition, pregnant women definitely should see their Fairfield dentist twice during those important nine months. The American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists both maintain that expecting moms are prone to gum disease (pregnancy gingivitis), tooth decay and pregnancy tumors, non-cancerous cysts which appear between the teeth and can cause discomfort.
In short, you and your dentist should determine together the best schedule for your examinations and cleanings.
If you break a tooth, lose a filling or have an awful toothache, don't hesitate to call your dentist at Worthington Advanced Dentistry. You'll receive accurate, kind and immediate advice as to how to stabilize your condition, and if the situation warrants, you'll see Dr. Worthington or Dr. Chandwani as soon as possible. The American Dental Association encourages good communication between dentists and patients, and your team at Worthington Advanced Dentistry take emergency phone calls and visits seriously.
The routine visit
While it's routine in timing, it's far from ordinary. Your dentist and dental hygienist perform several preventive services which help reduce tooth decay and gum disease and also assess for oral cancer, poor dental bite, the condition of existing restorations and more.
A thorough hygienic cleaning removes the harmful plaque and tartar your toothbrush and floss miss at home. Plus, the results of your dental examination tell both you and your dentist what your smile may need in the future to stay as healthy and functional as possible.
On the calendar
Whether on your phone, your kitchen bulletin board or desk, your personal calendar should highlight your regular visits to Worthington Advanced Dentistry. To schedule your visit with us, please contact our friendly office team at (203) 256-8073.
You can get a straighter smile no matter your age. Invisalign can help.
Having a misaligned smile can do a lot more than just make you feel uncomfortable flashing your pearly whites for those to see. It could also increase your chances of cavities or put excessive wear and tear on certain teeth. Our Fairfield, CT, dentists Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani believe that no one is ever too old to get the smiles they want. If you are an older teen or adult who wants to fix a misaligned smile without having to wear metal braces then Invisalign might be the right option for you.
Invisalign has been helping many older teens and adults get a straight, beautiful smile without ever needing to wear metal brackets or wires. This unique orthodontic system uses clear, custom-made aligners that look similar to whitening trays and fit over your teeth to shift them into their proper place.
During your consultation and treatment planning process our Fairfield, CT, general dentists will take images of your teeth and then use special computer software to determine which teeth need to shift and how far they need to move in order to give you the perfect smile. From this information, an Invisalign-approved dental lab will get to work crafting a series of clear, flexible aligners that will apply just the right amount of pressure and force to gradually move teeth into their final and more ideal position.
Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set of aligners. While aligners are meant to fit securely against your teeth, the material used provides a custom and more comfortable fit than traditional metal braces. Aligners should be worn as often as possible throughout the day (about 20 to 22 hours/day); however, they should be removed prior to drinking and eating, and brushing and flossing. Since aligners can be removed for oral care and before mealtimes, this means that you don’t have to worry about food restrictions or having to alter your oral care routine.
The average adult will get the results they want in about one year. The length of treatment for teens is comparable to regular braces (about 18 to 24 months); however, wearing clear, nearly invisible aligners makes the orthodontic process a whole lot easier on the wearer.
If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Fairfield, CT, the next step is to schedule a consultation with us to make sure you smile goals align with what Invisalign can offer you. Call Worthington Advanced Dentistry today to learn more.
Is your current routine helping or hurting your smile? Let’s find out!
We know that no one wants to hear that they have a cavity (or worse!) when they visit their dentist. Of course, how you care for your smile is critical to the health of your teeth and gums. Our Fairfield, CT, dentists, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, are here to provide some helpful tips to make sure that your oral hygiene is more than satisfactory.
Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, this means once in the morning and again at night before bedtime. Brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove plaque buildup from your teeth to prevent decay. Here are some tips to ensure your brushing is benefiting your smile the most:
- Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time. If you aren’t sure if you are brushing long enough you should set a timer (you might be surprised to learn that you aren’t brushing nearly as long as you thought).
- Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride can strengthen enamel and protect against tooth decay.
- Remember that your toothbrush won’t last forever. Once bristles begin to splay out and look worn, it’s time to replace them. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush head every three to four months, or after an illness.
Your oral care routine would not be complete without flossing. After all, your toothbrush won’t be able to effectively clean between teeth the way floss can. Floss is the only way to thoroughly remove plaque buildup from between teeth and along the gumline. All it takes is once daily, preferably at night, to prevent decay from occurring between teeth.
It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that what you eat impacts your oral health. After all, you’ve certainly heard that sugar increases your chances of decay, right? While it would be ridiculous to say that you should never have sugar, it’s important to enjoy it in moderation.
Sodas, sports drinks and many fruit juices contain a lot of added sugar, which can lead to decay. Make sure you are also giving your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This means a nice blend of lean proteins, fibrous veggies, fruits, low-fat dairy and whole grains.
Even with these at-home habits in place, it’s still important that you visit our Fairfield general dentist every six months for routine cleanings. No matter how healthy your smile seems you should still come in for care. This is the best way to prevent problems from occurring and to catch issues early on when they are easier to treat.
Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Have questions about how to properly care for your smile? Don’t hesitate to contact our dental team at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT. We are here to answers all of your questions and to provide you with the dental care you need.
Find out the best approach for making gums more symmetrical and your smile more even.
When you smile do you feel like the only thing people notice are your gums? If you have a gummy smile then chances are pretty good that you are looking for a simple solution that will make your gums look more subtle and make your smile look more even. From the office of our Fairfield, CT, dentists, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, find out how we address uneven or excessive gum tissue to improve your smile.
Why are my gums uneven? Why do I have excess gum tissue?
In many, someone dealing with uneven or excess gums was born with it. Of course, this doesn’t mean that other habits can’t be responsible for changes to your gums. If you have poor hygiene or if you brush too roughly you may find yourself dealing with changes to the shape and symmetry of the gums over time. Luckily, no matter what has caused this cosmetic issue, our Fairfield dentist can offer simple ways to give you the smile you want.
What are my treatment options?
First, you will come in for a consultation so that we can determine the extent of your excessive or uneven gum tissue. From there, we will determine the best treatment option to suit your needs. Common treatment options include:
- Dental Veneers
Gingivectomy is a surgical technique that will trim, remove and reshape the gum tissue so that it doesn’t seem to take over your smile or become the main focal point.
A gingivoplasty is usually the best course of action for someone who has normal gums that are asymmetrical because of trauma, genetics or gum disease. This surgical procedure reshapes and contours the gums to improve its overall look.
In some situations, it may just be a better option to consider a cosmetic restoration like dental veneers, which are thin porcelain shells that cover the front portion of your teeth. While they can’t alter the shape or size of your gums they can improve the length and size of your teeth to help even out your smile.
Do you have questions about treating excess gum tissue? Are you interested in finding out if you could benefit from this simple procedure? Call Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, today to schedule a consultation with us.
There are several factors that can cause temporary or chronic jaw pain. In some cases, stress and anxiety can lead to grinding your teeth at night while you sleep, causing soreness or discomfort in your jaw. Cavities are also a common cause of tooth and jaw pain. The most common cause of jaw pain is TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). Also commonly known as TMJ, TMD affects over ten percent of the population according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The dentists at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, offer treatment for TMD and other dental problems that may be causing your jaw pain.
Jaw Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Fairfield, CT
The best way to prevent dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home, which includes brushing after meals, flossing every day, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking. The American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional dental cleaning to maintain your oral health and reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Common Causes of Jaw Pain
If you wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding can be a temporary side effect of stress. If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, your dentist may recommend a night guard to help protect your teeth from wear and tear.
If your jaw pain is caused by a decayed or infected tooth, you may need a dental filling or root canal therapy to clear bacteria and damaged tissue.
In addition to jaw pain, TMD can also cause a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw to open and close your mouth. In severe cases, the jaw can get stuck in an open or closed position. Depending on your symptoms and the cause of the TMD, treatment usually involves conservative options like resting your jaw or medication.
Find a Dentist in Fairfield, CT
If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms of a dental problem, contact our office by calling 203-256-8073 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Worthington or Dr. Brijesh Chandwani today.
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