November 14, 2014
As we move through life, most of us can’t help but notice changes in our body and often, consequently, our heath. But did you know that changes are happening in the mouth, too? Naturally, these can affect a person’s oral health. Therefore, proper dental hygiene at home combined with professional care is vitally important for seniors. The office of Dr. Shiloh Lindsey in Ft. Collins, CO, is proud to include caring general dentistry designed especially for adults and senior citizens.
As people age, normal dental concerns may become more pronounced. For instance, seniors are more prone to periodontal disease (gum disease). This may be due to a lifetime of poor dental hygiene, ill-fitting oral appliances, or diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Also, teeth’s supporting bone structure is more likely to shift as we grow older, making an uneven bite or tooth loss more likely. Other conditions that may develop include inflamed gum tissue, dry mouth or oral thrush.
The most important step in preventing these oral health concerns is regular check-ups with Dr. Lindsey. She and her staff will not only clean and polish your teeth, but at the time of your check-up they’ll also examine your mouth for the early signs of gum disease, conduct a cancer screening procedure, check for tooth decay and, if necessary, take x-rays in order to see decay that would otherwise not be visible to the naked eye. Dr. Lindsey can also offer suggestions to make seniors’ dental hygiene routines at home more convenient. For example, for people with limited manual dexterity due to arthritis, there are specially designed toothbrushes with larger handles that are easier for seniors to grasp.
If you or a senior citizen you care for is due for a visit to the dentist, call the office of Dr. Shiloh Lindsey in Ft. Collins, CO, today. We can take care of all of your general and preventive dentistry needs. Our office conveniently serves patients in Greeley, Longmont, Windsor, Loveland and the surrounding communities.
February 17, 2014
We agree with the American Dental Association, saying that you should see your dentist at least twice a year to make sure your smile is in tip top shape. Having your bi-yearly checkups lets us check and be sure everything in your mouth is going smoothly and working in tandem. Though many people believe they don not have to see the dentist unless something is wrong, Dr. Shiloh Lindsey wants to ensure your mouth is as healthy as it can be, not just when there is an issue, but even in its best best condition! One way she does this is by taking care of your dental checkups.
It is very difficult to accurately portray the importance of your dental checkup. When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Lindsey, she will take her time to inspect your mouth at length, leaving nothing kept in the dark. She will look at your gums and other soft tissue,looking for any early signs of gum disease or oral cancer and, if finding any, will take care of it immediately. Dr. Lindsey will also look at each and every tooth in your smile, searching for any cracks, cavities, and other abnormalities that could prevent you from having a healthy smile. She will also be able to replace any previous dental work you may have had, such as fillings, inlays, onlays, etcetera, with tooth-colored options.
The reason why dental checkups are so important is because it has the capacity to tackle and prevent problems before they get more serious down the road. What may appear to be a little discomfort now has the potential to lead to you needing a root canal. It is important to make sure whatever complications you have now regarding your smile are taken care of as soon as possible at your checkup. By doing this, you can save yourself unnecessary pain and money.
If you would like to schedule your dental checkup with Dr. Shiloh Lindsay, contact our office, and we will be more than happy to help.
January 15, 2014
At Aspen Dental Care, we not only make your teeth a high priority, but your gums as well. Many people that only their teeth matters in regards to their oral health, but that can’t be further from the truth. For a truly healthy smile, you have to have healthy gums, which is why we offer periodontal therapy for our patients.
As part of our family dentistry practice, we make it a top priority to make sure your gums are as healthy as possible. Surprisingly, more than 80% of the population has some form of gum disease. Though some may think it’s not a big deal, gum disease can lead to more serious problems down the road if not taken care of, like heart disease, bone deterioration, and tooth loss. The good thing about gum disease, however, is that it’s completely reversible if caught early. It is important to have your bi-annual dental checkup, so Dr. Lindsey can keep an eye on your mouth, making sure nothing harmful comes your way.
Our periodontal therapy begins with a visit to Dr. Lindsey, and he will be able to assess the current state of your smile and gums. We will perform scaling and root-planing of the gums, that way we can remove the bacterium that causes harm. Some things you can do is floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you’re not able to brush your teeth between meals, a great option is to chew gum, as it catches leftover food particles as well as produces saliva, which breaks food particles down.
Some signs of periodontal disease are tenderness of the gums. Also, if your gums are swollen or bleed when you brush your teeth, contact our office immediately so we will be able to assist you as soon as possible.
December 4, 2013
If you suffer from earaches or find it difficult to open your mouth all the way, you may be suffering from TMJ pain. TMJ, temporomandibular joint, pain is something that is very common, but a lot of people do not know what they can do to alleviate their pain.
The temporomandibular joint is located where the lower jaw meets the skull, and it allows your mouth to open and close with ease. A lot of factors can affect the joint, like stress, high emotions, grinding teeth, and a misaligned bite. The pain associated with TMJ can be sharp and piercing, leaving you orally crippled. Some ways your dentist may help with your TMJ pain is making a mouth guard for you. This mouth guard prevents your jaw from clenching and your teeth from grinding. A custom mouth guard will be made just for you, as everyone’s mouth is different.
Another way to help with TMJ pain is doing simple jaw exercises and massages. The massages will increase circulation to your jaw, and alleviate some of the pain. The jaw exercises will help you regain control of your jaw muscles, allowing you to open your mouth with ease and prevent clenching.
Good posture can also help with your TMJ pain. A relaxed jaw and straight back helps align your jaw, releasing a bit of pain. Good nutrition helps as well. Try to stay away from hard, chewy foods, take small bites, and alternate chewing between the sides of your mouth.
If you feel as though you suffer from TMJ pain, contact your local dentist, and they will be able to assess your concerns.
January 16, 2013
General dentistry deals with the overall health and care of your teeth. Your general dentist is the first person you visit, whether it’s for a cleaning or if you have a question or concern about your teeth.
One of the most important parts of general dentistry is the dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning. Every six months, you need to visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning. It also gives them the chance to inspect your teeth and make sure they’re still healthy. If not, they will help repair and restore your teeth so they will be healthy once again.
A professional teeth cleaning is important so that tartar can be removed from your teeth. Tartar is plaque that has built up and hardened on your teeth. Even if you brush and floss regularly, tartar can still form on your teeth.
Since it can more easily be removed with special dental instruments, it is important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dental hygienist will remove tartar and plaque from your teeth at each appointment.
If tartar is left on your teeth for a long time, it can start to irritate your gums and lead to an infection that will cause gum disease. This is a serious health concern, especially because the symptoms of gum disease are very hard to catch early on. If left untreated, your gums will recede from your teeth, allowing more bacteria to grow and potentially resulting in a loss of bones or teeth.
At your professional teeth cleaning, you will be checked for signs of gum disease to help ensure a healthy smile. It is very treatable, but is it just important to catch it before the infection has a chance to spread.
General dentistry is an important part of your overall health. Make sure you find the right dentist for your needs, and visit them every six months. This is a small commitment of your time that is extremely important for your dental health.