Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cleanings & Dental Hygiene

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At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.

Cleanings & Dental Hygiene

Both fluoride and dental sealants applied at our Dillon dental office can be very effective for protecting the health of your children’s teeth. But we can’t tell you if they’re appropriate for your children until we examine their teeth.

Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

After over 50 years of use, the benefits of fluoride have been well-proven for supporting oral health. However, fluoride treatments may be important for your child, but you should remember that these treatments alone are not enough to keep teeth healthy.  

Fluoride is found in most foods and public water supplies, but may not be enough to protect your child’s oral health. That is one of the reasons we recommend regular dental exams and cleanings for your child.

Dental Sealants as a Preventative Measure

Dental sealants are another important preventive treatment that are used to protect healthy teeth against decay. We can even use sealants on your child’s baby teeth. This may not make sense to you since your child loses the teeth anyway. But these important primary teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Protecting baby teeth from decay ensures that they will do their job, aiding in proper development of permanent teeth.

While both these treatments are helpful for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, they may not be appropriate. Please contact our Dillon dental office to make an appointment so we can decide if either fluoride or sealants are right for your child.

Teeth Cleanings | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOur Recommendation

The hygienists at our Dillon dental office recommend that your personal oral hygiene routine include brushing and flossing twice a day. In addition, we recommend twice-yearly cleanings with to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

You may feel that your teeth are being properly cared for with regular brushing and flossing at home, but only a dental hygienist can make sure that your teeth are health and that you are not developing any problems that you can’t yet see or feel.

What If I Have a History of Gum Disease?

For patients with a history of periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend three to four cleanings per year to reduce the likelihood of further infection. Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease also need to have more frequent cleanings. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend a schedule of cleanings based on your specific needs.

It is very important to make regular visits to our Dillon dental office to make sure that your oral health is properly protected. In spite of a regular routine of personal oral hygiene, you may still have problems developing that you are not aware of.  

Please contact our office to arrange for a professional cleaning where you can talk to our hygienist about any changes you need to make to your at-home oral hygiene routine.

We Want to Make You Comfortable

First, you should know that, at Summit Dental Group, we are very sensitive to your anxiety! You are probably already upset about the prospect of losing a tooth, which is compounded by the fear of the procedure itself.

Our entire professional team is very caring and compassionate with all our patients, and especially those undergoing a complex procedure like tooth extraction. Feeling anxious is completely normal, and we’ve helped many patients like you get through the procedure with a minimum of stress and discomfort.

We Work With You

Before we schedule your extraction, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will sit down with you to discuss your concerns. This way, we can better understand your anxiety and plan your treatment accordingly.

At that time, we will also discuss types of sedation we offer so that we can choose the one that will be most effective for you. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are both effective methods, and we can often combine both for a totally stress-free experience.

Putting off tooth extraction because of fear and anxiety will only lead to worse problems with your oral health. Please contact our Summit dental office for more information about the ways we can help you get past your anxiety to get the treatment you need.

Our Philosophy

We know that, from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist can be a pretty overwhelming event. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t know, surrounded by equipment that is scary just to look at.

But at Summit Dental, we take extra care with your child, because we don’t believe that a dental visit needs to be anything less than a positive, fun experience. There are already too many children and adults who did not get off to a good start with their dental care.

Making Your Child Comfortable

Our professional team will make your child feel special and welcome from the moment they arrive. We think it’s a good idea for you to bring your child in for a quick visit, just to see the office and meet our friendly staff. This way, when they’re ready for their first “official” visit, they’re at least familiar with the setting.

We always start your child’s visits off in a very conservative manner. During the first visit, we will just let your child sit in the dental chair or in your lap if they’re more comfortable. We can do a “pretend” exam of your teeth so they see there’s nothing to be afraid of.

At this point, they should be familiar with us and the surroundings. We go out of our way to make these visits fun, because a positive start leads to a lifetime of excellent oral health care. Please contact our Dillon dental office for more information about your child's first visit.

Sensitive teeth treatment | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupSensitive teeth are not as serious a problem as actual pain caused by toothache, but it can be uncomfortable and cause you to avoid certain foods and drinks. Also referred to as dentin hypersensitivity, sensitive teeth can really have a negative effect on your quality of life.

Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

If you feel discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Actually, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be a real problem for many people, but there are solutions that can minimize its impact. Contact our Dillon dental office, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your symptoms and answer any questions you may have.

Teeth Whitening | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThere are many reasons why your teeth may have become stained or dull as you age. The fact is that everyone will experience some staining of their teeth as they get older.

Lifestyle Choice May Have an Impact on Your Teeth

However, lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the degree of staining that you experience. If you consume a lot of dark food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and even dark berries, your teeth will stain more quickly.

Smoking and chewing tobacco don’t just wreak havoc on your physical health. Both can cause your teeth to become severely stained and possibly lead to oral cancer, among others. Our best advice to you if you smoke: Stop!

Why Do Teeth Stain?

The reason our teeth stain is that, as we age, the surface enamel of our teeth starts to erode. There are microscopic holes in tooth enamel and, along with erosion, these holes increase in size. Stain-producing food and drink finds their way into these holes, causing your teeth to darken over time.

Fortunately, teeth whitening is a very effective method for lifting stains from the surface of your teeth and brightening your smile. If you’re interested in transforming your smile with professional teeth whitening, please contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to help you decide which type of teeth whitening will suit you best.

Tooth Sensitivity | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you experience discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

There are a number of reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth. In the majority of cases, a tooth needs to be removed because decay has become so severe that extraction is the only option available to prevent you from experiencing continued acute pain.

Our Philosophy

It is our primary goal to preserve teeth whenever possible. Treatments like root canal therapy are one example of ways in which we can save a severely damaged tooth. When you have a root canal infection, you most likely experience a lot of pain. The only way to eliminate the pain and save the tooth is with a root canal.

But if you put off having a root canal, the pain will worsen as the decay continues to work its way into the portion of your tooth that contains the root and nerves. When this happens, a root canal may no longer be an option, and extraction of the tooth may be the only way to eliminate your pain.

Other Causes of Teeth Pulling

Other instances where tooth extraction is necessary are breaks or fractures in your tooth that extend beneath your gum line and wisdom teeth that have developed improperly and are causing crowding, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.

Gum Bleed | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupCauses of Bleeding

If your teeth bleed when you brush, it may be a sign that you are not brushing and flossing thoroughly. It may also be an indication of the presence of gum disease. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you should make an appointment at our Dillon dental office for a professional cleaning with a dental hygienist.

Even if you are very diligent with your at-home oral health routine, you may still develop periodontal disease. The reason for this is that tartar that builds up in the nooks and crannies of your teeth cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. A dental hygienist is trained to find this buildup and remove it during a regular professional cleaning.

Get More Information at Your Appointment

During your appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and examined to see if gum disease is developing. The hygienist at our Dillon dental office will also be happy to show you the proper way to brush and floss to avoid bleeding gums and the onset of gum disease.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene practices or to set up an appointment for a cleaning. Our oral hygienist will be happy to spend the time with you to make sure that you are protecting your dental health with a good routine of oral hygiene

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