General Dentistry for Better Health
At Go Dental, we understand the importance of oral health. We also realize that while many patients do their best to stay active and eat a balanced diet, and see the doctor for regular check-ups, they don’t often realize the relationship between oral and overall health. That’s why it is our mission to provide Pflugerville families with quality general and preventive dentistry and patient education. A little preventive care today can save you from a mess of oral and systemic health complications down the road.
Oral Hygiene for the Win
Keep Your Defense Strong
Without a doubt, good oral hygiene is the most important component to maintaining good oral health. While there are other factors involved, such as hereditary conditions, diet, pH balance, tooth position, etc., keeping up a strict routine of daily brushing and flossing is the best thing you can do to keep your dental defense strong; and, of course, scheduling regular appointments with your Pflugerville dentist at Go Dental.
Know Your Opponent
One of the most tried and true tactics for a good offense is to study your opponent and predict their next move. Can you guess the biggest rival of team oral health? That’s right – sugar! To maintain a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime, it is important to know what causes tooth decay and how it works. Sugar that is allowed to remain in contact with teeth will start to break down into acid. An acidic environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and tooth decay. Processed foods, foods containing high amounts of sugar, and foods that are highly acidic should be consumed in moderation, and always be followed by rinsing with water and a good brushing.
Practice Makes Perfect
Everyone knows that an athlete’s training doesn’t stop when the season is over – the same goes for oral hygiene. You can arrive 10 minutes early for your regular dental check-ups every six months like clockwork, but if you don’t practice at home you’re not going to score as high as someone that keeps their hygiene muscles in shape year-round. The best way to form good hygiene habits is to start at a young age, that’s why we love seeing Pflugerville’s youngest patients and teaching them good habits that will last a lifetime. Even if you’ve been slacking, it’s never too late! The simple act of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily will make a serious impact on your oral health.
Go Team Hygiene!
At Go Dental, our hygiene team is a perfect 10. Each member has been carefully selected to uphold Dr. Polansky ‘s philosophy on dentistry – compassionate care to provide families with dental solutions that last a lifetime. Our team is gentle yet thorough with intense attention to detail and is sure to provide one of the best dental cleanings you’ve ever had. You’ll leave the chair with a smile feeling like a million bucks, and knowing that they didn’t miss a thing.
Most American Adults Suffer
from Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the most common chronic diseases afflicting American adults today – and it’s entirely preventable! Nearly one in every two American adults experience some form of periodontitis at some point. The problem with this statistic is that while it should be shocking, many folks think “if almost everyone has it, it must not be that big of a deal.” This is a common misconception that we would like to lay to rest for good. Here are some facts about gum disease – what it is, how to prevent it, and how we can treat it.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is the inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding teeth. When plaque is allowed to remain on teeth and turn into tartar, it irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth or recede. When gums recede, they eventually form deep pockets that become breeding grounds for bacteria that will turn into infection and decay. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems in the rest of the body.
At Go Dental, we can help you prevent gum disease with regular checkups and cleanings. If you’re already experiencing gingivitis or more advanced periodontitis, we can perform more regular deep cleanings and provide specialty products to help you get the infection under control. For more advanced cases, we may have to use more extensive treatment methods.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Fillings for the Modern World
In the past, and in a lot of dental offices to this day, getting a filling may not be a very discreet matter. Typically made out of metal (mercury, silver), each cavity filled comes with the glaring reminder every time you open your mouth. Thankfully, modern dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and at Go Dental, we are now able to fill cavities with a safer, more durable tooth-colored material that blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.
What are tooth colored fillings?
Not to call a spade a spade, but tooth colored fillings are…well…fillings that are tooth colored! Made from a composite resin material (plastic/glass mixture) that can be made to match the color of surrounding teeth with the utmost precision, we can fill cavities discreetly and help prevent further decay – without anyone having to know (except you and Dr. Polansky of course, but he won’t tell).
What are the benefits of tooth colored fillings?
Not only are tooth colored fillings essentially invisible, they are more durable, and safer than metal fillings. There has been a lot of debate in the dental health community over the use of mercury to fill cavities, as mercury is known to be quite toxic to the human body. While the opposition claims the trace amount of mercury is harmless, at Go Dental, we are all about progress and staying current with the latest advances in materials and technology. Metal fillings have also been known to expand and contract with changes in temperature, which can eventually cause gaps, allowing more bacteria to enter, and can even crack the tooth itself.