At Holistic Dental Centers in Cary and Cornelius, NC, our dentist provides a variety of preventative dental services for families. Dr. Carl McMillan is pleased to offer tips and information for patients who are interested in maintaining good oral health and wellness. With our providers, patients of all ages can learn about the many ways they can keep the smile beautiful, healthy, and fully functional!
Every patient needs to take good care of their smile. This includes preventative care to avoid the development of many harmful problems. Two common conditions that can develop due to poor oral hygiene include periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Do you treat gum disease at your practice?
Holistically we believe that periodontal disease, oral cavities are about the environment, and the environment, in this case, is the mouth and very rarely do people present with severe decay and gum disease.
It is usually one or the other.
What are the options available to treat gum disease?
In the case of just gum disease, the options are deep scaling which is traditional and then re-evaluation.
We do believe in deep scaling we believe that tartar build-up under the gum is just increasing the environment’s conduciveness to these bad bugs that are found in gum disease.
So, we believe that deep scaling tartar removal under the gum needs to be done. But we also believe that the bugs need to be killed.
How do you kill the bad bugs?
The gram-negative bugs need to be killed with some kind of antimicrobial. We encourage substantial irrigation which we do as part of periodontal treatment.
We believe that it needs to be done daily or sometimes twice daily at home to continue to kill and fight the bugs that are partly causative of periodontal disease.
Contact Holistic Dental Centers today and book a consultation appointment and examination to learn more about Gum Disease.
Patients should take good care of their teeth and gums. This starts with brushing and flossing after every meal. Brushing and flossing removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can develop on the enamel, and can remove food particles that can become trapped between the teeth. Additionally, patients who have overcrowded or misaligned teeth may have more areas that are susceptible to problems, so those patients are advised to speak to their dentist about possibly undergoing orthodontic treatment to align the teeth and improve the appearance and health of the smile. Patients of all ages should visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination to monitor the health of the smile over time. As soon as a problem develops, they are urged to make an appointment with Dr. Carl McMillan to seek immediate treatment. Children who visit our practice are always treated like family and will have the opportunity to ask their dental hygienist or their dentist about ways to maintain a healthy smile. We can walk children through the process of brushing their teeth properly and help them learn how to floss between the teeth after every meal. This education is key to building a foundation for oral health and wellness not only in children, but in their parents as well!
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Carl McMillan and his team of professionals at one of the two conveniently located Holistic Dental Centers in Cornelius and Cary, NC. Our Cary, NC area practice is located at 1110 SE Cary Parkway, Ste. 206 and can be reached for an appointment by calling (919) 865-0700. We welcome new patients and families for comprehensive care.