Sedation Dentist in Connecticut


Do you find yourself struggling to fit dental appointments around your family’s hectic schedule or your busy daily responsibilities?

Yes. There’s good news for you. Having Sedation Dentistry/Conscious Sedation in our Connecticut office enables you to have all your dental care safely and comfortably completed in one appointment. It’s better than having to schedule several appointments and dread going to each one time after time.

What type of sedation dentistry is used in our Connecticut Sedation Dentist Office?

Sedation Dentist, Thomas Peltzer D.M.D., uses Sleep Dentistry/Conscious Sedation as the most common type of anesthesia. Our patients are blissfully unaware while their dentistry being done.  Recovery is rapid and comfortable.

Conscious Sedation is a safe and modern technique of sedation dentistry using intravenous medications. Patients are placed in a relaxed comfortable state allowing dental care to be provided without fear or anxiety. There is no memory of the procedure.

Why do so many adults avoid going to the dentist and having necessary dental care?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 37 million Americans avoid dental care because of fear, pain and anxiety. Sedation Dentistry has proven to be an excellent choice for dental patients wanting anesthesia/sedation. Fear of going to the dentist ranks second only to fear of public speaking. Dr. Peltzer in Connecticut has years of experience, advanced training and skill to help you with your fear.

Who provides Sedation Dentistry at our CT Sedation Dentist office?

 Sleep Dentistry Conscious Sedation is provided by a highly trained dentist anesthesiologist who fully monitors you throughout the appointment. Medical monitoring equipment is the same as the type used in hospitals.

How closely are patients monitored while under conscious sedation?

A close minute by minute, continuous watch is kept on our patient’s vital signs such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and more. Special care and continuous monitoring of patients under anesthesia/sedation enhances patients safety, especially for those patients who have special medical conditions.

Are patients able to respond during their treatment with Sedation Dentistry?

Yes. Unlike general anesthesia which renders patients unconscious, Sedation Dentistry….allows patients to respond. This enables completion of treatment in a very short amount of time.

Can children with dental needs have Sedation Dentistry?

Yes, children usually have no recall of the procedure.Sedation Dentistry lessens the child’s awareness of the dental procedure. A happier child maintains a more positive attitude about future dental care.

Does Sedation Dentistry improve recovery?

The majority of patients are pleasantly pleased and surprised because they have little discomfort after the procedure. Dr. Peltzer often reports patients who have Sleep Dentistry usually require less post operative pain medication after surgery. Dr. Peltzer also reports that patients seem to heal better and faster with sedation dentistry.

If a patient has a medical condition, is Sedation Dentistry “in a dental office” a wise choice of treatment?

Medically compromised patients actually benefit from Dental Sedation. Medical and dental experts agree people with high blood pressure, a history of heart attacks, a hyperactive gag reflex, Parkinson’s Disease and patients with “Novocaine” treatment problems or dental phobias will benefit from sedation dentistry.

Could you explain the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Yes. Sedation Dentistry does the following:

  • Increases the safety and effectiveness of local anesthesia.
  • It is safely administered in Dr. Thomas Peltzer’s office.
  • It reduces the need for hospitalization.
  • It is safely administered by a highly trained professional.
  • It reduces the stress of treatment especially for patients who easily gag.
  • Appointments for your dental care may be coordinated in Dr. Thomas Peltzer’s office/outpatient surgery center to meet your scheduling needs.
  • You can go home directly after dental treatment.

Could you tell me the types of dental procedures done with Sedation Dentistry?

Virtually all dental procedures and Cosmetic Dentistry can be done (in Dr. Peltzer’s office) with Sedation Dentistry. Procedures include:

Cleanings                     Fillings                     Periodontal Surgery

Implants                       Crowns                    Root canals

Oral Surgery                Bridges                    Extractions

Should Sedation Dentistry be used on patients who cannot be “numbed” with “Novocaine”?

Yes. Sedation is highly successful, especially for the five (5%) percent of patients who are “difficult to numb.”

In Conclusion

Have you postponed treatment for major dental problems because your schedule is too busy to include dental visits? Is the fear of pain as well as anxiety causing you to avoid much needed dental care? If you answered ‘YES,” there’s a solution which allows you to have dental treatment comfortably and with NO memory of the visit….called Sedation Dentistry!

Still wondering about sleep dentistry? Then read our patient testimonials on Google Plus before you call us.

Gentle Dental Care, Thomas J. Peltzer, DMD, 87 East Street, Plainville, CT 06062, (860)-747-5711

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Wisdom Teeth Surgery in Connecticut by Dr. Peltzer

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”

What is an Impacted Tooth?

When a tooth is unable to fully enter the mouth, it is said to be “impacted.” In general, impacted teeth are unable to break through the gums because there is not enough room. Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.

How serious is an impacted wisdom tooth?

If left in the mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may damage neighboring teeth, or become infected. Because the third molar area of the mouth is difficult to clean, it is a site that invites the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Furthermore oral bacteria may travel from your mouth through the bloodstream, where it may lead to possible systemic infections and illnesses that affect the heart, kidneys and other organs.

Research has shown that once periodontal disease is established in the third molar areas, the problem is persistent and progressive, but may improve following extraction of the teeth.

In some cases a fluid-filled cyst or tumor may form around the base of the untreated wisdom tooth. As the cyst grows it may lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other structures.

Complications such as infection (fig. a) , damage to adjacent teeth (fig. b) and the formation of cysts (fig. c) may arise from impacted teeth.

(a) Infection(b) Damage to neighboring teeth(c) Cyst

Must the tooth come out if it hasn’t caused any problems yet?

Many people believe that as long as they are not in pain, they do not have to worry about their wisdom teeth. However, pain free does not mean disease or problem free. In fact, wisdom teeth that come in normally may still be prone to disease, according to a recent scientific study by the American Dental Association. Dr. Peltzer strongly recommends that third molars be evaluated by the time a patient is a young adult in order to assess the presence of third molars, disease status, and to suggest management options ranging from removal to a monitored retention plan to ensure optimal patient-specific outcomes.

In general, dental and medical professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be removed in the following instances:

  • infections and/or periodontal disease;
  • cavities that cannot be restored;
  • pathologies such as cysts, and tumors, and
  • damage or potential damage to neighboring teeth.

Wisdom teeth that are completely erupted and functional, painless, cavity-free, in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue, and are disease-free may not require extraction. They do, however, require regular, professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic radiographs to monitor for any changes.

Wisdom Teeth Growth by Age

12 years

14 years

17 years

25 years

Wisdom teeth are easier to remove when the patient is younger, since their roots are not completely formed, the surrounding bone is softer, and there is less chance of damaging nearby nerves or other structures. Removal of wisdom teeth at a later age becomes more complicated as the roots have fully developed (may involve the nerve), and the jawbone is denser.

What Happens During Surgery?

If Dr. Peltzer recommends that your wisdom teeth be removed, you will be informed of the procedure options and all your questions answered. Before surgery, Dr. Peltzer will discuss the procedure with you and tell you what to expect. This is a good time to ask questions since we have removed thousands of wisdom teeth. Also talk to Dr. Peltzer about any concerns you have. Be sure to let Dr. Peltzer know about any illness you have and medications you are taking.

There are several conditions that affect how easy it will be to remove a wisdom tooth. These conditions include how the tooth is positioned and the stage of root development. If the wisdom teeth are impacted the surgery might be more complicated.

Most of the time third molars can be removed with little or no pain. Usually Dr. Peltzer will offer sedation dentistry for patients with more complicated wisdom teeth removal to ensure your comfort. Patients are given local anesthesia and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as part of your intravenous sedation. Dr. Peltzer will recommend the anesthetic option that is right for you.

What Happens after Surgery?

Following surgery, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which are part of the normal healing process. Cold compresses may help decrease the swelling, and medication prescribed by Dr. Peltzer can help manage the discomfort and minimize swelling. You may be instructed to modify your diet following surgery and later progress to more normal foods.

What if I decide to keep my wisdom teeth?

If after discussing your oral surgery with Dr. Peltzer, you decide to keep your wisdom teeth, be sure to take particular care in cleaning and flossing your teeth, especially the molars. Your third molars must be professionally examined regularly and x-rays of your wisdom teeth should be taken every year to make sure that the health of your teeth and gum tissue does not change.

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Sedation Dentist Dr. Peltzer and Holiday Sweet Advice

Food Additives Linked To Hyperactive Behavior

Greetings from Dr. Thomas Peltzer and the Great Dental Team at Gentle Dental Care

A Holiday Survival Guide for Your Smile

Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Thomas Peltzer and all of us at Gentle Dental Care.

Cold weather and sweets go hand-in-hand. What’s a good snowball fight without a warm cup of cocoa to come home to? Even in warmer climates, it’s difficult to dissuade dreams of sugar plums after a good night of classic movies with your family. So, while this “soul food” may be good for your spirits, take a moment to think about what it’s doing to your teeth.

How Could Something So Good Be So Bad?

Sugar can wreck havoc on your pearly whites. It’s a complicated process, but here’s the scoop. Bacteria in your mouth use your sweets as energy, growing and multiplying faster than they would otherwise. Some bond with the sugar to form a sticky glue called plaque. Plaque, in turn, produces acid. The acid dissolves the minerals that make your tooth enamel hard, and the surface becomes porous. The acid causes these tiny holes in the enamel to become bigger until one large hole appears. This is a cavity.

Does This Mean No More?

While ideally we would never expose our teeth to sugar or anything else that promotes tooth decay, that’s just not realistic. All we can do is try to minimize the damage. Don’t let your holiday routine interrupt your dental care regimen. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (unless you’re a young tyke), and floss at least once.

If you decide to indulge in more sweets than usual, it’s a good idea to brush more often. If you don’t have your toothbrush on hand, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Certain sugar-free gums can help as well. Choose those with Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can help prevent tooth decay. And finally, try to mix up your snacks. If you’re eating a sugary treat, try to also eat a bit of cheese (or a similar protein) as well.

Nothing warms a chilly night like a big smile, so be sure to protect yours. Please do not hesitate to call us at (860)747-5711 if you have questions regarding proper dental care, or would like to schedule a check-up or cleaning. As always, your continued good health is our top priority.

If you have questions regarding dental health, please call our office at (860) 747-5711 or email us at GentleDental today.

Best Regards,

Dr. Thomas Peltzer and our Great Dental Team

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Sedation Dentist in Connecticut Helps Patients of All Ages

Warning Signs for the 50s and Up Crowd


As a passionate Sedation Dentist in Connecticut, I applaud peoples’ efforts to maintain good oral health—believe me, I know how difficult it can be. As a professional I try my best to advise patients on how to keep their smile in check and also how to look for warning signs beyond their youth and into their golden years—because as much as I would love to be there every step of the way—self vigilance is key to a healthy smile for all ages.

Some things to look for when you your 50s (or even if you’re not) include:


Fluoridated water was not as widespread when those in this specific age group were growing up. Therefore fillings and cracks are commonly seen at the office. Because teeth are never as strong after they have been repaired, it is important to be stringent with your oral health routine. One common area to pay special attention to is the gum line. Taking notice of twinges and taking early action will help avoid larger breaks requiring full crowns or caps, and even root canal surgery.

Sensitive Teeth and Painful Gums

Often time people with sensitive teeth suffer from periodontal disease that has eroded their gums.  The scary thing is that this disease starts without any symptoms, and it is not until it is quite far along (when extensive damage has already occurred), that it is ‘caught.’ An alarming fact is that more than half of adults over the age of 55 have, at the minimum, a mild case of periodontal disease. So if you feel any pain, let your Plainville Connecticut Sedation Dentist know. Dr. Thomas Peltzer at Gentle Dental Care, will treat you painlessly and with compassion.


Saliva is an important part of our mouths for several reasons. Some reasons are that it is: antibacterial, acid neutralizing and full of minerals that help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Unfortunately, studies have shown that about 25% of women in their 50s don’t produce enough saliva, which results in bad breath and other serious issues. If your tongue and lips feel dry it may be reason enough to talk to your dentist.

For more warning signs to look for contact Connecticut’s best dentist for Oral Surgery and Family Dentistry at (860) 747-5711. Or visit us on the web at or on Google+ at

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Wisdom Teeth Surgery- Post Operative Care at Gentle Dental Care in CT

After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Advice From Thomas Peltzer, DMD

The removal of impacted teeth is a significant and very common surgical procedure performed by Dr. Thomas Peltzer in CT. My oral surgery training and 30 years of experience in removing impacted wisdom teeth has taught me a few things. Post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and the complications of infection and swelling can be minimized if the instructions are followed carefully.

Immediately Following Surgery

  • The gauze pad placed over the surgical area should be kept in place for a half hour. After this time, the gauze pad should be removed and discarded. Repeat application of gauze packs as necessary until bleeding subsides.
  • Vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area following surgery should be avoided. This may initiate bleeding by causing the blood clot that has formed to become dislodged.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications before you begin to feel discomfort. This will  start working before you become uncomfortable due to the local anesthetic becoming diminished. It’s far easier to prevent surgical discomfort before it begins than to try and play “catch up” by taking your pain medication after the local anesthetic (novocaine) has worn off.
  • Dr. Peltzer frequently also prescribes a prednisone regimen known as Medrol dose pack for several days following removal of impacted wisdom teeth to minimize swelling and inflammation. These are two of the most common causes of pain following wisdom teeth surgery.
  • They can be minimized with a gradually tapering dose of prednisone Dr. Peltzer will prescribe for you via the Medrol dose pack.
  • Restrict your activities the day of surgery and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.
  • Place ice packs to the sides of your face where surgery was performed. Refer to the section on Swelling for an explanation.


A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following surgery. Some bleeding is not uncommon and occurs in the first 12-24 hours, often related to the extent of surgery and your medical history. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon. Excessive bleeding may be controlled by first rinsing or wiping any old clots from your mouth, then placing a gauze pad over the area and biting firmly for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. If bleeding continues, bite on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag helps to form a clot by contracting bleeding vessels. To minimize further bleeding, do not become excited, do sit upright, and avoid exercise. If bleeding does not subside, call Gentle Dental Care for further instructions.


The swelling that is normally expected is usually proportional to the surgery involved. Swelling around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and sides of the face is not uncommon. This is the body’s normal reaction to surgery and eventual repair. The swelling will not become apparent until the day following surgery and will not reach its maximum until two to three days post-operatively. However, the swelling may be minimized by the immediate use of ice packs. Two plastic bags filled with ice, or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face where surgery was performed. The ice packs should be left on continuously at twenty minute intervals while you are awake. After 36 hours, ice has no beneficial effect. If swelling or jaw stiffness has persisted for several days, there is no cause for alarm. This is a normal reaction to surgery. Forty-eight hours following surgery, the application of moist heat to the sides of the face is beneficial in reducing the size of the swelling.


For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken every three to four hours or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) two to four 200 mg tablets may be taken every three to four hours. Again, be sure to take your pain medicine before the local anesthetic has worn off. Recent information presented at the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Session in Chicago in December 2011 revealed the importance of taking your pain medicine immediately following surgery while you are still numb for maximum effectiveness.

For severe pain, take the prescribed pain medication as directed. Narcotic pain medicine may make you groggy and will slow down your reflexes. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call the office.


Drink liquids after surgery with IV sedation dentistry. Do not use straws when drinking from a glass. The sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. You may eat anything soft by chewing away from the surgical site(s). High calorie, high protein intake is very important. Try to maintain a normal diet. You should prevent dehydration by taking fluids regularly. Your food intake will be limited for the first few days. You should compensate for this by increasing your fluid intake. At least five to six glasses of liquid should be taken daily. Try not to miss a single meal. You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort, and heal faster if you continue to eat.

Words to the Wise: If you suddenly sit up or stand from a lying position, you may become dizzy. This is a normal response to the medications administered to you during dental sedation and no cause for alarm. If you are lying down following surgery, make sure you sit for one minute before standing.

               Keep The Mouth Clean

Only very gentle rinsing should be performed until the day following surgery. You can brush your teeth gently the night of surgery but rinse very gently. You will notice some bleeding. Do not worry as your sutures will prevent you from causing any problems. The day after surgery you should begin rinsing at least five to six times a day with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt, especially after eating.


In some cases, discoloration of the skin follows swelling. The development of black, blue, green, or yellow discoloration is due to blood spreading beneath the tissues. This is a normal postoperative occurrence, which may occur two to three days post-operatively. Moist heat applied to the area may speed up the removal of the discoloration. Don’t worry, this is normal and the slight discoloration will clear up before you know it.


If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the tablets or liquid as directed. Antibiotics will be given to help prevent or to treat infection. Dr. Peltzer will decide if antibiotics are beneficial for your particular case. Discontinue antibiotic use in the event of a rash or other unfavorable reaction and immediately notify the office. Call the office if you have any questions.

Nausea & Vomiting

In the event of nausea and/or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth for at least an hour including the prescribed medicine. You should then sip on Coke, tea, or ginger ale. You should sip slowly over a 15-minute period. When the nausea subsides, you can begin taking solid foods and the prescribed medicine. Notify the office if  vomiting does not resolve.

Dr. Peltzer may decide to prescribe oral tablets known as Zofran, that have anti nausea effects which will allow you to more comfortably take your pain medication or antibiotic. Try not to take these medications on an empty stomach.

Other Complications

  • If numbness of the lip, chin, or tongue occurs there is no cause for alarm. As stated before surgery, this is usually temporary in nature. You should be aware that if your lip or tongue is numb, you could bite it and not feel the sensation. So be careful. Call Dr. Peltzer if you have any questions.
  • A slight elevation of temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. If the temperature persists, notify the office. Tylenol or ibuprofen should be taken to reduce the fever.
  • You should be careful going from the lying down position to standing if you were instructed not able to eat or drink prior to surgery in preparation for dental anesthesia. It may have been difficult to take fluids. Taking pain medications can make you dizzy. You could get light headed when you suddenly stand up. Before standing up, you should sit for one minute and then get up.
  • Occasionally, patients may feel hard projections in the mouth with their tongue. They are not roots; they are the bony walls, which supported the tooth. These projections usually smooth out spontaneously. Trust your body. It knows how to heal correctly. Patience is important. If the hard projections persist, Dr. Peltzer can easily remove them later.
  • If the corners of your mouth are stretched, they may dry out and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with an ointment such as Vaseline.
  • Sore throats and pain when swallowing are very common. The muscles get swollen. The normal act of swallowing can then become painful. This will subside in two to three days.
  • Stiffness (trismus) of the jaw muscles may cause difficulty in opening your mouth for a few days following surgery. This is a normal post-operative event that will resolve. Your body simply requires time to heal.

Other Considerations

Sutures are placed in the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. Sometimes they become dislodged.  This is no cause for alarm. Just remove the suture from your mouth gently and discard it. The sutures will be removed approximately one week after surgery. Usually Dr. Peltzer uses self absorbing sutures designed to dissolve on their own.

The removal of sutures, if needed, requires no anesthesia or needles. It takes only a minute or so, and there is no discomfort associated with this procedure. So it’s really nothing to worry about. The nature of your particular surgery will allow Dr. Peltzer to decide which type of sutures to use, if any, and how long they will require to dissolve.

The pain and swelling should subside more and more each day following surgery. If your post-operative pain or swelling worsens or unusual symptoms occur, call the office for instructions.

There will be an opening where the tooth was removed. The space will gradually fill in with new tissue over the subsequent months. In the meantime, the area should be kept clean especially after meals with salt-water rinses or a toothbrush.

Your case is individual.  No two mouths are alike. Do not accept well-intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the persons best able to effectively help you; Dr. Peltzer is most familiar with your specific circumstances.

Brushing your teeth is okay – just be gentle and avoid the direct surgical sites.

A dry socket is when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket. Symptoms of pain at the surgical site and even pain radiating to the ear may occur two to seven days following surgery. Call the office if this occurs. Medication can easily be placed into the tooth socket to relieve the discomfort.

If you are involved in regular exercise, be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.


You have just experienced surgery, it’s over and you have healed beautifully. Now you never need worry about problems that retained wisdom teeth frequently cause those who delay surgery until they are older and then they are more prone to post surgical difficulties.

Visit us at www.ConnecticutSedation or call 860-747-5711 in CT. Dr Peltzer is a member of the prestigious American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA) and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

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Thomas Peltzer, DMD in CT and Health Effects of Halloween Candy

Greetings from Gentle Dental Care in CT and Our Great Staff!

   halloween2                                 Sugar: The Scariest Halloween Trend

At Gentle Dental Care in CT, Halloween is approaching, and so are all those scary costumes and haunted houses. It shouldn’t be the ghouls and ghosts that you fear, however, but the candied apples, trick-or-treat sweets and all the soda that washes them down! Sugary and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay, and that can put a damper on anyone’s festive spirit.

While it would be nice if your neighbors all gave out fresh fruit or sugar-free candy (though we’re sure the kids disagree!), high-sugar sweets are still America’s favorite Halloween treat. If possible, try to limit children’s sugar intake. Encourage them to drink plenty of water while snacking – soda will only make things worse! And finally, while it’s easy to slip into a “sugar coma” and just pass out while watching a favorite horror flick, this is not the time to stray from your brushing or flossing routine. Let your children know that if they eat sweets without their toothbrushes on hand, they should rinse their mouths out with warm water.

If you think your child may have developed a cavity (whether the result of Halloween indulgences or not), please call us at (860) 747-5711 for a check up. Even temporary baby teeth need to be properly cared for, as tooth decay can affect permanent adult teeth as well.

We’d like to wish you and your family the best this fall season. We hope that when the sweets of autumn runneth over, you’ll think of us (and your smiles)!

If you have questions regarding sugar and dental health, please call our office at (860) 747-5711 or email us at today.

Best Regards,

Dr. Thomas J. Peltzer and Our Great Staff                                             or visit us on Google+ at:

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Sedation Dentistry Expert in CT Discusses “What Is Oral Health”

What Is Oral Health, Anyway?

oral health

A healthy mouth has pink firm gums, the tongue is pink and not coated, and the teeth are clean and have minimal or no plaque deposits. A healthy mouth smells clean and fresh and is free from gum diseases and other disorders – including oral cancer.

Isn’t that what everybody wants? Yet while many of our patients at Gentle Dental Care in CT are diligent about their dental care, there are still some who steer clear of the office until it really hurts. They skip cleaning appointments and checkups thinking that somehow they are immune to dental diseases … until they have one!

Studies show that despite years of dental health education, millions of people simply don’t show up for needed cleaning or treatment. This translates into millions of lost workdays as these people take time off for more extensive dental treatments later on. The fact is, without regular, professional, preventive care, dental disease is almost inevitable and treatment is always more complex and costly than prevention.

You may think you’re saving by missing a few dental appointments, but odds are you’ll pay a lot more later, and I’m not just talking about money. Alarmingly, this year, as every year, for example, thousands of people will contract oral cancer. Caught in its early stages, its cure rate is excellent and I routinely screen for it during each checkup – unless you don’t show up, that is.

Actually, when I check your teeth, I see many other things you won’t see in your mirror. I can be alerted to possible hairline fractures, impacted wisdom teeth, deterioration of fillings, crowns, and other restorations, the beginnings of root cavities, pockets of infection caused by gum disease, and new decay tucked under the gumline or under existing older fillings. I can also tell when you are particularly stressed or at risk for the suffering that goes with temporomandibular (jaw) joint problems by checking for bite marks on your cheeks, worn down or cracked enamel, and changes in your bite alignment.

Think about it. A healthy attractive mouth is far more than vanity. It’s common sense. After all, the mouth is also the gateway to the body, and research continues to reveal new relationships between oral bacteria and systemic diseases. That means that the health of your mouth has a huge influence on many other crucial body systems.

While I’ve been focusing on adults in this article, in reality problems start much earlier. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one quarter of 2- to 5-year-olds and half of kids 12-15 years old have one or more cavities, and tooth decay has affected two thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds.

These are just some of the reasons why I am committed to sharing information and keeping you informed so that you can make choices that will keep you and your family happier and healthier, longer. So when is the best time to come in and discuss a plan to prevent and maintain your optimal oral health? Now. Definitely.

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