Welcome to Fleming Dental Care
At Fleming Dental Care we care about our patients needs and provide a complete range of general dental and cosmetic dentistry services. Your long term oral care is our primary concern and we take a holistic approach to dentistry care and provide the following dental services:
- Teeth Cleaning
- Teeth Whitening
- Fillings and Cavity Prevention
- Tooth Extraction
- Crowns and Implants (see naturalsmiles.com for our cosmetic dentist and oral surgeon)
Our Approach to Dental Care
Oral health is the window to your overall health. The condition of your mouth has an effect on the rest of your body. There is a connection between oral and overall health and it is essential good dental care begins at an early age and continues to be a lifelong pursuit.
In order to achieve a natural smile, the best place to start is by having a good teeth care routine in place. You should be flossing daily, brushing either after every meal or twice a day, and using mouthwash at least once per day. Following these steps can ensure that less money is needed down the road to fix problems. Another important aspect to maintaining a beautiful smile is visiting the dentist every six months as suggested and following any and all advice that your dental provider offers. The ADA (American Dental Association) has guidelines regarding brushing methods and recommended visits to the dentist.
What’s In Your Mouth?
Your mouth is teeming with bacteria and most of the time that bacteria are harmless. Daily brushing and flossing will keep the bacteria under control, but without dental care, bacteria will reach levels that will contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Certain medications such as diuretics, painkillers, decongestants and antihistamines will reduce the flow of saliva. Saliva works to neutralize acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and washes away food particles that might otherwise stick to teeth and lead to tooth decay.
Certain diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes will lower the body’s ability to resist infection and that makes good dental care even more important.
What Conditions May Be Linked to Oral Health?
Endocarditis is infection of the heart lining and occurs when bacteria from other parts of the body, including your mouth, spread through the bloodstream and attach to the heart.
Cardiovascular disease has been the subject of much research over the years and some of that research suggests clogged arteries, stroke and heart disease is the result of oral bacteria allowed to build because of lack of good dental care.
Diabetes will reduce the body’s resistance to infection and that puts your gums at risk. There is a direct link between diabetes and gum disease. People who experience gum disease have a more difficult time controlling their levels of blood sugar.
How Can I Protect My Oral Health?
The practice of good dental care is paramount to protecting oral health. Dental hygiene practice, put in place at a young age, will help protect against some of the diseases and conditions that may result because of lack of good dental hygiene. To protect your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss after brushing. Limit between meal snacks, especially sugary snacks and be sure to eat a healthy diet. Always replace your toothbrush regularly, usually every three to five months.
Regularly Scheduled Dental Check-Ups
Let Fleming Dental Care ensure your dental checkups are scheduled on an automatic basis, at least twice per year. A professional cleaning and exam is the best maintenance for your mouth. Our dentists will be able to identify any potential problems before they become serious.