An airway-focused dentist can assess the airway and help to determine if there are deficiencies in growth or airflow. The dentist evaluates facial structures and symmetry, arch development, and the soft tissues (including lips, tongue & throat), as well as the dentition. If discrepancies are noted, the dentist can help to guide a patient through the appropriate treatment. In children, growth can be influenced through early intervention. Adults have many options as well when it comes to improving the airway. The goal is whenever we treatment-plan a patient for any dental work, we keep their airway in mind with every decision and focus on the best decision for optimal breathing and health.
- Avoid chewing ice, cracking nut shells, or opening packages with your teeth.
- Avoid “hard foods” such as popcorn kernels.
- Limit acidic soft drinks and sugary foods that stick to your teeth, and if you plan on sweets have them as part of a meal.
- Decide against tongue and lip piercings, which can fracture teeth and increase infection risk.
- Avoid acid erosion from acid reflux at night while you are sleeping by learning to keep your tongue in the roof of your mouth.
When used appropriately, a manual toothbrush can be as effective as a powered toothbrush. However, when used correctly a good-quality electric toothbrush is like going to the dentist every day. The key is to hold the brush “still” as you move from tooth to tooth, letting the brush do the moving for you. Dr. Roca always says the good-quality toothbrushes are so thorough when used correctly, it is going to put her out of business. Like with a manual brush, we recommended two to three minutes, at a 45-degree angle toward the gums, and cover the entire inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Make sure to include the gum line where the tooth meets the gum. Just remember, the trick is, with an electric brush you hold it “still” unlike with a manual that you move in circles along the gum line.
Arlington Smile Center will never recommend replacing old silver fillings unless they are broken down or have new decay. If they need to be replaced, we will do so with tooth-colored resin fillings. Dental amalgam (silver) fillings contain silver, tin, copper, and liquid mercury, which are combined to form an inert (non-active) alloy. According to the FDA, CDC, the American Dental Association (ADA), and a number of other public health agencies, there is no link between this type of filling and any known health issue. Because of speculation and controversy, amalgam is the most researched and tested dental filling material on the market. We do not offer amalgam “silver” fillings anymore because it is bad for the environment, but if you currently have one present in your mouth, it will usually outlast you. Resin fillings need to be replaced more often, but are now the standard of care for most fillings. We offer more expensive, stronger fillings made out of hard porcelain called onlays or inlays, though these are not usually covered well by dental insurance and need to be sent to the lab for fabrication.