Amalgam removal and replacement is a common procedure. However, mercury filling removal must be performed with extreme caution. Patients must make an appointment with an experienced mercury removal dentist to ensure health complications do not arise during the procedure. Specifically, dental professionals must protect patients from mercury vapor and amalgam fragments during the procedure.
At Assure A Smile, we employ the following to protect patients during routine mercury filling removal and replacement procedures:
Prevent gum disease with proactive care. At Assure A Smile, educating patients on how to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease) is a key component of every cleaning, check-up, and dental appointment. Healthy gums are not just a foundation for a strong smile, but they are also the key to building immunity and preventing long term illness.
Get healthy gums by following the 5 basic steps below.
1. Brush twice daily.
Brush a minimum of twice a day. Note: Improper brushing can cause periodontal infections to get worse because you miss plaque deposits that will continue to house bacteria and irritate your gums. Brushing daily removes plaque, the film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When plaque comes into contact with food, they produce acids that lead to cavities and gum disease.
2. Floss Often
During meals, food particles often get lodged between the teeth and along the gum line. Sometimes, a toothbrush cannot remove this food debris. Dentists recommend flossing after brushing as well as big meals to remove the plaque and prevent the spread of bacteria.
Flossing is most effective when done with a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. After stretching the floss between both hands, use the thumb, index and middle fingers to hold it taught. Then, gently insert the floss between the teeth and gently slide it up and down against the tooth. Move the floss around the gum line, and be sure to floss around the base of each of your rear molars. When flossing, the dental floss should somewhat wrap around the tooth, forming a C-shape. Most importantly, use a clean section of the floss when moving from one tooth to the next to prevent the spread of bacteria.
3. Rinse Regularly
In addition to brushing and flossing, patients may improve gum health by rinsing with an alcohol-free mouth rinse designed to hydrate the gums and reduce the accumulation of biofilm. Our holistic dental practice also recommends oil pulling to improve gum health. Oil pulling is a safe, all-natural way to cleanse the gums and soft oral tissues. Over time, oil pulling can also cleanse the body of toxins. Here’s how it works:
- Choose an oil (sesame and coconut oil are most popular)
- Melt 1-2 teaspoons of the oil in your mouth
- Swish oil throughout the teeth and gums for no more than 20 minutes
- Spit oil into disposable cup or container (do not spit down the sink)
- Rinse with warm water
- Brush to remove additional oil
4. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Of course, a healthy diet is key to preventing harmful agents from entering the mouth in the first place. Using the lists below, consider revamping your diet to exclude those foods known to stick to tooth enamel, produce plaque, and promote the spread of bacteria.
Foods for healthy gums include:
- Raw, organic vegetables like carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, and kale
- Raw, organic fruits like apples, pears, melons, and other fruit with a high water content
- Nuts (preferably soaks) and cheeses
Foods that can harm the gums:
- Candies, cookies, cakes, and other sweets
- Sticky and sugary gums
- Crackers, bread, chips, and other starchy foods
- Dried fruits, including raisins
5. Schedule a Dental Cleaning Every 4-6 Months
Smoking has a couple effects on the teeth and gums. The first is the most obvious: Smoking changes the color of the teeth from white to yellow. Secondly, smoking effects the blood. Smoke enters the lungs and deprives the body of oxygen, in turn lowering the amount of oxygen in the blood. Less oxygen in the blood lowers our immunity to heart disease, gum disease and many other diseases.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry is an art at Assure A Smile, and we are pleased to offer the best cosmetic dentistry technology and services available in Miami. It all begins with a personalized consultation, during which Dr. Herrmann helps patients understand the different procedures available to attain specific cosmetic goals. Following consultation, patients learn about the orthodontics, digital imaging technologies, and other cosmetic procedures available to help create brilliant new smiles.
Personalized Cosmetic Consultation
During your complimentary personal consultation, Dr. Herrmann explains the many different techniques available in the field of aesthetic & cosmetic dentistry that can help you attain your smile enhancement goals. Additionally, he will inform you of the benefits of thinking holistically the next time you are caring for your teeth. If you are looking for more information about the holistic practice, please visit our Holistic Dentistry Services webpage.
Perio Protect® is the easiest and most effective way to treat periodontal disease, or gum disease. Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease is critical, as a growing body of research illustrates that gum disease is a contributing factor to other serious health conditions.
Fortunately, gum disease is treatable. Using Perio Protect, Miami families can restore the health and vitality of their gums in just a few minutes each day. Comfortable and minimally invasive, Perio Protect is an affordable and convenient way to improve holistic health and significantly reduce your chance of developing cardiovascular disease later in life.