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    What Happens if You Lose a Filling?

    Last updated 1 day 10 hours ago

    Fillings can restore teeth damaged by tooth decay, but as strong as filling materials are, they can eventually weaken and detach from your teeth. If you experience the dislodging of a filling, contact your dentist. He can determine whether you require immediate attention or if you can wait a few days before getting treatment. Until you see your dentist, it’s imperative that you protect the exposed tooth. Germs and food remnants can easily collect in the crevices of your tooth, making tooth decay and infection potential problems. Take care to avoid further trauma to your tooth, but brush, floss, and rinse regularly to keep the area clean. You may also want to use a temporary filling material to protect your tooth until your dental appointment.

    Southport Dental offers tooth-colored fillings that can preserve the beauty of your smile. If a cavity requires a filling, or an old filling needs a replacement, call us today at (317) 497-5061. Our team of dental professionals provides general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, including fillings, crowns, and implants, for patients in the greater Indianapolis region.

    What to Eat and What to Avoid for a Healthy Mouth

    Last updated 2 days 6 hours ago

    Dentists stress the importance of good oral hygiene habits. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day can greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Cleaning your teeth is only one part of sound oral health, though. Your diet can also contribute in good and bad ways to the state of your teeth and gums. To protect your mouth from damaging disease and decay, keep in mind these diet suggestions:

    Teeth-Healthy Food Options

    Your teeth require calcium to remain healthy and strong. As a result, be sure to include plenty of calcium-rich foods in your meals. Low-fat dairy products, including yogurt, cheese, and milk, can fortify tooth enamel and underlying bone tissues. Fresh fruits and vegetables can also provide oral health benefits. Most raw produce contains high levels of vitamins and minerals that can bolster your oral health. Some foods can also act as natural cleaning agents. For instance, the fibrous nature of apples can help to scrub away bacteria, plaque, and other food particles left on teeth after meals. So if you do not have access to your toothbrush, try eating an apple after your lunch or dinner. Chewing on celery can also remove harmful contaminants.

    Oral Health-Damaging Food Choices 

    When it comes to your oral health, a piece of fruit can provide considerable advantages over other traditional sweets. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars found in cakes, cookies, and other treats. When given access to these substances, bacteria can create damaging acids that break down your tooth enamel. To protect your teeth from decay, restrict your consumption of processed sweets. You should also limit your intake of dried fruits and packaged snacks, as they can become lodged in tooth crevices and give bacteria the chance to harm your teeth and gums.

    Would you like to learn more about making healthy food choices for your teeth? Then call Southport Dental at (317) 497-5061 to make an appointment with a dentist. Our Indianapolis practice offers preventive and treatment services to keep your teeth free from the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease. 

    Diagnosing and Treating Periodontal Disease

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Periodontal disease can be easy to form yet difficult to detect. With consistent oral hygiene practices and regular dental checkups, though, you can avoid this common problem.

    This video explains what happens as periodontal disease develops and what steps a dentist can take to treat it. Periodontal disease is the result of gum inflammation that occurs when plaque builds on tooth enamel. Many people experience few notable signs of this condition, though it can produce gum tenderness, swelling, bleeding, and recession. With early detection, periodontal disease is reversible. Should the gum fibers around the teeth deteriorate and underlying bone weaken, though, advanced periodontal disease may necessitate tooth extraction and dental implants.

    Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? If so, don’t delay to call Southport Dental at (317) 497-5061 for a periodontal treatment consultation at our Indianapolis office.

    Spotlight on Our Infection Control Methods

    Last updated 11 days ago

    At Southport Dental, we take every measure to ensure not only your oral health, but also your total wellness. For that reason, we have in place multiple infection control methods to minimize your risk of harm. Each person who works in our office practices vigilant hand-washing habits. Numerous times throughout the day, especially before and after treating each patient, our dentist and hygienists clean their hands. All equipment used during a procedure is sterilized as well before it is set out for the next patient. Protective wear such as masks, gloves, and gowns are also disposed of after every patient visit to ensure the wellbeing of our patients. The standards we uphold make Southport Dental an immeasurably safe environment for each person who receives treatment at our Indianapolis office.

    Do you have more questions about our sanitary practices? Then call Southport Dental at (317) 497-5061. We would be happy to discuss your concerns and explain in further detail the safety measures we have in place for our Indianapolis patients. 

    Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Sleep apnea is a condition that anyone of any age or gender can develop. This video shows how even former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal has had to contend with this problem.

    Sleep apnea causes the body to cease inhalation and exhalation during slumber. Given that the person with sleep apnea is unconscious, a partner might be the first to realize the problem, as was the case with O’Neal. Upon the urging of his partner, O’Neal consulted sleep experts to determine if he did in fact have this condition. An overnight study revealed that O’Neal suffered from moderate sleep apnea. To alleviate his sleeping problems, O’Neal now wears a special mask that helps to keep his breathing passageway open as he sleeps.

    Do you suffer from sleep apnea? To find relief from your condition, call Southport Dental in Indianapolis at (317) 497-5061.



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