Your Colorado Springs General Dentist Will Improve Your Dental Health

When you think about staying healthy, you probably think about exercise, your diet, and perhaps vitamins. You may not even consider your dental health – but you should. At Springs Dentist, we provide care based on the growing body of research that shows a clear connection between oral health and overall body health.

Your Colorado Springs general dentist will:

  • Help you eliminate bacteria that causes problems like cavities and gum disease
  • Suggest lifestyle changes that can benefit your oral health and overall well-being
  • Create a healthy balance between problem-causing bacteria and beneficial bacteria
  • Treat issues like dry mouth that can cause dental problems and negatively impact your health
  • Teach you proper home oral hygiene to keep your mouth healthy

To schedule a dental exam or other general dentistry service, call us at 719-249-5796 today. Don’t skip preventive care due to a lack of finances. Join our Springs Dentist Savings Club, which enables you to make low monthly payments for exams, cleanings, and other routine services.

Preserve Your Teeth & Your Health With Preventive Dental Care

An ounce of dental prevention is worth a pound of cure. So we offer many preventive services to make you less prone to problems like gum disease. They include:

  • Dental Exams – Dr. Craig Sommer looks for early signs of problems like dental decay and gum disease. Treating them as soon as possible keeps them from causing more serious health issues.
  • Dental Cleanings – Regular cleanings help keep your teeth free of problematic bacteria.
  • Dry Mouth Treatment – A lack of saliva allows bad bacteria to proliferate and is a major cause of dental decay. We’ll suggest products and lifestyle changes that can help.
  • Gum Disease Treatment – While we focus on preventing gum disease, we can also eliminate it in its early stages with a deep cleaning treatment or laser therapy. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss. It is also associated with numerous health issues, including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dental Sealants – These thin plastic coatings provide a physical barrier that prevents bacteria from getting into the grooves and fissures on tooth surfaces where they can cause decay.
  • Custom Mouthguards – We can fit you for mouthguards that protect your teeth during athletic activities. We can also provide mouthguards that relieve jaw pain associated with TMJ dysfunction. If you suffer from sleep apnea, a custom-made mouthguard can make it possible for you to breathe easily throughout the night.

Keep Teeth Cavity-Free Without Fluoride

Unlike some dentists, we do not recommend fluoride treatments. We believe most people ingest enough fluoride – or more than they need – through water, processed foods, and other sources. There is no need to apply it to teeth in a highly concentrated form. Sodium fluoride, the kind used by dentists, accumulates in your teeth, bones, and cartilage. Over time it may affect how your brain and other organs function.

In addition, an over-reliance on fluoride has taken focus from better ways to prevent cavities:

  • Good oral hygiene
  • Diet low in refined sugars and carbohydrates
  • Maintaining healthy levels of saliva, a natural cavity fighter

Dr. Sommer is happy to talk to you about the proper uses of fluoride.

Call 719-249-5796 to visit a patient-focused general dentist in Colorado Springs. You can also request an appointment online.

Common Questions About General Dentistry

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry refers to what a dentist can do to keep your smile on a healthy track all through life. At Springs Dentist, we practice general dentistry based on emerging research that demonstrates a clear correlation between oral health and overall body health. We are here when you need us to administer periodic oral exams and teeth cleanings and extra measures like dental sealants, bad breath solutions, and dry mouth treatments.

Do specialists practice general dentistry?

In some cases they do. Dental specialists are initially educated in general dentistry, and then go beyond that to focus on more specialized work. So while it is possible for specialists to practice general dentistry, often they are not open to general dentistry cases like most families have. That is why it makes sense to partner with a comprehensive general dentist like Dr. Sommer.

Who needs dental sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating. We use them on back teeth, which have grooves on the chewing surface where bacteria tends to accumulate. This makes these teeth especially prone to cavities. We often recommend applying sealants to a child’s premolars and permanent molars as soon as they come in – around ages 6 and 12, respectively. According to the CDC, school-age children without sealants have nearly three times more cavities than children with them. Cavity-prone adults can benefit from sealants too.

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