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The Healthy Smile, Healthy Body Connection

Regular dental visits are important in maintaining and improving your oral health, but did you know that these visits may also assist in the identification and prevention of certain types of disease? For example, research has indicated a possible relationship between gum disease and cavities with health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, and respiratory disease. In addition, poor oral health can lead to other health issues, including digestion problems, oral and facial pain, and even increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease. And since many people see their dentist more frequently than they do their personal physician, the first diagnosis of a health problem often occurs at the dental office. Yes, there is a strong connection between having a healthy smile and a healthy body. Here, at Norwalk Dental Care®, we believe in this connection, and we use it day-in and day-out to deliver the best possible care to our patients.

Preventive Dentistry and Cleanings

Preventive Dentistry and CleaningThe primary goal of preventive dentistry is to maintain optimal oral health. Daily home-care practices, such as brushing and flossing, combined with periodic in-office preventive care, like standard and deep cleanings, are vital components in keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Brushing and flossing alone, however, will not remove tartar (a form of hardened dental plaque), which is why professional dental cleanings are so crucial. When plaque and tartar remain on teeth for too long, the risk of developing gingivitis is high. Left untreated, gingivitis will advance to the more serious periodontits, a disease that will eventually damage the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth. In order to preserve your dental health, preventive care that includes regular dental examinations is necessary. Secondary to health, but also important, maintaining good oral hygiene along with periodic in-office visits will help reduce money spent on dental treatments later.

Tooth Colored White Fillings

Tooth Colored White FillingsTooth colored fillings are dental fillings used to restore teeth that are fractured or decayed. Made from durable plastics called composite resins, tooth colored fillings closely match your natural tooth’s color, appearance, and texture. In addition, they can cosmetically alter the size and shape of teeth by closing gaps, repairing chips, and giving the appearance of straighter teeth. The benefits of tooth colored fillings extend beyond the cosmetic advantages, though. They are strong, harden quickly, don’t expand/contract in extreme hot and cold temperatures, and create a better seal over your teeth than traditional, silver/amalgam fillings. Whether you’re in need of new fillings or are considering replacing your traditional fillings, tooth colored fillings are an ideal solution.

BruxZir- Solid Zirconia® Crowns

For years, traditional metal or conventional porcelain to metal dental crowns were the only choice available in replacing an irreparably damaged or injured tooth. These crowns functioned well, but couldn’t be described as cosmetically appealing. When tooth colored restorations were initially made available, they looked terrific but weren’t as reliable or strong as their metal counterparts. Now, with BruxZir® Crowns, dental patients no longer have to choose between having a reliable dental crown and having one that looks good. All-ceramic BruxZir® Crowns contain no metal, are cosmetically beautiful, and fit better than its metal predecessors. They are reliable and strong. Best of all, they have the same color and strength of your natural teeth. A few of the other benefits of BruxZir® Crowns include:

  • Low risk of allergic reactions
  • Zero metallic taste
  • Unsurpassed strength
  • No metal margins

With BruxZir® Crowns, you’ll smile with confidence while feeling secure.

Dental Sealants – Protection from Decay

Dental SealantAs important as brushing and flossing is, there are additional measures that can be used to help protect your teeth from decay. Dental sealants—thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth—are one such measure. By applying sealants to the grooves and depressions in your back teeth, you can effectively “seal out” decay-causing bacteria. The procedure is fast, simple, painless, and safe. Painted on in liquid form, dental sealants dry quickly and harden to form a thin, protective, non-invasive shield over the tooth. And because dental sealants can last for up to 10 years, they are a proactive, cost-effective measure in maintaining your good oral health.

The importance of regular checkups



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  • From the first time I met everyone, I knew this was a good place. I just recently had a tooth extracted, it was quick and painless. Now, I am ready for the next phase with out any reservations whatsoever, because I know that I can rely upon Dr. Prieston and his team to give the fantasic care that they always give.

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  • I have been a patient of Dr. Prieston at Norwalk Dental Care for 13 years now. What I like the most overall about his amazing practice is how wonderful all of the staff are.

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FAQs


How often should I visit the dentist?

You should visit the dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. The professional cleanings are completed by a dental hygienist, and the dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of any oral diseases. You may also receive other routine care, such as fluoride treatments, at these semi-annual checkups. Patients who tend to accumulate plaque and tartar more quickly may want to see their dentists for teeth cleanings more frequently, around every 3 or 4 months.

Why do I need dental sealants?

Dental sealants help to protect the chewing surfaces of teeth from decay. They are particularly useful on the molars, which have relatively large chewing surfaces in comparison to the other teeth. Those teeth also have a number of deep grooves in which food particles can get trapped and provide a source of nutrition for decay-causing bacteria. While dental sealants are most often used for children, some adults may benefit from this treatment as well.

What if I have a dental emergency?

Our office is able to accommodate emergency appointments for patients. However, if you break a tooth, get a toothache or develop some other urgent dental problem outside of business hours, you can take steps to keep the problem in check until you can be seen in our office. You may want to keep dental cement on hand to replace a lost filling, for example. Then, when we do get the opportunity to evaluate you, we can recommend a more permanent treatment.

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Seeing your dentist for routine care every six months will give you a number of benefits. First of all, professional cleanings are an important supplement to your home oral hygiene routine. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers may not be able to remove all of the plaque and bacteria that can collect in the mouth, especially in the parts of the smile that are more difficult to reach. With a hygienist’s expertise and professional-grade instruments, you can get a much cleaner smile than you can achieve with your toothbrush and dental floss alone. Regular dental exams are also important for maintaining your oral health, as the dentist can monitor your smile for relatively minor concerns, like small cavities or early stage gum disease, which can be treated fairly easily and with minimal disruption to the patient’s routine.

What are tooth colored fillings?

Tooth colored fillings are made of composite materials that mimic the shade of natural teeth. Unlike older amalgam (metal) fillings, tooth colored fillings do not compromise the smile’s appearance.