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Preventive Dental Care

How to Remove Plaque at Home

While we recommend you visit the dentist every 6 months for a preventative check-up, oral examination, and dental cleaning, we realize we can't be with you everyday. Here are some tips on how you can remove plaque at home.

How are you brushing your teeth? It matters

When you brush your teeth, your technique matters. You may brush your teeth as much as you want, but if you do not do it properly it is just a waste of time. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommended the following method as the most efficient:

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line. Point it upward, or toward your nose every time you clean the upper teeth; downward, or toward the chin when you are brushing the lower teeth. This angle also helps you clean the gum line, something that many people miss.

Looking for more specific, detailed instructions on how to brush your teeth (and your children's teeth)?:

Alternatives to Toothpaste for Removing Plaque

Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist who practices a fluoride-free dental office. We realize that not everyone prefers to use a toothpaste that includes fluoride. While there are many non-fluoride toothpastes, there are also some pastes you can make at home:

  • Baking Soda - according to MotherNature.com, "the good old baking soda can also help you remove the plaque from your teeth. Put some baking soda on your dampened toothbrush and scrub away the plaque. You can also combine a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda and use this mixture to brush your teeth."
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - apple cider vinegar has also proven to be effective in removing plaque. All you have to do is soak your toothbrush in some vinegar and brush your teeth. But because of the acidity of the vinegar, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water afterwards to prevent any damage to the tooth enamel.
  • Sunflower Seeds and Linden Flower - Mix 4 tbsp sunflower seeds, 4 tbsp linden flower, 1 tbsp water and then mix all the ingredients together and cook the mixture on a low heat for half an hour. Use as a toothpaste like normal.
  • Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil - oil pulling helps remove tartar from your teeth, which forms plaque. Use a low-acidic, alkaline oil like Skinny Coconut Oil to prevent tooth decay from other acidic oils.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing.

Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, but if it gets out of hand it can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities. That's why brushing is important.

What to do if Plaque has Calcified?

If you've waited too long, plaque may have built up between your teeth. Now is the time to visit the dentist so that they can remove the plaque build-up and attempt to prevent Gingivitis. If you're in the Indianapolis area, call the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 317-882-0228 for all of your family's dental needs.

Indianapolis Dentist Reviews and Testimonials

Every time I come to visit Dr. Reese and his staff. I feel welcomed and cared for. A deeper healing from past dental experiences is received. Thanking God for crossing our paths everyday." -Michelle W., Indianapolis

What people like about the Indianapolis Center for Implant and Sedation Dentistry is the staff, the modern dental technology, and the wide range of dental services that can be done all in one visit. From general dentistry to oral surgery to orthodontics, all of your dental needs can be taken care of in one office with a kind, compassionate, and caring staff.

As always, a great visit. Experience is important to me along with quality of staff, onsite equipment, and ability to have all my needs met in as few appointments as possible. There are three dentists offices in my neighborhood I can walk to however Reese continues to be the most convenient. I drive from Carmel because Ted Reese & team consistently meet all my needs and always provides a world class experience." -Miguel H., Carmel

Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Fear no more! Indianapolis Dentistry specializes in 'catering to cowards'. Our staff is trained to make you or your child feel comfortable. We are equipped with pain-free dental technology and the sedation modalities to assist when needed. Whatever your dental health situation, we can help you get where you want to be.

Dr. Reese and his staff is so nice! My son is not afraid to go to the dentist anymore. On his second appointment he didn't want me in the room with him. My son is only 7 years old. If you want a dentist that will accept children, then I highly recommend that you book your next dental appointment with Dr. Reese today. You don't want to pass a wonderful, inviting experience up." -Nicholas B., Indianapolis

Indianapolis Dentistry is a full-service, comprehensive dental office located in Indianapolis. We serve children and adults in a wide range of dental services from tongue-tie/lip-tie surgeries on infants to braces on children to dental implants for adults. And all along the way our dental hygienists will help you with your preventative oral health care needs.

Appreciated that congeniality of the staff and Dr. Reese throughout the process. That is rare to experience. I felt comfortable with Dr. Reese and the information/counsel he provided. It is odd that I would say this, but I look forward to the implants and the resulting benefits." -Aaron D., Brownsburg

Dr. Reese has placed over 1000 dental implants over 30 years and it's from this experience that he brings the utmost professionalism and advanced level of care you won't get anywhere else in Indianapolis. Dr. Reese actually trains other dentists on how to do dental implants and is rated as one of the top dentists in the nation, Midwest, and Indiana.

I had a great experience at Dr. Reese's office. The staff was caring, answered all my questions. I had my wisdom teeth taken out and the operation and recovery went even better than I was expecting. I didn't even experience any bruising. I would highly recommend this office." -Amanda T., Franklin

Whether your child is getting ready to go to college during the summer or you want to get their wisdom teeth taken out over Christmas break, Indianapolis Dentistry has a full-featured oral surgery center that is able to help. With a full staff of dental assistants, modern dental technology, and IV sedation modalities, Dr. Reese and staff are here to help.

I was nervous about going back to the dentist for the first time in ten years but when I got there the staff was nice and made me feel like I didn't have anything to worry about. They understood why I was nervous and made it one of the bed dentis visits I've ever been to." -Forrest M., Eminence, Indiana

If you're looking for a sedation dentist in Indianapolis, look no more! Dr. Reese and his staff at Indianapolis Center for Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are here for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs. From veneers to teeth whitening to dentures to dental implants, Dr. Reese and staff are here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Dr. Reese is very knowledgeable, professional, kind and compassionate. I have always had a good experience, and can truly say I enjoy my visits at their clean, modern office. The staff are very pleasant and friendly, who together with Dr. Reese, create a harmonious and welcoming atmosphere!" -Mary L., Indianapolis

If you're in the Indianapolis area and you'd like to learn more about Indianapolis Dentistry and experience the kind, compassionate care and thoroughness that Dr. Reese provides, please call 317-882-0228 and ask about an initial comprehensive exam. Join the others who have already experienced the best dentist in Indianapolis.

3 Things that Can Stain Your Teeth

Your teeth are naturally going to become more yellow as you age, but there are certain activities which can expedite that process and help stain your teeth. Teeth yellowing or staining can occur when certain food or drinks interact with your teeth. Coffee Stains Teeth

  1. Drinking coffee or tea - coffee and tea's dark color and acidity can cause yellowing of the teeth over time, but is easily treated with teeth whitening.
  2. Using tobacco products - cigarettes can stain teeth during smoking and chewing tobacco can stain teeth during chewing. They can also lead to cancer.
  3. Drinking red wine - the acids in wine eat away at tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining from other foods.

If you've already experienced teeth staining or yellowing from age, food, or drink, teeth whitening is still a viable option to regain the whiter teeth you had when you were younger. If you're looking for teeth whitening in Indianapolis, Dr. Reese is your Indianapolis cosmetic dentist.

7 Things that Cause Cavities

If you've ever wondered why you get so many cavities, you might want to review whether or not your daily habits are contributing. While tooth decay can be treated, it's best to prevent the cavities from occurring in the first place by changing the way you eat, drink, and care for your teeth. Glass of Wine

  1. Drinking wine - the acids in wine weaken teeth enamel and the alcohol dries your mouth, decreasing the salivary flow and thus decreasing remineralization.
  2. Eating potato products - the bacteria in plaque turns potato starch into acid, which can break down tooth enamel. Rinse your mouth with water after eating.
  3. Drinking fruit juice - most juices are loaded with sugar because fruits are naturally sweet, but you can reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.
  4. Eating candy - sugary treats like candy promote tooth decay, but some candies are worse than others. Gummy candy sticks in the teeth unless you rinse after eating.
  5. Drinking sports drinks - sports drinks are usually high in sugar. Like juice or candy, sugary sports drinks create an acidic environment that attacks tooth enamel.
  6. Eating cough drops - most cough drops are loaded with sugar so after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to rinse your mouth and then brush like normal.
  7. Drinking soda pop - coke can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving and contain phosphoric and citric acids, which eat away at tooth enamel.

Coke Cavities

If you've already experienced tooth decay and need to see a dentist, please call your local holistic dentist. If you're in the Indianapolis area, Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis holistic dentist who has helped many different people fix their tooth decay.

6 Ways to Avoid Breaking or Cracking Your Teeth

Your teeth can be repaired by a dentist, but it's best to prevent them from being broken or cracked in the first place. While it can happen by accident, there are some habits that you can avoid that will help prevent your teeth from being broken or cracked. Chewing on Ice

  1. Chewing on ice - while ice is sugar-free and won't lead to tooth decay, it is hard enough to chip or crack your teeth and so you should avoid chewing it to help protect the integrity of your teeth.
  2. Playing sports without a mouthguard - contact sports can chip or crack teeth without a mouth guard. A custom mouthguard made by a dentist is the best type of mouth guard for your teeth.
  3. Chewing hard candy - suckers or hard candy like Jolly Ranchers are like ice - they are hard enough to crack or chip your teeth. Avoid biting on them too early or avoid them altogether as a snack.
  4. Tongue or lip piercings - accidentally biting the metal in your tongue or lip can crack your your tooth. If you have a tongue or lip piercing, you might want to take it out while eating.
  5. Opening things with your teeth - use an appropriate tool instead to avoid cracking or chipping your teeth. Plastic bags can be opened with scissors and bottles can be opened with bottle openers.
  6. Chewing on pencils or pens - if you do this while you work, you're at risk for cracking a tooth. If you chew on ice or other things to relax, consider chewing on sugar-free gum instead.

Chewing on a Pencil

If you've already cracked or chipped your tooth and you think it's a dental emergency, contact your local dentist. If you're in the Indianapolis area you can call or page Dr. Reese. Not only does he have his own practice on the south side of Indianapolis, he's also registered as a hospital dentist.

Custom-Made Mouthguards VS Store-Bought Models

If you're a parent considering buying a mouthguard for your child, you're probably wanting to reduce their risk of a sports-related injury. The question is not whether or not your child needs a mouthguard, but whether you should visit a dentist for a custom-made mouthguard or a sporting goods store. Custom-Made Mouthguards VS Store-Bought Models

"High school football players wearing store-bought, over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injures (MTBI)/concussions than those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards, according to a recent study in General Dentistry, a peer-reviewed clinical journal by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

The study followed 412 players from six high school football teams. 220 of the student athletes were randomly assigned to wear custom-made mouthguards, and 192 student athletes wore standard OTC mouthguards of their own choosing. All players wore the same style of football helmet. 8.3 percent of athletes in the OTC mouthguard group suffered MTBI/concussion injuries VS those with custom-made mouthguards where the rate was only 3.6 percent.

“Researchers and, most importantly, parents, are looking for ways to better protect children against concussions,” said lead author Jackson Winters, DDS, a pediatric dentist who also served as a high school and collegiate football official for 28 years.

Mouthguard Thickness Matters

Additionally, mouthguard thickness also has been shown to be a factor that contributes to the level of protection. The average thickness of the custom-made mouthguards in this study was 3.50 millimeters, while the average thickness of the OTC mouthguards was only 1.65 millimeters.

“Consumers may believe that today’s advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted mouthguard also is essential to player safety.”

While sports mouthguards cannot completely prevent MTBI/concussion injuries from occurring, they can reduce concussion risk, by absorbing shock, stabilizing the head and neck, and limiting movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw.

Lasts Longer. More Comfortable. More Protection.

Custom-made mouthguards also can last longer than store-bought models and may be less prone to damage by the athletes, said AGD Spokesperson, Eugene Antenucci, DDS, FAGD. “Over-the-counter mouthguards are not fitted to the athlete’s mouth, making them less comfortable than custom guards made by a dentist. When a mouthguard is not comfortable, the athlete is likely to chew it, reducing its thickness and resulting in less protection.”

“Although more research on this topic is needed, our study shows the value of a custom-made mouthguard,” Winters said. “The benefits of protecting your child far outweigh the costs associated with a dental or medical injury, which is likelier to occur with a store-bought model.”

How Diet Affects Cavities

What you eat has a direct effect on how cavities develop on your teeth. What you eat causes cavities - from the acid that weakens and destroys teeth enamel to the nutrition that is needed bacteria to cause further damage and form cavities - everything is directly dependent on your diet. Of course, proper dental hygiene plays a big role too but recent studies have shown how diet affects cavities more than how often you are brushing your teeth or not. How Diet Affects Cavities

How Diet Affects Cavities

Here are some examples how diet affects cavities and how what you eat can cause (or prevent) cavity formation.

  1. The nutrition needed by bacteria that cause cavities comes from your diet. There are foods that are more cavity-forming than others (more acidic on teeth than others).
  2. The longer the food or drink stays in the mouth clinging to the teeth, the more likely it can come in contact with plaque bacteria that produce the acid that causes cavities.
  3. If you often snack or drink sodas, the acid has more time to attack your teeth.

And you might be surprised that both under and overeating can cause cavities!

Your gums, teeth, chewing (mastication) muscles are all living tissues, and they have the same nutritional requirements as any other living tissue in the body. When they aren't fed with nutritious food, oral health may be compromised and nutrient-deficiency diseases, such as scurvy can develop. In contrast, when food is freely available, as in many first world countries, oral health may be compromised by continuous intake of (unhealthy) food which can result to diabetes and obesity.

It is therefore correct to conclude that one's diet not only affects cavities, but also is an important factor in the development of periodontal disease (gum disease).

Establishing Healthy Eating Habits

Learning how diet affects your oral health — long-term and short-term — is the first step towards establishing healthy eating habits.

How Diet Affects CavitiesWhat To Eat

To help people understand these guidelines, the USDA has replaced the old Food Guide Pyramid with a new, interactive tool called MyPyramid. The new tool is actually many different pyramids customized for a person depending on age, gender and physical activity.

Your diet, like the pyramid, should have a strong base of grains; at least 2½ cups of vegetables a day; at least 2 cups of fruits a day; at least 3 cups of calcium-containing milk, yogurt and cheese; and proteins such as meats, beans, eggs and nuts. Eat fats and sweets sparingly.

How Often to Eat If you want to prevent cavities, how often you eat can be just as important as what you eat. That's because food affects your teeth and mouth long after you swallow. Studies have shown that those who eat sweets as snacks between meals have higher incidences of decay than those who eat the same amount of sweets with their meals.

Preventive Dental Care is Very Important

Nutritional counseling is becoming an increasingly important part in preventive dental care. Adequate nutrition, or the lack of it, plays a big part in the prevention and occurrence of disease. And it all starts in our mouths! This is why during dental checkups, Dr. Reese may often ask about your eating habits.. You should visit your dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned as there are teeth that are more prone to cavities even if you brush your teeth regularly and watch what you eat.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, 5 minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. To make an appointment or to call for directions, please call 317-882-0228.

Natural Alternatives for Teeth Care Products

According to the National Institute of Health, "There are a variety of dental products promoted as an "alternative" to the standard commercial dental products that most dentists recommend and most patients use. These alternative products can be categorized as standard dental products made with natural ingredients, herbal products, homeopathic products, and synthetic alternative products." Natural Alternatives for Teeth Care Products

Natural Alternatives for Standard Teeth Care Products copyThere is a list of herbal ingredients that are used in oral health care products. We have listed natural alternatives for standard teeth care products in this post but note that home remedies, though they have been marketed for oral care, have not been tested or have been approved by the FDA. For example, a product advocated for the management of halitosis includes a combination of parsley and cottonseed oil, but because this product is marketed as a dietary supplement, documented data of safety and effectiveness (and FDA certification or approval) is not required prior to public use.

Natural Alternatives for Standard teeth care products

Most of the ones listed here are very common and accepted alternatives. Most households use them:

Xylitol - Xylitol is a sweet substance commonly found in birch trees and many fruits and vegetables. Research has indicated xylitol has great tooth friendly benefits. It is a natural alcohol used in place of sugar, has the best reputation among herbal products for limiting decay.

Calcium Carbonate - Calcium carbonate, a naturally occurring mineral, is a gentle abrasive that cleans and polishes the tooth surface to help remove stains.

Betaine - Betaine is a sweet tasting alkaloid that occurs in sugar beets. It is proven to leave the mouth moist and feeling soothed.

Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) - Baking soda, a naturally occurring mineral, is a gentle abrasive that has the ability to polish and whiten teeth. It also helps freshen your breath. It can also offset acidity induced by plaque.

Propolis - Bees create propolis from natural resin produced by trees to help defend their hives.  Research indicates propolis can help support oral health.

Tea Tree Oil - Tea Tree Oil is a natural oil with exciting oral health benefits and can help to fight bad breath. One study suggests that rinsing with green tea extract may protect the teeth from erosion and abrasion, similar to fluoride mouth rinse. Another showed the extract might stop starchy foods, such as crackers or cake, from causing tooth decay. And a third found that people who regularly drink green tea have healthier gums than those who don’t.

Aloe Vera Juice - Helps to cleanse the teeth and gums while soothing your entire mouth.

Read the label

The most important thing is to read the labels of dental care products you use to see if they have natural ingredients. Consult your dentist if you are unsure of a product you want to try. He is in the best position to advise you what is safe and effective to use.

As always, whatever teeth care product you use, remember your best defense against dental problems is regular and proper brushing, flossing and proper nutrition.

At Indianapolis Dentistry, we have compiled a list of products here that we recommend and sell in our office. We believe that these products, when used in conjunction with regular visits to the dentist, can help keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy and prevent disease. Call 317-882-0228 to order by phone for local pickup or to have it shipped.

Teaching Kids How to Care for their Teeth

Even if you should be the one to brush your child’s teeth when he is young, he will eventually need to take care of his teeth on his own. This is why aside from brushing their teeth, educating them on the proper way of brushing their teeth should be done too. There are many ways to maintain your child’s dental health --- good oral hygiene and proper nutrition are big factors. Teaching Kids How to Care for their Teeth

Teaching Kids How to Care for their Teeth 

  1. Teach Kids to Brush Their Teeth Early - It is advisable that you use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush once small teeth appear on your baby’s gums. This establishes that habit of brushing teeth as they grow older. Remember that the best way to teach children how to brush their teeth is by showing them. Even school-aged kids need guidance and help brushing and flossing correctly. When you’re first teaching your children how to brush their teeth, take turns to make sure they’re brushing all surfaces of their teeth twice a day. Proper brushing and flossing must also happen consistently. Make it part of your family routine.
  2. Make Brushing Teeth Fun! - Children learn through play. If you make the habit of brushing teeth fun, chances are they will look forward to it. We have listed some games to encourage your children to brush their teeth. Introducing the concept of teeth, plaque and cavities in a fun, simple way will also help them understand how important it is to take care of teeth. You can use picture books or name certain parts of the routine in a way that they can identify with. For example, you can refer to plaque as the “Plaque Monster” and your child needs to save his teeth from the monster using the “toothbrush sword”.
  3. Get Help from the Dentist - Like adults, children need to visit the dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. It is common for children to be afraid of going to the dental clinic at first but there are ways to help them overcome their fear of the dentist. The sooner they are exposed to the environment, the better. You can also try to play dentist games with them first so they will be acquainted what a dentist usually does. Don’t worry, kid dentists like Dr. Reese make kids’ visits fun by offering special treats to make brushing teeth more fun. Dentists are the authority when it comes to dental health and if you have had experience with your children’s teachers, they listen to authority better! Sometimes hearing information from other authoritative sources makes more of an impact on children.
  4. Don’t get them started on sweets. Children do not look for what they do not know. Conversely, they don’t know what they’re missing if they haven’t had the chance to even try sweets, soda candies.  Diet plays a big role in influencing caries and teeth strength. There are people who are consistent with regular brushing and flossing but still get more cavities than most people. Sugar plays a huge role in cavity formation.

Choose Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic for an Anxiety-Free Dental Check-up for Your Child

Teaching Kids How to Care for their Tiny TeethAt Indianapolis Dentistry in Greenwood, IN (near downtown Indianapolis), our number one goal is to provide you with stress-free, quality dental care. There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues. Dr. Ted Reese is an Indianapolis dentist who does pediatric cleanings (kids get a toy and a special bag with their own toothbrush and toothpaste) to prevent cavities, frenectomies for children with tongue or lip ties, and traditional or ceramic braces for teens and pre-teens. He practices minimally-invasive dentistry to make it as pain-free as possible (there are also various sedation modalities that can be used) for your child. Again, our number one goal is to provide you with gentle, quality dental care. Please feel free to call us today at 317-882-0228 to make an appointment!

The Negative Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene on your Body

It's your mouth. You only have one. And it's the gateway to everything else in your body. Take care of it just as you would any other part of your body. Not doing so can have substantial negative effects on your health because oral health is more than just about having clean teeth. The Negative Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene on your Body

Most people already know that poor dental care can lead to cavities, but did you know that other, more serious health problems could also result from poor oral care? Oral health is directly related to overall health. Not taking care of your teeth can lead to worse conditions than tooth ache, cavities or stains.

Below are just some of the negative effects of poor dental hygiene on your body.

The negative effects of poor dental hygiene on your body

Periodontal Disease

Known as gum disease, it is a condition where bone deterioration around the teeth leads to loosening and eventual tooth loss. 25% of US adults over 65 have lost all their teeth. In fact, most of the diseases mentioned below can start from having gum disease.

Atherosclerosis

High levels of disease-causing bacteria in the mouth can lead to clogging of the carotid artery, increasing the risk of stroke. Atherosclerosis causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries that thicken and this decreases or may block blood flow through the body. This can cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Endocarditis

The inner lining of the heart can also become infected and inflamed, a condition known as endocarditis. People with periodontal disease are twice more likely to develop heart disease. In fact, one study found that the presence of gum disease, cavities, and missing teeth are as good as predicting heart disease and cholesterol levels.

Diabetes and its complications

95% of US adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease, 1/3 are in advanced stages that have lead to tooth loss. Inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar and make your diabetes symptoms worse. Diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to periodontal disease, making proper dental care even more important for those with this disease.

Dementia

The bacteria from gingivitis may enter the brain through either nerve channels in the head or through the bloodstream that might even lead to the development of Alzheimer's disease. There is also a link between periodontal disease and depression.

Respiratory Problems

While the connection might not be completely obvious at first, think of what might happen from breathing in bacteria from infected teeth and gums over a long period of time.

Erectile Dysfunction

Periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, inflaming blood vessels and blocking blood flow to the genitals. In fact, men with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene.

Low Birth Weight Babies

Expectant mothers with poor dental hygiene are 7 times more likely to deliver premature and low birth weight babies.

Establish Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Practicing proper dental care is important in many ways you might not have thought of before. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and using a mouth rinse to kill bacteria. You should also visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and the prevention of other dental and health problems. Doing so can protect more than just your teeth -- it can save your life!

We care so much about preventive care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.   Call 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment today!

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity? Warning Signs to Look For

Cavities are the most common dental problem of everyone, regardless of ageUnderstanding how cavities develop so one can prevent it from happening is better than treating it. Fortunately, when detected early, cavities are easily repaired with no significant damage done to the tooth. However, when treatment is delayed, costly and painful procedures are needed. How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity

How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

Most of the times we only notice a cavity has formed when there is a hole in our tooth already. This means that the cavity has already progressed. There are symptoms that might alert you that a cavity is forming in your tooth:

  • Pain, especially when it is concentrated on a particular tooth, is a symptom that a cavity might be forming. You might experience pain while chewing or when consuming cold or hot foods. Eating sweets can make your tooth extra sensitive when a cavity has formed.
  • Development of chips or cracks on the tooth. When decay occurs, it destroys the underlying tooth foundation, which causes tooth to become brittle and break.
  • Appearance of dark areas on teeth or darkening of an entire tooth.
  • Occurrence of white spots or chalky areas on the tooth, which is an early warning sign that minerals are being lost.

How is a Cavity Treated?

Treating a cavity depends mainly on its progression. If the cavity is small and has not affected the structure of the tooth, a filling removes it and prevents additional damage. During a filling, a dentist removes the damaged portion of the tooth and fills it in with a dense filling material.

Molars or teeth situated at the back of our mouths are prone to cavities because these aren’t easily reached when you brush your teeth. Sealants may be recommended to help protect them.

Cavities that are left untreated continue to worsen over time. Severe cavities cause the inner pulp of the tooth to die and may cause abscess formation and infection to occur. Don’t let this happen! Have a dental checkup regularly.

We Value Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care includes health promotion and health education of eating choices, dental hygiene and oral care.

At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Our office also offers preventative dental products that you can buy at our office on the south side of Indianapolis, just north of Greenwood on US 31! Call the office today to for a caries assessment evaluation – 317-882-0228!

Tooth Decay - Is There a Cure?

At Indianapolis Dentistry, we are firm believers in holistic dentistry, viewing dental and oral health in conjunction with overall health and treating the root causes of dental problems aside from treating problems symptomatically. Tooth decay is the most common dental problem most patients, regardless of age, face and we focus on preventive dental care and health promotion to ensure that cavities don’t develop. According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay develops because:

"[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay."

Inasmuch as we educate patients on the proper dental hygiene of regular, proper brushing and flossing, diet and proper nutrition play important roles whether or not tooth decay develops.

What actually causes tooth decay

The foods we eat give us cavities. The diet many people eat daily is what is causing tooth decay. Remember the phrase, “You are what you eat”? The same thing happens with your teeth. Your teeth reflect what you eat!

Tooth decay boiled down to three factors, according to a research made by Dr. Weston Price:

• Not enough minerals in the diet.

• Not enough fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) in the diet.

• Nutrients not being readily bioavailable, and your intestinal system not properly absorbing them. The presence of phytic acid largely influences this factor.

Managing Tooth Decay using Natural Methods

  • Removing sugar in one’s diet
  • Removing Phytic Acid-- Phytic acid not only doesn’t allow you to absorb in minerals in your food, it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth!
  • NO processed food, packaged food or fast food.
  • Raw Dairy and Nutrient Rich Foods - Remember, if you’re going to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake.
  • Mineralizing toothpaste
  • Oil Pullingit is even recommended by dentists!

Tooth Decay – Is There a Cure?

There are studies that point that tooth decay is reversible with proper nutrition and avoidance of foods that enhance an acidic environment conducive for decay to develop. These have not been verified by medical or dental associations.

Tooth decay can easily be prevented with proper diet and nutrition, especially when it comes to children. Decay at its early stages might even be reversible. However, choosing to eat properly and avoid decay-forming foods isn’t a one-time deal but a lifestyle change. Once decay forms into cavities and become larger or deeper, it is not reversible and will require dental treatments such as fillings.

Prevention is Better Than the Cure

Dr. Reese knows the importance the role of dental health promotion and prevention, practicing integrative dentistry through fluoride-free cleanings and other services designed to help his patients keep their teeth cavity-free for many years to come. Together with his dental services, the clinic offers dental products that help keep your teeth, mouth and gums healthy and prevent diseases. Call 317-882-0228 to order by phone and have it shipped. You can also schedule an appointment today!

 

Which Toothbrush is Better - Electric or Manual?

Whenever we talk about the importance of preventive dental care, we get asked these questions a lot: “What toothpaste should I use?” or “What is the best dental floss?” and even “Which toothbrush is better – electric or manual?” Our answers are all the same. It is not really what you use but how often you use and whether you use these devices properly. You could have the best toothbrush but if you don’t brush properly and consistently then you won’t clean your teeth well enough to prevent problems. Most people just don't brush long enough. Most of us brush less than a minute, but to effectively reach all areas and remove cavity-causing bacteria, it is recommended to brush for at least two minutes. Manual vs Electric Toothbrush

What makes a good toothbrush?

  • Its head should be small (1" by 1/2") for easy access to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums.
  • It should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp.
  • It should have soft nylon bristles with rounded ends so you won't hurt your gums.

Which toothbrush is better – electric or manual?

There are reasons why dentists like Dr. Reese recommend electronic brushes over traditional ones:

  • Electric toothbrushes can clean more effectively than regular brushes if you are physically handicapped or have a cognitive impairment. Electric toothbrushes move by themselves so there’s less physical work.
  • Electric toothbrushes have two heads that rotate in opposite directions making it a more effective cleaning instrument. Those using regular toothbrushes usually brush more on the opposite side of their dominant hand (the one that holds the toothbrush).
  • Electric toothbrushes have smaller head sizes making it easier for them to reach hard-to-brush areas.
  • Electric toothbrushes don’t have hard bristles and don’t brush your teeth too hard, scratching enamel or hurting your gums.

Dr. Reese Recommends Sonicare Toothbrushes

Dr. Reese has been selling Sonicare toothbrushes for years and he does so because he knows they work. You can read more about the different toothbrushes we carry in our dental office in this post.

All of our advanced scaling and root planing (SRP) patients will be given a Easy Clean Rechargeable Sonicare tooth brush with the option of upgrading to the Flexcare+ model.

Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

While you might not be able to brush your teeth often and properly enough to ensure that your teeth won’t get any cavities, getting your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist twice a year would ensure that what you normally would miss cleaning gets cleaned. Dr. Reese values the importance of preventive dental care. His clinic has shaped a 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5 years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment and start caring for your teeth today.

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

So you are finally wearing braces. Now what?

Whether you are a child or an adult, getting braces will not only fix the alignment of your teeth or bite, it will improve your profile appearance and even prevent TMJ disorders later in life. Orthodontic treatment relies on two things: consistent follow-ups with your dentist for realignment of bands and checking for improvement and proper cleaning of your teeth with braces. After Dr. Reese puts on braces on your teeth, he will tell and show you how to clean your teeth with braces. We will outline the usual steps in this post.

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

  1. Prepare to brush. Take off elastics, and any other removable parts of your braces.
  2. Clean your braces. Use your brush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Brush from the top of each wire and then from the bottom. (Take time to ensure that all plaque and debris are removed, and that you work all the way around upper and lower teeth.) Dr. Reese recommends the GUM® End Tuft Toothbrush for those that wear braces. The small round brush head comprises seven tufts of tightly packed soft nylon bristles, trimmed so the bristles in the center can reach deeper into small spaces.
  3. Brush where the gums and teeth meet. Use circular, vibrating motion around the gum lines, spending 10 seconds on each tooth.
  4. Use the same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.
  5. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too.
  6. Floss once a day with "super floss", a type of floss for cleaning around appliances such as braces. A floss threader may be helpful.
  7. Rinse and check your teeth. Rinse thoroughly with water or mouth rinse, and examine your teeth and braces in the mirror.

When You Should Clean Your Braces

Whenever possible, you should brush your teeth after every time you eat. If you can’t, rinsing your mouth out with water can help. Swoosh it around your mouth really well and spit it out. Your dentist might recommend you carry a travel toothbrush with you all the time since it is extremely important that you clean your braces (and teeth) after eating.

Brushing twice a day is important. Floss at least once a day, usually before going to bed at night.

Braces and Plaque are a Bad Combination

Braces can straighten your teeth and fix your smile but it is up to you to ensure that your straightened teeth will last a lifetime. Dental care with braces requires extra effort but once the braces come off, you will realize that it is all worth it!

Braces are an Investment

We all know getting braces isn’t that affordable but the end result is more than worth it. The extra effort to take care of this investment should be a priority.

Customized care is a hallmark of everyone’s treatment at Indianapolis Dentistry. Dr. Reese offers orthodontics for children and adults and is happy to offer you an orthodontic evaluation to discuss your particular concerns and options. Drop us a call at 317-882-0228 or email today!

What to Expect at a Dental Checkup

A common misconception about dental checkups is that it only involves prophylaxis (dental cleaning) and if needed, elective procedures like fillings, tooth replacements or orthodontics. But a dental checkup is more than just dental procedures. Below is a list on what to expect at a dental checkup in our Indianapolis dental clinic. What to Expect

What to Expect at a Dental Checkup

While treatment needs differ from person to person, most dentists start a standard dental checkup by cleaning the teeth. This task may be performed by either a dental hygienist or Dr. Reese himself. Our clinic has amenities that are purposely made to feel patients comfortable, it is very much going to a spa! We are a holistic dentistry so dental x-rays are optional, but required for a comprehensive exam.

After settling you in our treatment room, we will review your medical history (or take down notes if it’s your first time at the clinic) and ask for updates if necessary. It is during this time that we will ask you about your chief complaints and dental concerns. A visual oral screening of your teeth and gums is also done as well as feel for lymph nodes around your jaw.

To determine if your bite is working properly, Dr. Reese may ask you to open and close your mouth repeatedly a few times. If this is your first visit, our hygiene assistant will take a picture of your teeth to serve as the baseline for your teeth’s shade (color) so we can note any darkening or discoloration in future visits. Whitening is always an option - just ask!

Scaling the teeth is done next. This step involves the removal of the incrustation on the teeth (plaque hardened by mineral salt depositions), called tartar or calculus. During scaling, your dental hygienist or dentist will note any teeth that need more work (fillings, etc.)  or are decaying and inspect the condition of previous dental work. Any dentures, fillings, bridges, or crowns you may have will be checked to make sure they fit correctly.

After everything is done, your dentist will update you on the status of your oral health and will recommend proper nutrition and hygiene depending on your condition. He will then help you schedule your next visit. The frequency of visits for dental checkup depends on the health and oral hygiene habits of each family member.

Regular Dental Checkups Can Save Your Life

Do not underestimate the importance of regular dental checkups. Regular dental checkups not only preserve your smile, they can also save your life. Every year, around 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed around the world. While oral cancer is curable when found and treated in its early stages, the disease symptoms often go unnoticed. A dentist will check for these early warning symptoms and alert you should any sign of cancer be found.

Dr. Reese has many returning clients over the years. One thing that warms his heart are the patients he sees year after year for hygiene appointments or oral checkups. Being a practicing family dentist for over 30 years means he’s watched a lot of his patients grow up, graduate, and have families of their own.

At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.  Call 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment today!

5 Health Problems That Your Dentist Can Spot

A connection has already been established how one’s oral health affects his heart. And with mounting appreciation towards having a holistic view on overall health, it comes as no surprise that a dentist can detect existing or potential health problems when you go for dental checkups. For people who have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages. 5 Health Problems That Your Dentist Can Spot

Here are five health problems that your dentist can spot:

Heart disease

The food you eat that are bad for your teeth? More often than not, they are also bad for your heart. Foods high in sugar also have unhealthy ingredients like trans-fatty acids that are associated with increasing chances of having heart disease.

It's also possible for cavities themselves to threaten your heart, if the bacteria that produce them find their way into your cardiovascular system. Bacteria associated with tooth and gum disease may also be involved in stroke, diabetes, and respiratory problems—so brush and floss every day.

Studies have shown people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have cardiovascular disease (CVD) — including heart disease and stroke — than those with healthy gums (no gum disease, gingivitis or early periodontitis).

Obesity

Again, it all comes down to what you eat. A dentist will notice if you consume too many sugary treats and drinks – it will show on your teeth! Continuous acid attacks on teeth enamel make one prone to develop cavities and aside from the possibility that oral hygiene is not that great, a person must have high exposure to fermentable carbohydrates. This type of diet makes one prone to developing obesity.

A dentist who knows your medical history may ask about your eating habits, but you should feel free to ask if what's happening to your teeth might be a sign of other problems.

Diabetes

Aside from developing obesity, you are also raising your risk for diabetes. A tell-tale sign is the smell of acetone on the breath. Patients might also suffer from recurrent multiple gum abscesses.

Long-term and continuous intake of food bad for your teeth leads to dental disease, and then, if not modified, leads to other health diseases. Remember, a healthy mouth is key to overall health!

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease and other oral health problems. Researchers think this is because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection and slows the healing process, which causes the gums to be among the tissues most impacted and creates a higher tendency for people with diabetes to lose more teeth.

Cancer

Harmful lifestyle habits like smoking not only can produce tooth discoloration and periodontal destruction, it can lead to oral cancer. The carcinogens in tobacco products, alcohol and certain foods — as well as excessive exposure to the sun — increase the risk of developing oral cancer. During routine checkups, your dentist should screen for oral cancer and other cancers of the head and neck, including skin cancer, cancer of the jawbone and thyroid cancer. He or she can feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks and oral cavity, and thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth.

Kidney Disease

When the kidneys do not function properly, they release by-products of incomplete protein breakdown. As a result, a patient with kidney disease may have bad breath and may also notice an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Other signs are dry mouth and a metallic taste. With dry mouth, the amount of saliva is reduced and its normal cleansing effect is diminished. This allows bacteria to increase, potentially leading to the development of gingivitis and gum disease.

Other conditions that can be detected by dentists:

  • Leukemia: Swollen and enlarged gums, bleeding gums and ulceration of the mouth are all early indicators.
  • Osteoporosis: The bones that hold the teeth can be spotted for signs of osteoporosis on a dental X-ray.
  • Hodgkin's Disease: A sometimes fatal disease of the lymphatic system. Swollen lymph nodes, a symptom, can be detected in the mouth.
  • Addison's Disease: Affects the adrenal glands resulting in weight loss, severe fatigue and lowered resistance to infection. It can be detected from changes in the pigmentation of the oral tissue and gums.
  • HIV: Indicators in the mouth include ulcers, enlarged tonsils, thrush infections, growths and severe gum disease.

Get checked

A dental checkup is more than just a cleaning. It can save your life!

Oral health is more than just about having clean teeth. While at your next oral hygiene appointment, the dental hygienist will review the integrity of your teeth and gums in order to help prevent or treat gingivitis, periodontal disease, or oral cancer. At Indianapolis Dentistry, your overall health is important to us because we practice whole body dentistry.

We care so much about preventive care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.   Call 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment today!

Why Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health

Dr. Reese’s advice on nutrition when it comes to promoting dental health goes beyond not eating sugar; one must have a balanced, nutritious diet. Our teeth say a lot about ourselves. This is why proper nutrition is important for good dental health. Eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your oral health.

Why Proper Nutrition is Important for Good Dental Health

The quality of the food that we eat, their nutritional value and the combinations in which they are eaten can affect oral health, including the likelihood of tooth decay.

A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about the foods you eat or avoid — when and how you eat them is equally important.

What to Eat

What to Eat to Keep Your Teeth

We already know that we need to cut the sugar, soda and sports drinks - as well as avoid certain types of foods to avoid staining our teeth and forming cavities. Now we list foods that you need to eat to keep your teeth:

  • Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds, are good for your teeth because of their high amounts of calcium.
  • Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Calcium and phosphorus play a critical role in dental health, by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel.
  • Fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth. These foods also help stimulate saliva production that helps neutralize acid, protecting teeth from decay. Plus, many contain vitamin C (important for healthy gums and quick healing of wounds) and vitamin A (another key nutrient in building tooth enamel).
  • Water is the most tooth-friendly beverage.

Preventive Dental Care

Nutritional counseling is becoming an increasingly important part in preventive dental care. Adequate nutrition, or the lack of it, plays a big part in the prevention and occurrence of disease. And it all starts in our mouths! This is why during dental checkups, Dr. Reese may often ask about your eating habits.

Proper and regular brushing of one’s teeth is just a part of your preventive dental care. You should visit your dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned as there are teeth that are more prone to cavities even if you brush your teeth regularly and watch what you eat.

Indianapolis Dentistry is located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, 5 minutes south of I-465 on US 31 between I-65 and Highway 37. To make an appointment or to call for directions, please call 317-882-0228.

How to Prevent Cavities: Understanding How Cavities Develop

One of the questions patients usually ask is, “Why do I get so many cavities?” followed up with a question “How do I prevent it?” For you to know how to prevent cavities, you must first understand how cavities develop.

What is dental cavity?

You probably know that a dental cavity is a hole in a tooth. But did you know that a cavity is the result of the tooth decay process that happens over time?

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, occur when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

How does a cavity develop?

According to the NIH, repeated exposures to acid -- for example, if you eat or drink often, especially foods or drinks containing sugar and starches – otherwise known as acid attacks, cause the enamel to continue to lose minerals. An early sign of decay maybe a white spot on your teeth. This means that this spot has lost minerals.

Tooth decay can be stopped or reversed at this point. Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva or other sources such as red meat. This is why there are dentists who suggest you space out eating acidic foods (coffee, soda, sweets) every four hours, to help your teeth recover from an acid attack.

But if the tooth decay process continues, more minerals are lost. Over time, the enamel is weakened and destroyed, forming a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.

How to Prevent Cavities

1. Brush your teeth regularly and properly.

You need to brush your teeth twice a day and for at least two minutes each brushing. Children need guidance when they brush their teeth.

2. Floss daily.

Food debris gets caught in between our teeth when we eat. If the debris is not removed, it can lead to cavities. Flossing everyday is the best way to remove food debris from in between the teeth.

3. Eat a balanced diet.

Proper nutrition plays an important role in good dental health. Eating nutritional snacks and limiting the amount of sugary drinks will help to prevent plaque from forming on the teeth.

4. Visit your dentist regularly.

Many cavities can only be detected by a dentist or a dental X-ray. Visiting your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings are a key factor in preventing cavities and staying on top of good oral hygiene.

5. Have Sealants Placed

Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth of children. The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Teeth at the back of our mouth, particularly molars, would benefit from sealants as they are usually not reached by our toothbrushes when we brush. There are also teeth that have deep ridges that toothbrushes have a hard time cleaning properly.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Are Regular Dental Checkups Really Necessary?

A common misconception people have about going to dental checkups is that you don’t have to go unless there is an evident problem (tooth decay, tooth ache, tooth trauma, etc.). This is not true.

Preventive Dental Care is Extremely Important

A lot of people ask, “Are regular dental checkups really necessary?”  Are Regular Dental Checkups Really Necessary?

The answer to that would be a resounding “Yes!”

Preventive care like routine teeth cleanings and dental checkups actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Dentists perform a lot of routine maintenance to prevent problems that could happen if you do nothing. Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to ensure plaque doesn’t form on your tooth enamel causing tooth decay.

Ideally, you should have dental checkups and teeth cleanings twice a year, more if your dentist requires it.

Why are regular dental checkups important?

There are so many benefits you receive from preventive dental care but we are going to give you the top three biggest concerns that might be a potential problem in the future if you don’t go to your dentist regularly:

Periodontal Disease

The body naturally builds up plaque and if it's not removed it embeds underneath the gum tissues and quietly causes periodontal disease. It doesn't hurt but it silently produces enzymes that dissolve away the bones. This can be prevented with regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.

Tooth Decay

A little cavity can be taken care of. A big cavity becomes a compound problem. In its biggest stage, it can cause pain and swelling and even the loss of a tooth. We don't want to lose teeth because that's the main way of chewing food and our main support system. Cavities have a domino effect if not taken care of right away.

Gum Disease is strongly linked with Heart Disease

There's a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease. You can read about how our mouths affect our hearts. Plaque on the teeth produces billions of bacteria that end up in the blood stream. While bacteria normally exists in the mouth, gum disease increases that level so dramatically increased that it gets carried through the blood and can end up lodged in the heart and clog blood vessels.

By performing routine examinations, your dentist prevents many larger future dental problems. Case studies have shown that in the long-run people who visit their dentist on a regular basis spend less than those who wait for something to first happen. The money you spend on regular cleanings will still be less than the expense you will make on a major dental surgery. For example, getting your teeth cleaned twice a year and having small cavities filled is less costly than waiting for a tooth ache to come along, which may require a more extensive procedure.

Regular Dental Checkups Can Save Your Life

Regular dental checkups not only preserve your smile, they can also save your life. Every year, around 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed around the world. While oral cancer is curable when found and treated in its early stages, the disease symptoms often go unnoticed. Small bumps, spots, or ulcers on the inside of your cheeks, lips, or throat are a common indicator of early oral cancer. However, because these symptoms are often painless and not seen, you may not even know you have a problem. A dentist will check for these early warning symptoms and alert you should any sign of cancer be found.

In summary, if you ask “Are regular dental checkups really necessary?”

The answer is: If you want to preserve healthy teeth and gums, as well as a healthy mouth, regular dental checkups are absolutely necessary.

At Indianapolis Dentistry we care so much about preventative care that we have shaped our 5-year warranty program around keeping regular cleaning appointments. As long as you continue to keep your oral hygiene visits every 6-months you can be eligible for free replacement or repair of Dr. Reese’s dental work within the previous 5-years. And if you’ve already had dental treatment, existing patients can be grandfathered into this program.

Start 2014 with a clean smile.  Call 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment today!