Left untreated, dental infections and periodontal disease will not only affect the appearance of your smile but can destroy your oral health. Neglecting routine at-home oral and professional care places you at higher risk for these conditions, and when you do try to “catch up” you may face complications that require complex dental work to restore the health and function of your smile. 

Make Dental Care a Priority

Troy family dentist Dr. Mark Bentley teaches his patients that prevention is the key to maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile. By making your dental care a priority, you can save you the future cost and embarrassment of dental disease.

One of our goals is to educate you about the best ways to avoid cavities and gum disease. Even the most consistent routine of brushing and flossing alone is not enough to maintain a healthy smile. Practicing good at-home oral hygiene is vital, but it must be paired with professional dental cleanings to be the most effective.

As we eat, drink, and speak a sticky bacterial film called plaque coats tooth enamel and oral tissue. Flossing and brushing help to remove some plaque build-up but cannot remove all of it. The plaque that is not removed hardens into a substance called tartar. Tartar builds up on teeth, causing dental decay, gum disease, and eventually tooth loss unless it is removed through regular professional cleanings. 

Be Proactive with Oral Health Care

You can take control of your dental health by:

  1. Maintaining a proactive at-home cleaning schedule (to reduce daily plaque build-up)
  2. Seeing your dentist for semi-annual professional cleanings (to remove tartar and give you a “clean slate” for brushing and flossing).

Please Call for an Appointment

It is never too late to get back on track with your dental health routine. Start by scheduling a visit with the Troy family dentist for a professional teeth cleaning to give yourself and your family the best possible chance for optimal oral health.

Laser gum contouring is becoming more popular among patients who have an uneven gum line or gummy smile. The procedure allows dentists to reshape the gum line to produce a more pleasing aesthetic.


Today, the Troy cosmetic dentist performs an increasing number of laser gum contouring treatments. The use of laser technology has made it easier to contour gum tissue with reduced risks and fewer side effects. In this blog, we’ll explain how laser gum contouring can be performed to improve the appearance of the smile.


What does the procedure involve?


Laser gum contouring involves the removal of a small amount of soft gum tissue to produce a uniform gum line or minimize the amount of gum tissue that shows when a patient smiles. To start the procedure, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and prevent any discomfort during the treatment process.


Once you’re completely numb, the Troy cosmetic dentist will use a dental laser to sculpt the gum line and create an attractive contour; this may involve the removal of gum tissue across the entire upper gum line, or the removal of excess gum tissue from specific teeth. 


The entire process takes less than an hour. Once the gums have been reshaped to the desired aesthetic, the patient can return home.


How long does it take to recover?


The laser gum contouring procedure results in minimal side effects. Still, you may experience minor discomfort during the healing period. To reduce any pain, avoid spicy foods, foods and drinks that are heated or cooled to extreme temperatures, and foods that contain small seeds. An over-the-counter pain reliever can be used to treat any discomfort.


You should continue to brush and floss their teeth in the days after treatment. However, during the first few days after treatment, it is important to be as gentle as possible. Laser dentistry offers many benefits, including a minimal recovery time and few side effects. 


Other benefits are:


  • Less pain during and after treatment
  • Reduced degree of bleeding and swelling
  • Less chance of infection
  • Improved and even gum line
  • The gum line is more proportionate to the teeth
  • The ideal amount of gum tissue shows when you smile, laugh, or speak

The laser gum contouring procedure is commonly performed in combination with other dental procedures. Porcelain veneers may be applied to the front surface of the teeth to make them appear straighter, lengthen short teeth, or mask stains. Teeth whitening may be performed to make the teeth whiter. By choosing additional treatments, patients can achieve a total smile makeover.


If you’re thinking about a laser gum contouring procedure, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Bentley office to arrange a convenient consultation. 


Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. All of us suffer from bad breath from time to time, especially in the morning. Some common reasons for bad breath include:

  • Poor oral hygiene 
  • Periodontal (gum) disease 
  • Tooth decay 
  • Tobacco Use
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical conditions 

Your Troy, OH family dentist wants you to be informed about the reasons for bad breath and how to eliminate it. While there may be a medical reason for chronic bad breath, there are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to minimize the risk.

Don’t smoke: While there is a multitude of reasons to quit the bad habit of smoking, one of the more obvious ones is to devoid yourself of the smell externally (clothes and body) and internally (your mouth). 

Don’t eat foods with strong odors: Avoid onions and garlic, especially before or during an important business meeting or another event where you need to interact with others. Onions and garlic leave a strong odor because they contain elements that make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs until you finally breathe them out. 

Do floss: Flossing isn’t only necessary for your oral health to prevent cavities, but it dislodges food particles that would be otherwise stuck between your teeth, trapping bacteria and causing a distinctive odor. 

Do chew sugarless gum: If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, try rinsing out your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum about 20 minutes after mealtime. Chewing stimulates saliva production, which combats bacteria and cavities that lead to bad breath. 

Chronic breath is not only unpleasant, but it may also be an indication of a more serious problem like periodontal disease. Please call your Troy, OH family dentist to arrange an appointment. You may be surprised that’s all that’s needed is a thorough dental cleaning to refresh your smile.


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