Lusk Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Family Dentistry

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At Lusk Family Dentistry, we never underestimate the importance of patient education. Not only do we care about the health of our patients, but we know that good oral care is essential for a person’s overall health.

Some of our most common questions are answered below. If you have any other questions, or if you have questions about your specific treatment or oral health in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to help you make informed decisions about the oral health of you and your family.

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denture care | farmington nm dentistSome people who have full dentures and no remaining natural teeth are under the impression that they no longer need to visit the dentist regularly.  However, good oral health includes healthy gums and adequate bone to support the denture. Dr. Lusk is specialized in keeping your dentures in the best shape possible. 

Changes To Your Dentures

The longer patients wear dentures, the more likely it becomes that the denture may begin to fit poorly due to hard and soft tissue changes.  Ill-fitting dentures can lead to other health issues such as poor nutrition due to the difficulty in eating healthy foods as a result of their dentures not fitting properly.  

Regular preventive care can help lengthen the life of your denture and keep the foundation of your smile secure. Read more about our dentures here, and please call us today if you have any questions.

Sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. Sealants help keep bits of food, bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth, thus helping to prevent cavities from forming. 

How Are Sealants Placed?Dental Sealants | farmington nm dentist

Sealants are a quick and painless process. First, Dr. Lusk will clean and dry your tooth before placing an acidic gel on your teeth. This gel roughs up your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, Dr. Lusk will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth once again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. A special blue light is then placed over the tooth which hardens the sealant. 

Children and adults alike can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run.

Call our office to be seen for your cavity treatment and to have sealants placed to protect your smile.

Although recent news reports have questioned the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.

Along with brushing twice a day we recommend cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.

Other Flossing Options

You do not have to use traditional string floss as there are several options for cleaning between teeth. You might choose to use dental floss or another product specifically made for this purpose like a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or toothpick.

Keep in mind that cleaning between your teeth should not be painful. If you do it too hard, you could damage the tissue between your teeth.  It’s normal to feel some discomfort or even have a small amount of bleeding when you first start, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. 

Be sure to schedule your regular dental cleanings and exams here at Lusk Family Dentistry. 

Studies have shown that people with poorly controlled diabetes are at greater risk for dental problems. They're more likely to have infections of their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place, because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums. Having a healthy supply of blood to your gums ensures that they are able to fight off infection quickly.diabetes and dental health | farmington nm

High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse.  Less saliva allows for more tooth-decaying bacteria and plaque buildup.

Maintaining Dental Health

Regular dental visits are important. Our team will help you with any questions you may have about maintaining good habits. Practicing good oral hygiene and controlling your blood sugar levels will help your body fight off the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease and decay. Call our office today to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam.

When people hear that they have a cavity, they are often surprised because it doesn't hurt. The truth is that early cavities do not always cause pain.  Fillings and Teeth | Farmington nm dentist

What Is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay begins by entering the tooth at the outermost layer – the enamel. Since the enamel is the strongest, thickest layer of the tooth, and does not contain any nerve endings many patients will not feel any pain when the cavity is in this early phase. Once the decay penetrates the enamel, it continues to spread and pass through the other layers of the teeth. In most cases once the patient starts to have hot or cold sensitivity or pain, the decay has already spread much deeper.

You do not want to wait until you feel pain to have your cavity treated.  Waiting too long can often cause for the need for more extensive and costly treatment such as a root canal, crown, or even an extraction. Read more about our Tooth Colored Fillings here.

If you need a dental filling please call our office and be seen by Dr. Lusk as soon as possible. 

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Here at Lusk Family Dentistry, the safety of our patients and our community is extremely important to us. We are following the recommendations of the ADA surrounding COVID-19 and will be closing our office until further notice for any non-urgent appointments. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call or text my cell phone at (505) 793-2320 and leave a message. Thank you