Exceptional professional care and home hygiene in Thibodaux LA supports stunning smiles, overall health
We at Acadia Family Dentistry know that excellent oral health and hygiene is about more than keeping or restoring a pretty smile. Along with her team, Dr. Nhu Le supports your overall wellbeing and quality of life. Since the oral cavity is connected to other organs and bodily systems, the health of your teeth and gums also plays a vital role in protecting and managing other medical conditions and diseases.
Oral hygiene at the dentist’s office
Routine visits to our office are a cornerstone of exceptional oral care. The “standard” is to schedule these visits once every six months. Dr. Le may recommend that you visit us more frequently if you are at risk of conditions that can adversely affect your oral and overall health. Risk factors and other reasons you may need to see us more often include:
- Use of tobacco products
- Pregnancy, which increases the risk of developing gum disease due to hormonal changes
- Chronic dry mouth, which makes your teeth more vulnerable to decay
- Active gum disease; periodontal maintenance is needed to resolve disease
- Diabetes and other conditions that affect the immune system
- Nutritional deficiencies or diets that promote the development of tooth decay and gum disease
- Patients who are challenged to brush or clean their teeth properly due to evolving conditions that affect their motor skills
Each visit is generally made up of two parts:
- The professional cleaning – We have the specialized tools (and the training on how to use them effectively and safely) to remove stubborn, hardened plaque or tartar. If plaque is allowed to build up, it erodes the teeth and irritates gum tissue. Eventually, the ensuing process of tooth decay and gum disease eats away at the gums that attach to the teeth, and damages the tooth structure from the outside, working its way toward the innermost pulp tissue. Patients also love how white their teeth look and how fresh their mouths feel after a nice polish!
- The exam – Dr. Le visually inspects your teeth and gums for signs of the leading causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease (or periodontal disease). The use of advanced diagnostic tools aids in an accurate diagnosis. She can see “hidden” signs of decay and disease that are not visible with the eyes alone. Dr. Le also screens for lumps, bumps, and other abnormalities that might be indicative or oral cancer. These cancers have a high rate of successful treatment when detected and treated early.
As your partners in oral health, Acadia Family Dentistry gets to know you. We also stay on top of any changes that can affect your health and quality of life. These close bonds allow for us to make recommendations that are perfectly suited to your needs at the time. Remember: a healthy mouth supports healthy diabetes control, a healthy heart, an active mind, quality sleep, excellent work and academic performance – the list goes on and on! The oral cavity isn’t isolated from the rest of your body, and the function of your teeth and gums affects how well you as a “system” function, from the foods that you are able to eat comfortably to the ability to sleep uninterrupted, free of toothache pain.
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