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Quality Dental Care in Thornton, CO

At North Washington Dental, we provide a wide array of dental treatment including:
General Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Implants
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ, TMD) Treatment
– and Additional Dental Care Services

Our dentists are happy to meet with you for a comprehensive dentistry consultation. We would be happy to provide you with all your dental implants, oral hygiene, teeth cleaning, whitening and cosmetic dentistry needs. Call our office at (303) 452-2053 to schedule your next appointment. We are open 6 days per week, and until 9pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Plus, we have three different dentists here for you to choose from, offering a personality for every patient. Find your dental care fit at North Washington Dental in Thornton, CO. Do you have questions? We have answers! Read our Oral Health FAQs below:

What is tooth decay and what causes it?

Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities. Unlike other diseases, tooth decay is not life threatening and highly preventable, though it affects most people to some degree during their lifetime. Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) like soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, cakes, and even fruits, vegetables and juices. Natural bacteria live in your mouth and form plaque. The plaque interacts with deposits left on your teeth from sugary and starchy foods to produce acids. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving, or demineralizing the mineral structure of teeth, producing tooth decay and weakening the teeth. Prevention of tooth decay is accomplished by flossing daily and brushing at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.

What can be done for ulcers or canker sores in the mouth?

Ulcers are very difficult to treat. There is no proven technique that will eliminate ulcers or speed the recovery time once they appear. There are a few medications that will give temporary relief from the pain, but they need to be started as soon as symptoms appear. Ulcers will generally diminish and disappear within two weeks.

How can I stop grinding my teeth at night?

Grinding your teeth can be very damaging to the teeth and also difficult to stop. If vigorous grinding occurs at night, teeth can be worn down, possibly to the gum line because the instinctive reflex to stop does not work while you are sleeping. Grinding of the teeth can also cause significant pain in your TMJ. If grinding continues, a night guard may be prescribed to prevent ultimate damage to the joint and teeth.

What causes bad breath and what can be done about it?

Bad breath is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene and gum disease. Brushing your teeth twice a day and using floss daily along with your regular dental checkups will help in the prevention of bad breath. Proper brushing, including brushing the tongue, cheeks, and the roof of the mouth, will remove bacteria and food particles. Flossing removes accumulated bacteria, plaque and food that may be trapped between teeth. Mouth rinses are effective in temporary relief of bad breath. If you have dentures or a removable appliance, such as a retainer or mouth guard, clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth.

What causes gum disease?

Bacterial plaque (a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth) is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease. Specific periodontal diseases may be associated with specific bacterial types. If plaque isn’t removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus (also known as tartar). Toxins (poisons) produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets, which fill with even more toxins and bacteria. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper and the bacteria moves down until the bone that holds the tooth in place is destroyed. The tooth eventually will fall out or require extraction.

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

Signs include red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from teeth, loose or separating teeth, pus between the gum and tooth, persistent bad breath, change in the way teeth fit together when the you bite, and a change in the fit of partial dentures. While patients are advised to check for the warning signs, there might not be any discomfort until the disease has spread to a point where the tooth can no longer be saved.

How do you prevent gum disease?

Removing plaque through daily brushing and flossing and regularly scheduled professional cleanings are the best ways to minimize your risk for gum disease. Your Thornton dental care professionals at North Washington Dental will assist you in proper home care tips and provide you with the tools to keep your smile healthy.

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North Washington Dental
10001 Washington Street Thornton , CO 80229
Phone: 303-452-2053
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