Keeping Your Family’s Smiles Healthy
We know your family’s health and happiness is your biggest priority—it’s ours, too! That’s why we’ve dedicated our practice to keeping Midwest City families smiling through patient education and quality dental care. In recent years we’ve learned just how connected our oral and overall health are, so it’s our mission to provide comprehensive and diligent preventive care that facilitates total body wellness. We would rather see you twice yearly for cleanings and exams than have to treat tooth decay and gum disease and ultimately replace teeth—and we hope you agree!
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults, and affects the large majority of us, too—many folks don’t even know they are infected. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue that develops when proper oral hygiene is not followed. Thankfully, we can help you prevent or treat gum disease and save your teeth!
Signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or inflamed gums
- Bad taste in mouth
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
We know it’s cliché, but daily brushing and flossing, plus twice-yearly visits with Dr. Nels really are your best lines of defense against oral disease and decay.
- Brush teeth twice daily using small circular motions and a 45-degree angle.
- Floss daily, curving the floss in a c-shape rather than snapping it up and down.
- Rinse with water after eating, before brushing, and between meals throughout the day to minimize plaque and acidity.
- Visit our gentle and friendly hygiene team twice every year to remove tartar build-up and polish those pearly whites
Oral Cancer Screenings
Early Intervention & Peace Of Mind
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because it is typically not diagnosed until late-stage. In a time where less than 15% of dentists screen their patients regularly for oral cancer, this doesn’t come as a surprise.
At Magnolia Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing regular oral cancer screenings, so you can have peace of mind. If you fall into the high-risk categories or notice any abnormalities in your mouth, you should come see us for a screening right away.
Your healthy smile is one of your greatest assets, but if you play any contact sports or you clench and grind your teeth at night, yours could be at risk! A high percentage of oral injuries are caused by sports accidents, many of which could have been prevented or minimized with the use of a mouthguard.
Chewing exerts 20-40 lbs. of pressure on your teeth, but clenching and grinding can exert 250 lbs. or more! Ouch! Over time, your jaw will be sore and your teeth will become worn down and eventually need to be restored. Thankfully, a custom nightguard can prevent these consequences.
Can’t I just buy one at the store?
Compared to stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards, custom mouthguards provide:
Higher level of protection
Custom mouthguards may even minimize damage from concussions! Now that’s a wise decision.
We do our best to provide thorough education and preventive care, but sometimes that’s just not enough to keep tooth decay at bay. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers sometimes suffer. Thankfully, we have dental sealants in our tool belt.
Sealants are most commonly used on kids’ baby teeth, but they can also be used for adults who struggle with tooth decay. Sealants are painted over every surface of the teeth to literally seal out cavity-causing acid, bacteria, and plaque. Thank goodness! Your teeth deserve protection, and we’re happy to provide that for you.
We will always do everything in our power to avoid extraction, but sometimes removing a tooth is in your best interest. Maybe you have a tooth that’s badly decayed or broken, and is past the point of repair with a crown. Maybe you have a deep infection or a failed root canal. Maybe gum disease has left your teeth unable to support themselves.
Whatever the reason, we provide safe and comfortable extractions to eliminate the problem and get you back on the road to health. If your teen needs wisdom teeth extracted, we can refer you to a trusted specialist in our network.