Dental Checkups Can Save Your Smile!

May 13, 2014

shutterstock_149625803With certain things in life, there is maintenance involved. Plants need to be watered, clothes need to be washed, etcetera. The same goes for your teeth, and at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, we stress the importance of taking care of your teeth, which is why routine checkups are so important. When you take care of your teeth, there is no doubt you are on the road to excellent dental health.

We recommend having a dental checkup every six months. During the checkup, Dr. Angela Ruff and our experienced team will be able to fully assess your smile, and look for potential problems. Routine checkups allow us to see if you have any early signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues. We will be able to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, leaving your mouth clean and fresh.  Though brushing and flossing your teeth are excellent ways of maintaining a beautiful smile, we will be able to tackle the areas that a toothbrush can’t reach. If during your checkup we detect signs of gum disease, we may request you come in every three months so we can take care of the issue before it gets worse.

Children’s teeth are just as important, if not more, than an adult’s, so we are sure to take excellent care of them when they come in for their checkup. We provide our youngest patients with dental sealants, fluoride treatments, making sure their smile has the change to stay beautiful and healthy!

If you’re due for a dental checkup, make an appointment, and we will be glad to help you achieve excellent oral health!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Your Smile Needs Vitamins and Minerals

April 17, 2014

vitamins and mineralsYou know vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and wellbeing, but do you know how they can specifically help your smile? We’d like to spend today’s blog post looking at that question.

Some of the most essential vitamins and minerals for your smile include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B2, B3, and B12
  • Vitamin D

To enjoy good oral health, make sure that you’re eating foods that will expose you to each of these.

Dairy items like milk, cheese, and yogurt are high in calcium. A patient who doesn’t get enough calcium may be more susceptible to oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. These same foods are also high in vitamin B12, which can prevent mouth sores. Meanwhile, a vitamin C deficiency can eventually lead to bleeding gums and loose teeth. You can find vitamin C in foods like sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, and oranges.

To make sure you get the vitamins and minerals necessary for good oral and overall health, we recommend eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and foods high in protein. We also recommend brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride. This active ingredient helps strengthen teeth by attracting vitamins and minerals essential for strong enamel.

Do you have questions about how vitamins and minerals can help your smile? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Periodontal Therapy for Fayetteville and Beyond

March 11, 2014

periodontal therapyOne of the most common oral health problems a person can face is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. A majority of adults over 35 struggle with periodontal disease in some capacity. It’s also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease results from the buildup of bacteria and plaque around the gums. When this buildup occurs, the sensitive gum tissue becomes irritated, causing a range of symptoms—many of which go unnoticed for far too long. The most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between the gum and tooth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bite changes
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

During every general checkup at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, Dr. Angela Ruff will look for these symptoms. Giving patients attentive, personalized care means looking closely for these telltale signs as often as possible.

What if Dr. Ruff finds one of these symptoms?

That’s where periodontal therapy comes in. With personalized periodontal therapy, Dr. Ruff can help you treat your symptoms before they have time to worsen. Treating periodontal disease early is important; if left untreated, it can have a powerful impact on oral health, but it can also have a serious impact overall health.

A range of health conditions have been linked to periodontal disease, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pre-term or low birth weight

Are you experiencing any symptoms of periodontal disease? Call Ascot Implants & Dentistry to schedule a consultation appointment with us. Dr. Ruff offers personalized periodontal therapy to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

Heart Health and Overall Health

February 14, 2014

heart healthYou may not realize it, but there is a very real connection between your oral health and the health of your heart. As some recent data has shown, advanced gum disease can contribute to clotting and heart disease, the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S.

How is this possible?

It has to do with the way advanced gum disease affects your smile. Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. Over time, gum disease can cause tissue loss, resulting in pockets (or small gaps) between the teeth and gums. Bacteria and plaque can get into these pockets and, from there, into the body’s blood stream, which can carry them to the heart.

Other health problems have been linked to gum disease as well, including:

  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Pre-term birth

The best way to defend yourself against health problems caused by gum disease is to be vigilant about your oral health.

One way you can do that is with a good brushing and flossing routine. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and using an antibacterial mouthwash will help you control the presence of bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

But brushing and flossing alone aren’t all you need. With regular checkups and dental cleanings at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, our Fayetteville dental team can help you remove bacteria and plaque that would be hard to reach on your own. We can also watch for signs of gum disease and offer treatment if necessary.

Are you curious about the connection between gum disease and your overall health? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Ruff offers exceptional care to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

General and Preventive Dentistry for Fayetteville and Beyond

October 17, 2013

general dentistryDo you know how important general and preventive dental care is? So important that Dr. Angela Ruff and the rest of our Fayetteville dental team encourage you to come in twice a year for a visit. During your visits, we’ll look for tooth decay and gum disease, the two most common threats to good oral health.

Gum disease in particular is dangerous for what it can do to your overall health and wellbeing. It’s been estimated that gum disease affects close to 75% of adults over 35. What’s more, 70% of adult tooth loss can be blamed on untreated periodontal problems. But with regular care from our Fayetteville dental office, we can help you prevent and treat gum disease with a range of general dentistry services.

A more complete list of general and preventive dentistry services include:

  • Checkups
  • Cleanings
  • Dental Sealants
  • Nightguards
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Bad Breath Therapy

During your appointment, Dr. Ruff will look for common oral health issues and recommend a specific treatment plan tailored to your needs if anything is found.

How can you keep your smile clean in between visits? By following a good oral care routine! We tell our Cumberland County patients to brush at least twice a day, floss at least once, and use a good antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. Following these easy steps will help you enjoy better oral health year-round.

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants and Dentistry to schedule an appointment Dr. Ruff. We’re happy to offer general dental care to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and Cumberland County.

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