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Hygiene/Non-Surgical Therapy

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
When you brush your teeth, you remove food and plaque- a sticky white film that forms on your teeth and contains bacteria. After you eat a meal or a snack that contains sugar, the bacteria and plaque produce acids that attack the enamel. Repeated attacks can break down tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Plaque that isn’t removed can also harden into tarter, making it harder to keep your teeth cleaned.
In choosing when to brush your teeth, you might also consider your diet. If you’ve eaten an acidic food or drink, avoid brushing your teeth right away. These acids can weaken tooth enamel, and brushing to soon can remove enamel. If you know you’re going to eat or drink something acidic, brush your teeth beforehand.
In addition to brushing your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends that you:
  • Floss daily
  • Drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet and limit between snacks
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are irregular or frayed.
  • Schedule your regular dental checkups.
Non Surgical Therapy
The dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planning. Scaling means scraping off the tarter from above and below the gum line. Root planning gets rid of rough spots on the tooth where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contributes to the disease. In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tarter. The procedure can result in bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.
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How is gum disease treated?
The main goal is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good oral daily care at home and floss regularly. Dr. Thompson may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome.
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Contact Information

Smiles R Us

Babcock Office:
5460 Babcock Rd., Suite 105
San Antonio, TX 78240
Phone: 210-694-4999

Military Office:
1114 SW Military Dr., Suite 112
San Antonio, TX 78221
Phone: 210-923-5422

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
We are open most Saturdays and evening appointments are available.

Financing available through CareCredit. Medicaid and most insurance accepted.

We are in-network with most major PPO's including:
Delta Dental
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna, Humana
Aetna
United Healthcare
United Concordia

In Business Since 1999