General Dentistry

Oral Health for Overall Wellness

We always knew that oral health and overall health were related, but more research is surfacing every day that proves just how closely the two go hand in hand. General dentistry is the routine cleanings, exams, and treatments that will hopefully prevent larger oral health problems down the road, and ensure your whole body stays as healthy as possible. A healthy mouth lets you eat a healthy diet, speak with clarity, and live confidently. Keep your defense strong with regular twice yearly visits with your McPherson dentist at Wince Family Dental Associates.

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Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is like going to the gym. If you’re in the habit of doing it, it becomes easy, routine. If you stop going, it becomes harder and harder to muster the courage to go, and your fitness will slowly decline. The same is true for your oral hygiene routine. The more you do it, the easier it will be. Your oral health and your overall health will thank you for putting in the effort today, in hopes of avoiding larger, more painful, more costly problems down the road.

Here’s some advice straight from the oral health professionals at Wince Family Dental Associate on how to keep your smile clean and healthy between visits:

  1. Invest in an electric toothbrush. Sonicare® is the #1 recommended by dentists.
  2. Brush at least twice every day, ideally BEFORE eating, not after. The acidity left in your mouth after you eat or drink, combined with the forces of brushing can actually damage your enamel.
  3. Don’t forget to brush or scrape the tongue, which can harbor tons of disease-causing bacteria, not to mention bad breath.
  4. Floss every day or use a Soft-Pick® to clean between the teeth. If you use conventional string floss, make sure to gently curve the floss under the gums and around the teeth in a C-shape, rather than just snapping the floss up and down.
  5. Rinse with water after eating or drinking to reduce acidity. Make sure to spit the water out, don’t swallow.
  6. Rinse with mouthwash at home after brushing and flossing to kill even more bacteria and freshen breath.
  7. Eat a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits and veggies. Reduce your sugar intake as much as possible, and be aware of highly acidic foods and beverages.
  8. See your McPherson dentist twice yearly for regular cleanings and exams.

We have an outstanding hygiene team that will take great care of you. They are friendly and gentle to make sure you don’t leave with sore gums, and impressively thorough to take care of any plaque or tartar you’ve left behind. We won’t make you feel guilty if you’ve been skipping out on flossing, either. We’re all human. We just want you to be the healthiest you can be.

Gum Disease

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Gum disease is one of the most common chronic diseases among adults. A majority of the American adult population suffers from some level of gum disease, whether it’s in the early gingivitis stage, or full-blown periodontitis. Gum disease is a chronic infection of the gums and is largely caused by poor oral hygiene.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during regular brushing and flossing
  • Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Tender, swollen, inflamed gums
  • Pus between teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

If your gums bleed during regular brushing and flossing, we are sorry to inform you, you have gum disease. The good news is, if it’s still in the early gingivitis stage, gum disease is totally treatable and reversible.

Gum disease treatment at Wince Family Dental Associates, depending on the severity of your case, may involve any number of the following treatment methods:

  • More regular periodontal cleanings and exams
  • Scaling and root planing to clean plaque from below the gumline and encourage healthy reattachment of tissue
  • Antibiotics to get the infection under control
  • Tissue graft to replace gum tissue and protect tooth roots
  • Gum surgery for more severe cases

If your gums are bleeding and you’re looking for the skilled and compassionate care of a McPherson dentist to treat your gum disease, we would love to be the team to help you.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings might just be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Pretty much everyone will need at least one cavity filled in their life, but no one wants a glaring dark spot on their tooth when they open their mouth.

Traditional metal fillings are not only unsightly but typically contain trace amounts of mercury, which we now know to be quite toxic to the human body. Not to mention, metal fillings tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, causing them to crack and break.

Thankfully, we now use a tooth colored resin to stop decay and fill cavities. Tooth colored fillings are completely safe and natural looking and can withstand temperature changes without losing their integrity.

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, let our outstanding McPherson dental team be the one to restore your smile – naturally!

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is the only type of cancer that is increasing in the United States. Your McPherson dentist is in a unique position (inside your mouth) to detect oral cancer in the early stages before it becomes deadly.We are always on the lookout for changes and abnormalities that may be potential signs of oral cancer, and you should be on the lookout at home, too.

Signs of oral cancer:

(can be found on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, or any surface of the mouth)

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent sores
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
  • Ear pain

Risk factors for developing oral cancer:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • HPV

If you’ve noticed any of the signs and symptoms, or fall into any of the high-risk categories, you should see your trusted dentist in McPherson for an oral cancer screening today. It might just save your life.

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Mouth Guards

Your healthy smile is one of your greatest assets. A custom mouth guard from Wince Family Dental Associates is one of the best ways to protect it from harm.

Sports Guards

If you or your little one is involved in any type of contact sports, we highly recommend a custom mouth guard from your McPherson dentist. There are stock mouth guards you can buy at the local sporting goods store, but they are not customized to fit your mouth. This means a less comfortable fit and less protection. Only a custom mouth guard offers the highest level of protection against tooth loss, concussions, and other oral injuries.

Bruxism & TMJ

If you suffer from bruxism – chronic teeth grinding and clenching – or TMJ, a custom mouth guard can give your mouth the relief it deserves. Bruxism and TMJ can slowly wear down your teeth over time, not to mention the strain on your jaw joint. A custom mouth guard can protect your teeth and let your jaw rest overnight, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free.

Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from chronic snoring or sleep apnea, we can offer you a convenient, affordable, non-invasive alternative to a CPAP machine with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is a special mouth guard you wear during sleep that gently shifts the lower jaw forward, allowing you to breathe comfortably through the night.

If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your McPherson general dentist, Dr. Wince and Dr. Jeffers-Jader at Wince Family Dental Associates, give us a call today or schedule a visit online! Serving our friends, family and neighbors in McPherson, Wichita, Salina, Newton, Hutchinson, and beyond.