General Dentistry

What’s Our Focus? You!

At Beelman Dental, our patients come first. We want to hear your concerns, calm your fears, and share whatever information we can that will keep you healthy and smiling.

Many people are unaware how closely linked the health of the mouth and the overall health of the body really are. Preventing cavities and gum disease by brushing, flossing, and keeping regular professional cleaning appointments with Dr. Beelman help build your immunity to bad bacteria that, left untreated, travels from the gums to the bloodstream and into the main lifelines.

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is your main line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease, and potential for other critical medical complications that can follow. Our logical minds know we need to brush our teeth twice daily and floss each day, but when busy schedules get demanding, dental routines can be one of the first things pushed to the bottom of the list. Fortunately, our outstanding hygiene team understands. We share knowledge, techniques, and tools that help keep your smile clean and healthy between visits and give you a gentle yet thorough professional cleaning twice a year to eliminate plaque or tartar you may have missed. We also offer fluoride treatments for a little extra cavity protection.

Oral Hygiene - Floss, Brush, Rinse

Oral Hygiene on Your Own

  1. Consider investment in an electric toothbrush. They require less effort and clean more thoroughly than a manual. If you are unsure where to start, Beelman Dental would be happy to recommend one for you.
  2. Brush at least twice each day for two minutes, angling the brush about 45 degrees so the bristles get along and under the gum line, using small circular motions. Be sure to brush all sides of your teeth – all the way to the back.
  3. Don’t forget to clean your tongue – it can be a haven for bacteria that gets redeposited after you brush.
  4. Floss every day. Curve floss around each tooth, under the gum line, in a shape like the letter “C”. Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to avoid redepositing the bacteria and plaque you just removed. (If string floss doesn’t work for you, there are floss alternatives we can recommend.)
  5. Rinse with mouthwash for a healthier oral environment.
  6. Swish with water after eating or drinking, before brushing, and throughout the day to minimize plaque buildup, acidity, and bacteria – and spit out the water when you’re done!
  7. Avoid brushing right after eating or drinking, as your mouth produces acids that can damage your tooth enamel when combined with the brushing motion. It’s better to swish with water, wait about 30 minutes and then brush.

Gum Disease Infographic

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Gum Disease

Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss for adults. When left untreated, gum disease can potentially contribute to development of at least 52 serious systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. If your gums bleed during regular brushing or flossing, you already have early-stage gum disease known as gingivitis – but there is good news! Gum disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible. Treatment for gum disease varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of infection and tissue damage. If you only have gingivitis, we can likely reverse it by stepping up your oral hygiene routine and regular professional cleanings. When gum disease is more severe, there are other options such as scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning treatment below the gum line. If Dr. Beelman recommends gum disease treatment, he will go over all the details with you – and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Scaling Illustration

Sealants

Sealants are thin coatings of plastic attached to the chewing surface of the back teeth. Since they cover the pits and grooves where cavities are likely to form, sealants decrease likelihood of cavity progression. Sealants typically last an average of about three years. If Dr. Beelman recommends sealants, he will discuss them in detail with you.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer typically remains undetected and undiagnosed until its late stages, and as a result is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. While alcohol and tobacco are still viewed as the most common major risk factors for oral cancer, alarming current research shows another risk factor outweighs those two factors combined – HPV (human papillomavirus). 79 million Americans currently have HPV; most sexually active adults contract the infection during their lifetime, and many never even know they are infected. As a result, regular oral cancer screenings have become a priority – so keep your appointments with Beelman Dental to remain proactive in fighting cancer!

Oral Cancer Infographic

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Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms In & Around the Mouth

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent sores that don’t heal
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
  • Ear pain

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

  • Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers
  • Chewing – Patients who dip, snuff, or chew are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Alcohol – Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers than non-drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • HPV

Facts & Statistics

  • 25% of oral cancer patients have no risk factors
  • Men are 2x more likely to develop oral cancer than women
  • 1 American dies every hour from oral cancer
  • 8,000 people die from oral cancer every year
  • 40% of oral cancer patients die within 5 years of diagnosis
  • Early diagnosis can double your chance of survival
  • 65% of oral cancers are linked to HPV

Mouthguards

Beelman Dental believes a healthy smile is your greatest asset. If anyone in your family suffers from TMJ, teeth grinding (bruxism), or is in active in contact sports, Dr. Beelman strongly recommends using a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth, jaw, and head. Inexpensive stock mouthguards at the sporting-goods store are not custom-made, so they don’t fit well, are not comfortable, and are less likely to be consistently worn when needed. Custom-made mouthguards provide the highest levels of physical comfort as well as protection against oral injuries, potential tooth loss, and even concussion damage.

Ready to Get Healthier?

If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your Bedford general dentist, Dr. Beelman at Beelman Dental, give us a call today at (817) 409-3830 or request an appointment online below. We’ll take the time to make you smile!

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