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At Smiles by Bigelow, we believe that family dentistry is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a dentist as there is nothing quite like watching a person growing under your care. Tod A. Bigelow, DDS, PLLC provides preventive treatment to ensure the continued health of your teeth for a long time. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, schedule a consultation appointment with us:
Even if you are diligent in your oral care regimen, dental plaque can still accumulate and cause damage and infection to your teeth and gums. That is why we strongly recommend a dental cleaning appointment every six months. During a dental cleaning appointment, we will examine your teeth and gums for oral issues. If we detect plaque, we will do deep cleaning of your teeth by using an ultrasonic device to remove calculus from your teeth and brushing your teeth with an abrasive toothbrush to clean and smoothen the enamel so that bacteria cannot find purchase on it again. We will also floss your teeth professionally between the gums and below the gumline and perform fluoride treatment to create a protective barrier on your teeth.
Scientists believe that an unhealthy mouth does not just result in dental and periodontal diseases but also adversely affect your overall health. That is why, at Smiles by Bigelow, we strongly suggest you set a dental exam appointment with us. A dental exam is a multi-step approach during which we review your medical history to determine if certain health conditions can increase the risk of oral disease and to ensure your medication does not adversely interact with dental procedures.
We will also perform a visual and physical exam on your mouth to check for suspicious signs like the presence of tartar, cavities, bleeding, or swollen gums. In some cases, we may also recommend digital x-rays to diagnose oral health issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This can help us spot oral issues in their early stages and nip them in the bud.
At Smiles by Bigelow, we provide a kid-friendly space where your child can feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed during a dental appointment. The American Dental Association recommends that a child should have their first dental visit by six months of age, when their first tooth erupts, not when their teeth start to decay. Scheduling routine dental appointments early in life can help us monitor your child’s dental health and prevent potential problems from developing. With dentistry for kids, we can eliminate the fear of the dental chair in kids and teach them how to take better care of their teeth so that they can be assured of a lifetime of good oral health.
Periodontal or gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. This disease is caused by accumulated tartar that can cause infection of the gum, leading to red, swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, and damage to the soft and hard supporting tissues of the mouth. If gum disease is not treated promptly, it will result in the eventual loss of your teeth. At Smiles by Bigelow, we will look for signs of gum disease during your routine dental checkup visit. If we see signs of calculus and deep gum pockets, we will treat them with scaling and root planing procedure as well as pocket reduction treatment, so that your gums return to their original healthy state.
According to the American Dental Association, about 13% to 39% of all dental traumas and injuries occur during physical activities. For people who participate in sports, we strongly recommend the use of custom-fit mouthguards which can protect their teeth from damage and prevent expensive repair work.
Mouthguards are made of strong but flexible plastic and can cushion a blow to the mouth by distributing its force, preventing damage to your teeth and gums.
Contact us today to get your custom-fitted mouthguards from us.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are a pair of hinge joints on the back of the jaw which allows us to move our jaw up and down, sideways, and forwards and backward. If this joint is injured or infected, it can create a number of painful conditions that result in limited mouth mobility. These issues are known as TMJ disorders. At Smiles by Bigelow, we can offer you a number of therapeutic services that can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ disorders, including pain in the jaw, aching facial muscles, headaches and dizziness, problems in opening and closing your mouth, bite misalignment, and grating or clicking noise when moving your jaw.
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If you are suffering from dental and oral diseases and disorders, Tod A. Bigelow, DDS, PLLC and at Smiles by Bigelow can help. Call us at (601) 255-2599 to schedule an appointment with us today.
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4301 Lincoln Rd Suite 20
Hattiesburg, MS 39402-3036