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Oral Hygiene Program

Bethel Dental Oral ExamOur 100% effective oral hygiene program equals:

– No more dental decay or cavities!

– No more gum or periodontal disease!

History of Dental Disease

Dental decay and gum disease, with the resulting loss of tooth structure, recession of the gums, loss of supporting structures, and even loss of the teeth themselves – along with all the associated pain, discomfort, aggravation, and expense – have plagued mankind throughout history.

Until recently, all efforts such as tooth brushing, flossing, and irrigation, as well as the use of fluoride, sealants, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and so forth have reduced the amount of disease and destruction, but have not eliminated it.

Cause of Dental Disease

Today, we understand that the root of all dental disease is certain types of bacteria. We also know that these same bacteria can cause or contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disease, and osteoporosis, and that they can increase a woman’s risk of having a preterm low-birthweight baby.

Our 100% Guarantee

As a patient in our dental practice, you will be shown our tested and time-proven system for eliminating one-hundred percent of these disease-causing bacteria.

Our system is straight-forward, easy, and effective. If you follow our recommendations, you will get our written guarantee that you will get no new dental disease.

Dr. Van Strait and the team here in Bethel, CT can help you with your dental needs. Call 203.730.9011 to find out more.

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Periodontal Care

Bethel PeriodontalThe gums are a crucial component of your dental makeup.

Periodontics is the dental term referring to the care and treatment of gum tissue.

The purpose of periodontics is to ensure the long-term health of your teeth and smile.

Professional Care

Preventative dentistry requires a combination of professional maintenance and home care. Without proper care, the gums are at serious risk for infection and disease caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar. Here at Bethel Dental Associates, we use surgical microscopes and x-rays to detect plaque far beneath the gum-line. Then, we can thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar using specialized cleaning techniques. When necessary, sealants and antibiotics can be used to heal and protect the gums. Regular office visits are essential for proper cleaning and early detection of infection or gum disease.

Home Care

As for home care, brushing and flossing are not just for your teeth. Performing these tasks daily is also necessary to maintain healthy gums. Brushing at least twice a day is absolutely necessary, and brushing after every meal is better. To ensure that you are brushing below the gum-line, tilt the brush towards your gums, but make sure not to brush too hard. Additionally, daily flossing is key to removing the plaque buildup in-between and around the base of your teeth.

Poor nutrition and smoking have also been linked to gum disease, so in order to take care of your dental health, it is important to care for your overall health as well.

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.

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Mouth Guards

Bethel Dental Mouth GuardMouth Guards are an innovative way to prevent damage to the teeth and mouth from sports activities or nighttime grinding.

Our team at Bethel Dental Associates will create a custom mouth guard just for you.

Types of Mouth Guards

An athletic mouth guard is recommended for any sport or extreme physical activity. This custom-fitted appliance provides a barrier between the teeth, gums, and soft tissues of the mouth, to prevent chipped or broken teeth, wounds to the gums and cheeks, and occasionally more serious injuries such as bone or jaw fractures.

For those patients who clench and grind their teeth while sleeping, night guards are a necessary measure to prevent serious long-term tooth damage. Subconscious grinding can’t be helped, but has been known to crack or even break teeth. A night guard can save the teeth from further damage, as well as reducing grinding by holding the jaw in a more comfortable position.

How a Mouth Guard Works

In order to fabricate your custom mouth guard, your dentist will need to use a special casting material to take an impression of your teeth. This will be used as a mold by a laboratory technician to fabricate the appliance out of a type of strong, supple plastic material. Once the mouth guard has been tested to ensure a comfortable and precise fit, it will be ready for daily use. You will be able to use this appliance for years, potentially saving you a great deal of pain and expense later on.

The enhanced fit made possible by a custom mouth guard will provide greater protection, as compared to the protection available from the generic variety of mouth guard found in drug stores.

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.

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Preventative Dentistry

Bethel Dental Preventative DentistryPreventative Dentistry is perhaps the single most important factor in long-term dental health.

A combination of professional dental services and home care is required to prevent dental problems and diseases.


Regular Dental Visits

Visiting your dental practitioner regularly is vital for several reasons. First of all, many issues cannot be seen with the naked eye. Our team uses advanced techniques such as dental microscopes and digital x-rays to examine teeth with thoroughness and precision.

Digital x-rays are used in conjunction with the latest computer programs to detect even the tiniest defects deep within the teeth and gums. This makes it possible to diagnose decay or disease long before it is evident to the patient.

A professional cleaning is also necessary twice a year to prevent damaging build-up on the teeth and gums. Plaque, tartar, and certain stains are not easy to remove, even with regular brushing and flossing. Your dental hygienist can remove these during your visit.

Home Care

Even with the most advanced professional dental care, your teeth won’t remain healthy and strong without proper oral hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing at least twice daily are the two most important parts of your home-care regimen. Brushing after every meal is even better. Fluoride mouth rinse is also a good way to strengthen your tooth enamel. All of these measures together will greatly reduce plaque build-up and decay.

Some of our preventative dentistry services:

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.

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