Essenmacher Family Dental

How can I prevent cavities?

Cavities in Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalYou May Be More Prone to Cavities Than Others

Cavities are caused by certain strains of bacteria that are more prevalent in certain people than in others. Bacteria feed on the food particles in your mouth and create an acidic environment that softens your protective enamel. Since we focus on prevention, we utilize the latest technology to help us prevent decay and protect your teeth.

We use a specialized meter that reads the ATP present in your mouth, which gives us a measurement of the amount of "bad" bacteria your mouth harbors. We then can recommend products to reduce the "bad" bacterial load based on your individual needs.

Daily Dental Hygiene Matters

Having good home care habits is important. Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing every day, and eating a healthy diet can all promote good oral health. You cannot do it alone, however! Even the best home care needs supplementation from a dental hygienist to remove the tartar and bacteria that brushing and flossing alone can not remove. Our gentle, professional, and friendly dental hygienists will tailor a personalized dental cleaning to help your smile look great and feel fresh!

Dental Sealants Are An Option

For patients who are more susceptible to decay, we provide dental sealants as a protective barrier between your chewing surface and the food and bacteria that cause damage. Sealants last up to five years and are cost effective as well as noninvasive.

Fluoride can strengthen your enamel. Regular fluoride treatments for patients who want to avoid cavities can provide added protection at a minimal cost. Fluoride is also helpful in reducing sensitivity for those patients who have gum recession. 

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher