Rabalais Dental Centre offers general family dentistry for all ages. The team approach to dentistry, which includes the patient, is most important from start to finish. Treatment ranges from general dental care to complex dental procedures, utilizing modern technology. Services include dental cosmetic procedures, crowns, bridges, implant restoration and a wide array of other preventative care procedures.

Dr. Rabalais earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a master’s degree from Louisiana Tech, and her doctorate from Louisiana State University Dental School at New Orleans. Dr. Rabalais is a member of the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association and the Spear Study Group.

Why are professional teeth cleanings important?

A teeth cleaning removes the bacteria that cause plaque, but it begins to reform in your mouth within three days. Even if you are practicing great dental care at home, some plaque reoccurs before six months have passed. The longer it stays in place, the more of it will calcify onto your teeth. Once it reaches this stage, you won’t be able to remove it yourself. It will require the special tools and skills of your dental hygienist. If you have a professional teeth cleaning every six months, you are less likely to experience a heavy plaque and tartar buildup that could seriously affect your oral health as well as your overall health.

Can poor hygiene affect your overall health?

We all know that poor oral health can lead to cavities and gum disease. The truth is it can lead to other serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetic complications. With heart disease, bacteria from the inflammation of our gums can enter our bloodstream and cause heart problems. In regards to diabetes, inflammation of the gums and poor gum health make it harder to control blood sugar and diabetic symptoms can worsen.

What causes cavities?

When foods with carbohydrates like bread, cereal, milk, soda, fruit, cake, or candy stay on your teeth, the bacteria in your mouth turn them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and your saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel, creating holes called cavities.  Cavities do not have to hurt.  Smaller cavities are the easiest to treat. As they get bigger, more complications can occur and usually more treatment is required.