A healthy mouth helps maintain a healthy body, and research has proven that dental problems can lead to more physical conditions than you may think. This is why medical and dental professionals constantly remind people about the link between oral and overall health.
In our practice, we strive to keep you healthy. We encourage you to come in for regular checkups and cleanings – let’s work together to keep you healthy and smiling for many years to come.
If you have dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer, regular dental visits give your dentist a chance to catch these maladies early on. That’s key. The earlier your dentist diagnoses a problem the easier it is to treat. For example, if you have gum disease and let it go unchecked (and untreated) for too long, you may need extensive — and expensive — gum disease treatment. Regular dental checkups allow you and your dentist to stay ahead of problems, which can translate into thousands saved.
Professional Dental Cleaning
A professional dental cleaning is also a must because it’s the only way to effectively remove tartar (hardened plaque). Even if you brush and floss regularly, that’s not enough. Besides looking unsightly (tartar is a “stain magnet” and often has a brown or yellowish tint), tartar also contains gum disease-causing bacteria. Preventing the need for extensive periodontal therapy easily adds up to thousands saved in the long run.
Fluoride is a fantastic material that helps combat tooth decay by strengthening enamel which prevents decay and disease. Our offices offers fluoride treatment options.
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todays dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages.
Intraoral photography is another adjunct to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a digital camera.
Gum Disease Treatment
Red, swollen gums are a red flag for one thing: gum disease. If you have the symptoms, you’re not alone. More than 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments. For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line.
Laser gum surgery, a new alternative to scaling and root planing, uses beams of high-speed light to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, periodontal surgery, may be necessary.