What Is Preventative Dental Care?Many people make the mistake of thinking that they only need to see the dentist when they have a toothache or a sudden injury to their mouth. Unfortunately, these people tend to end up suffering from various oral health ailments that might have been prevented by regular dental checkups.
Nearly all Americans will experience some form of tooth decay in their lifetimes. Untreated tooth decay progressively erodes the infected tooth and causes more serious problems. Since bacteria cause tooth decay, forgoing treatment risks spread to neighboring teeth, multiplying dental health issues. It is very important to remove the decay, clean the area, and restore the tooth with a filling.
To ensure overall oral health, missing or damaged teeth need to be replaced or restored by a licensed dentist.
Cleanings Professional cleanings performed by a licensed dentist or hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Learn more about Cleanings
ExamsRegular examinations, by Dr. Lauren Becker, help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Learn more about Exams
X-raysDigital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed and rich in contrast.
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Periodontal CareA periodontal maintenance procedure (PMP) is defined as a procedure that is recommended following periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.
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Oral Cancer ScreeningDuring your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
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