What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry helps patients avoid the costly and invasive procedures often needed to treat serious dental conditions. Preventing dental problems requires a lifelong commitment. That is why at Ridgeview Family Dental we help our patients understand the importance of maintaining dental health to helps patients look and feel their best, and have a positive overall health.
Comprehensive dental exams and cleanings are recommended once every six months. These exams help identify tooth decay, or early signs of gum disease or oral cancer, through diagnostic X-rays and a physical examination. Early detection of these conditions helps ensure effective treatment and prevent permanent damage.
What is involved in a regular cleaning?
A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque, which can build up and cause inflammation and disease if left untreated. The teeth are also polished to remove stains that often cannot be removed by at-home toothbrushing.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that we paint onto the surface of the tooth to prevent decay and other diseases from establishing themselves in the grooves of the teeth. Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always effectively penetrate all the grooves of the back teeth. Decay often forms there because it is difficult to remove all traces of food from these grooves, making them more susceptible to plaque buildup. By placing sealants, we are able to fill the grooves, creating a smoother surface that makes the tooth easier to keep clean.
Dental Sealants Process
The process of placing sealants is quick, easy and painless. Sealants are applied after a thorough cleaning of the selected tooth. The tooth’s enamel is then coated with the sealant, which bonds to the tooth as it hardens to provide protection from decay.
Oral Cancer Screenings
With over 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year, oral cancer has become the sixth deadliest cancer in the world. In fact, oral cancer claims the life of one person every hour. That’s why we take this issue very seriously and strive to provide the best detection and prevention methods possible.
Historically perceived to only strike older adults with a history of heavy tobacco and alcohol use, studies have now shown that oral cancer affects a much wider demographic. More people under the age of 40 are being diagnosed, with 25% of all people diagnosed not classified as alcohol or tobacco users. Unfortunately, most cases go untreated since oral cancer often goes unnoticed in the mouth, showing up only as a tiny white or red spot or sore. Because many people do not realize they have oral cancer, detection may not be made until the late stages of development, contributing to its high mortality rate. Most oral cancers are curable if found early, making early detection imperative.
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