Preventive dentistry in our office is different from what you may have come to expect.
The old concepts of brushing and flossing, limiting sweets, and seeing the dentist twice a year aren’t enough. For years, dentists have looked for the presence of cavities or gum disease and, only then, acted to repair the damage. Today we have the ability to medically prevent cavities before they form, and to even reverse small cavities without the need for a drill. New non-surgical approaches have been developed for gum disease. We can prevent teeth from wearing out and breaking, and more effectively treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain using modern theories of jaw joint function and bite analysis.
It’s not just about saving teeth. It’s about overall health and wellness!
More than ninety percent of all diseases have oral manifestations. In many cases, the condition of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Infections in the mouth can affect other organs. Recent studies have shown a relationship between the bacteria found in gum pockets and those associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as the occurrence of premature, low birth weight babies. Oral cancer, which now takes more lives annually than cervical or skin cancer, is a serious problem. Early detection is the only defense. We perform an oral cancer screening at every hygiene visit with the VELscope, a system that uses painless, non-invasive tissue fluorescence technology to check for abnormal tissue.
As doctors of dental medicine, our responsibility is to ensure optimum oral health throughout all the stages of life by focusing on our patients’ unique needs from pregnant women to children, young adults, those of middle age and seniors.