If you want to ensure that your smile stays strong and bright, there is no better way than visiting our dentist for preventive dentistry. We can offer high-quality and friendly care that meets your needs and ensures that you have a healthy future.
Preventing cavities and abnormal growths is more manageable, less costly, and less painful than treating dental problems after they are fully developed. Moreover, having a healthy mouth assists in maintaining better self-esteem, nutrition, and overall health. At Anderson Family Dental, we are committed to helping you keep your teeth healthy. Preventive dental care can make a long-term difference in your oral health.
Dental exams refer to routine visits to a dentist for preventive assessments and oral care. Ideally, the checkups include a comprehensive oral health examination of your gums, teeth, and other oral structures. The dentist will visually inspect your mouth and check signs of oral cancer, gum disease, decay, or other abnormalities. This is important since identifying the problem early enables them to treat the issues easier and at a more affordable rate.
Even though it is easy to think you do not require dental exams, it is important to keep dental appointments as they can help ensure optimal oral health. It is recommended that your child should start having dental exams before their first birthday - when they have their first tooth erupt. This will allow the dentist to have the opportunity and evaluate your child's dental health and offer essential preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants. They will also visually check for any sign of gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer. Moreover, the dentist will assess the health of their jawbone, roots, and teeth. They can disclose hidden dental problems such as bone loss, impacted teeth, and cavities.
Preventative dental treatment also includes dental cleanings. Ideally, the dentist usually cleans to eliminate stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth which helps to prevent gum disease and cavities. Plaque is a sticky film formed from saliva, food remains, and bacteria. The bacteria are toxic and can cause gum inflammation unless removed. The dentist can also perform polishing as it helps to get rid of the plaque and stains on the teeth which will provide you with a cleaner smile.
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages. As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
If you engage in high-contact activities then you are exposed to accidents and falls. Mouthguards are great for you. They are worn over the teeth, protecting them against trauma that may result in case of an accident.
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
Visiting a dentist for a regular dental exam is critical in maintaining optimal oral health. Remember, prevention is crucial to the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. If you are ready to learn more about preventive dental treatment our friendly team at Anderson Family Dental in Milwaukie, OR is happy to help. Please call us at (503) 974-0372 for an appointment.