Preventive Dentistry: Your Path to a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
We know that you have plenty of other things to think about during the day, and worrying about your smile should never be one of them. At Albert Family Dentistry, we believe prevention is the key to having a happy, healthy, and problem-free smile year after year. We know that you’d much rather avoid a dental problem altogether than have to deal with it later. We couldn’t agree more! Below, you can learn just a little bit more about how we can keep you and your entire family smiling all year.
Checkups & Cleanings
These are two of the most basic and essential treatments we use every day, and the reason for that is simple: they work! With just two checkups and cleanings each year, we can make sure you and your family never have to deal with expensive, painful, and time consuming dental problems.
To begin a standard appointment, one of our excellent hygienists will perform a dental cleaning. They’ll use specialized tools to break up and clear away any plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your teeth and gums. These cleanings are important even if you brush and floss every day because there are many very hard to reach spots in your mouth you simply can’t clean at home. Dental cleanings are able to specifically target these areas.
Afterward, Dr. Albert will perform a complete oral exam where he’ll look for the signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. This exam is crucial because it enables him to catch dental issues early while they are still easy to treat. From this exam, he’ll be able to formulate your personalized treatment plan to make sure your teeth stay gorgeous and strong the entire year.
Dental sealants are a clear, thin layer of a plastic-based substance that can be applied to the teeth in order to protect them from tooth decay. Tooth decay most often occurs in the back teeth, or molars, simply because they can be hard to reach while brushing (especially for children) and have many small crevices. They only take minutes to apply, and they can easily last for years with proper brushing. We especially recommend them for children who are still learning to take care of their teeth!
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth at night. As many as 1 in 3 people suffer from it, and over time, it can severely damage the teeth and cause them to break. We can offer a simple solution, however, in the form of a nightguard. It is a small, custom-made mouthguard that a patient would wear to bed every night, and it helps provide a comfortable but extremely protective barrier between the teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Every day, one person loses their life each hour because of oral cancer. This is tragic because, while the disease is very treatable, most of the time, it isn’t caught until it is in its advanced stages. This is why many of the 50,000 people who will be diagnosed with it this year won’t live for more than 5 years.
To make sure this disease doesn’t sneak up on you or a loved one, we will always perform an oral cancer screening as part of our regular checkups. Dr. Albert will examine the gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, throat, and neck for any suspicious sores or rough spots. If he finds any signs of the disease, he can advise you on what to do next and even help you get treatment if needed. These exams are necessary for everyone, but they are especially important for people who smoke, drink frequently, or have a genetic predisposition for developing the condition.
This treatment enables us to give your teeth an extra layer of protection from tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that restores the minerals in your teeth that have been eaten away by plaque. It’s nature’s gift to your smile! We’ll simply have you rinse your mouth with a highly-concentrated fluoride solution for a few minutes or apply it with a small brush, and that’s it! In no time, your teeth will be stronger and more resilient to damage.
All it takes is just two easy appointments each year to keep your teeth looking fantastic and feeling great. You have that kind of time for your smile, right? We thought so! To schedule your next appointment, please contact our office today.