Cosmetic dentistry offers a chance to improve a smile’s beauty, while restorative and prosthodontic dentistry repair teeth (and replace them). But with preventive dentistry, we use unique treatments and technologies to help you avoid the onset of serious problems completely. In today’s blog, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist answers questions about preventive dentistry.
Along with the American Dental Association, we recommend a visit every six months for patients of all ages. A checkup is an opportunity for our team to thoroughly examine and assess the health of your smile. We identify the presence of common oral health issues in the early stages, offering treatment to prevent these issues from progressing. We look for signs of cavities, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. The earlier we diagnose these problems, the sooner we can treat them!
Yes! We recommend adults undergo an oral cancer screening once a year. We look at your oral structures and tissues for signs of lesions, rough patches, areas with red and white splotches, and other possible indicators of oral cancer. If we uncover anything, we can recommend a biopsy or refer you to a specialist. Remember, the earlier oral cancer is diagnosed, the more likely you will be to enjoy a full recovery.
A dental cleaning involves removing all plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Plaque is caused by bacteria breaking down food particles, and this bacterial byproduct could erode enamel and inflame gum tissue, increasing the risk of cavities and periodontal problems. The cleaning removes the buildup and improves oral health, while also offering a brighter smile and fresher breath. We will offer them as part of your routine six-month visit.
Yes! Our team will look at your jaw joints using advanced technology to identify the warning signs of strain and stress. We also look at your teeth for indicators of wear and friction. These warning signs could indicate the presence of common jaw joint issues, such as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), which could lead to jaw pain, headaches, and damaged smiles unless treated in a timely manner. If you have any questions about our preventive approach, or if you would like to set up a checkup and cleaning in the near future, then contact our team today.
If you need a checkup or cleaning, then please let our office know. For more information on the benefits of preventive care, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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