Atlanta Preventative Dentistry
Our first priority is your overall dental health. By incorporating preventative dentistry into your dental treatment, you can be assured that you will stay healthy. Preventative dental treatments, along with general dental care, plays an important role in maintaining optimal oral health for you and your family.
The basis for of sound dental care is periodic cleanings. This helps keep your mouth in the best shape possible. Each cleaning appointment is tailored for you depending on your periodontal (gums and supporting bone) health. We utilize ultrasonic scalers and prophy jet systems in conjunction with conventional hand instrumentation. Cleaning appointments get the plaque and calculus off your teeth that you are unable to get off yourself. By removing these substances, you will have fresher breath, a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.
Many patients ask how often they should get their teeth cleaned in our office. For many patients, twice a year is adequate, especially for children and young patients. For others, three cleanings per year is recommended. This recommendation is based on the fact that it only takes about three months for bacteria that is in your mouth to form plaque on your teeth. After three months, the toxins produced by the bacteria are attacking your enamel and gums. This can cause decay, periodontal disease (bleeding gums and bone loss which will result in loose teeth), white spots on your teeth and bad breath. By having your teeth cleaned three times a year, we can interrupt the bacteria cycle and keep these issues from becoming a problem.
Xrays are a primary means of detecting decay that is in between your teeth and bone loss associated with periodontal (gum) disease. At Gilreath Dental Associates, we utilize digital xrays, which uses extremely small amounts of radiation, making it a very safe procedure.
Oral Cancer Screening
At every cleaning, our doctors and hygienists do a visual oral cancer screening. This year, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 36,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. So we take oral cancer screening very seriously. The risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco, alcohol, and exposure to the HPV virus. Early detection can save your life.
In addition, we perform an additional oral cancer screening using professional lab testing or equipment (VELscope). Both of these screenings can detect early stages of oral cancer before it can be seen by the doctor or hygienist.
Sealants are thin plastic adhered to teeth. We use sealants as part of a child’s total prevention dental care. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars. Since most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces, sealants do an outstanding job of preventing tooth decay through the teenage years. They can last 5 to 10 years and should checked and reapplied if they are no longer in place.
Both children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from fluoride products. These include professionally applied gels and varnishes as well as mouth rinses and dietary supplements. For patients who primarily drink bottled water or if the water source is from a well, fluoride can be one of the greatest deterrents from new and recurrent tooth decay.
Laser Assisted Decay Detection
Laser Assisted Decay Detection is one of the newest diagnostic tools used in the dental office. The procedure analyzes the density of tooth structure to determine if it is healthy or if decay is hidden beneath the surface. By using this procedure, we can diagnose very early decay and depending on the readings, determine whether we should treat the tooth with a chemical in order to remineralize it or perhaps do a very conservative filling to remove the decayed tooth structure so that it does not continue into the healthy part of the tooth.
Local Antibiotics for Periodontal Problems
One of the most beneficial treatments that modern dentistry offers is the use of localized antibiotic therapy to combat periodontal disease in lieu of a surgical solution. By placing localized antibiotics into a specific site of infection, we can often prevent the periodontal disease from progressing.
Preventative Dental Care Atlanta GA
Contact our Atlanta Preventative Dentistry Professionals today to schedule an appointment. We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental care needs and look forward to serving you and your family for years to come.
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