Family dentistry is focused on providing care for all family members, from young toddlers to seniors and everyone in between. A family dentist is trained in identifying oral health issues at different stages of life and in providing treatments to help patients of all ages enjoy healthier teeth and gums. Plus, they’re skilled in an array of preventive and general dentistry techniques as well as cosmetic options that can help patients avoid tooth decay and gum disease and provide patients with more beautiful smiles.
Having twice-yearly checkups and cleanings is one of the best ways to maintain good oral health at every age. Cleanings begin with a discussion of any symptoms or concerns and a visual examination of the teeth. The cleaning itself uses special abrasives and instruments designed to gently remove stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria so teeth are healthier and more attractive. During the cleaning, the hygienist will look for areas where brushing and flossing need improvement, providing patients with tips on how to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible between office visits. Once the cleaning is complete, x-rays may be taken and an oral cancer screening may also be performed. Finally, the dentist will examine each tooth carefully, using special instruments to check for soft spots that could indicate decay. Once the examination is complete, a treatment plan will be discussed and patients will receive guidance to help them keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Yes, today’s dental x-rays use special technology to keep radiation exposure as low as possible while still providing highly-detailed images of the tooth structure below the gums as well as the jaws. having routine x-rays is important for identifying issues that may be occurring below the gum line and cannot be detected during the regular examination.
Dental sealants typically are used in pediatric dentistry to protect the chewing surfaces of teeth, filling in or preventing tiny fissures to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
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