Dentists take every possible measure to help you get rid of your oral conditions. Along with the various treatment options that we offer, a special branch of dentistry is dedicated to preventing oral diseases even before they occur. It is called preventive dentistry and includes oral cancer screening, sealants, fluoride treatment, oral prophylaxis, etc. Healthy Smiles of Birmingham offers several preventative dental services at our office in Birmingham.
Preventive dentistry allows dentists to keep their patients informed and safe from the possible oral conditions that they could suffer from. We believe in taking precautionary measures even before a patient contracts an infection or sustains an injury. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Improper brushing and excessive consumption of sugary foods could lead to the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth' surface. They can lead to cavities and, more importantly, gum diseases, which upset one's entire oral health. Hence, periodic oral cleaning sessions would be necessary to remove the tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces. We do this using dental procedures called scaling and root planing. A hand-held ultrasonic scaling device is used for this purpose.
Children often develop cavities as they eat a lot of sugary foods such as candies and chocolate. The microbes in the mouth feed on the food debris, especially the sugar content. During this, they can release acids that erode the enamel and infect the gum tissues. To prevent this, sugar consumption should be limited, and the teeth need to be strong enough to prevent decay. Fluoride is one such mineral that helps in this regard.
Usually, we get the required fluoride supply from drinking water and the toothpaste we use. But, when this isn't adequate, the teeth tend to become vulnerable to decay. Fluoride treatment replenishes the amount of fluoride in the teeth by artificial means, thereby keeping them strong and protected from cavities.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer has claimed millions of lives and is one of the most severe oral conditions. Studies reveal that if the right treatment is given to patients who have oral cancer, the chances of it being contained at an earlier stage are higher. It also reduces the fatality rate of the disease. Hence, we suggest patients undergo periodic oral cancer screening tests as recommended by the dentist. In case you notice signs such as lumps, blisters, lesions, soft tissue discoloration, discharge of pus, etc., consult a dentist immediately to get the condition diagnosed.
Cavities are most often seen on the molars and premolars. This is due to the surface grooves present on the teeth, as they can house many microbes. Over time, they become breeding grounds for the microbes and lead to cavities. Hence, a foolproof method of avoiding this is to seal off the occlusal grooves. We use acrylic or ceramic sealants for this purpose, which provide excellent sealing properties.
Along with these preventive measures, we may also suggest customized sports mouthguards, night-time bruxism guards, gum disease evaluation, salivary diagnosis, screening of existing restorations, etc.
Healthy Smiles of Birmingham wants to help you prevent problems with your teeth and maintain a healthy smile through oral cleaning or other necessary procedures. For more information, call us at (205) 991-9535, and please schedule an appointment with our best dentist at our office in Birmingham, AL 35242, and we will be happy to do our best for your dental health.