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Many people don't really give much thought to their oral health until something goes wrong. However, just like other areas of your health, waiting until you experience symptoms like pain or infection leaves you open to such negative consequences such as permanent damage (including tooth loss) and more expensive/time-consuming treatment. Accordingly, the goals of preventive care are to keep your teeth/gums healthy and to catch potential problems as soon as possible. Here at Myers Family Dental in Martinez and Augusta, GA, Drs. Alan and Eliza Myers offer a range of preventive and general dentistry services to protect your smile—read on to learn more!
Protect Your Smile and Oral Health with Preventive Dental Care from our Offices in Martinez and Augusta, GA
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that most people go to the dentist every six months for a dental exam and professional cleaning. Because oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease tend to be progressive (meaning that they develop slowly over time), skipping your preventive care could heavily cost you down the road, especially if you smoke, drink alcohol, fail to practice good oral hygiene, and have a family history of oral health problems.
Oral cancer screenings are another important, although often overlooked, aspect of preventive care. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), oral cancers are the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States. They can develop on the tongue or on the soft tissue/membrane of the oral cavity.
Certain types of oral bacteria have also been linked to general health issues like diabetes and heart disease. Going to the dentist for regular preventive care is one of the best investments you can make in your overall health and wellbeing.
Find a Dentist in Martinez or Augusta, GA
Preventive care can protect you from a number of common oral (and general) health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. For more information, contact Myers Family Dental today by dialing (706) 738-7742 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.
Regularly bushing and flossing is the basis of a healthy oral regimen, however, attending bi-annual dental cleanings from Suburban Family Dental is also essential to maintaining good health. It'll reduce the chances of needing one of the following procedures:
- Root Canals: If your tooth develops an infection and the pulp is infected, the only way to treat this issue is for your doctor to clean out the canal and seal it.
- Dental Implants: If cavities have deteriorated your tooth, a dental implant may help you. Dental implants replace tooth roots with a titanium post and place an abutment and crown on top. This will strengthen your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.
The professional cleaning procedure:
Dental cleanings remove acid-producing bacteria that decay teeth. The accumulation of the plaque produces a hard layer called tartar, which can't be removed except with the help of professional dental cleaning.
Teeth cleanings are performed by a highly trained technician using a special set of tools tailored to your particular needs. This is what the procedure consists of:
- An oral examination is done to evaluate the health of your oral tissues.
- Your Des Plaines dentist uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and calculus from the tooth surfaces. This instrument breaks up the hardened deposits because of its tip's rapid movement.
- Finally, your teeth are polished using a low-speed rotary brush.
Is it time to schedule an appointment?
Regular appointments are essential to maintaining a high level of oral health. If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental cleanings, or if it's simply time for your next appointment, don't hesitate to contact your Des Plaines, IL, dentists, Drs. Roman Dziubyk and Lorelei Grise, at (847) 640-0778.