A healthy smile can significantly impact your life. From improving your self-confidence to your overall health, proper oral care prevents cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious health issues. Recent medical studies have even shown links between good oral health and lowered risk for heart attack, stroke, and other life-threatening conditions. The most important part of keeping up your oral health is paying attention to oral hygiene and regular visits to our office. Dr. Miranda helps patients maintain dental and oral health, as well as restore teeth and gums after any damage.
Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings
To keep your oral health at its optimum level, you need to take charge of your personal oral care. Dr. Miranda recommends making an appointment with his office every six months for regular dental exams and cleanings. Regular dental exams are beneficial because they allow our professional team to identify any potential trouble areas that need to be addressed before they reach the level that brings you pain or discomfort. Regular cleanings are important because they can help any issues such as plaque buildup or gum disease to progress and then become a health problem, or affect your appearance or comfort.
Common Preventative Dentistry Procedures
Preventative dentistry procedures Dr. Miranda is experienced with include a wide range of oral health services. Our staff is competently trained on tools used in preventative dentistry that have been used for decades, as well as some of the most recent technological innovations in the field of the dental arts. The preventative dental procedures we use at our practice include:
Cleanings remove disease-causing dental plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially near the gum line that is hard to reach even with the best toothbrushes.
A mineral used to help improve your teeth's structure, making teeth stronger and more resistant to decay. Fluoride may even reverse cavities if they are in the beginning stages.
These are not just for athletes anymore. Mouth guards absorb and even distribute forces of impact and injury to soft tissue (gums) and hard tissue (teeth). Mouth guards can be used to help lessen damage done by grinding teeth.
Oral cancer screenings:
the most effective way of surviving oral cancer is by early detection and treatment. Screenings for oral cancer are now routine in every dental exam.
Invisible plastic coatings used to fill in the tiny grooves in back teeth, places that are havens for bacteria. Sealants can prevent cavities from forming and help patients avoid needing fillings later.
For about a century, dentists have employed X-rays to look for health issues not visible to the naked eye. Modern technology like CAT scans have allowed X-ray technology to advance to the level of providing three-dimensional images, which are exceptionally capable of identifying problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and tumors.
Preventative Dentistry: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I brush and floss, do I still need to see a dentist?
A: Yes! Even with the best tooth brush and the most dedicated at-home dental hygiene, oral health problems can still happen. Regular check-ups will allow our dentists to catch small issues before they become big problems.
Q: How often do I need teeth cleanings?
A: Dr. Miranda recommends a professional dental exam and teeth cleaning every six months. People who have suffered from gum disease or who are more prone to build-ups of plaque and tartar, can benefit from more frequent professional cleanings.
Q: What is a dental sealant?
A: A dental sealant is clear plastic material applied to the chewing surface areas of the back teeth (premolars and molars). This area is where decay most often occurs. Sealants work as a barrier that protects teeth from plaque and tartar.
Q: Why are my teeth sensitive?
A: There are many, many different causes for tooth sensitivity. The most common causes include: receding gums, cavities, and cracked or damaged teeth. Make an appointment with Dr. Miranda to examine your teeth and find the solution to relieve the discomfort from sensitivity.
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At our practice, we focus on preventative dental care. We're here to help every patient improve and preserve their teeth and smile. Let us help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come. Contact our office and schedule your visit today.Contact Us >>