In any medical field, it is better to stop a problem before it starts. The same is true for dentistry. We would much rather you come in for regular cleanings than schedule you for your next filling. We are passionate about preventing tooth decay and avoiding unnecessary dental work, if possible. By following the steps below, you can avoid pain and save time and money in the long term.
Regular checkups are imperative to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Many people are under the false impression that unless they are actively experiencing a toothache or tooth sensitivity, they do not have cavities. In reality, the first few stages of tooth decay, including demineralization and even moderately sized cavities, do not cause a great deal of discomfort.
By the time you come in with tooth pain, the decay can be extensive and your options may be limited. We strongly encourage you to visit Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein at least twice a year to be sure your teeth stay in optimal health.
Plaque can build up very quickly in your mouth and even with regular brushing and flossing you can’t remove all of it. For this reason, the ADA recommends you receive regular professional cleanings at your six-month checkups. Dr. Foster, Dr. Dobberstein, and our expert, talented, and caring hygienists on staff will use a variety of methods, including state-of-the-art ultrasonic scaling, to remove plaque and tartar from even the most hard-to-reach places.
Oral Cancer Screening
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, mouth cancer is diagnosed in about 100 people each day in the U.S. and someone dies from the disease every hour of every day. However, if caught early, the survival rate of a patient with oral cancer increases by 80%. To help them identify the earliest signs of oral cancer, Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein use Velscope to check for abnormalities in the tissue of the lip, mouth, and upper throat.
Dental Sealants Help Prevent Tooth Decay
To prevent cavities, we apply sealants to cover pits and openings in back teeth that brushing may miss. This practice is generally performed on children but can be done for adults as well. The resin we use to cover trouble spots will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth and will significantly reduce the chance of tooth decay. Of course, you still need to practice careful dental hygiene habits at home to further reduce your risk for developing cavities or gum disease.
Fluoride: Nature’s Tooth Enamel Enhancer
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps your teeth better absorb calcium and phosphorus, the primary elements that constitute tooth enamel. This means that fluoride can strengthen teeth and help prevent tooth decay. While the majority of Americans receive fluoride via fluoridated drinking water, both children and adults can benefit from a professional topical fluoride treatment.
TMJ refers to the two joints that attach your jaw to your skull and allow for the opening, closing, and gliding movement of the jaw. If you have pain in the facial muscles, constant jaw clicking and jaw popping, or chronic earaches and headaches, you may have TMJ dysfunction. If you think you may have this disorder or you suffer from any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein immediately. Cool Smiles Dental Studio can use a variety of methods to diagnose your TMJ and will work closely with you to find a solution that offers you relief and fits with your lifestyle.