It's always better to prevent something bad from happening than to try to fix the problem after the fact. This is doubly true when it comes to oral health issues. At Mid Valley Family Dental, we care about your oral health and want you to have a great understanding of what you can do and what we can do to help prevent issues from arising in your mouth.
Everyone knows that brushing and flossing is terribly important to your continued oral health. What a lot of people don't seem to realize is that having your teeth cleaned and examined by a professional is just as important. You should come in to our office for a cleaning and exam at least twice a year.
During these visits we will have a chance to remove all of the harmful bacterial buildup that you can't reach with brushing and flossing. We will also have a chance to take a look at your teeth and see if there are any problems. If we are able to find issues with your teeth while they are still in the early stages, many times we can prevent them from becoming an issue in the future.
Oral cancer is the largest group of cancers that affect the head and neck. It can affect the lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, or the back of the mouth near the throat. The earliest warning signs of oral cancer are not often noticeable. As a result, many of those diagnosed do not receive their diagnosis until the cancer has worsened. Mid Valley Family Dental can aid in the early detection of oral cancer with oral cancer screenings.
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages.
As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur.
Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
Dental sealants are most frequently applied to children and teenagers, an age range that is at a much higher statistical risk of tooth decay than the average person. That being said they are a great first line of defense for anyone looking to protect their teeth. Dental sealants protect the biting surface of the molars from bacterial decay. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Sealants are usually applied to the occlusal (bite) surface of the molars and premolars. Preventing tooth decay will ensure your child's smile remains beautiful for years to come!
Gum disease can really hurt your oral health. Many people don't realize that the same harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay can harm your gums as well. Gum disease occurs when these bacteria begin to build up below the gumline and can cause gums to swell and bleed – it can eventually even lead to tooth loss. It is especially hard for the lay person to recognize that they are afflicted with gum disease because it usually doesn't cause discomfort or pain. We specialize in treating this hard-to-treat disease and hope that you take advantage of our services!
If you suffer from nighttime bruxism (tooth grinding) you probably have to deal with a decent amount of negative effects. Bruxism can cause teeth to chip, crack, and wear away quickly. It can even lead to a constant feeling of pain or discomfort in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). We are able to treat these issues with a simple and elegant solution known as a night guard.
A sports guard is a plastic covering that protects the teeth from injury and trauma. While there are three types of guards, we almost always recommend a custom-designed appliance. A custom-designed sports guard offers superior comfort, durability, and effectiveness.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance. An oral appliance will keep your jaw in the proper position during sleep. This opens your airway and improves your breathing during sleep. With an oral appliance, you may find yourself feeling more well-rested, alert, and happy, thanks to a full night's sleep.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to move our jaw joint forwards, backward, and side-to-side. Any problems that prevent us from using this joint properly are known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.
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