Prevention is the first line of defense.
Hygiene and Periodontal
Routine cleanings by a dentist or hygienist are equally as essential as daily brushing and flossing. During your visit, your dentist will begin by removing all plaque build-up from the surfaces of your teeth. Using specialized tools, your dentist will remove tartar and calculus which is plaque that has become hard on the teeth. The cleaning process will eliminate surface stains and ultimately help prevent decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.
It is important to visit your dentist for regular checkups. This way, we can catch problems early on or help prevent any problems from happening overall. When a problem is small, treatment is quick and easy. Ignored problems tend to become worse, which can end in a prolonged and expensive treatment process. Examinations typically include a gum disease screening, oral cancer screening, visual tooth and gum evaluation, and dental x-rays.
With x-Rays your dentist can detect dental issues early on. This proactive tool can save you problems and money in the long run. Dental x-rays are commonly used to catch tooth decay, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. At Q Family Dental, your health is important to us, which is why we use digital x-ray machines. These machines emit 90% less radiation than traditional x-ray machinery, and we nearly instantly able to view the images.
Dental sealants are used to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are most commonly placed on your back teeth or molars. Your molars tend to hold food that can even resist rinsing and brushing. When this food is not removed, after time, bacteria multiply and cause decay. Sealants are painted directly on the teeth, covering the indentations on your teeth. Sealants are not permanent, and while it is still necessary that you brush and floss, they are strong and secure. They can help protect your teeth for up to 5 years.
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Gum Disease is a common reason for tooth loss in many. It is an infection that affects the tissues that support and surround your teeth. The early signs of Gum Disease include swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss, but can result in deterioration of the bone. Gum disease is not curable but can be managed and controlled with proper oral hygiene including regular visits to your dentist.