Prevention is held in the highest esteem at Peninsula Family Dental. We understand that good oral health affects the whole body. When you come for a new patient exam we will begin your experience with a review of your medical and dental history so that we can know your past and current conditions. Your medications, health and past dental work help us know the best dental treatment plan for you. If there is ever a change in your health it is important for us to know . Whenever necessary we take the time to talk to your other health providers so as a team we can care for your needs.
Your initial oral exam includes a complete look at your teeth and soft tissue surrounding your teeth, as well as the state of your TMJ. Digital x-rays are used so we can see what we cannot see with our eyes. By being thorough in our exams we are able to prevent problems and catch problems early.
When we do find a problem Dr. Fordham and his team will assist you in understanding the situation and answer any questions you may have about the proper treatment needed. We provide handouts and are always available to answer questions.
While proper home care is the first step in maintaining oral health, it is essential to have professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need. These visits, referred to as “dental prophylaxis”, are generally performed by a board certified dental hygienist whose training specializes in keeping patients maintained in optimum oral health. A dental hygienist uses special instruments to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from those hard to reach areas and reinforces proper preventive home care techniques. These visits should be maintained at least every six months to insure that periodontal health (that of the gums) is maintained. During these visits the dentist also performs an exam of the entire mouth to insure that oral health is properly maintained.
One key component of oral health prevention is protecting the deeply grooved teeth in the back of the mouth. These deep grooves and fissures are susceptible to sticky foods and bacteria and can form cavities. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Through the use of dental x-rays, dentists are able to diagnose many diseases of the oral cavity. This technology is an essential element of proper diagnosis, and used in very small doses, is a safe tool to provide proper dental care. The newest radiography available uses digital technology to capture a very precise image while subjecting the patient to a smaller dose of radiation.
Used as a topical agent, fluoride actually has the ability to remineralize areas of teeth that have begun to decay, and halt further progression of disease. Fluoride is present in toothpaste, and can be applied in higher dosages in varnish and gels by a dental professional.
Athletic mouthguards that are form fitted to the teeth prevent trauma to the teeth during athletic activity. Custom mouthguards fabricated from a dentist not only provide the most protection to the teeth, but have a better ability to remain in place, making it easier for the athlete to breathe and speak during athletic activity.
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