An ounce of prevention can go a long way toward keeping your smile healthy. Regular cleanings, dental exams, and x-rays are so important for avoiding serious and costly dental problems down the road. Dr. Schwartz and his team promote good dental habits by educating patients about what they can do at home, and through regular dental exams, to maintain a healthy and confident smile.
Why do I need x-rays?
Dental x-rays are a safe and effective tool for both preventive and diagnostic screening for a number of concerns that are not otherwise visible:
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Tooth and root positioning
What is gum disease and how I can I prevent it?
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a fairly common inflammatory condition which impacts the supporting and surrounding tissues of the tooth. It is often caused by a bacterial infection, like gingivitis.
Signs of gum disease can include:
- Bleeding gums (when brushing teeth or flossing)
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Receding gum line
- Loosening or loss of teeth
- Shifting tooth alignment or changes in bite
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Painful chewing
It is important to visit the dentist regularly to look for early signs of infection or gum disease so that it can be treated promptly.
Will I receive fluoride treatments?
Fluoride is a mineral found in many foods and water. It has proven to be very successful in the prevention of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments at the dentist are provided topically and are designed to help strengthen teeth.
What does it mean to have scaling and root planing conducted?
Scaling and root planing are often conducted as part of a deep cleaning. The mouth is numbed for this procedure and tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line. In addition, any rough spots on the tooth are made smooth.