Preventive Dental Care
Nearly all Americans will experience some form of tooth decay in their lifetimes. Untreated tooth decay progressively erodes the infected tooth and causes more serious problems. Since bacteria cause tooth decay, forgoing treatment risks spread to neighboring teeth, multiplying dental health issues. It is very important to remove the decay, clean the area, and restore the tooth with a filling.
At Anchorage Dental Associates, our Doctors take exceptional care of your oral health. Below are some of the preventive services that our practice provides.
X-rays should be taken every 6 months to 3 years, depending on your past history of restorations and how regularly you visit the dentist for exams.
Cleanings are recommended every 6 months for a healthy mouth, and every 3–4 months for those with periodontal disease.
Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Periodic oral cancer screenings are essential for detecting a problem while it is still treatable. Dr. Charles Michael or Dr. Charles Spalding will perform an exam of your mouth during a routine dental visit in order to screen for oral cancer.
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