One of the best ways to keep your oral health and smile looking and feeling its best is through routine and preventative treatment. At Scripps Center for Dental Care, our dentists can help you and your whole family achieve excellent oral health in a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment. We believe visiting the dentist for check-ups should be easy, convenient, and enjoyable. To make your appointments an event to look forward to, we utilize the latest technology and offer patient amenities to enhance your comfort from start to finish. Our primary goal is to improve and maintain the beauty and function of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. We do this by providing a comprehensive examination, oral cancer screening, thorough cleaning, and counseling for any dental concerns you may have. If you have ever experienced any anxiety or are concerned about the potential of anxiety, rest assure and learn about sedation dentistry options which will make you feel more relaxed while you’re with us.
We have provided additional information about our patient-focused checkups below. If you have more questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our team of dental professionals, please contact our office today.
Regular Exams and Cleanings
At Scripps Center for Dental Care, we believe the best dental treatment we can provide is the treatment we prevent. Regular exams and cleanings prevent many oral health problems and also allow for early detection and diagnosis of oral health problems when they arise often times making treatment more conservative and more predictable. While twice-yearly visits to the dentist are the common standard, we recognize that your unique oral healthcare needs may be different. As a result, we will develop an ideal schedule that best suits your singular needs and goals. These appointments provide an excellent opportunity to review your oral health from teeth to tongue and beyond. During this time our dentists and hygienists will provide a comprehensive cleaning with detailed diagnostics and imaging to track your individual oral health and make recommendations to improve or maintain your oral health. We will also check for signs of gum disease, tooth damage and decay, oral cancer, infection and any other changes to the oral environment. Our state-of-the-art oral hygiene team is equipped with the latest dental technology, including digital imaging, lasers, local spot antibiotic treatment, piezo, ultrasonics and hand instruments to help you achieve optimal oral health. Your comfort and results are our highest priorities.
Identifying concerns early on allows us to address issues before they become serious. We screen for oral irregularities that may indicate precancerous or cancerous growths during all exams. Oral cancer often exhibits no symptoms in its early stages, but if left to develop can potentially be life-threatening. Early detection and diagnosis often prevents need for more extensive dental treatment, allowing for conservative treatment producing greater long-term predictability and avoiding infections and oral discomfort. Your health and the well being of your family are foremost in our minds. Should an issue arise, we will develop proactive, customized treatment options based on your needs.
Prevent Decay and Preserve Restorations
Regular brushing, flossing, and routine cleanings are the gold standards for maintaining optimal oral health. Even with excellent oral hygiene, however, damage and decay can occasionally develop. Early detection of damage often times results in minimizing reparative treatment and yields greater long-term oral health. If restorative treatment becomes necessary, we will utilize the most advanced techniques and technologies available to repair the concern with emphasis on minimal invasion. Helping to preserve your restorations and prevent break down of oral structures is part of our commitment to a patient-first approach.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
A common condition, dry mouth is when a patient has low or decreased saliva. Dry mouth can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay, mouth sores, and chapped/cracked lips. Additionally, dry mouth can cause bad breath, a sore tongue or throat, and chewing, speaking, and swallowing difficulties.
What causes dry mouth?
Many things. Medication can cause dry mouth, as well as certain illnesses and medical treatments, such as cancer treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy, and autoimmune disorders like Sjogren’s syndrome. Lifestyle habits and behaviors can affect saliva production as well. Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, salty/spicy foods, and mouth breathing can all contribute to dry mouth.
What can be done about it?
If you want to reduce your risk of developing dry mouth, or minimize the effects if you already have symptoms, we recommend the following habits:
- Sip water (sugar free, acid free, caffeine free)
- Suck on ice chips (DO NOT CHEW)
- Apply Lanolin-based lip balm
- Chew/eat sugar-free gum and/or sugar-free and acid-free lozenges
- Use alcohol-free mouth rinse
- Use a humidifier at night
- Avoid salty/spicy foods
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid tobacco products
In addition to these behaviors, excellent oral hygiene is a key factor to maintain a healthy mouth, but especially important for those with low to no saliva. Brush your teeth using a brush with soft bristles for a minimum of twice daily with re-mineralizing toothpaste. Floss a minimum of once daily—night is a better time than in the morning. Visit the dentist and dental hygienist regularly.
Dry mouth is more than just a nuisance; it can lead to oral health problems. Working with a dentist and hygienist can allow us to detect problems early and can make it possible to identify the cause of dry mouth. With this information, we can work with you to manage the condition to prevent oral health problems.
If you would like to learn more about general/restorative dentistry and preventative care, please contact our office today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation or examination.