Achieving excellent oral health is very important. Scientific research shows a link between poor oral health and peridontal disease (a more severe form of gum disease) and lung disease in the elderly. Poor oral health has also been linked to diabetes and heart disease.
It is important to remember that it is much easier to fix a dental problem right when it begins. For example, a tooth with a small cavity requires less tooth structure to be removed, takes less time, is less costly, and will last longer than a large filling or restoration. In addition, decay that is left too long can lead to infection or an absess requiring root canal treatment, crowning, or removal.
Unfortunately, tooth decay is also often a silent disease, just like many other health problems we may have but not be aware of. In many cases, most people will not feel a problem with a tooth until it is too late. Thus, as with other diseases, prevention and early detection is key to good oral health.
In addition to brushing and flossing, depending how well you care for your teeth at home, and whether or not you have any dental problems, we normally recommend you have your teeth checked and cleaned every six months.
During your dental check-up, in addition to examining your mouth for early signs of gum disease, eroded fillings, infection, and the break down of existing dental restorations, we look for other medical conditions and early signs of diseases such as oral cancer.
Although most people are quite comfortable visiting the dentist, for some people the experience can cause anxiety. We strive to make our patients feel comfortable and work hard to create a positive dental experience with little touches like television sets located on the ceiling.