Preventive Dental Care
Preventive dentistry involves education, tips, and tools to help you have more success in achieving and maintaining a healthy mouth. Dentistry is about more than fixing problems as they arise, it’s about providing our patients with the education they need to reduce infection-causing bacteria and note signs of trouble as they occur. Working together, our team at Anchorage Dental Associates can help you be healthier, feel better, and have a smile to feel proud of.
At Anchorage Dental Associates, our doctors work hard to take exceptional care of your oral health. We believe in continuing education and creating a personal connection with our patients. Part of this goal is striving to stay up to date with the latest technology, tools, and procedures to benefit our patients. Taking preventive measures can help you reduce bacteria, and maintain strong teeth and gums. Below are some of the preventive services that our practice encourages and provides.
Digital X-rays are one of the greatest advancements in medicine, the superiority of this tool is rarely acknowledged. X-rays have long been understood to be a doctor’s best tool, but to compare the x-rays from twenty years ago to today is vastly different. Today, we can take higher quality images, which are easier to see, easier to read and allow for real communication with our patients, all while exposing patients to significantly less radiation.
Dental cleanings are recommended every six months with a professional hygienist. This appointment allows us to access your level of decay, inspect for active gum disease, and remove hardened plaque known as tartar. Dental exams are once a year, though we are happy to see you if you suspect a problem. Dental exams are done by Dr. Charles Michael or Dr. Charles Spalding, and it allows us to take time to review your oral health and look for anything out of the ordinary. Maintaining an ongoing relationship helps us spot problems as they occur.
Sealants are placed to serve as a barrier between your teeth and food. Sealants can be placed on any patient, though we most often recommend it for our minor age patients and adults who suffer from increased decay issues. Most often we apply sealants to the surface of your back molar teeth, especially if your tooth is shaped with deep pits and grooves that can trap and hide debris and bacteria.
Periodontal tissue is the soft gum tissue that supports your teeth. It is important to the health of your teeth for this tissue to be healthy. A very common problem in adults is the development of a bacterial infection of the gums known as gum disease. There are varying terms used to describe the intensity and severity of the infection, including gingivitis, moderate periodontitis, and chronic periodontitis. Patients suffering from chronic periodontitis are at an increased risk of tooth loss.
Screening for oral cancer screenings is a quick, painless, and potentially life-saving exam. In general, dentists spot the signs of potential oral cancer more often than any other medical professional. Using a probe, we look for color changes, unusual bumps, or lumps. Oral cancer can affect anyone, though the risk is elevated for patients who smoke or heavily drink alcohol.