Your dental hygiene is of utmost importance to our team here at Today’s Family Dental. We strive to offer the best dental hygiene services available. Our registered dental hygienists are highly trained and experienced, and will help you understand the treatment you are receiving. Being able to restore your teeth with fillings, crowns and the like means nothing if we can’t keep them and the surrounding tissue healthy. That’s why the dental cleaning – known as prophylaxis in industry terms – we provide all of our patients is so critical to your oral health, not to mention your overall well-being. Many of the bacteria found in dental plaque and calculus have been directly implicated in many serious, often times fatal maladies such as heart attack, stroke, liver disease, kidney disease, pancreatic disease, low birth weight, and Alzheimer’s disease.
What is a dental cleaning?
A dental prophylaxis is the gentle removal of plaque, bacteria, calculus and extrinsic stains by a qualified dental hygienist. This cleaning is not under the gums or “sub-gingival, which for the average, healthy patient is not necessary. In our office, we’ll pair your regular cleanings (usually recommended every 6 months) with oral examinations by the dentist and updates on x-rays as warranted. We also check the health of your gums and surrounding tissues at these visits, which take approximately one hour. we will also go over flossing instructions, as well as important guidance on how to prevent decay, gum disease as well as smoking cessation. We are careful to explain everything to you so will learn how to attain and maintain ideal oral health.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Although oral cancer may not get as much attention as some more widely-known types of cancer, that doesn’t mean it’s any less deadly. In fact, it is estimated that in the United States, oral cancer is responsible for killing one person every hour, every day. While it accounts for a relatively small percentage of all cancers, oral cancer is dangerous because it isn’t usually detected until it has reached an advanced stage. At that point, the odds aren’t great: only about 6 in 10 people will survive after five years of treatment.
If there was a simple test that could give you an early warning about whether you’re likely to have this disease, would you take it? The good news is — there is! Since early detection has been shown to increase the survival rate of oral cancer to 80% or better, this test can truly save lives. And best of all, getting an oral cancer screening is part of something you should be doing anyway: coming in for regular dental checkups.
An oral cancer examination, performed in our office, is fast and painless. We have been specially trained to identify small changes in the tissue of the mouth, lips and tongue that may signify the early stages of this type of cancer. The screening is primarily a visual and tactile (touch) examination. If we note any abnormalities, we will clearly explain our findings and promptly arrange for the next consultation.
Tooth decay is often called the second most prevalent human disease, after the common cold. Without effective treatment (as was the case through most of history) it can lead to pain, tooth loss, and sometimes worse illnesses. Even today, it’s estimated to affect over a quarter of U.S children from ages two to five, and half of those aged 12-15. But it doesn’t necessarily have to! Working together with our Dr.s and hygiene team, you can take steps to prevent tooth decay from harming your teeth — or those of your loved ones.
There’s one important fact you should understand up front: No single “magic bullet” can stop tooth decay in every case. Instead, fighting decay should be viewed as a process of preventive maintenance, like taking care of your car — except that (unlike a car) your natural teeth, with proper care, can last a whole lifetime. The basic aspects of this process are practicing good oral hygiene at home, and coming in to our office for regular cleanings and checkups.