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Cleaning and Check-ups
Teeth Cleaning and Prevention in North Palm Beach
Good oral health is essential to your overall well-being, and the are committed helping patients achieve this goal. While many patients seek our practice for superior cosmetic and restorative dentistry, we know that the foundation of anything beautiful is a healthy mouth. This is why we offer preventive services at our practice, all designed to make your oral health a priority.
How many times a year I need to have cleaning done?
We general recommend recall cycles of 3,4 or 6 months depending on :
Diet: Sugar rich diet will demand more frequent cleanings. Sugar is the main source of energy for the bacteria in the mouth,more sugar in the diet more bacteria will be present in the oral cavity.
Health history: Patients with surpassed immunity and diabetes are recommended more frequent recalls since they are at higher risk to develop periodontal decease.
Dental history: Having a lot of work done during the years( you are having a lot of fillings,crown and bridge work) you have a higher chance of developing decay so more frequent cleanings may be recommended.
Periodontal(gum) disease: Patients with gum disease are usually placed on more frequent intervals for maintenance.Most patient have deeper then usual pockets as a result of bone loss so cleaning is more difficult so professional cleaning is recommended more often.
Genetics: Patients with a family history of tooth decay and periodontal disease should consider more frequent recalls.
Age: Older patients tend to be on multiple medications some of them would interfere with the normal oral flora,some of them would cause dry mouth (Xerostomia)
What is a periodontal disease(gum and bone disease)
Everyone has bacteria in the oral cavity that can cause periodontal disease. When the number of these bacteria accumulate, they begin to interfere with the health gums and bone.This leads to chronic inflammatory decease (Periodontal disease ).If left untreated ,periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is the most common chronic bacterial infection in adults and the number one reason for tooth loss in the U.S. It is estimated that almost 50% of the population aged 30 and over has some degree of periodontal disease and prevalence rates increases to 70% in adults 65 and older according to the Center for Disease and Prevention.
What is a perio exam?
It is recommended that every patient receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation on an annual basis. The exam consist of gauge your periodontal health, diagnose existing disease, assess risk for disease, and determine any treatment, if needed. The CPE can be performed at your regular check-up by including a general dentist, dental hygienist or periodontist.
Oral cancer screening
Our care extends beyond our patients’ teeth and gums, and for this reason we offer in-office screening for oral cancer. . Many types of oral cancer can be mistaken for other ailments, which is why we emphasize the importance of undergoing this important screening during examinations.
Treatment for TMJ disorder
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, affect a huge number of people, some without their knowledge. Common side effects – including sore facial muscles and jaw, aching neck, clicking jaw, and headache – are often dismissed. . During a consultation, we may suggest a mouth guard or other targeted treatment to address symptoms of TMJ disorder.
To schedule a cleaning or yearly examination, or to receive more information on our services, email us today or call (561) 881-0067.