Preventive Dentistry in Alpharetta
Ever had a bad toothache? If your answer is yes, you will most likely want to avoid ever encountering that again. If your answer is no, that is good news! With preventive dentistry in Alpharetta, our dentists can give you preventive dentistry treatments and advice to prevent toothaches and maintain your healthy smile for life. When you take preventive dentistry seriously, you can avoid costly treatments and painful dental problems. Our number one goal is to give you a healthy smile and then one that looks beautiful. Old Milton Dental is here to provide you with all of the preventive dentistry treatments you need to achieve a healthy smile.
One of the first ways to take advantage of preventive dentistry in Alpharetta is by visiting us regularly for dental exams. We recommend that patients visit us every 6 months for a dental exam for best results. During your dental exam, we give your mouth a complete inspection for tooth decay, plaque, tartar, gum disease, cavities, damage, and other dental concerns. When you visit us every 6 months, this allows us to catch tooth decay in its earliest stages, meaning we can treat you for a cavity instead of a full-blown root canal. Tooth problems are easier and cheaper to treat when they are in their earlier stages. This will save you from pain and money. If we find any problems in your mouth during your dental exam, we will address them as soon as possible to prevent them from progressing. Preventive dentistry in Alpharetta is here to prevent serious dental problems from occurring.
Another important part of your preventive dentistry routine is dental cleanings. Following your dental exam, our dental hygienist will give you a professional dental cleaning. This is what gives you that fresh and smooth feeling on your teeth after you leave the dentist! Before our hygienist polishes your teeth, our dentist will first scrape away any plaque or tartar that are built up under the gum lines. This prevents that plaque and tartar from turning into tooth decay. From there, our hygienist will polish and floss your teeth, leaving them shiny and clean and free of surface stains. Dental cleanings are important because they prevent your teeth from turning simple plaque and tartar into tooth decay.
Also included in your routine dental exam is a series of dental x-rays. Dental x-rays give your dentist an inside picture of what’s going on in your teeth that can’t be seen by the naked eye. In a lot of cases, your teeth can look completely healthy on the outside but show cavities and other problems on the inside. Dental x-rays help our dentist identify problems as well as treat them more effectively. Today, we use digital x-rays which are a quick and comfortable process.
Oral Cancer Screening
Not only do we search your mouth for dental problems during your visits with us, but we search for signs of oral cancer. Although oral cancer is rare, it can happen. About 30,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. When caught early, oral cancer can be easily treated. When it isn’t caught early, however, oral cancer can be painful and even cause death. If you visit us regularly for dental exams, you have a higher chance of catching oral cancer in its early stages, potentially saving your life. If we notice any areas of concern, we will order a biopsy immediately to diagnose it.
Periodontal Treatment (Deep Cleanings)
Another common preventive dentistry procedure we offer at our Alpharetta dentist office is deep cleanings. Also known as root planing and scaling or periodontal treatment, deep cleanings remove the plaque and tartar that is built up under the gum line. Without treatment, this buildup can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. It’s important to brush and floss your teeth regularly to avoid this build up under your gum lines.
Tooth Colored Fillings
When it comes to saving your teeth from cavities, a tooth-colored filling can do the trick. Previously, metal fillings have been used to fill teeth from cavities. Unfortunately, metal wasn’t the most attractive look for those people with a mouth full of cavities. In addition, amalgam or metal fillings contain mercury which posed a potential risk for mercury poisoning. Today we use a tooth-colored composite material to fill your teeth and give them a natural appearance. Composite tooth-colored fillings are completely safe and mercury free. Tooth-colored fillings are here to restore your tooth bask to health after a cavity has been removed.
Dental Hygiene at Home
Although it’s important to visit your dentist in Alpharetta every 6 months, it’s even more important to take of your teeth on your own time. This means that you brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day. For best results, we recommend using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush. It’s also important to floss daily. If you don’t do it twice a day, every night is good enough. Flossing is one of the most skipped steps of a patient’s home routine. Flossing can save you from tooth decay and gum disease, not to mention, bad breath. Feel free to also include a fluoride mouthwash into your routine for extra protection. You should also rinse out your mouth with water or brush your teeth following any sugary drinks or food. The more you care for your teeth at home, the less likely you will end up with a cavity.
Visit our Alpharetta Dentist for Preventive Dentistry Today
If you are overdue for a preventive dentistry dental exam, it’s never too late. Schedule your next dental exam at Old Milton Dental today by giving our dentist office a call at 678-624-0370 or by filling out our online contact form. We are here to provide preventive dentistry treatments for the whole family, young and old. Prevent yourself from expensive dental treatments and toothaches with proper preventive dental care from our Alpharetta dentist.