GENERAL DENTISTRY IN WATERFORD
PREVENTATIVE DENTAL CARE FOR A LIFETIME OF GOOD ORAL HEALTH
At Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, each of our general dentists has extensive clinical experience to make patients like you feel confident and comfortable with any of your oral care needs. We also take part in over 20 hours of continuing education every year so we can provide the latest treatments and technology in the dental field. From tooth fillings to root canals, teeth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry, we are committed to helping you achieve a lifetime of good oral health. We are here for you in case of a dental emergency and can perform the procedure you need on the same day. However, as your local dentist, our goal is to help you avoid any emergencies from occurring through preventative dental care.
Contact (248) 681-8100 for any of the following preventative dental services:
- Gum disease
- Comprehensive oral exams
- Cancer screenings
As a seasoned Waterford dental practice, we know that gum disease affects more people than any other dental problem by the time they reach the age of 30. This is why we put emphasis on gum care. Gum disease, when caught early, can be easily treated and reversible.
If you notice that your gums are constantly bleeding and feel tender or you suddenly developed bad breath, you may have some form of gum disease. Our dental hygienists would require you to see them every six months for your treatment. Rest assured that all treatments are done under the most relaxed and gentle conditions.
IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
While you can be sure that our dentists go above and beyond to give you a lifetime of good oral health, what you do at home for your teeth and mouth or your personal oral hygiene also plays a vital role in reducing your risk for developing gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental and medical problems.
Below are some helpful tips from our Waterford dentists to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss everyday
- Eat a balanced diet
- Use dental products that contain fluoride
- If you have a child under 12, make sure they drink water with fluoride
- See your dentist at least twice a year for exams and professional cleanings
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
One of the most common causes of gum disease and tooth decay is plaque buildup. Plaque is a colorless, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. If left untreated, plaque can eventually harden into tartar in between your teeth or your gum line. While plaque can easily be removed by proper brushing and flossing, a plaque buildup requires professional cleaning. At Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, our routine dental cleaning lasts for about an hour and include scaling and polishing of your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar buildup.
GUM DISEASE TREATMENTS
Research shows that over 70% of the whole population suffer from some form of gum disease resulting in tooth loss and other serious oral and medical problems such as heart disease.
Some signs of an unhealthy gums or periodontium include:
- Gums that are always red and tender
- Gums that bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the position of teeth affecting your bite
Advances in modern dentistry can now restore gum tissue to their original, healthy state. However, if left untreated for too long or if the gum disease has become too severe, patients may need to undergo surgery or extraction to get the gum tissue treated.
At Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, we strongly recommend that our patients come in for their comprehensive examinations at least once or twice a year to maintain their healthy smile and overall oral health. Our Waterford dentists are equipped with advanced dental technology such as digital x-rays to effectively monitor the condition of your teeth and identify any problem areas including tooth decay or gum disease.
Tooth decay is the result of acids from bacteria. It causes significant damage to the tooth in a form of a cavity or hole that if left untreated can cause pain, infection, inflammation of the tissue around the tooth, and tooth loss. During your comprehensive examinations at our Waterford dental office, we strive to identify even the tiniest tooth decay and recommend tooth filling to restore your damaged teeth to their normal shape and function. Material filling also helps prevent any further decay by closing off any cracks or holes where bacteria can enter.
The process of tooth filling is as follows:
- We numb the problematic area including your gums, teeth, and the surrounding skin to ensure patient
- We carefully remove the decayed material from the tooth
- We clean the affected area and fill the cavity or hole with a filling material
Tooth sealants are sometimes confused with material fillings. While similar, sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves that are naturally present in a person’s tooth structure. These grooves or pits are hard to reach by even one bristle of your toothbrush and therefore, incapable to be properly cleaned. Sealants are used as a coating to help prevent bacteria from penetrating the tooth and allows a person to remove all the plaque when brushing their teeth.
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
According to the latest research of the National Institutes of Health, about 8,000 Americans die from oral cancer each year. In fact, oral cancer is now the sixth most common cancer in the world. Fortunately, oral cancer could be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment. Patients who have been diagnosed early with the disease have a 75% survival rate as compared to 20% for those who have been diagnosed late.
At Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, we encourage all our patients to include oral cancer screening during their comprehensive exams. In addition to our latest technology in oral cancer detection, we also utilize visual inspection and manual palpation to identify any abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your mouth, lips, and upper throat. These processes ensure a more accurate assessment of your overall oral health.
Call us today at (248) 681-8100 to schedule any one of your much needed general dentistry procedures in Waterford.