At Ohana Dental of Bergen County, we know that the secret to a healthy smile is prevention. Routine dental exams and hygiene appointments, combined with proper oral hygiene and good nutritional habits at home, are the foundation for a problem-free smile.
Staying a step ahead of conditions like decay and gum disease has other benefits too. When our Midland Park dentists find problems in their earliest stages, we have the best chance of delivering a favorable long-term outcome.
Prevention is also cost-effective because a tiny cavity that we find during a routine exam can be easily treated. But putting off these visits allows the decay to penetrate your tooth until our only option is advanced treatment with a root canal.
Preventive Dental Exams Keep Your Smile Healthy
If you enjoy good oral health with no history of chronic conditions, visits every six months are probably sufficient. But if we’re treating ongoing gum disease or other problems, our dentists may recommend three or even four appointments a year.
During your routine exams, our dentists check your teeth and gums to look for obvious problems and note any areas of concern in your patient record. If something needs attention, we use an intraoral camera to show you a real-time image of the problem area. Seeing is believing, and our patients appreciate that we use this helpful technology to keep them informed.
At Ohana Dental, your safety is important to us, so we only take digital x-rays as needed to identify a problem or monitor ongoing conditions. Our state-of-the-art digital x-rays produce about 70 percent less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays.
Oral cancer is aggressive but treatable in its earliest stages. For this reason, every exam includes an oral cancer screening.
We'll Help You Stay a Step Ahead of Gum Disease
No matter how well you brush and floss, you can’t get into all the nooks and crannies between your teeth. At your six-month cleaning appointments, your hygienist uses specialized instruments to clear away plaque and tartar buildup that lead to decay and gum disease.
In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, you may notice tender, inflamed gums or bleeding when you brush and floss. Your hygienist provides gum disease treatment in Midland Park by performing a thorough professional dental cleaning and providing tips for improving your oral hygiene habits.
If we don’t treat gingivitis early on, it can advance to periodontitis. It destroys the supporting structures of your teeth, causes irreversible bone loss, and even possible tooth loss. This is why we emphasize the importance of preventive visits that allow us to detect problems when they’re small.
Please Call Us to Arrange Your Next Appointment
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and is a prevalent problem that affects nearly half of all US adults over the age of thirty. At Ohana Dental, our goal is to support your oral health goals by educating you about the importance of prevention and providing the treatments and services you need to maintain excellent oral health.
If it’s time for your next dental appointment, or you would like more information, please call our Midland Park dental office.