Sun Ridge Smiles provides a wide array of general dentistry services that everyone should avail of. General dentistry refers to general non-invasive treatments that prevent dental issues from occurring or treat them at the earliest possible stage. They also include regular dental checkups and screening exams. At Sun Ridge Dental, we provide general dentistry services such as preventive dentistry, teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening, scaling & root planing, pediatric dentistry, and bruxism treatment. Please continue reading to find out more about these services.
Preventive Dentistry, as the name suggests, refers to a set of treatments or services that aim to avoid dental issues and diseases from occurring. Preventive Dentistry is a pretty wide umbrella that includes treatments like general dental deep cleaning sessions, regular dental health checkups, and oral cancer screening. You should ideally go for preventive dentistry services at least once every six months.
No matter how well you brush or floss your teeth, you can never get rid of all the tiny food particles stuck in the deep recesses of your mouth or between your teeth. This is especially true for those with crooked or misaligned teeth because the food particles get stuck between the crooked teeth. Over time, these food particles turn into a white sticky substance called plaque, which eventually hardens into a substance called tartar. The accumulation of plaque and tartar leads to bacterial decay, which can lead to rotting teeth or gum disease. Professional teeth cleaning refers to dental deep cleaning in which a dentist or dental hygienist will use a special device to remove all of the accumulated food particles, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gum line. This will prevent plaque accumulation and bacterial decay, thereby keeping your teeth healthy. You should go for professional teeth cleaning once every six months.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer affects over 50,000 individuals in the U.S. every year. While anyone can get oral cancer, it’s mostly common amongst people who smoke, consume tobacco, drink excessively, or spend large periods under direct sunlight. This is a progressive disease in which your cells gradually mutate over time — it’s best to treat oral cancer at the earliest stage possible because its growth is hard to control in the latter stages. Oral cancer screening refers to a series of physical, visual, and screening tests with the sole aim of looking for signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions. The dentist will look for signs of oral cancer such as red or white patches, bumps, and other such signs. They may flash a special light into your mouth or ask you to rinse with a special blue dye that clings to the cancerous lesions. This can help you avoid oral cancer or treat it at an early stage. Most doctors provide complimentary oral cancer screening during your general dental health checkup.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing and simple non-invasive procedures used to treat gum disease and periodontitis. Scaling is necessary if there’s a lot of accumulated tartar on your teeth because you can’t remove the tartar on your own. The dentist uses a special scaler device to scrape all the accumulated plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, from the deeper recesses of your mouth, and from below the gum line. The scaling procedure removes most of the plaque and tartar. Root planing is only necessary if you’re suffering from gingivitis and if there’s a widened pocket of space between your gums and teeth. In that case, the dentist smoothens the root’s surface and attaches your teeth to your gums. As such, scaling and root planing prevent the disease from spreading further.
Pediatric dentistry refers to services and treatments used to treat small children. Young kids and children have different dental makeup from adults and are likely to suffer from issues that adults don’t. For example, children start losing their baby teeth when they’re around 7 years old and there are a lot of complications that may come up during the transition period from baby teeth to permanent teeth. Children also suffer from dental caries and they’re more likely to suffer from gum disease due to poor oral hygiene. Pediatric dentistry refers to services with which a specialized pediatric dentist handles your children’s oral health so they can enter adulthood with the healthiest set of teeth possible.
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Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding
Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding refers to a condition in which you subconsciously keep grinding or clenching your teeth. This may happen during the day, night, or both times. Teeth grinding can happen for various physiological or psychological reasons such as anxiety, misaligned teeth, or many others. It’s important to determine the root cause of teeth grinding to treat it permanently. The dentist will check for signs of bruxism and teeth grinding — such as chipped teeth, impacted teeth, etc — and then try to diagnose the root cause of bruxism. Meanwhile, they’ll also provide a mouth guard, i.e., a soft oral appliance that you can wear on your teeth to protect your teeth from damage. The mouth guard creates a soft layer between your teeth so they don’t grind against each other, thus protecting them from damage.