Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your oral health, the saying couldn’t be truer! That’s why our dental office puts a strong emphasis on providing treatments that help families maintain their oral health, not simply treat problems when they appear. Chittenango Family Dental strongly encourages all individuals to visit our dental office once every six months for a comprehensive cleaning and exam. Contact our dental office to ensure your oral health is in good hands!
Dental checkups and cleanings are the gold standards for positive long-term oral health. During your checkup, we’ll make sure no problems exist with your teeth, gums, bite or other oral structures. If we believe that you need to make improvements to your at-home oral hygiene, we’ll be more than happy to give you friendly advice and recommend oral care products we think will benefit you. During your comprehensive cleaning, we’ll check for any plaque or tartar and promptly remove it to prevent future decay.
Learning oral care can be difficult at first, especially if you’re one of our younger patients. For those who need additional protection as they hone their brushing and flossing technique, dental sealants can save the day! Dental sealants make use of composite resin to seal the most vulnerable teeth in your smile, including your molars and other back teeth. If you struggle to prevent cavities, regardless of your age, we’re more than happy to provide this preventive treatment.
Chronic teeth grinding can affect patients of all ages. This habit, also known as bruxism, can result in permanent damage of enamel if not promptly addressed. If you experience tooth or jaw pain upon waking up, it could be a sign of a teeth grinding habit that puts your enamel at risk. Remember, once enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Custom-made nightguards help you protect teeth from irreparable damage as well as maintain positive oral health.
Do you have a young one who’s participating in contact sports? Need a new sportsguard as an adult? One of the leading causes of dental emergencies, especially knocked-out teeth, is sporting injuries. With the help of a custom-made mouthguard designed to fit your smile exactly, you’re able to ensure you and your family members’ the fullest protection possible while still maintaining comfort. Instead of inferior mouthguards you’d find over-the-counter, get your child a mouthguard they’ll actually want to wear.
According to recent reports from the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 54,000 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Out of these diagnoses, around 13,000 people will die in the U.S. alone from this condition. Dentists are in a unique position to catch this life-threatening disease before it has a chance to cause any harm, which is why routine visits are so important to your overall health. Our dental office will closely examine your mouth and neck for any signs of oral cancer and provide you the right channels for additional examination if needed.
After your cleaning is complete, we want to ensure that your tooth enamel is fully protected and take every step possible to strengthen it to the best of our ability. That’s where fluoride treatments come in. These treatments take very little time to complete and offer significant protection for your smile, especially for your youngest family members. We recommend fluoride during every cleaning, but more applications can be performed as needed if we believe you are at higher risk of developing decay.
Chittenango Family Dental recognizes that children carry a unique set of needs for their oral health. We recommend that parents bring their child in within six months of their first tooth erupting or by their first birthday. Early dental visits are crucial to ensuring positive oral development. When you bring your child in for a visit, we’ll do everything we can to make their first visit a positive and comfortable one to remember.