Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Taylor Dental Smile Specialists is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
At your regular dental check up, you will receive a thorough comprehensive oral exam of both hard and soft tissues. Necessary x-rays are taken. Instruction for proper daily oral hygiene is provided. Your teeth are cleaned, flossed, and polished.
Fluoride has many benefits for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the structure of the tooth, making the enamel surface harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are also important. Fluoride can help repair a cavity in its earliest stage before it has become visible in the mouth. Fluoride rebuilds the enamel layer of the tooth.
Optimal levels of fluoride reduce dental decay in children and adults. Fluoride can also reduce tooth sensitivity. Treatment options may vary depending on susceptibility to decay, level of tooth sensitivity, periodontal condition and number of cosmetic restorations.
A dental sealant is a thin resin coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces are most susceptible to decay. The resin bonds to the depression and grooves (pit and fissures) of the chewing surfaces. The sealants act as a barrier by "sealing" out bacteria and food that cause decay. Sealants are recommended for children and adults.
Your oral health is important, and the FDA approved VELscope® oral cancer screening system provides you with a quick, safe and comfortable way to detect oral cancer when it is the most treatable. Each year, more than 31,000 people are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer, and half of them do not survive because the cancer is not diagnosed early enough. Early detection raises the survival rate to as much as 80%.
VELscope® uses a safe blue light, without the aid of stains or rinses, to detect tissue abnormalities in the earliest stages, before they reach the surface and become visible. It takes only 5 minutes to protect your health and prevent you from becoming a statistic. Ask Dr. Taylor or Dr. Shoults today about this powerful new tool.
The DIAGNOdent® is a brand new, high tech tool that allows us to find cavities on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, even when they are just beginning and would have been missed by previous detection methods.
The DIAGNOdent® is a small, portable laser unit that detects the cavity and alerts us with an audible signal and a numerical readout, so we have an idea of the cavity’s size. The value is that we can stop cavities in their infancy, whereas in the past they would have to be significantly bigger before we could find and treat them. Just like other areas of medicine and dentistry, early detection and treatment is of immeasurable value in preserving your health.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease or gingivitis) refers to the infection of the supportive tissues of the mouth due to toxic bacteria found in plaque. Many individuals suffer from some degree of gum disease, and if left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, break down of the soft tissue in the mouth and jaw and other significant health problems. We focus on preventive dentistry and assess your periodontal health. If needed, we will conduct the appropriate therapy to restore your oral health.