At Queen Anne Family Dental, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family. Family dentistry is focused on preventing potential complications, rather than treating them. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help!
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. Twice-yearly teeth cleaning is a vital part of your oral health. Research shows that people who brush and floss their teeth daily, and who visit us twice a year are more likely to keep their teeth. You might think that a lot of people have all of their teeth, but in reality, 120 million people have lost at least one tooth by the age of 50.
We use dental exams to find and fix little problems in your mouth before they become big problems. Those big problems can hurt you and your mouth in the long run. A lot of dental problems start out small and get bigger and more dangerous the longer you don’t take care of them.
If you catch mouth cancer early, the success rate is much higher than for other cancers. Early detection and early treatment lead to greater patient outcomes. However, the cancer is difficult to catch in its initial stages, because it is not painful, and is difficult to spot. By the time you notice something in your mouth is painful, the cancer is more difficult to treat. The earlier we can detect cancer, the faster we can get you treated, and you can begin your recovery.
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages.
As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur.
Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Sealants are usually applied to the occlusal (bite) surface of the molars and premolars. These teeth possess deep grooves and fissures that are much harder to clean, especially for children and teenagers. Sometimes the grooves are so thin that the bristles of a toothbrush are rendered essentially ineffective. A sealant will provide a more even brushing surface and seal off the enamel from harmful bacteria. Preventing tooth decay will ensure your child’s smile remains beautiful for years to come!
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
Instead of the regular, twice-yearly cleanings, periodontal maintenance consists of deep cleanings. You need those deep cleanings because periodontal disease makes pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets get filled up with pieces of food, bacteria, tartar, and infection. They need to be cleaned out regularly to keep your gums as healthy as possible. Unlike regular cleanings, you will have to have periodontal maintenance more often.
We use mouth guards to help protect your teeth from sports injuries. They are made of soft plastic that is worn over your teeth to protect them. Sports mouth guards work to protect your teeth if you are hit in the mouth during play. This is important because any blow to the mouth can damage it, especially your teeth. Each sports mouth guard works to take the force of the blow and disperse it through all of your mouth so that the load is shared by all your teeth and gums.
We can build you a nighttime mouth guard to help with bruxism. We can either make a soft plastic mouth guard or a hard-plastic mouth guard. The soft plastic mouth guard helps your mouth distribute the force you use to clench or grind your teeth to all of your teeth and gums. That way, your teeth are protected. If you already have damage to some of your teeth, you may need a hard-plastic mouth guard to protect your teeth from further damage.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance. An oral appliance will keep your jaw in the proper position during sleep. This opens your airway and improves your breathing during sleep. With an oral appliance, you may find yourself feeling more well-rested, alert and happy, thanks to a full night's sleep.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to move our joint forwards, backward, and side-to-side. Any problems that prevent us from using this joint properly are known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide some treatments designed to alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the TMJ.
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