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Preventive care plays a significant role in all of our treatments. Whenever you schedule an appointment with us, Dr. Ruff will perform an oral cancer screening, a periodontal evaluation, and decay screening. If she sees any problems, Dr. Ruff will discuss some of our preventive care solutions.
We know that preventive general dental care can help you avoid unwanted damage and unnecessary expense. We’re ready to help you avoid gum disease and tooth decay through regular visits to our Fayetteville, NC dental office so you can maintain a functional and strong smile!
We recommend that everyone should attend at least two checkups and cleanings each year, averaging about one every six months. During these appointments, Dr. Ruff will be able to find and treat any minor issues you might have, saving you from needing more involved and expensive treatments in the future. You’ll also receive a refreshing cleaning, which will remove harmful plaque and bacteria from your mouth as well as give your teeth a thorough polish to keep them nice and white!
Periodontal (gum) disease is actually the most common dental problem in the world, affecting about 50% of the adult population in the US alone! This infection can cause red, swollen, and tender gums that bleed often, and left untreated, it can even lead to tooth loss. At our practice, we screen the gums whenever a patient comes to see us, and if we spot a problem, we can use a deep cleaning and targeted antibiotic therapy to take care of it right away.
The teeth towards the back of the mouth (known as the molars and premolars) are the most vulnerable to developing cavities due to their wide and pitted surfaces that easily trap plaque and bacteria. This also makes them quite tricky to clean, especially for little hands who are still learning to brush. With a dental sealant, however, we can place a thin, clear barrier over these teeth to keep them protected. We simply paint on a liquid, plastic-based substance, and it quickly hardens into place, keeping the teeth safe from decay for years to come.
Many, many people unconsciously grind their teeth while they are asleep, so much so that there is actually a term for it: bruxism. Over time, this can severely wear down the teeth, strain the jaw, and even cause chronic headaches. Fortunately, we can prevent all of these mishaps with a simple nightguard. It is a small oral appliance that a patient wears to bed, and it places a thin but firm barrier between the rows of teeth to prevent them from coming together during the night.
The key to overcoming oral cancer is early detection and treatment, but many patients aren’t diagnosed until the disease is quite advanced because its initial symptoms can be easy to miss. To ensure our patients are never caught off guard, we include an oral cancer screening with every regular checkup. We’ll examine your mouth and the surrounding area for any suspicious growths or sores, and if we find something, we’ll help you quickly get the follow-up care you need.
For decades, scientists and dentists alike have known that regular exposure to fluoride drastically reduces a person’s risk for cavities over time, which is why you’ll so often find it added to oral healthcare products and public water sources. To give our patients a little extra cavity protection, we can provide a topical fluoride treatment during routine appointments. It only takes a minute, is completely painless, and it’s one of the easiest ways to keep a smile healthy year after year.
Children can develop many of the same oral health issues as adults without the proper care, but they definitely have their own unique dental needs as well. At Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, we’re more than happy to treat any little smiles you might have at home. We have the kid-friendly services necessary to prevent tooth decay and ensure their proper oral development, and we’ll always go out of our way to make sure your child is completely comfortable from check-in to checkout.
If your teeth are becoming worn down, you may have bruxism (excessive grinding and clenching during sleep). If left untreated, your teeth will become flatly worn down over time. This will develop chipped-away dents of tooth structure near the gum line (abfractions). Some bruxism patients also notice general soreness of their TMJ joint and jaw muscle. A custom, lab-fabricated nightguard will help to comfortably stabilize and protect your smile and TMJ while you sleep.