Family dentistry includes dental care for all of your family members, from toddlers to seniors. Family dentists are skilled in diagnosing and treating both acute and chronic oral health problems, and they also provide important preventive care, like routine cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments. Seeing a family dentist is not only convenient; it’s also a great way to make sure you receive the best care at different ages and different stages of your life.
In most cases, you should have your teeth cleaned twice a year. If you have moderate or severe gum disease, you might need more frequent cleanings to keep tartar at bay and to help your gums heal. Regular cleanings are very important for removing built-up tartar, plaque, and bacteria that cause gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Having regular cleaning appointments also helps Dr. Mori identify other issues before they become major problems.
Yes. Although baby teeth do eventually fall out, it’s still vitally important to keep those teeth in good shape. Baby teeth help your child chew and speak properly, and a cavity in a baby tooth can still cause considerable discomfort if it’s not treated.
Baby teeth are also important as placeholders for the adult teeth that are forming underneath the gums. If a baby tooth decays or gets infected, that infection can spread to the adult tooth under the gum. And if the baby tooth falls out too soon, it can cause crowding issues and other problems as the adult teeth emerge. Just like you, your child should have routine cleanings twice a year and annual exams with X-rays and fluoride treatments as needed to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Yes, dental X-rays help Dr. Mori evaluate the portions of your teeth that are located below the gums, and they also provide clear images of your jawbone. In children with baby teeth, X-rays can identify potential issues that might affect the developing adult teeth.