If your oral health was a beautiful building, general dentistry and preventive care would be the strong foundation. Where the building endures adverse weather and seismic activity, yet remains standing tall for centuries, your mouth fends off bacteria and plaque and keeps your smile healthy for life. Getting the routine care you need today, including regular exams, checkups, and cleanings helps prevent the need for demolition and reconstruction later. Now that’s just good planning.
In the past, having a cavity filled meant compromising the natural look of your smile with an unsightly metal filling. Not only are metal fillings an eye sore, but they tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, making them unstable and prone to cracking and breaking. The trace amounts of mercury found in metal fillings can also be quite toxic to the human body, causing mercury poisoning or mercury toxicity for some patients.
When you only see your regular doctor when a problem arises, your Gilbert dentist is in a unique position (inside your mouth) to detect oral cancer in the early stages. Oral cancer incidence is unfortunately on the rise, but most of the deaths caused by oral cancer are the result of late stage diagnosis. Early diagnosis is essential for the best chance of survival and recovery.
We are always on the lookout for potential signs of oral cancer, and you should be on the lookout for them as well. Signs of oral cancer include (can be found on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, throat, or any surface of the mouth):
Risk factors for developing oral cancer include:
A good mouthguard is an essential piece of equipment for any athlete, kids and adults included. Mouthguards can help reduce the impact of oral sports injuries and prevent tooth loss. While any mouth guard is better than no mouth guard, only a custom mouth guard from Stoneridge Dental offers the most comfortable fit and the highest level of protection against oral injuries and concussions.
If you thought mouth guards were only for sports, think again! A custom mouth guard from your Gilbert dentist can provide a huge amount of relief from pain associated with TMJ and protection from teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism). Wearing a night guard while you sleep can prevent your teeth from being worn down over time, and allow you to wake up pain-free and ready to take on the day.