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General and Preventative Dentistry

Are you looking for a dentist that provides exceptional care and can help you maintain your smile? At Cedar Family Dental, our accomplished and experienced dental staff can help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy for the years to come.

What Is General and Preventative Dentistry?

General dentists offer various services, including routine exams, oral cancer screening, restorative services, and cosmetic procedures. Dentists also practice preventative dentistry. 

Preventative dentistry is dental care that helps maintain oral health. You can also take part in preventative dentistry care by maintaining the health of your mouth and teeth. 

A significant part of practicing preventative dentistry is visiting our office twice a year and having your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. Some things Dr. Salamy will do during your exams that help keep your mouth healthy is:

Visiting our practice routinely will help reduce your risk of oral health problems. Dr. Salamy will also educate you about conditions that affect your oral health during these visits. 

The dental professionals at Cedars Family Dental are committed to giving you the best comprehensive care so that you can stay as healthy as possible. 

Preventative Dentistry for Your Overall Health

Dentists can learn a lot about what’s going on with your overall health through a simple oral exam. Oral health is connected to a surprising number of health problems, including: 

Tell Dr. Salamy if you have diabetes, if you smoke, if you are taking certain medications, or if you are pregnant. All of these things can cause changes in your oral health. 

Dr. Salamy at Cedar Family Dental is here to help you reduce your risk of oral health problems and educate you about conditions that affect your oral health. She can help guide you towards lifestyle changes that can help prevent oral health infections. 

Regular brushing and flossing are some of the best things that you can do to maintain good oral health. You must practice good dental hygiene by following the instructions given by your dental hygienist and Dr. Salamy at your routine exams.

Routine Exams

Oral cancer screenings and X-rays are examples of preventative dentistry services that our practice offer patients during routine checkups. During a routine exam, Dr. Salamy will check for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancers, jaw problems, and signs of other health problems. 

Regular exams allow us to catch issues early on and treat them as soon as possible. If you currently have or are at risk for developing certain diseases, we may recommend that you come in more often. 

Routine cleanings and exams are vital for children as well. Regular teeth cleanings from a young age get them comfortable with Dr. Salamy and help them learn the importance of having a clean mouth and teeth.

Dental Hygiene

When you visit our office, a hygienist will review your medical history. Next, they will screen your mouth for any decay or disease.

After a visual examination, they will clean your teeth using tools that get rid of tartar and plaque buildup on your teeth. Next, your dental hygienist will polish your teeth, and finally, they will floss for you. 

Your dental hygienist and Dr. Salamy want to ensure that you have everything you need to brush and floss properly. They’ll likely recommend products for proper oral care at home.  

Dental hygiene doesn’t end when you leave our practice. You are responsible for maintaining proper dental hygiene daily. 

Here are a few instructions Dr. Salamy may give you to help you maintain your dental hygiene: 

Oral Cancer Screenings

An oral cancer screening is part of a routine dental exam and is essential for preventative dental care. 

During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Salamy will examine your teeth, gums, throat, tongue, face, lips, glands, jaws, and the soft tissues in your mouth. While doing this, they are looking for signs of cancer or other diseases that could lead to cancer. 

You can also regularly check your mouth for signs of oral cancer at home. Pay attention to lip sores, skin patches, loose teeth, lumps inside your mouth, oral pain, or difficulty swallowing. 

Even earaches, swollen lymph nodes, slurring, and numbness can indicate serious oral health problems. It is important that you report any unusual changes around the mouth, throat, or jaw area to the Cedar Family dental team.  

Early detection and treatment for oral cancer are essential. Regular dental appointments are the best way to ensure oral cancer is caught early.

Digital X-Rays

X-rays can help our office see cavities, infections, gum disease, and tumors in your mouth. There are two main types of x-rays used today, digital x-rays and traditional x-rays.

Traditional x-rays use radiation to photograph the inside of your mouth and sometimes the surrounding area. Digital x-rays use digital sensors instead of film to capture an image of the mouth. 

Digital x-rays are an important part of preventative dentistry. They can detect changes in your mouth that can be difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye.

Most healthy adults get x-rays every two to three years. Your dental care team will review your x-rays in the office with you on the day of your appointment. 

Digital x-rays are safer than traditional x-rays and can be easily downloaded and viewed for your and Dr. Salamy’s convenience. Dr. Salamy at Cedar Family Dental uses the most advanced imaging devices to ensure the health of your mouth.

Is it time for your checkup? Schedule an appointment at Cedars Family Dental in Plainville, MA today!

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