Promote Oral Health with Preventative Dentistry

Having effective preventative dental maintenance can mean catching tooth decay in the earliest stages, instead of potentially losing your tooth. Preventative dentistry revolves around strong, healthy, and functional teeth and includes a wide array of effective treatments for your gums, throat, tongue, the soft tissues of your inner cheek, the jaw, palate, and your temporomandibular joints (TMJs). Dr. Fotek offers comprehensive preventative dentistry designed to promote a healthier smile and a healthier you. Patients from all around the Jupiter area, including West Palm Beach, Stuart, Juno Beach trust the Dental Healing Arts in maintaining their oral health.

Seeing Beyond Your Smile

The American Dental Association suggests you visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and routine check-ups. During your exam, Dr. Fotek uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology and instruments to provide a comprehensive review of your dental health. Two of the most common areas she focuses on are:

Your Gums

The Centers for Disease Control reports that gum disease or periodontitis affects a staggering 50{4f2fdebfbe57f9ac4b5fae148dec62c39404cb713b5a4fb417e9814dadbdb484} of the U.S. population. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and is associated with higher risks of arthritis, diabetes development, heart diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, most people could go years or even decades without knowing they are suffering from the progressive illness known as periodontitis. The best and only way to truly battle gum disease is to have regular visits to your dentist. If Dr. Fotek recognizes the early stages of gum disease or gingivitis, she can advise you on more aggressive home care. On the other hand, if Dr. Fotek diagnosis you with moderate or advanced gum disease, she can provide a wide array of conservative, holistic and effective treatments, such as topical mediation, ozone therapy or deep cleaning. In any case, your gums are an excellent indicator of your overall health, which means it’s necessary to have regular check-ups by your dentist.

Oral Cancer

Sores, lesions, white spots, and other abnormalities in your mouth can indicate oral cancer, which is highly treatable in the earliest stages. However, the mortality rate of oral cancer sky rockets as the disease advances to the later stages. As a result, it’s imperative you have regular dental checkups to identify the earliest signs of oral cancer and receive treatment. Dr. Fotek will also evaluate intraoral radiographic x-rays for any bone lesions that may be a potential cancer.

Rejuvenating Previous Dental Work

As a part of your dental exam, Dr. Fotek will thoroughly examine all previous dental work for leakage, wear, or any other type of structural damage. If she recognizes any problems with your previous restorations, Dr. Fotek will discuss your options with you. Many patients choose to replace their older metal fillings and crowns for new more aesthetic alternatives, such as porcelain crowns, onlays, and inlays or composite resin fillings. Best of all Dr. Fotek specializes in providing the most feasible and aesthetic solutions to make your smile look as natural, healthy and beautiful as possible.

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As you can see, your oral health affects much more than your smile, which stresses the importance of having dental check-ups at least every six months. Even if you haven’t had an oral exam in years or decades, there is no better time than now. For the premier dental solutions in a friendly and inviting environment, contact Dr. Fotek at the Dental Healing Arts today to schedule your next checkup.