As its name suggests, preventive dentistry is intended to prevent dental problems and related health conditions before they start. The health of your mouth is vital to the health of your entire body. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight and other health problems. Healthy teeth are less likely to need extensive and pricey dental procedures. You can keep your teeth and yourself healthy by brushing and flossing every day as well as getting regular dental exams.
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Digital x-rays are performed similarly to conventional x-rays, but use a special imaging detector that "reads" the body part rather than exposing it on film; this is the same imaging technique as used for digital cameras. Digital x-rays allow for faster results and delivery to other doctors, as the images can be viewed on a computer instead of mailing the actual film. This technique also exposes patients to less radiation, a minor risk involved in conventional x-rays. The speed and safety of digital x-rays make them the preferred type of imaging test.
During the x-ray procedure, the patient will be properly positioned under the digital x-ray machine to ensure accurate imaging of the affected area. This process may be repeated for additional views of the area. The entire process takes less than an hour to perform in the doctor's office with no special preparations needed.
After the exam is complete, the patient and doctor can review the images together following a brief waiting period. The convenience of digital x-rays allows your doctor to enlarge, rotate, print and email diagnostic images for a greater quality of care. There is no downtime associated with this exam, and patients benefit from fast, reliable and convenient results.
Dental cavities are decayed areas of your teeth that turn into tiny holes in the outer layers, known as the enamel and dentin. Cavities affect up to 90 percent of people in the US and are most common in children and young adults.
Cavities are caused by a buildup of bacteria, food particles and saliva in the teeth that turns into plaque, a film that coats your teeth. Since plaque is acidic, it can attack the tooth enamel and cause decay. Regular cleaning helps keep plaque away, but decay can often occur in the back teeth, which are harder to clean.
Symptoms of cavities vary depending on the severity and location. Many people do not experience any symptoms when decay is just beginning, but may later experience:
- Tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain while eating or drinking certain things
- Visible holes in the teeth
Treatment for cavities depends on the severity of the condition, which is why it is important to seek medical attention as early as possible. Treatment options may include fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns and root canal. Practicing good tooth healthcare is most important in preventing cavities.
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