Preventive Dentistry

Caring for your teeth today is a wise investment for all of your tomorrows.

Properly managing your oral health in a proactive manner will not only save you on future expenses, it will also contribute to your overall health and well being. Studies suggest that a number of secondary health issues can be caused as a result of poor oral hygiene. We offer education on preventive care and communicate with our patients to assist them in making informed decisions regarding their oral health.

Dental Cleanings and Screenings
A dental cleaning is recommended every six months to remove dental plaque as well as check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Many dental conditions are painless at first and regular dental visits will make you aware of problems that can be treated before they cause significant damage.

Digital X-Rays
Also known as Digital Radiography – is a form of x-ray imaging where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. This method of x-ray is safer and more convenient than traditional methods and is environmentally friendly. It greatly benefits the patient by offering less radiation, shorter appointments, and higher quality images.

Video Dental Exams
One of the great advances in modern dentistry is the Intraoral Camera which can be used in conjunction with a computer to get a more comprehensive look at the inside of your mouth. The use of this technology will help you to have a better understanding of any dental problems that may be in need of treatment.

Sealants
Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth – usually the back teeth (premolars and molars) – to prevent tooth decay. The painted on sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Typically, children should get sealants to help protect their teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14.

Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. The fluoride gel is applied through the use of a mouth tray which contains the product. Application generally takes about four minutes, and patients should not rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after application.

Cancer Screening
In addition to the visual screening performed at regular patient exams Oxford Family Dentistry also offers VELscope Oral Cancer Screening. It is estimated that roughly 2/3 of all oral cancer is not detected until later stages. VELscope is a simple, painless and affordable exam that detects abnormal tissue in the mouth by measuring fluorescence. Healthy tissue and abnormal tissue can be differentiated when viewed under a specialized white light.

Custom Fitted Athletic Mouth Guards
The Academy of Sports Dentistry reports that 10% of all dental injuries are sports related. There are several types of mouth guards available, but the custom fitted mouth guard provides the best protection from dental injuries as well as concussions. Because this mouth guard is specially fitted it is thinner, more comfortable and allows for better air intake for the athlete.

Custom Fitted Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Night Guard
Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, can result in fracturing, erosion, or loss of teeth. Not only can severe grinding cause damage and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, cause or worsen TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face. One of the most effective treatments of this condition is the use of a custom fitted night guard. Though less expensive over the counter models are available, they lack the quality fit, feel and durability of the custom model.