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Preventive Dentistry in Tucson, AZ

Preventive dentistry helps our patients achieve and maintain oral health throughout their lives. Our goal is to help you avoid oral disease, thereby improving the chances of keeping your teeth long into your golden years – maybe even for life! Preventive dentistry can help stop oral problems from occurring and catch those that do occur in their early stages, while they are easy to treat.

Preventive Dentistry

Your Mouth: The Inside Story

When you look at your mouth in the mirror, you can see hard white teeth surrounded by soft gums. What you likely can’t see is a sticky coating of bacteria on your teeth and gums. This coating, called a plaque bio-film, can harm your mouth if it’s not kept under control. Even in a healthy mouth, plaque forms. If not cleared away with daily brushing and flossing, this sticky bio-film grows rapidly. Plaque can cause two serious problems: tooth decay and gum disease. These problems damage the teeth and gums, and may eventually lead to tooth loss. When the mouth is well cared for, tooth decay and gum disease can be avoided.

Preventive Dental Solutions

Oral Health & Overall Health

Recent studies have shown a connection between oral health and overall health. Research is continually emerging that demonstrates a link between periodontal (gum) disease and health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine recently published a study showing the impact of periodontal health on general health.

U.S. Gum Disease Statistics

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a high prevalence of gum disease in the U.S. population. A recent study estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million adults in the United States, have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. This means one out of every two U.S. adults aged 30 and over has some form of gum disease.

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Periodontal therapy for gum disease lowered overall healthcare costs by up to 74%.
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Periodontal disease was found in 84% of patients with Coronary Artery Disease.
47% of all U.S. adults have some stage of gum disease
70% of U.S. adults aged 65 and older have gum disease
95% of U.S. adults with diabetes also have gum disease
15% of all U.S. adults have advanced gum disease

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tooth Decay?
What is Gum Disease?
How Does Gum Disease Start?
What is a Dental Hygienist?
Can Diet Affect Oral Health?
What Oral Care Products Should I Use?

Common Preventive Treatments

A professional dental cleaning removes disease-causing dental plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth — especially in those hard-to-reach areas near the gum line. Professional cleaning treatments are the primary means of preventing and treating periodontal disease and maintaining oral health. Deep cleaning is done to remove heavy deposits near or under the gumline. Dental plaque and tartar are removed (scaling) and the surfaces of tooth roots are smoothed (planing).
Fluoride can be applied directly to your teeth at the dental office. This mineral is readily incorporated into the mineral structure of teeth making them stronger and more decay-resistant. Fluoride can even prevent tiny cavities from becoming larger. Professional fluoride treatments generally take just a few minutes. The fluoride may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam or varnish.
Diagnosing decay and detecting cavities is fundamental to preventive dentistry. By using advanced technology, we can detect areas of demineralization and decay at the earliest possible stages. Dr. Steinberg and his hygienists regularly use laser fluorescence technology with other diagnostic tools to detect and monitor the progression of tooth decay and aid in the decision to prevent, remineralize, or restore.
Dental sealants are a treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Sealants can prevent cavities from forming and the need for fillings later on. These invisible coatings fill the tiny grooves in teeth so they do not become havens for bacteria. Dental sealants are mainly used in children who are at higher risk of tooth decay. It is important to note that while sealants do offer protection from tooth decay, they are not substitutes for good oral hygiene.
Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of preventive dentistry. Historically the death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Your best chance of surviving oral cancer — a disease that affects millions of people every year — is early detection and treatment.

Avoid Dental Problems and Oral Disease

Regular preventive dental care, early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid more costly dental problems and oral disease. Contact Dr. Howard M. Steinberg and his team to find out if preventive dentistry is right for you.

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