Prevention is the foundation of dental care.
There are three diseases that negatively affect our teeth: decay (cavities), periodontal disease (gum disease), and occlusal disease (destruction of teeth). At Quaker City Dental we screen all our patients for their individual risk for each of these diseases and create a specialized approach for maintaining each disease or keeping you disease free.
Dental decay (cavities) is the most common. We provide routine dental hygiene appointments to help you stay cavity-free. Regular dental exam and digital radiographs can help diagnose decay. Regular appointments help us detect decay early and treat it in the most minimally invasive way possible. Regular dental hygiene appointments allow our team to discuss and demonstrate proper oral hygiene tips, and identify the products that will most benefit you.
Periodontal disease or periodontitis is a chronic inflammation in the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Our dental hygiene team can help you prevent gingivitis from progressing into periodontitis. If you already have periodontitis, we can help you maintain your teeth with our Early Periodontal Treatment.
Occlusal disease is usually a slow progression of damage due to the pathological pushing of the teeth against each other, or excessive tooth wear or force. Often pain may not be experienced until something is so damaged or broken it is difficult to bring it back to health. The effects of occlusal disease include wear, sensitivity, cracks, loose teeth, breaking teeth, sore muscles, painful jaw joints, headaches, acid reflux, breathing disorders, and sleep apnea–these and more can be associated with occlusal disease. We make sure to catch these signs and symptoms early, and apply preventive treatment—such as a night guard—to help reduce symptoms or slow down occlusal disease progression.