Preventive dentistry helps patients avoid the costly and invasive procedures often needed to treat serious dental conditions. Maintaining dental health helps patients look and feel their best, and can have a positive effect on their overall health.
Preventing dental problems requires a lifelong commitment. To begin developing proper dental-hygiene habits, a child should visit a dentist shortly after the first teeth emerge. Parents also play an important role in helping their children develop and maintain good dental-hygiene habits.
Dr. Hayeck performs a comprehensive dental examination and an oral cancer screening. Through diagnostics digital, fast, low exposure x-rays and a Velscope exam, we can detect decay, early signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Early detection of these conditions help ensure effective treatment thus preventing permanent damage.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, now is the time to pay close attention to your teeth and gums. If you are healthy, it’s more likely that your baby will be healthy too. Many women are prone to gingivitis during pregnancy; your body’s hormone levels rise greatly. These hormones can make your gum tissue more sensitive to plaque. The plaque on your teeth can make your gums red, tender and likely to bleed easily when you brush your teeth.
In some women, growths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second semester. These growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking appearance. They may disappear after the baby is born. If necessary, your dentist can remove them. If you notice pregnancy tumors or any other changes in your mouth during pregnancy, see your dentist.
Try to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet. A baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth month of pregnancy. For teeth to be healthy, they need vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, especially Vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorus. Your OBGYN can prescribe the recommended vitamins & minerals.
Schedule a dental check-up. This can lower the risk of having a dental emergency during pregnancy.