Considered to be the first level of defense against dental problems and abnormalities, family dentistry is viewed primarily as preventive dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your family dentist for a checkup at least twice a year.
Family dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health for a wide range of patients, from young children to the elderly. What services can you expect from family dentistry?
- Fluoride treatments
Family dentists will regularly check for cavities and take x-rays when necessary. If your dental problem needs special treatment, not in their scope of practice, a family dentist will refer you to specialists.
At My Time Dental Centers, our dentist has pursued additional training in cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and cosmetic dentures. We are constantly striving to improve the patient experience for the entire family.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral Cancer is said to be one the deadliest because it often goes undetected until it is in the latter stages. That is another reason why regular dental examinations are so critical. If caught and treated early, oral cancer has a very low morbidity rate. With roughly 30,000 new cases being diagnosed each year, your dentist is your first line of detection and defense against this disease.
Oral cancer can affect the lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor and roof of the mouth, and also move back toward the throat.
Always report to My Time Dental Centers if you discover any of these possible signs:
- Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- Lumps or spots that are thick or hard
- Persistently rough or crusted areas
- Numbness, pain or tenderness that may be new or persisting
During your regular dental exam, My Time Dental Centers will ask if you notice problems chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue. My Time Dental Centers routinely screens for oral cancer as part of every comprehensive dental exam or cleaning.