Just ask any dentist: Prevention is key if you want to take optimal care of your oral health.
At a minimum, you and your family should visit the dentist twice each year for professional cleanings and examinations. This will enable your dentist to stay ahead of small problems before they become bigger problems. The bigger the dental problem, the bigger the hassle to fix it—and the more expensive it generally becomes.
At Orange Grove Family Dentistry, Dr. Kyle Nishimura and his entire team are dedicated to conservative dentistry that partners with your family to keep mouths healthy.
We look forward to getting to know you and helping ensure you enjoy a lifetime of good oral health!
When your mouth isn’t healthy, you run the risk of developing other health issues. There are proven links between gum disease and other diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
At-home preventive care is important, and we will go over how you can best stay on top of your oral health by taking good care of your teeth on a daily basis.
But even the most thorough brusher and flosser cannot reach all the nooks and crannies like our hygienist can during a professional teeth cleaning. No matter how much you brush and floss, your teeth will still develop plaque that can only be removed with professional dental instruments.
We can also talk with you about dental sealants, which provide a physical barrier that helps prevent decay from developing in the grooves on your molars. Another option for some patients might be a fluoride varnish applied to the teeth a couple of times a year.
Oral cancer affects nearly 50,000 people in this country each year. With early detection, this cancer can be treatable. We will conduct an oral cancer screening at each examination.
If your gums aren’t healthy, then neither are your teeth.
Since gum disease is present in many people without their knowledge, you should schedule an examination with your dentist to find out for sure whether you have it. Often, gum disease presents with no symptoms. By the time symptoms do start showing up, it can already be a serious problem.
If you have bleeding gums when you brush or floss, this is a sign that you could be in the early stages of the disease. Swollen gums and persistent bad breath are other possible signs that you have gingivitis, which must be treated by your dentist. It will not go away on its own.
If gum disease is so severe that pockets form around the teeth, you are at an advanced stage of the disease called periodontitis. This is a serious condition that puts you at risk for tooth loss.
We believe in bringing your youngest family members to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts. Getting them accustomed to the dentist at an early age tends to lessen future fear of the dentist.
We also like to talk to parents about how best to maintain good at-home care for kids who are too young to brush on their own or who are old enough but may lack the patience for consistent brushing.
We are committed to being honest and upfront with you about your dental needs. Let us help you and your family maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call us today!