The most effective way to ensure optimal dental health is through regular cleanings, exams, and oral cancer screenings. Dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease generally progress over time, and treatment is often far more effective and less invasive and costly if it is caught early.
We also love seeing children! It is important for your child’s dental health to start visiting the dentist early, this will help form a solid foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. Often primary teeth (or baby teeth) are not viewed as important, however proper care is vital for optimal space maintenance for adult teeth. Additionally, primary teeth do not have as thick of a layer of enamel as adult teeth do which provides less protection for their teeth, so cavities often progress much more quickly in children. Regular dental visits will help catch and address issues early. For these reasons and many more, it is important to get your kids acclimated to going to the dentist to create a solid foundation for a healthy mouth for the rest of their lives.
It is important to have oral cancer screenings on a regular basis. Oral cancer is unfortunately one of the deadliest forms of cancer with approximately a 57% 5-year survival rate, due in large part to late diagnosis while early diagnosis lends itself to more favorable outcomes. Each exam and visit Dr. Andrew Sloan performs an oral cancer screening to ensure our patients remain healthy.