An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure…
Many people mistakenly believe that tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease are simply a part of life. They don’t have to be! Our family dental practice emphasizes prevention – meaning that we partner with our patients in the defense against common dental problems, including tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Dr. Shah can help you maintain an au naturel smile that you’ll be flashing well into your golden years.
How We Help You:
90% of adults have experienced some level of tooth decay. We’re trying to change that. With regular cleanings, proper home care, and pro-active treatments, we can protect your tooth structure from attacking plaque and bacteria. Our doctors may recommend dental sealants (anti-cavity coatings) or fluoride supplements (tooth-strengthening mineral) for an extra measure of prevention.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
There’s no way to sugarcoat it – bad breath is embarrassing. We feel your pain, and we can help! Bad breath usually stems from poor oral hygiene: patients who don’t floss regularly are especially prone. There’s no instant cure for bad breath, but with careful instruction, a little extra time spent at the sink each night, and regular dental cleanings, bad breath can be controlled. Oftentimes, bad breath is a sign of early-stage gum disease, so visit our office pronto for an exam and further instruction.
While gum disease is usually something that strikes later in life, we believe in teaching children, teens, adults, and everyone really, ways to prevent this common condition from stealing your smile. Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss, and recent studies have confirmed that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic illnesses. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams and cleanings are your best defense against this stealthy smile-stealer! We recommend using an electric toothbrush, Rotadent, which goes beyond gums to keep them healthy.
We can also help with:
- Brushing & Flossing Tips
- Emergency Dental Care Tips
- Screening for Oral Cancer
- Alleviating Headaches & Jaw Tension (Bruxism/Grinding)
- Preventing Sports-Related Injuries (Mouthguards)
The ADA recommends that children begin seeing a dentist no later than age one. We also recommend bringing your child with you to your dental visits. At this young age, we can begin creating positive associations with dental visits – associations that will carry into their adult years and shape the future of their dental care. We also educate children on home-care, examine their teeth, and provide cavity-preventing treatments. Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age.