Dental Preventive Program
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff (especially the dental hygienist) to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Similarly, dental implant restorations need preventive measures to promote long term health and reduce the chances of failure.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Our office exclusively utilizes digital x-rays which dramatically reduces the patients radiation exposure to very safe levels. Of course we use x-rays only when it is absolutely necessary.
Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth and minimize the occurrence of decay. .
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
If you have questions about cleanings and prevention or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.
Oral Cancer Exam
According to research conducted by the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. More than 7,000 of these cases result in the death of the patient. The good news is that oral cancer can usually be diagnosed with an annual oral cancer exam, and effectively treated when caught in its earliest stages. The most common type of oral cancer is the malignant squamous cell carcinoma. This oral cancer type usually originates in lip and mouth tissues. It is important to note that around 75 percent of oral cancers are linked with modifiable behaviors such as smoking, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption.
If abnormalities are detected Dr. Hutton will refer you for a biopsy of the area. Treatment methods vary according to the precise diagnosis, but may include excision, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
During bi-annual check-ups, Dr. Hutton and your hygienist will thoroughly look for changes and lesions in the mouth at least once each year.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, please contact our practice.