Routine six-month cleanings and oral exams at Origin Dental are the most important part of a preventive dentistry routine for a number of different reasons:
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and many patients don't realize they have this disease until it's too late. Some common symptoms of gum disease are red, swollen, and tender gums, bleeding gums, or gums that have pulled away from the teeth (recession). During regular checkups, Dr. Tran will check for signs of periodontal disease and offers deep cleanings for patients suffering from gum disease.
According the the American Dental Association, you should come in for dental checkups every 6 months. During these appointments, Dr. Tran examines your teeth and gums, and checks for any dental issues including cavities and periodontal disease. You’ll receive a thorough yet gentle cleaning to make sure you are on the right track toward optimal dental health. Seeing you every 6 months helps Dr. Tran understand the state of your oral health and treat minor dental issues before they become much larger and more costly problems. Contact our Sorrento Valley dental team and make an appointment today.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that has the unique ability to strengthen your teeth by encouraging “remineralization.” This substance encourages calcium and phosphates to fill in gaps where your enamel has “demineralized” and become weak.
Essentially, this helps strengthen teeth that have been affected by minor tooth decay, which causes “soft spots” in your enamel. Fluoride treatment, which uses a high concentration of fluoride that is painted onto your teeth, can help strengthen the teeth and strengthen soft spots, preventing them from progressing into cavities.
Dental sealants are another option for fighting back against tooth decay. They consist of a special type of clear, plastic resin, and they are usually applied to the rear teeth because rear molars typically have the highest risk of decay.
During treatment, a liquid resin is applied to your teeth by Dr. Tran. Then, it’s hardened with a special UV light, and it forms into a strong, clear protective barrier that prevents your enamel from contacting oral bacteria, acid, and food particles. This, in turn, prevents cavities from forming. Sealants can last up to 10 years and they are a great preventive treatment if you are cavity-prone.
Yes! We know that Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, can be painful and it can have severely negative effects on your quality of life. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull, and TMD can turn simple activities like chewing or speaking into painful episodes. At Origin Dental, Dr. Tran offers treatment for TMD that will relieve pain and tension and help you enjoy your life again.