The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is especially meaningful when discussing dental health. Prevention can mean the difference between addressing the earliest stages of tooth decay and having to undergo invasive restorative procedures like root canal therapy.
While preventive dentistry is certainly concerned with maintaining healthy, strong, functional teeth, you may be surprised to learn that the scope of preventive care includes treating the gums, the soft tissues of the inner cheeks, throat, tongue, and palate, the jaw, and the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). Although Dr. Jay Ajmo is a recognized regional expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, all dental treatment must be built upon a foundation of good oral health if it is going to last. Dr. Ajmo provides comprehensive preventive dentistry at our luxurious Palm Beach Gardens dental practice. Contact us today to learn more.
Preventive care appointments generally involve routine dental checkups and cleanings. During these biannual exams, Dr. Ajmo uses a variety of handheld instruments and imaging technology to perform a comprehensive review of dental health. Two other areas of crucial concern are:
The gums. According to the Centers for Disease Control, gum disease (also known as periodontitis) affects nearly half of the U.S. population. This progressive disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss nationwide. In addition, it has been associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and certain heart diseases. If Dr. Ajmo identifies the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, he may recommend more aggressive home care. If you receive a diagnosis of moderate or advanced gum disease, your treatment options could include laser therapy, topical antibiotic, deep cleaning, or soft tissue grafts.
Oral cancer. Lesions, white spots, sores, and other abnormalities of the soft tissues of the tongue, inner cheeks, lips, throat, and palate could indicate oral cancer. While this type of cancer is highly treatable in its early stages, it has a high mortality rate because most people do not seek treatment until cancer has reached an advanced stage. Regular checkups with a dental professional trained to identify the earliest signs of oral cancer are your best bet for avoiding this aggressive disease.
During your checkup, Dr. Ajmo will also evaluate your existing dental work for wear, leakage, or structural damage that could compromise the health of the teeth they are meant to protect. If he locates problematic restorations, Dr. Ajmo will discuss your options for replacing them. Old, unsightly metal crowns and fillings are routinely replaced with aesthetic alternatives, like porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays or composite resin fillings. An advocate of aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Ajmo enjoys helping his patients achieve a smile that looks natural and white.
Whether you attend six-month checkups or have waited years to visit the dentist’s office, Dr. Ajmo and the team at the PGA Dentistrylook forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health in an environment that promotes patient comfort and clinical excellence. Contact us today to schedule your next checkup.