Are you experiencing tooth pain? Are you looking for a new dentist that will listen to all of your concerns?
Valley Dental Health is your local Hunt Valley and Cockeysville dentist office. We have all your oral health care needs under one roof. Establishing a routine dental care plan is the best way to avoid most dental issues. For most people, this includes two visits a year to the dentist for teeth cleanings, x-rays, and other preventive oral care.
The Importance of Preventive Dental Care
Preventative dental care helps patients avoid the development of complex oral health concerns. Two of the most common preventive dental care issues we treat include gum disease and tooth decay.
About 75% of the adult population experience some stage of gum disease. If you do not care for your teeth, plaque will build up and cause harm to the gums. Without proper treatment, you are are risk for tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums. You can prevent this condition with routine visits to the dentist.
Dr. Rafat is a periodontist that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. He provides a full range of treatment options depending on the needs and condition of the patient. We offer several types of gum disease treatments that will help you regain your oral health.
Dental cavities are a major concern for children’s oral health, but they can also affect adults. Cavity prevention begins with an exam, dental cleaning, and screening. Valley Dental Health uses digital x-rays, an intraoral camera, and computer software to aid in the early detection of cavities and tooth decay.
Our dentists may also suggest the use of dental sealants to prevent cavities. Teeth that have already been affected by tooth decay can be treated with dental fillings, dental crowns, or root canal therapy.
Whatever your dental needs are, we are equipped to provide you with the best dental experience possible. We welcome patients of all ages to our Cockeysville dentist office.
Exams at Valley Dental Health are complete and comprehensive. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat go beyond a simple visual inspection of your teeth. They will do an in-depth look at your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw joints.
Also, they will evaluate all the structures in your entire head and neck. You will spend time with the dentist to discuss your concerns and goals. Together, you will decide on a treatment plan that will help you achieve the best results.
Our examination generally includes:
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Oral cancer screening
- Periodontal screening (for gum disease)
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Bite analysis and exam of temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
- Digital imaging for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
- 2-D and 3-D models for analysis and treatment planning
Preventative Dental Care FAQS
What are the primary components of preventive dentistry?
The main components of preventative dentistry include regular dental check ups and cleanings, a regular at home oral care routine, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and a healthy diet.
Is periodontal maintenance preventive care?
Periodontal maintenance is similar to dental cleanings, however periodontal cleanings are more in depth. Periodontal maintenance is a prescribed treatment for patients with periodontitis. This is not considered to be a preventative treatment, because patients who are in need of periodontal maintenance already have periodontitis. They are in need of treatment, not preventative care.
What preventative care can help prevent dental caries?
Dental caries are preventable by maintaining a healthy diet that is low in sugars and carbohydrates. Caries may also be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene at home, and scheduling regular dental cleanings to keep up with your oral health.
Don’t put off getting a preventative dental care exam. Our dentists and staff will not judge you no matter what condition your oral health is in. We welcome patients and their families to see why we are the best. Our dentists are dedicated to providing you the quality dental health care in a comfortable manner. Give us a call today at (410) 514-8393 or request an appointment online.