At Yuma Smiles, Dr. Carroll believes that prevention is the key to maintaining optimum oral health. We know that our patients are our partners in achieving oral health, and the best prevention starts at home. There are, however, some mistakes that could deter your oral health. Your dentist in Yuma, AZ discusses some common verbal health care mistakes.
X-rays have the stigma of exposing patients to radiation, and for this reason, many patients choose to avoid them. It is a mistake because x-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that Dr. Carroll uses to detect tooth decay and other oral health concerns in their earliest stages. Early diagnosis offers you the best chance of treating your condition with the least invasive treatment.
At Sam Carroll, DMD, we use digital x-rays, which expose our patients to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. In fact, you would get more exposure from just a few hours in the sun. Digital images are readily available, which makes diagnosis and treatment planning quick and efficient.
Ignoring the Signs of Bruxism
Do you suffer from frequent headaches, especially in the morning? Do your teeth or jaw feel tender when you bite down? Do your teeth appear worn? Did you know you might be suffering from bruxism, or teeth grinding? Dr. Carroll can look for signs of bruxism at your next dental checkup since it can be tricky to diagnose your own because it happens during the night. If it determined that you do suffer from bruxism, Dr. Carroll could discuss wearing a nightguard while you sleep to protect your teeth and jaw from the damage caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.
Twice Yearly Cleanings with your Yuma AZ Dentist
Your regular cleaning and check-up appointments are your first line of defense against oral health issues such as oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Not only does your hygienist remove the excessive plaque and tartar buildup that cause these issues, but we also screen you for them. Maintaining your oral health is essential for your overall health and well-being, as gum disease has linked to other health concerns such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Learn about signs that you may need an extra trip to the dentist.
We encourage you to call us today to schedule your next appointment and avoid common oral health care mistakes.