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Preventive Dentistry

The Key to Oral Health

An essential part of our dental practice has always been preventive dentistry. It is our mission and professional responsibility to keep healthy teeth healthy. At the same time, we make every effort to treat and rehabilitate unhealthy teeth and gum (periodontal treatment) in order to achieve overall oral health. The reason we refer to preventive dentistry as the cornerstone to dental health is because the health of your teeth and gums is an important precursor for all other dental treatments be it cosmetic dentistry, dental implants or even orthodontic treatment.

Did you know…

That people are less likely to visit the dentist as they age? Data from the Centers for Disease Control reports that only 57 percent of Americans over age 65 visited the dentist. That compares to about 61 percent of adults under age 65 and about 79 percent of children ages 2 to 17.

Even if you brush your teeth twice and floss once every day, plaque, and tartar will still make its way between your teeth. Eventually, that hard to remove tartar will begin to irritate your gums, leading to periodontal disease and even tooth loss. Regular professional dental cleanings with Centerport Dental in Portland can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

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Treating Your Entire Mouth

When you visit Dr. Wang for your regularly-scheduled dental visits, you will receive much more than just a teeth cleaning. We treat your whole mouth to ensure you not only enjoy optimal levels of oral health, but also good overall health.

In recent decades, research has found strong evidence of a mouth/body connection and how this connection pertains to overall health. What this means is that your oral health impacts your general health. In fact, studies have shown that gum disease can significantly increase your risk of conditions such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetic complications
  • Respiratory infections
  • Risk of Premature Birth
  • Increased Risk of Dementia
  • Cancer

During your dental exam, Dr. Wang and his team will perform screenings to evaluate the health of your entire mouth including an oral cancer exam, periodontal exam, restorative exam (which includes digital X-rays and a tour of your mouth with an intraoral camera to evaluate the health of your teeth) and a comprehensive neuromuscular exam to evaluate the alignment of your bite and checks for TMJ symptoms.

If you’d like to know more about our procedures and philosophy toward total oral health care, please contact us for an appointment – we would love to have you as part of our Portland Dental family!

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