FILLMORE FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Scott W. Petersen, DMD, MP, SMP
Dental cleanings and exams are two of the most basic yet important preventive treatments we provide at our office. Each time you visit our dental practice for a checkup, we will provide a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam to help your smile stay healthy. During your teeth cleaning and exam, our dental team will:
~ Clean your teeth by removing any plaque or tartar (also called dental calculus), which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease
~ Floss and polish your teeth for a healthy, bright smile
~ Examine your smile for signs of any damaging dental conditions or diseases
We utilize dental X-rays to further evaluate your smile and make certain that you receive the dental care you need. Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential in maintaining good oral health, preventing cavities and gum disease, and making sure that any damaging conditions are treated as early as possible.
Our dentist recommends that you visit us every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. We may suggest more frequent visits if needed, and we also encourage you to contact us if you suffer from a dental emergency, pain, or injury. To schedule your next appointment, we invite you to contact us today. We look forward to caring for your smile!
Digital X-rays are one of the advanced diagnostic tools we use to provide you with the best possible care. Digital radiography has changed the way we take dental X-rays by making the process faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever before. Digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays that use film. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation than conventional film X-rays, and they require the use of no chemicals for developing the images. Our dentist can then instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care. Our team is able to use digital radiography to identify and diagnose several types of dental problems, such as:
~ Decay in between teeth
~ Developmental abnormalities
~ Improper tooth root positioning
~ Cysts and abscesses
~ Fractures in existing fillings
~ Infection in the tooth nerves
~ Bone loss
We may also use digital dental X-rays to plan certain kinds of dental treatment, such as oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, dental implants, and more. To learn more about digital radiography and how we use X-rays at our office, we welcome you to call or visit us soon.
Velscope Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is the silent killer. Its devastating effects can reach anyone. That is why when you come into our office, we will make sure to perform a professional, accurate, and non-invasive screening that will be able to detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.
To perform our screenings, we use the latest technology, with the VELscope cancer screener. The VELscope’s distinctive blue-spectrum light will allow us to notice any disruptions in the natural pattern of your mouth tissue. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered that are often non-visible to the unassisted eye. To learn more about how we can help you, and how our cancer screenings can be of service to you, please give us a call right away! Check out velscope.com or oralcancerfoundation.org for further information.
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect your teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth surface over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean your teeth with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children; our dentist frequently recommends sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or for teeth that have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice. Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how we can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and many foods. While you receive a certain amount of fluoride from your diet and from using toothpaste with fluoride, we may recommend fluoride treatment to further strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and protect them from tooth decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, bacteria, sugars, and acids constantly attack and demineralize the enamel layer of your teeth. Fluoride works to remineralize the tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay and cavities. In addition, fluoride can strengthen the teeth as they develop to make sure they are strong and healthy, making fluoride very important for children as their teeth grow in.
Our dentist often recommends professional fluoride treatment during your regular dental checkup, and we may suggest further fluoride treatment if your teeth are prone to decay or if you are not receiving a sufficient amount of fluoride from other sources. Professional fluoride is available in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam. Fluoride treatment is just one of the ways our dentist helps you keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.
During your time at our office, our team works hard to improve your oral health. It is essential, however, that you continue taking care of your smile at home through consistent oral hygiene. Good dental hygiene includes a number of daily habits and practices that help to keep your smile healthy and bright. Our dentist recommends that you follow these basic steps to help your smile stay in optimal health:
~ Brush your teeth after each meal or at least twice a day. We encourage you to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that includes fluoride.
~ Floss at least once every day. The most important time to floss is just before you go to sleep at night.
~ Eat a balanced diet. Limiting your intake of very sugary and acidic foods can help to prevent tooth decay.
~ Maintain your regular visits to the dentist every six months.
During these visits, we will provide a professional teeth cleaning and a thorough dental exam to make certain we provide any needed preventive or restorative treatments.
When you visit our dentist and team, we will review your dental hygiene habits with you and offer needed information on any additional steps you can take to further improve your oral health. To learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule your next appointment at our office, we welcome you to call or visit us today.
Periodontal dentistry is a field of dentistry that is preventative and restorative in nature, helping patients prevent periodontal disease and restoring their gums back to health when necessary. When someone has periodontal disease, it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) have accumulated around the teeth, causing permanent deterioration to the area surrounding your teeth (which can include the jawbone). Left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal disease are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include:
~ Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
~ Loose teeth
~ Increased spaces between teeth
~ Persistent bad breath
~ Pus around the gums and teeth
~ Receding gums around a tooth
~ Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks associated with periodontal disease (high blood pressure, heart disease, pancreatic cancer, low birth weight/premature deliveries, and stroke, just to name a few). That is why we make an effort to prevent the disease and to save you from the unnecessary costs of periodontal disease.
To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments at Fillmore Family Dental. Because untreated periodontal disease can be dangerous, and pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums is not always present, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately. Remember this visit could literally save your life and may be the most important appointment you make this year.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
~ Extreme drowsiness during the day
~ Personality changes and irritability
~ Difficulty staying asleep
~ Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
~ Frequent morning headaches
Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!
Sports Mouth Guards
Our dentist is dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and free from pain. To help us do this, we provide several types of mouth guards at our office. For our athletic patients, we often recommend a type of mouth guard called an athletic mouth guard or sports guard. Sports guards fit over your teeth while you play sports and participate in other athletic activities to protect your smile from injury. Sports guards are especially important for our patients who play high-contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey, and rugby; however, all types of athletes can benefit from an athletic mouth guard. Whether you play soccer, basketball, or baseball, a sports guard can be a great way to protect your smile and keep it safe.
While a number of types of athletic mouth guards are available, a custom-made mouth guard is the most effective in protecting your smile. This type of mouth guard is designed to comfortably fit your smile and prevent dental injury such as knocked out and chipped teeth. A sports guard can also help to prevent injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks, and gums.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more about mouth guards and their benefits. We look forward to caring for your smile!