Preventive Dentistry

Maintaining a healthy smile means preventing tooth decay and disease. Read more below about how the office of Kathi M. Mansell can assist in keeping your dental health at its best.

Cleanings & Hygiene

Preventive Care

To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by your dentist, Dr. Kathi Mansell. In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research titled “Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry,” the ADA wants to remind consumers that the frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.

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Gum Disease

Gum Disease

The AAP recommends an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, or CPE, to assess your periodontal health and identify conditions such as periodontal disease that may need additional treatment. The American Academy of Periodontology in the Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy Statement, recommends that all adults receive an annual comprehensive evaluation of their periodontal health. It is very important to treat the inflammation that causes periodontal disease as soon as possible to ensure that your entire body stays healthy.

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Sealants

Dental Sealants

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.

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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day, from this point forward.

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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks (called the buccal mucosa), the teeth, the gums, most of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth, or hard palate.

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