Preventive Dentistry in Marietta
Preventive care is a cornerstone of our practice. Brushing and flossing are both essential for enjoying good oral health, but these behaviors by themselves aren't enough. Routine visits to our Marietta office are just as essential. They provide an opportunity to clean your smile and assess it for serious issues. Preventive dentistry is about more than cleanings and exams. With our comprehensive selection of services, we help every member of your family enjoy better health and wellbeing.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
While routine brushing and flossing will do a lot to help you control plaque and tartar, even the best homecare routine could use extra help. With our advanced tools and expertise, we help you clean corners of your mouth that are hard to reach with traditional tools. We also offer tips for improving your brushing and flossing routine.
If you or someone else in your family is an athlete, Dr. Thornton would love to talk to you about the importance of wearing a custom-made sportsguard. Close to 40% of all sports injuries involve the face. But wearing a sportsguard that was made just for your smile will protect your teeth, tongue, and jaw. They've even been shown to reduce the severity of concussions. Call or visit our Marietta office to learn more.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Patients who smoke or drink alcohol excessively are more prone to developing oral cancer than other patients. Abstaining from these behaviors won't completely eliminate your chances of developing oral cancer. At least a quarter of cases in women and men alike have been linked with HPV, while a smaller number have an unknown cause. With all of this in mind, we strongly recommend that patients receive routine oral cancer screenings, because the best hope for a full recovery is an early diagnosis.
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association both recommend that children first see a dentist when they're between 12 months and 15 months? The earlier the dental visit, the better the chances are to prevent dental problems. Dr. Thornton can help by providing thorough preventive dentistry, complete with dental sealants, for your child starting from their first dental visit.
To gain a complete understanding of your needs, our team has invested in top-of-the-line imaging technology. This technology has not only made the X-ray process simpler and more comfortable, it has also made it safer, both for the patient and for us. To learn more about how we're using digital radiography to improve your treatment experience, don't hesitate to give our Marietta dental office a call.