Dr. Sepe is able to fix just about any dental problem you can imagine, but he’d much rather his patients avoid cavities and gum disease in the first place. Using a vast array of services for preventive dentistry in Poway, CA, he’s able to stop the most common oral health issues during their earliest stages, often before they ever begin, so patients of all ages can enjoy strong, healthy smiles year after year. Is it time for you or your child’s next checkup? If so, give Poway Valley Dental Group a call today.
No matter a patient’s age or dental needs, they should receive at least one checkup and cleaning every six months to keep their smile as healthy as possible. At these appointments, Dr. Sepe performs a thorough oral exam that looks at the mouth from top to bottom, searching for signs of decay or damage in the teeth, gums, and jaw. By coming to see him regularly, you can ensure a minor issue doesn’t have the chance to turn into a major one. Plus, a professional cleaning will help remove tartar from those areas of the mouth that you can’t reach at home, keeping your entire smile safe from hidden infection.
The back teeth are by far the most vulnerable to developing cavities. Their rough chewing surfaces easily trap plaque and bacteria, and most people (especially children) largely miss them while brushing. These teeth require extra protection, and that’s exactly what dental sealants can provide. A thin layer of clear dental plastic is painted directly onto the enamel, and once it’s hardened, it will prevent plaque and food particles from ever touching the teeth and causing decay.
Bruxism is a fairly common condition where a person unconsciously clenches and grinds their teeth while they sleep. This cannot only wear down the teeth to the point of breaking, but it can also strain the jaw and cause a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), leading to chronic facial pain and headaches. With a nightguard, however, Dr. Sepe can prevent this from happening. This small oral device is worn to bed and places a barrier between the upper and lower rows of teeth so they can’t touch each other during the night, keeping them whole and healthy.
Early detection and treatment are absolutely essential to having the best chance of recovering from oral cancer, but this disease’s initial symptoms are very easy to miss. That’s why Dr. Sepe and our team always include an oral cancer screening when performing routine checkups. If we find any signs of cancer in your mouth, we’ll help you get a proper diagnosis right away so you can receive the treatment you need without delay.
Fluoride has been a proven cavity-fighter for decades, which is why you’ll likely find it in your toothpaste and tap water right now. You’ll also find this helpful mineral in our dental office, where we use it every day to fortify our patients’ enamel and make it more resistant to decay. At you and your family’s routine appointments, we can coat the teeth with a highly-concentrated fluoride gel to provide a quick and potent boost of cavity protection that will last until the next checkup.
99% of a person’s dental care comes in the form of daily brushing and flossing at home, which means the products you and your family use are extremely important to your long term oral health. To make sure you and your loved ones are using the right toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash for your smiles, feel free to ask our team for recommendations. We’ll let you know which products are best for each person’s needs so you can all get the most out of your oral hygiene routine.
Your child should start attending regular checkups and cleanings as soon as their first tooth appears, and at Poway Valley Dental Group, we’re ready to help children of all ages enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dr. Sepe and our entire staff do everything we can to help even the most nervous child feel relaxed in our dental office, ensuring your little one’s appointments are always stress-free for both of you. We’ll work to keep your child safe from decay while quickly fixing any problems that might occur along the way.
Without consistent brushing and flossing, your teeth can develop cavities, but for your gums, the threat is periodontal disease. This is a bacterial infection that stems from tartar deposits on the roots of the teeth, and over time, it can break down the gums and nearby jawbone, leading to gum recession, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. Thankfully, with periodontal therapy, our team is able to find, diagnose, and treat gum disease using proven methods that also help lower the risk of reinfection.