When you have a family, you’re responsible for their well-being. That means feeding them healthy food, making sure they get exercise, and taking them to the dentist. Phoenix and Scottsdale family dentistry can help your loved ones have great teeth for a lifetime.
Elite Family Dentistry in North Phoenix
Many problems people have with their teeth can be traced back to harmful bacteria. These bacteria secrete acid, which causes gingivitis and cavities. They can even get into your gums and teeth, requiring root canals and periodontal treatment. How do these bacteria get to be such a problem? They feed off what you eat and drink. Tiny particles from food and drink get stuck on and around your teeth, giving food to the bacteria so they can grow.
That’s why brushing and flossing are important. But that’s also why your family should visit our Phoenix, AZ — conveniently located for Scottsdale residents — family dental office every six months. Only a dentist has the training and tools necessary to truly keep your teeth clean. Plus, Dr. Cavendish can give your mouth a thorough dental exam. This allows him to spot cavities, periodontal disease, and even oral cancer while they are still small and easier to treat.
Planning for Braces to Correct Alignment Issues
When your adult teeth finally stop moving in your teenage years, it’s very likely your smile will be crooked and uneven. That’s because your teeth can easily come in misaligned. Thankfully, most teens or even adults with crooked teeth will not need metal braces to have a great, healthy smile. We offer Invisalign and ClearCorrect instead. These orthodontic treatments use clear plastic trays that fit comfortably over your teeth. Like braces, they move your teeth to where they should be but more gently. Because they are made from clear plastic, they are almost invisible when worn.
Treating Cavities With Metal-Free Fillings
Cavities are small holes in your enamel. If left untreated, they will become very painful and can lead to an infection in your dental pulp. They need to be repaired. You have a choice, though, on how to repair them. Although the traditional filling still works well, you can get metal-free fillings at our office. Not only will they repair the damage, but they are colored to match your teeth as well. You can also get inlays and onlays, sometimes called partial crowns. Ours are made from zirconia, a very tough substance that will likewise match the color of your teeth.
Your Family Deserves Healthy Teeth, Gums
The key to good oral health is prevention. That means several things. First, brush and floss regularly. If you want your kids to do this, make sure they see you doing it yourself. You should also visit with Dr. Cavendish twice each year for professional dental cleanings and exams. Finally, make sure your family eats healthy. Sugar in soda, fruit juice, and candy is the favorite food of the bacteria behind cavities. Stick with water and healthy foods instead.