Our Family Dentistry Services
Preventive care is an important skill to help children understand at an early age. Making exams and cleanings a regular part of children’s health care shows them that taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth should always be a priority.
In the event of cavities, root canals, gum therapies or other health-related procedures, we offer gentle, yet effective treatments for the whole family.
We can also provide you information on diet choices and sound habits you can practice as a family to ensure the best dental health. We all know the importance of brushing after each meal, but it should be modeled and practiced in the home. There is a known connection between gum disease and heart disease. For older family members, it is vital to floss regularly and brush the gums to stimulate blood flow in the gums. We offer periodontal treatments to help get your gums healthy again and aftercare suggestions to maintain your periodontal health.
If you are concerned with dental health for your entire family, please let us know your concerns. We are here to care for the dental needs of all age groups.
Family Dentistry Services in Kennesaw
Everyone should be diligent with home care of their teeth, which includes brushing, flossing, and periodontal care. However, some areas can be missed, even with the best home care routine. This is why regular appointments for professional dental cleanings are so important.
All cleanings are designed to clean away plaque, which is a natural bacteria that grows in your mouth on food debris. If plaque is not cleaned off, it will harden into a substance called calculus. It is the presence of calculus that leads to periodontal disease.
There are many techniques for cleaning, and you can think of a professional cleaning as a deep cleaning. The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the buildup of plaque and calculus.
We recommend a cleaning every six months to ensure you and your family are well protected from the risk of periodontal disease.
For both children and adults, two dental exams each year are recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry. Doing this minimizes the risk of gum disease, problems with tooth structure, cavities, and oral cancer, as well as other dental issues.
During exams, we begin with a visual examination of the mouth, looking for problems or abnormalities. Intra-oral cameras help us look closely at the tissues and tooth structure of the month.
Dental x-rays, taken with our digital x-ray technology which uses only 10% of the radiation of traditional x-rays, reveal structural issues in the teeth and gums. Oral cancer screenings are also completed in dental exams with the purpose being early detection should something unusual be present in the mouth.
Generally, a dental exam is a short but important diagnostic process.
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can be a severe illness, causing the loss of teeth and bone degeneration. Luckily, with good, regular attention to brushing your teeth properly and regular cleanings at my dental practice, gum disease can be avoided.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria, so cleaning is necessary; this includes both brushing and flossing. When brushing, you want to brush along the gumline, onto the gums. Doing this will stimulate blood flow in the gums, helping to keep the tissues healthy. Of course, flossing between the teeth will prevent decay as well.
There is a proven link between gum disease and heart disease. As you age, it becomes increasingly important to avoid gum disease. Gum disease also can lead to lost teeth and bone loss in older patients. So, we encourage regular visits for visual examinations and cleanings. Gum disease can be spotted visually by a dentist, so regular visits are important to keep this in check.
Being aware of risk factors related to gum disease is important. If you smoke, have diabetes, or have a family history of gum disease, you may want to be extra proactive.
A common procedure we perform is referred to as a root canal. This method eliminates infections in a tooth which cause tooth decay. With today’s modern technologies and treatments, we do our best to make the process as painless as possible.
Technically, a root canal is called endodontic therapy. When the pulp of the tooth (or the part with blood vessels and nerves) becomes infected with some outside microbial infection, it is necessary to clean out the infection and protect the remainder of the tooth. Following the procedure, the tooth is structurally sound, and the root remains healthy.
The best protection from the sorts of infections that require root canals is everyday cleaning that keeps your teeth healthy. Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings to eliminate factors that decay the enamel of a tooth will keep your teeth and gums clean.
‘‘ My family and I have been patients of Eric Duncan for over 8 years. Eric and his staff are great. Every visit we are greeted with smiles and great attitudes. ’’
Frank G., Actual Patient