What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is a multi-faceted treatment method. As a dental team, we provide you with the professional cleaning, examination, and attention necessary to keep your mouth in tip-top shape. However, you are just as integral to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At-home care, including regular brushing and flossing, is vital. Rest assured that our team will provide you with comprehensive in-office maintenance while explaining exactly what you need to do at home for easy, effective care 24/7. The main components of preventive dentistry include:
- Home care
- Thorough exams
- Bruxism treatment
- TMJ treatment
- Sleep apnea treatment
- Snoring treatment
- Oral cancer screenings
Am I a Good Candidate?
Everyone is a good candidate for preventive dentistry. The best way to keep your mouth healthy and to maintain a beautiful smile is to visit your dentist, even if you already have excellent oral health. Like the requirements for any other machine, regular maintenance is the key to smooth functioning. Even if you already suffer from poor oral health, preventive dentistry can improve the beauty and function of your smile. In addition, we can also provide restorative services to return your mouth to a natural state of good health, while simultaneously inhibiting new issues from arising.
What Can I Expect?
First, Dr. Hakimzadeh will thoroughly examine your mouth. He will listen to your questions and concerns, and take time to discuss your health history. All patients need regular check-ups and cleanings. In addition to this one-size-fits-all maintenance, he will take a closer look at your unique needs. Following the initial examination, Dr. Hakimzadeh may take X-rays and digital scans of your mouth, recommending specific treatments or fitting you with devices to better align your teeth or address discomfort.
Oral Cancer in Pearl CA
Nobody likes talking about oral cancer, but because of its prevalence and high treatment success rate, talking about it and keeping an eye out for oral changes is your best bet for maintaining good health. If you are one of the 100 new cases that occur each day in the United States, rest easy with the knowledge that early detection yields an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. Dr. Hakimzadeh and our team will maintain a positive attitude and empathetic, gentle guidance through every moment, from diagnosis to post-treatment check-ups.
What Is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is a disease of your mouth and may include surrounding structures, such as your neck, lymph nodes, and throat. The normally healthy cells in your mouth will begin to divide and multiply in an abnormal fashion, commonly resulting in tumor growth. This disease occurs in several stages, beginning with pre-cancerous or early cancer cells that only affect flat tissue. As the disease progresses, one or more tumors may form in your mouth and spread throughout surrounding tissue, making it more difficult to treat and remove. The disease is treatable through a variety of methods, but early detection is crucial for increasing the chances of full recovery.
Are There Common Symptoms to Look For?
Because oral cancer can affect a variety of areas within your mouth and often begins with symptoms that you may not associate with cancer, regular check-ups and cleanings are crucial. Dr. Hakimzadeh and our team will examine your mouth thoroughly each time you visit. We welcome inquiries about changes you have noticed in your mouth. Bring them up even if you feel like they are too small of a change to mention. The earlier we catch the disease, the greater your likelihood of recovery. In addition, if the problem is actually a symptom of another condition, such as gum disease, it is equally important to treat all infections immediately. Watch for common symptoms and call our offices immediately if you notice a change resembling any of the following:
- White patches under your tongue
- Red or whitish splotches in your throat
- Sores that bleed or do not heal
- The feeling that something is stuck in your throat
- A lump in your mouth
- Teeth that suddenly seem loose
- A sore throat that doesn’t go away
- Pain in your mouth, like a sore tongue, uncomfortable chewing, or discomfort while swallowing
- A scratchy throat and cotton mouth
How Is Oral Cancer Treated?
Make an appointment with Dr. Hakimzadeh and our team immediately after a diagnosis or if you are concerned you may have oral cancer. We will screen your mouth for cancer and may perform a biopsy if necessary. A biopsy is a collection of cells that a lab checks for disease. Treatments for oral cancer, employed either independently or in combination with one another, include:
- Surgical removal of tissue and tumors
- Radiation therapy
Your instinct may tell you to wait it out to see if things get better, but there is never any benefit to waiting. Even if we determine that you have a common irritation, choosing prevention over a late diagnosis is always the right choice for your health.
Make an Appointment Today!
At the offices of Pasha Hakimzadeh, DDS, we are excited to help you achieve a beautiful smile, while guiding you toward making wise oral health decisions.Please contact us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Hakimzadeh. We welcome patients of all ages at our Pearl office located directly off of Interstate 5.Pasha Hakimzadeh, DDS, extends a friendly chair-side manner and dental services to patients from Pearl, Lakewood, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, and surrounding communities.
Summary: Dr. Hakimzadeh, your gentle, empathetic dentist, screens patients for oral cancer, and provides a variety of treatment options as well as full support when a diagnosis is positive.