While traditional dentistry focuses on treating symptoms of oral diseases; health-centered dentistry focuses on the prevention of oral diseases as well as creating a healthy, stable foundation that is designed to last.
Dr. Ken Schweifler and our dental care team are committed to helping you achieve overall wellness and excellent dental health. Equipping patients with the tools and knowledge needed to maintain a healthy smile can benefit them throughout their lifetime.
Through health-centered dentistry, patients become active participants in their journey to a healthier, more functional smile. Patients understand the responsibility they have to nurture and support their oral health. We recognize that patients don’t want to spend extra time at the dentist if it isn’t necessary; this requires both patient and dentist to work independently to reach a common goal: help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.
This starts with visiting the dentist at least twice a year for routine dental exams. Routine dental exams allow your dentist to take a preventive approach to your dental care. During your dental exam, your dentist can—
- Diagnosis of oral disease
- Check for signs of periodontal disease, bite disorders (TMJ) and tooth decay
- Build a master treatment plan that is right for you
Taking a proactive approach to your dental care can reduce your risk of developing certain oral diseases as well as help you maintain a functional smile. Dr. Schweifler can work with you on an individual basis to create a plan that works best for you. Visit our Los Altos dentist office to explore your dentistry options.
Taking A Health-Centered Approach To your Dental Concerns
In some cases, your dental concerns are entirely preventative. As noted, we work with you to develop preventive dental care plans to help reduce your risk of oral diseases and enable your smile to function to its full ability. In the event that you notice any dental dysfunction, it is important to contact your dentist right away. Early intervention can help you avoid advanced issues and complications.
Some of the most common dental concerns are:
- Bleeding Gums: Are bleeding gums normal? No, bleeding gums are often a sign of a bacterial infection of the gums called gum disease. Gum disease can result in bone and tooth loss if left untreated.
- Teeth Grinding: How do I treat teeth grinding? Teeth grinding may be a sign of a bite disorder, stress, or TMJ. Finding the underlying cause of tooth grinding can help your dentist create a treatment plan that is designed to stop teeth grinding, prevent further damage, and repair any existing damage.
- Missing Teeth: What are my tooth replacement options? Dental implants are one of the most effective and successful solutions for replacing one or several teeth. They can be used to support a dental crown, denture, or a dental bridge.
- Headaches: Are my headaches related to dental issues? Headaches may be the result of a bite disorder, TMJ dysfunction, sleep apnea, or teeth grinding. Undergoing the necessary testing can bring forth the answers you need and get you one step closer to an effective treatment.
Visit our Los Altos dentist office for the care you need. We value creating long term relationship with our patients and helping them achieve a healthier smile.