At Arizona Associates in Dentistry, we aim to make our care accessible for all. We feel privileged to care for each smile we greet, and we know they’re all unique. We customize care according to each patient’s needs and goals. Whether you’re entrusting us to care for your bundle of joy’s baby teeth, looking to protect a rambunctious teenager’s smile while they play sports, or your grandparent needs a solution for missing teeth, we can make it happen all under the same roof!
Did you know that 50% of the United States population suffers from the leading cause of tooth loss? That leading cause is gum disease (or periodontal disease).
Gum disease can be present without symptoms, but you’ll definitely want to let Dr. Taylor or Dr. Mclaws know if you have experienced any of the following:
We know this is a lot of information to digest, but we don’t share it to scare you. We share it in the hopes that we can help you prevent these symptoms and the need for invasive treatments.
While the methods of treating gum disease sound less than pleasant, advances made in dentistry make it much more comfortable and successful than ever before. At Arizona Associates in Dentistry, we use lasers to painlessly remove the inflamed gum tissue, expose the root to remove the build-up of calculus and plaque, then smooth the root to prevent bacteria from forming on any rough spots.
Using lasers to treat gum disease has several benefits, such as:
Unfortunately, oral cancer rates are on the rise. As with any form of cancer, the chances of remission are much higher with early detection. We take our role as your oral healthcare provider seriously, and oral cancer screenings are a part of our checkups – one more reason we like to see you at least twice a year. Having an established baseline makes it easier for us to notice differences in your mouth. Our use of the ViziLite® oral cancer screening technology helps us detect abnormalities we might not see with the naked eye alone. Such abnormalities may be present on any surface of the mouth and include:
The latest research finds that the #1 cause for oral cancer is now Human papillomavirus (HPV). We highly recommend the HPV vaccine to lower your risk. Other factors that increase the likelihood of oral cancer include:
Your Maricopa dentists advise wearing a mouthguard during sports play and sleep for the following reasons:
While you can find mouthguards in most sporting goods stores, we recommend having a custom fitted mouthguard made in our office for the best protection and most comfort. The thin plastic we use allows for easy breathing and communication.