Maintain a healthy smile (and much more) with quality, preventative dentistry in Greensboro, NC

At Triad Dentistry, we appreciate that the best dental problem is the one that never happens in the first place! This approach is focused on prevention. And effective preventative dentistry in Greensboro, NC at the office of Steven L. Hatcher, DDS combines consistent and thorough home care with professional examinations and cleanings. So, when patients brush, floss, and care for their teeth and gums effectively, every day, and maintain check-ups with Drs Hatcher, Merrell, Isharani, and Coates, they are taking part in the preventative dentistry that maintains a healthy and stunning smile.

A proactive approach

Too many times, patients only visit their dentist when symptoms like toothaches arise. This is reactive dentistry. Reactive dentistry identifies existing problems and restores oral health with time-consuming, costly, and extensive treatments. Restorative procedures include extractions followed by bridges or dental implant-retained crowns and dentures to replace teeth that can’t be “saved” with root canal therapy. Why go through all of the trauma, hassle, and expense associated with restorative treatment when you don’t have to?

Preventive dentistry represents an affordable (often, 100% covered by dental insurance), comfortable, and efficient way to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Triad Dentistry’s services focus on preventing or quickly resolving the two leading causes of tooth loss:

  • Decay
  • Gum disease

As progressive conditions, there are many opportunities for Triad Dentistry, in partnership with you, to stop dental decay and disease before they cause irreversible damage.

Tooth decay

Your mouth contains “good” and “bad” bacteria. Researchers estimate 20 billion microbes live in the oral cavity. Since they reproduce every five hours, it’s important to remove bacteria with diligent, routine oral hygiene. If certain strains of bacteria build-up, sticky plaque forms. Harmful bacteria in plaque thrive off of starches and sugars in the foods and drinks. When they “mingle,” acids are produced that bathe your teeth and eat their way through tooth structure.

Decay may present as the erosion of the tooth’s protective enamel covering, which can produce sensitivity. Without treatment, cavities or holes develop on teeth surfaces, get bigger, and penetrate the deeper layers of the tooth. When decay reaches the innermost part of the tooth (or pulp) that contains nerves and blood vessels, significant pain and bacterial infections (abscesses) can arise, and root canal therapy can’t always “save” badly decayed teeth.

Gum disease

Plaque that isn’t brushed or flossed away hardens into tartar. Abrasive and porous, tartar collects above and below the gum line, where it irritates the tissues that support your teeth. To remove stubborn tartar, specialized expertise and dental instruments are required. Triad Dentistry patients love how minty-fresh and clean their mouths feel after our dental hygienists remove built-up plaque!

A combination of good home care and professional cleanings prevents early-stage inflammation or gingivitis. Like tooth decay, gum disease is progressive. When addressed quickly, the effects of gingivitis can be reversed, and more advanced stages of gum disease are avoided. Untreated periodontal disease can result in spaces or pockets between the teeth and gums. Advanced disease or periodontitis destroys soft tissues and bone. Irreversible damage requires that gums and teeth be “rebuilt” with grafting and other restorative procedures.

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Your oral exam

Routine visits are the backbone of preventive dentistry. In addition to professional cleaning, during your appointment, our staff discusses medical changes that can impact oral health; for instance, hundreds of chronic diseases and medications cause dry mouth, a risk factor for tooth decay. Also, x-rays identify oral problems that can’t be detected with the naked eye. At Triad Dentistry, we use digital radiographs that emit less radiation than conventional x-rays and are more comfortable for patients with a bad gag reflex and jaw pain.

Recall appointments are not complete without oral cancer screenings. Dr. Hatcher has invested in VELscope technology, which allows us to detect abnormalities early and non-invasively. When detected and treated early, oral cancers have high “cure” rates.

During regular check-ups, our dentists and hygienists discuss other factors that play an important role in preventative dentistry, including:

  • Diet – Foods rich in calcium, Omega-3, and Vitamin D promote healthy teeth and gums and are linked to lower rates of severe gum disease. Add sources such as leafy greens, nuts, and yogurt to your shopping cart.
  • Habits and behaviors – All nicotine-containing products impair your body’s natural defenses, and ability to fight off oral infections. Additionally, patients who grind and clench their teeth are at increased risk of dental disease and damage. Triad Dentistry may recommend customized dental appliances or night guards to protect your teeth and to support better jaw posture.
  • Cleaning techniques – Your teeth are only as clean as to how well they are brushed and flossed. Our team demonstrates ways to improve the effectiveness of your oral hygiene routine. We may recommend dental sealants, which are coatings that protect hard-to-clean molars from decay. Our board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Sona Isharani, encourages healthy habits among young patients during their critical developmental years.

Preventative dentistry at our office in Greensboro, NC further encourages overall well-being. The oral cavity doesn’t exist in isolation from the rest of the body. So, oral health often reflects the health of vital organs and systems. Call (336) 383-1482 to schedule your preventative dental appointment at Triad Dentistry.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

Visits at 6-month intervals are generally considered to be “standard.” It’s an opportunity for us to keep your mouth healthy, and to detect problems early when they’re easiest to treat.
If you smoke or use e-cigarettes and other products that contain nicotine, you are at increased risk of conditions such as oral cancer and gum disease. We may recommend more frequent appointments to keep your mouth healthy.
The most common causes of tooth loss include decay and gum disease. You are at increased risk of developing these conditions if you use tobacco products, have comorbidities such as diabetes, and clench or grind your teeth. Your genes, diet, stress, and medications also play a role.
Proper technique often reveals itself during your exam! To keep gum disease and decay away, be sure to brush for at least two minutes, twice each day. Also, brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and other areas that harbor harmful bacteria.
It’s important to floss on at least a daily basis. Floss reaches areas your toothbrush can’t, such as the spaces between your teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist for the first time by no later than their first birthday, or within six months of the first tooth erupting. Your child is in good hands with our board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Sona Isharani.
Think of sealants as a “raincoat” for your back teeth. They are easy to apply, non-invasive, and keep food and bacteria out of the grooved surfaces of hard-to-reach molars.
Dental fear and anxiety are quite common. We appreciate that many patients may be nervous, and have numerous gentle approaches and techniques to keep you at ease. We can even discuss safe sedative options to help you relax.
Yes! The best time to visit your friendly dentist at Triad Dentistry is before you have any signs of a problem. Conditions such as gum disease often don’t present themselves as pain or bleeding until they have progressed to the point where restorative care may be needed.
We are committed to doing no harm. Even traditional x-rays emit very low levels of radiation; however, for our patients’ peace of mind, we have invested in digital x-rays. These imaging systems not only emit less radiation than conventional x-rays, but they also produce detailed images for accurate diagnostics.
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Triad Dentistry

Dr. Steven Hatcher

A graduate from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hatcher majored in biology and completed his undergraduate studies there. At UNC, he was awarded a cancer research grant from the National Institutes of Health after which he graduated from dental school.

Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.
Why react to problems when you can prevent them? Along with his team at Triad Dentistry, Dr. Steven L. Hatcher keeps your mouth it’s healthy best and your smile stunning with quality preventative dentistry services and products. Schedule your preventative appointment at the Greensboro, NC office. Call (336) 383-1482.