Supportive & Prophylaxis Treatments

Bad Breath Treatment

Possibly one of the most embarrassing subjects people face is talking about bad breath. 

Recent studies have shown an estimated 65% percent of Americans have bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis (bad breath) is of oral, not systemic, origin.

Oral Cancer Exam

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40,000 cases of oral/pharyngeal cancer are diagnosed each year, with over 7500 of these cases resulting in the death of the patient. Fortunately, oral cancer, if caught early, can be more effectively treated.

Oral cancer may first appear without producing any symptoms, making it hard to recognize without an exam. There are many types of oral cancer, including adenocarcinoma and melanoma, but the most common form of oral cancer is  squamous cell carcinoma. The most common site for oral cancer is the tongue, though it may also appear in other areas of the mouth and throat, including under the tongue, both major and minor salivary glands, as well as the gums, and lips.  In recent years there has been a notable increase in the occurrence of oral cancers in younger patients, related to the prevalence of HPV virus among sexually active adults.

Supportive Periodontal Therapy

How important is it to have your teeth cleaned?

Although you may brush and floss at home it is important to see your periodontist and dental hygienist at least twice a year to professionally clean your teeth. During your hygiene visit Dr.Sarmiento will always do a comprehensive periodontal examination which includes a full exam of the gums, teeth, tongue, salivary glands, TMJ and the muscles of mastication. By doing so, any initiating disease may be diagnosed and treated without the need of a periodontal surgery. Once cleared by Dr. Sarmiento, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth in areas you may not have access to with your floss or tooth brush. Hygiene recall visits vary on how much plaque, tartar and bacteria you accumulate in a given time and/or in the presence of a periodontal disease.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

A wisdom tooth or third molar is one of the three molars per quadrant of our dentition. It is the most posterior of the three. 

Wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Most adults have four wisdom teeth (a third molar in each of the four quadrants), but it is possible to have fewer or more, in which case the extras are called supernumerary teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or “coming in sideways.” They are often extracted when this occurs.