Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of Dr. Kagihara’s dental examinations. Regular check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. Oral Cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth. It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue and the hard of soft palate. Although most of these areas are harmless, some are not. If Dr. Kagihara notices a spot or sore that looks harmless and does not have a clear cause, he will most likely choose to perform a simple test, such as a brush test. A brush test collects cells from a suspicion lesion in the mouth and those cells are then sent to a laboratory for analysis. If precancerous cells are found, Dr. Kagihara will work with you to determine the most efficient treatment necessary.
Periodontal treatment is an investment in your health. Treating periodontal problems will help you achieve a healthy mouth and help prevent tooth loss. In fact, with prompt treatment, proper home care, and regular dental visits, a great majority of patients can keep their teeth for a lifetime. After evaluating your periodontal health, Dr. Kagihara will work with you to determine the treatment options that best meet your needs.