How To Detect Cavities

Happy young family looking at camera togetherCleaning your teeth at home, no matter how well, is not enough to prevent cavities. Every patients needs to see their dentist at least twice a year, if not more often if recommended. Only a professional can clean away plaque and tartar from the teeth, as well as detect decay. Here is a look at how our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist detects cavities and areas of concern.

Our team offers a revolutionary preventative treatment called CariFree. It is used to highlight dental decay and help identify its root cause. Prior to treatment, we utilize an advanced screening device to determine any risk of cavities developing, allowing our professional to prescribe the best preventive treatment for you.

CariFree has proved to reduce the risk of dental caries up to eighty-five percent. CariFree is a system of products that disrupts the bacteria that negatively impacts dental and oral health. If used properly and with appropriate dental care, it can prevent bad bacteria in the mouth from ever developing into cavities. Our dentist will work with you and demonstrate how each of these products are used. Patients use CariFree at home once at night, or as often as our dentist recommends for them and their case.

Dental Health with HIV

Dental Health with HIVHIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV can be passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood contact or sexual contact. AIDS occurs when an HIV infection has weakened a person’s immune system to the point where he or she has difficulty fighting off certain illnesses. There are several symptoms that could indicate that you have contracted HIV such as:

•    Rapid weight loss
•    Dry cough
•    Memory problems
•    Unexplained fatigue
•    Swollen lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck
•    Prolonged diarrhea
•    Pneumonia

In addition to these symptoms, our dentist may be able to detect the presence of HIV by examining your oral health. A few dental problems that can come from HIV include bleeding gums, herpes sores in the mouth, and fungal infections. These symptoms could also indicate something else entirely, which is why it is always important to get a proper diagnosis from our dentist.

The best way to prevent getting HIV is to avoid activities that could possibly allow the virus to enter your body. If you want to learn more about how to prevent contracting HIV or if you want to learn about the treatments available to you, talk to a medical professional right away.