Family Healthcare’s integrated healthcare approach includes two full-service dental clinics, offering affordable, high-quality, compassionate, barrier-free dental services, to individuals and families, regardless of financial circumstances. And if the patient prefers, it’s possible to receive dental, medical, behavioral care in one visit to Family Healthcare. All services are offered in English and Spanish.
Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care.
The dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The exam includes evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems and checking your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. Your dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
Helps control the bacteria in the mouth that are responsible for causing ‘bad breath’. Though brushing and flossing the teeth regularly can help keep the breath fresh, a professional dental cleaning every 6 months is also important for maintaining oral health.
Knowing what is going on during the dental cleaning process can help reduce your stress and all you to enjoy the minty-fresh results.
Here are the steps the dental hygienist takes in the dental cleaning procedure:
Periodontal disease (periodontitis), more commonly known as gum disease, has long been known as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Protecting the health of your gums means that you are also extending the life of your teeth. This is important because after childhood you can’t grow new teeth, so it is best to take care of the set you have for life. The following will help to prevent bacterial infections or reduce inflammation and are the best ways to reduce risk of gum disease.
Cavities and Fillings:
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny holes. Also called tooth decay or caries, cavities are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent eating without brushing, sugary drinks and foods, and improper oral hygiene habits. Left untreated they will get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits are your best protection against cavities and tooth decay.
Your dentist will want to do everything possible to preserve your teeth for long-term health and wellness. When a cavity is identified, the most successful approach is to remove the decay and fill the cavity left behind from the decay removal. The filling procedure takes around an hour in the dental office. You should expect to need X-rays of the affected teeth. The dentist will numb the area of the cavity in order to reduce discomfort during the filling procedure. They will then remove the area of decay and replace it with a filling. This takes just a few minutes. Once complete, your mouth will probably remain numb for a few more hours. There aren’t significant risks associated with filling cavities but be sure to keep the dentist’s information on had in case you have questions after the procedure.
Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection, and save the natural tooth. When you undergo a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
A root canal is like a routine filling and can usually be done in one or two appointments. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
“My experience with Family Healthcare has always been great. The staff and doctors are very friendly to me. I received assistance to have work done on my smile line and a missing tooth. I am grateful to the clinic and the doctors because, with their help, I have regained my smile and self-confidence once again. I will return to Family Healthcare because of how well everything went.”
– Noemi’s care at Family Healthcare was funded through a generous grant made by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. She was shy about the idea of smiling for our camera.
“Mi experiencia con Family Healthcare siempre ha sido excelente. El personal y los médicos son muy amables conmigo. Recibí ayuda para hacerme un trabajo en la línea de mi sonrisa y me faltaba un diente. Agradezco a la clínica y a los médicos porque con su ayuda he recuperado la sonrisa y la confianza de nuevo. Volveré a Family Healthcare por el gran servicio que ofrecen.”
– La atención de Noemi en Family Healthcare se financió a través de una generosa subvención otorgada por la Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. Le daba vergüenza la idea de sonreír para nuestra cámara.
St George Main Clinic
2276 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Cedar City East Clinic
245 E. 680 S.
Cedar City, UT
We continue to evolve Family Healthcare according to the model of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) which puts patients at the center of the healthcare system, and provides primary care that is “accessible, affordable, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.”
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