When you come in for a standard preventive appointment, it will typically consist of a cleaning and oral exam. During the cleaning, one of our excellent hygienists will use sophisticated tools to break up and clear away plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gum line.
Then, one of our doctors will examine your mouth looking for common dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and much more. By coming in for these appointments every 6 months or more, you’ll enable our team to catch and treat any issues you might have before they can really affect your smile.
Do you have a little one at home? Then we’d love to see them! Dental appointments at an early age are the best way to make sure your child’s teeth are developing correctly, plus they give our team the chance to teach them basic habits that will keep their teeth healthy throughout their entire life. At our practice, we have just the right combination of treatments, patience, and a gentle touch to make sure your child always has a good time at the dentist.
Cavities are most likely to develop on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth simply because they are harder to completely clean, and this is especially true for children. To give these teeth a little bit of extra protection, we can apply something called a dental sealant, which is a clear, thin layer of a plastic resin. This will establish an invisible barrier on the teeth that will prevent food particles and plaque from accumulating on them, effectively stopping both tooth decay and cavities.
Nighttime teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is an extremely common condition that affects about 1 in 3 people worldwide. Over time, it can severely wear down the teeth and even damage the sensitive jaw joints. Fortunately, we can provide our patients with something called a nightguard to protect their smile while they sleep. It is a simple custom-made mouthpiece that places a comfortable cushion between the teeth to prevent them from grinding together.
Did you know that 40% of all sports injuries are actually dental injuries?! That number is even higher for children! So for yourself or your kids, you should always make sure that the teeth are protected when playing sports, whether they involve contact or not. Rather than using an uncomfortable, generic mouthguard from the store, our practice can provide a completely custom-made one that will fit AND defend the smile better from unexpected collisions.
Fatalities related to oral cancer are currently on the rise here in the U.S., especially among healthy adults who do not engage in typically risky behaviors like tobacco or excessive alcohol use. Why? Because all too often, the disease isn’t detected until it is in its more advanced stages. This is why the American Cancer Society recommends that everyone should have at least one oral cancer screening each year. We can perform one during your regular checkup. It only takes a few minutes, but it could be the few minutes that ends up saving your life.