Preventative dental care is one of the most important services we offer at our practice. This type of dental care includes avoiding gum disease, cavities, enamel wear, etc. Having regularly scheduled examinations is important to reduce risk of dental decay and periodontal disease. We do the following dental exams:
Comprehensive Examination – Full examination of all areas of your mouth including teeth, gums, tongue, palate, cheeks, lips and jaw joint. We will look for any disease that is present such as cavities or gum disease and discuss how to treat your smile.
Routine dental cleanings/oral health – Routine teeth cleanings and oral exams are recommended every six months. During the appointment, we will take any necessary x-rays, clean the teeth, and provide a comprehensive exam, screening for oral cancer and gum disease.
Oral Hygiene instruction and review – As your mouth and health change, we will provide detailed instructions and recommendations for creating and maintaining a healthy mouth and smile.
Digital x-rays – X-rays let us see areas that a visual examination cannot, such as in between teeth and within the jaw bone or jaw joint. Different types of x-rays are recommended at different intervals, but all or our x-rays are digital, which means they are faster, and less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Oral Cancer Screening – Done as part of e every examination performed in our office. An oral cancer screening is to identify early cancer and pre-cancer of the mouth. Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth and we aim to detect the legions early when the opportunity for a cure is the greatest. Ask us about an advanced oral cancer screening with vizilite.
Fluoride – Since the 1950’s we have known that fluoride can strengthen teeth and reduce cavities on biting surfaces as well as exposed roots. We offer professional fluoride applications for patients of all ages.
Sealants – Sealants can be placed on the biting surface of teeth that have pits and grooves. While there, the sealant helps to prevent decay in those pits and grooves keeping the possibility of cavities much lower.