Comprehensive Dental Care For
Dental checkups are an opportunity to monitor your oral health. Patients who are in generally good oral health should see their family dentist twice annually. More frequent cleanings and checkups may be recommended for patients with periodontal disease, or those who are prone to faster plaque and tartar buildup.
Professional cleanings with one of our registered dental hygienists include a check of your gums and teeth. A hygienist will remove plaque, tartar and stains caused by foods and beverages from tooth surfaces and along the gum line. Then teeth are polished to make their surfaces shiny and smooth.
We take X-rays periodically to examine areas of the teeth and bone that cannot be seen by the naked eye. X-rays are powerful diagnostic tools that, in many cases, help us identify signs of decay and disease before patients are in pain. We use digital X-ray technology, which creates instant images that can be viewed on chairside computer screens.
Fluoride treatments are suitable for children and adults. They are particularly useful for those who are at moderate to high risk of developing tooth decay. Fluoride strengthens teeth and protects them from plaque and tartar. These treatments take just a few minutes. The tooth surfaces are dried and fluoride varnish is applied to them.
We offer prescription strength fluoride toothpaste, which may be recommended for patients with more cavities than anticipated, or who have areas that are beginning to develop cavities. This prescription toothpaste helps remineralize and strengthen to help keep areas of concern from becoming full-blown cavities.
Oral cancer screenings
We conduct a head and neck exam during dental checkups to screen for signs of oral cancer. We visually inspect the mouth, and palpate the jaw and neck. Routine dental visits can increase the chance of catching suspicious changes in your oral health early.
Early detection of oral cancer means it often can be treated more easily. Pay attention to signs and symptoms of oral cancer between appointments, and call us if you experience lingering sores or irritations, red or white patches, or lumps, or rough spots in and around the mouth.
We recommend dental sealants for children as a means of protecting molars from tooth decay. Sealants are a coating painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth that keep food particles that can lead to plaque and tartar formation out of the deep grooves. Sealants typically last five to 10 years.
Teeth grinding and clenching can damage tooth structure and lead to a host of other oral health problems. We can fit you for a custom mouth guard to wear at night while sleeping.
We also provide sports mouth guards for athletes.