Prevention and Education
Dentistry is known as the “Prevention Profession” because much of the dental disease we treat is preventable. As people live longer and take better care of their oral health, the benefits of maintaining health and preserving teeth become clear. The old model of fixing teeth after they hurt or break, or treating gum disease with surgery and tooth extractions is fading into history. Today, with our ability to detect the signs of breakdown before symptoms occur we can provide comprehensive care that is less invasive, less expensive, and longer-lasting.
In our office, we will endeavor to help you understand your specific condition and help you take whatever steps are necessary for you to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiling and chewing. That process includes:
Examination and Diagnosis
To ensure your ongoing health, we perform a regular inspection of your teeth and gums, an oral hygiene evaluation, oral cancer screening, soft tissue exam, and an analysis of the jaw joints, muscles of chewing, and all the associated structures that determine optimal oral health. Most importantly, we will spend time explaining and showing you what your individual situation is and present you options to help you keep your teeth and mouth as healthy as you want them to be.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Professional cleanings performed by a licensed hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. In addition to assessing the health of your gum tissue and providing home care instruction, your hygienist will:
|Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease and gingivitis
|Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that you can not remove it at home. When the deposits are extensive or in difficult to reach areas, the periodontal disease process will begin and progress without treatment, possibly leading to tooth loss.
|Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing
Registered Dental Hygienist