In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Our doctors and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMJ.
If we diagnose that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend periodontal therapy. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.
Periodontal Therapy is a non-surgical procedure in which the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. In addition, the use of site-specific antibiotics and/or a dental laser may be employed. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth, because plaque and tartar make the bacterial toxins that cause gum disease. New research shows that uncontrolled gum disease can increase an individual’s risk of hypertension, stroke, and diabetes.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During your dental exam, we will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.