While we are primarily concerned about your oral health, we understand the way your teeth look is also very important. With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence. These smile-enhancing treatments may be much more comfortable, less time-consuming, and more affordable than you realize.
We screen for early detection of oral problems
Current research indicates that problems with your mouth can affect your overall health. The opposite also is true. It is important to detect dental problems early so that your mouth and your entire body remain healthy.
Periodontal (gum) disease affects three out of four adults at some time in their lives. It doesn’t necessarily hurt and you may not even be aware you have it until an advanced stage. Regular dental visits are essential for detecting periodontal disease at an early stage, before the gums and the supporting bone are irreversibly damaged. We will screen your mouth for signs of periodontal disease every time you visit out office for an oral examination and prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).
We will also screen your teeth for signs of tooth decay, examine your bite to make sure that you can chew properly, and check your temporomandibular (jaw) joints for signs of problems.
Dental radiographs (X-rays) may be necessary as part of your exam. Among other things, dental radiographs can help to assess tooth decay and periodontal disease. In children, radiographs are also used to evaluate growth and development of the mouth.
As a part of your visit, we’ll teach you the best way to keep your mouth healthy. We will review your brushing and flossing techniques, discuss good dietary habits, and may suggest additional tools to help keep your mouth clean. Keeping your teeth clean is the most important thing that you can do to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.