Dental Exam and Hygiene

Dental Exam and Hygiene:

Did you know that dental cleanings are the cheapest, easiest way to achieve great dental health? Keeping bacteria off teeth and gums will go a long way in protecting from cavities and gum disease. Since the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, keeping the mouth clean can mean better overall health as well. Regular checkup visits will include dental x-rays as needed, oral cancer screenings, TMJ assessment, cleaning and dental examination. Our doctors will work with you in developing the appropriate prevention program for your mouth.

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Gum infections and diseases are the number one cause for tooth loss. The build-up of calcified bacteria above and below the gumline causes teeth to become loose. Our doctors will do an assessment of your gums to let you know if you are at risk for tooth loss.
 
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 will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMJ.
 
Oral Cancer Screenings:
 
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
 
Smoking, Chewing Tobacco, especially combined with alcohol consumption 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.
 
Our dental office is proud to provide the most advanced standard of care available. Please ask us about the FDA approved VELscope exam. VELscope blue light allows dental professionals to see disease not visible to the naked eye. This procedure is a painless, non invasive blue light shined into the patient’s mouth. The images are viewed through the back of VELscope handpiece and the dentist may find tissue abnormalities at an earlier stage.
 
Please click on the below link for more details published by ADA regarding Oral cancer.
 
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-cancer
 

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