Preventative Dentistry

It is our goal to help you maintain good oral health and hygiene. With our preventive services, you can avoid costly and complicated situations that could arise later on down the road. We offer comprehensive examinations, professional teeth cleaning, x-rays, and more.

Comprehensive Examinations

At your initial visit a comprehensive dental examination will take place. This includes a thorough examination of your medical and dental history, oral cancer screening, periodontal examination of the gums and an evaluation of your bite is all documented. Our doctors may also prescribe dental radiographs (x-rays) to further evaluate your mouth for both diagnostic or preventative reasons, whether it be to check bone levels, decay, or evaluate your teeth below the gums. Any needed treatment is discussed and thoroughly explained to you at this time. Please feel free to ask our doctors any questions or concerns that you may have, as we want your dental experiences to be comfortable and pleasant.

Periodic Examinations

A periodic examination, or check-up, is performed by one of our dentists when you have your routine cleanings. Any changes in your health and medications are added to your patient file. A soft tissue/oral cancer screening and a yearly recording of periodontal measurements is also made. Necessary radiographs are generally taken yearly, which our doctors use to evaluate changes to your teeth and oral health. If treatment recommendations are made during this examination, our doctors will go over that with you to explain why it is necessary.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Routine dental cleanings and check-ups are a vital part of maintaining long-term oral health. The purpose of having your teeth cleaned is to prevent or delay the progression of decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is recommended that healthy individuals should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every 6 months. Our dental professionals can recommend how frequent your teeth need to be cleaned based on many factors such as orthodontics, tobacco use, plaque build-up and gum disease.

Dental Cleaning Procedure

During the cleaning, or prophylaxis, your dental hygienist will be removing plaque, an almost invisible, stick film that forms on the teeth. When left alone plaque will harden, becoming tarter (also known as calculus) and firmly attaches to the teeth. Tarter can only be removed with dental instruments; if left alone this type of bacteria will cause decay and gum disease. A polishing paste containing fluoride is then applied to your teeth, which strengthens teeth against decay and has proven anti-bacterial effects that help prevent periodontal disease. Our experienced hygienists will provide you with the knowledge to improve or maintain good oral health, with personalized home care instruction.

Dental Radiographs

Commonly referred to as x-rays, dental radiographs are essential to dental examinations. Dental radiographs provide information about the teeth, bones and surrounding tissues, that can be invisible to the eye.

Dental Radiographs may reveal:

  • Decay between the teeth
  • Bone loss or periodontal disease
  • Infections, such as abscesses or cysts
  • Impaction, poor tooth position
  • Presence and location of teeth

Dental radiographs can be used in treatment planing, aid in tooth extractions, root canal therapy procedures and in implant placement. A full mouth series, showing all upper and lower teeth entirely, is recommended for new patients and is usually good for 3 to 5 years. Bite-wing radiographs are taken yearly, showing the crowns of the teeth in both the upper and lower arch. It is very important radiographs be current for dental examinations as a diagnostic and preventative tool to better assist you.

The Safety of Dental Radiographs

Today’s standard precautions and advances in dental radiography equipment protects patients from receiving unnecessary radiations and ensures that radiographs are very safe. We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation in dental radiograph exposure is extremely small, and more importantly, the benefit of radiographs far outweighs the risk. Although safe, our office takes the necessary precautions to keep you at ease by using lead apron shields to further protect your body.