Preventative Dentistry is the ultimate goal that we set for each of our patients. Proper oral hygiene is done daily at home. We educate our patients with proper nutrition, dietary counseling, and proper techniques while brushing and flossing. This education, coupled with our periodic checkups and professional cleanings, gives each patient a good, overall bill of dental health. In order for patients to receive this education, we will provide a dental exam. During the dental exam, our hygienist will complete your cleaning and dental x-rays. The dental x-rays will help in the complete diagnosis of your mouth and provide us a plan to help reach your dental needs. If bone loss and hardened plaque are seen on the x-ray underneath the gum, a more thorough cleaning is often needed. This type of cleaning is called scaling and root planing, which detoxifies the tooth surfaces below the gum line and flushes the bacteria out of the area. This entire process from start to finish gives each patient the opportunity to stabilize their oral health. However, you will need to increase your hygiene vists from two to three or four times per year to maintain the desired level of dental health.
Prior to the completion of the preventative appointment, we will screen for periodontal disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, oral pathology, and Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD). We encourage our patients to maintain regular checkups to facilitate each visit being simple and pain free.