Preventive dentistry enables our team to stop small problems from turning into bigger ones that require more extensive care. By coming to see us regularly and consistently cleaning their teeth at home, many of our patients are able to completely avoid cavities and gum disease for years at a time, ensuring their dental visits are always quick and easy. We believe strongly in the power of prevention, and if you’re ready to safeguard you and your family’s smiles, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
In order to achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, we recommend that patients of all ages should attend at least two checkups and cleanings every year. Our hygienists can clean your teeth much more thoroughly than you can at home, and they’ll also be able to reach those trouble spots in your mouth that your brush and floss can’t. Plus, your dentist will have a chance to examine your teeth and gums so they can find any potential issues as early as possible so they can be promptly taken care of.
Early detection and treatment are essential to surviving oral cancer, but its initial symptoms can actually be quite easy to miss. To ensure that our patients are never caught off guard by this disease, we perform an oral cancer screening at every checkup. We’ll use a special light called a VELscope that actually makes potentially cancerous cells illuminate, helping us spot suspicious areas that would normally be hidden from the naked eye.
Unconscious teeth grinding while asleep, otherwise known as bruxism, is a very common response to daily stress that can severely wear down and damage the teeth if left untreated. It’s also often the cause of chronic headaches! Fortunately, we can help protect a patient’s smile by having them wear a nightguard to bed. It’s a small oral appliance that prevents the rows of teeth from coming together, preventing any harmful contact.
If you move your jaw from side to side, those little joints you feel right below your ears are called the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. Like others in the body, it can sometimes develop stiffness and dysfunction due to an injury or arthritis, and a misaligned bite can place excess strain on it as well. This can lead to chronic pain throughout the face, head, and neck. Our team can help identify the underlying cause of these issues and prescribe treatments designed to relieve pain and improve function at the same time.
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