Preventive Care

Helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile is our goal. This is the reason why we emphasize our preventive services.


Comprehensive Oral Health Evaluations

Our goal is to help everyone achieve a healthy, attractive smile. To be able to help you, we must be able to understand your current state of health.

The first appointment will include:

  • Review of your Health and Dental History
    By understanding your health issues and medications we can better design a program that optimally meets your oral health needs.
  • Oral Cancer Screening
    We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through early identification of pre-cancerous conditions. We provide an oral cancer screening at each preventive appointment.
  • Periodontal Exam
    Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. We will examine your gum tissues to insure that gum disease is detected and treated.
  • Occlusal Exam
    The forces of your bite can wear and fracture teeth, cause headaches and damage your joints.
  • Caries Exam
    We perform a visual as well as a radiographic exam to locate areas of decay and determine the most conservative treatment available for your needs.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Exam
    TMD is a condition that affects many people. We examine the muscles, jaw movement and joint function to determine the health of the TMJ.

Cleaning

This important appointment allows the dentist and the hygienists to monitor your oral health. Routine cleanings help promote healthy gums and teeth by removing the plaque and calculus that causes decay and gum infection and educating you about prevention. A healthy smile leads to a healthy body.


Oral Cancer Screening

There are 35,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. each year. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, you are 2-3 times at greater risk. Almost 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through early identification of pre-cancerous conditions, and provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.


Digital Radiographs

Digital radiography is safer because it reduces the radiation exposure by 75-80% compared to conventional films. The computerized tools enhance the pictures and allow for greater diagnostic capabilities. Our office provides both intra-oral radiographs with digital sensors and panoramic x-rays that provide a full jaw image allowing us to better diagnose cavities, periodontal disease, infections and other pathology.


Sealants

Sealants are a thin plastic coating bonded into the grooves and pits of back teeth. This prevents food and bacteria accumulating in the grooves and causing decay. Sealants are ideal for children. Adults can benefit from the protection as well.


Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel making it more difficult for cavities to begin. Rampant decay for children and root caries for adults can be stopped by using fluoride gels or varnishes. It is a great preventive tool.