Consistent, rather than occasional, preventive maintenance is our goal for each patient. We always take extra time to show our patients the correct way to floss and brush (there is a right and a wrong way). We explain why consistent care is important, and we make patients fully aware of the consequences of neglecting their teeth.
Our preventive services include (but are not limited to):
Seventy-five percent of adult tooth loss is caused by gum disease, and at least 80 percent of the population has some degree of gum disease. This disease is an infection of the gums and jawbones, and is caused by the colonization of bacteria underneath the tartar on your teeth. Often there are no noticeable symptoms for a long time. A dentist or hygienist must do a thorough and complete examination to detect gum disease, especially in its early stages.
Bacteria and the chemical by-products that the body uses to fight them can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in other parts of the body. In fact, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births, and low birth weight.
We take a proactive and comprehensive approach to providing gum therapy with the following services:
- Charting and Diagnostic Services
- In-office Gum Therapy - scaling and root planing
- Deep Cleaning and Irrigation - to further combat bacteria, we use an anti-bacterial agent before, during, and after this procedure.
If you suffer from any of the following:
- A painful, aching jaw
- Teeth that are sore and sensitive
- A stiff neck upon awakening
- Frequent and recurring tension headaches and/or morning headaches
You must be clenching or grinding your teeth. But what does that have to do with these problems? Clenching or grinding your teeth requires high-intensity muscle contractions which cause pain to surrounding tissues, joints, and other muscles. By reducing the intensity of the clenching, you’re effectively minimizing the source of the pain—in many cases in just a few days. The NTI Clenching Suppression System is a small, clear, plastic device that fits over your front teeth at night and makes clenching virtually impossible. NTI is an FDA approved oral appliance.