Preventive Dentistry: Your Key to a Problem-Free Smile
At our practice, we’d much rather help you avoid dental issues altogether than have to fix them later. With this approach, you’ll spend less time in our office and more time simply enjoying your smile. To accomplish this, we can offer you an array of preventive services. With just two appointments each year, Dr. Virginia Gregory and our team can help you not just achieve a beautiful smile, but also maintain it for many years to come.
Teeth that last a lifetime are frequently cleaned by a professional. During a six-month hygiene appointment, our team will remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup that can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
Plaque is clear, sticky, and constantly forming on the surface of your teeth. When it is not removed thoroughly every day, it turns into yellow tartar. The acids and bacteria in plaque and tartar can combine with the bacteria that are naturally present in your mouth and cause an infection -- so their frequent removal is important for sustained oral health.
Regular Checkups and Patient Education
Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned during your six-month appointment, our dental team will examine your smile for the presence of decay, infection, worn dental work, and even oral cancer during your checkup. Early detection aids in successful treatment.
One-on-one patient education is another important part of helping you on your journey to a lifetime of consistent dental and oral health. You and your hygienist or Dr. Gregory will discuss how you can take better care of your teeth at home. Feel free to ask any questions you have regarding your oral health during your appointment.
About Oral Cancer
The prevalence of oral cancer is rising -- and it is one of the deadliest of cancers. Oral cancer is defined as that affecting the tongue, lips, throat, cheeks, gums, or anywhere in the mouth. Early detection of oral cancer aids in successful treatment. Adults of all ages should undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year, which we can perform during your regular checkup. People who are at a higher risk of developing the disease include men over the age of 55, tobacco users, and people who have had frequent exposure to UV light.
Nightguards for Bruxism
People who grind their teeth at night (also known as bruxism) experience headaches, ear and neck pain, and may notice their teeth beginning to chip or wear down. A custom-fitted nightguard can protect your tooth enamel and helps you achieve relaxing, restful sleep.
There’s no quick-fix for halitosis. Maybe it’s what you eat or the result of insufficient dental hygiene. If you (and others) are suffering as a result of your bad breath, Dr. Gregory can help with a breath treatment plan built for your specific case.
With these services, we can stop many dental problems before they even start. We’ll make sure your teeth are the absolute last thing on your mind the next time you eat, speak, or smile. Come get peace of mind when it comes to your smile and schedule an appointment today.