People sometimes believe that tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease are simply a part of life. They don’t have to be! Our family dental practice emphasizes prevention, meaning we partner with our patients to prevent common dental problems. Our family dentist and our hygienists can help you maintain your smile.
Preventative Dentistry Services
Scaling & Root Planing
Dental cleanings and exams, usually done twice yearly, reinforces good oral hygiene practices, removes plaque and tartar that causes come disease and cavities. Dr. Hallie believes in the X-ray principle called ALARA: As Low As Reasonably Achievable. When taking X-rays, we take care that you and your family are exposed to the least amount of radiation possible.
During regular Dental appointments, your hygienist or dentist will look for symptoms of periodontal disease, including:
• Bone loss showing on dental X-rays
• Deeper probing depths around teeth
• More bleeding from the gums
• Gum swelling or becoming tender
Learn about Scaling & Root Planing that will help to stabilize periodontal disease and prevent tooth loss.
The very most important job a dentist has is screening for oral cancer. Dr. Hallie partnered with the Mayo Clinic and worked intimately in treating patients who were undergoing treatment for oral cancer. Actively taking the time to listen to patients’ symptoms and pay attention to their story’s details is so important as a provider. Sometimes the medical conditions we find are not a tooth or mouth-related at all but can be life-saving.
Some people have back teeth with high peaks and low valleys. While this is great for the function of chewing, it can make getting a cavity all too easy even in the best of brushers. Sealants block those valleys and shield the vulnerable part of the tooth, making it much more cavity resistant.
Dr. Hallie believes there are a time and place for fluoride. Dr. Hallie provides a cavity risk assessment to each person and recommends fluoride based on each individual’s needs. Fluoride may be recommended if you:
- have had a cavity in the last six months
- have dry mouth, a common side effect from mediations
- have a history of chemotherapy or head and neck radiation therapy
Many patients have worn teeth due to acid erosion or clenching or grinding. Often, patients are unaware of their habits because they are subconscious or done while they are sleeping. Patients with large fillings at risk of fracturing teeth are also good candidates for a mouth guard to protect their teeth.
Patients who have had veneers or cosmetic dentistry may choose to wear a guard or clear aligner to protect the investment they have made in their mouths.