Preventive & Hygiene
Dental Cleanings & Checkup
The best way to stay out of the dental chair is to come at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. These are the two of the most basic yet important preventive treatments provided that can prevent invasive and costly dental procedures. Each time you visit our dental practice for a checkup, we will provide a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam to help your smile stay healthy
Our registered dental hygienists will clean your teeth by removing any plaque or calculus (hardened plaque also called tartar), which if not removed can lead to tooth decay and possible tooth loss. They will also floss, polish and examine your teeth for any signs of damaging tooth-related conditions or diseases while providing proper home hygiene instructions.
Dr. Johnson recommends that you come see us every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. He may suggest more frequent visits if needed, and also encourage you to immediately contact us if you suffer from a dental emergency, pain, or injury.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Our staff is committed to helping you stay in good health. While we perform oral cancer screenings at all of our dental check-ups, it is important as you the individual to reach out to us if you notice a persistent sore throat or mass in the back of throat, unprovoked mouth bleeding, a sore on the face, neck or mouth that does not heal within two weeks, unexplained loss feeling in your face, neck or mouth or any type of ear pain. Lumps, bumps, or rough spots on the gums, lips or other parts of the mouth as well as red, white or speckled patches in the mouth may also be early indicators that a systemic health issue may be present. Any type of difficulty in chewing, speaking or swallowing as well a spontaneous change in the way your teeth or dentures fit should be immediately be consulted with dentist or oral health provider. We encourage anyone with these types of symptoms to contact us.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealants quickly bond into deep grooves on teeth (usually molars and premolars) to form a protective shield over the enamel of a tooth where cavities and decay are likely to form. As soon as the tooth fully erupts in the mouth, a dental sealant is recommended, thus children and teenagers are good candidates, as often times these are the cavity-developing years of age. Dental sealants are a cost-effective means encouraged at the early age of a tooth to prevent costly and invasive dental procedures in the future.
Night Guard Therapy
A night guard, or occlusal guard, may be advised if you often wake up with a sore jaw or dull toothache. According to the ADA, 10-15% of adults suffer from Bruxism or teething grinding. There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism, one of which includes sleeping with an acrylic guard personally fashioned to fit around your teeth to stop the loss of enamel and alleviate the symptoms described.