Preventative dental services are an important component of your oral health. Our dentists, located in Tigard Oregon, are here to offer you those services to help you keep your oral health care on track, but it is important for you to keep your regularly scheduled biannual appointments to ensure oral health too. At these appointments we will not only provide you with a dental cleaning, but also evaluate your entire mouth for the signs of any impending diseases or issues that may require treatment. The earlier that you begin treatment, the less invasive the entire process will be in the end.
The dental exam is painless, yet vitally important. This is when we determine if you are showing any signs of disease, whether tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer. We will inspect all areas of your teeth, mouth, gums, neck, and face for any issues that need to be explored further. This is the time to let us know about any changes or complaints that you may have about your oral health so we can inspect those areas in detail.
There is nothing like that clean, smooth feeling of a professional dental cleaning! Our dental hygienists are gentle, caring, and thorough, leaving you with shiny teeth that are free from bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which means a decreased chance of tooth decay and gum disease - both of which compromise your oral health.
Some patients worry about exposure to x-rays, but rest assured that we use every precaution necessary to keep you safe. We use digital x-rays which significantly reduce your exposure to radiation. Periodic x-rays are an important component of your dental exam as they allow us a more in-depth look into your mouth and may help us see issues that are not able to be seen with the naked eye.
Fluoride treatment is important for those patients that do not receive enough fluoride in their daily diet. It is also important for those patients that have diminished saliva production, whether due to an illness or prescribed medication. Any of these reasons could diminish your fluoride consumption and harm your teeth. Our fluoride treatment is painless, yet can save you from tooth decay down the road.
Oral Cancer Screening
The oral cancer screening is also a vital part of the dental exam. During this portion of the exam the doctor will check inside and outside your mouth for any lumps or suspicious areas, this includes your gums, cheeks, and throat. Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers, yet is also one that is highly treatable in its earliest stages. Oral cancer typically does not show obvious signs in its earliest stages, which is why it is vital to let our staff examine your mouth for any signs that we may notice.
Gum and Periodontal Disease
Your preventative dental services also include an exam for gum and periodontal disease. Just like oral cancer, the earlier that gum disease is discovered, the more treatable it is. If we notice bleeding or swollen gums, bacteria below the gum line, or shifting teeth, we will discuss treatment options with you to help you get your gum disease under control right away. Untreated gum disease can be detrimental to your overall health.
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Oral Hygiene Instructions
At our office, we pride ourselves on keeping our patients informed and educated, which is why we will always discuss your oral hygiene habits and go over instructions to help keep your teeth as healthy as possible. If you ever have any questions or concerns, do not be afraid to ask us - we want to help you keep your teeth in optimal health too!
to schedule your preventative dental services at (503) 985-8945