The best way to maintain a healthy mouth is to keep on top of regular checkups. It is recommended that most people visit the dentist at least twice a year to be evaluated and to get your teeth cleaned. Some patients may need to have their teeth cleaned more frequently, on 3-4 month intervals. Even with the best brushing techniques, nothing can compare to a professional cleaning periodically. Our hygienists use specialized tools to remove plaque, tartar and calculus. They also perform a perio-chart of your teeth to determine pocket depth and gum health. During your visit, our team also checks for early signs of any problems with your teeth or mouth. Our protocol is to have Dr. Timm do a complete oral exam once a year during one of your hygiene visits. This is also the opportunity for our team to revisit oral hygiene techniques and visit with you regarding any of your dental questions and concerns.
We provide several flouride treatment options in our office. A standard topical treatment is available for children under 18. A flouride varnish can be applied for deep pits and fissures. A prescription of flouride is given based upon individual needs.
X-Rays are a necessary part of our diagnostic process. An X-Ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues allow us to detect infection or pathology that requires attention. We attempt to minimize the frequency of X-rays to protect you from excessive radiation, yet also be thorough with our diagnosis to allow early detection of any problems.
We use digital X-ray imaging in our office. This allows us to to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Together with our computer technology and our intra-oral camera, we can enhance the images for better diagnosis.
The tissue and bone around your teeth form the foundation of your mouth, and are referred to as the periodontium. Signs of unhealthy periodontium may be as follows: gums that are red or bleed easily, gums that pull away from the teeth, loose or separating teeth, changes in the position or bite of the teeth. These are signs that an excess of bad bacteria are in the mouth. With proper care, however, it may be possible to return a diseased mouth to a healthy state. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning of the affected area. If gum disease is too advanced, surgery or extractions may need to be performed. We may also enlist the assistance of a gum specialist, called a periodontist,
to help save teeth and gum tissue in some advanced disease cases.
Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, strokes, low birth weight in babies, rheumatoid arthritis and increased risk of early mortality. This is why it is important to get treated at the first signs of gum disease.