Dental cleanings are the best way to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. Our Oregon City dental staff offers gentle and professional techniques that will leave you feeling great about your smile.
At Oregon City Family Dentistry, our dental hygienists and dental assistants have years of experience treating patients from 2 to 102. We take pride in treating your children and loved ones, and work to make each of our patients comfortable during their visits.
Importance of Six-Month Cleaning
A regular cleaning and exam allows us to closely monitor your oral health, checking for irregularities, cavities, tooth development, and other health issues. Unfortunately, only about 40 percent of Americans regularly visit a dentist. That means millions of Americans are putting themselves at a higher risk of tooth decay and even serious problems like tooth loss and gum disease. By taking a look at your mouth and teeth every six months, we can knock out problems before they develop into major dental issues.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, or if you have untreated dental problems, it’s not too late to receive the care you need. Drs. Annalisa and Kyle Smith can correct a multitude of dental issues. But your treatment will start with a comprehensive exam and cleaning with our staff.
During your visits, our team will examine your mouth for any changes in your teeth, gums, or oral cavity. Our talented dental hygienists will clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque is generally soft and can be removed with proper brushing, but tartar is hardened plaque that can be removed only by an oral health professional.
After our dental hygienists clean your teeth, we apply polish to the surface of your teeth. The polish makes it more difficult for plaque and harmful bacteria to stick to your teeth. We also offer more aggressive preventative treatments like dental sealants and fluoride varnish for children. The sealants protect the biting surface of your teeth, especially teeth with tiny grooves and crevasses, while the varnish helps prevent the development of cavities.
As an additional service, we offer thorough oral cancer screenings for our adult patients. Oral cancer kills more than 8,000 people every year, but the disease is highly treatable if detected and treated early.
During the in-depth oral cancer screenings, your dentists at Oregon City Family Dentistry check for irregularities in your mouth. Those who use tobacco and alcohol are at a higher risk of oral cancer, but about 25 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer have no known risks. If caught early, oral cancer is very treatable, but the five-year survival rate drops to an alarming 50 percent. Our oral cancer screenings take about two or three minutes, but the procedure could possibly save your life.
During each of your dental visits, we will speak with you about the best at-home oral health care techniques. We recommend that patients struggling with gum disease visit our office every three to four months for dental cleanings and exams.
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