FAQs

1What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease refers to several conditions including gingivitis, a mild inflammation of the gums and possible bleeding due to plaque buildup; periodontitis, a separation of the gum from the tooth which can lead to infection and damaged supporting bone; and advanced periodontitis, where pus may develop and the tooth loosens and may fall out. We trained to recognize the beginning signs of gum disease before any noticeable symptoms appear. Left untreated, gum disease leads to red, swollen, and bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, and difficulty chewing properly.

When you have periodontal disease you need a specialized procedure to remove the buildup, and restore the gum health. This procedure is different from a regular 6 month cleaning.
2What is OHI?
OHI is oral hygiene instruction; we are trained in helping aid you in your home care. We have knowledge in all aspects of dentistry and the best advice for how to take care of your smile, the best part is this is a FREE service! At the end of your hygiene appointment we have a bag full of supplies to get you started, and we also have numerous professional products available for sale to take your homecare to the next level!

Professional Products Available for sale:
  • Phillips Sonicare Easy Clean- Electric tooth brush
  • WaterPik Aquarius- Water flosser
  • Prevident Toothpaste- For sensitive teeth, or extra Fluoride
  • Whitening products
  • Take home Custom Trays- Customized trays, 6 tubes of whitening material, and travel case
  • Pre-filled Trays- 10 days worth of Pre-filled trays
  • Refil Tubes- single pack or 3 pack of whitening material
3Do you handle emergencies?
Every day, at least one patient appointment is left open to handle emergencies. We know you need to be seen when a dental emergency leaves you in pain or discomfort, so please don't hesitate to contact our office if an emergency should arise. We also offer an “on call” weekend and holiday service to handle any emergencies that may arise during off hours.
4Are you at risk for Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer strikes 3 times as many victims as cervical cancer. While many victims are tobacco users, more and more are not. Instead, they are developing the disease through exposure to the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV-16).

When discovered in late stages, the 5-year survival rate is only 22%. Fortunately, when detected in early stages, the survival rate can be 80% or higher. Our Oral Cancer Screening examination takes only about 5 minutes. It includes a screening with the state-of-the-art Identafi Oral Cancer Screening System, and is completely free of pain or discomfort!
5Why are we taking your Blood Pressure?
As you may know you see your dental staff more often than your primary care physician. We do blood pressure checks on all of our restorative patients. Did you know that you could be at serious medical risk if you have undiagnosed high blood pressure and receive local anesthetic? We never want to put you at risk, so we have you update your medical history annually, do verbal updates in between, and screen your blood pressure prior to your scheduled appointment.
 

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