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Oral Health & Prevention

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Dental Exams

The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is very true when it comes to your oral health. By coming in to see Dr. MacDonald twice a year patients can prevent expensive and invasive treatments and maintain their overall health.

At each check-up, we will examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, jaw issues, tooth discolorations, bite abnormalities, oral cancer and other mouth diseases, as well as address any concerns you may have about your smile.

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Dental Hygiene Therapy

Regardless of how well you floss and brush at home, mineral deposits can still build up on your teeth. Regular visits to our dental hygienist will help you to keep your gums, teeth and smile feeling their very best.

Our dental hygienist will also give you tips on how to maintain your oral health and how you can make the best choices to prolong the life of your smile.

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Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential and preventative diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dr. MacDonald uses digital x-rays which utilize significantly lower radiation than a standard x-ray. The images are transferred to a patient's chart through a digital sensor and are shown instantly on the computer monitor. The chemical use in the office is reduced as the digital x-rays do not require traditonal developing.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient's individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually taken every 3 to 5 years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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Mouthguards

We offer several different kinds of custom fit mouthguards to help protect your teeth from damage.
Sportsguards are designed to protect the entire mouth from sports related trauma.
Nightguards prevent the wearing down of your teeth as a result of grinding and clenching while you sleep. Studies show that the majority of patients who grind their teeth are completely unaware that they are doing it. After some time, tooth grinding can wear down the teeth, leaving them misshapen and susceptible to later problems.

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To welcome new patients, we are offering a Free 15 minute consultation. Contact us today!

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