Dental checkups are necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy. At Hinrichs Dentistry we recommend you have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. Our dental professionals will examine your mouth including a head and neck exam to ensure your dental health.
The gums and bone that surround and support your teeth are critical in maintaining a healthy smile. When the bones and gums are not healthy, it can jeopardize the foundation, threatening the stability of the teeth.
Signs of an unhealthy mouth may be as follows:
- red gums that bleed easily
- persistent bad breath
- gums that pull away from teeth
- loose teeth
- changes in the position or bite
- any change in the fit of partial dentures
PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY - CHILDS FIRST VISIT:
Our office welcomes patients of all ages. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and the American Dental Association recommend children have their first dental visit by age one or when their first tooth appears. Establishing a dental home for children early on, can help prevent future decay with parent education and preventative care. Our office wants your child and family to have a positive and fun first experience at our dental office. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's first dental visit please call our office at (402) 488-0959.
HEAD AND NECK EXAM/ORAL CANCER SCREENING
During your regular scheduled checkups, our doctors will screen for lumps, bumps or lesions as well as examine your TMJ for any irregular noise and deviation of the jaw.
Over 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year. Visiting our office on a regular basis allows our doctors to screen for oral cancer. The earlier cancer is detected and treated the better the prognosis. According to the American Dental Association, some symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
- a sore or irritation that does not go away
- red or white patches
- pain, tenderness or numbness of the mouth or lips
- difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
Fluoride is a natural mineral helping prevent tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends children and adults use fluoride toothpaste and other dental products that contain fluoride. For children who are too young or cannot spit out toothpaste, please use only a pea size amount of toothpaste or no toothpaste at all. Please make sure you and your family have appropriate amounts of fluoride in your community water supply. If your community is not fluoridated our doctors can prescribe you with appropriate amounts of fluoride based on age. As part of our cleanings we place fluoride varnish on your teeth. Fluoride can help remineralize/stabilize areas of decay. Therefore, fluoride is good for people of all ages.
Sealants are used to fill the narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle in. Cavities can develop in these narrow grooves over time. We brush on a coating to seal the grooves and pits making it possible to brush off all the plaque to keep your teeth healthy.
X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process and important in identifying disease. With an X-ray of the whole tooth, supporting bone and gum tissues, we can detect infection or pathology needing attention.
In our office we use digital radiography. By doing so, we use 50-70% less radiation in comparison to film radiographs. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.
For more information about dental health please visit the American Dental Association website (www.ada.org) or www.mouthhealthy.org