The best offense is a good defense
This is true in sports, debate, and dentistry alike. When it comes to oral health, and your health in general, the best way to fight disease and decay is prevention. It just makes good sense – would you rather brush and floss regularly, and maintain your regular dental check-ups, or would you rather skip all of that and have to endure costly and painful dental problems down the road? That’s what we thought.
While it may seem like we’re beating a dead horse when we ask you if you’ve been brushing and flossing regularly, we only stress oral hygiene so much because it really is the foundation of a healthy smile. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of oral diseases like gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth decay (dental caries). Lucky for you we have some of the kindest, gentlest hygienists in Iowa that can give you advice on how to keep those pearly whites clean and healthy (and, of course, pearly white).
Your Regular Visits
So, how’s the wife and kids? Did you have fun on your trip to Costa Rica? While it may seem cliché, our doctors and every member of our team truly care not just about your teeth, but about you as a person. We strive to get to know each and every patient individually so we can provide you with the best care possible, and make your regular visits with us more like a visit with a friend than a dental appointment. We want your dental experience to be as comfortable and convenient as possible.
In order to best serve your needs, it’s important that we have a comprehensive understanding of who you are as a person. This includes things like your:
- Lifestyle & diet
- Oral hygiene habits
- Dental & medical history
- Current medications & allergies
- Fears & concerns
- Finances & insurance
- Health & aesthetic goals
This information will give us insight into why you may be having the dental problems you are having, and even help us predict and prevent future problems. For example, for some patients, regardless of how often they brush and floss, they are still prone to cavities and decay. With this information, we can provide you with advice and products to help you maintain a proper pH balance and prevent decay.
Protect your assets
As a human being, a healthy smile is one of your greatest assets, and we want to do everything we can to help you protect yours for life. That’s why we’re in this business, after all. We’re passionate about saving teeth and improving lives.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral Cancer Screenings save lives. Oral cancer is unfortunately on the rise in the US due to an increased rate of cases caused by HPV infection. Your dentist is in a unique position (inside your mouth) to detect abnormalities and diagnose oral cancer in the early stages for the best chance at survival and recovery.
One important preventive service we offer our patients, that many don’t realize, is custom mouth guards. Custom mouth guards are the gold standard in protecting against sports related injuries and teeth grinding (bruxism) and TMJ problems. Where stock store-bought mouth guards offer more protection than wearing nothing, a custom mouth guard from your dentist offers the most comfortable fit and the highest level of protection.
Are you ready for a winning smile? You’re in good hands with our team. If you have any questions about general dentistry or preventive care, or would like to schedule an appointment with your general dentist, give us a call today!