Cleaning & Preventative Care
The Best thing you can do to maintain your oral health and to avoid invasive dental procedures is to schedule routine and regular dental cleanings and exams. It is our sincere hope and greatest joy when patients achieve optimum health and find themselves in a place of health without emergencies and need for treatment for years. The frequency of your check-ups and cleanings are customized to your individual needs.
Our preventive care regimen includes the following services:
- Digital x-ray
- Gentle Laser Periodontal Treatment
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Saliva Testing (Oral DNA salivary testing)
- Fluoride Treatment
- Bite Equilibration
- Cleaning & Prophylaxis (polishing)
- Pocket measurement and charting (periodontal disease screening)
Gum disease is a leading cause of adult tooth loss,
and it can start at any age.
Gum disease causes chronic bad breath and receding soft tissues that contributes to tooth decay at the gum line. Gum disease triggers inflammation and infection that can cause harmful bacteria to enter the body. These organisms are linked to systemic inflammation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (increased risk of stroke and heart attack) and Alzheimer’s disease.
Reasons for regular cleanings/hygiene visits:
- Prevent Bad Breath
- Better looking teeth
- Prevent Cavities and pain
- Prevent gum disease and receding gums
- Screen for oral cancer
The not so clear reasons for regular cleanings/hygiene visits:
- Lowering the risk for certain cancers
- Reduce one’s likelihood of heart disease and stroke
- Lower the risk of diabetes
- Decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Maintain healthy pregnancy and Prevent Premature birth/low birth rate
Our Dental Hygienists screen for the following
- Gum Disease
- Oral Cancer
- Systemic disease (like heart disease)
- Sleep Disorders
… and you thought you were just getting a “cleaning”!
Gum disease is a quality of life issue.
Ask us more about the oral systemic connection.
Dr. Junker and her awesome team are here to help
with personalized periodontal and wellness treatments!
Saliva testing is convenient and economucal while offering valuable health information which improves quality of life. . Our partners Ditect diagnostics and Oral DNA Labs specializes in saliva testing to support oral health.
At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.
The ozone molecule is the most powerful agent that we can use on microorganisms. It is deadly to bacteria, viruses, and fungi, yet the more highly evolved human cells are not damaged by ozone in lower concentrations. It is also naturally occurring which makes it safe and effective to use.
Treating gum disease is comfortable and easy with Perio Protect. And the side effect is whiter and brighter teeth! It takes only minutes a day for the powerful prescription therapy to dis infect the gum tissue and destroy harmful pathogens.
This system features clear, patented, mouth guard-like trays that deliver medicine deep below your gum line and keep it there long enough to fight infections causing disease.
OralCDx Brushtest is an alternative to the typical and more invasive biopsy. It is a quick and painless diagnostic test to assist us in preventing oral cancer. A small brush is used to collect a few cells from your mouth which are then sent to a lab for analysis.
Oral HPV testing
Important information about HPV:
- HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers
- HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers; primarily the tonsils, tonsillar crypt, the base of the tongue and a very small number of front of the mouth, oral cavity cancers.
PH testing can help us determine if you are more at risk for tooth decay because of an acidic oral environment. It helps you to know how well or not you are managing your body’s pH and cell/organ health. There is an exact pH necessary for the health of blood, cells, organs, external fluids and skin.