No matter how diligent you are with regular brushing and flossing at home, some dental tartar and plaque can be difficult to remove, gradually building up on the teeth and under the gum line throughout the year. For all patients, a regular examination is crucial to maintaining good oral health and forms the cornerstone of our preventative in-office care. Typically, this thorough examination and cleaning of the entire oral cavity is recommended twice a year for most patients—or every three to four months for patients with periodontitis—as an important way to refresh your smile health.
Taking time to visit your dentist twice a year for your general examination effectively removes tartar and plaque buildup from both above and below the gum line, improving your oral health and leaving your teeth polished and healthy. Not only can this exam prevent or stop the progression of periodontal disease and other dental problems, but it can also minimize unsightly staining on teeth and remove food particles trapped below the gum line that cause bad breath. A general exam is also the perfect time to speak with your dentist, learn about any oral problems you might be facing, discuss ways to improve your health, and share your unique smile goals with Dr. Bowen or Dr. Gehlert.
When should I take my child for their first exam?
For children, the first general examination is typically recommended within six months after their first tooth comes in, but no later than one year after their birth. It’s crucial to begin a preventative oral health plan for your child early, since poor oral hygiene can lead to problems with premature baby tooth loss and affect adult tooth health. Plus, we find that the earlier children are brought in for their first examination, the less nervous they tend to be. We love working with children and always ensure that they feel comfortable and excited about their treatment. We look forward to not only helping children learn how to care for their smiles, but to also enjoy doing it!
For more information about our adult and child general examinations or to schedule your next appointment with us, call us today.
Our family dentistry ranges from general examinations to dental implants and dentures. We care for smiles across all stages of life and look forward to helping you create a foundation for better overall health.
Adult and Child Exams
Preventative care is the foundation of dentistry. Regular visits twice a year are crucial for removing plaque and tartar, as well as comprehensively examining a patient’s oral health.
Using CEREC® 3D technology, we can design, mill, and place a new crown in just over an hour. By causing less damage to the tooth, these durable crowns, which are color-matched to ensure a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance, are wonderful options for many patients.
When you suffer from gum disease, intervention and treatment are essential for an optimal smile outcome. Our periodontal programs use gentle, non-surgical treatments to control and heal your gum disease—providing you with the comfortable and healthy gums you deserve.
The Perio Protect Method®
With this innovative treatment, you can achieve a more effective medicinal treatment for your gum disease by wearing the Perio Trays® by Perio Protect®. Offering users a non-invasive treatment option that takes only 10 to 15 minutes a day, Perio Protect® is a suitable and easy-to-use alternative to the painful and repetitive scaling and planing surgeries that are typical of periodontal treatment.
When the soft pulp of your tooth becomes infected, we perform a root canal to clean your tooth, destroy bacteria that could feed into the rest of your body, and create a beautiful dental restoration.
For patients with missing teeth, dental implants are the most advanced solution for problems with eating, chewing, or speaking. Implants, which act as roots for new tooth restorations, allow you to have new, permanent teeth, offering you unparalleled comfort, convenience, and aesthetics.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials are excellent options for patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. This advanced, yet cost-effective solution is well suited for a variety of patients and less invasive than dental implants.
Our family dentistry ranges from general examinations to dental implants and dentures. We care for smiles across all stages of life and look forward to helping you create a foundation for better overall health. Learn More
We provide a selection of cosmetic dental options to help you love your smile! From veneers to advanced whitening, our cosmetic services are safe and effective ways to boost your smile—without sacrificing your smile health.Learn More
We know that oral health has the power to affect your entire wellness. All of our dental services are based on the principles of whole-body wellness and are committed to boosting your overall health through safe, effective, non-toxic means, like mercury-free fillings and balanced nutrition.