We now know that your oral health affects your overall health, and we are a proud member of the Wellness Dentistry Network.
Emerging technologies and the growing awareness of the role a dentist can play in the overall health of their patients is transforming our profession. No longer should we remain comfortable with just focusing on the mechanics of repairing teeth - we can and must do more. The Wellness Dentistry Network was founded on the belief that together, we can change the approach to how we interact with our patients, collaborate with each other to share information, and more effectively integrate with other areas of the healthcare model. By doing so, we're not just elevating the practice of dentistry, we're changing, improving, and yes, in some cases saving lives. Let us show you how.
Your First Appointment at Governor’s Park Dental Group
For adult patients, the initial appointment involves a comprehensive oral exam. Our dentists will review your medical and dental history and listen to your goals/concerns before inspecting your teeth.
The dental exam is very thorough and consists of:
- checking all of your teeth for decay and defective fillings
- examining your mouth for oral cancer and periodontal disease
- taking the necessary diagnostic x-rays.
A dental hygienist will perform a dental cleaning. Once we diagnose the results of your exam, the dentist will discuss our findings and outline a recommended treatment plan, as well as detail the amount of time and cost associated with your treatment.
Good oral hygiene is important for general health. Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems. Gum disease, infections, tooth loss, and bone loss can result from poor oral hygiene. Good home care and regular cleanings and exams can prevent these problems as well as provide you with a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
At Governor's Park Dental Group, our patients' oral health is our top priority. We are here to do anything that we can to assist you in taking excellent care of your teeth and gums. This includes the following (read more below): Saliva Testing, Periodontal Treatment, Root Planing & Scaling (deep cleaning).
Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Studies have shown that periodontal disease can be a contributing factor to heart disease. We will examine your gum tissues to ensure that gum disease is detected in its early stages. Because bone loss is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of cosmetic treatment, we take the health of your gum and bone tissues very seriously.
Deep Teeth Cleaning
A deep teeth cleaning, also known as Root Planing and Scaling, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of a tooth, including the tooth root. During this type of cleaning, the roots of the teeth are scaled, allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the root surface. Typically, the deep teeth cleaning requires two visits and most patients are numb for this procedure.
For many patients regular fluoride treatments can be beneficial. In our office, we use a fluoride varnish to deliver an effective treatment that will remineralize and strengthen weakened areas as well as reduce sensitivity for some patients. Current guidelines indicate that follwing the discovery of any new decay, fluoride treatments should be provided at each cleaning appointment for a period of no less than three years.
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through early identification of pre cancerous conditions, and provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.
Sealants are a protective coating applied to the biting surfaces of teeth after any staining is removed. The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on a child's permanent posterior teeth (molars) because they are more prone to cavities. They can also be placed on adults' teeth, but most insurance companies won't cover them.
Do you ever wonder why some people continue to get cavities despite meticulous oral hygiene whereas others who rarely brush and floss do not? Can a person really be cavity prone?
Cavities are caused by a bacterial imbalance in your mouth, and when dentists drill and fill cavities, they are only treating the result of the infection, not the imbalance itself—and the decay returns. For many, it’s a frustrating, reactive approach to oral health, but not surprising. Until recently, dentists were taught that if you remove bacteria with good oral hygiene, you’ll be free of decay. The problem is that it’s just not that simple.
Break the cycle of decay with CariFree. CariFree elevated pH products neutralize decay-causing acids and fix your decay problem at it’s source. Safe to use every day, our non-abrasive products are highly effective and clinically proven to prevent cavities through remineralization.
We embrace emerging technologies and the growing awareness of the role we play in the overall health of our patients. We no longer remain comfortable with just focusing on the mechanics of repairing teeth - we can and must do more. As a member of The Wellness Dentistry Network we at Governor's Park Dental Group believe that your oral health is directly related to your overall health and we are committed to your well being and providing the best dental care possible to our patients.