Preventive Dentistry in Missoula, MT
Good oral health is a precious thing, but it is easy to take for granted until something goes wrong. At Cornerstone Dental, our goal is to support you with preventive services that keep your smile strong and healthy and minimize your risk for future problems.
The Mouth-Body Connection
To provide the best possible care, Missoula dentist Dr. Lindsay Rogers stays current with the latest research and shares new information when it directly impacts your oral health.
Today, numerous studies indicate a connection between poor oral health and your general health. Chronic inflammation in your mouth has been shown to cause complications with heart and lung disease, diabetes, strokes, and pregnancy, to name a few.
Preventive Treatments Protect Your Smile
Getting ahead of dental conditions is easy if you keep up with semi-annual visits for exams and cleanings at our Missoula, MT dental office.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
During your routine exams, Dr. Rogers may recommend bitewing x-rays on an annual or semi-annual basis depending on your risk. She will check all your teeth and note any potential problems or changes since your last visit. A full mouth set of x-rays is vital to a comprehensive examination if you are new to us or if it has been five to seven years since your last full set.
We also use technology to educate you about what is happening with your oral health. Digital x-rays are safer for you because they emit significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays. The high-resolution images produced also give you a clear view of any problems that are developing. Our intraoral camera allows you to see what Dr. Rogers sees to help you better understand the need for treatment.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Every exam also includes an oral cancer screening. The Oral Cancer Foundation states that 50,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, the fatality rate is high – not because oral cancer is hard to detect or treat, but because it is often not found until it’s in the later stages. Oral cancer is very aggressive, so finding it in its early stages is crucial for your well-being.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Even if you are a brushing and flossing pro, you still need professional cleanings twice a year. No matter how well you brush, you cannot reach into all the cracks and crevices between your teeth to get them as clean as they can be.
Also, brushing does not remove tartar, a calcified deposit that forms on teeth above and below the gum line. If we don't remove tartar with a professional cleaning, it can lead to gum disease, gum recession, and ultimately, tooth loss. Tartar can only be removed by a trained dental hygienist using special instruments.
Call Today to Book Your Appointment!
If it is time to schedule your next semi-annual cleaning, please call Cornerstone Dental. Please don’t put off calling us because you are worried that you haven't been proactive about your oral health. We will never judge or shame you; we will start where you are right now and support you in your long-term goal of achieving a healthy smile.