General & Preventive Dentistry At All Grand Dental Locations
Staying Healthy and Strong
You always want to keep your family as safe and healthy as possible. You feed them nutritious meals, encourage plenty of sleep at night, and get the whole family involved in active, physical fun. And, of course, you want to keep their smiles healthy too. That’s why we think choosing Grand Dental Group is such a great idea. We not only care for adult smiles with the best cosmetic and restorative care, we also offer a full range of pediatric services along with the general and preventive dentistry your whole family needs.
Kids are Grand!
With both board-certified pediatric dentists and general dentists on our Grand Dental Group team you can be sure your children and teens are getting the best possible dental care available. We believe that childhood dentistry should start early and we encourage parents to bring their babies and toddlers along for family visits so they can become familiar with the sights, sounds, and friendly helpers in our dental facilities. Our practice philosophy is to make dental care as fun and enjoyable as possible for everyone – and kids find our relaxed yet engaged attitude especially appealing. We never talk down to your child. Instead, we involve them in their own path toward health. We also work hard to reduce the stress of dental visits for parents by keeping you informed and comfortable right along with your little ones. We also welcome children with special needs and medical concerns: Our pediatric dental specialists are highly qualified to care for the needs of all children.
When your child’s first tooth appears, schedule a first checkup to make sure everything is proceeding as it should. Regular checkups and cleaning are the foundation for a lifetime of oral health! This first checkup will involve an exam along with dietary and oral hygiene education. Of course we will check for proper development, as well as tooth decay and other kinds of problems.
Junior, Senior, and Everyone in Between
Busy families love us for our convenient locations and family-friendly hours. Seniors love us for our gentle touch and outstanding customer service. Everyone loves us for our comfort and count on us to keep their smiles in the strong and beautiful state nature intended.
One of the most important parts of your preventive dental care is making sure you keep up with your dental exams and screenings. The most comprehensive exam occurs on your first visit, and we will recommend follow-up exams at the pace best suited to your particular oral-health needs.
At every exam we check your teeth for cavities, wear, or other damage; your gums for any sign of gum disease; your bite for balance or the first symptoms of TMJ disorder; and your entire mouth for the very first signs of oral cancer. All of these exams and screenings are designed to ensure that even the smallest problems will be caught early – when they are easier to treat and have much less impact on your health or your wallet.
Did you know that oral cancer accounts for about 2% of cancers in women and 3% of cancers in men and that it is one of the cancers whose casualties have actually increased? Most patients never notice irregularities or unusual sores in their mouths until cancer has spread. The first signs are very subtle and can only be seen during an oral exam. That is one of the main reasons we recommend regular oral cancer screenings. These screenings need to be scheduled at least as often as your other cancer screenings. When oral cancer is caught in its early stages, over 90% of cases can be treated. Why risk it?
Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and snuff, among others
- Heavy alcohol use
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis
- History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer
What to expect:
During an oral cancer screening exam, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, your dentist also feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities.
If you wear complete or partial dentures that are removable, your dentist or doctor will ask you to remove them so that the tissue underneath can be examined.
When you come in for your regular scheduled cleaning ask your dentist whether oral cancer screening is appropriate for you. Also ask about ways you can reduce your risk of oral cancer, such as quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol.
While we certainly learn a lot about your oral health through our visual examinations of your teeth and gums, there are things that even the most highly-trained dentist can’t see with the naked eye. That’s why x-rays are so important. Dental x-rays allow us to see under the surface of your tooth and gums to check for cavities, damage, tooth position, jaw balance, root health, and more. They can also let us see if any of your teeth are impacted. Because dental x-rays let us see so much, we have invested in three types of examination technology:
- Digital x-rays for clearer images and lower radiation exposure
- Panoramic x-rays to see your or your child’s entire head, neck, and jaw and help us properly treat orthodontic issues
- 3D conebeam CT to allow us to see 3D images of your teeth, bones, soft tissues and nerves quickly and conveniently
Keeping your teeth sparkling clean and healthy is one of the most important ways to help keep your body healthy too. Dental cleanings remove buildup on your teeth that is very difficult to remove and can lead to gum infections. These infections, also called periodontal disease, can make you sick in ways you wouldn’t believe, including contributing to heart attacks and strokes. It is easy to see that teeth cleanings and hygiene have to do with much more than taking care of your smile.
What is good oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that look and smells healthy. This means:
- Your teeth are clean and free of debris
- Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
- Bad breath is not a constant problem
If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, schedule an appointment with our doctors today. Any of these conditions may indicate a problem.
How can you keep your gums healthy:
Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Healthy teeth not only allow you to look and feel good, but they make it possible to eat and speak properly.
In order to keep your teeth in pristine condition, daily care is a must. This includes brushing and flossing, that will stop problems before they develop and is a much less expensive, painful and worrisome experience than just allowing the issues to progress,
Quick Steps to decrease your risk of tooth decay:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day
- Floss daily
- Use dental products that contain fluoride
- Rinse with a fluoride toothpaste
At Grand Dental, we use the Cavitron ultrasonic scaler for the deepest, most painless clean with soundwaves, and lasers to disinfect and heal gums that are tending toward infection. schedule your check-up with us today at any of our locations! You’ll be glad you did!
Fluoride treatments aren’t just for kids. While they do help protect your child’s vulnerable teeth, they also help remineralize teeth of all ages, protecting them against decay and sensitivity. We recommend that everyone have a fluoride treatment at every visit, and we feature Clinpro 5000 home fluoride therapy for better tooth protection and periodontal treatment than drugstore brands.
Your smile will thank you!
Of course, you think protecting your smile is a good idea, but you may not realize that not all mouthguards are created equal. Whether you are looking for a good sports guard for your child or a nighttime sleep guard for yourself, a dentist is who you should turn to – not a sporting-goods shop or a drugstore. While inexpensive, boil-and-bite mouthguards might seem like a good idea, they could be risking your health, your smile, and your wallet. When mouthguards don’t fit properly or are uncomfortable you are much less likely to wear them and that means you are risking further damage and pain.
Sports Mouthguards for Kids
Don’t take a chance with that precious smile – opt for Grand Dental Guards over boil-and-bite guards. Our sports guards:
- Protect teeth from being chipped, fractured, or knocked out
- Prevent jaw fractures
- Reduce the risks of concussion
- Allow for comfortable extended wear
- Your kids will love them!
Nightguards for Adults
Many Americans grind or clench their teeth and don’t even know it. This is a real problem for natural teeth and can wreak incredible havoc on costly restorations. Teeth can break, chip, and become severely compromised and worn-down. Our nightguards are custom-made to fit your teeth comfortably and protect your smile from damage. If you grind or clench your teeth, contact us today.
Check out our Sedation Dentistry page for information on Anesthesia and Sedation options.
Refer to our Sleep Apnea page for information on Sleep Apnea.
We do not think anyone deserves to experience the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorder. That’s why we offer splint therapy to balance your bite, stop your headaches and upper body pain, and resolve clicking and popping. If your TMJ disorder needs more than a splint to correct your bite, we will send you to one of trusted referral specialists.