The key to a healthy smile is preventive dental care. We aim to keep pesky oral health problems at bay by conducting routine checkups and cleanings and other treatments that reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. By doing this, we’re able to keep you from having serious issues that require invasive treatments, like tooth infections. If you haven’t seen a dentist nearby in the last six months, it’s time for a visit. Call us today to schedule your appointment, so we can ensure your smile stays healthy and happy with complete preventive dentistry in Muskegon, MI.
Every six months, the ADA recommends visiting a dentist near you for a checkup and cleaning. These are typically 100 percent covered by dental insurance plans and allow our team to ensure that any lingering issues are treated before they get worse. We’ll take X-rays of your mouth and conduct a thorough inspection of your gums and teeth. Then, we’ll clear all of the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, as far down as the gum pockets, and polish and floss them. You’ll leave our dental office with a fresh and healthy grin!
Countless people lose their life to oral cancer every year, and our goal at Healthy Smiles Dental Care is to keep that from happening by catching the early signs of the disease. That’s why we conduct semi-annual oral cancer screenings at each of your routine appointments. We’ll examine your mouth, throat, lips, and tongue in search of any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, like red and white patches. If we see anything suspicious, we’ll refer you for a biopsy and additional testing to make sure you receive any necessary treatment as soon as possible.
Do you wake up with an aching jaw or dull, thumping headache? These are common signs of a sleeping condition known as bruxism, or grinding and clenching your teeth. When left unchecked, it can cause serious problems for your oral health, like damaged or loose teeth. To keep this from happening and preserve your enamel and jaw joints, we offer custom-fitted nightguards. As you sleep, the oral appliance will cushion your teeth and jaw from the constant force and pressure of grinding, providing you with lasting protection.
You’ve probably heard of fluoride before, because it’s in most local water supplies to help prevent cavities and tooth infections. It’s a naturally-occurring mineral that can also be found in oral hygiene products and fresh fruits and vegetables. When you don’t get enough of it, your enamel will weaken, making you susceptible to dental decay. Fluoride treatment is a fast and easy way to keep cavities away. All we do is place a topical fluoridated gel on your teeth and wipe it off!
Do you ever feel overwhelmed when tasked with picking up new oral hygiene products at your department store? There are dozens of different brands and countless different mouthwashes and toothpastes, all with different ingredients, like charcoal and hemp. To make this process easier for you, we recommend all Crest and Oral-B products that are ADA-approved.