Routine cleanings & examinations
Routine cleanings and examinations are the best defense against dental disease. Dr. Higgs checks his patients for dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease, and he also regularly examines for any signs of oral cancer.
Preventative dentistry is the practice of continuously maintaining the health of your teeth, and it is the single most effective way to eliminate costly problems and painful emergencies. Our goal for every patient is to help avoid avoid preventable problems with good hygiene and regular maintenance in the dental office and at home. Brush your teeth after every meal, floss at least once every day; before bedtime is best. Use anti-bacterial mouthwash to help fight against plaque buildup in hard-to-reach places.
Scaling & root planing
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedure in which the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets. Bacterial toxins irritate the gums, and plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar are a breeding ground for bacteria.
Preventative services and products available in our office include:
- Routine dental cleanings
- Comprehensive and routine oral examinations
- Oral cancer screening
- Computer-assisted periodontal charting
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- Digital (low exposure) X-rays
- Sonicare™ electric toothbrushes
- Night guards
- Athletic mouth guards