When we only see you in our office twice yearly for cleanings and exams, the rest of the year it’s up to you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We know diligently brushing and flossing is not how you want to spend your mornings and evenings, but think of it this way: would you rather spend a few minutes every day brushing and flossing, or spend hours in the dental chair (and a lot of money) for major restorative work? Or, would you rather skip brushing and flossing, and have a heart attack or a stroke in 10 years? Your oral hygiene routine doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
When you do come see us, though, we promise to do our due diligence in letting you know what we see, and how you can improve—or, if you’re doing a great job! Our hygiene team is gentle and friendly to make your cleanings a pleasant experience. Plus, get this… we can even perform cleanings with one of our dental lasers! Laser cleanings use a low-level laser to gently remove plaque and tartar buildup, without all the harsh scraping and sharp tools. Our patients with dental anxiety LOVE our laser cleanings because they’re less invasive and more comfortable.
If it was over six months ago, you’re probably due for a visit! Plaque begins to harden into tartar within 48 hours, and the only way to remove tartar once it’s solidified is with a professional dental cleaning. Get in touch with us today to schedule a cleaning; we’ll polish you right up!Schedule Now
We don’t mean to alarm you, but gum disease is nothing to smile about—and MOST of American adults suffer from some level of gum disease, whether it’s just gingivitis or full-blown periodontal disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection. Left untreated, those same bacteria make their way through the gums and into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc on your total body health. Gum disease has been directly linked to at least 52 other serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Gum disease causes gum recession, leaving your sensitive tooth roots exposed for decay and infection. Ultimately, the gums will be unable to support the teeth, causing tooth loss. Thankfully, gum disease is treatable and preventable! We provide gum disease therapy right here in our office—no need to see a periodontist—plus gum grafting to reverse gum recession and save your teeth. If you have gum disease, you will require deep cleanings and more frequent visits with us.
Fotona TwinLight™ Periodontal Therapy is minimally invasive for a more comfortable treatment and recovery, and healthier results. Fotona TwinLight™ Periodontal Therapy is a comprehensive, conservative periodontal therapy that uses the power of dentistry’s two most effective laser wavelengths. No surgical techniques or stitches required.Schedule a Consultation
The leading risk factors for oral cancer used to be tobacco and alcohol, which are still high on the list of course, but today, the leading cause of oral cancer is actually HPV. When most sexually active adults will contract the virus at some point in their life, this should be even more reason to come see us regularly for oral cancer screenings. You could lead the healthiest lifestyle and still contract this deadly form of cancer—25% of oral cancer patients have no risk factors.
Here’s another alarming statistic for you—only about 15% of dentists in the United States regularly screen their patients for oral cancer. In our mission to educate our patients about oral-systemic links, we think this is unacceptable. That’s why we make it our duty to provide oral cancer screenings at every checkup, so we can catch any small abnormalities before they progress, and you can have peace of mind that we’re looking out for you and your loved ones. You deserve that.
Sometimes the signs of oral cancer are obvious. Other times, not so much. That’s why we’ve invested in oral cancer screening devices that allow us to illuminate abnormalities that may go otherwise undetected.Schedule A Screening
Remember the old days when the only filling option was metal? Thank goodness for modern tooth-colored options! That said, you still may have some remnants of the dark days of dentistry’s past lurking in your molars. Not only are metal fillings unsightly, they may also contain toxic mercury that could be affecting your general health in more ways than you realize.
Plus, metal fillings tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, causing them to crack and break, leaving room for bacteria and decay to enter. They can even sometimes crack your teeth! Thankfully, Drs. Ryan and Cindy Knight are able to safely remove old mercury fillings and replace them with modern tooth-colored fillings, inlays or onlays for improved health and a seamless smile.
If your well-being is not at the level you feel it should be, old mercury fillings could be a contributing factor. Remove toxicity from your mouth, improve your general health, and remove unsightly dark spots from your smile with safe mercury filling removal.Schedule A Consultation
Whether you or your little one is the star athlete in the family, we highly recommend investing in a custom mouthguard. Yes, there are stock mouthguards you can find at the local sporting goods store, but these options are cheap and flimsy and don’t fit your unique mouth structure. Only a custom mouthguard can provide the best fit and the highest level of protection against oral injuries—and may even reduce the risk of concussions by 50%.
If you clench and grind your teeth at night, like many of us do, you may consider investing in a nightguard to protect your teeth. Whether you suffer from bruxism or TMJ, a nightguard provides a soft cushion between your teeth so you can avoid broken and cracked teeth down the road. It also allows the TMJ to rest and heal so you can wake up without tooth and jaw pain or chronic headaches and migraines. What a relief!
Custom mouthguards not only protect all your vital mouth, jaw, head, and neck structures (including your brain!), they also allow for improved communication, unobstructed, breathing, increased response time, and improved balance!Schedule Now