The foundation of a healthy smile is ongoing, preventative dental care and regular dental checkups. Dr. Jeffrey P. Smith is a family dentist in St. Charles that can provide your entire family with the care they need to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. St. Charles dentist, Dr. Smith provides a range of preventative dental care options that can be done in your very first appointment. Parkside Dentistry’s preventative dentistry services include the following:
Routine Cleanings & Exams – Dr. Smith recommends his patients schedule routine dental cleanings twice a year. A routine cleaning is preformed by a highly skilled Parkside Dentistry dental hygienist and includes a visual check, fluoride cleaning and periodontal probe to check for oral disease or infection. After your cleaning, Dr. Smith will preform a dental exam, to see if there are any areas of concern.
Sealants – Dr. Smith is a St. Charles Dentist that provides sealants for both children and adults. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is brushed onto the surface of the teeth, most often on molars and premolars. The sealant provides protection against food and bacteria that can get caught in the grooves in the teeth and cause decay. Sealants are most typically given to children and adolescents, but can also be used to prevent dental infection in adults.
Panoramic X-Rays- Panoramic X-Rays, also known as full-mouth X-Rays are taken for all of Dr. Smith’s new patients as part of a routine cleaning and exam appointment. X-Rays help the dentist evaluate the health of your teeth and gums and are a tool used to detect new cavities. Dr. Smith recommends patients have new X-Rays taken every year.
Oral Cancer Exam- Oral Cancer can start in the mouth as a tiny spot or sore that you may not even notice. Since oral cancer can turn up on the lips, gum tissue, tongue or cheek lining, an oral cancer exam is an important component of your routine cleaning and exam. Along with checking the health of your teeth, Dr. Smith will also preform an entire check of your mouth to ensure you have no cancerous or pre-cancerous conditions. Signs of cancer can include a sore spot that bleeds or won’t heal, a color change in mouth tissue, or tenderness and difficulty chewing or swallowing. If you experience any of these signs, please contact Parkside Dentistry in St. Charles immediately.