At Higbee Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family. Family dentistry is focused on preventing potential complications, rather than treating them. If you and your family are in need of professional dental services, we can help!
Dental Cleanings & Exams
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. A routine appointment with Dr. Higbee will typically include a professional cleaning and a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. We may also recommend an oral cancer screening for our older patients.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer can be treated with radiation and chemotherapy. Surgery is also an option, depending on the area affected and the severity of the disease. As with other types of cancer, early detection is imperative, and this is why we perform routine visual examinations of every part of your mouth and lips during your checkups. Moreover, quitting bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol in excess, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you prevent getting oral cancer.
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
If you participate in physical activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend mouthguards. A mouthguard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may also recommend a night guard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. This involves placing a removable appliance in your mouth before you go to bed. The device is similar to a mouthguard or retainer and is less invasive and more comfortable than other treatment options, like CPAP treatment.
Professional dental care for children is a crucial part of their oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages.
As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Dental Hygiene for Parents
It's important to teach your child good oral hygiene habits early, because cavities can start even before babies have visible teeth! Babies have 20 primary teeth that are already present in the jaws when they're born. Primary teeth start coming in around 6 months of age, and create a healthy foundation for adult teeth by maintaining space in the jaw.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many of our foods and beverages. It is also a useful tool in fighting tooth decay. Every day, our teeth lose and gain minerals through the processes of demineralization and remineralization. If the process of demineralization exceeds that of remineralization tooth decay will occur.
Professional fluoride treatment allows us to supplement the process of remineralization and prevent potential decay. It can even reverse minor instances of decay. Fluoride treatment is particularly beneficial for patients at a greater risk of tooth decay, such as children, teens, and seniors.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about our family dentistry services call (541) 342-1187, and schedule an appointment now!