While medical doctors and nurses mostly focus on responding to serious illnesses and disease, most dentists are focused first and foremost on prevention above all else. Ideally, we will be able to pinpoint common problems like decay and infection in their earliest and most harmful stages – or before they ever get the chance to start in the first place! At Greybull Dental, our dentists offer several services that are specifically based around helping patients of all ages maintain the healthiest, brightest smiles throughout the course of their lives.
When patients come in for an initial appointment, our primary goal is simple: we want to take the time to get to know them! You’ll be able to sit down with one of our dentists and discuss your concerns and goals with their undivided attention. After completing a dedicated examination, we can discuss available treatment options in further detail, including the pros and cons of certain paths so that you’ll be able to pursue your chosen improvements with 100% clarity and confidence. We sincerely hope this visit will be the first of many.
Brushing twice each day, flossing at least once daily, and attending regular professional checkups and cleanings with a trusted dental team are the cornerstones of preventive dentistry. Our dentists will evaluate every aspect of your smile (including the teeth, the gums, the bite, any existing restorations like fillings, and more) and recommend treatment as needed to take care of damage and decay that has appeared between appointments. Dedicated hygiene sessions will also clear away harmful plaque and tartar, which can lead to the development of cavities and gum disease if they’re left in place too long.
Do you regularly wake up with a sore jaw and noticeably worn-down tooth surfaces? These symptoms are tell-tale indications of bruxism, which is more commonly known as teeth grinding. This “bad habit” negatively affects patients of all ages, with a majority of cases only occurring during sleep. In order to protect smiles from unconscious harm, our dentists will recommend the use of a custom-made nightguard. This high-quality device establishes a strong barrier between the rows of teeth and helps reduce damaging contact until morning.
Often cancer is a highly dangerous and even oftentimes fatal disease – this is because a majority of cases aren’t actually diagnosed until they’ve already reached advanced, destructive stages. Early detection is absolutely vital, which is why our dentists provide dedicated oral cancer screenings on a yearly basis. They’ll take a close look at the oral tissue and identify suspicious symptoms like crusts, strange sores, and discoloration. This process only takes a few minutes, but it could literally be life-saving.
While professional checkups and cleanings are highly important, the oral hygiene routine you follow at home is also crucial. If you’re unsure which products are the best to use, please let our team know so that we can offer suggestions. Prescription-strength brands of toothpaste, mouthwash, and more are even available right here in our dental office when you need them, and you can find many of these products in our family’s homes as well – we only recommend what we wholeheartedly trust!