Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor and her staff provide exceptional preventive dental care to ensure that our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. In accordance with the American Dental Association recommendation, we schedule our patients for at least twice yearly dental exams and cleanings.
Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor provides comprehensive and complete preventive exams. Your thorough exam will include:
- Evaluation of your current oral health
- Digital x-rays (if needed)
- Oral cancer screening
- Discussion of your oral hygiene habits
- Evaluation of your teeth for signs of tooth decay
- Inspection of existing tooth restorations
- Assessment of your bite and jaw function
- Evaluation of the health of your gums for potential periodontal disease
- Suggestions for improving and/or maintaining optimal oral health
Contact our office to request an appointment for a dental exam.
DENTAL HYGIENE (CLEANING)
Twice yearly professional cleanings are critical in maintaining healthy teeth. Maintaining a regular schedule of cleanings will aid in:
- Preventing tooth decay – removes plaque and tartar build-up
- Avoiding periodontal (gum) disease
- Removing stains
- Brightening smile
Personal consistent hygiene habits are also very important for you oral health. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor recommends:
- Brushing at least twice per day
- Flossing at least once per day
- Limiting sugary foods and drinks
- Drinking water after meals or snacks
- Using ADA approved toothpastes and mouth rinses
To schedule a professional hygiene appointment or for more information regarding maintaining good hygiene habits, please contact us.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Oral cancer can spread quickly, but is very treatable when diagnosed early. For this reason, Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor includes a thorough oral cancer screening in every patient examination. The exam is quick and painless! Your oral cancer screening will include a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth, throat, lips, gums and tongue. Potential symptoms include:
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Persistent sore throat with no other apparent symptoms
- Swelling or lumps around your mouth
- Mouth sores that will not heal
- Spontaneous bleeding in your mouth
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- White or red patches in your mouth
- Persistent feeling of something caught at the back of your throat
- Sudden unexplained weight loss
- Pain in the ear without hearing loss
- Numbness in the tongue
Should you experience any of these symptoms consistently for more than a week, contact us for evaluation.
Risk factors for oral cancer include:
- Tobacco and alcohol use
- HPV infection
- Being male (men have higher rates of oral cancer)
- Excessive sun exposure
- GERD (reflux)
- Unhealthy diet
- Age – most cancers appear after age 40 and risk increases with age
Beth C. Dunsmoor, DDS, PA is dedicated to educating our patients on the risks of oral cancer and screening them to assure early diagnosis if cancer is present. Contact our office if you have questions or concerns regarding oral cancer or your risks.
Mouth guards are custom-made, removable dental appliances to protect your teeth from damage. There are two basic types of mouth guards that Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor provides. First is the Night Guard that is used to protect your teeth from the unconscious grinding of your teeth during sleep (Bruxism). The other is the Athletic Mouth Guard that is used to protect your teeth during sporting activities.
Night Guards will be custom fit to provide a barrier between your top and bottom teeth to protect them during sleep. Clenching and grinding of your teeth during sleep can cause wearing down of teeth, fractured teeth, loosening of teeth and jaw problems. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can evaluate the appearance of your teeth, your bite and jaw function to determine if you need a night guard and then will design one especially for you.
Athletic Mouth Guards will also be custom fit for your particular mouth and needs. You can sustain dental injuries from both contact and non-contact sports. They can also be designed to accommodate braces. Custom made mouth guards are more comfortable and effective than the over-the-counter boil and fit models. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can design a mouth guard to provide the best protection of the teeth, for children and adults whose activities bring the potential for tooth injury.
Contact our office if you suspect that you are in need of a Night Guard or participate in activities that have the potential for injury to your teeth and would like a consultation with Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor.