Professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be dislodged even with proper brushing and flossing. Plaque build-up above or below the gum line can harden into tartar and pull minerals from your teeth. Weakness in the enamel layer makes your teeth vulnerable to acid and bacteria, which attack the soft layers (dentin) making teeth prone to infection and cavities.
Even if it’s been years since you’ve seen a dentist… we want to see you. Don’t put off making that appointment for one more day. Most insurance plans cover preventative exams. You deserve a thorough oral exam and professional cleaning!
Our hygienists are looking for more than plaque — we’re measuring your gums as well as evaluating your bone, oral cavity, and joints. Early symptoms of illnesses such as diabetes, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and lupus, often manifest in the mouth, so routine exams should be an integral part of overall health care.
We use the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment and procedures that are safer and less invasive than they used to be. You’d be amazed by what we can detect with some magnification, light, 3D imaging, and radiographs. Keep in mind… your best offense is a good defense.
Colorado provides endless opportunities for outdoor endeavors. We can help protect your mouth and your smile with a custom-fit, non-invasive athletic mouth guard to be worn while skiing, biking/OTB, climbing, or paragliding — without cramping your style.
Stress and anxiety can lead to clenching and grinding (bruxism). Some patients are not aware that they grind their teeth at night. Grinding can wear teeth down and cause sensitivity. Patients who clench or grind may also develop headaches and discomfort in the muscles of the face and neck. Protect your teeth from further wear and tear with a custom night guard.
Almost 50k people per year are diagnosed with oral cancer. Early detection and treatment are paramount in fighting this disease. Symptoms often manifest in places that are hard to see, like the base of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and the tonsils. That’s why we check for lumps in your throat and neck.
Smokers have a higher risk for oral cancer, but patients with weakened immune systems or HPV infections also have an increased risk. We suggest limiting sun exposure, avoiding all tobacco products — and of course, biannual hygiene exams. Routine screening for oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease is part of your comprehensive dental exam.
Some of the symptoms of oral cancer:
- white patches inside the mouth
- a lump, or new growth
- loose teeth
- pain or difficulty swallowing
- hoarse throat
- persistent red sores