Achieving a lifetime of optimal oral health requires a commitment to practicing consistent oral hygiene at home by not only brushing at least twice a day, but also flossing daily and eating a balanced diet. In addition to this daily routine, it is very important to maintain regular preventative care consisting of dental exams and cleanings from an experienced and professional team, which can be found from the McGinty Dental Group.
Dental Exam & X-rays
During the dental exam, your best choice for dentist Littleton Colorado, Dr. McGinty or Dr. Dickerson will perform a thorough evaluation using digital x-rays to detect early signs of oral disease. Along with a physical exam, digital x-rays allows Dr. McGinty or Dr. Dickerson to diagnose a patient’s current oral health conditions and provide individualized treatment plans. The early diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay and gum disease prevents long-term damage that can lead to tooth loss.
As part of the exam, Dr. McGinty or Dr. Dickerson will also perform an oral cancer screening by evaluating the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gum tissue for any signs of disease. Much like the early diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay and gum disease, finding oral cancer early greatly minimizes damage and improves a patient’s chance of recovery.
The experienced team of gentle and compassionate dental hygienists at the McGinty Dental Group provide every patient with a meticulous dental cleaning using the latest technologies. Through education and encouragement, our hygienists help patients achieve and maintain the health of their teeth and gums. Patients never need to worry about being judged or criticized about the current state of their oral health during their visit with our caring and professional hygienists.
During each dental cleaning, our hygienists will thoroughly remove stain, plaque, and tartar from all surfaces of the patient’s teeth. Plaque, a sticky film of harmful bacteria and lingering food particles, is the leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease. When left on the surfaces of teeth, the bacteria in plaque uses any sugar from our diet to produce acids that slowly dissolve tooth enamel, eventually causing a hole or cavity in the tooth. If left on the teeth, plaque will eventually harden into tartar, a mineralized, dark yellowish deposit that can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can also cause gum inflammation which, if not treated, can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease eventually destroys the gums and bone around the teeth, leading to tooth loss. By seeing our hygienists regularly for dental cleanings, patients can avoid tooth decay and gum disease, allowing them to keep their teeth for a lifetime.
For younger patients, Drs. McGinty and Dickerson offer dental sealants. Dental sealants are typically applied to molars with very deep grooves and crevices where food and cavity-causing bacteria can hide. Younger patients often have difficulty cleaning these deep grooves. In addition, some of these grooves are so deep that the toothbrush bristles cannot reach the bottom of them. Before sealants are applied, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove any food and bacteria. Sealants are a thin plastic coating that quickly bonds to the grooves of the back teeth, acting as a protective barrier to help prevent cavities.
Periodontal disease is often diagnosed during a periodontal examination with a dentist or hygienist. Frequently, the early stages of periodontal or gum disease can be effectively treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy. This can be often be achieved with treatments like scaling and root planing, where root surfaces are carefully cleaned to remove plaque and tartar and help remove any bacterial toxins.