Your new year has gotten off to a good start. So, why not continue that trend by scheduling dental checkups for everyone in your family? First and foremost checkups are about preventive dentistry. And at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, Dr. Megan Miller and Dr. Bob Williams strive to prevent oral health concerns before they become issues that cause pain or expense.
In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Miller and Dr. Williams would like to see you and your family twice each year for dental checkups. At these regular intervals, we are better able to monitor your oral health and pick up on any changes sooner rather than later. At a checkup we’ll clean your teeth and remove plaque. We’ll also check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and when necessary we’ll take x-rays to uncover any cavities that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
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In addition to these standard procedures, our dentists and hygienists will examine for other health concerns that may begin in your mouth, but can have consequences elsewhere. For example, at Lakes Dentistry we’ll examine your head, neck and jaw as part of a cancer screening and to check for signs of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. If you are experiencing persistent headaches, an earache without signs of infection, or a popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth, then you may have TMJ. Our dentists can treat your symptoms with a mouth guard to wear at night, because many of TMJ’s symptoms are the result of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
Dr. Miller and Dr. Williams can also prescribe a custom fabricated mouthguard for the sports enthusiast in your family. These can prevent injury to teeth, lips and gums. And if there’s someone in your house who snores, a nighttime oral appliance can help with that, too.
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It’s not too late to make another New Year’s resolution by scheduling preventive dentistry checkups for your family with Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA. Our office conveniently servers patients in Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.