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Our practice can provide a wide range of preventative dental services. We can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventative care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines.

Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.

Diagnostic Exam &Teeth Cleanings

Annually, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can’t reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fluoride is a relatively recent but important advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay.

If you are due for your annual dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Dental Sealants

The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

Under Armour™ Mouth Guards

Your Jaw Could Help You Perform Better While Playing Sports

Years ago, ancient Greek athletes, Vikings and Roman warriors all channeled their determination and focus by biting down on something while competing or fighting. Greek athletes bit down on leather straps, and Viking and Roman warriors chomped down on leather bits. Using their jaws during competitions and battles helped in some way, but this theory was never researched or proven until now.

Introducing Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™

Strength, power, determination and focus are all in you. You can now have a form of release by clenching your teeth, an instinctive reflex. Whether you play a rough contact sport or simply want to improve your personal performance, the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™, with ArmourBite™ Technology, can help you!

UA Performance Mouthpieces can help you increase your strength, increase your endurance and speed up your reaction time. They also offer many physical benefits, including reducing athletic stress and reducing the impact that clenching has on your jaw joint. UA Performance Mouthguards also provide dental protection customized specifically for your teeth.

UA Performance Mouthpiece

Specially designed for a supreme fit and your ultimate comfort, this mouthpiece is intended for use during non-contact sports, including:

  • Golf
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Weight lifting
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Tennis

UA Performance Alloy Mouthpiece

This mouthpiece is super-strong and durable for the demanding athlete that participates in the following non-contact sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Cycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Inline skating
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Volleyball
  • Softball

UA Performance Mouthguard

For ultimate protection and comfort, this mouthguard is for use during high-contact sports, including:

  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Boxing
  • Martial arts
  • Wrestling

Getting an Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ is an easy 4-step process. First, you and Dr. Lindh will discuss your active lifestyle and decide which model is best for you. Then, Dr. Lindh will make an impression of your bite. Next, Dr. Lindh will send your bite impressions to the Under Armour lab where the mouthpiece or mouthguard will be custom-made. Lastly, your personal mouthpiece or mouthguard will be shipped back to Dr. Lindh, and he will conduct a final fitting. The next time you play your sport, you will see an incredible difference with the help of your customized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™!

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society has recently released information showing that, while incidents of cancers overall have reduced in the United States, the occurrences of oral cancers are actually increasing, as is its mortality rate.

With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly. But as with most forms of cancer, being able to detect the cancer in an early stage is crucial. That’s why our office uses advanced oral cancer screening equipment, to be able to detect and screen for the lesions that indicate possible oral cancer easily and accurately. Using specialized lights and optics, your dentist is able to conduct an oral cancer screening that can detect lesions that are invisible to the unaided human eye. These screenings are fast and completely comfortable – and best of all, they are the best possible way to ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer-free!

We recommend an annual oral cancer screening for our patients, particularly if you:

  • Are above the age of 30
  • Use tobacco products, or have used them in the past 10 years
  • Consume an average of 1 alcoholic drink or more per day
  • Have been previously diagnosed with any form of cancer
Gum Therapy/Periodontal Treatments

The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Therefore, periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. While this is often the main cause of periodontal disease, other factors can also be attributed to affecting the health of the gums and bone, including:

  • Smoking or Tobacco Use
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition

Periodontal disease comes in many forms. Gingivitis is perhaps the mildest form of gum disease. While the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, there is very little to no discomfort associated at this stage of the disease. Through a good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your dentist, the results of gingivitis can be reversed.

Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.

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