Protecting and Preserving Your Oral Health
The key to a healthy mouth is prevention. With expert dentists like ours, it can be simple and easy to fight disease and decay, but without proper care, minor issues can turn into severe ailments. To prevent this, we offer comprehensive general and preventative dentistry services. Explore our guide to learn more.
When we ask you if you’ve been brushing and flossing regularly, we only stress oral hygiene so much because it really is the foundation of a healthy smile. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of oral diseases like gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth decay (dental caries). Lucky for you we have some of the kindest, gentlest hygienists in Iowa that can give you advice on how to keep those pearly whites clean and healthy (and, of course, pearly white).
Gum disease (periodontitis) has stages that worsen the decay goes untreated. Gum disease is preventable and can be treatable and reversible when caught early. The earliest stage is known as gingivitis. We can often reverse the effects with a deep-cleaning or simple daily hygiene changes.
Your Regular Visits
At Oelwein and West Union Dental Associates, our doctors are passionate about dentistry and people. We care about our patients as people and strive to get to know every patient individually to provide the best, most comfortable experience possible. Regular dental visits are important for your health, but should be relaxing and convenient as well.
In order to best serve your needs, it’s important that we have a comprehensive understanding of who you are as a person. This includes things like your:
- Lifestyle & diet
- Oral hygiene habits
- Dental & medical history
- Current medications & allergies
- Fears & concerns
- Finances & insurance
- Health & aesthetic goals
This information will give us insight into why you may be having dental problems and even help us predict and prevent future problems. For example, some patients are still prone to cavities and decay regardless of how often they brush and floss. With this information, we can provide personalized advice and services to prevent decay effectively.
Shield Your Smile From Harm
As a human being, a healthy smile is one of your greatest assets, and we want to do everything we can to help you protect yours for life. That’s why we’re in this business, after all. We’re passionate about saving teeth and improving lives.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Unfortunately, oral cancer rates have been rising in the US due to increased HPV infections. Your dentist will perform a routine oral cancer screening during each appointment, checking for abnormalities in and around the mouth and jaw. Diagnosing oral cancer in the early stages gives you the best possible chance at survival and recovery.
Some of the worst body pain to experience is facial pain. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs when the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull becomes misaligned or injured. Our doctors in our Oelwein and West Union offices are trained to identify TMD and have the solutions necessary to help alleviate your pain.
We offer customized mouthguards to help alleviate an array of issues. For example, they can help prevent the symptoms of sleep apnea, a debilitating sleep disorder. In addition, mouthguards can protect your teeth from sports-related injuries and grinding (bruxism). Our customized guards offer comfortable and high-quality protection.
While everyone should have a great general care dentist, sometimes accidents happen, and you require an expert emergency dentist. Fortunately, at our offices, you’re always guaranteed both! So whether you’re suffering from a lost tooth, severe pain or toothache, or infection, we can treat you quickly and effectively. Your safety and health are always our main priorities when providing emergency dental care.
Give Us a Call!
Are you ready for a winning smile? You’re in good hands with our team. If you have any questions about general dentistry or preventive care or would like to schedule an appointment with your general dentist, give us a call today! You can reach our Oelwein office at (319) 283-4222 and our West Union office at (563) 422-6292.