Serving Altus, OK, and the Surrounding Areas
Mark W. Goodman, DDS
Nathan W. Talley, DDS
Dental cleaning and prevention are the most important steps to have healthy teeth and gums. Visit Tamarack Dental Associates today for dental exams and treatment.
Get X-rays (decay, cysts, and bone loss detection), oral cancer screenings (gums, lips, throat, tongue, and neck), gum disease evaluations, tooth decay checks (restorations, fillings, and crowns), and dental cleanings (prophylaxis) done by our licensed hygienists.
Other types of cleaning and prevention care you'll receive are calculus removal (tartar), plaque removal, teeth polishing, and dental digital X-rays. Dental digital X-rays reveal bone loss, abscesses or cysts, cancerous or noncancerous tumors, tooth decay, abnormalities, root positions, and problems below the gum line.
X-rays are very important in order to find out how much damage is done to your teeth or gums. You can get a full-mouth X-ray every 3 to 5 years, as well as bitewings at every checkup twice a year and panoramic X-rays taken on an "as needed" basis; used to evaluate TMJ, gag reflex, reveal gum disease and cavities, show cysts, impacted teeth, and jawbone fractures.
Fluoride treatment is another important part of dental cleaning. Fluoride works in two ways - topically and systemically. Topical fluoride is a toothpaste gel-like material painted on the teeth (recommended for children). Systemic fluoride strengthens teeth (recommended for in-home treatment options) and helps with deep pits and fissures.
Systemic fluoride also helps you when you chew on your teeth, have poor oral hygiene, consume a lot of sugar and carbohydrates, and have a history of dental decay.
On top of all the cleaning, you'll need to protect your teeth with a sealant. It's a thin plastic coating used to cover and protect your back teeth, molars, and premolars as well as the grooves of your teeth so you don't start tooth decay. This method is used for children and teens (ages 6 to 16), adults (teeth that don't have decay but have deep pockets), and baby teeth.
As a way of maintaining proper oral hygiene, we'll provide you with oral hygiene aids. Keep your mouth healthy with dental floss, interdental cleaners, mouth rinses, oral irrigators, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, and toothbrushes.
Learn how to brush and floss correctly with our help. It's essential to brush and floss every day and doing it the right way. We recommend you brush at a 45-degree angle in small, gentle, circular motions, brush your tongue, and floss. The piece of floss should be about 18 inches long, placed in a u-shape between the teeth and moved up and down to remove food particles.
Contact us today if you have any questions about oral hygiene aids.
We have over 25 years of experience in dental cleaning.
Detect oral cancer early through an oral cancer exam. Oral cancer can occur in your lips, mouth, tongue, gums, face, salivary glands, and oropharyngeal region (throat). Our specialists will use state-of-the-art technology including the VELscope oral cancer screening, which uses fluorescence visualization that shines a blue light in your mouth to locate cancer.
Having a trained professional use a VELscope has many advantages, including being FDA approved, quick and painless, and able to help diagnose cancer quickly by taking minutes to do.
Some of the signs to help you detect oral cancer are lumps, red patches and sores, and leukoplakia - a hard white or gray raised lesion. If you notice any of these signs, consult our dental staff.
DISCLAIMER: All services rendered are the patient's responsibility. As a courtesy to our valued patients, our team will be happy to assist in filing your dental claim on your behalf. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss any of the options listed above. We are here to help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve!
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