A visit to our St. John dental office twice a year is the best way to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and stay that way. We provide conservative preventive family dentistry and restorative dentistry for patients of all ages. We take a special interest in treating children and teaching them about the importance of proper oral hygiene.
During your first visit, you will be greeted by our friendly front office staff, and we’ll then take X-rays of your mouth. Dr. Kapers or Dr. Jackson will examine your mouth and inform you about any dental services you may need. We will always educate you about your dental needs before launching into any treatment. We can schedule new patients typically within a week from the time they call! Most dental offices require at least four to six weeks to see new patients.
Our dental hygienists use gentle techniques to clean and polish your teeth. A dental cleaning consists of polishing every tooth to make it harder for plaque and harmful acids to stick to the surface. Using an intraoral camera, we can show you how cavities form and pinpoint areas inside your mouth to focus on while brushing and flossing to prevent future issues.
Following your dental cleaning, Dr. Kapers will examine your mouth and complete a thorough oral cancer screening. He will examine your mouth, lips, gums, oral cavity, and throat for possible lesions, tumors, or irregularities.
Thousands of Americans are diagnosed with oral and throat cancer every year. If caught early, oral cancer is very treatable, but the 5-year survival rate is only about 50 percent. Patients who regularly use tobacco or drink alcohol in excess are 50 percent more likely to have oral cancer than those who use neither.
As part of your routine checkup and cleaning, we’ll apply topical fluoride to your teeth to help lower your risk for cavities. Fluoride is a mineral that actually strengthens enamel and makes it more resistant to decay, which is why you’ll so often see it added to toothpaste and even tap water. This treatment only takes a minute but can seriously protect your oral health between appointments.
“Bruxism” is a word most people haven’t heard before, but it refers to unconscious teeth grinding while someone is asleep. You may be more familiar with the symptoms: flat, worn down teeth, a sore jaw in the morning, and frequent headaches. This condition can be very damaging if left alone, but a nightguard can help put a stop to it right away. This is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that a patient wears to bed, and it fits over the teeth to keep them separated during the night, ensuring the smile stays safe.