Teeth Cleaning & Preventative Care
At Larson Dentistry, we spend time discussing the importance of preventive care with our patients. You may understand that you should floss daily and brush twice daily, but you may not understand why. You may not know the best flossing and brushing techniques to improve your oral health and prevent oral problems. We can help you discover the best oral hygiene techniques to protect your teeth and gums from plaque buildup. We want patients to understand their gum health is just as important as their tooth health and that overall oral health relates to whole body systemic health. Dental and periodontal disease has been linked to health problems such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, low birth weight and other conditions.
We take our patients’ oral health seriously. Our team goes beyond thorough cleanings and dental treatments to provide comprehensive dental care. Dr. Larson has extensive training diagnosing and treating TMJ issues and sleep apnea. We will test your jaw joint and screen you for TMJ problems. Your TMJ may be causing you unnecessary neck, jaw and head pain. We may also need low exposure digital X-rays to see the development of your teeth, though not every patient will need dental X-rays.
We provide oral cancer screenings at each dental appointment. Oral cancer is more dangerous the longer it goes undiagnosed. Dr. Larson will inspect your lips, tongue, face, neck and throat for any signs of oral cancer. If you smoke tobacco, eat a diet low in fruits and vegetables, have HPV or have been overexposed to sunlight, you may be more at risk for developing oral cancer. Notice any changes to your mouth, teeth, gums and jaw function. Oral cancer symptoms include trouble chewing, trouble swallowing, difficulty opening and closing the jaw, red or white oral sores, tongue numbness and jaw swelling. If you have symptoms that last longer than two weeks, you should come in for an examination.