Preventive Dental Checkups for Coeur d’Alene
Repairing damaged smiles or replacing missing teeth can be painful and time consuming. We offer the necessary restorative dentistry services to renew smiles at Orban Family Dental, but we prefer to help patients maintain their oral health, as even the most advanced restorations can’t compare with beautiful, natural smiles. That’s why Dr. Filip Orban and his Coeur d’Alene dentistry team start every treatment with a focus on preventive dental care to preserve natural dental structures and keep patients smiling. We welcome patients from Hayden and surrounding areas to contact our team and schedule an appointment today.
Oral Hygiene & Professional Teeth Cleaning
The first step in any successful oral health plan is excellent oral hygiene every day. We get the chance to see patients’ smiles twice a year. The other 363 days, their dental care is up to them. That’s why regular professional cleanings and optimal at-home care are both essential to maintain healthy smiles. During professional teeth cleanings twice a year, our team takes special care to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from every tooth surface, even those impossible to reach with regular brushing and flossing alone. Starting from a young age, we also provide lessons in the best home hygiene practices. We take the time to demonstrate good flossing and brushing, answer questions, and make recommendations for changes to improve oral health. For those patients struggling with periodontal disease or frequent tooth decay, we may recommend more frequent cleanings at our practice, and we may also offer prescription strength toothpastes and other professional grade products to improve your smile’s health between visits.
We love to help patients of all ages, but we especially enjoy caring for children. We welcome parents to schedule family block appointments in order to allow our team to treat the whole group on a single day. Developing teeth need special care, and we’re happy to offer dental sealants and fluoride treatments to protect children’s smiles. We also take the time to show little ones how to brush and floss at home, and we’ll always congratulate them on taking such good care of their smiles.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because you heard a strange grinding noise or because your teeth hurt as you clenched them together? You may be experiencing bruxism, the unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth. This behavior has no specific cause, but it is often linked to increased stress. Those patients who experience stress-related bruxism may benefit from some behavioral changes and other methods for relieving stress, but for those whose bruxism is constant and unrelated to any specific behaviors, treating this condition is more difficult. We offer custom nightguards to protect teeth as you rest.
Most patients think of kids when they consider athletic mouthguards, but patients of all ages who engage in sports activities where contact with other players or a hard surface is possible should protect their smiles by wearing one. No one would hesitate to include a mouthguard as part of the protective equipment for a hockey or football game, but the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Sports Medicine also recommend wearing sportsguards while cycling and swimming. Ask about comfortable, custom athletic mouthguards at your next appointment.
Gum disease Treatment
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health issues in the US. Some estimates report that nearly 80% of adults over the age of 30 suffer from gingivitis (mild gum disease) or periodontitis (moderate to severe gum disease). When plaque and bacteria build up around the gum line, the tissue becomes irritated. Left untreated, this mild irritation develops into more severe infection or inflammation. Eventually, the tissue that connects teeth to gums begins to break down, leaving teeth vulnerable to shifting and even falling out. We offer a number of gum disease treatments to restore oral health, starting with more frequent professional cleanings and advancing to scaling, root planing, and topical antibiotics therapy.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer claims one life every hour in the US alone, and nearly half of patients don’t live more than five years after their initial diagnosis. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the best way to prevent deaths from oral cancer is to receive a diagnosis and begin treatment in earlier stages. That’s why our team provides oral cancer screenings as part of every six month preventive dentistry checkup. With regular screenings, we are better equipped to discover cancers of the mouth, throat, face, and neck in early, treatable stages.
X-rays have been the reliable, effective way of discovering and treating oral health concerns below the surface of teeth and gums for decades, but the high levels of radiation exposure and hazardous chemicals needed to develop the images made X-rays unsafe for patients and dental practitioners alike. Luckily, digital radiography has removed these concerns. Digital X-rays expose patients to 90% less radiation, and there is no need to develop the images. We simply send them directly to a nearby computer for immediate viewing. Better yet, these images are better quality, higher definition, and allow us to rotate, zoom in and out, color code, and more in order to help patients better understand their oral health and any recommended treatments.