...For a Whiter, Healthier, More Beautiful Smile.

Regular Check-ups

A Healthier Smile begins with Regular Check-Ups.  Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is as important as your physical health. Even if you don’t feel you have any cavities, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose.  Regular dental visits will also help prevent problems from developing. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health.

 

Digital X-Rays 

While dental X-rays emit low amounts of radiation and every precaution is taken to protect patients from exposure, some dental patients may still put off dental X-rays for safety reasons. Today, at Webster Dental, Digital X-ray technology is being used that makes dental X-rays safer and more convenient.

  • Less Radiation - Digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays.
  • Faster - With traditional dental X-rays, you had to wait while your dentist develops the film. With digital radiography, the sensor develops the picture almost instantly and projects it onto a computer screen right before your eyes.
  • Higher Quality - Once on the screen, Digital X-rays can be enlarged, brightened or magnified for a better visual of the tooth's structure and allowing your dentist to see small cavities more easily.
  • Environmentally Friendly - Digital dental X-rays are better for the environment! With digital radiography, no chemicals are used to develop film.

Teeth Cleaning

Webster Dental recommends that most patients should get a professional dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, every six months. The term dental prophylaxis means the "removal of dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains from the exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth by scaling and polishing as a preventive measure for the control of local irritants."  You may also get a full set of Digital X-rays during this appointment to ensure that you don't have any cavities or tooth decay. 

If there are dental cavities present, Dr. Webster will make recommendations to correct the problems found during your cleaning. Then you, together with Dr. Webster, will determine the best treatment plan that’s best for your dental health.   

In addition to checking for and working to prevent cavities, Dr. Webster will also watch for oral cancer and disease during this twice yearly cleaning. She looks for gum disease and any irregularity in the normal anatomy of your mouth.

Oral Cancer Screen

In America, 30,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer or pharyngeal cancer this year but early detection of oral cancer symptoms can result in an 80 to 90 percent recovery rate 

Biting the inside of your mouth or a loose fitting dental bridge or dentures can all leave small lesions or agitated spots on the inside of your mouth that might look like oral cancer symptoms to the naked eye. 

An oral cancer exam allows Dr. Webster to look for any signs of actual oral cancer.  Typically, she will look for symptoms on the roof and floor of your mouth, at the base of your tongue and its underside, along the insides of your lips and cheeks as well as around your jaw and neck. If any areas of concern or signs of oral cancer are found, you will be referred to a dental surgeon who can diagnose your symptoms more completely. 

Am I at Risk?

It may seem obvious, but two things may put you at higher risk for developing oral cancer: Tobacco and Alcohol.  Smokers who are also heavy alcohol drinkers increase their oral cancer risk significantly. These two substances act together to become even more deadly and more debilitating.  Age also plays a central role in developing oral cancer symptoms. People over 40 are at a much higher risk.

Proper diagnosis of oral cancer symptoms in their earliest stages is crucial to fighting this disease.