Detecting tooth decay early can ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime and save you money and time in the dental office! Drs. Eric and Robin Hogan adhere to the American Dental Associations recommendations for a dental exam and cleaning two times per year to diagnose oral conditions before they become painful and debilitating. We have three dental hygienists who give our patients the opportunity to have multiple family members treated at the same time. Our hygienists have a wide range of expertise including experience in periodontal (gum specialist) offices and have taken many continuing education classes so that they are abreast of the latest periodontal treatment modalities.
Although most oral cancers are found in people with risk factors such as tobacco or heavy alcohol use, 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all. Drs. Eric or Robin Hogan will carefully examine the inside of your mouth and tongue and in some patients may notice a flat, painless, white or red spot or a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some are not. Harmful oral spots or sores often look identical to those that are harmless, but testing can tell them apart.
Professionally-applied fluorides are in the form of a gel, foam or rinse, and are applied by a dentist or dental hygienist during dental visits. These fluorides are more concentrated than the self-applied fluorides and are recommended for children, individuals with a high cavity rate and or periodontal (gum) disease, patients wearing braces, and for anyone who experiences xerostomia or dry mouth.
Dental sealants create a physical barrier between tooth surfaces and food particles and bacteria. They are particularly helpful for patients with deep pits and grooves in their teeth, and for children who often miss brushing hard-to-reach molars. Made out of thin plastic film, sealants protect chewing surfaces from decay and are a key means of cavity prevention.
Radiographs are an important tool in discovering what is happening biologically beneath the surface of your tooth.
Hogan Family Dental
Miles City Office