Preventive Dentistry 2018-04-13T01:45:57+00:00

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Serving Miles City, Baker, Brodus, Circle, Forsyth, Glendive and Surrounding Areas

Detecting tooth decay early can ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime and save you money and time in the dental office. We achieve this with dental exams, cleanings, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants and digital radiographs.

Exams and Cleanings

Drs. Eric and Robin Hogan adhere to the American Dental Association’s recommendations for a dental exam and cleaning two times per year to diagnose oral conditions before they become painful or debilitating. We have five 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.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

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.

Fluoride Treatments

Professionally-applied fluorides in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam 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

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 valuable means of cavity prevention.

Digital Radiography

Dental radiographs allow Dr. Eric Hogan to “see” what is beneath the surface during a routine oral exam. These images reveal structures, pathologies, and the biology of the oral system – including impacted teeth, dental decay, and periodontal disease. Properly exposed radiographs provide necessary information for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Appropriate dental radiographs are prescribed depending on your clinical needs.

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