The Importance of Hygiene Visits
Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. You brush and floss twice a day or more, but still some gooey plaque
remains behind, in difficult-to-reach spots. Eventually, plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope
of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar builds below your gum line as well as on the surface of your teeth.
This is one of the most important reasons to visit the dentist, to have your teeth cleaned by a professional
hygienist. If you don’t remove plaque and tartar, you chance huge problems with your teeth and gums later on.
Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease,
stroke, and diabetes. Your good health depends on having your teeth cleaned regularly!
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Extraction used to be your only option for teeth with damaged or infected roots. Missing teeth cause a lot of problems
and should be avoided whenever possible. The good news is that we are well trained in advanced root canal therapy. A
root canal is performed by removing the pulp chamber of a tooth and replacing it with a filling material, thereby
fixing the tooth. A simple filling is not effective when dental decay or infection extends to the nerve of the tooth.
Previously, such a situation would have meant the tooth had to be extracted. When dentists originally began doing root
canals, they involved pain, and the root canal received a reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern
anesthetics and technology, root canals are often manageable.
Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?
Not all dentists are equipped to help diabetics manage their dental health. You’ll be delighted to know that we have
received training on dental care for persons with diabetes. Do you know there is a link between your dental health and
your capacity to accurately control your blood sugar levels? In addition, untreated gum disease worsens your diabetes,
and diabetes makes your gum disease worse. It’s a vicious cycle. Call us today for a free consultation regarding dentistry
for diabetics. No one here will ever criticize you for having delayed your dental care. You can be assured of compassionate
and completely non-judgmental care. We can help.
Oral Cancer – Minimize Your Risk
For 40 years, oral cancer has consistently caused one American death every hour. However, the good news is with early detection
there is a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. This is why we perform a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup
and cleaning. If the hygienist or doctor notices anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon.
This screening could literally save your life!
Nitrous Oxide Sedation / Oral Sedation
"Laughing gas," otherwise known as nitrous oxide sedation, is often used to make treatment more pleasant. You breathe in the
medication through a mask, and it induces a state of calm and relaxation. Local anesthetic is then administered in addition to the
nitrous oxide to eliminate pain in most cases. We also offer oral sedation for our patients who are extremely anxious.
Our Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea Sufferers
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) device is the traditional prescribed treatment for sleep apnea, and it remains the gold
standard for moderate to severe sleep apnea. A machine pumps a continuous stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth throughout
the night, using a specially fitted mask. However, most people find the hoses and mask uncomfortable and stop wearing them. If you
have sleep apnea and can’t tolerate or are frustrated with your CPAP, we can provide you with an alternative treatment. Dr. Dorroh
will custom fit you with an oral appliance called TAP™ (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). This small acrylic device fits over your
upper and lower teeth similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. Your tongue and jaw are gently realigned to open your airway
and allow more air flow to your lungs as you sleep. This device is easy to place and remove, easy to clean, and convenient for travel.
TAP devices are extremely comfortable and enjoy an excellent success rate for sleep apnea and snoring.
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (281) 351-0039.