While diligent brushing and flossing at home is a crucial part of maintaining optimal oral health, it's far from the only thing you need. After all, dental decay, periodontal disease, and other common issues can develop in ways that are difficult for an untrained eye to find. That’s where thorough preventive dentistry with Dr. Andy Maples comes in! Here in Loveland, our dedicated team can provide you with check-ups, hygiene, and other services designed to help you avoid and minimize dental problems.
We recommend that patients of all ages attend at least two dental check-ups and cleanings a year, or one every six months. During your in-depth evaluation, Dr. Maples and the rest of our team will take a full series of radiographs and digital photos. We'll also inspect the surface of each of your teeth, gums, soft tissue, jaw, bite, and other important areas. Periodontal charting and an oral cancer screening will also help us form the most complete picture and assess your overall oral health. Then, we can provide personalized treatment recommendations that will improve your smile in the most effective way possible.
Regular cleanings are also important because they get rid of the plaque and tartar that clings to enamel and resists removal through regular brushing and flossing. One of our trusted hygienists will thoroughly cleanse these areas, giving you a smile that feels fresh and polished.
Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a common and painful issue for many adults, leading to jaw pain, headaches, and broken enamel over time. Even worse is the fact that it often takes place while the patient is unconscious, making it difficult for them to break the habit on their own. With the help of a personalized night guard from Loveland dentist, Dr. Maples, patients can protect their teeth from damage and sleep soundly through the night.
Did you know that one American adult dies from oral cancer every hour? This condition is no joke, which is why Dr. Maples and the rest of our team are determined to detect its presence as soon as possible. By undergoing an oral cancer screening at every regular check-up, you allow us to closely inspect your soft tissue for any suspicious signs, such as lumps, crusts, discolored areas, or persistent bleeding. If we do find a concerning area, we’re here to help you take the next steps with a biopsy and a concrete diagnosis. Thankfully, oral cancer has a high rate of successful treatment if it’s caught early on.
You deserve to experience your ideal smile for life, and we look forward to helping you accomplish that goal at West Lake Dental. Contact us today if you have any questions about our preventive care, or if you'd like to schedule your first appointment with our team. Located in Loveland, Co, we also welcome new patients from the areas of Berthoud, Fort Collins, and beyond.