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We work with you to create a preventive program that keeps your smile healthy and looking its best. Although you can do the majority of the work at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet, we encourage regular dental visits to keep you on a straight path.
These visits include:
Children, teenagers, and adults are susceptible to tooth decay in the deep grooves of their teeth, making sealants an important solution.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars, and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy-to-clean surface.
The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
There are many causes of periodontal disease, including poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, genetics, poor diet, stress, pregnancy, teeth-grinding, and more.
Common symptoms for periodontal disease include:
Research studies have shown a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and respiratory disease.
Halting the progression of periodontal disease and maintaining excellent standards of oral hygiene will not only reduce the risk of gum disease and bone loss but also reduce the chances of developing other serious illnesses.
If caught in the early stages of gingivitis, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended, accompanied by instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene.
If the disease has progressed, a periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing will be recommended. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric toothbrush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
‘‘I've been with this practice since the beginning! Why go anywhere else when I already have the best?
Lauren Didawick, JMU Student, Future Journalist
Approximatley, 35 million people do not visit the dental office due to dental anxiety. Many people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth. The reality, however, is very different. Our patients' comfort and relaxation are our primary focus.
Our team is trained to reduce anxiety, allay fears, and provide painless, quick treatments. We use modern technology, such as painless laser beams and sedation dentistry to keep you relaxed.
Here are some tips to help reduce dental fear and anxiety:
Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
Sedation doesn't put you to sleep but works to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit. The dental sedatives we offer are:
Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment to induce a moderate state of sedation. The sedation dulls the senses, which means that most patients cannot remember most of the procedure.
We offer Valium, Halcion, Ativan, or Versed.
*These can be taken orally and adjusted according to your degree of anxiety. Please note that availability is subject to your medical history and you having a caregiver present.
‘‘Dr. Eye was very thorough with my check-up and provided great feedback during and after my exam. The staff was extremely friendly as well!”
Finding a pediatric dentist you can trust can be challenging, which is why Dr. Eye II has taken part in a pediatric residency program and become proficient in caring for the dental welfare of children.
At Exceptional Smiles, we pride ourselves on creating a safe, comfortable, and family-friendly environment. Our primary concern is the well-being of your family, and this is evident through our use of the latest technology and pediatric dental techniques.
Our family dentist in Elkton and Woodstock sees children as young as one-year-old and looks to develop a rapport, so your child can enjoy his or her dental visit. To assist with this, we explain everything and use distraction techniques to keep your child happy.
We want to work alongside you, as the parent, to instill a foundation for good oral hygiene and do this by offering advice and child-specific services, including cleanings, fillings, sealants, mouthguards, and more.
*Dr. Eye does not solicit as to be a pediatric dentist or refer to himself as a pediatric dentist. He is a general dentist who enjoys treating children of all ages and families.