In addition to performing an oral cancer screening, meticulous exam of soft tissues and teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. Dr.Lippitt and his hygienist, Amiee, are trained in Soft Tissue Management. This is a protocol for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease in the general practice setting, without surgery. Still, some more severe cases will require referral to a specialist which they are acustomed to working with. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Dr. Lippitt and Amiee will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism and TMJ.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the periodontist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.