Preventive or general dentistry includes two aspects of dental care, both performed to help patients avoid dental disease and to catch it in its earliest, more treatable stages. The first part is regular oral hygiene care performed by the patient at home. The second part of preventive dentistry encompasses what our Kois Dentistry staff does to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. In both cases, the goal is to stop oral disease from developing.
In every oral exam, Drs. Dean and Tara Kois look for any early signs of periodontal (gum) disease, dental decay, or any other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth. This allows us to catch oral disease before it becomes a threat to your health. Our dentists use the latest in computerized measurement devices to assess the bacterial content in the mouth to diagnose periodontal disease. Depending on the case, our dentists may prescribe medications to help prevent dental disease.
With good preventive dental care, patients can expect healthy teeth and gums throughout their life, as well as the earliest possible detection of oral disease and cancer. To learn about the preventive dentistry options offered at Kois Dentistry, visit the pages below.
- Family Dentistry
- Oral Hygiene at Home
- Routine Cleanings
- Digital X-Rays
- Salivary Diagnostics
- VELscope® Cancer Screening
- Minimally Invasive Dentistry
- Mouth Guards for Athletics
- Laser Decay Detection
I highly recommend Kois Dentistry. They are professional, organized, on time and VERY knowledgeable!! I feel confident they really care and do excellent work!! The emails and text messages to confirm appointments are helpful also.
Jean S DeBruler III
December 07, 2016
Our team welcomes your entire family to Kois Dentistry. Every stage of life brings unique dental needs, and each member of your family should be treated as an individual. We are able to address the needs of children, adults, and seniors in a comfortable, safe environment. Because we are a family business, we recognize the unique scheduling needs you may have and will work hard to ensure each person is able to get the care they need when they need it.
Learn more about family dentistry.
Oral Hygiene at Home
Practicing good dental hygiene at home and having regular dental examinations will help you keep a healthy, vibrant smile. There are many ways you can prevent damage to your teeth.
- Brushing twice daily in a circular motion, with the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Brushing your tongue helps remove plaque from your mouth.
- Flossing daily to clean between your teeth and gums.
Routine dental cleanings are an important part of maintaining good oral health. When paired with regular brushing and flossing, professional cleanings can help prevent plaque buildup, tooth decay, and other dental issues. Most patients should schedule a dental cleaning appointment every six months, during which one of our dentists will also perform an oral examination to ensure the teeth and gums are in good condition.
Digital X-rays are the latest in X-ray technology. Instead of developing X-ray film in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer and can be viewed on a monitor or printed out. This advanced imaging technology use lower radiation than conventional X-rays and, therefore, are safer while still providing high-quality results. We focus on using the most advanced dental technology available to provide the best service to our patients.
Digital X-rays offer patients a number of advantages over traditional X-rays:
- There is an extremely low level of radiation exposure, creating a safer diagnostic system for routine X-rays.
- The digital images can be viewed within seconds of being taken since they do not require much time to develop.
- The images taken of your teeth can be enhanced and enlarged many times their actual size on the computer screen. Problem areas are easier to diagnose and the digital format makes them easy to see and share with the patient.
- With the X-rays stored inside our dental software, our dentists can digitally compare current images to previous ones in a process called subtraction radiography. This technique compares two images and “subtracts” any similarities, only showing what has changed from the first image to the second. Through this process, our dentists can easily see the smallest of changes that may not be noticed by the naked eye.
Drs. Dean and Tara Kois are pleased to offer one of the most recent advances in dentistry: the salivary diagnostic screening. By analyzing a patient’s saliva for oral health problems, they are able to catch oral infections before they can take hold.
Through this new salivary diagnostic screening, our dentists can predict the risks of future cavities by looking at the acids and bacteria in a patient’s saliva. Drs. Dean and Tara can also test for the beginnings of periodontal disease before any symptoms have been seen, helping reduce the risk of systemic problems that have been linked to periodontal disease, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Our dentists believe in integrating these new salivary diagnostics methods into routine exams. They are an important aid in making essential health-related decisions for their patients. Preventative strategies are always more conservative than reparative treatment modalities.
VELscope® Vx Cancer Screening
The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System can detect abnormal areas in the mouth that may indicate cancerous tissue is present. This oral cancer screening process is non-invasive and does not require any unpleasant rinses or stains. The technology works by sending blue-spectrum light into the mouth, which reflect off healthy soft tissue causing it to glow. Unhealthy tissue absorbs this light and will appear dark. This allows our dentists to detect abnormalities before they can be seen by the naked eye. With this early detection, disease can be caught before it has the chance to spread, leading to less invasive cancer treatment that is highly effective. The entire cancer screening process with the VELscope Vx can be completed in two to five minutes.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Our team’s goal is to preserve the natural tooth structure whenever possible. Drs. Dean and Tara Kois use a modified surgical restoration approach that includes adhesive dental materials and repair, rather than replacement or removal of failing restorations and teeth. Through these minimally invasive techniques, our dentists provide patients with the following:
- Earliest possible detection of lesions.
- Case by case cavity risk assessment.
- Non-surgical intervention on problem areas.
- Minimal preparation techniques that maximize remaining tooth structure and resultant tooth morbidity.
In addition, by offering the latest restorative dental materials and treatments, our dentists have a better understanding of the tooth’s potential for remineralization and recovery from dental procedures.
Mouth Guards for Athletics
For patients who play sports or take part in other physical activities, our doctors recommend wearing a mouth guard to prevent injury in the form of tooth trauma. We offer custom-made mouth guards to be worn during these events to help protect the teeth from trauma. Should an accident happen and cause damage, our dentists can help patients find the most appropriate treatment to repair their teeth and get them back to playing their favorite sports again.
Laser Decay Detection
Drs. Dean and Tara Kois know their patients value healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain the healthiest smiles possible, catching cavities early is essential. Laser decay detection aids in catching cavities at their earliest stages. Even very small lesions and cavities can be detected, enabling them to protect and preserve the tooth before decay gets worse.
Laser decay detection provides many benefits:
- Allows for immediate minimally invasive treatments.
- Provides advanced tracking of cavity and lesion activities over time, enabling our dentists to more accurately predict the outcome and design a treatment plan best suited for the problem.
- Our hygienist can detect suspicious areas needing further examination, allowing our dentists to provide faster and more direct attention to questionable or problem areas.
- Avoids the need for any additional X-ray exposure.
Schedule a Preventive Care Appointment
To learn more about our preventive dental care solutions, please contact our office to schedule your appointment.