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Oral Healthcare

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health, breath, and teeth. It helps to prevent dental problems, such as plaque and tartar (calculus) which are the main causes of gum disease and cavities (tooth decay). Good oral healthcare begins with a consistent hygiene routine.

Dr. Gina’s oral healthcare services consist of both “preventative services” to maintain an already healthy mouth and teeth, as well as care to correct existing “treatment conditions”.

To ensure an optimal experience, we also provide a variety of comfort options, including entertainment and sleep dentistry.

Take a look at the descriptions below, and contact us to maintain or treat your oral health today.

Deep Cleaning

Professional deep cleaning of the teeth can be used as a preventative measure to avoid, or treat the occurrence of tartar buildup. Because tartar can sometimes develop even when good hygienic practices, it is very important to stay up-to-date with routine cleanings at least twice a year. Here are a few services we offer with our cleanings:

Removal or plaque and tartar

Removal of stains

Application of fluoride

Polishing—teeth, fillings, and crowns

Contact us today to schedule your next cleaning.

Exams

At Heart Centered Dentistry we strive to provide our patients with only the best in preventative dental services. This is why upon your visit to HCD; Dr. Gina will implement a thorough dental examination. Our check- up exams consists of the following:

Oral cancer screening- Examines the neck, face, throat, lips, gums, and tongue for possible signs of oral cancer.

Examination of diagnostic x-rays- These x-rays are utilized to detect tumors, decay, cysts, and bone loss, as well as both tooth and root positioning.

Gum disease evaluation- Checks the gums and the bone around the teeth for signs of periodontal disease.

Examination of tooth decay- Utilizes special tools to examine tooth surfaces for signs of decay.

Examination of existing restorations- This checks the current integrity of all existing crowns, fillings, etc.

Contact us to schedule a dental exam at HCD.

Flouride

At HCD we strongly believe in nipping the problem in the bud, so to speak. Which is why we like to implement Fluoride applications as part of our preventative services.

In order to prevent tooth decay, fluoride is applied topically to the surface of the tooth. This is commonly used to avoid the development of cavities. The fluoride can be applied in multiple ways:

Gels

Varnishes

Toothpaste (Prescription strength).

Contact us today to see if fluoride application is right for you.

Oral Cancer Screening

At Heart Centered Dentistry your health is our priority. That’s why we’re glad to provide thorough oral cancer screenings. This procedure begins with looking for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.

The screening can take place during a routine dental visit. If areas of abnormal cells are present, additional tests may be required.

A simple oral cancer screening can give you great peace of mind–and even safe your life! So why wait? Contact us today.

Prophylaxis

Wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent things like cavities? Well you can! Dental prophylaxis is an integral part of oral health. A big step in treating dental issues is preventing them all together.

But maintaining nice teeth isn’t the only benefit of dental prophylaxis; early signs of gum disease can also be detected, and treated, by scheduling routine checkups and cleanings.

Did you know, that according to some experts, gum disease has been found to cause heart disease, and in some cases even stroke?

So if you have not done so already, consider scheduling your next checkup at HCD.

Sealants

Also known as ‘fissure’ sealants, dental sealants are used as a preventative dental measure. The dental sealants are applied to pits and fissures on your teeth, especially molars, to prevent or slow down the development of caries.

Before the plastic sealant is placed on the tooth, an acidic solution is first applied to create a better surface for the sealant to adhere to. Finally, the plastic material is then cured into place, utilizing blue spectrum natural light. Alternatively, a glass ionomer cement can also be used.

Why wait? Contact us today, we can help you fight to prevent those cavities from forming.

TMJ Jaw Alignment

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your lower jaw to your skull. There are two matching joints, one on each side of your head, just in front of your ears. This allows your jaw to move up and down and side to side. TMJ refers to the joint, but it is often used to diagnose any problems with the joints. Some signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing TMJ are:

-Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
-Jaw pain- particularly around the chewing muscles
-Locking of jaw or limited movement
-Trouble chewing
-The inability to completely open your mouth
-Ear aches, headaches, shoulder aches and neck aches
-Toothaches
-A change in how your upper and lower teeth fit together
-Other types of facial pain

Most people who have been diagnosed with TMJ have pain that will come and go, but some people have chronic long-term pain.

TMJ can be caused due to trauma, wear and tear due to aging, oral habits, disease, clenching due to daily stress, malocclusion (bad bite), orthodontic treatment or the use of a headgear, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid arthritis.

How can we help?

We provide a full exam to determine the inflammation in your muscles and face, listen for joint clicking or scraping sounds, test the range of motion in your jaw, check for malocclusion (bad bite), and check for clenching and teeth grinding in which case a mouth guard or splint can be provided.

Cavities/Tooth Decay


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Periodontal Disease

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TMD/TMJ

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your lower jaw to your skull. There are two matching joints, one on each side of your head, just in front of your ears. This allows your jaw to move up and down and side to side. TMJ refers to the joint, but it is often used to diagnose any problems with the joints. Some signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing TMJ are:

-Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
-Jaw pain- particularly around the chewing muscles
-Locking of jaw or limited movement
-Trouble chewing
-The inability to completely open your mouth
-Ear aches, headaches, shoulder aches and neck aches
-Toothaches
-A change in how your upper and lower teeth fit together
-Other types of facial pain

Most people who have been diagnosed with TMJ have pain that will come and go, but some people have chronic long-term pain.

TMJ can be caused due to trauma, wear and tear due to aging, oral habits, disease, clenching due to daily stress, malocclusion (bad bite), orthodontic treatment or the use of a headgear, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid arthritis.

How can we help?

We provide a full exam to determine the inflammation in your muscles and face, listen for joint clicking or scraping sounds, test the range of motion in your jaw, check for malocclusion (bad bite), and check for clenching and teeth grinding in which case a mouth guard or splint can be provided.

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If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Gonzalez, please contact Heart Centered Dentistry at

(310) 264-5557.
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