Oral Hygiene & Cleanings in Spokane Valley
Even the most diligent brushers and flossers fall victim to subtle dental problems that go unnoticed too long. That’s why attending routine teeth cleaning appointments is one of the most important steps you can take for your oral health. Here in Spokane Valley, our team recommends that patients of all ages visit at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. If you suffer from oversensitivity to decay or gum disease, this recommendation may be increased.
During your check-up, Dr. Shumway and the rest of our staff work hard to locate even the smallest areas of damage and decay so treatment is fast and effective. We’ll inspect the surfaces of each tooth, the gums, the bite, any existing restorations, and other related structures. Digital X-rays reveal anything that’s lurking under the surface. Once we have all of this information, Dr. Shumway can provide his recommendations for treatment and help you choose the ones that fit your situation best.
Plaque is one of the biggest threats to your oral health, constantly forming over enamel and creating hard, bacteria-filled deposits if left in place too long. Thankfully, one of our talented hygienists can clear away these areas and leave your smile feeling nicely polished with an in-depth cleaning.
Your First Visit
Have you already scheduled an appointment with our team? We can’t wait to meet you! During this initial visit, our goal will be to learn about you and the personal goals you have for your oral health. Upon arrival, one of our staff members will give you a brief tour of the practice and discuss our available services with you so that you know what to expect from the get-go. They’ll also talk to you about your reasons for coming and if there’s anything you like or dislike about your smile that you’re interested in changing. Then, it will be time to meet Dr. Shumway, undergo an evaluation, and work together to devise an ideal plan of action for your unique needs.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer may not be discussed as frequently as gum disease or cavities, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous – in fact, one person dies from the condition every hour on average. This happens because most cases aren’t diagnosed until they’ve reached destructive stages limiting the patient’s chances for recovery. At Spokane Family Smiles, our team makes oral cancer screenings a vital part of your check-ups. If we locate any potentially cancerous areas, we’ll work with you to take the next steps towards a firm diagnosis as soon as possible.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is one of the most common health problems, and while the symptoms are typically mild in the beginning, they can quickly worsen and cause severe damage to your smile if left untreated. Here in Spokane Valley, our team is focused on diagnosing gum disease at the earliest stage possible so we can preserve both your oral health and overall wellbeing. We offer several treatment options, including effective hygiene products, an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing, and antibiotic therapy.