Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
We emphasize prevention at Lakefront Family Dentistry. Routine dental examinations and cleanings, combined with education and good oral hygiene and dietary habits encourage life long oral health and minimize the risk of developing gum disease and cavities. Other preventative services we provide include sealants, topical fluoride, and nightguards.
When it comes to good oral health, one of the most important things you can do is to visit your trusted dentist at least every 6 month, some patients will need to visit more often if they are prone to, or have active, tooth decay and/or periodontal (gum) disease. While it is true that brushing and flossing at home every day is vital to your oral health, you will never be able to remove all of the plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth over time on your own. Our outstanding hygienist makes a point to customize a dental hygiene regimen specific for each patient. After your professional dental cleaning, you will leave with a refreshed smile and healthy teeth and gums.
It is equally important that Dr. Bellingham comprehensively examine your teeth, gums, bite, and TMJ every 6 months. The truth is, dental problems develop gradually over time, so it is much easier to address a concern, or area of potential infection early, before pain starts. Dr Bellingham emphasizes patient education and gives you the tools so that you are set up for a lifetime of total body health. Afterall, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of you body!
Oral cancer might not be as widely discussed as cavities or gum disease in the dental office, but that does not mean it is not just as important! In fact, oral cancer is on the rise. With early detection and diagnosis, oral cancer is a treatable condition with a very favorable outcome. Because we understand the importance of early oral cancer detection, Dr. Bellingham and our hygienist performs oral cancer screenings as an essential part of every hygiene recare and examination visit.
Periodontal (gum) disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) or antimicrobial therapy are focused on establishing a state of health in the gums and bone that support the teeth.