Preventive Dental Care
The best way to maintain a healthy mouth is to keep on top of regular checkups. It is recommended that most people visit Dr. Lori Lemire Family Dentistry at least twice a year to be evaluated and to get your teeth cleaned.
Some patients may need to have their teeth cleaned more frequently, on 3-4 month intervals. Even with the best brushing techniques, nothing can compare to a professional teeth cleaning.
Our hygienists use specialized tools to remove plaque, tartar and calculus. They also perform a perio-chart of your teeth to determine pocket depth and gum health. During your visit, our hygienists also check for early signs of any problems with your teeth or mouth. Our protocol is to have Dr. Lemire do a complete oral exam once a year during one of your hygiene visits.
Dr. Lemire or her dental hygienists may decide to incorporate topical fluoride as part of your overall treatment. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in your mouth.
Children aren’t the only ones who need fluoride…adults do as well. Many patients think they made it through those “cavity prone years” of childhood only to find out that they too can still get decay. Poor oral hygiene and poor eating habits, as well as medications that cause dry mouth, can all cause cavities in adults. Adults suffering from sensitive teeth can also be helped with the topical application of fluoride.
If your water supply doesn’t have fluoride added to it or your children drink only bottled water please discuss with Dr. Lemire the possibility of prescribing a fluoride supplement (for children only).
X-rays are a necessary part of our diagnostic process. An x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues allow us to detect infection or pathology that requires attention. We minimize the frequency of x-rays to protect you from excessive radiation, yet also be thorough with our diagnosis to allow early detection of any problems.
We use digital x-ray imaging in our office. This allows us to take x-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional x-rays. Together with our computer technology and our intra-oral camera, we can enhance the images for better diagnosis.
Food particles and plaque collect in the deep grooves, fissures and pits of your teeth that often cannot be reached by regular brushing and flossing. In these cases, sealants can be applied, effectively “sealing” the deep grooves and protecting tooth enamel from plaque and resulting decay. Dr. Lemire generally recommends sealants as an effective way to prevent cavities but does not believe in sealing everyone’s teeth because sometimes it isn’t necessary as some patients don’t have deep grooves or pits.
Dr. Lemire can provide this simple procedure in one visit, in which a tooth-colored resin "coating" is painted onto the surface of the tooth. Generally, sealants take only a few minutes to apply, wear well under ordinary circumstances, and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Occasionally, some of the deep grooves in the back teeth may have formed incompletely, allowing a cavity to begin developing. Traditionally, this defect would have been treated with a silver amalgam filling, requiring the removal of the cavity and much of the healthy surrounding tooth. Today Dr. Lemire uses a tooth colored resin which is much more conservative and esthetic. We now only have to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and bond in the resin without removing healthy tooth structure. Most of the time, this procedure can be done without anesthetic.
This may be an unusual category to have under “preventive dental care” but Dr. Lemire is passionate about educating her patients in all aspects of dentistry. There is no better prevention than having knowledge when it comes to your oral health!
Dental diseases such as caries (decay) and periodontal (gum) disease are 100% preventable. This is our goal for our patients. Dentist in Coos Bay Dr. Lemire, her hygienists and all of her highly-trained staff encourage you to ask questions regarding your oral hygiene, treatment options and any other topic involving dentistry. As you read on, you will find this website is dedicated to educating our patients.
470 Highland Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Our office is closed for lunch every day from noon-1:00pm