The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, “it is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months.” Many times Dr.Collura or one of his highly skilled hygienist will recommend a hygiene therapy appointment based upon the specific dental needs of you. However, regardless if the appointment is every three months or every twelve months, Dr. Collura and his team perform a thorough and comprehensive examination.
Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines. Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
A hygiene therapy appointment will typically include but not be limited to:
-Reviewing and updating your medical and dental history including changes in health or current medications
-Blood pressure check
-Oral cancer screening and examination
-An evaluation of your gum tissue
-X-rays, only as needed
-Examination to detect decay, cracks or changes in tooth structure
-Potential referral to a specialist.
Serving the people of Greenfield & Deerfield, MA, Dr. Collura and his team may conduct preventative services that may include:
-Removal of any stain on your teeth
-Removal of plaque and tartar that may be present
-Application of fluoride based upon your specific oral health
-Sealants if applicable
-Polishing of fillings or crowns if applicable
As a family dentist, we are always striving to keep you up to date on your dental education. Therefore, at every appointment we may provide educational materials, information or discuss oral health issues of concern to you or us and that you want to be or should be informed about such as:
-Tooth brushing and flossing instructions,
-Future treatment recommendations and appointments
-Programs to assist you with quitting smoking or chewing tobacco
-Evaluations for improved dental aesthetics
-Requested information for aesthetic treatment or issues of concern
-Evaluation of home care effectiveness