Preventive Dentistry & Gum Disease Treatment in Asheville, NC
Our Asheville Smiles team is prevention focused. Through preventive dentistry services like teeth cleanings, protective sealants, and fluoride (or fluoride alternatives), we can show you how to keep your teeth healthy for life.
Sometimes, your prevention plan goes beyond a one-hour “cleaning” with our hygienists. Here are some of the unique ways we enable people like you to keep your natural teeth healthy for years to come:
Probiotics play an essential role in rebalancing your oral biofilm. These aren’t probiotics for your gut, but for your mouth. They come in the form of a mint that you take once a day, and they release four types of good bacteria inside your mouth to prevent bad bacteria from getting out of control.
Studies have found that people with healthy mouths have higher levels of these four types of good bacteria. Using an oral probiotic on a regular basis after your dental cleaning can reduce and maintain your bad bacterial levels by as much as 75%. They’re extremely useful for managing gum disease and gingivitis.
Diagnodent Caries Detection
What if it were possible to detect cavities before they could be seen with the naked eye, or on an x-ray? Diagnodent uses light energy to measure the density of areas such as the grooves across the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Our hygienists routinely use it as part of the preventive screening process during your preventive care appointments.
Periodontal Therapy to Fight Gum Disease
Scaling and root planing removes areas of problematic bacteria so as to jump-start your body’s ability to recover. Our hygienists are very good at what they do, having years of experience under their belts. They’re a favorite with our patients!
During your periodontal screening, we will let you know if we see symptoms of gum disease, such as:
- Deep “pockets” below your gumlines
- Evidence of bone loss
- Tissue detachment
- Swelling or bleeding
- Areas of heavy tartar buildup
Sleep Apnea Management
A custom oral sleep appliance is perfect for people who can’t use a CPAP for their obstructive sleep apnea. It’s also easier to travel with! Bring your prescription for an oral appliance from your physician and we’ll do the rest.
If you have not yet been diagnosed with sleep apnea and we suspect that you may have the condition, Dr. Merrell is happy to refer you to a local sleep center for a formal diagnosis.
Intraoral Cameras and Digital X-rays
High resolution imaging allows us to precisely diagnose conditions like decay, infection, and fractured teeth. We use intraoral photography and radiographs on a monitor in the clinical room to share our findings with you. You see exactly the same things that we do!
Most people are familiar with dental diseases like cavities or periodontal infections. Occlusal “disease” is an entirely different category of oral health problems, but just as dangerous!
An abnormal bite or chronic clenching can destroy your teeth right before your very eyes. Wearing an occlusal guard can save your smile, protect investments that you’ve already made, and prevent further problems.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Risk factors like sun exposure and viruses make oral cancer a threat to everyone… not just people who smoke or use alcohol. We perform a careful oral cancer screening on each patient. It could save your life.
Are you looking for a new dentist in Asheville? Call us today to schedule!