Dr. Steven H. Jaynes, DDS

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Hygiene / Periodontal Health

Preventive Dentistry (Cleanings and exams) and Periodontal Health

Preventive dentistry includes daily brushing, flossing, and periodic dental cleaning and exams. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends cleanings twice a year to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Some patients with more severe gum issues may need professional cleanings more often. Dr. Jaynes and his staff of professional dental hygienists will recommend the best intervals to maintain optimal dental health.

With regular cleanings and exams, Dr. Jaynes can identify and take care of problems while they are small and less complex.

It is important to start children early with dental visits. Our highly skilled hygienists make sure that a child’s dental visits are fun! In addition to cleaning a child’s teeth, they also provide home care instructions on how to brush and floss, and fluoride treatments to keep tooth enamel strong.

One of the most common causes of tooth loss is Periodontal Disease. This begins with Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), and can progress to bone deterioration known as Periodontitis or Periodontal Disease. At each visit, Dr. Jaynes and his hygienist will evaluate your gums and supporting bone to ensure they are healthy and strong. If any signs of periodontal disease are present, proper measures will be suggested to reverse the disease and maintain optimum oral health.

Oral Cancer Screening and ViziLite

Oral cancer screenings are performed at each dental check-up and cleaning. In addition, Dr. Jaynes offers ViziLite oral cancer screenings that can potentially detect very early cancer cells that are invisible to the naked eye. In this procedure, the patient swishes with a rinse and Dr. Jaynes examines the intraoral tissue with a fluorescent light to help detect abnormal changes in the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat. Normal tissue looks different from abnormal tissue when seen under the light.

Early detection means less invasive and more predictable treatments. Dr. Jaynes will recommend how often ViziLite screening should be provided based on your unique risk factors.

Night Guard

With the high-stress lifestyles of our current culture, we frequently see patients who are grinding (also known as bruxism) and clenching their teeth. This can occur during waking hours, during sleep, or both. This is problematic as clenching and grinding can cause excessive wear, chipping, and cracking of the teeth, as well as pain in the Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ). Bruxism and clenching are not problems that can be solved by shear willpower, but there is a simple solution–a Night Guard.

A Night Guard is an acrylic mouthpiece that fits snuggly and comfortably over the biting surface of the upper teeth. It is carefully adjusted to accommodate the bite of the lower teeth against it.

Oftentimes, wearing a Night Guard will stop the grinding. However, if the grinding continues during sleep, it will protect the teeth from being worn down, and protect the TMJ from further damage. Many patients who wear Night Guards say that they cannot sleep without it, because their jaw is so much more relaxed and comfortable they sleep much better.