Integrative Dental Arts | Cosmetic Dentistry | Dr. Kathleen Carson

Gentle Professional Cleanings

Our goal is to make sure that your stress level doesn’t go up at all while you are in our care. In fact, we want it to go down. And we know how to make that happen. It all starts with you being honest with us if you are afraid.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to the dentist in ages or if you’ve had bad experiences in the past. We are NOT going to criticize your dental hygiene and you will NOT feel vulnerable when you sit down in one of our dental chairs.

Give us a chance to help you through the fear and watch how quickly your perception of going to the dentist changes.

Routine Cleanings

The best step you can take to maintain your oral health and avoid invasive dental procedures is to schedule regular routine cleanings.

The obvious reasons:

  • Better looking teeth
  • Prevent Cavities
  • Prevent gum disease
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Screen for other oral diseases
  • Prevent Bad Breath

The not so obvious reasons:

  • Reduce likelihood of heart disease & stroke
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Decreased dementia risk
  • Prevent Premature birth/low birth rate

Deep Cleanings

What is Dental Scaling?

Dental scaling is routinely performed to help with gum disease and excessive plaque buildup. While a standard cleaning will address the surface of the tooth, scaling goes just beneath the gum line.

What is Root Planing?

Root planing is the meticulous cleaning of root surfaces to remove dental plaque and calculus.lt helps to reduce inflammation and allows the gums to return to health.

How Do We Make it Comfortable for You?

We have a variety of gentle analgesics and numbing agents that will make your experience as pleasant as possible.

We may suggest systemic test and/or supplemental therapies during your visit

Saliva Testing

Saliva testing is convenient and economical. In most cases, it is a is a safe and effective alternative to blood and/or urine testing. Our partner Oral DNA labs specializes in saliva testing to support oral health.

Ozone Therapy

The ozone molecule is the most powerful agent that we can use on microorganisms. It is deadly to bacteria, viruses, and fungi, yet the more highly evolved human cells are not damaged by ozone in lower concentrations. It is also naturally occurring which makes it safe and effective to use.

Perio Protect

Treating gum disease is comfortable and convenient with Perio Protect. It takes only minutes a day for the powerful prescription therapy to do its job. This system features clear, patented, mouth guard-like trays that deliver medicine deep below your gum line and keep it there long enough to fight infections causing disease.

Oral CDX

OralCDx Brushtest is a quick painless diagnostic test to assist us in preventing oral cancer. A small brush is used to collect a few cells from your mouth which are then sent to a lab for anlysis.

Oral HPV testing

HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers; primarily the tonsils, tonsillar crypt, the base of the tongue and a very small number of front of the mouth, oral cavity cancers. Oral HPV testing is a great preventative tool.

PH Testing

PH testing helps you to know how well or not you are managing your body’s pH and cell/organ health. There is an exact pH necessary for the health of blood, cells, organs, external fluids, skin and hair.

ProBiora

After a dental cleaning, the bacteria that occur naturally in the mouth both beneficial and undesirable have been neutralized. We suggest ProBiora at home. It’s a dissolvable mint that supports gum and tooth health while naturally whitening teeth and crowds out bacteria that causes bad breath.

Twinlight® Periodontal Treatment

Step 1: Nd:YAG removes the diseased epithelial lining.

Step 2: ErYAG removes calculus from the root surface.

Step 3: Nd:YAG coagulates and leaves a stable fibrin clot.

TPT is a minimally invasive periodontal disease therapy combining dentistry & two best laser wavelengths: ErYAG and Nd:YAG to significantly enhance treatment success rates and shorten recovery times.

The TwinLight approach enables wavelength-optimized treatments for periodontal therapy, which create the optimal conditions for healing periodontal tissues. TPT prevents infection and promotes reduction in pocket depths.

The procedure is preformed in three simple steps:

Step 1: The Nd:YAG laser removes the diseased epithelial lining of the periodontal pocket and improves access to the root surface.

Step 2: The ErYAG is used to thoroughly remove microbial biofilm and calculus from the root surface.

Step 3: The Nd:YAG laser energy is used to coagulate and helps to form a stable fibrin clot

Utilizingboth ErYAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths in a treatment makes optimum use of the unique laser-tissue interaction characteristics of each wavelength. For example, Nd:YAG laser energy is superior for coagulation and deep disinfection while ErYAG is uniquely efficient at gently removing the infected surface tissue and calculus from the surface. Combined, they can dramatically improve the outcome of laser assisted treatments, guaranteeing maximum safety and efficacy.

LightWalker combines dentistry’s two best wavelengths ErYAG and Nd:YAG in one system. This allows the practitioner to quickly and conveniently switch between ErYAG and Nd:YAG while performing TPT.

The TPT approach, available only with LightWalker, gives general dentists the confidence to treat their patients’ moderate to severe periodontal disease the laser way, without scalpels and sutures. With LightWalker this has never been simpler. Its easy-to-use touch screen offers a menu of pre-programmed periodontal treatments. Pick the treatment and the laser automatically sets the optimum starting parameters.

TPT is easy for any dentist to perform and has an unsurpassed treatment success compared to conventional surgical methods. With easy-to-follow protocols and at-the-touch-of-a-button treatment settings, practitioners are able to treat patients who they previously had to refer out to specialists, with confidence and high success rates.

TPT is the most patient-friendly treatment of periodontal disease. The procedure is fast, minimally invasive, there are no scalpels or sutures and bleeding is minimal.

Our Dental Hygienists screen for

-Gum Disease
-Oral Cancer
-Heart Disease
-Sleep Disorders

... and you thought you were just getting a cleaning!

Ask us more about the oral systemic connection.

DIABETES

29.1

Million

people with diabetes in the United States.1

1 in 4 people

do not know they have diabetes.2

More than

1 in 3 adults

has prediabetes.3

95% of people with diabetes also have periodontal disease.

People with periodontal disease have more difficulty controlling their blood sugar level.

1/2

Nearly half of American adults have periodontitis, the most severe form of periodontal disease.1

Particularly contagious pathogens play a role in the progression of:

  • Heart attacks
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes2
Psychological stress increases oral biofilm growth.3
One cubic millimeter of dental plaque contains about 100 million bacteria.4

#1

The number one cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than all types of cancer combined.1

Risk factors for heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Gum Disease2
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Poor Diet
  • Smoking
  • Drinking Alcohol
Coronary heart disease patients’ risk of death increases with every tooth lost.3
percent of heart disease can be prevented
with lifestyle 3

12 FACTS YOU CAN'T IGNORE

About the Mouth-Body Connection

80%

of American adults over 35
Havesomeform of gum desease.

95%

of American who have diabetes
also have periodontal disease.
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Oral bacteria have been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

Over 25 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition associated with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and car accidents.

DIABETES

Periodontal treatment helps people with diabetes control their blood sugar better.

LOWER MEDICAL COSTS

Treating gum disease lowers annual medical costs associated with diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and pregnancy.

people
HEART DISEASE

People with gum diseaes are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease.

CANCERS

Bacteria in the mouth have been linked to oral, esophageal, lung, colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancers.

ORGAN DAMAGE

Oral bacteria travel through the bloodystream and can have and effect on many organs and processes.

KNEE REPLACEMENT

Gum disease can interfere with the success of knee replacement surgery

There are over 1,000 bacteria in dental plauque. If left to breed, this can cause more harmful bacteria, leading to cavities, gingivitis and priodonatal disease.

Periodontal Disease is linked with

-Blood Vessel Disease
-Heart Attacks
-Strokes
-Alzheimer s Disease

Poor oral hygiene is a risk for Periodontal Disease. Ask your healthcare team what you can do to keep good Oral Hygiene