At Bionica Dental Wellness, we’re all about using the lightest touch possible. Instead of just “drilling and filling” a tooth at the slightest sign of a problem, Dr. Holinbeck and our team work hard to prevent cavities and oral infections from developing in the first place. This approach is not only better for the teeth, but it also protects the rest of the body from being exposed to oral bacteria. Focusing on prevention is a big reason why our patients are able to enjoy healthy smiles and bodies year after year instead of regularly having to get restorative work.
When you come to see us for a routine checkup and cleaning, Dr. Holinbeck won’t just examine your teeth and gums looking for cavities and gum disease. Instead, she’ll keep an eye out for these issues and make sure the system, consisting of your head, neck, and jaw, is working together properly. She’ll also look for signs in the mouth that could indicate the presence of whole-body health problems. By taking this more comprehensive approach, we’re able to protect our patients from much more than just tooth decay.
The acronym “pH” stands for potential hydrogen – essentially, it describes either the chemical acidity or alkalinity levels of any certain substance. A patient’s saliva pH range should fall somewhere between 6.2 and 7.6. If this value is lower, it may indicate the presence of dangerous bacteria and a higher risk of enamel breakage. Thus, regularly checking pH levels can actually be valuable when determining whether dental treatment is needed. Dr. Holinbeck will know when she and her team need to implement more involved preventive measures to help you avoid decay!
The health of your gums has a direct impact on the rest of your body, and this fact is never too far from our team’s minds. Without consistent oral hygiene, the gums can actually develop an infection called periodontal disease, which in addition to damaging the mouth, can also increase someone’s risk for conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. If we spot any redness or swelling in your gums, we can perform a special deep cleaning designed to remove infection and safeguard your health from head-to-toe.
If the daily grind is literally causing your teeth to break down or your jaw to ache, it needs to be addressed right away, otherwise, you could develop chronic pain throughout your head and neck and experience unrestorable fractured teeth. A simple solution we can offer is a nightguard, which is a custom-made protective appliance that slips over the teeth and provides a barrier between them to prevent any harmful contact. This can also help relieve persistent TMJ pain.
Oral cancer claims at least one life each and every hour, and a big reason for this is that the disease is very easy to miss during its early stages. This means many patients don’t really notice anything until the cancer is already advanced and difficult to treat. Our team’s trained eyes are able to spot the initial signs, however, so we’ll give you an oral cancer screening at every checkup.
It can be tough to figure out which kind of toothpaste or mouthwash you should use. There is a nearly endless variety at the store, and many of them contain ingredients you can barely pronounce. We can make things much simpler by discussing which oral healthcare products may be best for you. If you're generally healthy, our own line of natural oral care products called Bionica Naturals that can provide all of the health benefits you need without the extra foaming agents or dyes found in most other products.
Ozone, or O3, is thought of as enriched oxygen. Our team uses it to safely remove bacteria throughout the mouth without leaving any toxic by-products. For patients dealing with gum disease or early cavities, ozone therapy is an ideal minimally-invasive way to kill harmful bacteria without any poking or prodding.
While it might be tempting to head to the local ER if you’re experiencing a lot of dental pain, the better choice is to simply call Bionica Dental Wellness. Whether you’re dealing with a bad toothache, knocked out/broken tooth, or a dislodged filling/crown, we’ll provide the urgent care you need without having you spend hours in the waiting room. We’re often able to schedule same-day appointments for emergency patients so we’re able to get you out of pain as quickly as possible.