Maintaining a proper schedule of preventive dentistry care can save you time, money, and discomfort.
Dental cleanings and exams ensure your teeth are kept free of plaque and tartar buildup that cause decay. In addition, these screenings can ensure early diagnosis and effective treatment of dental issues before they become more serious or complex.
Dental hygiene education is provided and reinforced to be certain that your home oral health practices are being completed regularly and effectively. This can help prevent tooth decay and preserve your healthy smile.
Dental x-rays are taken periodically to screen for any issues that may not yet be visible and to help guide treatments when necessary. This allows for effective treatment to restore great oral health.
Oral cancer screenings should be completed at least yearly. Early diagnosis has a profound impact on the success of treatment.
Dental Cleanings & Exams
The ADA recommends that everyone should visit the dentist at least twice per year to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will consistently provide you with high-quality professional dental cleanings and thorough preventive exams.
The purpose of a teeth cleaning is to rid the teeth of harmful build-up of plaque and stains that may prevent a healthy smile.
During cleanings we will:
- remove tartar build-up on your teeth remove plaque
- perform teeth polishing to help remove light surface stains and prevent plaque from easily reattaching to your teeth
We can help clean surfaces of your teeth that you may have missed during brushing and flossing. During your appointment, we will also:
- evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- check your bite and jaw for any problems evaluate your risk of tooth decay and gum or bone disease
- evaluate existing tooth restorations take dental x-rays if necessary
Regular professional dental cleanings and exams are essential for attaining a healthy mouth. Our talented and experienced team can provide gentle, yet thorough, dental cleanings and exams to help you maintain beautiful and healthy teeth, gums and smile.
Our experienced team can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Our top priority is to provide you with the highest level of service and quality dental care. In order for you to maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend to your personal oral hygiene routine. Taking proper care of your teeth at home can help you prevent periodontal disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss daily to prevent the build-up of plaque and tooth decay. You can use products containing fluoride to help strengthen teeth.Also, keeping a balanced diet and reducing the number of snacks you eat can contribute to good oral health. Eating too many snacks filled with sugar can put you at a greater risk for tooth decay. If possible, drink a glass of water after every meal to wash down these sugars if brushing your teeth isn’t an option after food intake.
We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Our advanced digital X-rays magnify and enhance your teeth for better diagnosis and treatment. This digital X-ray allows us to take an image of your teeth and put it into an imaging program.
With this program, we are able to use a number of tools that will allow us to take a closer look at your teeth and surrounding structures with remarkable accuracy. Digital X-rays can give us the information we need to more effectively plan your orthodontic treatment. Typically, these X-rays are taken before treatment begins, but we may take additional X-rays during and after treatment in order to chart your progress.
Digital X-rays also require much less radiation than traditional film X-rays. Digital X-rays are safe, effective, fast and informative.
Oral Cancer Screenings
We emphasize the importance of providing oral cancer screenings to our patients. Our team is certified to detect and properly diagnose oral cancer. By detecting any abnormalities in your oral health early, we will help you get the treatment you need to either reduce or eliminate the risk of developing a more serious oral health condition.
During an oral cancer screening, we will check for any abnormalities on your mouth, throat, lips, gums, or tongue. We will carefully examine any potential signs that we find. Let us know about any potential oral cancer symptoms you have experienced.
Some common symptoms that may indicate early oral cancer include:
- Pain or difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue
- A sensation that something is caught in the back of your throat
- Sore throat with no other sinus symptoms
- Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
- Drastic weight loss
- White or red patches in your mouth
- Mouth sores that do not heal
- Unexplained ear pain
- Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
If you have experienced any of these symptoms for more than a week without signs of recovery, call us immediately for an appointment. Ask for an oral cancer screening.
In the United States alone, one adult dies every hour of every day from oral cancers. While it is true that any person may develop oral cancer, there are certain factors that can play a role in increasing your risks. Some of the most common include:
- Being male (men are more likely to develop oral cancer than women)
- Use of tobacco in any form (6 times more likely)
- Genetic predisposition for oral cancers
- Excessive or prolonged exposure to sun
- Unhealthy diet
- Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Having gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Regardless of cause, the success of any treatment will depend on the size, type, and stage of the cancer. This is where early detection plays such a critical part. With early detection comes smaller cancerous or precancerous areas, which can be more easily removed. Early detection means treatment starts sooner, so less invasive procedures are required and the cancer is unlikely to have spread to other systems. The survival rate with early detection is quite high, but is utterly dependent on regular oral cancer screenings.
Our dentist provides comprehensive, high quality dental care for families including oral cancer screenings.
Our office offers an additional tool to help detect some oral pathology including Oral Cancer. We use a device called Velscope. The Velscope uses a special light to make subtle changes in the oral tissues more visible to the examiner. If we notice something with our Velscope we have the ability to take a photograph and share it with other doctors to help with a diagnosis.
We make sure to understand your concerns and answer your questions regarding diagnosis or treatment for oral health issues, including oral cancer.
Dr. Koehne spent a lot of time and was thorough during consultation. Everything well explained.
Very friendly and understanding staff! The hygienist knows what to recommend and Cheryl was very accommodating to my financial needs as my 3 children visit regularly as well as myself.
Another excellent visit to 'The Dentist' for my 6 month checkup. Most people dread going to 'The Dentist" Dr. Koehne and his staff make it a pleasant and positive experience.
My semi annual check was handled flawlessly by Dr M. Koehne. He continues to ensure my comfort throughout my visit. I highly recommend him to anyone in the market for a dental professional.
We have been patients of Dr. Mike for years, and he has gone out of his way to see us and takes great care of our family's teeth. I highly recommend him to you.
John D. C.
THE best dental practice hands down! Going to the dentist was never my idea of a good time but Dr. Koehne and the entire staff make a visit to Amber Dental very pleasurable and comfortable. I actually look forward to my appointment, it's like visiting family! I would highly recommend Amber Dental to anyone.
In my lifetime I have been to numerous dentists, I am 74 yrs. old. By far, Dr. Koehne, is the kindest, most thorough and generous dentist I have ever gone to. He does great work in lovely office environment.
My family has been patients of Dr. Mike for many years, and we greatly appreciate the care we have received. Mike has provided solid dentistry in a warm environment, and his staff is very friendly and professional.
John D. C.
I have been a patient of Dr. Koehne for 11 years. I am a very happy patient. He goes out of his way to keep me well informed, provides the best dental care I have ever experienced, very pleasant, kind-hearted and a joyful man. His staff is also amazing. Dr. Koehne will do whatever he can to provide the best possible dental care including allowing patients to make monthly payments to those not covered by dental insurance. I can't say enough about him and his team. Cheryl is spectacular at what she does and everything I have stated above also applies to her as well. They have a life long patient and friend in me.
Before I met Dr. Koehne, I hadn't seen a dentist for a number of years. I had a few bad experiences and was a little too afraid to ever go back. But based on a recommendation from a co-worker, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Koehne, and I am happy to say that I haven't missed a six month cleaning over the past ten years. Not only is Dr. Koehne an incredible dentist, but he is also an incredible person. He has a great staff of professionals around him - they are all friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend his practice to anyone looking for a dentist.