Family & General Dentistry
General dentistry is extremely important. At Bright Pointe, we want you and your family to have healthy and beautiful smiles and are advocates for great oral homecare habits, regular dental checkups and always implementing preventative dentistry options.
Preventive Dentistry is a partnership between you and us to ensure a lifetime of excellence and dental health. Maintaining daily oral hygiene habits is a key element in ensuring your continued dental wellbeing. Brushing twice and flossing once a day can keep your teeth and gums clear of bacteria, which is what causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Bright Pointe is also a pediatric dental practice. We strive to offer premium dental care for all of our patients from infancy through adulthood.
Promoting great dental hygiene is extremely important at a young age. The AAPD and the AAP recommend that children should visit a dentist within six months of the presence of their first tooth and no later than the child’s first birthday. This is because early detection of any potential problems is essential in maintaining great oral health and modifying bad oral habits.
If you're wanting to take your child to the dentist, but not sure how they will handle it, we offer complimentary Introductory visits for age 3 and under. During this 20 minute appointment, your child will meet Dr. Vredenburg and one of our hygienists, learn the process of having their teeth cleaned, and take a ride in the chair!
Gum disease occurs in three forms: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease may progress painlessly, producing few obvious signs, even in the late stages of the disease. Although the symptoms of periodontal disease often are subtle, the condition is not entirely without warning signs. Certain symptoms may point to some form of the disease.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
Unfortunately, by the time most people notice any of the warning signs of periodontitis, it’s too late to reverse the damage.
That’s why regular dental checkups are so important. We can spot trouble in the form of pockets of inflammation or places where gum tissue has eroded slightly, exposing the root of the tooth.
You usually can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing regularly, having regular dental visits for exams and cleaning, and eating a balanced diet. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier and tighter to your teeth. But bleeding gums may be a symptom of gum disease and should be brought to our attention.
Oral Cancer Exams
Oral cancer is any cancerous tissue growth located in the oral cavity. It may arise as a primary lesion originating in any of the oral tissues. The oral cancers may originate in any of the tissues of the mouth. There are several types of oral cancers, but around 90% are squamous cell carcinomas, originating in the tissues that line the mouth and lips. Oral cancer most commonly involves the tongue. It may also occur on the floor of the mouth, cheek lining, gums, lips, or palate.
At Bright Pointe we offer Oral Cancer Screenings. This is a quick procedure and can be performed at your routine check up. This can help us find any trouble spots at a very early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. In most cases, by the time symptoms appear, cancer has already begun to spread.