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Family Dentistry – St. Peters, MO

Ensuring Healthy Smiles for Your Whole Family

Smiling familyIf you come from a close family, then you might share a lot: the bathroom, the car, the last piece of cake and even the occasional stomach bug, unfortunately. Luckily, however, we make it possible to share your dentist, too. As a family dentist in St. Peters, MO, Dr. Makwana is educated and experienced at providing all of the dental care you and the rest of your family need to have beautiful smiles and a healthy mouth. So, whether your children are coming for a first checkup or you need to have a cavity filled or a crown set, you’ll find the treatment you need all under one roof.

Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Mother and daughterBefore Dr. Makwana can make a recommendation for specific dental services, he must understand exactly what your smile needs. That’s one of the reasons why a dental exam and cleaning is so important. At these visits, which should happen every six months, your St. Peters dentist will evaluate your dental and oral health, and the hygienist will provide a refreshing cleaning. Digital x-rays will be taken once a year and we’ll also assess the health of your gum tissue.

One of the primary things we look for is tooth decay. In addition to visually examining and probing each tooth, X-rays help us locate decay happening below the enamel surface or between your teeth. A hygienist will also measure the depth of gum pockets around your teeth; pockets that are deeper than four centimeters may indicate the presence of gum disease.

Finally, we will also check for the early warning signs of oral cancer at each one of your checkups, as well as symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), an often painful condition that results when the joints that connect your jaw to your skull do not work properly.

Children’s Dental Health

Boy smiling in mirrorAs a family dentist, Dr. Makwana welcomes patients of all ages, including little ones. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that kids see a dentist by the time they are a year old. This may seem rather young, but this early appointment gives us the chance to examine their incoming teeth and developing mouth. Then, when they’re between the ages of two and three, we’ll start seeing them for regular dental checkups. Just like mom and dad, children should have dental exams and cleanings twice each year.