Family Dentistry Specialist

Brighter Smiles Family Dental

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lebanon, PA

At Brighter Smiles Family Dental in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Elaine Hoppes-Goroshko, DDS, and the experienced family dentistry team prioritize whole-mouth health. The providers take a careful approach to observing your oral health over time so they can diagnose and treat acute issues, like periodontal disease, as early as possible. Click the online scheduler or call the office to book an appointment now.

Family Dentistry Q & A

What is family dentistry?

Family dentistry encompasses a wide variety of oral health maintenance and preventive care. As your family dentist, the Brighter Smiles Family Dental team treats patients of all ages, starting at 18 months old. Your family dentist acts like the primary care provider for your whole family’s oral health. Family dentistry services are tailored to the patient's age and needs. 

What does a full dental exam include?

Full dental exams at Brighter Smiles Family Dental include a thorough visual exam to check for periodontal disease (gum disease), oral cancer, tooth decay, and tooth damage. Your provider also checks restorations like crowns and dental implants

Because not all types of damage are immediately visible, your full dental exam also includes X-rays. X-rays capture images of the inside of your teeth, root system, and jaw below your gums. With X-rays, your dental care team can monitor changes so they can create a treatment plan when needed. 

After your full dental exam, the Brighter Smiles Family Dental team performs complete teeth cleaning.

What do teeth cleanings include?

The main goal of teeth cleaning is removing plaque — a sticky film containing harmful bacteria — and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. A standard cleaning focuses on cleaning the entire surface of your teeth and your gum line. Your Brighter Smiles Family Dental provider uses a slightly abrasive paste to clean teeth thoroughly. Afterward, they polish your teeth. 

If you have severe periodontal disease, you might need a deep dental cleaning. This treatment extensively cleans your gums to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, gums, and tooth roots. Deep dental cleanings are generally performed with local anesthesia because they're much more complicated than standard teeth cleanings. 

How often do I need a full exam and oral cleaning?

The American Dental Association advises getting customized recommendations from your dental care providers at Brighter Smiles Family Dental. Most children and adults have a full exam and dental cleaning every six months, but if you have oral health issues, you could need more frequent care. 

The Brighter Smiles Family Dental team can help your entire family to enjoy peak oral health. Call the office or use the online appointment scheduler for the best in family dentistry care now.