Healthy smiles for healthy families start with professional family dentistry. At Nancy Shiba DDS, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Of course, you'll only smile if you're as happy with our service as you are with our dental treatment. That's why we take the time to listen to your needs and concerns. Not only do we listen to your concerns, but we use gentle, efficient cleaning techniques. We also hire caring, highly trained professionals. Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs; from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from regular check-ups to sophisticated dental surgery.
Dr. Nancy Shiba and her team will take exceptional care of your oral health. Below are some of the preventive dental services that our practice provides.
Cleanings, Exams & X-Rays (Radiography)
Professional cleanings performed by a hygienist or dental assistant are as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Twice yearly dental check-ups and cleanings help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair.
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Oral Cancer Screening
During your dental visit, Dr. Shiba can talk to you about your health history and examine you for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to Nancy Shiba, DDS can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
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One of the best ways to keep your gums from bleeding when you come in for a cleaning is to floss regularly. Brushing your teeth before or after flossing is less important than whether you floss or not.
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea
For patients who suffer from snoring issues, or possible sleep apnea, there are solutions to help. We can evaluate the situation and make recommendations that are personalized to you.
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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel.
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The purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing regular functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort. Normal TMJ function is essential not only for chewing and speaking, but for overall comfort in your jaw. When your TMJ is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain in the jaw, and ear or sinus infections. We can identify and treat these alignment issues so that you do not experience additional concerns associated with TMD.
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Sealants and Fluoride
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the top surface of your back teeth — the molars and premolars. Those areas are the hardest to clean and the most prone to tooth decay and plaque buildup, which is why sealants are generally applied only to them. Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent the incidence of tooth decay. This simple preventive measure of applying a fluoride varnish to the teeth can strengthen teeth at risk for decay and create a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay.
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