Having healthy teeth and gums provides the basis for your oral health. Regular exams and professional cleanings will ensure that your mouth remains in top shape. Because we see many children in our practice, we offer specific services designed to give them a respect for the importance of good oral hygiene. Waterlase allows us to perform microdentistry without injections, so your children—and you—won’t fear coming to the dentist.
If you clench or grind your teeth at night (a condition called bruxism), you may wake up with jaw pain or headaches or have excessive wear on your teeth. In any case, Dr. Harder can provide a custom-made oral appliance that protects your teeth from bruxism and all the other unpleasant symptoms that come with it. This comfortable appliance separates the top and bottom teeth during sleep, preventing friction and even perhaps leading to better sleep and less stress in your jaw.
Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States? It doesn’t just impact heavy smokers or drinkers, and it is often discovered too late. That’s why regular screenings for this particular type of cancer are crucial. Dr. Harder can recognize the early signs of oral cancer, increasing the odds of overcoming the disease. He performs a screening at each checkup appointment, so you can be sure to find it as early as possible. This simple, yet important, service helps to keep you healthy for many years.
Your tooth enamel is the strongest, hardest substance in the human body, but it is not indestructible. In fact, your teeth are under almost constant attack by acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. To finish your semi-annual visit with our team, we can apply a concentrated treatment of fluoride onto your teeth. This mineral is proven to strengthen enamel and help prevent cavities in between dental checkup and cleaning appointments. Make sure you get this treatment before you leave!
At Dr. Harder’s practice, we welcome patients of all ages, including young children. Our staff has years of experience and knows how to help your little one feel at ease in the dentist’s chair. our gentle touch and friendly service will help your child have positive dental experiences that encourage lifelong oral health. For rarer complex cases, we may need to refer you to a trusted specialist, but we’ll make sure that they are just as devoted to excellence as we are.
Your gums and supporting tissue provide the foundation for good oral health and a strong smile. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, and most don’t even know it. During your checkup, we will evaluate the health of your gums. If you have periodontal problems, we may use soft tissue laser therapy to get rid of the infection and restore your gums to full health. Other treatments include scaling and root planing, procedures that remove bacteria below and above the gum line and help ensure that gum disease won’t come back again in the future.