Helping our patients maintain a healthy mouth and smile is the main goal of general dentistry. We prefer to provide more minor, preventive care than to see patients suffer with more intensive treatments from a problem that was not managed in time. We want to ensure that your oral health is in its optimal state and positively contributing to the health of your entire body. We are here to brighten your smile and pave the way for a brighter life.
It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that get stuck to your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes (or longer), though most people rush through this time. You need to make sure that you reach every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep your breath fresh, you should also brush your tongue. Then, you can begin flossing.request an appointment
Cleanings And Exams
At Taylor’d Smiles, we can see you for urgent dental care, tooth decay or other issues with your smile. But in order to keep your smile healthy and in great shape, you should see our dentist for your regular dental exams in Mooresville, North Carolina.
We will perform a careful exam of your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth. We also take a series of 19 X-rays to evaluate the health of your teeth, bones and gums and to check for oral pathologies. We will also take a series of extraoral photos. These photos allow us to examine the alignment of your teeth, how your tongue fits in your mouth and the health of the roof of your mouth. This part of the examination can help us detect potential sleep apnea or behavioral issues. We will check the mobility of your teeth to see if they are shifting and look for signs of tooth grinding and clenching.
Gum health is extremely important, and we take six measurements around each of your teeth to check the amount of gum tissue and look for bone loss in your jaw. We will also carefully examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease.
Dr. Laura Olsen Taylor will perform a thorough exam of the muscles of your face and your jaw joints, including your range of motion. We will look for things such as bone loss, tooth shifting, tensions or tenderness of the joints to see if there is a problem with those joints or the way your teeth fit together. We will even use a Doppler device (similar to a baby fetal monitor) to make sure there is no clicking or popping in the jaw joints Finally, we will perform an intraoral and extra oral cancer screening
Dr. Taylor can use these visits to detect potential problems early on when they are easy to treat or prevent potential problems from developing. To get started on a healthier smile, call our office today at (704) 662-9111.
A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.request an appointment
Composite fillings act as a dentistry solution for problems such as tooth decay or cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth.request an appointment
Oral Cancer Screenings
During your comprehensive dental exam at Taylor’d Smiles, our dentist and team will perform an oral cancer screening. This screening involves not just an examination of the soft tissues of your mouth but an extraoral exam to make sure that there are no abnormalities. We will also use X-rays to look for any areas of concern. You should make an appointment with Dr. Laura Olsen Taylor any time you notice anything out of the ordinary with your mouth or teeth.
Nobody wants to hear that they may have oral cancer. Although it can be fatal, it is easier to treat the earlier it is caught. For this reason, we are proud to assist our patients with an oral cancer screening. We want to help our patients survive this often fatal disease.
Oral cancer will typically show up as white or red patches or lesions inside of your mouth. You may even notice the lesions on your tongue or on the floor of your mouth. Many people experience a hard time swallowing, bleeding in the mouth, or even swelling in your face or neck.