General & Preventive Dentistry for Redmond Families
Seeking oral health? Look no further than the dental office of Steve Schwam, D.D.S.
When you think about visiting the dentist, you might imagine checkups and hygiene visits. These general dentistry treatments are what most people picture, and they form the foundation for your oral healthcare at our Redmond, Oregon dental office. With advanced technology like soft tissue lasers and excellent education from organizations like the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr. Steve Schwam offers patients so much more when it comes to general dental care. With neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ health and sleep apnea therapy, we protect a lot more than just your smile. For complete health, you can count on Redmond dentist Steve Schwam, D.D.S.
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Six month checkups and hygiene visits can prevent originally small dental problems from growing and causing serious damage in the future. As your general dentist, Dr. Schwam will examine your teeth and supporting structures, review the high-resolution X-rays and photos our team captures, and then recommend personalized treatment options for problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, missing teeth, and more. If you experience headaches, jaw clicking, or tooth sensitivity, Dr. Schwam may recommend a neuromuscular dentistry exam as well.
During your routine cleaning, our team members will thoroughly remove decay-causing plaque and tartar from the mouth, as well as minor dental stains. We can also teach you helpful tips and strategies for how to brush and floss more effectively in the comfort of your own home. We care about your smile, comfort, and health, and we’ll always go the extra mile to deliver one-on-one care and personalized general dentistry for your special smile.
The deep grooves in your premolars and molars can be magnets for food particles and decay-causing bacteria, especially for younger children who are still learning how to brush and floss properly. That’s why Dr. Schwam is likely to recommend dental sealants as a simple and effective preventive solution. With sealants (a tough plastic material) in place over chewing surfaces, the risk of cavities in these vulnerable areas is greatly decreased – and better yet, the application process is fast and pain-free.
Here in Redmond, we treat every patient with the respectful, one-on-one attention they deserve, including the youngest members of your family. We want to help your son or daughter feel right at home at the dentist’s office, which is why Dr. Schwam provides check-ups that are as gentle and pain-free as possible. He’ll also keep an eye on any potential developmental problems so they can be dealt with as early on as possible, saving children from more involved corrective treatment down the road. It’s never too early for your child to get started on the path towards excellent oral health!
If you struggle with regular headaches, jaw pain, and worn-down tooth enamel, it’s likely that bruxism (teeth grinding) is negatively affecting your day-to-day life, whether you’re aware of it or not. This “bad habit” is common among adults who experience a lot of daily stress, and it’s likely to happen at night while patients are asleep. In addition to dental damage and pain, bruxism may even lead to the development of TMJ disorder over time. Dr. Schwam will review your symptoms with you and perform a neuromuscular dentistry exam if necessary. If he determines that you’re suffering from bruxism, a customized nightguard can provide your teeth with the strong support and protection they need throughout the night.
AgilityGuard Athletic Mouthguard
We offer AgilityGuard custom athletic mouthguards to potentially increase your sports performance and protect smiles from dental injury during physical activity. If you or your children participate in sports, don’t go unprotected – contact us for an appointment to discuss the importance of custom athletic mouthguards and what AgilityGuard can do to provide excellent protection.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Patients are used to hearing about cavities in the dentist’s office – but what about oral cancer? This dangerous condition results in a death every hour on average, and nearly 25% of diagnosed cases aren’t even caused by known risk factors like tobacco and alcohol use. The problem is that most cases of oral cancer go unnoticed or misdiagnosed for too long, making the chances of recovery slim. Here in Redmond, Dr. Schwam takes this threat to your health and livelihood seriously, which is why he provides oral cancer screenings as a vital part of routine check-ups. The earlier its presence is identified, the greater the chances are that it can be treated successfully.
During your screening, Dr. Schwam will thoroughly review the mouth for common indications of cancerous cells and make note of any suspicious areas that will need a second opinion. These signs could include:
- Red/white patches of skin
- Oral sores that bleed very easily and/or aren’t healing at the appropriate speed
- Lumps, crusts, or thickened areas of skin
Quality Oral Hygiene Products
While professional care is very important for maintaining a lifelong, healthy smile, at-home oral hygiene carries the same amount of weight for patients of all ages. That’s why Dr. Schwam and the rest of our team will be happy to recommend excellent toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other items that can provide excellent, proven results for your oral health. In particular, our team trusts in CloSYS products, including alcohol-free oral rinses and both fluoridated and non-fluoridated toothpaste. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d like more information!
Ignoring your oral health can lead to big problems, so visit our Redmond, OR dental office regularly for thorough preventive and general dental care. We can help you hang on to your natural smile for a lifetime! We serve Redmond, Sisters, Bend, and beyond, helping our neighbors experience great oral health and optimal function. Contact us for an appointment!