Thursday, March 26, 2015

Overall Oral Health

Here at Garrison Family Dentistry, we aim to improve our patient’s overall oral health with proper dental education and encouraging them to visit us on a regular basis. Our team recommends patients visit us at least every six months for their routine cleaning and check-up, as this helps us find problems early and offer the best possible treatment. It improves our patient’s oral health and their health overall, as dental health can affect many different parts of the body.

During biannual visits, we will begin by examining your face and neck and checking your lymph nodes and jaw joints. We will also examine your gums, teeth, and the tissues inside your mouth. An oral cancer screening is also included in these routine dental visits. X-rays are often taken during the twice-yearly exams, though not always. We finish the appointment with a professional dental cleaning and recommendations for treatments if we notice any issues with your dental health.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Matthew Garrison or Dr. Anna Jones by calling (816) 532-8778. You can also visit for more information!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NTI Night Guards

Here at Garrison Family Dentistry, we want our patients to have good oral health, and that starts with preventative care. One type of preventative care is through the use of night guards. Night guards are worn by patients who have a problem with grinding or clenching their teeth at night. While it may not seem like a serious problem, teeth grinding can lead to reduced tooth enamel, which weakens teeth. Teeth grinding may also cause severe headaches, jaw pain, and an irritation of the gums. Night guards help prevent these from occurring.

The benefits of night guards include the following:

  • Protecting the patient’s teeth so they don’t weaken or crack from being worn down

  • Saving patients money on future dental procedures

  • Getting relief from headaches and jaw pain

  • Eliminating partner disturbance while sleeping and grinding teeth

NTI Night Guards are made custom to the patient, so they fit comfortable and do not interrupt their sleep. Dr. Matthew Garrison or Dr. Anna Jones will start by making impressions of your teeth, those molds will be turned into our NTI Night Guards in less than 45 minutes. We tell our patients to wear their night guards every night while sleeping. Night guards last about 10 years with proper care.