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Michael Murat, DDS 1915 East 19th St.,The Dalles, OR 97058 (541) 296-5677

Your Dental Health


Your dental health is connected to your overall well-being. Good oral hygiene at home, brushing and flossing, as well as scheduling regular professional exams and cleanings are paramount to keeping you on the road to optimal dental health.

Examinations
Regular examinations, by your dentist, help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups 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. Dental examinations generally include the following:

•  Gum Disease screening
•  Oral Cancer screening
•  Visual tooth decay evaluation
•  Visual gum disease examination
•  Gum pocket measurement and tracking
•  X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues

Professional Cleanings
Professional cleanings performed by a licensed hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist at Columbia View Dental will:

•  Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. (Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.)
•  Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. (Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indication of gum disease.)
•  Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.

Some patients will require a deep cleaning due to gum disease and past periodontal treatments. Our dentists will review your past dental history and identify any issues you may need treatment for.

X-rays (Radiographs)
Dental X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Dentists can detect issues with X-rays before they become problems saving you money in the long run by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:

• Internal tooth decay
• Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
• Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
• Impacted teeth
• Teeth that are still coming in



1915 East 19th St.The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-5677
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