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Dental Arts Building, 1108 E. Ohio St
Clinton, MO 64735


Dr. Krystal Gillis and Dr. Robert Sexauer are certified and licensed providers of FastBraces®
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  All were very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I was especially impressed by the new Dr. Crystal. She explained all my options very well and seemed very knowledge. Thank You. 
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Why your family dentists near Clinton MO assess for dental caries

All were very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I was especially impressed by the new Dr. Crystal. She explained all my options very well and seemed very knowledge. Thank You.
~ M.R. (Jan 16, 2014)


When choosing a dental professional to care for the needs of your family, you want a team that can tailor care to each individual. This means that you want a dentist who can help you prevent dental problems and even liven up your smile with cosmetic treatments. Dr. Sexauer and Dr. Gillis are family dentists who provide care with a holistic approach. It is this level of care that brings families from Clinton, MO and surrounding areas to our practice.

One of the goals in our practice is to help individual patients avoid potentially painful dental problems using the most natural approach to care. In a preventive step, we provide assessment for caries risk. Dental caries is another term for cavities or tooth decay. This problem, though preventable, remains one of the most common diseases experienced by children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Even adults, reports this organization, continue to be susceptible to cavities, with 9 out of 10 having at least one cavity.

Caries assessment is quick and painless, consisting of saliva sampling. In collected bacteria, your dentist will be able to identify the amount of bacteria present. Based on the amount of bacteria, we can better determine one’s risk of cavity development. Cavities are, after all, the result of oral bacteria leaving acidic byproduct on enamel.

For decades, the most common dental theory has been that if we brush and floss daily as recommended, we should be able to avoid problems like cavities and maybe even gum disease. Your holistic family dentists recognize the power of oral bacteria and understand that excessive amount of bacteria equate to an increased risk of cavities, regardless of oral hygiene. When you know your risk, you can better work with your dentist to develop a plan for prevention that works for your specific needs.

When levels of oral bacteria are high, we can institute a specific plan to reduce the risk of cavities through preventive treatments. Every person is different and may have a unique underlying risk. For instance, a patient who has diabetes will receive care that takes into consideration increased risk due to the presence of excess sugar in gum tissues. Individuals who have “dry mouth” may benefit greatly by treatment aimed at this concern, thus lowering the risk of cavities.

It is possible to practice excellent oral hygiene and still struggle with decay. Caries risk assessment gives us a jump start on accurately managing your oral health. Call (660) 885-6933 to schedule your dental check-up and risk assessment.

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