Your checkup doesn't just detect gum disease and cavities. So much more in your lifestyle can affect your oral health. Call us to help you stay on top of it.

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"I've been a patient of Dr. Streko for years. I can't say enough great things about Dr. Streko and his staff.

They are very professional, extremely competent, always caring and courteous. They utilize their expertise and the latest technology to ensure that our specific needs are not only met, but exceeded.

I frequently receive compliments on my smile. Now, my teeth are beautiful and my mouth is healthy, thanks to Dr. Streko and his team."
- Steve D

Outstanding general dentistry in Westfield leads to healthy, happy smiles

We love the opportunity we have through our general dentistry practice to influence our patients' wellbeing. Taking care of the smile goes way beyond having teeth that look good, affecting the whole body in a positive way. Oral health has a dramatic impact on the body. When the mouth is not healthy, medical concerns such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and conditions in pregnancy may arise. Understanding the proven link between oral and physical health, we partner with our patients to address their unique needs for dental care.

During routine dental examinations, which are suggested at least every six months, we perform a thorough assessment of the patient’s teeth and gums. Most people think that a dental exam is geared towards detecting cavities and gum disease. With our team, there is much more that goes into maintaining happy, healthy smiles.

We treat patients of all ages from Westfield, Mountainside, Cranford, and other surrounding areas with the knowledge that there are other concerns they may face without even knowing it. For instance, certain medications may cause dry mouth, a condition that increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. A comprehensive examination can also detect excessive wear, a potential sign of bruxism, which may lead to TMJ disorder or indicate obstructive sleep apnea. It is in the small details of dental care where health can be promoted.

Gum disease detection and treatment

Gum disease is one of the most common problems we see in adult patients. More than half of the adults in our country have this silent disease. Receiving dental care at regular intervals is vital to the detection of gum disease because this infection produces very mild symptoms; so mild that the patient will not be able to tell there is a dangerous condition occurring in his or her mouth.

It is important to know that gum disease occurs in stages. The earliest stage of gingivitis is curable with prompt attention in the form of professional cleaning and the application of an antimicrobial medication to the affected area. The more the gum disease progresses, the harder it is to treat. By weakening supportive tissues, oral bacteria cause gums to recede, making their way inward toward teeth roots and the bone. In the advanced stage of periodontal disease, treatment will consist of a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing. We may treat infection with antimicrobial medication or with ozone to destroy disease-causing bacteria quickly.

Your smile matters. Contact your dentist, Dr. Thomas C Streko in Westfield, NJ to schedule your smile-protecting check- up.