Bakersfield General Dentistry

Keep your smile healthy and attractive

Under the direction of Bakersfield dentist, Dr. Thomas Frank, Dentistry for Total Body Wellness offers traditional and comprehensive general dental care services. General dentistry is preventative in nature, meaning that we try to keep problems from developing in the first place. We offer the latest dental technology and treatment options to help you maintain optimal oral and overall health.

Our practice is based on a proactive total health model. We take care of your oral health and overall well-being by identifying risk factors to help prevent tooth decay, infection, sleep apnea, and oral airway concerns.

Your teeth, mouth, gums, and general health will be examined and evaluated to see what treatment will best benefit your individual needs.

We are proud to be collaborative leaders in whole-health dentistry so that you can look and feel better while smiling more!

Cavities

  • Have you had a cavity or filling in the last eighteen months?
  • Do you have multiple fillings or crowns in your mouth?
  • Do you have a dry mouth or reduced salivary flow?
  • Do you take prescription medications?

Because of dental decay’s connection to cardiovascular risk, it is especially important to take preventative measures. No one should have new cavities each time they have a dental visit. You get cavities because you have a certain type of bacteria.

At Dentistry for Total Body Wellness, we offer CariFree technology – a new way to help prevent cavities before they start by targeting the acid producing bacteria that cause holes in the teeth.

Dr. Frank will perform this revolutionary quick, simple, and reliable test to reveal your risk for future cavities or decay on your teeth. With the CariFree susceptibility test and rinse (if needed) you may never have another cavity again.

Biocorrosion

It is impossible to have a healthy body without a healthy mouth. Currently, there are over 50 diseases related to oral health.
Why is Biocorrosion Important?

Biocorrosion is a term to describe damage to the teeth caused by chewing stress, prolonged exposures to acids from the stomach or the diet, and abrasion from additives in toothpaste.

Measurables Important in Assessing Biocorrosion

  • Do you have notches or grooves near the gum line?
  • Is your mouth exposed to acids from your stomach (reflux/heartburn) or foods that you eat?
  • Are your teeth sensitive to cold?
  • Do you have a chronic cough or the need to clear your throat often?

Early identification and management can limit damage to the teeth and help avoid unnecessary repairs – but it needs to be recognized first!

Bite Disease

Oral health refers to the health of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, jaw, and bacteria. Excellent oral health is necessary for total body wellness to be achieved.

Your teeth are supposed to last a lifetime and ae designed to be problem free. Bite disease can cause premature tooth loss or damage to the teeth for both children and adults.

Bite Disease can also cause unsightly tooth damage that may affect one’s appearance, facial aesthetics, and the confidence that comes from a great smile.

Important Measurables in Assessing Bite Disease

  • Do you clench or grind your teeth?
  • Do you avoid any foods because they are difficult to chew?
  • Do you have pain in your jaw joint or the muscles of your face?
  • Do you wear any type of bite appliance?

When bite disease is stabilized our teeth should show no evidence of change year after year!

Oral Cancer Screening

How Oral ID works

The OralID device uses the same proven fluorescence technology as other medical exam devices to detect abnormal lesions. When the blue light from OralID shines on healthy oral tissue, it fluoresces green. However, when it shines on abnormal tissue, it appears dark due to a lack of fluorescence.

Oral ID is a simple, 2 minute examination of your mouth and throat areas. This important annual test is critical in the goal of early detection.

Are you at risk for Oral HPV-related oral cancer? Get tested and be certain.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. Oral HPV is now a known cause for cancer of the mouth and throat areas.

How do I know if I have an Oral HPV infection?

Early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms; thus, a visual exam would not detect people that may already have an infection caused by oral HPV.

In our office you can be tested during your oral health exam and be certain. This easy, sterile saline rinse by OralDNA Labs can detect oral HPV infections very early. If an HPV infection is present, we can help you to better understand your risk for oral PHV-related oral cancer.