Complete Checkups

A comprehensive dental exam includes a thorough look at your entire mouth, head and neck area. We need to know your complete medical history and potentially request an X-ray for our records. Call us today to learn more about our complete checkups.

An important part of what we do is keeping your medical chart up-to-date. Dr. Macks appreciates knowing any health conditions that have come up since your last visit.

Children’s comprehensive dental exams are also strongly recommended on a yearly basis. As with any children’s dental comprehensive exams, it is better to find out early rather than later. Contact us today to learn more about our children complete checkups.

Many diseases can affect your mouth. For example, Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases can affect your blood sugar levels and can make diabetes harder to control.

If you have been diagnosed with any diseases, let Dr. Macks know. It is important to know if you are taking any medications, which includes prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines. Even diseases or conditions that you may believe to be unrelated are important as we plan your treatment.

Call us today to learn more about our complete checkups.

Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. Macks suggests having an oral exam during your routine visit to his Tacoma office. The goal would be to find any abnormalities early in the process. Who should consider oral cancer screening?

  • Patients who use of tobacco, such as cigars, pipes, cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff among others.
  • Heavy alcohol use.
  • Previous oral cancer diagnosis.

Check with Dentist Dr. Macks to see if oral cancer screening is appropriate for you. Also, ask for ways that you can reduce the risk of oral cancer. Please call Dr. Alan Macks’ friendly office staff with any questions. They can walk you through any insurance or private pay questions.

Teeth Cleaning

What is the difference between routine teeth cleaning and a deep teeth cleaning?

Dr. Macks offers both types of cleaning at his Tacoma office located at 5319 Tacoma Mall Blvd. Tacoma, WA 98409.

Routine teeth cleaning involves a cleaning every six months. This is used as a preventative maintenance method for those who have a healthy mouth. One of our four dental hygienists will explain the procedure thoroughly and the importance of keeping on a schedule. Routine Teeth Cleaning includes removing tartar and plaque from your teeth and below the gumline. Your teeth will also be polished and screened for any potential decay or other issues.

Dr. Macks’ office also performs what is called deep teeth cleaning. Deep Teeth Cleaning involves removing plaque, bacteria and calculus from the gum. This allows the tissues to start healing. The gums form a protective shield between the root of the tooth and outside environment around the teeth. Once inflammation starts to occur, a deep cleaning is necessary. If it isn’t treated in time, bone loss will occur.

Comprehensive Dentistry for Smiles That Last a Lifetime

How important is your smile to you? Not only does a youthful smile exude confidence, but also contributes to your overall happiness as you enjoy a pain-free life with your natural teeth intact. Enjoying this kind of optimal dental health does not come about accidentally. At Alan Macks & Associates, we are committed to providing you with all the education and resources needed to maintain your beautiful smile for a lifetime! One of the keys to unlocking peak oral health is through Comprehensive Dentistry.

What is Comprehensive Dentistry?

Maintaining excellent oral health contributes to the well-being of your entire body. That’s why we are so passionate about comprehensive dentistry. By taking a holistic approach, and looking at the whole individual not just your mouth, your dentist can examine the possible causes of a dental problem, and then provide a total and permanent solution.

How Does Comprehensive Dentistry Work?

At your comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Macks will take a thorough look at your entire mouth, head, and neck area. We will get to know your complete medical history and may recommend an x-ray for our records. Your comprehensive dentist may consider:

  • Is your bite causing premature wear of your teeth or other problems, like migraines?
  • How is your oral health impacting your heart, digestion, and reproductive organs?
  • What preventative measures can be taken?
  • If you are considering a smile transformation, how will your facial features and bone structure affect your treatment?

As many diseases can present symptoms only your dentist will recognize, it is important to let us know about any changes in your health or medications you are taking, even if you think it is unrelated to your dental health.

Consider the Benefits to You

We all understand the concept of maintenance as it relates to our vehicles, homes and treasured possessions. But sometimes we fail to understand the connection between preventative maintenance and our health. Taking a proactive approach to your oral health benefits you in many ways:

  • Preserve more of your original tooth longer by treating a problem before it becomes serious.
  • Minor treatments are less costly than major ones.
  • Being involved in the treatment process helps you feel in control of your dental care.

We take great pride in providing a 360-degree oral health experience and we have many loyal patients to prove it. Read some of our real patient testimonials on our Facebook page.

Discover More About Comprehensive Dentistry with our Free Infographic

To learn some of the benefits of Comprehensive Dentistry, we have created a free educational download.

Download our free comprehensive dentistry infographic. Click HERE to download your free copy of the Infographic: Why Comprehensive Dentistry Makes Sense

to see how comprehensive dentistry:

  • Takes less time out of your life
  • Costs way less than traditional “drill & fill” dentistry
  • Prevents dental problems from arising again or ever happening at all
  • And guarantees a spectacular smile for a lifetime

Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Are You at Risk?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Are you familiar with this deadly disease? According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), an estimated 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer EVERY YEAR and 9,000 U.S. citizens will die from this horrifying disease.

Oral cancer’s mortality rate isn’t because it’s hard to diagnose, but because cancer is discovered late in its development. You can take action to stop this disease before it gets deadly.

Know the risk factors

Everyone is at risk for oral cancer. Whether you’re in your early 20’s or an active 40-year-old, you’re just as likely to get oral cancer. However, some factors increase your chances of getting oral cancer, including:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Excessive drinking
  • Exposure to HPV (Human papillomavirus)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor diet
  • Physical trauma

If any of these factors apply to you, consider changing your habits to lower your chances of oral cancer.

Learn the risks of oral cancer during oral cancer awareness month.

Recognize the symptoms

It’s important to perform a self-examination every month to catch any signs of oral cancer before it gets worse. Using a bright light and a mirror, check your cheek, tongue, the inside of your lips, and gums for:

  • White or red patches of tissue
  • Sores that bleed easily
  • Abnormal lumps
  • A chronic sore throat
  • A mass or lump in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing

If you’ve noticed these symptoms, it’s critical to contact your family dentist as soon as possible for an oral cancer screening.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Get screened

Getting regular screenings performed by your general dentist puts you in the best position to detect oral cancer in its early stages. This is just one more critical reason to keep up with your checkups and cleanings twice a year!

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, help us spread the word by sharing this blog post. It could save a life!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission.

Our Happy Patients Say:

Cindy McKitrick
Cindy McKitrick

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Absolutely the best team of dental experts around. I have been a patient of Dr. Macks since the late 1980s. I grind my teeth and have broken several, necessitating four implants. There can be a lot stress involved in such a dental history, but these folks make me feel right at home and well cared for no matter what issue I present. I'll never go anywhere else. I'm a life timer.

David Prychodzko
David Prychodzko

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

The best experience I’ve ever had. I have been to plenty of places for my Botox none of them compare to the experience I had. They were clean professional friendly 100% amazing

Karen DeWitt
Karen DeWitt

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Wow! I had 10 root canals & lots of dental trauma before I gave up & got dentures... I only wore them when I had to, as despite many adjustments, they never fit, and made my mouth's roof & gums terribly sore, for years... Then a friend told me to see Dr.Machs. His education, background, & range of experience are stunning (I don't stun, as a rule...). As an RN, I didn't believe this Ievel of thorough evaluation, information, & genuine care was possible in this life. I can't recommend him and the staff highly enough.

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5319 Tacoma Mall Blvd
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(253) 476-1030