Dover OH Dentist Dr. Kevin D. Huff, General Dentistry

Have You Ever Taken a Tour of Your Mouth?

We believe that people should not have to make decisions about what they do not understand or cannot see. We usually hear that people who come to see us have never had the opportunity to see teeth the way that a dentist sees them. How can a person make an informed decision about what to do or not to do based on a dentist's recommendation without understanding their own problem? It's very difficult.

For this reason, most of our patients enjoy the opportunity to participate in what has been called the "Co-Discovery" or "Co-Diagnosis" process, which is based on the philosophies of the late Charles Barkley, DDS. Continuing education centers for advanced general dentistry techniques like the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and others support and encourage this approach to developing appropriate treatment solutions with our patients. Essentially, the process starts with a thorough dental examination including most or all of the following:

• Evaluation of the gums
• Examination of the teeth for decay, cracks, or failing restorations
• Screening the jaw joints (TMJs) for problems or disorders (TMD)
• Evaluation of the muscles of the jaw, neck, and head
• Oral cancer and soft tissue screening
• Identification of risk factors for obstructive sleep disorders
• Screening for significant bite problems
• Review of medical and dental history
• Screening of blood pressure
• Evaluation of existing dentures, partials, or bite splints for
   proper fit and function

Since a key element of the co-discovery process is the patient's ability to see what we see, we usually take several photographs of the teeth. Once all of the data is collected, a second meeting is usually scheduled for the doctor to sit down with the patient and anyone else the patient chooses to come with them to review the findings of the exam and to take a visual tour of the patient's mouth with them so that he or she can actually see what we see and get to share their concerns with the doctor. The doctor also shares what his concerns are and discusses what modern dentistry might be able to do for that particular patient. Together, we work with our patients to develop appropriate solutions to their specific dental problems through the co-discovery process.


It is our goal to provide you with high quality dental care, taking into account all aspects of dental science. Our dental team, under the direction of the dentist, intertwines knowledge of oral diseases and abnormal conditions, surgery, art, biological engineering, nutrition, counseling, economics, and "common sense" in order to provide sound advice and care for you, as they pertain to dental treatment. Your safety and well-being must always be at the top of our priority list as we endeavor to meet your dental needs, taking into account your chief concern, perceptions, and overall health. Furthermore, we play a key role in your education so that you may learn how to better manage home oral hygiene and maintenance. Hopefully, through adhering to our mission, we will significantly improve the quality of life for those who entrust us to care for their oral health while upholding honesty, integrity, and professionalism as fundamental components of our practice. Our goal is to provide the best care possible for our patients with a comprehensive treatment philosophy.

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You are invited to visit one of the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art dental practices in Tuscarawas County. We strive to provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and modern dental care available in hopes of making certain that your smile gives you comfort that total oral health demands. Through an ongoing relationship with you and your family, we will do the very best that is within our means to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles for you and yours. Learn more about Dr. Huff. Dr. Huff has authored many articles that have been published in both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed literature.

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