We are firm believers that if you maintain a good preventive care regimen with your dentist and dental hygienist, your dental visits are infinitely more likely to be pleasant ones.
If you’re ready to get your children who are at least age 4 established with a dental practice, preventive treatments are a necessity for paving the way to a lifetime of good oral health.
Professional cleanings by a registered dental hygienist, combined with a good home care regime, are your best frontline defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Most people need to have their teeth professionally cleaned twice annually. Those with periodontal issues could benefit from more frequent cleanings.
Your cleaning appointment typically begins with X-rays to examine your teeth for signs of decay. Next,our dental hygienist uses special instruments to remove plaque and tartar that have accumulated on your tooth surfaces and between the teeth and gums. Failure to routinely remove tartar from your teeth creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
Once all of your tooth surfaces are smooth and tartar-free, the hygienist will polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste-like material.
Once your teeth are cleaned and polished, you may opt for a fluoride treatment. Fluoride may be placed onto your teeth via flexible trays, or painted on with a small brush. Fluoride is a great defense against tooth decay.
Dental sealants are ideal for children and teenagers ages 6 to 14, because of the possibility of developing decay in the grooves of their molars during these cavity-prone childhood years. Sealants provide a protective barrier against food particles that can otherwise accumulate in the molars.
We paint an ultrathin coating of the plastic sealant onto the chewing surfaces and grooves of the back teeth. This shields the teeth from decay for up to 10 years. We will check the sealants at each dental appointment to ensure they are in good shape.
Our office uses 3D X-ray technology and digital, which enables us to identify problems before they become more serious. Early diagnosis paves the way for more conservative treatments, which means we can preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Be sure to ask about our oral cancer screening during your next visit.