Teeth cleanings are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Seeing us twice a year for a cleaning ensures that minor stains, plaque, and bacteria are removed from your teeth and that your smile remains healthy and strong.
Good oral hygiene is also important. We believe that the best dental care is preventative dental care, which is why we prioritize patient education at every appointment. Establishing and maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits now, such as daily brushing and flossing, can save you from extra dental work and stress later on in life.
Fluoride treatments can be applied to your teeth after any cleaning. When you choose to get a fluoride treatment with your cleaning, we will apply a layer of fluoride-rich paste directly to your teeth. It is left in place for several minutes and is then rinsed away.
A fluoride treatment is beneficial because it will attract minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, which will strengthen them and help prevent the formation of cavities.
Dental sealants are a great way to fight cavities, and can be used on patients of all ages. Sealants are made up of a layer of liquid dental resin, which we apply directly to your rear teeth, which are more prone to cavities.
This resin is hardened using a UV light, creating a strong, transparent barrier. This blocks food debris, acid, and bacteria from contact with your enamel. A strong dental sealant can prevent the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.
Periodontal care is an essential part of preventive dentistry for patients who have gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed with specialized deep cleanings and proper oral hygiene. It’s important to see us for regular checkups so we can monitor your oral health and ensure gingivitis is not worsening.
Patients with more advanced cases of gum disease can never fully get rid of the disease, but it can be maintained with more frequent, deep cleanings. We recommend routine periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 months. These frequent cleanings can help stop the progression of the disease.
Oral cancer is often hard to detect until it spreads more widely and becomes more serious; however, we can detect early signs by performing an oral exam at every cleaning appointment.
During an oral cancer screening, we will examine your mouth, gums, and oral tissues to look for discolored patches, lumps, growths, and anything that looks abnormal since your last visit. If we find a lump during a cleaning, we will take a biopsy and send it to a lab for further testing. We stand by our patients battling oral cancer and work with them to determine the best treatment plan for their diagnosis.