For a brighter smile, preventive dentistry is an absolute must! Taking regular care of your teeth is the only way to have a healthy mouth! We have an excellent Dental Hygiene Staff that can help you maintain that smile. Their primary responsibility is to clean teeth and patient education. Our preventive services include:
Initial Exam/Periodic Exam
Exams, by the dentist, are done at each appointment with the hygienist. The dentist checks the patient’s mouth for decay, oral cancer, broken teeth, and anything abnormal in the mouth. If any treatment is needed the patient is given a treatment plan which tells them what work needs to be done and prioritizes it by the greatest need.
Routine Hygiene Appointments
Professional dental cleanings are performed by your dental hygienist throughout the year. Your hygienist and your doctor will identify the interval of care that you need to maintain optimum oral health. Your hygienist cleans off the hard deposits called calculus, or “tartar” as it is sometimes called, and polishes the stain from the teeth. The calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or floss and can cause poor gum health which can lead to the need for periodontal treatment.
Sealants are placed to act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most. Sealants are used to protect both children and adults from trapping harmful bacteria.
Dental x-rays help to provide valuable information to your dentist about your oral health. X-rays help your dentist to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums and to evaluate bone level. Cavity detecting x-rays are best if taken once a year, however a full series of mouth x-rays are generally “current” for approximately 3-5 years.
The treatment is a non-surgical procedure that requires a hygienist to thoroughly clean a patient’s roots and teeth to help heal inflamed or infected gum tissue. This treatment involves a series of appointments in which the dentist will numb certain areas of the mouth to be treated.