We examine your teeth and gums for any abnormalities. Many people think this is only to check for cavities, but in reality, we are looking for warning signs of other oral maladies, such as unusual wear patterns, problems with the bite, periodontal disease, and oral cancers. By maintaining regular checkups, you ensure that problems like this are caught early.
One of the biggest culprits in gingivitis and periodontitis is tartar. Even the most fastidious person cannot clean below the gum line as well as the hygienist can. Over time, plaque that gets trapped under the gums turns into tartar, which irritates and inflames the gums, creating pockets that attract bacteria. These bacteria further irritate the gums and eventually can cause tooth loss if untreated. Regular cleanings keep plaque and tartar from building up, thereby dramatically reducing your risk of periodontal disease.
The molars can be difficult to keep clean, so we offer the service of sealant application. Sealants both physically protect the teeth from the bacteria in the saliva and create a less ridged surface to brush, making it easier to keep the back teeth clean. Sealants are appropriate for both children and adults, and may need to be replaced periodically.
Fluoride treatments can help strengthen the teeth, making them less susceptible to decay. Fluoride is most useful when the teeth are developing, but adults can benefit from it as well. For some patients with certain conditions such as dry mouth, periodontal disease, a history of many cavities, or who have fixed dental works such as bridges and crowns or braces, fluoride treatment can be especially helpful in preventing decay.
If you have any questions about preventive dentistry or oral hygiene practices, please let us know. We want to help you maintain your beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. Prevention is an important part of your oral health practices.