Preventative

Dental Cleanings

Visiting your dental office at least every 6 months is very important when it comes to maintaining excellent oral health. When you visit your dental professional, they are able to examine and assess the condition of your teeth, tissues and bone. If there is treatment and/or a deeper cleaning that is required, it will be discussed thoroughly with you in an open and caring environment.

Child Dental Visits

Children can first be seen between the ages of 1 and 3. By starting early, and bringing your children to the dentist regularly, you can keep their smile healthy!

Every child has a different need in terms of visit frequency. This all depends on things such as eating habits, how clean the teeth are kept and past treatment needs. When visiting the dentist, your child will have an exam, the hygienist will clean and floss their teeth and we recommend a fluoride treatment every time. The hygienist may discuss and recommend sealants for your child as well.

Remember, always set a good example for your child by brushing twice per day, flossing once per day and visiting the dentist regularly.

Fluoride

This is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, even the ocean. Treating your teeth with fluoride, at the dental office, can help to prevent and reverse tooth decay (dental caries). It helps to strengthen the teeth and protect them from acid attacks caused by food. These acid attacks can break down the tooth structure and cause cavities. Topical fluorides such as toothpastes, mouth rinses and those applied by dental professionals can help prevent decay in teeth that you already have. Systemic fluorides are those that are ingested into your system to incorporate into developing tooth structures.

Sealants

A plastic resin material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (pre-molars and molars). The material bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth and acts as a shield for food, acid and plaque. Although sealants are most often done on children and teenagers, adults can benefit from them as well. Sealants are quite simple to apply and only take a few minutes per tooth. Of course, regular brushing and flossing are the keys to great oral health, but sealants can give you that extra protection from decay.

Mouth Guards

There are a variety of reasons why you may need a mouth guard. If you participate in sports or any activity that may result in a blow to the face, you may want to consider a mouth appliance to protect your teeth. This athletic mouth guard will help protect your upper teeth from breaking and it will also shield your soft tissues from trauma.

Another reason to wear a mouth guard is bruxism, or teeth grinding. This often occurs during sleep, due to reasons such as stress, anxiety, sleep disorders or a bite that is abnormal. Severe grinding can cause teeth to become loose or even break. A mouth guard (also known as a night guard) to wear during sleep may be a good option for you if you grind your teeth.

Some patients may be candidates for a Kois mouth guard. This type of appliance can actually help to correct your grinding problem. Your dentist will do a thorough exam and discuss all of your mouth guard options with you.

If your planner is filled weeks in advance and you need a visit to the Dentist, give us a call. With early morning hours, noon appointments and downtown availability, we can accommodate your busy schedule and get you back to tackling the challenges of everyday life!