shutterstock_130190102When it comes to oral health, an ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of treatment. After all, most problems that develop into full-blown serious oral health issues could have been prevented with the proper preventative care. We view our preventative dentistry services as being of the utmost importance for our patients. To us, preventative care has two aspects. In addition to the services such as cleanings, we pride ourselves on educating our patients in the proper hygiene methods needed to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Teeth cleaning

Our cleaning procedures involve diagnostics as much as cleaning. We exam your teeth and gums for any signs of problems such as decay and issues like gum recession. If it is your first appointment with us, we’ll take digital X-rays.

Then we move on to cleaning. We are actively removing plaque and tartar with our cleanings. People confuse the two things. Plaque begins to form on the teeth four to 12 hours after brushing; this is the reason it’s so important to brush two to three times daily. Plaque buildup is the main cause behind gum disease.

Tartar, also called calculus, is a crusty deposit that can trap stains and cause tooth discoloration. Tartar can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Its buildup can make it more difficult to remove new plaque and bacteria. This is the reason twice yearly checkups are a must.

Dental sealant and fluoride

The health of your children’s teeth is an important part of their overall health. That’s why good hygiene habits need to be established as young as possible. Also, it’s important for the baby teeth to stay in the mouth until the entering permanent teeth push them out. Why? If a baby tooth has to be pulled due to decay, the corresponding gap in the teeth can allow the permanent teeth to enter at incorrect angles, creating a need for later tooth straightening. Our fluoride supplements help keep the baby teeth strong and healthy.

We use sealants to provide another buffer against decay in young teeth. Sealants are used to fill deep pits in the permanent molars. These pits can be difficult to clean and can harbor bacteria, leading to decay. By filling these pits with sealant that lasts for decades, this is an effective prevention tool.