Preventative Dental Health

Do you consider yourself preventative or reactionary when it comes to dental health? There is no right answer to this and NEVER ANY JUDGEMENTS. We are here to help you when YOU are ready. All dentistry is preventative until it is time to lose a tooth due to a broken, fractured, severely decayed, or hopelessly unsupported by the jaw bone.
We will always give you SIMPLE PREVENTATIVE OPTIONS to help maintain the health of your gums, teeth, and whole body.

Routine Dental Cleanings

You should schedule a routine dental cleaning every six months. During this visit, we will remove plaque from your teeth, paying special attention to areas that your toothbrush cant reach. We will also apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office, if you wish. Fluoride is a relatively recent but important advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay. If you are due for your dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Dental Sealants can reduce the risk of decay up to 70%

Most cavities start in the grooves and fissures of teeth. Deep grooves and fissures do not occur ONLY in the molars. Every person and every tooth is different, some people have deep grooves on the backs of the front teeth and some people have deep grooves on the premolars (bicuspids). We PROMISE to always give you OPTIONS to be as preventative as possible. Whether you are an ADULT or child, if we can save your money, time, and from teeth being drilled on and having to give you shots to numb your mouth, we will explore all the available options.

Fluoride Varnish

The CAVITY FIGTHER FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN!Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay.
New research shows that topical fluoride is effective in fighting tooth decay as well as strengthening developing teeth. In addition, people with certain conditions may be at increased risk for tooth decay and would benefit from additional fluoride treatment:
-Dry mouth conditions : Also called xerostomia, dry mouth caused by diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome, certain medications (such as allergy medications, antihistamines, antianxiety drugs, and high blood pressure drugs), and head and neck radiation treatment makes someone more prone to tooth decay. The lack of saliva makes it harder for food particles to be washed away and acids to be neutralized.
-Gum disease (Periodontal disease) : Gum disease, also called periodontitis, can expose more of your tooth and tooth roots to bacteria increasing the chance of tooth decay. Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontitis.
-History of frequent cavities: If you have one cavity every year or every other year, you might benefit from additional fluoride.
-Presence of any fillings, crowns, and/or bridges or braces: These treatments can put teeth at risk for decay at the point where the restoration meets the underlying tooth structure or around the brackets of orthodontic appliances.
is it SAFE?!?!?!-

Ingested in high frequent doses, fluoride can potentially be toxic to the human body. However, like many minerals that our body needs, in trace amounts fluoride is very safe and effective. The amount of fluoride that is applied at the dental office is a very safe amount and applied daily on 70% of our patients.

Gum Disease (Periodontal Diesease)

Proper oral hygiene, daily home care and routine dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate to the severe (periodontitis), and can be diagnosed easily at your first visit. Treatments are available for every case of gum disease, and are critical to the foundation of your oral health. The following symptoms are often associated with persistent, untreated gum disease.
  • “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
  • Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
  • Bleeding gums, often associated with bad taste or smell
  • Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
  • Tooth loss or tooth movement