CLEANING & PREVENTION
- Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a mineral that is added to toothpastes and treatments performed in our dental office to help aid in protecting the teeth from decay. Fluoride protects the teeth by strengthening the outer layer of the tooth, called enamel, which helps make the tooth more resistant from acid attacks caused by bacteria, plaque, and sugars. For children 6 years and younger, fluoride is an important part of a strong development of permanent teeth.
- Oral Hygiene Aids
ADA certified toothbrushes, dental floss, & tongue cleaners are sold for continuing dental care at home.
Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surface of a tooth to protect it from decay and normal wear. Usually applied to molars or premolars, sealants bond to the natural grooves and depressions of teeth to form a protective shield where decay normally occurs.
- Dental Exams & Cleanings
Dental exams and cleanings are generally scheduled every 6 months. During a dental exam, a thorough examination of the mouth and jaw will take place. Dental Exams Include:
-Dental X-Rays - are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments.
-Dental Cleaning – A thorough dental cleaning includes plaque and tarter removal and teeth polishing. Cleaning will remove any foreign material and bacteria that can harm the gums and potentially cause periodontal disease. Dental cleanings are done by our hygienists.
-Oral Cancer Screening – a thorough check of the mouth, face, and neck will allow us to detect any signs of the presence of oral cancer, or other issues.
-Check for Tooth Decay - surface checks on the teeth and around existing dental restorations will be made to see if tooth decay exists.
- Dental X-Rays