So many dental issues can be easily prevented with routine cleanings and exams. Did you know that plaque starts to build up a few minutes after brushing? And it only takes about three months for bacteria living off the bits of food trapped in hard to reach places to cause disease conditions in your mouth? This presence of bacteria causes the teeth to decay, which forms cavities and potential gum disease. Routine cleanings allow for the effective removal of these bacteria, while routine exams help to catch issues like oral cancer early on.
We understand that going to the dentist can be intimidating. We want to make sure your fear isn’t holding you back from important dental care decisions. Our sedation options will put you in a relaxed state, and many patients report having no memory of the procedure afterwards. Ask us if sedation might be right for you.
Cleanings are highly encouraged every 3 to 6 months. Have you ever wondered why? That’s exactly how much time it takes for bacteria to form a layer of tartar on your teeth, which cannot be reached with regular brushing or flossing. Only a dental professional has the tools and experience to reach those hard to reach places. Our staff also takes this time to look for other warning signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, etc.
The first step in preventative oral hygiene is knowing where your dental health currently stands. Dental X-Rays give our team an in depth look into the health of your teeth, inside and out. Technology has come a long way, and the radiation used in dental x-rays is about the same level of exposure as a two hour airplane flight! As a precaution, however, we still conduct all safety protocol to keep both our staff and our patients safe in the process.
Our practice primarily caters to adult patients, but we encourage families to start bringing in children for routine dental care at least six months after their first baby tooth erupts. Baby teeth are critical in the development of adult teeth, and seeing the dentist at a young age helps them to develop an appreciation for routine care. We make the experience fun and comforting so that the child will not grow up with dental fears!
Sealants are important for children because it coats the molars with a tooth-colored layer that protects the teeth from bacteria as the child’s teeth continue to develop, and as the child continues to develop their own exceptional at home hygiene routine!