So many dental issues can be easily prevented with routine cleanings and exams. Did you know that it only takes 6 months for plaque and tartar to build up as the result of bacteria living off the bits of food trapped in hard to reach places? This presence of bacteria causes the teeth to decay, which forms cavities. Routine cleanings allow for the effective removal of these bacteria, while routine exams help to catch issues like oral cancer early on.
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 2-hour airplane flight! As a precaution, however, we still conduct all safety protocols to keep both our staff and our patients safe in the process.
Cleanings are highly encouraged every 6 months. Have you ever wondered why? That’s exactly how much time it takes for bacteria to form a layer of plaque 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.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.
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!
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, or composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important.