Preventive Dentistry

Our office provides preventive care for the entire family. We strongly emphasize patient education during your hygiene visit. Intraoral cameras allow us to project an image of an individual tooth or area of concern onto a chairside viewing monitor for use as a visual aid. We also place a great deal of emphasis on home care, as we believe that it is key to good oral health.

During your examination, we use the latest technology to help diagnose any problems that might exist. We use digital x-rays, which drastically reduce the amount of radiation exposure to our patients.

Early detection of conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer is one of the best ways to insure the ease and success of treatments.

With routine examinations and x-rays, you take an important step towards a lifetime of dental health. We ensure your periodic exams are complete and comfortable. Our state-of-the-art equipment is a powerful ally that helps us provide exceptional proactive care.

Preventive dentistry describes the procedures used to detect and treat tooth decay and other diseases in the earliest stages. Our goal is to keep you as healthy as possible, maintain your natural teeth for life, and give you a BRIGHT and HAPPY smile.
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Sealants are a protective coating applied to the biting surfaces of teeth after any staining is removed. The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on a child’s permanent posterior teeth (molars) because they are more prone to cavities. They can also be placed on adults’ teeth, but most insurance companies won’t cover them.

For many patients regular fluoride treatments can be beneficial. In our office, we use a fluoride varnish to deliver an effective treatment that will remineralize and strengthen weakened areas as well as reduce sensitivity for some patients. Current guidelines indicate that following the discovery of any new decay, fluoride treatments should be provided at each cleaning appointment for a period of no less than three years.

If you are a tobacco or smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of developing oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through early identification of pre cancerous conditions, and provide oral cancer screenings at each preventive care appointment.

A nightguard is a custom-made acrylic mouthpiece that is worn to protect the teeth from grinding (bruxing) or clenching, mostly occurring during sleep. Many people clench and/or grind their teeth and may not even know it. Some people do this every night, and some only do this occasionally. Occasional grinding does not usually cause harm. When grinding occurs on a continual basis, the teeth can be badly damaged and cause other oral health complications. Chronic grinding can also affect your jaw, resulting in possible hearing loss, cause or worsen TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.