A preventative exam commonly includes the following procedures; however, each appointment is customized based on patient age and individual needs:
What is Fluoride
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen tooth enamel – which builds stronger teeth and in addition to good hygiene practices; daily brushing, flossing and biannual exams will further help to prevent cavities.
How Does Fluoride Work
Fluoride works by restoring minerals to the tooth surface that have been lost over time by bacteria erosion.
How is Fluoride Applied to my teeth?
Professional fluoride treatments can be delivered to the teeth in a highly concentrated mouth rinse, foam or gel-like form. These forms of fluoride treatments are usually applied via toothbrush, mouthwash or dental tray with the help of one of our licensed dental hygienists.
Exams and X-Rays
What is a dental x-ray?
Your dentist will visually examine your whole mouth during your routine preventative exam, however, there is only so much that can be seen with the naked eye. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), a dental x-ray is a diagnostic tool that allows your dentist to gauge your overall mouth health. x-rays can reveal a plethora of common dental and oral issues. X-rays are an invaluable diagnostic dental tool for the health of all patients – adults and children alike; however, some of the reasons for the need for dental x-rays vary from adults to children.
What can a dental x-ray uncover?
Dental x-rays can reveal common issues like cavities and tooth decay; they can also unveil more complex problems like oral cysts, tumors, jawbone damage and infections, and impacted teeth – among many other dental and oral issues.
What is the dentist looking for during a preventative examination?
During a preventative biannual examination one of our dentists will visually examine all aspects of your teeth and gums. They will check for any indication of oral and dental issues. Early detection is the best prevention of major dental health problems.
What is a sealant and how does it work?
- Sealants are commonly referred to as dental sealants. They are made up of a plastic resin material that is applied to the occlusal or chewing surface of permanent molars as well as premolars.
- Sealants work by creating a barrier between the tooth surface, and acids and harmful bacteria by disabling them from accumulating on the surface of the teeth – preventing tooth decay and cavities.
How is the sealant applied to my teeth?
- The plastic resin that makes up the sealant is applied to the occlusal surface of the molars via brush by our dental hygienists. It is brushed into the grooves and depressions of the chewing surface, engulfing all the pitted areas that are prone to decay and cavities.
- The hygienist then cures the sealant with a special light. The curing process only takes about 30 seconds, and once complete the sealant is adhered to the tooth.
Why are they so important?
One of our licensed dental hygienists will remove all oral debris, plaque and tartar from your teeth, reducing cavity and decay risk, also optimizing the health of your teeth. These deep cleanings may also rid your smile of bothersome stains that have accumulated.
You will also be educated on the best ways to take care of your smile from home in between visits – from flossing and brushing techniques, to the list of the top recommended mouth-washes and toothpastes that will best fit your needs. Professional cleanings are imperative as pesky plaque and tartar build up cannot be removed with your brushing and flossing efforts at home.